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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
What in the world could coach Tom Renney be thinking? How on earth could he deny Prucha, who has been among the most energetic Rangers throughout training camp, a uniform in his homeland and hand one instead to Fredrik Sjostrom, Nigel Dawes or Aaron Voros, three players whose preseason work was lukewarm, at best?
If No. 25 does not play today, and that certainly appeared the plan yesterday when Prucha remained on the ice late following practice and then stormed away from the O2 Arena, this will be nothing less than humiliation, and coming from a coach who is nothing but decent, kind and caring.
It doesn’t compute. None of it computes. This entire disjointed training camp does not compute.
added 7:43am, from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,
Good morning, all…Yesterday, Czech Republic native Petr Prucha believed he wasn’t going to dress for tonight’s game against Tampa.
This morning, however, Prucha and assistant coach Perry Pearn had a heart-to-heart discussion along the boards near the red line at the morning skate here at O2 Arena, and a visibly relieved Prucha will play tonight, likely on the third-line with center Lauri Korpikoski and Ryan Callahan.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
Call it pre-season, but don’t call it boring. Not with five fights in the second period, much to the delight of 19,289 spectators at the Pengrowth Sattledome.
The fight card featured Robyn Regehr vs. Zach Stortini, Jim Vandermeer vs. Steve MacIntyre, and Ethan Moreau vs. Andre Roy….
With Jason Strudwick already headed to the penalty box for hooking, MacIntyre tried to pick a fight with Jamie Lundmark . The Oilers enforcer earned a roughing penalty for his efforts, as the Flames centre refused to go. Clearly enraged, MacTavish verbally sparred with the officials before refusing to send out his players to kill the penalties - a move that saw the Oilers coach receive a game misconduct.
Fox Sports has a photoshow of the top 10 NHL goalies:
10. Marc-Andre Fleury
9. Vesa Toskala
8. Rick Dipietro
more and my question is, who voted?
From Peter O’Neil of Canwest in the Leader Post,
Former Ottawa Senators defencemen Wade Redden and Andrej Meszaros rejected Friday speculation that their former team’s collapse last year was linked to excessive partying.
The two players, who will play against each other here Saturday when Redden’s New York Rangers face the Tampa Bay Lightning, also said they never witnessed inappropriate off-season behaviour involving former teammate Ray Emery, who was asked during an interview with ESPN.com in August about whether he used recreational drugs.
Both players cited other reasons - Redden spoke of a failure to maintain the team’s historic commitment to team defence, while Meszaros suggested that exhaustion over the long playoff run the year before ultimately led to Ottawa’s second-half flop.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The senior (Jeremy) Jacobs remains optimistic that the players will not opt out of the CBA. Based on all-too-familiar history, NHL players without a collectively bargained deal usually end up locked-out, and out of work.
‘‘Pragmatically,’’ said Jacobs, who is also director of the league’s Board of Governors, ‘‘I think they should continue the course they’ve got—they’ve never been richer.’‘
Recognizing that, added Jacobs, he doesn’t have a firm read what the players will do in the weeks and months ahead.
more on Jacobs and the Bruins…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers will open the season in Prague tomorrow against the Lightning with Chris Drury wearing the captain’s “C” and current linemates Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund wearing the associate captains’ “A,” The Post has learned.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has made the following roster move:
Assigned to Iowa Chops (AHL) Training Camp: Bobby Ryan – Right Wing
In addition, the Ducks announced that left wing Joakim Lindstrom has been claimed on waivers by Chicago.
Nick Kypreos and Daren Millard at the Fan 590 spoke with Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon this morning.
The GM of the Hawks joins Hockeycentral at Noon to discuss the progress of the Khabibulin situation, whether the team would consider sending him to the AHL, and how soon we could expect another development with the goalie.
Tallon expects the situation will be resolved before the start of his team’s NHL season. Listen to the complete interview.
Update 2:28pm ET: At Sportsnet.ca another interview cited from Fan590 which featured these comments from Jay Grossman, Khabibulin’s agent:
“There are several teams that have expressed interest, with our permission being given by Chicago to talk to those teams. At the same time, Chicago is aware of a number of options they have by virtue of trade, whether it be now or whether it be down the road. We assume that at least as far as the start of the season is concerned that (Khabibulin’s status) would be determined well before then.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Watched any exhibition games? Seen any difference in the goalie equipment that would lead you to believe scoring will be up this season? No? And no? Well, you’re not alone and it isn’t your eyes deceiving you either.
more and a huge amount of NHL bits too plus some Avery talk…
from the CP,
The Stanley Cup is staying put in Hockeytown, according to a simulation of the 2009-08 season by Electronic Arts using its “NHL 09 video” game.
The simulation shows the Detroit Red Wings defeating the Montreal Canadiens four games to two in the Stanley Cup final, with Pavel Datysuk capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy.
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