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from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,
I’ll never forget seeing Wayne Simmonds in his first development camp. He was running around, all speed and energy, but it seemed as though a strong breeze might blow him over. The major, obvious question about Simmonds was whether he would ever get enough bulk to fill out his 6-foot-2 frame and be big enough for opponents to take note of (and not push around).
Simmonds has become stronger and showed himself to be ready on the defensive end last season, and is he now ready to step forward offensively? He had nine goals last season, but tied for the team lead with five during this preseason. I have said previously that I believe Simmonds has 20-goal potential. I don’t know if he will get there, but I think there’s a chance. Here’s what Terry Murray said today about Simmonds’ development.
Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager announced today that former Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener has joined the organization in a scouting position. Warrener will work closely with Director of Player Personnel Duane Sutter and Pro Scout Ron Sutter in identifying professional talent as well as assisting with the development process of prospects currently in the organization.
The former assistant captain with the Flames missed the entire 2008-09 NHL season due to a career ending shoulder injury. Over the course of a 13 year NHL career, Warrener played 714 games accumulating 106 points and 899 penalty minutes. He competed in three Stanley Cup Finals with Florida (1996), Buffalo (1999) and Calgary (2004) and played a total of 101 playoff games. Originally drafted by Florida, 27th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, he was acquired by the Flames on July 3, 2003 in a trade with Buffalo.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Was Shanahan cut or did he leave the team? Shanahan is still on the Devils’ roster, so, technically, he has not been cut. It’s clear, however, that Shanahan was at least urged out the door when Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and head coach Jacques Lemaire told him during their Wednesday meeting that there was no room for him on the top three lines and that they intended to go with younger players. Shanahan is 40. Although Lamoriello would not discuss whether he wanted Shanahan to stay as a fourth-liner, a source told me today that Shanahan was no interested in a fourth line role.
If Shanahan is still on the roster, does his $1 million salary count against the Devils’ salary cap? Yes. As Lamoriello said, today, if a player is on the roster, his salary counts against the cap.
Is Shanahan being paid? Lamoriello did not want to discuss this. There apparently is some way the Devils would not have to pay him, but I don’t know for sure. Because the regular season begins today, I believe this was the first day players began being paid their NHL salaries
When will Shanahan be removed from the roster? Lamoriello said that would probably happen when Illka Pikkarainen is ready to come off injured reserve.
Does Shanahan have to be placed on waivers to come off the roster? Lamoriello said, “not necessarily.
OK, we can start the season now.
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Niedermayer is the only defenseman left from the group that was so vital to the Ducks’ 2007 Stanley Cup title. He’s not sure how this season will unfold, but he was intrigued enough by the possibilities to sign a one-year contract in July soon after his previous four-year deal expired.
“I’m going to watch him all day long, watch how he prepares for games, how he does little things,” Sbisa said. “I’m pretty confident I’ll take a lot of things from him this season.”
The man called “irreplaceable” by General Manager Bob Murray must be the Ducks’ glue if they’re going to regroup on defense and compete with the NHL’s elite.
from Ben Klayman of Reuters,
The bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes hockey team is likely to leave Arizona because it has not turned a profit since 1996, analysts said, even though the city of Glendale would like it to stay and keep paying rent.
“Under what set of circumstances could this thing possibly stay in Glendale?” said a sports banker, who asked not to be named because he has done business with NHL teams. “This team is worth less than zero in Phoenix.”
from David Boclair of the Nashville News,
The best players in the world play in the NHL, and ones who can score the way Radulov can (particularly at such a young age) are prized commodities. They are the ones who drive the market, even these days when the league operates with a salary cap and an uncertain financial future.
Had Radulov stayed with the Predators through last season, he would have been a restricted free agent this past summer. One way or another, he was going to cash in. Either the Predators would have locked him up with a long-term deal, or another team would have signed him to an offer sheet that would have guaranteed him a hefty salary. And Nashville still would have had the right to match the contract.
Instead, he went home to Russia because he felt like an outsider in his own locker room. His teammates did not support him. His coach did not support him.
from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,
There have been several missing links for the Flyers in their quest to win that ever-elusive third Cup. One was in goal. The other was a punishing defenseman, one who strikes fear into the hearts of wingers coming across the blue line.
If the Flyers are going to unseat reigning Cup champion Pittsburgh as “Beast of the East” this season, they will need Pronger’s on-ice demeanor and off-ice attitude to accomplish the task.
You see, the Flyers of recent past – even under Ken Hitchcock – took losing far too casually. They failed to see the impact of today’s mistakes on tomorrow’s expectations.
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