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from the Calgary Sun,
When the NHL held its entry draft at the Saddledome back in the summer of 2000, Brent Krahn’s dreams were all coming true.
With a huge crowd of Flames supporters on hand to roar their approval, Krahn was called to the podium by the host Calgary club with the ninth overall selection.
It seemed a matter of time before the then-Calgary Hitmen netminder was about to hear those cheers regularly.
Turns out, more like a matter of a long time….
As it stands now, the Flames brain trust appears willing to give one of the team’s prospects the chance to serve as backup goalie to star netminder Miikka Kiprusoff.
Likely, it’ll mean playing only about a dozen games through the season seeing as Kiprusoff is such a workhorse, so the job description also entails plenty of work in practice and morning skates and learning the trade at the next level.
from the Tennessean,
A Predators team that had already lost a number of its top offensive performers from last season has suffered another blow.
Right wing Steve Sullivan underwent a second offseason back surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out of action for three months. The Predators hope he’ll return in early December and miss only the first quarter of the season.
thanks to Spector for the pointer…
Running a little slow this morning, anyone want to guess why I was up until 3:31am ET?
No, they’ve never had a player like Luongo, so when he says in his first interview in nearly two months that he believes the Canucks can win the Stanley Cup, then maybe they can.
“Yes, we can,” Luongo says from Montreal. “We were close last year. Injuries in the playoffs hurt us a lot. Another year together, experience wise, I can only see this team moving forward. We have the elements there to produce goals. We’ll have to step up to get to the next level, but the elements are there.
“For me, the ultimate goal now is a Stanley Cup and for the rest of my career, that’s going to be my goal. There’s nothing else I’m driving for except for that. The individual awards, that’s not something I play for. If it happens, great, but for me, right now, the goal is to try to win the Cup.”
from the Daily Record,
One of Morris County’s most prestigious schools received a visit from a Randolph-native and his best friend Friday.
The school: Delbarton.
The man: George Parros, former Delbarton hockey star and current NHL player.
The best friend: Lord Stanley’s Cup.
Parros, who won the Stanley Cup this season with the Anaheim Ducks, arrived at 9 a.m. cradling the trophy. For two hours, the self-professed “fighter” acted more like a lover, signing autographs and posing for countless photographs.
Have you been wondering which NHL club has the best logo? NHL Tournament of Logos is on a mission to find out. They are pitting nickname against nickname, logo against logo with the lone goal of determining the champion. And now you can vote!
A lot of logo information!
thanks to a KK reader for the tip…
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Several NHL officials said today that the game between the Penguins and Sabres on Jan. 1, 2008 will be played at Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL’s Bills. In a made-for-television event—the game will air nationally on NBC—the Penguins and Sabres will skate on an outdoor rink in front of what the NHL hopes will prove the largest audience ever to watch an NHL game in the United States.
Neither the league nor NBC would officially confirm the tentatively titled “Ice Bowl,” which is scheduled to be played at 1 p.m.
WKBW in Buffalo also reported this earlier today…
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Vegas thinks NBA is hot. She knows he’s the quickest ticket to social royalty, but also the hardest ticket to get. She bats her eyes at him from across the room and flashes a smile. He ignores her like a polar bear ignores the salad bar. He has definite interest in her but – again – there’s that reputation.
What NBA needs is a sacrificial lamb.
What Vegas needs is a sacrificial lamb.
I think NHL is about to ask her to dance.
read on... you’ll get it…
from The Ice Hole at the Province,
I was off to the Intourist, the source of so many stories from 1972, the home for Team Canada then and their ghosts now.
It’s where the players were allegedly fed crow and horse steaks.
There had to be someone still there from 1972, someone who remembered the Canadians, someone who could confirm or officially kill one of hockey’s greatest urban legends.
The Intourist was a 22-story glass, aluminum, and concrete cell-like hotel that was the brainchild of Soviet President Nikita Khrushchev, who envisioned it like a skyscraper he saw in Manhattan (yeah, that was a swing and a miss Kruschev).
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from the San Jose Sharks,
The Sharks locked up another core player for the long haul Friday when they inked Milan Michalek to a six-year deal worth in excess of $24 million. The length of the contract is the longest in franchise history, matching the term previously provided to Owen Nolan.
Michalek surrendered a few years of unrestricted free agency, but that was not a concern for the speedy forward who can play anywhere up front.
“It was a few years (of unrestricted free agency), but I’m really happy in San Jose,” said Michalek. “The organization is great. I’m glad they wanted me for so long because I wanted that too.”
added 1:23pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On Friday, the San Jose Sharks announced that the team has signed forward Milan Michalek to a six-year contract extension worth $26 million, according to sources.
Considering the dollar figures thrown around this summer, that constitutes almost a bargain by today’s standards, given Michalek’s upside as a player.
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