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from Loose Change of the Hockey News,
You’re here for predictions. You want someone bold to lay their renowned reputation on the line with some brazen declarations. Lucky for you, I like making predictions. And lucky for me, I’m not renowned.
You won’t hear Loose Change joining all the other talking heads in parroting that the Red Wings are (oh golly) “the team to beat.” Personally I think the team to beat is the Minnesota Wild. Any team wearing a god-awful jersey like that deserves a good beating.
I see 16 teams qualifying for the playoffs (no more, no less), no later than April 7th. Kansas City will not be one of them.
It appears that Red Wings’ defenceman Chris Chelios injury is worse than originally anticipated as the three-time Norris trophy winner will miss at least the next six weeks with a fractured bone in his leg.
The 46-year old Chelios sustained the injury while blocking a shot during Tuesday’s game against the Canadiens.
Just in case you were wondering who is leading the point standings for the pre-season. Stats thru 10/1/08
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
NHL tough guy Sean Avery reopened his feud with Don Cherry this week by stating the CBC commentator knows next to nothing about hockey.
“He’s a stable as far as Canadian hockey goes,” Avery said during interview on the CBC’s The Hour. “And I grew up watching Coach’s Corner, and he serves a purpose.
“But he really does not know shit about hockey.
“He knows, like, unnecessary facts about putting Sears catalogues on your shin pads.”
Discussing which sport has the best post-season, E.J. Hradek of ESPN comes to the rescue regarding our game…
Take a look at what we’re talking about here. I mean, the Cup playoffs are a two-month physical and mental grind. Think about that. That’s two months where you play just about every other day. With each passing game, you’re more beat up, but you keep going. The guys grow those “playoff beards” because they want to look like they feel—worn. They play through injuries that would make a college hoops kid cry for his mom.
from František Bouc of the Prague Post,
Twenty-seven hours. This was all it took in late April to sell out more than 10,000 tickets reserved for Czech fans for the NHL Premiere games between the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning to be played Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5, at Prague’s O2 Arena. Tickets disappeared quite fast despite the fact the game’s organizers had not announced the date of the sale in advance.
“We would have been able to sell at least double the amount of the tickets [had the sales date been announced],” said Vladimír Šafařík, chief event organizer.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
1. Is Blake Wheeler ready to start his pro career in the NHL?
2. Are we willing to place Peter Schaefer and Jeremy Reich on waivers?
3. Can we afford to pull the trigger on a blockbuster trade, with Marc Savard and Phil Kessel being two candidates, to get some defensive help and open up space up front?
My answers: Yes, yes, no…
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin could be headed to Russia after clearing waivers earlier this week.
In order to shed payroll, the Blackhawks are to prepared to loan their high-priced former all-star to a club in the Continental Hockey League (KHL), Sportsnet has learned.
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
Brad Richards didn’t speak endlessly of his newfound peace at the start of training camp. But the few words he used spoke volumes for how he felt.
Comfortable. Excited. More excited, he said, than he’s been in a long time. He’s in tune with the Dallas Stars’ system. He’s close with his no-longer-new teammates. He gets it all — and then some.
“You get the jokes now, too,” he added. “I didn’t have a clue of them last year on the inside jokes. Now I’m starting to get them.”
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
Youngsters like Darren Helm, Ville Leino, Jonathan Ericsson and Justin Abdelkader have shown they’re NHL-calibre players, but the economics of the salary cap are proving just as big an obstacle as a veteran lineup to earning a spot on Detroit’s NHL roster….
“What I mean by that is the best players are going to play on this team. If there’s a cap issue, that’s only momentary.
“You can always find ways to do things to make it work. That’s what you do. The best players play. If you come out and earn a job, you get a job.”
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