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from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
“Freak things happen and it’s just unfortunate,” Blues defenseman Jay McKee said. “He was going to be an absolutely integral part of this team, and that’s unfortunate. He’s certainly going to be just a huge loss. He was probably going to be our best defenseman right now.”
“It’s a huge blow,” Blues goalie Manny Legace said. “Huge.”
“He was to be our No. 1 power-play defenseman, there’s no denying that fact,” Blues coach Andy Murray said. “He was also our leading scoring defenseman last year and we lacked scoring from the blue line, so there’s no question we’ll feel his loss.
from Mike Loftus of the Patriot Ledger,
While in a literal sense, signing Yelle was no big deal (it’s a one-year, $750,000 contract), those who know him best fully anticipate that Yelle will prove to be a major bargain.
“He’s big on (faceoffs), always good in his own end, blocks shots, brings a lot of experience to our penalty-killers,” said winger Chuck Kobasew, who spent nearly three seasons with Yelle in Calgary. “He does a lot of things. Most go unnoticed, but to his teammates, they’re big things.”
“He does what he has to, and he does what he does well,” said defenseman Andrew Ference, another ex-Flame and close friend of Yelle’s.
from Joanne Irelend of the Edmonton Journal,
The role has changed. Dramatically.
But now that Dustin Penner has been moved on to the Edmonton Oilers’ checking line so, too, have the expectations.
“Normally, it would be a real step back for a guy who has played all those minutes on the first line and got first line power-play minutes,” head coach Craig MacTavish said.
from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,
It is only a slight change in the arrangement of bodies inside at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, but Brent Johnson moving from one side of a corner to the other represents a big change for the Washington Capitals.
Gone is Olie Kolzig, who used to set up shop in Johnson’s new digs, and with him went one of the most dynamic forces in the Caps’ dressing room. While the Caps welcome back nearly the same roster as last season, the hierarchy of leadership could be significantly different.
“He’s been the unofficial captain for the past probably eight or nine years,” said Chris Clark, the team’s official captain for the past two seasons. “He just had this presence, and I always went to him when I had questions. Guys would come to me, and I would go to him - that sort of thing.”
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Jordan Sigalet, 27, a cat-quick goaltender, is in Tyumen, Russia, an oil city on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Jonathan Sigalet, 22, a smooth-skating defenseman, is trying to jam himself onto the Blue Jackets roster in Columbus, where 2 inches of snow brings the city to its knees.
They couldn’t be farther apart. They couldn’t be closer.
“I always thought that someday, when I looked back on my career, I might regret not taking the opportunity to play with my brother—especially after what he has gone through,” Jonathan said.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
This is about loyalty, a player’s to his team and a team’s to a legend.
This isn’t about money for Chris Chelios, who at 46 is back with the Detroit Red Wings for his 25th National Hockey League season. Not when he’s being paid $750,000, spillage in many of today’s NHL contracts.
This is about hockey coursing through Chelios’s veins, about his willingness to sit more than he’ll play simply because he loves the game too much for the puck to drop next month without him.
from Damien Cox at the Spin,
Depth and experience? Really?
This is the same chatter we heard last fall when some suggested the Leafs had such depth on defence that they should trade some of it away to help in other areas.
Now we’re hearing it again. Folks, it’s about more than just having lots of names.
What I see is a defence with two proven blueliners - Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina - and a pile of question marks.
It might be the weakest defence corps in the entire league. Certainly one of the weakest five.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
“Some day I may have to make a decision whether I’m comfortable in Detroit, or do I want to take a significant role if it means I have to go somewhere else.
“In the right situation, I’d have to consider it. I don’t want to say absolutely not to anything.”
Yzerman’s unique, combined apprenticeship between Detroit and Hockey Canada has made him a hot managerial commodity for the future.
“I’ve learned a lot in Detroit,” he said. “Whether it’s negotiating a contract, debating whether a player should go to the minors or deciding whether we should sign a junior player, every decision that gets made I get to sit in on.
“Then, with Hockey Canada, I’m in a position to actually make decisions. So I really have gained a lot of experience.”
Mattieu Carle of the Canadiens was hit by the Wings Tomas Kopecky and was taken to the hospital for observation.
You can see the hit at RDS.
Nick Lidstrom was also taken to the hospital after taking a puck to the face. Reports are he went for stitches and an xray.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has a dislocated shoulder and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Gonchar suffered the injury in the pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on Sept. 20.
“Sergei will continue to be evaluated as our team medical personnel consider several treatment options,” Shero said. “In the meantime, we will look for our other defensemen to step up and fill the void created by his absence.”
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