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from Damien Cox at ESPN,
The names aren’t necessarily tied directly together, which makes cause-and-effect difficult to prove. One hockey player makes it here, another is told he’s no longer wanted there, and the merry-go-round starts again.
But two intriguing trends have surfaced this fall on the eve of the NHL season, one producing great optimism about the future of the league, the other a gloomy sigh of nostalgia for best days gone by.
Somewhere in between those trends rests the four-year-old financial instrument that is the league’s salary-cap system. In a theme familiar to other sports, and one familiar to hockey since the days when Gordie Howe’s signing bonus was a Red Wings jacket, the size of a player’s salary matters nearly as much as the tools and talent he brings to the rink.
from Paul Lukas of Page 2 at ESPN,
And it’s a big year uni-wise, because alternate jerseys, which had been banished last season, will be reappearing in many locker rooms, plus there’s the usual assortment of patches and tweaks. Uni Watch knows you want to be fully up to speed on North America’s 17th-most-popular sport (or whatever it’s fallen to this week), so here’s a full breakdown of what’s on tap:
from Puck Daddy at Yahoo Sports,
Still, there are NHL franchises looking about as healthy as Amy Winehouse with a head cold. The venerable Forbes magazine believes three of them are the Phoenix Coyotes, Nashville Predators and New York Islanders; and it’s placed that trio on its list of “The 10 Sports Franchises Most Likely To Move.”
from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,
So Roloson knows what he is these days. He’ll even admit it: “Insurance.”
He’s not complaining, or trying to make waves. He’s just a guy who has been around hockey long enough that he doesn’t need a gypsy to read the cards being dealt at Oilers camp this fall.
“Don’t let them put you in a spot to be the backup,” Roloson said on Wednesday. “Do whatever you can do to prove that you can play, that you want to play. That’s all I can do: take advantage of the playing time that they’re giving me, and do the best that I can.”
Q: What are your thoughts about your young offense this season?
DM: “We are excited that we have improved our skill base and talent base, but a lot of people that planned to start the season have not played in the NHL before. I think there is going to be some growing pains. I think, like last year, we expect to improve as the year goes on. Certainly adding Olli Jokinen gives us a big step in the offensive direction and he should certainly help. We are excited. I think our offense is going to be better. I’m not concerned at all. I think my bigger concern is our mix on the blue line.”
from the Montreal Gazette,
Andrei Markov loves the playmaker role but the veteran defenceman is being asked to shoot the puck more as he moves into a new role with the No. 1 power play in the National Hockey League. Markov moves from the left point to the right point and that’s where the Montreal Canadiens look for the shot.
That’s where Sheldon Souray launched his rockets two years ago. And that’s where Mark Streit weaved his magic last season. With both players opting for free agency, Markov is being asked to fill the vacant spot.
from Howard Berger of Fan590,
At 4:15 a.m., an ear-splitting alarm echoed through the halls of the MGM Grand Hotel, followed by an announcement to proceed to the nearest stairwell. Moments later, a second announcement informed guests that an “early detection” warning had gone off, and most of the 300 or so patrons of the hotel spilled on to the front plaza along Third Steeet here in downtown Detroit. As is thankfully typical in these circumstances, the alarm proved to be a non-emergency, and patrons were given the all-clear to return to their rooms around 4:35 a.m.
from James Duthie of The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
1. Detroit—Barring octopus particles landing on the ice and
and splattering into the eyes of Lidstrom, Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen, and Hossa causing season-long blindness, the Wings should run away with it (Even if the multi-octopi-blindness thing does happen, they still have enough depth to win their division).
2. Anaheim—Their owner is likely headed to jail, and their GM is likely headed to Toronto (or Boston) next year, but for now, the Ducks are still a serious contender. Having Scott Niedermayer for the entire season should make a major difference. Ryan Getzlaf is a superstar is waiting.
from Randy Hahn of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,
Johnathan Cheechoo will score 35+ goals.
Jerome Iginla will almost singlehandedly drag Calgary to the Northwest Divison title.
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins won’t go back to the cup final, Montreal will in the east.
The Sharks will meet Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs, Anaheim in the second round and Detroit in the Conference Final.
from Razor With An Edge,
Is this the year… the Avalanche replace Patrick Roy?
Is this the year… Detroit sucks?
Is this the year… Dallas has another parade?
Is this the year… Oil gushes on the ice?
Is this the year… Nashville loads the moving trucks?
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