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Craig Custance takes a look at Glen Wesley, Carolina’s new Director of Defensemen Development, at Sporting News Today.
The Hurricanes are building on tradition and are following the example set by Compuware youth hockey, started by owner Peter Karmanos.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
(Ryan) Whitney, whose point total dropped from 59 in 2006-07 to 40 last season, underwent surgery to correct a left-foot misalignment Friday in Charlotte. Full recovery from the procedure, an osteotomy, usually takes three to five months.
“I just couldn’t live on one healthy foot anymore, let alone try to skate,” Whitney said Thursday, on the eve of his surgery. “We’ve tried everything to avoid surgery because we knew it would mean missing a chunk of the season. But nothing worked.”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
added 9:22am, Ray Shero comments on the surgery,
“Ryan has been bothered by this condition in his foot for some time,” Shero said. “He consulted with a number of specialists in an effort to correct the problem without surgery, but it was ultimately determined that surgery was the best path to take – for his general well-being, and for his career.
“Obviously, he will miss the start of the 2008-09 season, but the doctors tell us he will be able to play pain-free when he returns to the lineup this season.”
Detroit Free Press photographer Pat Beck snapped some pictures on Friday from the Woodward Dream Cruise.
My favorite picture so far…
The Stanley Cup…or at least a respectable replica….took a ride on top of a limo cruisin’ up Woodward in Royal Oak Friday evening. Hockey fans like cool cars or maybe it’s the other way around. I wasn’t really sure what got the most cheers…the decorated limo or the Stanley Cup on top.
read and view more pictures at his blog…
from George Richards at On Frozen Blog,
Story is, Mike Van Ryn is for sure going to Toronto, Bryan McCabe coming back….
Florida and Toronto are still talking about other stuff, and it appears someone is going with Ryno to Toronto. But, it won’t be anything major. Perhaps Radek Dvorak, maybe a younger player who is on the roster bubble. Forget reports that Stephen Weiss or David Booth would be traded. That’s not happening. Same goes for Jay Bouwmeester.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have added an exhibition game against HC Slovan of the Slovak Extraliga, the top professional hockey league in Slovakia, at 1 p.m. ET (7 p.m. local) on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008 at Samsung Arena in Bratislava, Slovakia. This will be the first-ever NHL exhibition game in Slovakia.
from Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog,
I like Sean Avery’s game. He’s ultra competitive, he has some skills, and he can help a team win in the short-term.
My biggest concern is the Stars have tied themeselves to him for the long-term with the four-year, $15.5 million contract they signed this summer….
But here is my concern about Avery _ I believe he has bought into his own hype far too much. He is performing pretty much all of the time now. In interviews, in appearances, in games, he is trying to live up to the legend he has created. And, in my opinion, that will eventually wear on people (and probably wear him down).
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
On the surface, you might ask, “which teams have been the best shoppers?”
Rangers—No matter what you think the Broadway Blueshirts will look like without star wing Jaromir Jagr after he bolted to big money in Russia, Markus Naslund has been ready for a new hockey life, and the Rangers are hoping it will begin in New York where centers Scott Gomez, Chris Drury and Brandon Dubinsky have a way of making wings perform better. Not to mention the 26 goals by Nikolai Zherdev that should improve in much the same way. What puts the Rangers over the top this offseason, however, is the signing of free-agent defensemen Wade Redden, Dimitri Kalinin along with the re-signing of Michael Rozsival.
from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
As I’ve done with the Pacific, Southeast, Northwest and Northeast over the past four weeks, here are my picks for the top three ’09 UFAs from each team in the Central Division. I’ll finish the tour next Friday with the Atlantic.
DETROIT RED WINGS
Henrik Zetterberg ($2.9 million)
He’ll never get close to UFAdom; you can bet each of GM Ken Holland’s Stanley Cup rings on that.
Marian Hossa ($7.45 million)
Even if the Wings don’t repeat as champs and Hossa doesn’t get the Cup he so desires, don’t expect him to take another one-year deal. How does eight years and $68 million sound?
Johan Franzen ($1.15 million)
A shoo-in for the Conn Smythe if he didn’t go down with an injury in the playoffs, the 28-year-old is the heir apparent to an aging Tomas Holmstrom.
from Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge,
Quite an exciting day to get the mail and get my copy of the annual yearbook from The Hockey News….
Be sure to check out their conference predictions on Page 64. They pick Detroit to win the Stanley Cup again. No biggie. But the game’s premier publication has the Sabres 11th—yes, 11th—in the East. At this point in the summer, I’m still on the fence about the Sabres as a playoff team but I doubt they’re going to get worse either.
read on with the complete conference rankings for both conferences…
On a side note, you can purchase the digital version of the Hockey News Yearbook here. When you get to the page just click “Yearbook 2008 Issue $3.99”.
from Ted’s Take,
From time to time, you have heard me rail against media pundits for their lack of criticality; original thinking; creativity; and basic non-understanding of what they are writing about.
Well here is another rant. This time against Ross McKeon and his blog post mentioning contraction of six NHL teams including the Washington Capitals. Read it here.
First, the throw away notion of shuttering six major league teams is just mean-spirited. Those six teams employ thousands and thousands of people and support tens of thousands of families. I guess Ross wants us to lay off all those people in the toughest economy ever. And those teams generate dollars for their cities in taxes and they generate dollars to hundreds and hundreds of small businesses as vendor/ suppliers.
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