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Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Theoren Fleury has been invited to attend the Flames 2009 Training Camp on a try-out basis.
“Once we determined that Theoren was training to our standards and the League permitted his return to on-ice competition, it wasn’t a hard decision for us to provide him with this opportunity,” said Sutter. “In the history of our franchise, he is among the top players all-time and regardless of what happens; he can finish as an active player. This is a day-to-day thing and we will develop our expectations over the course of training camp.”
“I am both thankful and very excited to be given this opportunity by Darryl and the Flames organization,” said Fleury. “I intend to come to camp today with a strong work ethic, a positive attitude and to be treated like any other member of the group.”
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
“We’ve done a lot of talking and a lot of planning, and we believe it will go smoothly,” Crawford said as he prepared to return to the ice after a year away from coaching. “I can tell you this: The juices are really flowing right now and we can’t wait to get out there.”
Crawford isn’t alone. The NHL has the shortest training camp of all sports, and last season the Stars sort of waded into September after making a trip to the Western Conference finals in 2008. The result was a slow start, an awful season and an eventual change of GM and head coach.
This year, the players said they expect a quick start.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
So it would only make sense that Nashville would have an interest in Boston forward Phil Kessel.
Predators General Manager David Poile confirmed as much on Friday, saying he’s talked with Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli and Kessel’s agent, Wade Arnott, in recent days.
“He’s a young player that scores goals,’’ Poile said, “and that’s very much of interest to us.’‘
added 1:12pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,
Two horse race for Heatley. San Jose and Chicago.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils forward Patrik Elias said this morning that he doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for the team’s regular season opener on Oct. 3 against Philadelphia because he is still experiencing discomfort in his groin from surgery three months ago.
“I don’t know,” Elias said when asked if he would be ready for the season opener. “I’ve been skating for over three weeks, but it’s not to the extent or the intensity where I want it to be at this point. But, I had issues, I got it fixed and I’m still not 100 percent, so we’re trying to see why I’m not 100 percent. I think that at this point after three months it should be getter better, but it wasn’t just the hip. I also had the adductor problem back then. So it was two separate issues and it takes awhile everything, especially after you fix the hip and the muscle related that takes a little while.”
Elias, who had surgery on June 12 in Vail, Colorado to repair a tear in his labrum and scrape off an impingment in his hip, said he will visit a hip/groin specialist in Philadelphia on Tuesday to get another opinion before moving forward.
Elias took his training camp physical this morning, but was excused from the treadmill test because of his groin. He said his hip feels fine, but he still has discomfort in his adductor muscle in his groin.
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
“There are three things that it takes to be an owner of an NHL franchise,” argued NHL attorney Tony Clark, as passionate as he was condescending.
“One, you’ve got to be wealthy. ... Two, you’ve got to love hockey. And Mr. Balsillie, he has got both of these in his favour in spades. Nobody’s denying that. But No. 3, your Honour, you’ve got to play by the rules that bind NHL owners. You know, there’s an old rock and roll song by Meat Loaf.”
“Meat Loaf ?” interrupted Judge Redfield T. Baum.
“Meat Loaf,” continued Mr. Clark. “He’s a big fat guy. He actually had a good voice. He may actually still be around. And I apologize to Meat Loaf, maybe he’s slimmed up. The name of the song was Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad. Well, that doesn’t cut it for the NHL.”
This was the kind of keen legal argument that defined this fateful day in Canadian sports history.
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Dan Bylsma had quite a debut in his first season as an NHL coach. And as Dave Molinari points out today, it’ll be a challenge to follow up the team’s Stanley Cup run in his second season.
Were Bylsma able to win the Stanley Cup next (this) season, he’d be only the third coach in NHL history to start off his career with two championships.
Here’s a look at the other 13 coaches in league history who win the Cup their rookie year and how they followed it up:
And the wait is over. NHL practice rinks will be jumping this weekend as teams administer physicals to their players, who, in turn, take the ice. There is no time to waste as the New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks open the pre-season Monday night in Terrace, British Columbia in the Kraft Hockeyville game, where John Tavares, the ‘09 Draft top selection, could make his pro debut.
read on for a brief look at most of the teams as they open camp…
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
As the veterans get ready to begin training camp with their first on-ice workout tomorrow in Voorhees, here are 10 questions to ponder before the Flyers begin the quest for their first Stanley Cup since 1975.
1. What impact will the crease-clearing Pronger have on a defense that wasn’t overly physical last season?
Phillies manager Charlie Manuel calls Ryan Howard “The Big Piece.” Pronger could become “The Missing Piece” - the guy who brings aggressiveness to a defense that was embarrassed as it blew a 3-0 home lead to Pittsburgh in Game 6. Pronger will turn 35 next month, but he is still one of the league’s elite defensemen. He should make life easier for the Flyers’ new goalie.
2. Which Ray Emery will show up?
Will it be the goalie who had a 2.47 goals-against average and .918 save percentage while leading Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2007, or the one who slumped badly the next season, fought with teammates and opponents, missed practices, and had a penchant for partying and driving like Mario Andretti in his prime?
Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants does an extended Q & A with the Wild GM.
Q: Have you thought about whether Havlat will play with Koivu or maybe Bouchard? Also, Havlat’s biggest problem might be his willingness to go into the gritty areas. Is there a way to help keep him healthy by putting him with a digging winger like Clutterbuck or Owen Nolan?
A: We’ve talked about lots of different scenarios if the roster looked like this and that, but it’ll be important to see who he finds chemistry with right off the bat. But you’ve hit the nail on the head. Havlat’s a competitive player. He’s a player who plays hard every game and because of his skill level, he attracts the attention of other team’s best defenders. Unfortunately, there’s not much you can do. It’s no different than Gaborik or Crosby or Malkin or Ovechkin. These high-skilled guys compete hard every night and get into situations that lead to injury.
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