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from Loose Change of the Hockey News,
Kudos to the New York Islanders who now have a Doug Weight, a lightweight (Mike Comrie) and some dead weight (Mike Sillinger).
Exceptional work by the Vancouver Canucks in signing Jason Krog who is, by far, my favourite Muppet.
Radim Vrbata, Gary Roberts, Brandon Bochenski and Mark Recchi? Who says the people in Tampa don’t recycle?
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
One of the Predators’ most pugnacious former players is looking forward to returning to the team in a far more peaceful role this season.
Stu Grimson, whose fighting prowess earned him “The Grim Reaper’’ nickname, has recently returned to Nashville, where he will be continuing his law career. He’s also discussing a part-time role with the Predators, one that would have the personable Grimson involved with the community.
from the Vancouver Canucks,
“Retiring a player’s sweater is one of the highest honours a club can pay to its most elite players and ambassadors,” said Chris Zimmerman, President and CEO, Canucks Sports & Entertainment. “Trevor embodies the qualities we strive for as an organization; character, hard working, commitment, generous and loyal. We are proud that his sweater will hang beside Stan Smyl’s at General Motors Place.”
“This is a tremendous honour and I am very grateful to the club,” said Linden. “To be drafted by the Canucks organization 20 years ago as an 18 year old and to now have my sweater retired is very humbling and rewarding.”
from Katie Strang of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro said he’s had a slow summer while rehabbing his left knee, but one particular date has kept him motivated and focused—the season opener against the Devils.
“I’m not so worried about being 100 percent for training camp, I’m more worried about being ready October 10,” DiPietro said at an interview and autograph session in Manhattan Wednesday. “I’m really optimistic and hellbent on being there for the first game.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Moreau’s foot was broken and he says his heart ached too. “I missed the everyday competition, the camaraderie, being around the guys. Sometimes it’s good to sit back and re-evaluate things. It really teaches you a lesson how much you miss the game and how much you appreciate it,” he said.
Over the summer, he’s seen Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene, Raffi Torres and Joni Pitkanen leave and Erik Cole, Lubomir Visnovsky and Gilbert Brule come in. It’s up to the captain to steer the ship with new mates.
“We lost a lot of quality people,” he said. “A big piece of our dressing room is gone, but we added some high-end talent. Visnovksy is a world-class defenceman who puts up more points than almost anybody in the league. And Erik Cole is a Stanley Cup winner…
much more from Moreau…
from the CP,
NHL star Sidney Crosby leads the list of Nova Scotians honoured Thursday with the Order of Nova Scotia.
Crosby, who recently turned 21, is the youngest person to receive the award which recognizes those who’ve made “significant contributions to the province and the country.”
“Africa is like the NHL of hunting,” Babcock said Wednesday in preparation for the opening of camp in two weeks. “When you’re in the tall grass, when it’s 14-feet high and you can’t even see the top of an elephant’s back, when you’re hunting a lion and it’s five feet away and you don’t even know he’s there, that’s scary. It gets your heart going.”
-Mike Babcock talking about his hunting trip to Africa to Dave Dye of the Detroit News.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
“I have one year left on my contract. That’s all I’m thinking about. I’m going to leave everything out there, work hard and enjoy it. And I’m going to try the best I can to help the team win this year like I’ve done always.”
Told that sounds like he has decided to play out the final year of his contract and leave as a free agent, Gaborik said, “I’m not saying I’m leaving. I’m not saying I’m staying. I’m saying I have one year left on my contract. I’m leaving it up to the Wild and my agent to discuss it. But I want to be left out of it.
“I like it here. Of course, it’s been great times and experiences here. But I still have one more year on my contract. I want to be respected that I still have one year left, and I want to just focus on this year and just try to play the best I can. That’s how it is. I don’t want to think about my contract right now, and I don’t want to be put in a position where I have to talk about it.”
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
The Montreal Canadiens have included a 2009 game at Olympic Stadium as one of their centennial projects, though the match is far from being confirmed….
“A game (at the Big O) is a project that we’ve discussed with the RIO,” Canadiens vice-president Donald Beauchamp said Wednesday of talks the club has had with the stadium’s provincial-government landlord. “That’s as far as the project has gone.”
From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated:
Dallas Stars: Cup contenders or kidding themselves?
Heading into last season, the obvious question was, “Can this team compete for a playoff spot?” At the time, it was touch and go. The core was graying and burdened by a legacy of recent postseason failures that suggested their best days were a decade behind them.
read on for more questions—and answers—on the Pacific Division
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