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from John Buccigross (remember him) of ESPN,
Thank God, hockey is back. One new twist to this season's preview columns will be a player point projection. Last year I received a Nobel Prize for my Sidney Crosby preseason point projection.... Tampa Bay Lightning I'm going to jump back on this bandwagon for the 2006-07 season. His time in Columbus should only help goaltender Marc Denis. He will play with a very good team in front of him that should have received a dose of humility last season. There is no logical reason why Martin St. Louis went from 94 points to 61 in the "new" NHL.just go... John will explain...and anyone else have an Uncle Kenny?...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The biggest fear for hockey people heading into this season is that they'll wake up on Oct. 4 and find out that they're like Pam Ewing on the old television show Dallas, that all the good that was accomplished last season was a big dream. Only it won't be Bobby Ewing coming out of the shower, it'll be Jacques Lemaire and he'll be wrapped in the neutral-zone trap. AAAAARRRRGGGHHH! The genesis of this fear is the understanding that last year was but one step down a long road toward Hockey Shangri-La.continued
My own version of the +/- system at my blog on NHL.com.
By Alanah Downie This feature disappeared for a while but now I'm back from vacation and ready to roll. From now on, this column will be published every Tuesday and some Fridays.
from the Tyee,
When Vancouver writer Michael McKinley got the call, the request was a dream. Write an encyclopedic history of hockey in Canada. The deadline was a nightmare. McKinley produced it in just three months in the spring of 2005. At least he had the support of an enormous team of researchers working on the current 10-part CBC documentary series, Hockey: A People's History, produced by CBC genius Mark Starowicz (head of the documentary unit, and creator of As It Happens and Canada: A People's History). The Tyee talked to McKinley last week, at one of an unmentionable coffee merchant's ubiquitous downtown cafés. On the best non-fiction books about hockey From an inside point of view, there's [Ken Dryden's] The Game. I think Net Worth is up there, because it made us take a cold-eyed look at some of our hockey heroes and the professional world they played in. In the end, the heroes often emerge as even more heroic because of the knavish owners and managers they had to survive.more
from the Arizona Republinc,
Jeremy Roenick is back with the Coyotes after a five-year absence, but, in some ways, he has no interest whatsoever in picking up where he left off. In other words, Roenick doesn't want to be the face of this team again nor its marquee player. "I've been there and done that," Roenick, 36, said Monday. "We have some pretty good names and faces on this team and some young, talented stars and soon-to-be stars. I want to come here and just play. I don't need any of the hoopla."continued
from the Philadelphia Daily News,
So, now that Brashear wears a Washington Capitals jersey, who is the Flyers' go-to-the-mat guy? If coach Ken Hitchcock is to be taken at his word, there isn't one, and there isn't going to be one. "We're going to be team tough," was his answer yesterday. "If someone goes after one of our players, there will be lots of people who will deal with the issue, lots of people on our team that will do that. We're not going to run and hide from any of that stuff. "It's a new NHL," Hitchcock said. "You have to be able to go on the ice and play the game. And if you can't play the game, what good is it?"more
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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
While it is safe to say the Toronto Maple Leafs have improved, they still have not escaped the great grey area in the National Hockey League's Eastern Conference. This is a list of seven teams — eight if you're not sure about the Buffalo Sabres — that could finish anywhere from sixth to 12th in the final standings. Aside from the Leafs, the teams are, in alphabetical order, the Atlanta Thrashers, Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning. All of them, save the Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes, made improvements here and there, but there are still too many question marks for any of them to vault into the conference's top five.more
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
They’ve been lumped together as the best of the Special K Kids, but rookie forwards Phil Kessel and Petr Kalus — both of whom appear to have cracked the Bruins’ season-opening lineup — are actually quite different as hockey players. Kessel is lightning fast with a fearsome hair-trigger shot and a flamboyant style, including offensive skills not often seen in a kid his age (he turns 19 next Monday). Kalus, also 19, is cut from more of a blue-collar cloth, an aggressive forechecker with something of an edge to his game, who skates his wing reliably and is hard to knock off the puck. Both survived yesterday’s cutdown from 36 healthy players to 24, and it’s likely both still will be around after any last-minute roster tinkering.continued
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