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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers will open the season in Prague tomorrow against the Lightning with Chris Drury wearing the captain’s “C” and current linemates Scott Gomez and Markus Naslund wearing the associate captains’ “A,” The Post has learned.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has made the following roster move:
Assigned to Iowa Chops (AHL) Training Camp: Bobby Ryan – Right Wing
In addition, the Ducks announced that left wing Joakim Lindstrom has been claimed on waivers by Chicago.
Nick Kypreos and Daren Millard at the Fan 590 spoke with Chicago Blackhawks GM Dale Tallon this morning.
The GM of the Hawks joins Hockeycentral at Noon to discuss the progress of the Khabibulin situation, whether the team would consider sending him to the AHL, and how soon we could expect another development with the goalie.
Tallon expects the situation will be resolved before the start of his team’s NHL season. Listen to the complete interview.
Update 2:28pm ET: At Sportsnet.ca another interview cited from Fan590 which featured these comments from Jay Grossman, Khabibulin’s agent:
“There are several teams that have expressed interest, with our permission being given by Chicago to talk to those teams. At the same time, Chicago is aware of a number of options they have by virtue of trade, whether it be now or whether it be down the road. We assume that at least as far as the start of the season is concerned that (Khabibulin’s status) would be determined well before then.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Watched any exhibition games? Seen any difference in the goalie equipment that would lead you to believe scoring will be up this season? No? And no? Well, you’re not alone and it isn’t your eyes deceiving you either.
more and a huge amount of NHL bits too plus some Avery talk…
from the CP,
The Stanley Cup is staying put in Hockeytown, according to a simulation of the 2009-08 season by Electronic Arts using its “NHL 09 video” game.
The simulation shows the Detroit Red Wings defeating the Montreal Canadiens four games to two in the Stanley Cup final, with Pavel Datysuk capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
At an age when most of his contemporaries are trying to crack their first NHL lineups, Crosby needs only six points to crack the 300-point plateau.
Perhaps the best way to underline what he’s accomplished so far is to compare him to fellow star centers Vincent Lecavalier and Joe Thornton, both in the prime of Hall of Fame careers. And both, like Crosby, were 18-year-old rookies with huge expectations after being taken first overall in the draft. Thornton put up seven points in his rookie year, albeit in limited ice time; Lecavalier had 28. But Crosby was the youngest player in NHL history to reach the 100-point plateau.
Overall, Thornton put up 108 points in his first three seasons; Lecavalier 146. Crosby carries 294 into his fourth season.
via Habs Inside/Out,
In his state of the team session with media this morning, Bob Gainey said Guy Carbonneau has signed a new contract.
Old Velcro Lips would not disclose duration of the deal and, God knows, did not reveal any $$$ figures.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
Who’s the best offensive player of the 21st century? It depends on how you’re answering the question.
When it comes to goals, Calgary’s Jarome Iginla is the runaway winner. The Flames’ captain enters the 2008-09 season with 283 goals since 2000-01, 24 more than Jaromir Jagr and 28 more than Marian Hossa. But Iginla’s average of 40.4 goals in seven full seasons takes a back seat to Atlanta’s Ilya Kovalchuk, who’s fourth overall with 254 goals, but has averaged 42.3 in his six NHL seasons. And they’re both well behind Alex Ovechkin’s average of 54.3 in his three seasons since joining the Washington Capitals in 2005.
Some of the Wings Swedish players discuss what it was like meeting their King and other King related bits.
Watch the video below…
from the Edmonton Journal,
“I just got the pads a couple of days ago ... different, eh?” said Garon, who looks more compact in darker colours after wearing pads that were heavily white.
Garon will wear the blue and orange on retro nights. For now, he’ll be breaking in new gear, and is glad that he has the equipment about 10 days before the Oilers’ season opener against the Colorado Avalanche.
“They asked me if I wanted a new mask, too. That’s coming. Totally different stuff on the mask. I don’t want to say what. I’ll have two masks, one for regular, one for the third jersey.”
more on the Oilers…
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