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from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Although the Wings will head to camp without a glaring weakness, there will be plenty of questions to answer.
The Wings have more legitimate NHL talent than they have available roster spots. Quincey, Derek Meech and Jonathan Ericsson will battle for the final spot on defense.
The Wings will get their first look at Ville Leino, 25, signed from the Finnish league in May. He’ll be vying for a roster spot against the likes of Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Aaron Downey and McCarty.
The biggest questions among those projected to make the team are:
Will forward Tomas Kopecky be ready to play after having surgery on his left knee to repair a torn ACL and MCL?
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Right winger Stefan Legein, the Blue Jackets’ second-round pick in 2007 and one of the top up-and-coming agitators, has decided to quit playing hockey.
I didn’t believe it either, but it’s been confirmed just a few minutes ago by the Blue Jackets. They got a call today from Legein’s agent, Doug Woods, telling them he won’t be at training camp and has decided to hang up his skates. He’ll be 20 years old in three months.
This story is shocking on so many different levels. Earlier today, I got an email from a Puck-Rakers reader, Bethany, of Bethany’s Hockey Rants. Actually, it was a “forward” of an email she got from an anonymous person in Ontario saying Legein had retired.
After a slew of phone calls to sources throughout the NHL, I finally got somebody to tell be off the record that’s it true. Just a few minutes ago, Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson confirmed it.
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
It rarely happens that two marquee players are involved in the same trade but, for argument’s sake, which NHL players are worth the most in a one-for-one swap?
Determining that answer is the exercise that I’m going to undertake here….
Some factors that need to be considered when trying to establish trade value:
1. Contract - It’s better to have a long-term deal, if the price is right for the production, because the team knows that they have that asset for a definite period of time….
Player: Derek Roy
Team: Buffalo Sabres
Contract Expires: 2013
Salary Cap Hit: $4.0M
much more and very well thought out…
Risebrough says he has not had any trade conversations regarding Gaborik and has not gotten any calls from other GM’s (which I find hard to believe on the latter). He says he’s only concentrating on signing Gaborik before the Oct. 11 opener.
He wouldn’t answer hypotheticals when asked if he feels he’d have to trade Gaborik before the season if the winger makes it clear he won’t sign an extension.
Risebrough said he doesn’t plan to respond to any trade rumors during this process. “A lot of people on your side are fiction writers, and I’m not dealing with all the fiction writers. So the best thing is not to deal with any of [the rumors].”
more at Russo’s Rants
from Spector at Fox Sports,
If Smith and Kolzig struggle it’ll not only cost the Bolts on the scoreboard but could also damage the confidence of their defense corps.
Getting the best out of his goalies and young defensemen will be a significant challenge for head coach Melrose, who must prove that he can adapt to the new NHL after being out of the coaching ranks for so long.
The Lightning’s new ownership and management have certainly proven their willingness to make take bold steps. It remains to be seen if that boldness will be rewarded.
“Obviously a player of Mats Sundin’s stature…he’s been a tremendous player for a long time,” said Holmgren. “He’s a free agent, and we’ve made inquiries as to his status. We don’t know whether he’s going to play or not. I think Mats is still trying to decide that in his own timeframe. But, if he wants to play, we’d certainly have an interest in seeing if we could fit him in.”
-more from Paul Holmgren at Flyers.com…
from Mike Toth at Sportsnet,
NHL camps, on the other hand, don’t get going until next month but there’s nothing that says we can’t offer up a few pre pre-season puck predictions….
5. Forget about the fact that Detroit has captured four Cups in the last 11 years. The real reason to fear the Red Wings is their penchant for making everybody else in the league look stupid. Motown is famous for taking late round draft picks such as Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg and turning them into stars. Their latest project? Jonathan Ericsson, a swift skating Swedish defenseman who the Wings grabbed with the very last pick of the 2002 draft. Ericsson is now being groomed to make his Detroit debut and it’s these kind of savvy moves that will allow the Wings to keep the Cup when the play-offs roll around.
read on for 9 more NHL bits…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Despite a report yesterday on a Swedish hockey website, the Bruins aren’t planning to see Carl Soderberg, their top European prospect, here in Boston when training camp opens Sept. 19….
Chiarelli said he spoke yesterday with agent J.P. Barry, Elefalk’s partner in North America, and Barry was unaware of any change in Soderberg’s plans. Barry, according to Chiarelli, said Elefalk was traveling in Spain and could not be reached immediately. Chiarelli said he left voice mail and email messages for Elefalk, but as of late yesterday afternoon, Elefalk had not responded.
“Right now, nothing’s changed; I don’t think he’s coming over,” said Chiarelli. “Who knows, maybe he’s changed his mind, but we’ve had no indication of it.”
I am surprised Barry gave that response, I expected something like, “We are not even sure if he wants to play next season.”
from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
Former Vancouver coach Marc Crawford claims that Todd Bertuzzi acted in “direct disobedience” to instructions from the Canucks bench during the March 8, 2004 NHL game in which he attacked Colorado forward Steve Moore, breaking his neck and ending his career, according to court documents obtained by the Toronto Star.
Crawford, in documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, pleads that the Vancouver coaching staff was trying to get Bertuzzi off the ice before his infamous sucker punch on Moore.
The KHL attempts to buy-out the contract of Alexander Radulov, Bill Daly says the NHL will not even consider it in a story from the AP via the Globe and Mail.
Update 3:07pm ET: More from John Glennon at The Tennessean—
The NHL has no choice but to play hardball in the Alexander Radulov case, because of a couple of reasons.
First of all, one of its teams has taken a severe and unexpected hit, faced with the prospect of losing one of the more talented young forwards in the game. Second, the NHL has to fight precedent, because if Radulov is allowed to play in Russia this season, there’s no telling which young European star might next be tempted by a big offer while still under contract.
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