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from the Chicago Sun-Times,
‘We want to be a puck possession team,’’ said Savard, who was promoted to replace fired Trent Yawney last November. ‘‘With the changes we made, we can do a lot more stuff. We’re a different team than last year. Our skill level has really improved.’‘
Robert Lang, Yanic Perreault, Sergei Samsonov, Kevyn Adams and promising rookies Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are on board now, causing Savard to think differently about his team.
‘‘We’ll change a lot of stuff,’’ he said. ‘‘Our forecheck will be a little more under control. Though we still want to continue to be aggressive, we want to play smart. Our neutral zone is going to be changed, and we’ll change our D-zone coverage.
‘‘There’s a lot we want to accomplish in 21 days, but we’re going to be ready.’‘
from the Calgary Sun,
Miikka Kiprusoff has a message for Calgary Flames fans.
His top priority is to re-sign with the club.
Rumours may be swirling the star netminder wants to bolt the Stampede City in favour of a warmer locale or one with less scrutiny, but Kiprusoff said his No.-1 priority is to ink a pact with the Flames.
“That’s my first option, for sure,” he said after going through the paces of fitness testing yesterday at the Saddledome as training camp opened. “I’d love to stay here.”
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Despite Canada’s domination of the junior hockey Super Series, the tournament was a success at the gate and on television.
The event worked so well that Hockey Canada wants to do it again, or at least is looking into reprising the tournament next summer, with Canada playing the United States.
from Sun Media,
Hall of Fame centre Marcel Dionne, who also chose to leave his home province as a teenager to play major junior for the then St. Catharines Black Hawks in Ontario, said that the demands on a francophone player in Montreal are far more onerous than those placed on other players.
“I am from Quebec and I’m very proud to be a French-Canadian,” he said. “But it is very, very difficult for a French-Canadian to play the game at the NHL level in Montreal. I really feel the fans and the media in Quebec are harder on French-Canadian players.”
from the New York Post,
“We’re going to surprise a lot of people,” incumbent captain Patrik Elias predicted after the team reported for physicals yesterday and first practices today. “I’m optimistic about this season.”
“We’re going to be a lot better than people think we’ll be,” said Zach Parise, one of those on whom that will depend.
from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,
The Sabres didn’t advertise it, but The Buffalo News on Thursday night learned they suspended Teppo Numminen without pay for failing to report to training camp in proper physical condition. The 39-year-old defenseman must have his heart worked on a third time, although this procedure is for a different condition than the previous two….
What do you think the Canadiens would have done if a team physical showed Saku Koivu’s cancer had returned over the summer? Suspend him?
Jaromir Jagr touches on numerous subjects regarding the New York Rangers.
Good interview, about five minutes long.
from Kevin Allen at USA TODAY,
The NHL’s Eastern Conference has become a landscape of equal opportunity for teams looking to reach the Stanley Cup Finals this season.
Whether you have a hole on defense, or a slug in your top six forwards, you have reason to believe you have a chance. If you had chosen a committee to shuffle players from roster to roster to make every team equal, you could not have created as much parity as we now have in the Eastern Conference after this summer’s wheeling and dealing.
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
At day’s end, any distaste Bettman might still have for Balsillie would probably be trumped by the Research In Motion co-founder’s ability to help bail out a struggling team. Say, the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Thrashers aren’t going anywhere as things now stand. But that’s largely because the team’s eight owners are in court fighting for control of the NHL franchise and its basketball cousin, the NBA’s Hawks.
Sports finance experts say whoever emerges with the team may well look to sell and/or move the Thrashers.
That’s because Atlanta has failed to impress as an NHL market. “Forget about hockey,” one sports business source says.
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