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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
On the bright side, the pelvic injury allowed McKee to skate only a handful of times from January to July. And as a 10-year NHL veteran, that rest might be beneficial.
He’ll re-join a Blues’ defensive core that looks formidable, with Jackman, Eric Brewer, Bryce Salvador, Christian Backman, Erik Johnson, Matt Walker, Jeff Woywitka and Roman Polak.
“It’s definitely one of the top defensive groups in the league,” McKee said. “We’re in a situation where we’ve got a couple of high-level NHL defensemen that aren’t going to be able to dress some nights.”
more on McKee…
from the LA Times,
“I guess you could say that I know my way around as far as rookies go,” said Murray, son of St. Louis Coach Andy Murray, who coached the Kings from 1999 to 2006. “I’ve been coming to [the Kings’] rookie camps since I was 16. But things are a little different right now.”
Murray, who turned 23 last month, was drafted by the Kings in the fifth round (152nd overall) in 2003 but has not played a game for the organization. In a way, Murray is glad that his father, who was fired in March 2006, is no longer around.
“It was a situation that no matter what, some people would say that I was only here because of my dad,” said the younger Murray, who signed a multiyear entry-level contract with the Kings in May after two seasons of playing for Rapperswil-Jona of the Swiss league.
“It used to get under my skin a little, so it’s good that I get a chance now to
more (reg. req.)
from the NY Post,
Hockey lost one of its great gentlemen when former Devils GM Max McNab passed away Sunday at age 83.
McNab, who lived in Las Vegas with his wife June after retiring from hockey, was the Devils’ second GM, replacing Billy MacMillan Nov. 22, 1983. He was succeeded by Lou Lamoriello on Sept. 10, 1987.
more and McNab also played for the Wins in the late 40’s and early 1950’s.
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell has been suspended indefinitely without pay after being placed into stage two of the NHL’s substance abuse program.
In order to be reinstated, Bell will require the recommendation of program doctors along with the approval of both the National Hockey League and the NHLPA.
Update Sept 4, 2007 - 4:06pm ET
The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mark Bell has been placed in Stage 2 of the Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health program of the NHLPA and the NHL.
from the Windsor Star,
“All my life, I’ve been watching hockey and Probie. And there he was—in Afghanistan,” Johnson said Sunday at his father’s Emeryville home where family and friends threw a big homecoming party for the local soldier.
Johnson first met Probert when the retired player joined a group of National Hockey League alumni on a tour to visit Canadian soldiers stationed in Afghanistan in late April. Dan Daoust, Mike Pelyk, Dave Hutchison and Dave (Tiger) Williams also made the trip, among others. So did the Stanley Cup.
Probert did not forget Johnson. He attended Sunday’s party to welcome him back to the area and wish him well.
“It’s amazing what (the soldiers) go through,” Probert said. “It was great to go and see that for myself. They just invited me to go back, so I’m looking forward to that.”
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Tavares’s agent, Bryan Deasley, says he has spoken with NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and Players’ Association associate counsels Ian Penny and Stu Grimson about the possible creation of an exceptional player clause that would allow certain players to be drafted a year early.
Deasley said he has sent a memo to each party about the merits of a clause. He says he’s not asking for a blanket change in the draft age.
“We are not looking for anything other than an exceptional status consideration from the league,” he said. “Every once in a while a player comes along that compels us to look at things more clearly and differently — outside the box.”
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
It is said that the remedy for thirst is to drink before you crave.
Unfortunately for Chicago hockey fans, that cure is nothing more than a mirage.
But for a few hundred lucky ones this weekend, ex-Blackhawks general manager Bob Murray—now the assistant GM in Anaheim and a star in the Ducks’ front office—delivered the chalice to a land parched by a half-century of drought.
The Stanley Cup was indeed here in Chicago, first at a party at Murray’s suburban home, and then at Ridgemoor Country Club on the Northwest Side, where fans and friends who waited a lifetime to drink from Lord Stanley’s hallowed bowl wet their lips and drenched their shirts.
from the Tennessean,
Only a couple weeks ago, Gelinas and about 10 other NHL players accompanied Florida Panthers strength and conditioning coach Andy O’Brien to Vail, Colo., where they underwent a regimen of three-hour workouts per day — half the time on the ice.
“We did a bunch of different things — you’re just trying to challenge yourself in the summer time and find ways to push yourself,’’ Gelinas said. “Vail is high altitude, so one day we went for a two-hour hike that was a little bit of a challenge. We finished up about 10,000 feet above sea level.’‘
Gelinas believes those kinds of offseason workouts will allow him to battle younger foes once again.
“You know the young guys are only getting bigger and faster and stronger, so you need to do more to keep up,’’ he said. “I do love to work out and stay fit. I love to compete. And to be able to compete against younger players, you have to put in more effort off the ice.’‘
from Spector at Fox Sports,
With NHL training camps soon opening and the start of the 2007-08 season mere weeks away, here’s a look at the players from each team whose names could appear in this season’s trade-rumor mill.
We’ll first look at the Eastern Conference teams and follow up on Wednesday with the Western Conference teams….
Florida Panthers: Olli Jokinen. For some reason Jokinen’s name keeps popping up in trade speculation despite his stated happiness playing for the Panthers and their obvious desire to retain him. The underrated Jokinen is the Panthers’ franchise player and a quiet leader who prefers to let his play do the talking. The Panthers won’t move him, but that’s not likely to silence the rumormongers.
from Sport-Express (roug translation below),
We cannot understand [until now], where we are, what place we occupy in world hockey. Under salaries the Superleague takes the second place in the world, but the [national] team of Russia in the international ratings takes fifth-sixth [place]. Tretiak [doesn’t have] the most simple economy, in my opinion. In this superseries we objectively concede to Canadians on all parameters - in training, in tactical literacy, in character. The problem of these matches [should not] be [placed upon] on Nemchinov’s coach’s bridge.
Once again I shall repeat, it is necessary to change completely [our] approach to hockey [throughout our] country; differently big financial investments will be simply ineffective. It is not necessary to [reinvent the] bicycle. There is a North American approach [examined] by time. Analyze a situation. [Across the] ocean any team with a correctly built strategy of development is capable to take, say, for ten years’ term a place among leaders and to apply for the most prestigious trophies. It is a pure, business deprived of underlying political reasons.
If I may, I shall now say seditious thing, but our children’s sports schools should be separated from professional clubs. [The creation] of an institute of scouts is necessary, [so that] we shall not leave [anywhere] in such [a] situation from a draft. Only then we can count, that any talent will not be lost, an, [on] children’s teams, coaches will [stop] looking back at [the] children of rich parents, and will be engaged in [their] direct duties. I think, we should come to this sooner or later.
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