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Bruins Release Statement On Savard

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli issued the following statement today regarding Marc Savard:

“As I stated on Friday, Marc Savard is suffering from symptoms related to post-concussion syndrome. He is under the care of our doctors. Any reports that suggest that there are any other issues regarding Marc, or him not playing for the Bruins this season, are completely inaccurate.

Also, as I have previously stated, when there is a change in Marc’s status, I will issue an update.”

note:  This statement from the Bruins is in reference to an ESPN Boston report stating a source told them Savard could miss the season due to post-concussion syndrome.

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Canadiens pre-season begins tomorrow and a note on all star games

The Canadiens hit the ice tomorrow night against the Boston Bruins, in what promises to be a spirited affair as players try to earn Jacques Martin’s eye and thus a spot on the roster. Of note, Jarred Tinordi and Louis Leblanc make their debuts for Montreal, with the latter sure to get a response on par with the praise lauded on Gui Latandresse in his first game years ago. Jeff Halpern will also be donning the CH for the first time in his career, and Aaron Palushaj, acquired from St. Louis last season in exchange for Matt D’Agostini, gets the start up front after scoring four goals in an intrasquad game last week. Curtis Sanford and Carey Price will split the net.

A non Habs note: good for the OHL for scrapping the all star game this season. The only reason these exist in hockey is to make money.

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  Tags: aaron+palushaj, all+star+game, jarred+tinordi, louis+leblanc, ohl

Ease Up On AO

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In the end, whether a player is “good” with the media, or cantankerous and sullen, only matters to, well, the media.

And having carved Alex Ovechkin for having been more the latter at various times, we admit to taking some small satisfaction from the flameout of Ovechkin’s Russian squad at the 2010 Olympics and again at the World Championships later in the spring.

But lately, we’ve been wondering if that was just us being small.

And we’ve been similarly wondering if maybe we are hypercritical of Ovechkin because, well, he’s an easy target. He’s Russian. He’s sometimes flippant (as he was in the playoffs, making fun of Montreal netminder Jaroslav Halak). And because he hasn’t had the success of, say, a Sidney Crosby, it makes it easier to pile on.

“He’s outspoken, too,” Washington coach Bruce Boudreau suggested in an interview Tuesday. “So that makes him an easier target because people want to prove everything that he says wrong.”


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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Souray For Commodore Could Be A Match

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The important thing is that even if they are larger than life characters, neither Commodore nor Souray is a bad guy - and that’s critical for any team worried about tampering with fragile chemistry and impressionable personalities.

So it will be interesting to see how the conversation evolves - and if it actually turns into something more than just testing the waters. Most times, these sorts of talks die because there are too many variables in play and ultimately just gets too complicated. Once in a while, a couple of motivated and inspired GMs find a fit - and make it work. For all of the principals, this should be one of those times.


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  Tags: mike+commodore, sheldon+souray

Will It Work In Hockey?

via a Deb Kaufman Placey tweet,

Just met the IMG camera crew shooting the Islanders for an NHL version of Hard Knocks. Players and team seem all in.

If you are unfamiliar with IMG, visit their website.

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What’s The Cure For This Disease?

from of Vinay Menon the Toronto Star,

Then Burke starts talking about something he calls “blue and white disease.” And suddenly, as a lifelong Leafs fan, I question my devotion.

“The absolute insistence on winning was not here,” says Burke, who put together the Anaheim Ducks club that won the Stanley Cup in 2007. “If you need to be a championship team, success has to be something that’s desirable and attainable at any price. I really believe when I got here that the team had blue and white disease.”

This sickness, he explains, is caused by contradictions and market realities. No matter how poorly the team has played the organization thrived as the NHL’s most lucrative franchise. Win or lose, to be a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs meant you were paid handsomely, in the media and league spotlight, and lionized in the public as a demigod.


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  Tags: brian+burke

Poti Extended By Washington

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Tom Poti signs two-year extension with WAS. $3M in 2011-12, $2.75M in 2012-13. Playing this season on last year of old deal at $3.5M.

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Trade Deadline Comes Early In New Jersey

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

The ugly reality is that if Lou Lamoriello can’t find trading partners for some of those contracts, the Devils’ GM may have to ruin - and perhaps end - some worthy NHL careers by sending one or two to the minors, from whence they are highly unlikely to return.

The showcase starts here tonight in New Jersey’s exhibition opener, against the Flyers — the team that eliminated the Devils in five games in the first round of April’s playoffs.

They can’t expect much return in this looming salary shedding, yet the league will be watching to make sure any trade isn’t just a giveaway, instead of the “hockey deal” it requires.

The shedding of vets is Devils’ main issue because they’re some $3 million over the cap after the signing of Ilya Kovalchuk to a 15-year, $100 million contract.

Hardly anyone making more than $1 million is immune. Even David Clarkson, the 25-year-old sparkplug who just signed for a $2.67 million hit could be vulnerable, since Lamoriello is unlikely to be able to deal his least desirable players.

read on

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NHL’s Michael DiLorenzo Talks Social Media

from Jennifer Leggio of ZDNet,

Q. [Jennifer] We’re getting close to the start of the 2010-2011 NHL season. How has social media played a part in prepping for the news season, both at a league level and at a team level?

A. [Michael] Social Media continues to have growing importance as an audience development device for the NHL. This year we have more ambitious plans to synchronize our events and marketing calendars with our social media channels, so we can adequately amplify the biggest events taking place around the League and invite fans to participate with us (which can range from attending, or sharing their voice with us on digital channels). We continue to want to shorten the distance between the fans and the League. Our teams are really embracing social media, too. We are seeing teams do much more in the way of specific campaigns designed to activate and excite fans around the start of the season, when all 30 teams have very high hopes. Whether it’s Tweetups or Facebook apps, social is definitely something our teams view as a “must have” fan touch point.

read on

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  Tags: michael+dilorenzo

Torres A Motivated Man In Vancouver

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Torres said he will now approach every game as though it is his last, because, “I never want to be in that situation again.” He said that scoring slumps have long been his nemesis, because he begins pressing and starts losing his way. So, he’s on guard for the start of the season, saying he will play a simple game and let the goals come.

“I’m hungry again,” Torres said. “That’s the thing: You sign a one-year deal for not too much cake, if you don’t have a great year, you’re on the outs looking in.”


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  Tags: raffi+torres

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