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from the News & Observer,
“Not necessarily, because basically the defense we have now is the same or equivalent to the defense that we had when we had the good year two years ago,” he said. “With that being said, our team would be improved with another defenseman that can move the puck.
“It would help our transition game. It would potentially give us another defenseman for the second unit of the power play.”
Adding some offensive punch on the blue line has been near the top of Rutherford’s agenda since the end of last season.
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,
Fernando Pisani is a private person who doesn’t like talking about himself when things are going great, so you can imagine what it was like telling a bank of reporters and cameramen about something as personal and painful as his struggle with ulcerative colitis.
About losing 30 pounds and six pints of blood in a matter of weeks. About not being able to climb a flight of stairs without gasping for air. How 15 or 20 trips to the bathroom every day left him weak and dehydrated.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
And then there are David Vyborny’s sticks: short, stubby, all wood and spray-painted black.
It’s like wandering into Circuit City and finding a shelf stocked with 14-inch, black-and-white televisions. Forget high definition. In the world of hockey innovation, Vyborny isn’t even cable ready.
“I’m an old-style guy,” said Vyborny, a right winger and the franchise leader in assists and points. “When I find something I like, I want to keep using it.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Chris Neil is more than willing to dance on Broadway tonight.
The Ottawa winger, who will face the Rangers for the first time since he separated Sean Avery’s shoulder with a hit during last Saturday’s 2-0 win, says he actually hopes New York players try to hunt him down….
“It wasn’t like I hit Jaromir Jagr, I hit Sean Avery. He’s a guy who can stick up for himself as well. You’ve got to be disciplined in the whole situation and don’t put your team down. They might look at sucking you in.”
from the NY Post,
Colin White’s vision is still blurry, nearly a month after a self-deflected puck hit his right eye. The Devils defenseman told The Post yesterday he’s not even thinking about playing hockey yet. He’s concentrating on getting his vision back, still uncertain whether surgery may be required.
“Every week I’m being checked out. It’s just going to be a slow process. We’re taking our time with it to make sure everything’s right,” White said yesterday from New Jersey.
from Rick Wethead of the Toronto Star
During Saskin’s tenure at the union, emails reveal that NHL chief legal officer and deputy commissioner Bill Daly passed on to Saskin several suggestions about which players and union staff might be conspiring against him. Other emails reveal Saskin had become especially close to Daly and Gary Bettman after his hiring.
In advance of a meeting in Russia in autumn 2006, Saskin emailed the NHL commissioner: “Looks like Bill is getting the Moscow trip in September; I may send Chelios.”
In a response the same day Bettman deadpanned: “With a one-way ticket (cc not bd)?”
read on... getting ugly again folks…
from Tom Gulitti of the Record,
Sutter has spoken often already about the adjustment period for the players. After having done things a certain way forever, it’s understandable that they need time to adapt.
At the same time, however, Sutter might need to do some adjusting himself. Sutter’s belief in himself and his system is impressive, but good coaches adapt to the talent they have, too.
I’m not saying he should abandon his system after just four games. In fact, it’s refreshing to have a coach who doesn’t relentlessly match lines to the point that his best offensive players don’t get on the ice.
From Rich Chere at the Star-Ledger,
Parise’s story has been well-documented. The son of former NHL player J.P. Parise, he was bypassed by his father’s old team, the Islanders, in the 2003 entry draft. The Devils picked him 17th overall, and both the Islanders and their fans have agonized over the decision ever since.
After leading the Devils with 31 goals last season, his sophomore season in the NHL, Parise is regarded as one of the league’s rising young stars. This past summer the Devils signed him to a four-year, $12.5 million contract and it figures to be a bargain if he does what everyone believes he will do.
“He can be one of the best players in the league,” right winger Brian Gionta said. “He’s a young guy still (23). He broke out last year, but there is still a lot to be seen from Zach. He has a lot of skill, he works hard and he has a nose for the net.”
From the AP via Sports Illustrated,
John Vanbiesbrouck entered the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame on Friday night as the NHL’s winningest American-born goalie.
“One statistic you don’t know is that I had almost an equal number of losses,’’ the former Rangers star said. “That meant for a lot of cold, dark rides in New York City. It’s in those times that you grow, gain courage and ask the deepest questions.’‘
Vanbiesbrouck retired in 2002 with a 374-346-119 record. He won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goalie in 1986.
From Craig Custance at the AJC,
This season’s crop of rookies may the deepest since the lockout. There’s not another Crosby, but then again, when will there ever be? But there’s a young goalie in Montreal who people are already comparing to Patrick Roy and the Blackhawks have a player providing hope for a bright future. In honor of Thrashers rookie defenseman Mark Popovic, who wears No. 7, here are the top seven rookies already making an impact:
1. NICKLAS BACKSTROM, Forward, Capitals
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