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from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
Gaborik’s appetite for staying in Minnesota has been hard to read. Never what you would call emotional, he nonetheless appears indifferent, saying repeatedly he is “willing to stay.” Although the sides are negotiating, it’s frankly hard for the layman to understand the holdup.
The bottom line is the Wild have offered the right winger a long-term contract that would make him one of the highest-paid players in the NHL, with an average salary in the $8.5 million range. And the seven-year, $57.75 deal signed Thursday by Carolina’s Eric Staal — whose potential and career trajectory is similar — seems to fortify this as a reasonable offer.
So, if Gaborik were completely sold on the Wild, wouldn’t he have signed by now?
“That’s why this is scary,” Nanne said, “because it’s not a money issue.”
From David Singer at HockeyFights.com,
I just got a call from Brandon Sugden. Bill Daly called him earlier tonight and said he spoke with the teams that were blocking his removal from the retirement list and that they’ve all agreed to unblock him.
When I asked him how he felt, Sugar said it’s a huge weight off of his shoulders and he’s looking forward to attending Islanders training camp, which starts Thursday in Moncton, New Brunswick. He added that he has every intention on making the team and he feels he can help the Islanders.
“I want to be a consistent team from start to finish, a team that plays with speed and pace and tempo and energy and has work habits and intelligence. And I’d like to see a little better balance between our goal production and our goals against, more of a gap…We can place a premium on production, and every team does; I put more of a premium on being the best team on the ice every night. We believe with what we’ve been able to do with our roster is create a little more versatility in our offensive punch, we have some guys whose offense has been great in the past and we believe will continue here,...”
-New York Rangers Coach Tom Renney. More on the Rangers by Steve Zipay at his Blue Notes Blog.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
What the Stars like is the fact that despite all of the attention surrounding him during the recruiting process, Brunnstrom appears humble and enthusiastic.
“You go in there, and he’s lifting weights and doing the work, and that’s very encouraging,” Tippett said. “He wants to be on our team, he really wants to succeed, and he wants to put the work in. You love to see that.”
Brunnstrom said he understands the pressure and simply wants to take this one step at a time. He called the process “an adventure.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The eye isn’t much of a problem. In fact, said Bryan Berard, he barely ever thinks about it, more than eight years after the sight in his right eye was all but extinguished when he was gouged by Marian Hossa’s errant stick.
“To be honest, the eye’s not an issue anymore,” said Berard, not long before finishing his summer workouts here in Boston and heading south with only the promise of a tryout awaiting him in Philadelphia. “It took a couple of years to get used to it, for my brain and body to adjust, but I don’t even think about it now. Not an issue.”
More delicate and irksome of late, though, has been Berard’s back, along with other niggling injuries.
continued and many more NHL topics discussed…
from Zach Bogosian’s Blog at NHL Connect,
So I’m in Traverse City playing with the Atlanta Thrashers’ team at the 2008 Traverse City Prospects Tournament. I don’t really know what to expect, but I’d probably compare it to the CHL Top Prospects game because these are all the best young prospects who aren’t in division I hockey of the organizations that are here.
Maybe I’d even compare it to the world junior camp I went to in lake placid when I played against the Swedes and the Fins, too. When you get a group of guys who are drafted and all want to make the team, you know it makes the competition that much better.
There isn’t a team in the National Hockey League has been run more successfully over the last 15 years than the Detroit Red Wings, and the team proved its worth on and off the ice once again last spring, winning their fourth Stanley Cup in 11 seasons.
And they have what it takes to do it again this season.
No team has won back-to-back Stanley Cups since the Wings did it in 1997 and 1998, but this year’s addition of the team - which kept the core of its lineup intact over the summer and even made some dramatic improvements - doesn’t seem to have any obvious weaknesses on paper.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
Center Kevyn Adams, who played 27 games with the Hawks last season, and left wing Geoff Sanderson, who appeared in 41 games with the Edmonton Oilers, have been invited to training camp, which begins Sept. 20. Tallon said “there’s a good possibility” Adams will be re-signed to add leadership and strong defense as a fourth-line center.
“It’s time to give our kids a good opportunity,” Tallon said. “We have Kontiola, Bolland and we can put [Patrick] Sharp [at center]. We have a lot of depth [and] we feel we wanted to go younger. Lang was good for us, but I’m confident those kids are ready.”
The departure of Lang, who has recorded at least 50 points in eight consecutive seasons, puts a dent in the Hawks’ offense, which will be counting on the healthy return of winger Martin Havlat from shoulder surgery. He played just 35 games in ‘07-08.
from Wayne Fish of phillyBurbs,
This season’s short training camp should at least afford the Flyers a chance to tinker with a new first line: Namely, center Daniel Briere moving to right wing alongside Mike Richards.
Coach John Stevens tried this alignment late in the conference finals against Pittsburgh last May and the reviews were generally good.
Now, with Simon Gagne returning from concussion leave, a Gagne-Richards-Briere unit looks like a natural.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Lang will be reunited in Montreal with Alex Kovalev, with whom he enjoyed great productivity in Pittsburgh. In his best NHL season, Lang scored 32 and assisted on 48 more in 2000-01 with the Penguins; linemate Kovalev had a career-high 44 goals and 51 assists that year.
“Montreal is a great hockey town and you can’t really be in a better place to play,” Lang said. “Alex and I had a great time together in Pittsburgh. Hopefully, we can revisit (that) chemistry.”
He sees his role as that of an experienced skater who will be “a good fit (on a club with) a lot of talent, speed, excitement and skill.”
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