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from the Rocky Mountain News, Laperriere led the Avalanche with 116 penalty minutes, so it wasn't as if he neglected his in-your-face style that can be so maddening for opponents. "Lappy," as he is called by his teammates, can be more than a little yappy. He also plays all three forward positions, kills penalties and even is asked to take the occasional faceoff. "Last year was a blast," he said. "The main reason was because of the guys in the room. I was in L.A. for so long that you get comfortable, but this locker room was easy to adjust to. In L.A., I had great teammates, but I had issues with one of them; everybody knows which one." read on...plus Turgeon may not play until end of October...
from the Chicago Sun-Times,
'I had some talks with the Hawks and some other teams, but nothing major,'' Daze said. ''It would have been basically tryouts. I was thinking about seeing what was in front of me, but my back made my decision for me.'' Daze thought he was on the road to recovery during the summer. He had been working with a personal trainer in Montreal and had been back on the ice for a month. But during an on-ice workout two weeks ago, he felt pain again. ''I tried reaching for a puck and got hit,'' Daze said. ''That tweaked it again, and I didn't go back on the ice.'' And he might not again.more
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
With a $44-million (all terms US) salary cap in place and the club's payroll over $42 million, the Senators will likely keep only 21 players because they can't afford to have players sitting around earning an NHL salary. "We might have to keep one more player at the end of camp because of the injury situation right now, but we'll see," said Murray. "We'll eliminate as we get healthy bodies back. I would guess we're looking at that 12th or 13th forward spot as being kind of critical for the individual player involved." Forwards Alexei Kaigorodov, Denis Hamel, Serge Payer and Josh Hennessy are competing for one spot up front. Going into camp, Kaigorodov would have had been a lock in Ottawa, but Hamel has scored five goals and deserves a chance to start the season here.more
from the Columbus Dispatch,
"We’ve changed the look of our hockey club," coach Gerard Gallant said. "We were always a small team before, and we had to find ways most nights to overcome that against the really good teams in this league. It was a big challenge for us. "Now, we’re huge up front. We’ve got plenty of size, and it’s a good feeling. I don’t think we have to worry about getting pushed around by anybody anymore." The Blue Jackets acquired left winger Fredrik Modin (6-4, 220) during the off-season and two weeks ago signed right winger Anson Carter (6-2, 210). Last season, they acquired Fedorov (6-2, 205) and left winger Jason Chimera (6-2, 206). "Big, skilled players are not easy to (acquire)," Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean said. "We’ve managed to add some, but our younger kids have grown up and filled out their frames, too.read on
from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,
Wednesday in New York, deputy commissioner Bill Daly and the NHL’s marketing team will be meeting with a number of high-profile agents to discuss its strategy on how to market the league’s star players. “They maintain they are creating a new direction,” said one agent who will take part in the two-hour meeting. “The players will not be hidden anymore. They’ll be front and center.” It’s about time. For too long, the NHL has been loathe to promote its solo talents, instead trying to sell the league as a triumph of a team concept. But with emerging and engaging talents such as Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby, the league clearly sees an opportunity to do something it failed to do when Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux were at the height of their dazzling skills.more
from Lary Brooks at the NY Post,
"The conditioning is not there, and even though I have been skating twice a day, that's still not like games," Jagr said following yesterday's work. "You can only get conditioning by playing in games, so if I could play in both of those games, I'd like to." Obviously no Ranger wants to deliver a blow to Jagr's shoulder that might re-injure the club's presumptive captain, but Jagr needs to take hits in order to learn how the shoulder is going to respond under duress. He's not yet confident in his ability to take a check. "Of course I'm going to worry about it," he said. "It should be OK, but nothing is guaranteed. I don't want to go through the same situation, so that's just natural for me to feel that way. It's going to take time, and I have to get used to the feeling of getting hit. "If you're unable to walk, the first day you can walk you're going to wonder how it's going to feel. You're not going to start running that day."read on
from the Northwest Herald,
...High ones. Savard expects the Hawks to have the top power play in the league. "I didn't say it just to say it," Savard said Tuesday at practice. "I believe that we can be. It's up to our guys." The Hawks a season ago cashed in 12 percent of the time with at least a man advantage. The most efficient power play in the league belonged to Detroit, which doubled the Hawks' output of 51 goals. To even reach the middle of the pack, the Hawks need to improve the most integral part of goal-scoring. "Shooting ... the ... puck," head coach Trent Yawney said.more
from the OC Register,
It was the No.1 topic after the Ducks blew a three-goal, second-period lead in Monday's 5-4, shootout loss to the Kings at Staples Center. It likely will be first and foremost on the agenda before tonight's matchup with the Phoenix Coyotes at Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim, the penultimate NHL exhibition assignment for the Ducks. "We were guilty of some stick infractions that were blatant," Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said. "We thought we had that cured, but obviously we did not."continued
from the Canadian Press:
Twin girls who won the legal right to try out for a boys high school hockey team in Winnipeg have failed to make the squad. Amy and Jesse Pasternak, who had played on community boys teams for years, called their school's girls' team a joke. The 17-year-olds won a human rights decision Friday that allowed them to try out for the boys' team at West Kildonan Collegiate. Both girls learned Tuesday that they were cut from the team.continued
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Two thirty-something NHL veterans - Greg Johnson in Detroit and Steven Konowalchuk in Colorado - have yet to step onto the ice because pre-season physicals turned up some cardiac-related irregularities. This is serious stuff and if we needed any reminder of that, we need only go back to last November when Red Wing defenceman Jiri Fischer almost died on the bench because his heart stopped during an NHL regular season game. Fischer's career is over and the same questions are being asked about the 35-year-old Johnson and soon-to-be 34-year-old Konowalchuk. Sources say Johnson may soon have to announce his retirement, but he is seeking secondary medical opinions to be sure. There's no word on when, or if, Konowalchuk will be cleared to skate again.read on
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