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from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,
Evander Kane believes he could be on the verge of a breakout season.
Rarely short on bravado, Kane was mostly playful as he met the media and made a bold proclamation on Friday that should generate the type of headline that would have Winnipeg Jets’ fans dancing in the streets if it comes to fruition.
In past years, Kane has often kept his personal goals to himself but that wasn’t the case this time around.
“I said when I got drafted that I can score 50 and I know I can score 50,” Kane, chosen fourth overall in 2009, said matter-of-factly. “Playing with the right guys and playing with those guys consistently and obviously staying healthy is a big part of it too.
“The sky is the limit.”
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
His eyes welled, his voice shook.
We don’t normally see Ryan Suter emotional, but the Wild’s rock of a defenseman fought back tears Friday as he talked about the loss of his father and best friend, Bob Suter, 10 days earlier.
“My dad, we were pretty close, so …” Suter said, needing a few moments to gather himself. “Just a really good guy, a hard-working guy. I’m going to miss him.”
Suter always goes about his business effortlessly on the ice. It doesn’t matter if he logs 30 or 35 minutes, his pulse never seems to rise above 30, his breathing never seems to get heavy.
It was the same thing Friday. It was obvious how much he’s hurting, yet Suter somehow located the ability to battle through and stand in front of reporters following the first day of training camp.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
Speaking with the group of current and former GMs, a couple of themes emerged:
• They were unanimously on board with the Blue Jackets offers to Johansen and all agreed they were more than fair. For the record, the Blue Jackets have offered deals of $6 million for two years, $32 million for six years and $46 million for eight years.
• While the majority felt the Jackets tactic of going public runs counter to their style, they could certainly understand Davidson’s and Kekalainen’s frustrations.
• None of them would trade Johansen.
While most of them said the public flogging of Overhardt, in particular, is counterintuitive to their negotiation style, they acknowledged their might be some behind-the-scenes dynamics of which only they know. And they all sympathized with the Blue Jackets. All GMs spoke to thn.com on the condition of anonymity.
Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat today...
Who will win the Connor McDavid sweepstakes and finish at the bottom this year?
Katie Strang I don't think it will be Buffalo. That team made significant strides. Don't see it being Calgary or Buffalo, either. Both teams have talented youngsters and solidified their goaltending. I'm really not sold on Ottawa this year, but that would be a pretty precipitous decline. Edmonton, perhaps? Shoot, even Arizona could really take a tumble if Mike Smith has a bad year.
Rebound year for Letang - is he arguably the most important piece for Pitt to make a deep run?
Katie Strang His performance is key, especially with the loss of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik, but he'll have help along the blue line from Paul Martin and Christian Ehrhoff. Two most important pieces? Crosby, duh. And Marc-Andre Fleury. Quite the test with him entering the last year of his contract without an extension. Has to prove himself to earn that.
The most important question tonight:Who will win Lord Stanley?
Katie Strang Hard to pick against Chicago, but I like the Lightning as my sleeper team in the East.
ST. LOUIS - The Blues have invited defenseman Ryan Whitney to training camp as a professional tryout.
Whitney was invited to Blues training camp last season. He played in seven games in 2013-14 with the Florida Panthers.
The Boston native has appeared in 481 career NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anaheim Ducks, Edmonton Oilers and Panthers, registering 50 goals and 209 assists (259 points).
from John Cullen of Shnarped,
This week, John chats with Henrik Samuelsson, one of the stars for the Edmonton Oil Kings during their run to the Memorial Cup last season, and one of the prospects considered to have a very good chance to make the Arizona Coyotes this fall. Henrik is both a native of Arizona(he was born in Pittsburgh but grew up in Scottsdale) and the son of former NHLer Ulf Samuelsson. He also grows a playoff beard that makes him look like a Viking.
How would your most hated opponent on the ice describe you as a player?
HS: I think most of my opponents would probably describe me as a nice, caring guy. I’m never really trying to hurt anyone out there.
JC: (laughs) You’re not serious.
HS: (laughs) No, I’m being incredibly sarcastic. I’m pretty sure if you ask anyone that’s played me, they’ll call me any name they can think of, say that they hate me, stuff like that. I’m pretty chippy out there, I have some moves.
JC: Is that something that’s genetic? I feel like your dad pissed some players off out there.
HS: I don’t know, but my dad was a chippy player, my older brother is a chippy player, so maybe that’s it. I just love pissing people off out there, it’s fun to get other players off of their game.
much more and not your same old interview...
- We want to get off to a fast start.
- Our goal is to improve defensively.
- Get into the playoffs and we have a chance to win the Cup.
- I feel great, tried a new off-season training program and/or changed my eating habits.
- I worked on my skating.
- We did a lot of fishing or golfing.
- The players here in camp are the ones I am concerned about. The others, they are not here so until they get here, not part of our plans.
from Stephen Lorenzo of the New York Daily News,
The Islanders entered training camp in 2013 with some optimism after reaching the playoffs for the first time in six seasons. But after a season in the basement of the Metropolitan Division in 2013-14, the Islanders arrived at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday to open training camp with a bit more fire and a sense of urgency.
“We all want better,” defenseman Travis Hamonic said. “I’m tired of going home and watching the playoffs on TV, man. I’m just real sick of it. I think everybody in this organization, and I think we want to be back in the playoffs and pushing for a championship and it’s something that I honestly think we can do. I’ve believed it for a numerous amount of years and that’s part of the reason I signed my contract (a seven-year deal signed last season) for as long as I did. I think we can we win with this group.”
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