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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
“I think last season was the first season teams actually started taking us serious,” Nash said. “We weren’t as consistent as we wanted to be, but you could sense that teams were taking us serious. We’re the only team to not make the playoffs (in the NHL), but with Ken Hitchcock as our coach, now teams are watching us and that puts us on the map.
“We’re lucky for how patient our fans are already, but we have to show them a good product and start winning to get the whole city excited.”
Nash appears ready to lead the surge.
Bob McKenzie of TSN just mentioned on NHL Live that Nikolai Khabibulin is on waivers. Bob said maybe Tallon knows someone will pick him up, or, if not, he comes back on re-entry waivers at half price and maybe gets picked up.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Vancouver Canuck general manager Mike Gillis vowed Sunday to let players determine the market and said he won’t set limits on how many new players could make the National Hockey League team or how many veterans—who are on one-way contracts—might need to shed.
“I think the timing is right this year for that approach,” Gillis said. “We were determined to change the makeup of the team as best we could. You have to allow players to compete if you want competitive behaviour. You have to give players the opportunity.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The Rangers might want to get Brendan Shanahan in uniform, at least for opening night. He and Cam Neely share the NHL record with hat tricks in two different season opening games, Shanny’s coming in St. Louis in 1993 and Detroit in 2001. He’s just about due again.
more hockey bits…
from Mick Kern at the NHL Home Ice Blog,
Everyone thinks his or her man should be included in a list of top goaltenders. Red Wings’ fans are easily riled when Chris Osgood is not included in any Top Five list for last year, yet these are the same folk who weren’t all that enamoured with him during his first tour-of-duty in Detroit. Similar passions are stirred when the likes of Tim Thomas doesn’t crack the Top Ten, or Twenty.
Trying to come up with the Top Thirty N.H.L. Goaltenders of All-Time meant that some very good netminders were not going to make the cut. So many different factors went into determining these rankings.
“I think we need to give him some breathing room right now to see if the change is going to affect him positively or negatively. We’re going to find that out within the first month and from there we’ll have a plan which way to go from.
“I really believe Patty Marleau is going to have a really good year. I think he’s excited about a fresh start and we have to let that evolve a little bit. I can’t be in his kitchen on an hourly basis. We have to let him breathe and let him play his game.”
-Sharks coach Todd McLellan on Patrick Marleau. More on Marleau by David Pollak at Working the Corners.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
If you’ve ever seen the “Seinfeld” episode where the manager of the Chinese restaurant keeps telling Jerry and friends they will be seated in “Oh, five, 10 minutes,” you know how the Lightning, and especially hockey ops chief Brian Lawton, felt Sunday morning….
The person in charge of the charter, a Czech gentleman who spoke with a thick English accent and was receiving phone calls every 30 seconds, it seemed, assured Lawton the plane would be coming, and he really said this, in five or 10 minutes. He said there was a maintenance issue and the plane was parked at another terminal.
Well, five or 10 minutes go by and Lawton asks again. This time he is told seven minutes. Seven minutes later, we’re told, I’m not kidding, five or 10 minutes. On the next go-round, the Czech Airlines guy says he has word from the control tower that the plane is on the move. How long will it take to arrive? No joke, five or 10 minutes. He scurries out of the office to take yet another phone call.
from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,
The Oilers Dustin Penner has just a bit of Mahovlich in his game, but it’s enough that it’s worth mentioning….
Penner does have Mahovlich-like reach and range, something that 6-foot, 5-inch Petee, the Little M, employed to his great advantage for the Montreal Candiens as a penalty killer, and something we should see more of from Penner if he continues to kill penalties this year, as he has been doing in the preseason.
Big, mobile guys with long reaches, such as Big Pete, such as Penner, present huge obstacles on all parts of the ice for power play specialists, much more so than little guys like, say, Todd Marchant.
from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,
Right wing Teemu Selanne is scheduled to be in the Ducks’ lineup for Sunday’s 5 p.m. exhibition game against the Vancouver Canucks at Honda Center after signing a two-year, $5.25 million contract earlier in the day.
Two years? Perhaps next summer, unlike the past two, we won’t have to endure persistent and ridiculous Internet rumors that Selanne is headed to play in Montreal, Dallas, Sweden, Russia, Timbuktu or wherever else….
The signing of Selanne once again pushes the Ducks above the NHL’s $56.7 million salary ceiling for this season, by about $1.225 million…
The Ducks’ current salary-cap projection includes having rookie winger Bobby Ryan on the NHL roster, which isn’t a given, but appears more likely than not. Were the Ducks to assign Ryan to their American League affiliate, the Iowa Chops, the Ducks would slide more than $500,000 beneath the cap with that move alone.
added 7:03pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The pertinent numbers: Selanne will earn $3.25 million in the first year of the deal and $2 million in the second. It’s a total package of $5.25 million, with no performance bonuses, so the annual salary-cap charge is $2.625 million – reasonable by today’s standards for a player of Selanne’s caliber, who will play in the Ducks’ top six.
Presumably, the Ducks are convinced of his commitment too, because if Selanne decides not to play next year, they take a salary-cap hit anyway (a function of his being over the age of 35).
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
BERLIN—It looks like the NHL is going for reinforcements in its European invasion.
With four teams in Europe to kick off the 2008-09 regular season this week it’s possible that number could double next fall, the head of the National Hockey League’s Players’ Association, Paul Kelly, said Sunday.
The number of teams taking part in what is now a two-year tradition of starting the regular season in Europe will grow next fall to six teams presumably in three cities and maybe as many as eight teams, Kelly said before the Tampa Bay Lightning faced off against Berlin in an exhibition game Sunday.
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