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How Is Lucic Doing?

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The 22-year-old Lucic said he is fine now, and he is optimistic he’ll remain so. But he stopped short of expressing certainty where the troublesome ankle is concerned.

“It feels better,” Lucic said. “I can skate on it now without tape on it. It feels strong. I’ve been on the ice now for almost a month. I’m definitely feeling good about it, feeling pretty confident with the ankle that it will hold up all year and I can put whatever happened last year behind me. Hopefully there’ll be no problems with it. I’ve still got to do my exercises with it to keep it strong.”

After Lucic was hurt last November, he was warned it could take a year and a half before his ankle was truly at 100 percent. The injury nagged him throughout last season. He missed a total of 32 games because of injuries and posted just 9-11-20 totals in 50 appearances.

“It’s frustrating when you have an injury like this, where even when you do come back, it’s still not 100 percent,” Lucic said. “Every time you make a little move or turn it the wrong way you feel it. That was the frustrating part. It stops you from doing what you do the best. Hopefully I don’t have to deal with any of that this year and I can just focus on playing my game.


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New Year, Old Words

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

It’s like the swallows returning to Capistrano, except in this case it’s Leafs Nation being expected to swallow a load of crap.

Some veteran Leafs player, or someone in the front office, says something about how making the playoffs is the team’s goal and anything else is “unacceptable”, and then the dopey fans and the Toronto media salivate like the barking dogs that they are—a certain tabloid publication included.

This year it’s captain Dion Phaneuf sticking his neck out ...

“We’re definitely a playoff team,” Phaneuf said. “Our goal at the start of this season is to make the playoffs. Anything short of that is unacceptable.”


So bold.

read on

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

Dan Ellis Says Goodbye To Twitter

via Dan Ellis tweets,

I am shutting down my twitter because in no way shape or form do I want this to disrupt my team.

Peace out twitter!

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Tanguay Entering The Season As A Motivated Man

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the NHL, anyone can have a bad season. It happens to journeymen and it happens to the league’s stars – a year when every puck seems to bounce the wrong way, or where every little nagging injury develops into something more. The accumulated effect of such a year on a player can occasionally force some needed introspection. The smart ones go home, crawl under a rock, heal, train harder and prove – to the world – that an off year is just that, a blip on an otherwise successful career trajectory.

Now, two bad years in a row, that’s a different story. Two bad years in a row suggest there may be some erosion in his overall game and that the talent once present is slipping away.

This then is the situation facing Alex Tanguay, one of two new/old players recruited by the Calgary Flames in the off-season.


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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Who’s The #1 Goalie?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

CHICAGO: Unable because of cap considerations to bring back the Stanley Cup-winning tandem of Antti Niemi and Cristobal Huet, the champs will turn to 35-year-old Marty Turco as their new No. 1 netminder. Turco is coming off two so-so seasons and this is, like Giguere in Toronto, a chance for him to re-establish himself as a top-shelf goalie. Like Gustavsson with the Leafs, Corey Crawford is looking to push Turco.

SAN JOSE: Something about Finnish goalies whose names start with the letter “N” apparently fascinated Sharks GM Doug Wilson. Of course, he was getting rid of a Russian “N” between the pipes in Evgeni Nabokov, bringing in Antero Niittymaki and Niemi to fill the void.


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City Of Glendale May Have To Start Paying The NHL

from Mike Sunnucks of the Phoenix Business Journal,

The clock is ticking yet again on the Phoenix Coyotes.

Sept. 15 is the first day the National Hockey League can start drawing money from the city of Glendale to cover losses and costs for the Phoenix Coyotes until a new owner can be found. The Glendale City Council approved a $25 million fund in May to cover the Coyotes costs and losses starting this month.


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Fleischmann Going Nowhere

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Bruce Boudreau expects Tomas Fleischmann to have a breakout season—and he expects it to happen with the Washington Capitals.

Fleischmann, a talented left winger, was the center of trade rumors this summer, but Boudreau said it’s time to end the speculation.

“Oh yeah. Those trade rumors, I think you can faithfully put all of them to bed,” Boudreau told Sporting News. “We laugh at so many of them that have no substance. I don’t know who makes them up. Some people have very vivid imaginations.”


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  Tags: tomas+fleischmann

Evening Line

“During the summer you look at teams and Phoenix is a team that I thought maybe would be a good fit for me because of my skill-set.  I’m a good centerman on face-offs and I can handle myself defensively and I’m pretty creative on the power play. Those are things I’m going to try to show them at camp and in exhibition games and make the team.”

Kyle Wellwood who accepted an invitation to Coyotes training camp.  More from Dave Vest of Coyotes.com.

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The Dan Ellis Twitter Talk

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Tampa Bay Lightning has no written policy regarding what players can or cannot say on their social media pages or twitter accounts. Safe to assume, though, the team likely will reiterate to goaltender Dan Ellis that he has to be a bit more careful.

Cyberspace went a little bonkers Monday night after Ellis on his twitter account, @33dellis, complained about the 18 percent of salary that, in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, all NHL players lose to escrow, and how, despite signing a two-year, $3 million contract with the Lightning, “I am more stressed about money now than I was in college.” That after last month getting into a debate over how players deserve the money they get because they are “specialists.”

Not only did Ellis’ twitter account light up, but twitter users began a trending topic called DanEllisProblems that mocked him and on Wednesday evening was still a going concern. The Internet was full of commentary, most of it negative.


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  Tags: dan+ellis

Robyn Regehr Talks About The Trade Rumors

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Has he been approached by management to waive his no-movement clause? “I’m not going to get into that,” he said. “That’s just part of sports. That’s the way it is.”

But does he want to leave?

“I would like to win here in Calgary,” he said. “That’s my first option. That always has been. I’ve made that fairly clear not only with talking about it, but also with the actions that I’ve done. Things like re-signing here in Calgary to an extension at the time and not going to the open market.”


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