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Who Would You Cheer For?

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Ok people, let’s hear it: who gets the loudest ovation from the crowd Thursday night, among the members of the ‘95-96 Stanley Cup winning Avs team that will be honored before the season opener of this year’s team with Chicago?

Joe Sakic? Patrick Roy? Peter Forsberg? Those are the favorites, of course, but I’ve got a darkhorse pick: Mike Ricci.

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Playing Behind Bars

from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

The end of the NHL pre-season is mercifully within sight, as the NHL drops the puck on it’s 93rd season next week.

All of these exhibition games reminds me of the most infamous exhibition game of all time - the day Gordie Howe’s Detroit Red Wings played a game in 21 degree Fahrenheit temperatures on an outdoor ice surface constructed at Marquette Prison in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

It seems Detroit’s manager Jack Adams made a deal, mostly in jest, that the Wings would scrimmage against the inmates. Adams had visited the prison to visit a couple of mobsters by the name of Ray Bernstein and Harry Keywell, notable Detroit sports fans before their incarceration.

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Meszaros Find A Home In Philly

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers traded for Meszaros on July 1. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman jumped at the opportunity to unload Meszaros’ salary-cap albatross for just a second-round pick.

Despite his heavy price tag, Meszaros - who has 4 years left at $4 million per season - could fit in with the Flyers exactly as he did with the Ottawa Senators, whom he helped guide to the Stanley Cup finals in 2007.

Meszaros was clearly miscast as a No. 1. Although he is paid like a top-end defenseman, he could fit in anywhere on the Flyers’ deep blue line from No. 2 through No. 5.

“There is always some pressure, but obviously not as much as in Tampa,” Meszaros said yesterday. “I didn’t mind the pressure. There is always a lot of pressure. You want to be the best and you want to play a lot. We have eight good defensemen here, and they can play. It will be a good fit here.”

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Anders Lindback Is The Other Goalie In Nashville

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

One of the top priorities for the Predators was to make a decision on their No. 2 goaltender. On Thursday, they marked it off the list.

Anders Lindback won the backup job and Mark Dekanich was assigned to Milwaukee, ending a close battle to earn a place on the Nashville roster to back up Pekka Rinne.

“In the end,” Coach Barry Trotz said, “we felt that Lindback had a little better camp.”...

Lindback, an imposing 6-foot-6 and 205 pounds, was fifth in the Swedish Elite League last season in save percentage (.913) and sixth in goals against average (2.46). This will be his first season in North America.

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Evening Line

If owner Daryl Katz, Lowe and to some extent Tambellini hadn’t made all the mistakes they made in the last few years, the Oilers’ future wouldn’t be so bright.

There might not be a Jordan Eberle, a Magnus Paajarvi and damn sure not a Taylor Hall.

With Souray clearly one of the players most responsible for poisoning the pond prior to joining Nikolai Khabibulin and Ales Hemsky on the long-term injured list, he played his part.

Sheldon Souray, in a twisted way that somehow fits his persona perfectly, will have a lasting legacy here.

-Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun.  More on Souray and the Oilers.

 

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How Is Retirement Treating Scott Niedermayer?

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

...And yes, there is also a hockey option for Niedermayer, not as a player but as a member of the Anaheim Ducks’ management team. He may hang out with general manager Bob Murray the way Steve Yzerman became Ken Holland’s shadow with the Detroit Red Wings, the way Chris Chelios is now following suits in Detroit. He may work with the Ducks’ players, the younger prospects, be a mentor, a coach without portfolio.

Whatever he decides, Niedermayer is certain he won’t be rushed into it. Time is his ally, not his enemy. This time, he says, there will be no last-minute decision to change his mind, to unretire and return to the Ducks for one last run. What’s next, then? That’s the question.

“Where I’m at is I’m open to ideas,” Niedermayer explained recently while chatting inside the Fernie Aquatic Centre, not far from where his acreage sits guarded by the Rockies. He looked fit, scruffy-faced and content, a man at peace with his thoughts.

“Over the last few months, I’ve talked to a lot of different people about different things, things I wouldn’t have thought of. … I just don’t want to get too busy with one thing right away.”

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Penguins Shoot Promotional Footage For HBO 24/7

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Senators Still Searching For #1 Goalie

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Elliott is expected to start Friday in the first game of the back-to-back series against the Rangers in New York and Leclaire will play Saturday at home. Senators coach Cory Clouston would like one of them to take charge.

So, will whoever starts the first game against the Sabres be the club’s No. 1 goalie?

“I guess in the perfect world, yep,” said Clouston following a skate at Scotiabank Place. “But that’s not even for sure. There are injuries, there are slumps and there are a lot of different variables that go into it.

“I’m going to reiterate: Whichever goaltender steps up, we’ll go with. They both, at times last year, did it, but not consistently enough to start at camp and say, ‘This guy is our go-to-guy’ right off the bat.

“Both of them still have their best hockey ahead of them and we’ve seen a lot of positives.”

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A Focused Mike Green

Scott Burnside of ESPN has a sit down chat with Mike Green of the Washington Capitals.

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Willie Mitchell Discusses Dealing With A Concussion

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

“We all love this game, we want to get out there and win a Stanley Cup,” Mitchell said. “That’s why we’ve played 5,000 road hockey games, to have a shot at it. That’s why we do what we do at the end of the day. That’s what challenges us. We push our limits.”
That’s why, after suffering a concussion in a collision with Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin, Mitchell was out hiking in March and April, pushing his body in hopes of getting ready for the playoffs.

His body pushed back.

The symptoms from the concussion came rushing back.

“It’s almost like you’re autistic,” he said. “You’re overly sensitive, you can’t deal with light and sound.”

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