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via the LA Times (reg. req.),
But now, as the Ducks get closer to the opening of training camp on Sept. 10, Niedermayer says he has begun to think about playing again. He has two years and $13.5 million left on his Ducks contract.
“He’s getting cold feet,” joked his wife, Lisa, as the two stood in a parking lot in Cranbrook, Canada, where they grew up.
Asked about the Ducks’ opening series of the upcoming regular season—consecutive games against the Kings in London on Sept. 29-30—Niedermayer was more certain. He made it clear that the trip was too far and that he does not plan to go. “Let’s put it this way,” said the four-time Stanley Cup winner, “there’s a bigger chance that I will play this season than go to London.”
from Lightning Strikes,
Prospal also is entering a contract season.
So the question is, will Prospal, in better shape, with a finely tuned focus, and with his next contract on the line, get back to being the player who had 60 points in 2005-06? I say he comes on strong. Money aside, there’s a lot to be said for an athlete who feels a bit as if his reputation as a player took a hit, and it’s not like his skills dropped from one year to the next.
And just think of the havoc Lecavalier’s line will cause with Prospal making the contributions of which we know he is capable. In that case, perhaps coach John Tortorella’s stated plan to simply outscore opponents this season (that is, rely on the offense to carry the team forward) has a chance after all.
from the Vancouver Province,
Following his second skate since arriving from his off-season home in Ornskoldsvik, Sweden, late last week, Naslund said he feels settled and full of energy heading into his 14th NHL season and the final year of a three-year, $18-million US contract.
It’s a huge difference from a year ago, when Naslund came to a camp run by new head coach Alain Vigneault, a new, more defensively responsible system and a dressing room full of new faces.
“I feel great,” said Naslund. “I feel that I’ve got peace of mind for some reason. I feel excited about going into this year. I feel a lot better about coming in this year than I did last year.
“With all the personnel changes and the coaching changes, it was exciting in one way, but on the other hand it’s nicer having the certainty of knowing the guys and knowing what we’re supposed to do.”
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
Hockey Night in Canada is taking its popular brand to satellite radio where it will launch a talk show in time for the start of the NHL season, sources said this week.
Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, refused comment, except to say: “We’re always looking for ways to leverage the top sports brand on Canadian television. We think it’s been underutilized.”
One of the hosts of HNIC Radio is expected to be Hockey Night reporter Elliotte Friedman, who started in radio with the Fan 590 in Toronto and still occasionally fills in as a co-host.
from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have named Dave Lewis as Assistant Coach and have promoted Jamie Kompon to Assistant Coach and Director of Amateur Development, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford announced Tuesday. Lewis joins Mike Johnston (Associate Coach), Kompon, Nelson Emerson (Assistant Coach), Bill Ranford (Goaltending Coach) and Chad Smith (Strength and Conditioning Coach) on Crawford’s coaching staff.
from the Vancouver Province,
UFA, Russia — At street corner stores here everywhere they sell Babushka dolls which are a set of similar wooden dolls of decreasing sizes that are placed one inside another inside another.
They have something similar in Canada — the Sutter family. Two of them are in Russia to take part in the Super Series and the similarities run deep. Both are acting like pros, both are playing to win and both are enjoying their last few games together before they go their separate ways in hockey to try to make marks in the NHL.
Team Canada head coach Brent Sutter has long been reluctant to talk much about the special relationship he has with his assistant captain, who is also his son, Brandon Sutter.
from Barry Melrose Rocks,
It’s safe to say that the New York Islanders are all for class participation. From their famous Blog in a Box, to the numerous fan articles that they publish through various mediums, there’s no doubt that they love to hear what the public has to say. In another very unique move, the Islanders have acquired an internet fan forum to become the team’s official message board/fan forum/gripe fest for their website.
from the Hockey News,
“I saw that all the local pros and top junior and collegiate players were skating at different arenas and at various ice times,” Vastamaki said. “I thought of bringing them all together under one roof to make the best possible summer scrimmage league in Thunder Bay and also give these guys a venue where they could actually challenge and improve themselves.”
This year’s Pro Camp headliners include all four Staal brothers; Eric, Jordan, Marc and Jared, along with Taylor and Tom Pyatt, Patrick Sharp, Trevor Letowski and Alex Auld.
Pittsburgh’s Jordan Staal, in his third summer at Pro Camp, said the scrimmages are a fun and very competitive way to tune up over the summer.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Officially, it’s the Edmonton Oilers vs. the Chicago Blackhawks on Nov. 24 on Hockey Night in Canada.
But really it’s Tickets for Troops night, a first for the National Hockey League. The Oilers hope the entire building will be full of what they call their “hometown heroes.”
The Oilers hope to fill Rexall Place with armed forces personnel and their families stationed at CFB Edmonton by asking their season ticket customers to turn back their ducats for that game, in appreciation of the soldiers’ efforts.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
The Jackets are a long way from making a serious run at the playoffs. In the past, MacLean wouldn’t or couldn’t accept that fact, leading to several ill-fated “quick fixes.” If Howson stays true to his word and focuses on the big picture, the Jackets can begin to move in the right direction.
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