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from Razor With An Edge,
Is this the year… the Avalanche replace Patrick Roy?
Is this the year… Detroit sucks?
Is this the year… Dallas has another parade?
Is this the year… Oil gushes on the ice?
Is this the year… Nashville loads the moving trucks?
Craig Custance of Sporting News Today shares some opening night memories with NHL players, coaches and executives.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
(Ryan) Miller looked around and realized everything he wanted in his career was right here. He was the No. 1 goalie for a team that had a taste of success and was starving for it again. He had built a network of friends, people he trusted away from hockey. He had earned his place within the community and was guaranteed to make a good buck.
Mostly, though, he saw the core of teammates with whom he had built a strong bond, a group that had blossomed and helped the Sabres reach the Eastern Conference finals two straight years, blood brothers who wanted to stay together. He wasn’t looking to leave Buffalo for Detroit. He wanted to find the Red Wings’ success with the Sabres.
“It didn’t really click for them until they became a cohesive unit,” Miller said.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
The holdout is over. Thrashers goalie prospect Ondrej Pavelec will report to practice Thursday for the Chicago Wolves, his agent Allan Walsh told Sporting News. Pavelec hasn’t practiced with the team since he was assigned to Chicago by the Thrashers Saturday.
“(Thrashers G.M.) Don (Waddell) has had conversations with Ondrej, I’ve had many conversations with Don over the last three days,” Walsh said Wednesday afternoon. “I think we’ve reached a new understanding about Ondrej’s situation and with that understanding he’ll report to Chicago.”
For the San Jose Sharks ownership group, the 2008-09 NHL season will see the club’s player payroll hit record levels. While team revenues may have trouble keeping up with the expenses, the Sharks owners are more than happy to provide the bankroll to keep a group together that has the potential to reward them with a Stanley Cup championship.
“Hockey is not a business for those looking to make a lot of money,” said Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison. “Our ownership group is committed to seeing a Stanley Cup parade in San Jose.”
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
The last time we were picked this highly and with this much expectation, we didn’t even qualify for the playoffs.
So I think I liked it better when we were underdogs. Now we have the weight of expectations on our shoulders. I am hoping our shoulders are broad enough to carry these heightened expectations. There are so many great teams in the NHL. I would hate to give any team bulletin board fodder as motivation. We must remain hungry and very humble.
From the Atlanta Thrashers—
The Thrashers unveiled their new alternate uniforms during the 2008 Face Off Event on Wednesday, Oct. 8, at Philips Arena. The annual event, which is open to season ticket-holders, is a celebration of the start of the Thrashers 2008-09 Regular Season, which begins on Friday, Oct. 10, at Philips Arena when they host the Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m.
The new alternate uniforms, which will debut on Nov. 14 when the Thrashers host the Carolina Hurricanes, will be worn 14 times throughout the season, including the team’s 10 subsequent home games against Southeast Division opponents and the team’s four remaining Sunday games at Philips Arena.
continued, with a Thrashers jersey “timeline” at the bottom of the page
*photo of Ilya Kovalchuk from the Atlanta Thrashers
“I want to win the Stanley Cup; that’s why we play hockey in the NHL. I’m always that way. I want to do everything for the victory.”
—Alex Ovechkin - via USA Today with more on AO and his role with the Washington Capitals
Release from the Chicago Blackhawks:
The Chicago Blackhawks have claimed defenseman Doug Janik on waivers from the Dallas Stars and have traded him back to the Stars in exchange for a conditional draft pick.
The San Jose Sharks assigned defenceman Kyle McLaren to their minor-league affiliate in Worcester on Wednesday after no NHL teams claimed the 12-year NHL veteran on waivers.
McLaren, who spent the past 4 1/2 seasons with the Sharks, was waived Tuesday in a move to create salary-cap room. The oft-injured veteran is due to make US$2.5 million this season, but he didn’t fit the Sharks’ plans after the club added defencemen Rob Blake, Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich to a young defensive core including Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Christian Ehrhoff and Doug Murray.
“Kyle is an NHL player,” Sharks coach Todd McLellan said. “He has the ability to play for many more years in this league, and it just didn’t work out with us for whatever reason.”
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