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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
The mystery is whether they’ll be able to pull it off in the wake of Tony Granato’s re-elevation to the head coaching position. So far, they’ve talked a good show — or about putting on a good show — and Sakic is part of it.
“It’s speed,” he said. “It’s forechecking, attack with two guys and go hard to get it instead of sitting back on the trap. Use your speed to try to create a good forecheck. . . . Up-tempo is continuing to move your feet. You’re not posting up. You’re always moving your feet and skating. We have a lot of speed here. If you have a lot of speed, you can play that way.”
But is it enough speed? I don’t pretend to know the answer, but I wonder. The few changes the Avalanche made at forward, plus the accompanying willingness to stand pat, at times seemed to contradict that “up- tempo” mandate
from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,
When the fastest game in sports comes to a halt because a hockey player is down on the ice or heads to the bench trailing blood, it’s time for the Columbus Blue Jackets medical team to kick into gear.
Athletic trainers and three doctors are at every game, as well as a paramedic crew from the Columbus Division of Fire.
Head team trainer Mike Vogt is the first person to head onto the ice to assess players who need medical attention. He tells the medical staff what he’s learned with one of two hand signals: If he points to the bench, he needs a doctor. If he raises a fist, everyone—assistant trainers, team doctors and medics—is to respond.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...the Rangers have invited free agent Brendan Shanahan to training camp on a tryout basis, The Post has learned. Hoping for a guaranteed contract, the winger who only wants to continue his NHL career wearing the Blueshirt, has thus far refused the offer.
“Brendan is welcome; I’ve told him that before and I’m going to call him again to make sure he knows that,” GM Glen Sather said yesterday. “I’m not in a position to offer a contract at this time, but that does not mean it can’t happen or won’t happen after we evaluate what we have here.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Wade Redden can finally turn the page on his career with the Senators tonight.
The former Senators defenceman is getting accustomed to life in Manhattan, but he’ll get his first real look at Broadway tonight when he makes his debut on the New York Rangers blue line against his ex-teammates.
Redden, who spent a decade in an Ottawa uniform, isn’t sure how he’ll feel when he looks across the ice at all the familiar faces, however, he’s excited about the possibility of suiting up for New York.
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
So with Gonchar and Whitney out of the lineup for extended periods of time possibly, what exactly have the Penguins lost?
Quite a bit.
Only one team, the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings, can boast having a pair of blueliners currently on its roster who have produced more points than Gonchar and Whitney since 2005-06.
A look at all 30 teams and the highest two point totals by defensemen on their rosters since the lockout:
more for the list…
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Word gets around the NHL quickly on which teams provide ample opportunities, and when goalie Al Montoya was traded to the Coyotes last year, he embraced it wholeheartedly.
“I was excited,” said Montoya, who was part of the Fredrik Sjostrom trade to the New York Rangers that also brought Marcel Hossa to Phoenix. “It was my first trade, so coming here to an organization where they look to prospects to come up and do things, I felt ready to play in the NHL and ready to make that move.
“This is a good opportunity. They told me that to come out and do what I can, and they’re going to give me a shot. So it’s encouraging, but at the same time you’ve got to do what you have to do. New York was a great place, but I wanted to be playing, and this is a great place to play.”
from the Canucks Nation Blog at the Vancouver Province,
Canucks coach Alain Vigneault didn’t say Kyle Wellwood is a lost cause but he did leave some tread marks on the waiver-wire pickup after he drove the bus over him.
AV took direct aim at Wellwood’s fitness level after the two-day training camp in Whislter.
“His commitment to conditioning and being a professional athlete probably wasn’t where it needed to be for him to have success,” said Vigneault. “His test results showed from early July [to training camp] significant improvements. That being said, it’s still not NHL calibre.”
Ouch. And that wasn’t the only shot that Wellwood absorbed.
added 9:17pm, More on this from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun…
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
“I didn’t want to leave,” he said. “I signed to play there. I wanted to win there. But circumstances change.
“We didn’t make the playoffs for three years, they bought Darcy out, they bought Razor [Raycroft] out. Who knew if Mats was going to come back or not? When we looked at it, we thought it was time for a fresh start.”
McCabe told Fletcher the Panthers were his top choice. He said the acquisition of defencemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton in a trade with the Phoenix Coyotes, plus the presence of Jay Bouwmeester, meant he would be joining an up-and-coming defence corps.
via the San Jose Sharks,
Sharks center Torrey Mitchell sustained a complete non-displaced Tibia/Fibula fracture (two lower leg bones) in a practice session this morning according to Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. The injury is commonly known as a Tib-Fib or Boot Top fracture.
The time frame for Mitchell’s return to the ice is approximately eight weeks
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
There are 111 NHL pre-season games this year, an average of 7.4 per team. That’s 4,440 man games. Is that really necessary to get a player prepared for the regular season?
The whole idea behind pre-season games in the first place was to get the players in shape and sort out a half-dozen roster spots per team. Well, those reasons are gone.
Players are long since in shape for training camp and the dawn of the salary cap era means rosters are pretty much determined, save for two or three openings, by August.
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