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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Muckler still believed an overhaul was in order, and he decided to change the face of this club. "I could have done nothing and maybe we would have had another 100-point season, but we wouldn't have been successful in the playoffs," said Muckler. "The fans here aren't going to settle for that and we're not going to settle for that either. We're all about winning a Stanley Cup here. That's our only goal.
Andy Murray, Ken Hitchcock and Peter Laviolette express their views of the changes to the game in the Globe and Mail. But be patient, Hitchcock said.
"The first time there are 10 or 12 penalties for each team, we can't have a collective heart attack," he said. "It's going to happen, so let's learn how to adjust." As the head coach of the American entry for the Turin hockey tournament in February, Laviolette made a quick assessment: puck control means everything. "For me, it's all about the puck now. If you've got it, it's going to be tough to stop it. So you better figure out a way to get it and hang onto it. I [also] think there will be some reteaching of defence and how to defend." Murray, the Kings' head coach, said on the eve of training camp for the 30 NHL clubs. "At the end of the night, if you try those long passes, 15 per cent will work and 85 per cent you just give the puck away to the other team. "We don't think there are going to be as many changes in the game as most people think."
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If you analyze exactly what the NHL is promising this season in terms of rule enforcement, it is without question the most ambitious initiative ever embarked upon by the league. It's not change. It's a revolution. For that reason alone, it's hard to see how the NHL will succeed. Then again, the same was said about the salary cap, and here we all are today taking Cap-ology 101. This is not the shootout we're talking about, or the streamlining of goalie equipment, or taking out the red line for the purpose of dialing long distance through the neutral zone. Many of those flashy items have attracted the focus over the past few months, mostly because they are straightforward and easy to visualize. But this isn't where the true revolution is taking place, the part of the NHL game that the league is promising will change the most and, by osmosis, could change the sport on a world-wide basis. You have to understand going into exhibition play next week that the NHL is proposing a totally new standard of rule enforcement on players in possession of the puck.
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Out of sight and pretty much out of mind for a year, the Thrashers would like your attention again. They're in the process of rolling out an advertising campaign that signals their relaunch from the NHL lockout and unveils some pretty heady ambitions. "We want to create our own nation of true-blue fans — a la 'Bulldog Nation' or, in hockey terms, 'Hockeytown' in Detroit," said Jim Pfeifer, Thrashers vice president of marketing, advertising and branding. "So 'Blueland' is born . . . a hockey utopia where true blue fans can congregate." The Thrashers, who open training camp this week and their home season Oct. 8, will introduce the concept of "Blueland" on billboards and in print, TV, radio and online advertising. It's an evolution of the team's former "true blue" campaign.
This is the final installment of the teleconferences conducted by the NHL. The Pacific Division was represented by Scott Niedermayer, Marty Turco, Jeremy Roenick, Shane Doan and Patrick Marleau. The transcript of the conference is in the comment section of this post. For all other divisions, check the post below this one.
Dave Keon of the NHL Public Relations Department, conducted six teleconferences this week. The Southeast Division conference call included Bobby Holik, Rod Brind'Amour, Joe Nieuwendyk, Martin St. Louis and Dainus Zubrus. The transcript of the conference can be found in the comment section of this post. Also, all divisions have been added except the Pacific, which will be added later tonight. Northeast Atlantic Central Northwest
via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The Thrashers plan to send one fan home from Philips Arena in a new car after each home victory this season — a new blue car bearing the team's logo. "We hope there are 41 of them" on Atlanta roads by spring, said Thrashers general manager Don Waddell, who conceived the promotion. The Thrashers play 41 home games. Key details, including make of car and length of free lease, still are being worked out, but the promotion "is definitely going to happen," Thrashers president Bernie Mullin said. The plan is for winners to keep the cars for at least one year.
from Jeff Gordon of the Post-Dispatch,
It is not the booming slap shot, arguably the best point shot in the history of the game. It is not his pinpoint passing or heady defensive play or his deceptive nastiness on the ice. Rather, it was seeing just how spent MacInnis was after a game. He often looked pale, almost gaunt. Night after night, he logged big minutes. Night after night, he killed penalties, ran the power play, took the hits -– playing to the maximum his body would allow. He didn’t lope around the ice like Pronger, making the game look easier than it was. He didn’t pace himself like Hull did. He couldn’t. He didn’t have that luxury.
Flyers forward Peter Forsberg and defenseman Derian Hatcher are both injured and will miss the beginning of training camp, according to Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke. Forsberg has an infected bursa in his right ankle and will have surgery on Monday, September 12, and will miss at least two weeks, while Hatcher has a sprain in his left knee and will miss at least three weeks.
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