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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Andrew Peters knows there’s still a place for enforcers in the NHL. He also knows Buffalo isn’t one of those places.
The Sabres’ designated tough guy for the last five seasons has resigned himself to the fact he won’t be back for a sixth.
“I don’t even know if there’s been a discussion with Buffalo and my agent at all,” Peters said by phone Monday. “I know that there wasn’t up until July 1, and I don’t think there has been one since.
“It’s unfortunate, but I’ve enjoyed my time here. I’ve loved my time here. I’ve been through good times and bad, with successful teams and not-so-much. I’ve made some lifelong friends and played with some unbelievable guys. If that’s what I come out of hockey with is great friendships and 200 games in the NHL — more than I ever thought I’d play — I did it with a great organization.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
“Who will be our captain? Who will be our assistants? At this point I can’t give you that answer?
You can’t or you won’t?
“I won’t and I can’t,” McLellan said. “I want to see who’s stepping up to the front. When training camp starts on Sept. 12, you may walk into my office and say who’s your captain and I’ll probably tell you I’ll let you know when we know.
“At this point, nobody’s our captain,” he said. “We don’t have assistant captains. The discussion is ongoing and when we determine that, then we’ll make those announcements.”
McLellan would not totally rule out the possibility of the C ending up back with Marleau — but it has been made pretty clear for weeks now that the front office and/or coaching staff wanted a change.
from the Soo Today,
The rain was fierce, the terrain was unforgiving and the bugs were plentiful, but that didn’t stop challengers from enjoying the Les Stroud Hockey Pro Survival Challenge this past weekend in Hornepayne, ON.
Les Stroud, the NHL’s Kris King, and Brad May challenged 17 of their friends to the ultimate survival weekend to raise funds for the King’s hometown hockey arena, desperately in need of repairs.
“In our weekend challenge, we got soaked by the rain and sometimes swampy conditions, were worried the fire might never light, and got lost for a while heading out of the bush,” May commented. “It was extremely demanding, and I respect Les a lot for having survived hostile conditions for seven nights.”
from Chris Kruc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,
A subdued Patrick Kane met with the media following the opening practice of the 2009 U.S. Men’s Olympic orientation camp Monday. After reading a prepared statement earlier in the day, the Blackhawks winger later discussed his Aug. 9 arrest following an altercation with a Buffalo cabdriver.
“I haven’t really told anyone my side of the story to be honest with you,” Kane said. “The only one who really knows is my lawyer and my family. That’s about as far as it goes. [I want to] move on and try to get over this. It’s been very supportive from a lot of people. It’s times like these maybe you can live and learn and find out who your true friends are at an early age.”
Kane was one of 34 NHL players at the camp at Seven Bridges Ice Arena in Woodridge, which is the first step toward determining the 23-man roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics team in Vancouver.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
With the training camps of the NHL’s 30 teams due to begin in less than a month’s time the general managers will be preparing to evaluate their rosters to determine their strengths and weaknesses.
Some teams, however, could head into training camp with some glaring weaknesses that have yet to be addressed. In the first of a two-part look at the Western Conference teams we examine their respective roster needs.
Anaheim Ducks: Unlike most of the teams on this list the Ducks appeared to sufficiently address their needs during the offseason. They added second-line offensive depth by bringing back Joffrey Lupul and signing free-agent center Saku Koivu. They’ll miss defenseman Chris Pronger’s physical two-way play but replaced him with more blueline depth by re-signing James Wiesniewski and acquiring Nick Boynton and Luca Sbisa.
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
With all the information available these days, I took an unexpected detour in my review and analysis of the NHL rosters as they take shape with training camps looming. No Twitter or Facebook for me this past weekend as I perused a book sent to me about Mr. Hockey himself, Gordie Howe.
The book is titled Nine: A Salute to Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe and it’s a collection of quotes and stories chronicling the life and times of his inimitable career. My first impression was how times have changed—not so from a hockey standpoint, but from an information perspective.
Young fans today have point-and-click access to all they need to know about their current heroes. Thumbing through Nine, I recalled reading and re-reading a book on my hero, Roger Crozier. I checked it out of the school library ten times or so—a self-proclaimed record way back in the third grade. My point being: information was scarce, hard to come by, and certainly not as timely as it is today.
Way back when, I gleaned info on players from newspapers, Sunday paper magazines and, of course, the back of my precious hockey card collection.
Here is the KK affiliate link to Nine: A Salute to Mr. Hockey Gordie Howe at Amazon if you are interested.
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent forward Vinny Prospal.
“Vinny is a highly-skilled player with good offensive instincts and the ability to play on the wing or at the center position,” stated Sather. “We think he will give us added flexibility and brings a veteran presence to our lineup.”
Maybe it’s an omen of a lucky season ahead.
Keith Acton, an assistant coach with the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs and co-owner of Stouffville’s Boston Pizza, came into a lucky windfall last week after taking home $98,500 in the Aug. 5. Lotto 6/49 draw.
Mr. Acton, a former NHL player, said he had to check his ticket a few times.
“I didn’t believe I won at first,” he told lottery officials.
“I cannot discuss the details,” Kane said, but added, “I sincerely apologize.”
Kane’s statement lasted less than a minute and added no new details of what transpired in Buffalo, given the ongoing legal proceedings.
from Daniel Kaplan of the Dallas Business Journal,
The more than three dozen creditors of Hicks Sports Group, the owner of the Dallas Stars and Texas Rangers that defaulted on its debt in March, sent a letter to the NHL four weeks ago asking the league how it planned to help address their concerns, according to financial sources, but there has been no response.
At the same time, HSG owner Tom Hicks has suggested that he believes he can hold onto the Stars despite the default through August 2010, which is far later than the October deadline the creditors assumed existed for resolution of debt crisis, the sources said.
A process to sell the MLB Rangers is under way, but no such activities are believed to be occurring around the Stars. The situation could shape up as a major battle between the creditors on one side and the NHL and Hicks on the other.
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