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Empty Netters takes a shot at Chelios…
The Penguins lost 1-0 in overtime in Detroit last night. Granted, a number of talented players such as Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Henrik Zetterberg didn’t play in this game, but when a 92-year-old man like Chris Chelios is the only player to score a goal, things are wrong, preseason or not.
My question is… Shouldn’t you be pointing the finger to the Penguins for allowing Chelios to score?
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The Leafs believe they are set in goal and that, by having Toskala and Raycroft combine forces, have strengthened themselves considerably.
It’s just that there’s no concrete evidence, really, upon which to base such a belief.
Indeed, when you looked at the goaltending depth chart of the lowly Phoenix Coyotes this week and saw David Aebischer, Alex Auld and Mikael Tellqvist, could you honestly say that group is significantly inferior to that of the Leafs?...
So if the weak Desert Dogs have questions in net to be answered, well, the Leafs are in exactly the same position.
It’s just that the Leaf goaltending questions will be asked much more loudly. Every day. Over and over. Under a white hot light of scrutiny powered by 40 years of Cup-less play.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
As a matter of fact, Murray said he has already had contract discussions with Redden’s agent, Don Meehan.
“I don’t know (where the Redden stuff comes from),” said Murray. “(Reporters) ask me about trying to sign Heatley and Spezza and then the conclusion (from reporters) is always nothing about those two at all, it’s always about eliminating another player. That’s not what we’re trying to do here. We’re going to try to do as well as we can with the people that we have and, obviously, keep them here.
“But there are a lot of factors involved here: The total dollars, the cap system and can we keep everybody? Will everybody give us an opportunity to sign them or will it be impossible because of the numbers?”
from The Record,
Kevin Weekes was supposed to make it easier for the Devils to rest Martin Brodeur this season.
But the Devils backup goaltender’s status is uncertain now after sustaining a probable concussion in a collision caused by Rangers agitator Sean Avery in the first period of Friday night’s 4-3 preseason loss to the Blueshirts at Madison Square Garden.
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello insisted that Weekes would be OK.
“He just hit his head,” Lamoriello said. “He’s fine.
from the Toronto Sun,
Surgery might be a realistic option for the young forward, who already underwent a sports hernia operation earlier this year.
Because tests revealed yesterday that Wellwood might have a potentially significant problem in the same area again, expect the Leafs to take every precaution in their quest to discover whether another operation is in the cards for Wellwood, who has experienced similar symptoms to those that caused him to miss almost half of the 2006-07 season.
added 3:57pm, Sportsnet reporting Wellwood out 3-4 weeks.
from the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
The Kings’ annual “Frozen Fury” NHL preseason game at the MGM Grand Garden has given their fans the best of both worlds: a season preview and a Las Vegas weekend getaway.
Several thousand make the trip from Southern California every year, as is the case for tonight’s 10th anniversary game. The Kings will take on the Colorado Avalanche at 7.
But with the NHL starting to take a more serious look at Las Vegas as a site for a franchise, the Kings could find themselves pushed out of the market where they helped generate interest in hockey.
“On one hand, experiment well done,” said Tim Leiweke, the Kings’ chief executive officer and team governor. “On the other hand, because of the success we’ve had in Las Vegas, we’re likely not going to be here much longer. We could find ourselves being the visiting team instead of the home team.”
From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,
Derek Boogaard is listed as day to day after taking a puck to the head during Friday morning’s practice at United Center. It opened a gash that required about 20 stitches and left a wound not disimilar to the one Boris Karloff wore in “Frankenstein.”
Asked what hurts worse, a fist or a puck, Boogaard didn’t have to think.
“They both hurt,” he said.
Ask a stupid question, get an honest answer.
from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,
Crosby has already transcended the sport with appearances on Jay Leno and award shows, and he has become a ubiquitous product endorser in Canada, not to mention the creator of a clothing line. His profile in the U.S. is not quite as high, although it is starting to grow. It doesn’t hurt that he is on a great young team, one that has the potential to develop quickly into a dynasty.
Crosby is the biggest reason for that and an easy choice for us as the league’s top player. Here’s the rest of the list. Let the arguments begin.
1. Sidney Crosby, C: How many pro athletes do you know who actually managed to exceed the kind of hype Crosby has had for years right off the bat? The scary thing is that he just turned 20.
2. Alexander Ovechkin, LW: He “slumped” last season with 46 goals and 92 points when opponents always keyed on his one-man show. This season, there will be supporting talent in Washington.
read on for 48 more rankings…
from Fox Sports,
His Capitals have lost tens of millions of dollars, he acknowledges, but the team is worth more than twice the $85 million he paid for it in 1999. The value will only increase if the team, which Leonsis has slowly rebuilt after initially overspending for players, returns to the playoffs this season for the first time since 2003.
“I have to laugh,” Leonsis said, “because we get slammed by newspapers or frankly even some new media properties, and I go, ‘Our salary cap has grown from $39 million to $50 million in two years.’ Whose shoes would you rather be in?”
more on Ted…
from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
Having four NHL-ready goaltenders is a nice problem for the Canadiens, but it doesn’t bode well for the immediate future of Carey Price. For the second year in a row, Price, the team’s top prospect, has been the best player—not the best goalie, the best player—in camp, but that won’t be enough to spare him a ticket to Hamilton.
Cristobal Huet has been anointed as Montreal’s starter, and reasonably so, given what he’s proven in this league over the past two seasons. He’s further reinforced his claim on the job with a spotless preseason mark and clearly is the best short-term option.
continued plus numerous NHL notes…
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