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from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,
The Philadelphia Flyers arrived on the campus of the United States Military Academy in the early morning hours on Sunday to take part in some team building exercises - this year’s version of what has become an annual tradition for the club as it prepares for the coming season.
continued and watch a video below as the Flyers go through a team-building exercise.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
[He was] blocking shots!” said an enthusiastic Sens coach Craig Hartsburg.
And he went after Brooks Orpik when the Pittsburgh defenseman roughed up Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson at the end of the first period.
And he yelled while on the bench to pump up his teammates when the game was still scoreless.
Hockey fans, meet the new Dany Heatley. Not just a 50-goal man, but a leader and a more complete player. Two games into the 2008-09 season, it’s impressive.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Two games do not make a season no matter how impressive you might be in winning them. But two games might just be enough to establish an identity. And as far as the New York Rangers are concerned, establishing a personality is as much about deconstructing the old as introducing the new.
“I think the main thing is, I think we kind of showed our identity, how we’re going to be this year. In your face, four lines, the speed,” Scott Gomez, newly appointed associate captain, said Sunday after the new-look Rangers had completed a sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning by identical 2-1 scores.
from Lightning Strikes,
It is no secret the Lightning wants to upgrade its blue line. It recently inquired about Mathieu Schneider. Tampa Bay also wants to save some salary and O’Brien has a $950,000 cap hit. There also is evidence the Lightning is at least peripherally interested in Bryan Berard, who recently was cut by the Flyers but has the offensive instincts Tamp Bay covets.
more on the defense in Tampa…
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Ice time and opportunity, as well as health and happiness, are significant factors in a player’s productivity. For the eight players below, the stars haven’t been aligned the past few seasons and their dwindling output has reflected that fact. But, for a variety of reasons, we like their chances for a big rebound season in 2008-09.
Martin Havlat, Chicago
A bounty of skilled, maturing youngsters – Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and others – has resulted in high hopes for Chicago this season.
from Ian Winwood of the Guardian,
Since I didn’t swipe the identification plate of one Miroslav Satan (it’s pronounced Shertan, disappointingly) all I will bring home from Sweden are memories. And while it is neither my natural disposition, nor indeed my job, to look on the bright side, I am honour bound to say this: the National Hockey League’s second excursion into Europe has been a peach.
from Johnette Howard of Newsday,
To players and agents, the Islanders have become an NHL stop of the last resort. The sharpest proof lately was how Ryan Smyth, a character player the Isles gave up a gaggle of players for and hoped to build around, couldn’t get out fast enough after coming here for an 18-game cameo during the season….
Islanders general manager Garth Snow took the hint from the Smyth caper and is going with a youth and rebuilding movement, which seems like a sound idea on the surface. But the philosophy would feel a whole lot better if the kids whom Snow is counting on this season were a bunch of can’t-miss prospects like Sidney Crosby or Dany Heatley were once upon a time, and not the middling-to-fair group that prompted The Hockey News to recently rank the Islanders’ farm system in the bottom third of the league.
from Mike Celizic at NBC Sports,
The Devils have a backup goalie. His name is Kevin Weekes. This year, coach Brent Sutter should use him.
This isn’t a suggestion. It’s a mandate. If the Devils want all-world goalie Martin Brodeur to take them deep into the Stanley Cup playoffs, they can no longer write his name in the line-up every day for weeks and even months at a time.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
By Wednesday, the Calgary Flames need to pare three players from their roster and more than US$1 million in salary cap space.
Darryl Sutter has plenty of work to do….
Trading away Warrener and Eriksson would save the club nearly US$4 million in cap space. Other options include finding places for the duo in Europe or sending them to the minors.
Sutter fully intends to see new blood injected into the team.
from Kelly Egan of the Ottawa Citizen,
The Los Angeles Kings are playing their second game of the season in Oakland. There are 2,668 fans in the stands. Mr. Regan is the general manager of the Kings and his boss, Mr. Cooke, is not happy.
The Kings are having their home opener in four days. There are only 1,400 or so tickets sold and Mr. Cooke wants his GM to do something about this. Mr. Regan is watching the penalty-filled Oakland game in the stands when he gets an idea: if the fans want rock ‘em, sock ‘em hockey, he will give it to them.
He decides to punch a referee.
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