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from the Calgary Herald,
Holden: “Are you available to skate tomorrow? There’s a team that wants you to skate.”
Dutton: “Well, I’ve got some family stuff. I was kind of looking forward to the day off.”
Holden: “What if I was to tell you it was the Calgary Flames.”
Dutton: “The NHL Calgary Flames?”
Holden: “That would be the one.”
Dutton: “Uh, yeah, I’m pretty sure I could find time.”
from Business Wire via Yahoo,
Reebok and the National Hockey League (NHL) have teamed up to launch the first-ever “NHL Powered by Reebok” retail destination. Ideally located at 6th Avenue and West 47th Street on the ground floor of the NHL’s new World Headquarters in New York City, the revolutionary new store features technology, symbolism and authenticity to create an unprecedented shopping experience for players and fans around the world.
much more information…
from Marketwire via CNNMoney,
Using Omniture SiteCatalyst® Web analytics, the NHL will gain a comprehensive view of visitor engagement to NHL content through RSS feeds, podcasts, video clips, wireless devices and emerging digital channels.
“Our job is to make sure people have access to NHL content how they want it and where they want it,” said Keith Ritter, president, NHL Interactive Cyber Enterprises (ICE). “We are committed to devoting resources to the channels that are most appealing to our fans. Omniture allows us to understand how each element of our Web platform is performing—helping us better serve our customers while also optimizing our marketing strategies.”
What are your thoughts on the first week of the NHL season. I have been enjoying the games and it seems players, coaches and on-ice officials all have the same feel for the game.
Agree or not, feel free to comment. I also ask readers of my NHL.com blog to leave their comments too. Link to the blog will be posted when available.
from the OC Register,
While any five-game sequence during the course of an 82-game NHL season can be misleading, the Ducks have encountered a myriad of problems that have included horribly undisciplined play, porous penalty-killing, shaky defensive-zone coverage and an overabundance of turnovers, both in their own end and in neutral ice.
Perhaps even more troubling is that, at least at this point, the Ducks are a one-line team, as it relates to offense, anyway. With center Ryan Getzlaf skating between his longtime buddy, Corey Perry, on the right side and Chris Kunitz on the left, the Ducks are dangerous. Otherwise, they have given opposing defenses and goaltenders no real cause for concern.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
On Monday, two days after leaving in the second period of a 5-3 Blues win over Los Angeles with a “tweaked” right knee, Legace was reassessing his proclamation. He was back at practice bending and scooting with ease and said he will start in the Blues’ home opener against Nashville on Wednesday night. But as far as playing 70 games this season, probably not.
“Sixty would be good ... that would be a good mark, not to push it,” said Legace, 34. “We’ll see how it goes. I’m just going to take all the precautions in the world.”
from the Chicago Daily-Herald,
If the Blackhawks are fortunate enough to catch a break—and it’s still a huge “if”—they will be without top scorer Martin Havlat for the next 4-6 weeks.
But if the news is bad later this week after Havlat has several more doctors examine his injured right shoulder, he could be lost to the Hawks for the rest of the season.
from the Montreal Gazette,
“I played with Stevie Yzerman my rookie season and I scored five goals in my first 12 games,” Dandenault said. “I was a scratch a lot of the time that year, but when I started the season I was with him. It was amazing. But I ended up the season with five goals because I went to the fourth line. I started the season with Yzerman and finished with Stu Grimson.”
more on Dandenault…
from the Tennessean,
“We realize we have to get goals different ways, but we have still been able create offense to this point,” Trotz said. “It might be a little surprising to some people, but there are different ways to attack a problem. We set out to have a certain type of team based on where we were with the hockey club. It’s two games into it, but we are going the right direction.”
Instead of loading up two lines, Trotz has outfitted each line with a bruiser, a creator and a finisher.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The great ones make a hard game look ridiculously easy.
Gretzky. Orr. Mario. Howe. Beliveau. Lafleur.
You can add Nick Lidstrom to that pantheon.
Since Orr retired 31 years ago because his knees gave out, Lidstrom and Ray Bourque have been hockey’s pre-eminent defencemen. Paul Coffey, who had 1500 points, was close. So was Denis Potvin, a mean customer. Chris Chelios, Larry Robinson and Scott Niedermayer have a following as game-managers. But, Lidstrom, who’s remarkably only missed 22 of 1,201 total games (some forced to rest him for the playoffs) is, in his 16th NHL season, a machine.
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