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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
In 15 years of watching the Bettman administration at work, the hockey world has learned that these fellows love to dabble.
They’ve dabbled in an unbalanced schedule, but now appear set to change back. They’ve dabbled in third jerseys and uniform “systems” and streamlining goalie equipment. They’ve dabbled in glowing TV pucks and neutral-site games and regular-season contests in Europe, not to mention the World Cup and the Winter Olympics, never fully committing to any of them….
Oh yes, and they’ve dabbled, curiously, in playing their games outdoors….
That the NHL will try to make this happen in a lakeside city that offers a winter climate that’s both unpredictable and often violently inhospitable is one interesting part of the equation.
That it’s willing to essentially undermine the competitive legitimacy of its own product by permitting such a novelty event to go forward is another.
from the New York Post,
If Avery can be the spark, the Rangers have the potential to light a fire that will burn bright through the NHL.
“We’re gonna win a lot of games. We’re gonna be a very difficult team to beat on a nightly basis and we’re gonna win the Stanley Cup as far as I’m concerned,” Avery said. “I think that, and I feel that right now this team is ready to make a 10-month commitment with each other and it’s gonna be something that we’ll remember for the rest of our lives.”
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
Rookie center Jonathan Toews, Chicago’s first-round pick in last year’s draft, broke his right index finger Wednesday night during the Blackhawks’ 4-3 preseason loss to Columbus and is expected to be sidelined two-to-three weeks.
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The goalie competition shouldn’t come as a huge surprise. In crucial games down the stretch last season against the Rangers, Hurricanes and Maple Leafs, Hartley turned to the veteran Hedberg, a departure from the first half of the season.
Who could forget the goalie rotation in the playoffs? Lehtonen started in goal for Games 1 and 3 against the Rangers, while Hedberg played in Games 2 and 4. It was 50-50, and despite a long summer, it doesn’t look like much has changed.
“I will not put numbers out there because there are no numbers,” Hartley said. “Their performances will dictate their playing time, and I think this is a very healthy situation.”
From the CP via CBC,
There are few with better qualifications than Brodeur to evaluate a coaching performance and the future Hall of Famer says he likes what he’s seen from Brent Sutter during the first week of training camp.
“I think Brent definitely took charge right from Day 1 in the way he wants our team to play,” Brodeur said
Wednesday on a conference call. “I think just how strong he is as far as the way he talks, how confident he is in himself reminds me a lot of Pat Burns or Jacques Lemaire.
“He’s not a guy who’s going to let the players dictate too much what’s going on.”
Are the Hurricanes tough enough ? Do they need to add an enforcer type to their roster?
There seems to be a movement back to this among many teams. The Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins come to mind as three teams that have addressed the issue and have gone in that direction over the the last few months. When the NHL opened for business after the lockout in 2005, it looked like some of these players would fall by the wayside. Would the warrior who had protected the skilled player for so many years become extinct?
Jarome Iginla participated in an NHL tele-conference today…
Q. You how important is it for you to get a few road wins under your belt right off the bat this year?
JAROME IGINLA: Yeah, I think last year was really, you know, it was tough on us to be at home and have the home record that we had, one of the top ones in the league; and then to go on the road and have one of the worst ones in the league. And then, you know, looking at it we were looking for answers the whole time.
And you know, I don’t know if we pinned it down, but I think as a group of players, I think we can all admit that we obviously have to find a way to be better. But you know, it’s not just ?? we also realize it wasn’t just bad breaks and bounces and things. There’s a lot of things to improve on. So part of it is confidence, but also it will be getting grittier and a little bit more determined and all those things. It will be nice to get off to a good start and get some good confidence and not to have to hear about the road record all year.
via Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Speaking of the Sabres/Penguins “Winter Classic,” I’m having a hard time agreeing with some prominent hockey scribes who wonder whether another outdoor game is a case of the league going to the well one too many times.
Fellas, this is only the second one. In four freakin’ years. Another Rolling Stones tour this is not.
In Adam’s blog today, there is now a reason for me to attempt to get media credentials for a Kings game in LA.
from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe on Hockey Blog,
Call it a hunch, but after being around the team for a few days now, I’ve done a complete about-face on this issue. A month ago, I thought both Niedermayer and Selanne were done. At the moment, I’d say it’s more likely that they’ll play at some later date this year rather than retire, in the hopes of winning back-to-back championships.
more... Eric is in SoCal and has a bit on the Kings too, could a rookie goalie fit into the mix for the Kings?...
Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Alberts is doing special correspondence on the team website:
As you know camp started here on Friday, only I wasn’t able to attend because i had a bad 4-day run in with the dreaded “flue like symptoms.” It wasn’t pleasant (achy, headache), but I’m over it and ready to get back to playing hockey.
The first few days here at camp have been very intense.
more… (*including Andrew’s own movie review and recommendation…)
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