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“Before our first scrimmage the other day, before the puck was even dropped, I heard the other team say: ‘Keep your head up, McDavid’. I think it was one of the Stewart brothers (Chris or Anthony). For sure, he’ll get a lot of that. And with good reason. When you have the skill set he has, and you can do the damage he thinks he should be able to do, he’ll earn that attention.”
-Mike Cammalleri of the New Jersey Devils on Connor McDavid at the BioSteel Camp. More by Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun on McDavid and other topics including player talking about the ads on sweaters.
from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
What the Jets ultimately decide to do with Ladd and Dustin Byfuglien is going to have long-lasting ramifications on the direction the franchise takes moving forward.
My view on Byfuglien — who will make $6 million this season and carry a cap hit of $5.2 million — hasn't changed. The expectation is that the Jets will continue to work on a new deal for the blue-liner as well.
For now, let's keep the focus on Ladd, who is coming off a season that saw him produce 24 goals and a career-high 62 points in 81 games.
Ladd's worth has always stretched well beyond the numbers but the impressive part of last season's totals was that he was playing through a sports hernia and not close to full health.
Despite playing through injury, Ladd was tied for 12th in points by a left-winger, even with Zach Parise of the Minnesota Wild.
The laundry list of Ladd's strong qualities as a player is a lengthy one, but it's his durability and consistency that are at the top of it....
So what's the hold up?
Ladd will turn 30 in December, so you can be sure he's looking to hit a home run with this deal.
It wouldn't be a surprise if his camp is looking for a seven- or eight-year deal worth north of $6 million per season.
Ryan O'Reilly is scheduled to appear in London court Thursday after being charged for drunk driving.
The Sabres center was charged with impaired driving after a he crashed his pickup truck into a Tim Hortons in Lucan on July 9.
added 10:38am, from AM980,
The case of Buffalo Sabres star Ryan O’Reilly, charged with impaired driving following a crash last month outside a Tim Hortons in Lucan, has been put over until next month.
The 24-year-old, originally from Bluewater, was not at the London court house on Thursday. His lawyer appeared on his behalf.
O’Reilly’s next court appearance was set for Sept. 10th.
from Jon Lane of NHL.com,
Here are four reasons for optimism in Minnesota:
Stability in goal: The Wild have their finest goaltending depth in years with Devan Dubnyk and Darcy Kuemper. Dubnyk went 27-9-2 with five shutouts, a 1.78 goals-against average and .936 save percentage after he was traded to Minnesota by the Arizona Coyotes on Jan. 15. He was rewarded with a six-year, $26 million contract and is the unquestioned No. 1 goalie, but won't have to start 39 of 40 games again.
Kuemper is 27-22-6 with a 2.48 GAA and .910 save percentage in 63 NHL games (56 starts). He is capable of giving Dubnyk a breather, which is important considering Dubnyk and the Wild ran out of steam against the Blackhawks.
"Right from the start I want [Devan] to compete and I want him to play a lot of hockey games, but we know Darcy Kuemper is very capable," Wild coach Mike Yeo said. "I think he'll provide some good support for Devan. And Devan is going to help him too, an awful lot. As a young player (25), there's not going to be quite as much on his shoulders as there was in the past, and that will allow him to kind of settle into his own game, feel confident, feel good about himself, and with that we'll see his game continue to rise."
from Matt Larkin of The Hockey News,
Want to make an NHL player bristle? Just follow these easy steps:
(a) stand a foot away from him;
(b) remind him his team missed the playoffs last season;
(c) ask him if his team is rebuilding.
The experiment works like a charm on Philadelphia Flyers right winger Wayne Simmonds between training sessions at BioSteel’s 2015 hockey camp, where players from all over the league – and other leagues – gather to compete, hone their skills and rehabilitate. Reminded of the Flyers’ sixth-place finish in the Metropolitan division, and asked whether a new coach and large shipment of elite young defense prospects signifies a rebuild, Simmonds shakes his head so fast you can practically see the sweat fly.
“No,” he said, recoiling slightly, brow furrowed. “We’re a good team right now.”
Simmonds says the only thing that kept his Flyers out of the big dance in 2014-15 was a tendency to play to their opponents’ levels, holding their own against Cup contenders but struggling against teams equal to or below them in the standings. The stats confirm Simmonds’ theory. Philly went 14-15-8 (.486) against teams that missed the playoffs and 19-16-10 (.533) against playoff teams last season. The discrepancy was even more pronounced in the Flyers’ division, where they went 3-8-3 (.321) against the non-playoff Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils and Columbus Blue Jackets versus 9-5-2 (.625) against the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.
from Lizz Schumer of The Sun,
HAMBURG — The Patrick Kane investigation continues to fester, and the more well-intentioned (or otherwise) comments come out, the more the parties involved get hurt. In the absence of statements from Kane or the young ladies (allegedly) involved in the incident, the only quotes in the press should be “no comment.”
Local commentator Alan Bedenko of “The Daily Public” has vocally opposed some local media’s coverage of the incident from the beginning, particularly the inclusion of statements from SkyBar owner Mark Croce. Recently, the off-duty police officer who gave Kane, a friend of his and two young women a ride back to Kane’s house, spoke on the record as a friend of the hockey star’s. Buffalo police officer Thomas English, spoke as a friend, as he is barred from speaking to the press in an official capacity. Bedenko was critical of his statement as he has been of Croce’s remarks about the woman’s behavior and Kane’s bar tab, criticized the officer. “Everyone – and I mean everyone – should take a cue from all the lawyers in the case and stop talking to the press,” Bedenko wrote. “The same goes for the alleged victim’s friends who were trying to help. None of them are witnesses as to what happened, yet they’re talking to the media about the alleged victim’s character.”
MOSCOW, August 19. /TASS/. NHL Washington Capitals forward Alexander Ovechkin is ready to play for the Russian national ice hockey team at the 2018 Winter Olympics even if the NHL bans him from coming to South Korea, he told journalists on Wednesday.
"The same situation was with the  Sochi Games, they said NHL could not be allowed to come," Ovechkin said. "I hope the sides will reach an agreement."
"Anyway, I and other players will definitely come [to the Olympics2018]," he added.
The 2018 Winter Olympics will be held from February 9 to 25, 2018, in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
from Jack Han of Eyes On The Prize,
First, you want a player with long arms. Longer arms for a skater means more range for stickhandling, more power for shooting, and more leverage in corner puck battles. For a goalie, long arms means a better ability to take away the top of the net when down in a butterfly stance.
Second, you want a player with a big, heavy torso. This is much more important for goalie than for skaters, since a goaltender with a big torso can use a bigger chest protector and cover more of the gap between his shoulders and the crossbar.
Third, you want a player with short legs. Longer legs means a higher top-end speed, as Usain Bolt has demonstrated in sprinting, but shorter legs means better acceleration,as almost every other sprinter in Olympic history has demonstrated. In hockey, a skater reaches top speed for a brief moment, before needing to stop, change direction, and accelerate in the opposite direction. Goalies with shorter legs have a better push-off angle when going across the crease, and can be quicker to close the five-hole.
Anecdotally, it may help for a player to have smaller calves. Less weight at the extremities means more efficient movement, mirroring and amplifying the benefits of lighter skates. Wayne Simmons and Daniel Briere's lower legs look like they belong on a distance runner.
Highlights from Day 2 of the BioSteel camp...
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