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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Two snipers, one question: Dany Heatley or Phil Kessel?
Who would you take?
With NHL training camps inching closer by the day, there are, by my math, roughly 90-plus goals worth of uncertainty still floating around out there in the unhappy Senator and unsigned RFA Bruin.
Will one or both be wearing new uniforms when the season starts? Probably not. It seems more certain with each day that Heatley will begin the year in Ottawa and, despite some draft pick shuffling in Toronto, Kessel remains a valued commodity in Boston.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
More than four years removed from the Sochi Olympic Games in 2014, the battle lines have already been drawn by one of the NHL’s biggest stars regarding NHL participation.
Two-time Hart Trophy winner Alex Ovechkin told ESPN.com during an interview here Wednesday that he will risk suspension and play for his country regardless of whether the NHL is formally involved or not.
“Nobody can say to me you can’t play for your country in the Olympic Games,” Ovechkin said.
The Top 10 rookie highlights from last season.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
The Canadiens made the playoffs last year because Halak was 6-3-0 when Price was injured and had a 15-9-0 record from Dec. 18 until the end of the season.
At the very least, they deserve to go into camp as equals, two guys battling for a job.
If Price starts the season, it will be to everyone’s benefit if he has the job because he earned it.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
There may only be days to spare, but it remains to be seen whether the reluctant Senator will actually have to show his face in Ottawa. It would certainly appear that no trade is imminent, but the rumours continue to come at us from all angles.
One that made a lot of sense, and still does, involved the New York Rangers and two of their good, young players, defenceman Marc Staal and forward Brandon Dubinsky.
Senators general manager Bryan Murray has always liked Staal, a big, smart defenceman with ideal family bloodlines. The younger brother of Eric and Jordan Staal (with one more bro to come) makes just $765,000 this season before becoming a restricted free agent.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Barry Kahn’s variable pricing system for tickets to sporting events uses algorithms and airline-based strategies that could make even an economist’s head spin. But the founder of the software company Qcue said the heart of the plan that will be adopted this season by the Stars is really quite simple.
“We just want to get as many people in the building as possible; that’s the basis of all of this,” said Kahn, whose Austin-based company has already created a buzz by bringing the system to the San Francisco Giants.
Here’s how it works: The price for a ticket will change based on variables that include opponent, day of the week, time of year and even how long before the event that the ticket is purchased.
from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum at the LA Times,
In a startling and no doubt temporary flash of insight, the NHL realized that there are, indeed, good hockey players and good teams residing west of Chicago and invited Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf to participate in a media tour this week in New York.
On a sidenote, Helene and I have had a few discussions about this topic and I am glad to see Getzlaf was include in the tour…
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier-Post,
Flyers left wing Simon Gagne has had enough groin and hip strains throughout his career to know it typically takes three to four weeks of rehab before he is skating pain free.
So why was Gagne back on the ice Tuesday skating for 25 minutes without the slightest hint of discomfort just 10 days after receiving an injection into his right groin?
Because instead of cortisone, Gagne was injected with concentrated amounts of his own blood – a procedure called platelet-rich plasma therapy – to speed the healing process.
from the CP at TSN,
The Phoenix Coyotes appear to have one less potential buyer.
Ice Edge Holdings, a group made up of Canadian and American businessmen, no longer intends to participate in Thursday’s auction for the bankrupt NHL team, according to a court filing Tuesday from NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman.
Ice Edge had initially said it would spend up to US$150 million to buy the team and keep it in Arizona, provided the group could work out a new lease arrangement with the city of Glendale.
If Ice Edge does not submit a bid, the field of buyers would narrow to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie and the NHL.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
Even with the first day of Panthers’ training camp just five days away, several big-name free agents remain on the market:
Some of the names: forwards Miroslav Satan, Michael Peca, Robert Lang, Maxim Afinogenov, Mike Comrie, Petr Sykora, Dominic Moore, Mats Sundin and Rob Niedermayer….
Five of those, in my opinion, make sense and would help the Panthers: Comrie, Sykora, Moore, Satan and Niedermayer, an original Panther from the inaugural team.
Let’s start with Rob, whose addition would also excite the fan base.
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