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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
I’m not sure why, but I’m always drawn to the offensive storylines each season presents—contrary thinking for a former goalie, I know—and to looking at the state of the Original Six franchises. Maybe if you replace “former” with “old” goalie, you’ll get to the root here, but anyway, here are some of the things I hope happen during the 2007-08 season:
Original Six Prominence: With the Rangers making the bold offseason signings of Chris Drury and Scott Gomez, they should be in the mix atop the Eastern Conference all season long.
from James Mirtle,
In order to get a closer look at how the NHL’s salary structure is evolving, I took the 20-man rosters of all 30 teams from two time periods — early in the 2003-04 season and at the end of the regular season of 2006-07, this past campaign — and ran that 600-player sample through a spreadsheet.
So, what’s the difference between salaries prelockout and postlockout?
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
It will be interesting to see how Vanek and Derek Roy, both still young players, respond after signing new long-term contracts. Those kinds of contracts bring added pressure to produce, and both were vital to the club’s attack last season. With Briere and Drury gone, they’ll have to perform at the same high level.
I don’t expect the Sabres to be better than last season, but I don’t see them falling off the playoff map, either.
more on the Sabres…
I am scheduled to be on The Hockey Central Show on TheFan 590 in Toronto today between 12p-1p ET. The show is also simulcasted on Sportsnet.
Update 2:10pm ET:
You can listen to the audio of Paul’s guest appearance here (the mp3 you can download) or play it below on our audio player.
*Special thanks to FAN590 for passing on the clip.
from the Jersey Journal,
In 2001, off-duty Jersey City cop Domenick Infantes was killed while trying to stop an argument at a Fourth of July party.
Now, his memory lives on in his brother, Erik Infantes, who also is a Jersey City cop and who - with the help of the Do-It-Yourself Network’s “Man Caves” crew - has transformed his backyard garage into a tribute room to his brother and their favorite hockey team, the New Jersey Devils.
Despite the hard and dirty work, Infantes - armed with a nail gun instead of his typical 9 mm Glock - was all smiles as he described the end plan for his new lounge. The room will be painted in Devils’ red, white and black, with a couch and a coffee table built from hockey sticks, he said.
The highlight, Infantes said, was working one-on-one with Daneyko to build the hockey stick table.
“He showed up, and I couldn’t believe it,” he said. “It was sort of a cool gift to me from these guys.”
Becks, who added that he was “honoured” to be called into the England squad again and was looking forward to facing Germany at Wembley next week, said he wants to keep raising the profile of Major League Soccer.
“I’m not silly enough to sit up here and say it’s going to be bigger than baseball, basketball, American football and ice hockey… I’m never going to say it is going to be,” he said.
“But if we can raise it to a certain level, and take it to a certain level - a level that’s higher than it’s ever been…
from the Tennessean,
Whether you’re in favor or against the city agreeing to the lease changes proposed by the prospective owners of the Predators, there’s no arguing the bottom line:
If the lease changes aren’t approved, the bid of the primarily local group will crumble, leaving current owner Craig Leipold looking for a buyer just weeks prior to the start of the season.
David Freeman, who’s heading the primarily local group, made that clear last week.
He’s confident that if the group’s bid is on the docket at the Sept. 18 NHL Board of Governors meeting, it will be approved by the league. But he said it’s essential for the group’s purposes that the lease changes are approved shortly thereafter by the city.
“Our banks will not fund the deal without the amended lease because our banks have looked at the deal and said this team won’t survive financially without it,’’ Freeman said Friday. “Our bankers are unemotional about the transaction.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
There’s a storage area under the bench and it’s accessed by lifting up the seat.
Written in red marker—along with a bunch of other names now—are the words announcing Wayne Gretzky used the stall for his last game in Canada, April 15, 1999.
In my mind, it stands out as the most significant game ever played in the rink and will be until the Senators win a Stanley Cup there. A few words carefully printed with a red Sharpie are the tangible evidence.
Everyone who was there that night carries something much more alive, still remembers the look on Gretzky’s face during the national anthem, the ovation as the game wound down, the chants of “One more year! One more year!” as Gretzky came out for two curtain calls.
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
I talked for an hour with Souray this weekend, and he spoke highly of his experiences in Montreal over seven seasons, and of growing as a player on the ice and an individual off it. But he also went into fine, candid detail about his contract talks with the Canadiens, discussing why he chose not to return to the Habs.
“There are no bitter feelings toward anyone. None. I don’t leave Montreal with one shred of remorse for having played there,” he says. “But I didn’t think it was going to play out like it did. It was disappointing how things finally went down.”
The feature will appear here and in The Gazette on Monday morning.
Well, the Vancouver Sun picked it up today, so read on... Great read!
update 8/20/07, Read the whole story now at Habs Inside/Out, which includes additional information and some great pictures too.
from the Boston Herald,
Speaking from his home in Quebec City, Bergeron sounded both rejuvenated from his long summer and, after some reflection on the season, determined not to have a repeat. For one thing, he said he’s now fully recovered from the various nagging injuries that plagued him, the exact nature of which he remains unclear in explaining. Even now, when the hot summer sun tends to loosen lips, Bergeron wasn’t about to elaborate, saying, “It was a little bit in the legs and a few issues in the upper and lower body.” He chose to keep the details to himself.
“I don’t want to look like the guy who says that’s why I had a tough year last year,” said Bergeron, who’s been skating with some NHLers including Simon Gagne, Antoine Vermette and Francis Bouillon in Quebec. “But I feel 100 percent right now. It took me quite a while to feel better. I wish we made the playoffs last year and played longer. It was a long summer. But at the same time it gave me time to heal all the things I had.”
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