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from Dan Rusanowsky of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
“I don’t just want a hockey player, I want an ingredient,” is one of the things that he (Todd McLellan) said on the air. That tells me that he is considering the versatility and the ability of his guys to react to unforseen circumstances. It also says that he is looking for individuals to fill certain roles with the team, which provides a structure within his encouragement of free-wheeling creativity.
Today, he said, “At this point in the season, the words ‘Stanley Cup’ aren’t part of the vocabulary. The process is.” In other words, you have to crawl before you can walk, within the time frame of the regular season, and with the establishment of a foundation, players achieve success.
much more on the Sharks…
from Tom Gulitti and Andrew Gross of the Record,
Here’s what to look for in 2008-09:
Teams on the rise
1. Montreal: The Habs hope to celebrate their 100th season with another trip to the Stanley Cup Finals as newcomers Robert Lang and Alex Tanguay just add to a highly skilled offense led by holdovers Alexei Kovalev and Saku Koivu.
2. Dallas: Superpest Sean Avery takes his act to Big D, where the D still stands for defense despite Sergei Zubov’s injury, thanks to goalie Marty Turco.
3. Chicago: Long a league laughingstock, the Blackhawks have great young talent with Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and top free agents in Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet.
from the Atlanta Thrashers,
The Atlanta Thrashers have launched the team’s 2008-09 marketing and advertising campaign, which calls for fans to “Become One in Blueland.”
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
It appears as though the Kings have reached agreement on a contract with Patrick O’Sullivan.
Rich will be updating his blog soon, so you can keep an eye on it if you wish…
added 6:28pm, According to Rich, the deal is done, three year contract, no $$$ yet.
added 6:30pm, According to Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Sources say it is worth an average of $2.925 million per year but will pay him $4 million in the upcoming season.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named four-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Niedermayer team captain. Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf have been named alternate captains for the 2008-09 season. In addition, Rob Niedermayer will serve as an additional alternate captain when necessary.
“Scotty is a tremendous leader and has been for his entire career,” said Head Coach Randy Carlyle. “We have several experienced leaders on this team, and we will need them to work as a group in order for us to have success.”
“It’s an honor to be named team captain,” said Niedermayer. “We have several great leaders in this locker room and I’m just happy to be part of that.”
The Chicago Blackhawks sent goaltender Antti Niemi to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, opening the possibility of the team starting the season with Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin.
Khabibulin is expected return to the team this week and resume practising, and could possibly play at some point.
from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,
“With a big, long stick, it’s a little softer so that I can really lean into it,” he said. “The kickpoint changes depending on where you put your bottom hand, and that’s not necessarily the case with the composite. That’s one of the reasons that I just couldn’t get used to it.”
One thing Holik will have to get used to, however, is a new brand. With demand waning for wood, Sherwood announced plans in 2007 to cease production of wood sticks in its Sherbrooke, Que., factory and outsource to Estonia and China. As a result, Holik has sampled wooden models made by Reebok.
Rachel Nichols of ESPN talks to Sean Avery about his bad boy reputation and his addiction to fashion.
Judging from Avery’s responses, it seems that it all started when he was a kid and started stealing his babysitter’s dolls…
from the Edmonton Oilers,
“It’s terrific that the original uniform is being brought back and celebrated. All of the things we take so much pride in today were accomplished in that uniform and I think fans deserve to see their team and especially their favorite players on this year’s team in those colors” said Kevin Lowe, Oilers President of Hockey Operations.
read on and watch the video of the Oilers sweater unveiling below…
From the Detroit Free Press:
Quick update from Joe Louis Arena this morning: Ville Leino is skating on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, and Aaron Downey has been placed on waivers.
The Wings are seeking to trade defenseman Kyle Quincey.
Also being reported at Red Wings Corner, plus injury updates.
Update 12:19pm ET: Red Wings Corner also has some reaction from Downey.
added 2:36pm, from Red Wings Corner,
Ken Holland just said that the Red Wings have assigned Ville Leino and Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids.
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