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from NHL.com's Oilers preview:
Chris Pronger is gone, so is Mike Peca, Jaroslav Spacek, Sergei Samsonov, Georges Laraque, Ty Conklin, Radek Dvorak, Dick Tarnstrom and Rem Murray. So, the Edmonton Oilers will fall back into the pack the season after contesting the 2006 Stanley Cup Final? A lot of hockey savants think so, but Oilers GM Kevin Lowe isn't one of them. "I don't think this summer has been much different than previous years," Lowe said. "You always have to target the guys that you expect will defend, the ones who will score, the ones that provide toughness and the ones that provide leadership and experience. You factor all those things in and then you seek to fill needs. "I don't know if that has changed much as a result of last year's new collective-bargaining agreement with its emphasis on cost certainty. There may be more turnover in rosters now, but if you look at the Oilers of the 1980s, there was always a fair amount of turnover and that was a team that won fairly regularly. I don't see much difference in terms of the new world vs. the old world."continued
from the Detroit Free Press,
Hasek, who backstopped the Wings to the Cup in 2002, had a good debut, like the Wings expected. His ability to tend the net -- especially in the playoffs -- is a given. It's his readiness to do so that is of concern because groin injuries have prevented Hasek, 41, from finishing his last two NHL seasons. That's why the theme of the season is to keep Hasek healthy. He has a few ideas. "I want to be here 75 minutes before every practice, do my stretches, do massage, do everything that is important," Hasek said. "Do stretches after the game. If I need I can leave the ice early, not too much skating after practice. I think these are small things, which I didn't do in the past. I think this should help keep me healthy."more on Hasek and a game recap...
from the San Antonio Express,
As his Phoenix Coyotes teammates boarded a nearby elevator after an autograph session earlier this week, Jeremy Roenick stopped to take photographs with straggling fans. A nine-time All-Star in the NHL, Roenick is used to the attention. But this time, the fans weren't the only ones watching. Many of his younger teammates — some of whom will play for the Rampage this season — have wisely taken notice of the veteran center's habits, especially off the ice.continued
via the CP,
The Ottawa Senators won't have defenceman Joe Corvo in the lineup to start the NHL season after the free-agent acquisition suffered a fractured right foot Friday night against the Buffalo Sabres. Corvo was hit on the skate by a shot from Sabres right-winger Ales Kotalik in the final minutes of the Senators' 4-3 exhibition defeat. He skated to the bench under his own power while play continued and limped off to the dressing room. After the game, the Senators announced the 29-year-old native of Oak Park, Ill., was out indefinitely. It's a big blow for Ottawa, which signed him in the off-season to help replace the void left by the departure of Zdeno Chara to the Boston Bruins.
Defenseman Danny Markov, in his first preseason game with the Wings, sustained what the club called a slightly sprained left medial collateral ligament late in the first period of Friday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay. Markov will have an MRI today, but the team said it doesn't appear to be a serious injury. The rugged defenseman has been injury-prone during his career.Sprains are better than tears, and Schneider (rotator cuff) and Howard (groin) are nursing injuries already. Markov and Hasek have something in common--every little tweak will be blamed on their propensity for sustaining injuries. continued
The American Hockey League and B2 Networks announced today the introduction of B2 Power Play, a new service that will provide complete coverage of AHL action to fans on a worldwide basis. Included in the B2 Power Play package are access to watch every regular-season game of your favorite AHL team, free access to the AHL Game of the Week and exclusive weekly highlights. And in addition to broadband viewing on personal computers, B2 Power Play will also be available on the new B2toGO network, allowing fans to watch American Hockey League games on cell phones and other wireless devices.continued
from John Ondrasik (of the band Five for Fighting) at Sports Illustrated,
I named my band after a hockey fight. Of course, that was more than 10 years ago -- the Golden Age. You remember the names ... or at least the nicknames: Rob Ray, Shane Churla, The Twister, The Grim Reaper. Every team had one, and on their respective slabs of ice these men were kings. They were more adored and despised than any Great One, Super Mario or Dominator perched between the pipes.continued
from the Columbus Blue Jackets, CBJ.com,
CBJ.com - Q: What is it about hockey that you love the most? Anson - A: I think it's just being in the locker room with the guys and just the feeling of winning and scoring goals. You can't explain the rush of having 20,000 people behind you, yelling, screaming and cheering when your team does well. Q: If you weren't playing pro hockey, what would you be doing? Anson - A: That's a tough question. There are a lot of interesting professions out there. I'd probably be a movie producer. I kind of like having to put together the parts and assemble a team, similar to being a general manager in hockey. And [being a GM] is right up there as well. I think GMs and producers are both similar in what they have to do in terms of managing budgets and putting together the pieces that you need to have a successful team or movie project.more
Tele-conference with Sidney Crosby today,
Q. We all know how much in the spotlight you are all the time. Do you ever get a chance to be a teenager, do the stuff that teenagers do? SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, I do. Of course, away from the rink, my life is pretty normal, I think. I have to pick my spots. I don't go to busy areas. I don't go to the mall on a Saturday afternoon, things like that. No, for sure, I have to live life to the fullest and do the things everyone else does, hang out with my teammates, my friends. Away from the rink, I think I'm pretty much a normal guy. Q. You've been called, rightly or wrongly, the savior of the franchise, some people called you after the lockout the savior of the league. There's a lot of expectations for you to act in a certain way when a lot of times people forget how young you really are. SIDNEY CROSBY: No, I think, of course, there's going to be expectations. I think I've dealt with those throughout my life. I have to look at myself in the mirror and see what mine are. I can't worry about other expectations too much. Of course, I want to be a good role model, be a good person, but at the same time as far as hockey's concerned, all I can do is be my best.
Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail covers it all this week. From Crosby to Ovechkin to Malkin to the NHLPA with team news thrown in too.
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