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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Forward Steve Sullivan is making some progress from his back injury but is still not ready to rejoin the team, Trotz said.
Trotz said the Predators are preparing for a season without Sullivan — who hasn’t played since hurting his back in February of 2007 — and will consider his return a bonus.
more Nashville notes, including Barry Trotz fighting pneumonia symptoms…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
If you want to know why the Maple Leafs gave up on and gave away Bryan McCabe, here it is in a nutshell:
McCabe got to pick where he wanted to play and he chose the Florida Panthers. Translation: He doesn’t give a hoot whether he wins or loses and the Leafs were well aware of that. Who would want an apparent leader who is happy playing for a team in a messed-up market that never contends?
more hockey topics discussed along with other sports notes.
“I admire Zack because he’s an agitator and he fights ... it’s not easy doing both. But he knows he’s not a true heavyweight. He’s trying to fill a role and he does a good job at it. Man, he had 25 fights last year. Even in my rookie year as an Oiler, I never did that. I fought 16, 17 times, tops. People should admire Zack for doing what he’s doing. If everybody had his heart. ...
-Georges Laraque on Edmonton’s Zack Stortini. More from Laraque from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.
from Steven Noble of the Calgary Sun,
Mike Cammalleri has taken his Italian heritage and his family’s tomato sauce with him wherever he’s gone.
Now the new Flames sniper is looking forward to bringing it to Calgary—along with his goal-scoring touch.
“My dad has two brothers so those families and our family would all go to my grandparents’ house, we’d get 20 bushels of tomatoes and go in the garage from eight in the morning until six at night,” he says, recalling one of his favourite traditions.
“We take a lot of pride in knowing our top six forwards, who we believe are the best top six forwards in the league, all have three years or more on their contracts. But to be able to do that and have stability for a franchise, you need to spend money.”
-Oren Koules, Owner of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Read more on the Lightning from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times…
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
...But as much as those personnel changes are significant, Hull said the GMs are not just shuffling talent to put their fingerprint on the team – a desire he stated when he first took the job.
“I think we’re learning that’s not the goal,” Hull said. “You can’t just move people to put your own people in here. The goal is to create a team that can win the Stanley Cup.”
“You have to develop a plan and then trust that plan,” Jackson said. “You put coaches in place, and you trust those coaches. You put players in place, and you trust those players. It’s not about Brett or I; it’s about the players on the ice and the coaches who coach them. That’s where the game is won.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Have no fear, says Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi, the Kings will make it to the NHL’s salary “floor” of $40.7 million in player payroll before opening night.
However, the financial formula will not include, contrary to rumors in recent weeks, taking high-priced goalie Nikolai Khabibulin off Chicago’s hands, or dealing away budding superstar forward Anze Kopitar.
“Some of the stuff that goes around is just crazy,” said Lombardi. “Like Kopitar. We’re going to trade our best young player to get to the floor? If the people who start that stuff would put just two cents worth of brains into thinking about it first . . .
“But that’s the kind of stuff that gets out there, and then we had to respond to it, just to quell the masses.”
continued with numerous NHL topics discussed too…
I do find it laughable when Lombardi says he has to respond to trade rumors to quell the masses. The knowledgeable NHL fan knows the vast majority of trade rumors are made up and don’t have any chance of happening. But it only takes a few people, yes, even those who claim to be have trusted sources, to stir the pot and take advantage of those fans who will believe everything they read.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Olaf Kolzig may be the only Tampa Bay player submitting multiple ticket requests for the team’s exhibition game at the Eisbaren Berlin on Sept. 28.
“My cousin lives in Berlin and I have a ton of uncles and aunts that live in Hamburg,” Kolzig told NHL.com. “Within an hour drive, I have a handful of relatives.”
The Lightning’s newest goalie was born in South Africa and grew up in Canada, but his passport says Germany and that’s the country he considers to be his homeland. He has represented Germany on the international stage, twice in the Olympics.
from the IIHF,
The meeting agreed that the unsolved case of Alexander Radulov will go to an applicable court or – if all included parties agree – to arbitration, whose verdict can not be overruled.
The KHL furthermore informed that the league is disputing the signings of the following players by the NHL:
Andrei Loktionov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Vyacheslav Voinov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Traktor Chelyabinsk
Andrei Mayorov – signed by NHL club Columbus from KHL club Ak Bars Kazan
read on including the lifting of five suspensions…
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
As he fought back his emotions at the heartwarming reception, the long-time Leafs captain broke into a big smile.
“Perfect,” he said as he doffed his helmet to the crowd.
Are we to read into his reaction that this was the “perfect” way to say farewell to his days as a Leaf—or, as the case may be, his professional hockey career? Sundin has not said as much, but it sure looked that way.
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