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from the St. Louis Blues,
The jersey features navy blue as its base color behind a new logo incorporating the time-honored BlueNote and the Gateway Arch.
“I think it mixes both the past and the future, but at the same time, it’s not as if we’re messing with (a good thing) too much,” said Boyes, who modeled the jersey for a top-secret photo shoot earlier this weekend. “We’re leaning more on something different, but at the same time, we’re not changing the whole thing.”
more with additional pictures…
from Rob Parent of the Delco Times,
Simon Gagne doesn’t know what evil lurks in the shadows of the preseason. When it comes to the hearts of hockey players, however, Gagne has been there, been done in by that before.
“It’s going to come,” Gagne the concussed elder Flyers statesman said Saturday as the team opened training camp. “I will be confident ... I’m going to look for it.”
What Simon says he seeks is a hit - another big one. The type that Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester laid on him in the early days of the 2007-08 season, sending Gagne down a long and arduous path toward an aborted season and a series of career questions that continue today.
As in ... can he still have a career?
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily Herald,
A year ago some questioned whether Kane’s size would prevent him from being the dynamic player on the NHL level that he was in juniors.
But Kane answered those questions by scoring 21 goals, leading the Blackhawks in scoring with 72 points, and winning the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.
“People talk about a sophomore slump, but for us we were playing against the best players all year, the (Nicklas) Lidstroms, (Pavel) Datsyuk and (Henrik) Zetterberg, so we have a year under our belt for that, and we have a lot of confidence,” Kane said of himself and second-year center Jonathan Toews. “People were keying on us all year. We just have to go out and play hockey.”
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
(Jiri) Fischer laughingly describes his job as a hockey season with no home games, where no day and no week is the same. He travels mostly within North America and relishes every moment he’s home in metro Detroit, where he and his wife are raising their 2-year-old son. The boy has become another example of how Fischer has changed.
“Before, I wanted to raise a hockey player,” he said. “Now I just want to raise a happy kid, a kid that I can be proud of. Priorities certainly have shifted from my career life. Sometimes, we get so career-focused and we let other things become important, and I believe it’s just not worth it in the end.”
I’m an old guy now,” I think I’ve gotten to that realization that ‘Hey, I can’t stop that one that went in last night. I’ve got to stop the next one that’s coming at me.’ It’s a different look at it when you get a little bit older, you’ve got to respect the game a little more.”
-Blues goaltender Manny Legace. More on Manny from Norm Sanders of the Belleville News Democrat.
from Bud Barth of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
“Somewhere in there, right after the surgery, I hit my low point,” admitted (Manny) Fernandez, who is still bitter over being advised against surgery in Minnesota. “It was overwhelming — too much happening too fast.”
In all, Fernandez has dressed for only 15 of his teams’ last 108 games the past 20 months, and has played in just four of them — the bum knee being directly or indirectly responsible for all 93 missed games.
You can forget an awful lot in that time, but some of it is starting to come back as Fernandez prepares for the 2008-09 season.
“Every day, it seems like I make one save that kind of reminds me of what I used to be, so that’s good,” he said on Friday…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
When Carolina Hurricanes winger Justin Williams tore his right Achilles tendon while running this week, it was sickening stuff for everybody who was watching the accident prior to the players getting on the ice for training camp.
“Joe Corvo told me it was the most disgusting thing he had ever heard. He said it echoed because they were in this huge warehouse,” (Erik) Cole continued. “Willy just dropped and said, ‘What the (bleep) is that?’ All the medical staff knew what had happened. Everybody was like (drawing in their breath).” Williams has had surgery and is out four to six months. He’s in a full leg cast.
many more NHL notes…
from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,
Once the Caps’ season ended, Clark gave up on his short-term rehab plan and started a summer-long one. Every third week he traveled from his New York home to Vancouver to visit groin specialist Rick Celebrini, who helped former Caps forward Brian Sutherby a few years ago.
He began a process that involved lots of stretching and working out with elastic bands. There was no weightlifting and no skating so Celebrini could pinpoint what did and didn’t help the process.
“I learned how to - it is very complicated - but move correctly,” Clark said. “It is all the right muscles - you’ve got to fire the right muscles from [your core] out. You need to learn that because it is not something you do naturally, but if you do it correctly it stabilizes your whole body.”...
“I still have a 45-minute warmup before I even think about getting on the ice,” Clark said. “It is something I’ll probably have to do the rest of my career. It’s not some little thing that will go away. It is something I can control though. It won’t be perfect.
from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
The biggest storyline for the Sharks is not how many games they’ll win, ( they’ll win a lot) but it’s when will they win them (as in April and May). Here are the other big storylines for the Sharks this season.
PATRICK MARLEAU-Can the Captain continue his strong play from the playoffs and start the year off with a bang? Can he maintain a consistent leadership presence on and off the ice all season? Can Patrick get to a new level with a different and more positive coach backing him?
more question yet to be answered…
“That’s a possibility. But there’s no sense talking about that until it happened. All I can say is I have certain goals I want to achieve and I hope to do that at some point.’‘
-Steve Yzerman when asked about running another NHL team. More from Yzerman from Ansar Khan of Mlive.
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