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via Dan Martin of the NY Post,
“Next week he should be able to ramp up his workouts on the ice,” Gordon said after the team worked out in Syosset yesterday. “It’s working on more technique. Everything is pretty controlled right now, the next step is to make it more game-like . . . moving off passes, multiple shots, recoveries, everything that would come up in the course of a normal practice, but do it in a controlled environment.”
DiPietro is trying to be patient.
“I’m obviously frustrated,” the goalie said. “I’d like to be on the ice right now, skating with the team and have a regular training camp and not have to worry about being injured and rehab every day. But this is part of the bigger picture.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
“The performance was disappointing, very disappointing,” McLellan said, singling out some of his top-end talent in particular. “We have some world-class athletes on our team and they didn’t play like that.”
And asked to assess the performance of his goalie, who gave up all five goals on the first 14 shots he faced, McLellan said only that Evgeni Nabokov is “one of the players that I consider world-class.”
Not that the 5-2 loss rests on any one player, but Nabokov was someone I obviously needed to talk with after the game, especially after what McLellan has had to say the last few days. To his credit, the goalie was totally accessible.
from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,
Joe Sakic returned to the area where he has always felt the most comfortable—the ice.
But on Thursday, he stepped onto the ice to be honored by the Colorado Avalanche, who retired his No. 19 jersey and raised a banner honoring their longtime captain to the Pepsi Center rafters, joining those of Patrick Roy (No. 33) and Ray Bourque (No. 77).
“You never could imagine you’re going to have that honor, have your number raised up in the rafters – not growing up, not ever,” Sakic said following a 45-minute ceremony before the Avalanche and San Jose Sharks met in the season opener for both teams.
“To see it up there with Patrick and Ray, it’s a tremendous honor.”
continued and watch the full ceremony (42 minutes) below…
from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
Hard-core hockey fans are, if nothing else, dead loyal.
Plenty of people, including the vast majority of Americans, may be oblivious to the sport’s charms, but those who love it tend to love it above everything else.
It is the No.1 game everywhere in Canada, it is at worst a strong second to soccer in parts of Northern Europe, and regionally in the northeastern U.S., including some major markets, plus isolated pockets elsewhere such as Minnesota, it more than holds its own.
That’s got to be the key to the NHL’s future – playing to strengths, catering to the devoted, building on the committed core audience while abandoning missionary work, leaving the heathens to their own devices.
from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,
Northerners, rooted and transplanted, sniff at the travails of Phoenix, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and the Panthers as proof that hockey should remain the province of cities that have snow days. It doesn’t fit their prejudices to note that each of those four franchises has a history of ineptitude that few markets would support these days. You don’t, for example, hear much griping about a team in San Jose. And the last time a lake froze in St. Louis, a glacier covered Chicago….
Fans of a team rebuilding a fan base can’t enjoy the championship the following season because of a money move by management—attendance springs back instantly from that within a year or two, right, Marlins?
Besides, warm weather doesn’t cause bad decisions. Rick Dudley’s office needing air conditioning in January isn’t why he traded up one spot to draft Petr Taticek ninth overall in 2002, leaving division rival Washington to take Alexander Semin three spots later.
It’s also not why, with the No. 1 overall pick in 2003, Dudley traded down to No. 3 and chose Nathan Horton. Horton’s a good player who hasn’t lived up to being the No. 3 overall pick in one of the best drafts ever. Dudley could have taken center Eric Staal, a great, clutch player who Carolina snapped up at No. 2 and followed to the Stanley Cup three years later.
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.
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