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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
With the continued absence of injured Steve Sullivan, the recent defection of Alexander Radulov, the departure of Darcy Hordichuk and the news that Jed Ortmeyer will miss at least the next month — and likely longer — due to a blood clot, there are spots for the taking.
Players who haven’t seen a moment of NHL action, such as Patric Hornqvist and Ryan Jones, are being considered for some of the roles, as are American Hockey League veterans Rich Peverley, Antti Pihlstrom, Josh Gratton and Michael Ryan.
“We’ve got a lot of things to look at,” Predators General Manager David Poile said. “ … I’m always looking for that great surprise. There’s always something like that that happens in training camp.’’
from WGR 550,
The Sabres have signed forward Jason Pominville to a multi-year contract extension. The 26-year old was entering the final year of his contract, but will now be with the team long-term. Financial terms were not given.
added 3:15pm, via the Buffalo Sabres,
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with right winger Jason Pominville, keeping him in Buffalo through the 2013-14 season.
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
Here’s a list of those who have come to camp this week hoping, in some cases against hope, for another opportunity to find themselves worthy of a smile from the Powers That Be.
Martin Gerber and Alex Auld, Ottawa Senators
Or is it Alex Gerber and Martin Auld? The Senators will try to cobble a Frankenstein goaltender out of the bits of two still-young men who separately once held great promise but can’t seem to make the pieces of their game fit. The gods wreaked havoc with goalie Ray Emery’s head last season and had so much fun that they also messed with the minds of Gerber and, in the offseason, the defense that will play in front of him. Sens GM Bryan Murray brought in Auld to provide support for the always fragile Gerber, but Auld is a bit of a mind-games victim himself.
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Hatcher’s name will appear on the roster for the first game of the season and then immediately be moved to the long-term injury list.
The move allows the Flyers to create some breathing room by subtracting his $3.5 million salary from the overall cap total and gives Hatcher time to continue trying to rehab his degenerated right knee.
from Loose Change of the Hockey News,
When you hear:
“I like the makeup of this team.”
It translates to: We really can’t hit or fight, which I think has a lot to do with that unexpected Revlon sponsorship.
“Patterson needs a couple of more weeks before he’s game ready.”
Translation: Patterson’s a whale. He sweats when he blinks.
via the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Erik Johnson injured his right knee in a non-hockey related incident and will be sidelined for the first three days of training camp.
Johnson will be re-evaluated over the weekend and his status will be updated prior to Tuesday’s preseason game with the Dallas Stars.
Montreal Canaidens coach Guy Carbonneau took part in a tele-conference today…
Q Could you talk a little bit about how Lang and Tanguay will fit into your team format?
GUY CARBONNEAU: I think their style of play will fit really well. We proved last year that we can be a good solid offensive team. We’re a team that wants to use our speed. Maybe we’re not kind of like Detroit or Dallas that wants to be a puck control team. Not that we want to get rid of it. But we want to make plays to get the puck quick out of our zone and go into the offense. And I think those two guys are going to fit really well.
from Rory Boylen of the Hockey News,
When I was thinking about what their trade negotiations for Meszaros with Ottawa GM Bryan Murray must have been like, I couldn’t help but think of one of my favorite skits from Saturday Night Live.
Len Barrie: Excuse me, sorry to interrupt your day of business. But I was just wondering something. I am Len Barrie, and this is my partner, Oren. We have too many forwards on our professional hockey team and we need a defenseman. Can you help?
Bryan Murray: Um, sorry, no. I’m not looking to make any moves at the moment.
LB: You must know we usually have lots of defense, because we have lots of money to spend. But both my partner Oren and I enjoy trying many things.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Tampa Bay Lightning have named center Vincent Lecavalier as team captain, executive vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton announced. Lecavalier, in his 11th year with the Lightning, previously served as captain during the 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 seasons. Alternate captains will be announced prior to the start of the 2008-09 regular season.
“Vinny has displayed exemplary qualities on and off the ice through out his career,” Lawton said. “He is a natural leader in the locker room and sets a great example for others by the way he competes night in and night out. We are extremely proud to have him as captain of the Lightning!”
Sorry I am a little late with this, but yesterday was a day spent on the upgrade…
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• Few rookies have moved as swiftly as Patrick Kane. Chicago’s whiz-kid is one of four NHLers featured in national TV spots in the NHL’s new ad campaign. The others are Sidney Crosby, Henrik Lundqvist, and Dion Phaneuf. ...
• Vesa Toskala has taken exception to his bobblehead doll. As the punk-haired Finn notes: “This is like some kind of nerd. The hair needs to be more spiky, more messy.”…
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