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Mottau Will Play in the NHL This Season

Add Andy Strickland to the list of those surprised to see defenseman Mike Mottau still unsigned.

Look I know this summer hasn’t been a good market for D-men but can someone explain why former Devils defenseman Mike Mottau is still sitting at home without a contract?

This is a topic New Jersey players were discussing amongst themselves inside the Devils dressing room just the other day…It won’t be long before a team either suffers an injury on the back end or realizes a young player they were hoping to give the job to just isn’t quite ready.

The bottom line is Mottau will play NHL hockey somewhere this season.

We wrote about this last week in the same sort of light, but Stickland hits on some finer points.

Read the full post on Mike Mottau at Strickland’s site TrueHockey.com.


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Bobby Ryan Learning A New Position

from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

Ducks coach Randy Carlyle made it clear in the first week of camp that Ryan will have to fail miserably to change his mind about the position change. And if the move is successful, the Ducks will have three quality centers – Getzlaf, Ryan and Saku Koivu – on their top three lines. Teams with three effective scoring lines historically go deep in the playoffs.

To his credit, Ryan has embraced the change from his first faceoff, though conceding it is on-the-job training in its essence.

“There’s a learning curve,” Ryan said. “Any time they move you to a new spot you’re not used to, there’s trial and error. It’s different, so I’m just trying to figure things out and learn where I need to be defensively. There’s still some areas I’m confused about, but I take the video home, watch it, assess it and go from there.”

Ryan, who signed a five-year, $25.5 million contract right before training camp, certainly likes getting to handle the puck more in the middle. He also likes that Carlyle is taking a look at him at the point on the power play.


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Streit Hurts Shoulder In Scrimmage Game

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Mark Streit, the team’s No. 1 defenseman and invaluable leader, suffered a shoulder injury in the third period after falling awkwardly into the boards after a soft cross-check from Matt Moulson. It was the kind of hit you see every day at practice and Streit absords bigger ones ten times a game. This was just the worst kind of luck for Streit and the Islanders.

Point Blank has learned that when Streit left the Coliseum, his left arm was wrapped and in a sling.

We should know by Monday the extent of the damage to Streit’s shoulder…


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Should Canadian Based NHL Teams Have A Quota Of Canadian Players?

from Randy Boswell of the Ottawa Citizen,

A new nationwide survey of Canadians’ views on hockey — including the composition of Canada’s NHL teams — shows a majority of citizens think the six clubs in this country should have a quota of Canadian-born players.

And that feeling is particularly strong in Quebec, where a political controversy arose recently over the shortage of French-Canadian players on the roster of the Montreal Canadiens.

Nationally, 53 per cent of the respondents in a survey commissioned by the Montreal-based Association for Canadian Studies said they agreed with the idea that Canadian-based NHL teams should have a minimum percentage of Canadian players.


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Devils in the Details - Gameday: Rangers at Devils

• Yesterday, the Devils trimmed their roster, sending 15 players to Albany of the AHL and four back to their respective junior teams.  No surprises in the cuts made, with the most notable names being forwards Adam Henrique and Darcy Zajac.  With Jordan Parise likewise cut from New York Rangers camp, plans for the Parise and Zajac brothers to get a place together in Hoboken: ruined.

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: adam+henrique, darcy+zajac, devils+in+the+details, jacob+josefson, jason+arnott

Savard Gives An Update on His Condition

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog,

Marc Savard, at times glassy-eyed and somber, met with the Boston media for approximately 10 minutes this morning and sounded as if he won’t be back in action any time soon.

Diagnosed a week ago Friday with post-concussion syndrome, thus prohibiting him from starting training camp last weekend with the Bruins, the high-scoring veteran pivot said he was dealing with multiple symptoms typical of PCS and noted that dealing with depression is the most difficult of those symptoms.

‘‘I think everything you just summed up there,’’ said Savard, when a Globe reporter asked if he were dealing with nausea, headache, dizziness, seeing spots, depression, among the more common issues related to concussions and often PCS. “I’ve had issues with everything so far, so….like I said, I have to see the doctors, get the help that I need and go from there.’‘


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The Plan Is In Place

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Every team needs to improve in some aspect of its line up. We have flexibility built into our system. We have cap space. We have an abundance of young players throughout the system. We are well situated.

The season is just starting. Let us see who can play. Let us see the character of this new team. Let us be open minded and objective. I am happy we are playing younger players if they earn their ice time.


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Redden On Waivers

from Jesse Spector of the Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,

“It’s always difficult when you change someone’s life like this,” Sather said. “But in the end you have to do what’s best for the team.”

Sather said that Redden did not seem too surprised when he got the news, that “he’d seen the writing on the wall.” The Rangers’ president and general manager said that he would accept whatever decision Redden makes should he clear waivers, whether the 33-year-old defenseman chooses to accept an assignment to Hartford or tries to find a job in Europe.

a bit more

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Back Problem Forces Leighton To Leave Game

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

After grinding through 65 minutes, starter Michael Leighton needed to be yanked because of a lower back injury, forcing coach Peter Laviolette to insert a cold Brian Boucher off the bench just in time for a shootout in last night’s 4-3 exhibition win over the Maple Leafs.

“We needed to make the move, physically,” Laviolette said after a long pause when asked about the move. “At this point, I really don’t want to comment until we get a better understanding.”

Leighton was not available for comment after the game.

General manager Paul Holmgren said he is “cautiously optimistic” that Leighton will be back in action soon, though the injury seems deeper than that.

read on

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Luongo Seems To Be The Story

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Luongo’s detractors will tell you he wasn’t very good in back-to-back second-round losses to the Chicago Blackhawks in successive springs. His backers will tell you he was in net when Team Canada won perhaps the most pressure-packed hockey game in the modern era this past February at the 2010 Olympics in this very city.

Somewhere in between probably lies the truth: a great goalie with gold medals at both the men’s World Championship and the Olympics, but no NHL championship.

In a season in which the Canucks are being hyped up as serious Stanley Cup contenders, Luongo will be a popular topic all year.

“I know there’s a lot of doubters out there, but I don’t need to prove it,” Luongo told ESPN.com. “I’ve done it my whole career. I’ve been successful at every level. I don’t think there’s a bigger stage in the world than last February. Unfortunately, it hasn’t happened in the NHL yet, but we’ve got a great window of opportunity here with these guys and we’ve got a few years here to make something great happen.”


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  Tags: roberto+luongo

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