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From Mike Sundheim of the Carolina Hurricanes:
Cam Ward was trying out new headgear at today’s morning skate, our first morning skate of the season. Here are some photos of the new mask, which includes some of the North Carolina themes of his past masks, along with a new twist… An evil stare from the movie “Cape Fear”.
*photos are property of the Carolina Hurricanes site. More images there.
from the Florida Panthers Blog at the Sun Sentinel,
General Manager Jacques Martin spoke today about the Panthers’ 4-6-1 start and noted that he’s considering moving some veteran players who aren’t producing.
“When I look at our performance so far, I don’t think it’s good enough,” Martin said. “We made some moves in the offseason and some of our players have to be better. Some of our veterans have to give us a better performance.”
Martin said he was troubled by the team’s defense as a whole—forwards included—and the number of goals allowed (35).
It’s not the worst-case news: That would be a year-ending injury. But losing Marty Brodeur for 3-4 months it’s tough stuff for the Devils. We asked hockey writers Rich Chere and Colin Stephenson to break down the situation:
1. We know Brodeur is “better” than Kevin Weekes. He may be better than every other goalie in the world. Give us your thoughts on Kevin Weekes’ skills? Is he good enough to be a No. 1 goalie?
continued at the Star-Ledger…
added 4:34pm, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
“I’m in shock a little bit, but I don’t feel too bad,” the Devils goaltender said this afternoon. “This is something that I didn’t see coming, but I understand the whole process of it. We took our time. We didn’t make a decision on it right away. We made sure we saw a few doctors and we did our homework about the surgery that is going to be done.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Johan Franzen (sprained left MCL) and Chris Chelios (fractured right tibia) were on the ice for the first time since they were injured, both skating before the team started practice.
Franzen fared much better, saying his range of motion feels good and doesn’t anticipate being out as long as he was last year (10 games) with the same type of injury. Chelios only skated for a few minutes and quickly learned he’s not close to returning.
“I felt good,’’ Franzen said. “I’m starting slow so I don’t want to risk anything, just long strides and go in laps.’‘
from Louis Jean at Sportsnet,
Anyone who knows a little about hockey can see what great potential Price has. What they can’t see is his determination. He lost 30 pounds this summer to ensure he’s ready for the rigours of an 82-game season. And although Price has given up a few soft goals so far this season, every single general manager in the NHL would build their team around him in a heartbeat.
So it made absolutely no sense when veteran writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler said Price was a stiff, he was cocky and inept on the weekend. It’s one thing to offer an opinion based on facts, however, taking personal shots at someone simply to increase your own exposure and TV ratings is ludicrous.
via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will have surgery Thursday morning to repair a torn distal biceps in his left elbow and will miss three to four months, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning.
Update 2:07pm ET: (alanah): Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse has video of Brodeur’s injury, and some comments on what this means for the Devils.
Out with the old and in with the new…
Read all about it at my NHL column…
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
We don’t care who you vote for. Just go do it. Former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille is.
Note: While there is this silly little detail about being a natural citizen of the United States in this Constitution thing, we’re pretty sure you can still vote for Gary Roberts even though he’s Canadian. His general awesomeness pretty much overrides any legality in any country recognized by the United Nations. We think. Check at your polling place to see if that’s true.
continued along with a look around each division…
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
Not exactly known for his tittering engagements with the press, Phaneuf is coming off a weekend during which he shouldered an hour’s worth of ice time—64:32, to be exact—in back-to-back matches in Los Angeles (29:55) and Anaheim (34:37).
After offering a few pat answers—“when you’re asked to do a little bit more, you have to be ready for that”—Phaneuf is again encouraged to let the world know how he handled that tremendous workload.
Finally, a chuckle—or, at least, a smirk—from the 23-year-old.
“I feel great,” says Phaneuf, walking out of the dressing room.
“I feel great. Thanks for asking.”
from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun via the Ottawa Sun,
As far as comebacks go, Carolina Hurricanes’ Dan LaCouture is pulling a major victory from deep in the jaws of defeat.
And it has little to do with hockey. The 31-year-old is salvaging his life.
Caught in an ugly downward spiral of alcohol and depression the last few years, Lacouture was on his way to losing everything—his career, his wife and newborn daughter and everything he ever held dear.
LaCouture was placed on waivers yesterday.
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