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from the Arizona Republic,
Defenseman Freddy Meyer joined the Coyotes for their practice Tuesday before the team left on a two-game road trip.
“It’s good be here,” said Meyer, who was claimed off waivers Monday from the New York Islanders. “I’m excited for a new beginning for myself. It’s a nice, young team here, high energy, and I’m looking forward to playing.
“It was a little setback (to be put on waivers), but when I first found out I was on waivers, I knew for a week or so that something was gonna happen, wasn’t sure what. It was a little downer at first, but I was lucky enough to get picked up by Phoenix.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Minnesota Wild winger Derek Boogaard is out to inflict some pain, which is exactly what the six-foot-seven, 260-pounder did last year when he scored a hat-trick of sorts—knocking Oilers’ Ales Hemsky, Ladislav Smid and Marty Reasoner out of action for a spell.
All three were staggered by Boogaard hits—the Oilers would say with some malicious intent in the case of Hemsky—although Boogaard claims he was only out only to create mayhem and Hemsky got caught in his train tracks.
“Speaks to his effectiveness that we’re speaking about him right now,” said Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. “He hasn’t fought, either. You don’t want to play to his strengths, obviously. He’s a helluva fighter….”
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Even if he (Blake) misses the next four seasons, his contract would surely be honoured, even though he’s not suffered a broken bone, concussion or other hockey-specific injury.
Yet far too few of hockey’s young stars take time to consider their mortality. What if instead of Blake it had been Alex Steen or Kris Newbury – who don’t have long-term security – tearfully disclosing they had leukemia?
Fact is, the NHL Players’ Association has long been worried that not enough of hockey’s less established players buy long-term disability insurance, even as the league minimum salary approaches $500,000 a year. (A million-dollar policy would cost a player in his early 20s about $10,000.)
Consider the cases of Milos Holan and Yanick Dupre, onetime teammates with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears.
Be like Zetterberg! Get your gear.
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
The future begins tonight, when Toews plays his first NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at the United Center.
Hawks coach Denis Savard sees unlimited possibilities for Toews, 19 and only a season removed from college hockey at North Dakota.
‘‘He’ll play in every situation—power play, penalty kill, four-on-four—and he’ll be good at it,’’ Savard said. ‘‘He is our future. He’s going to make a difference. I’m not concerned about that.’‘
In Snider’s opinion, Holmgren has done a masterful job of “reloading” the proud franchise.
“I liked the way we opened up against Calgary. There were certain things I didn’t like against Edmonton,” he said Tuesday in a phone interview. “But I like the fact that we came back in that game and went ahead….”
“I knew Paul,” Snider said. “I had a lot of respect for Paul. I liked him, but I wasn’t sure how he would take the reins. Quite honestly, he exceeded by far any expectations I might have had.”
And now there’s laughter in Snider’s office again.
“Paul made my statement come true,” Snider said. “We don’t rebuild, we retool.”
Game On, the blog area of MSG Network has been presenting numerous videos lately on the Rangers.
In this video, a few Rangers, including head coach Tom Renney, discuss the current state of the Rangers.
via William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
As Hockey Night’s Elliotte Friedman reported last week, the NHL is beginning to install high-definition overhead cameras in the arenas as well as HDTV video recorders, which help clarify reviews of disputed goals.
The HDTV technology helped make possible the correct calls on two disputed, but difficult-to-see goals in the New Jersey Devils-Ottawa Senators game on Monday.
By the end of the week, 14 arenas will have the HDTV technology. By the end of the month, it will be in all the buildings.
from the Ottawa Sun,
“He’s relaxed,” said Senators coach John Paddock. “He got off to a good start in the first exhibition game. Last year he didn’t get off to a good start, then had to face (the media).
“I know they have (one) beat writer in Carolina, so there’s about 20 times the amount of people in here right now and that’s every day. That makes a difference. We struggled and those things mentally were tough (on Gerber).”
Gerber admitted he had a difficult time dealing with the pressure after he arrived with a three-year, $11.1 million US contract.
from the Toronto Sun,
When the coach doesn’t even try to sugarcoat an effort, you know it’s bad. When the best players on the ice are the guy with cancer and the goalie, you know it’s bad.
The Leafs got away from everything they’ve tried to do all year. They tried to skate with the Hurricanes and ended up looking like Perdita Felicien hitting the first hurdle.
“We tried to play someone else’s game,” Maurice said. “We don’t have that kind of speed. (Darcy) Tucker got a penalty for hitting a guy just because there hadn’t been (any hits) before. It just was so much out of place in the game.”
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