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from the CP,
Training camps are now open around the NHL and the regular season will get underway in less than two weeks. Even still, Sundin feels no added pressure to decide whether he wants to play again or not….
“There’s always going to be a hockey itch with me,” said Sundin. “I love the game of hockey. It’s been the biggest part of my life my whole life.
“The question that I don’t really have the answer for anyone at this point is whether or not I’m ready to play at the highest level and compete at the National Hockey League level. ... It hasn’t changed with training camps starting and all that.”
This should once again answer some emails I received over the last four days. Some guy who wants only “hits” on his website was claiming something was about to happen with Sundin. As I told some of you in a response, “don’t believe it.”
from Andrew Gross of the Record,
“The camp is so short and there are only so many games,” said Nedved, who scored a goal and was named first star in the Rangers’ 2-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night at Madison Square Garden. “I’m not in the position where I could say I’ll play good next month because, next month, I’ll be playing somewhere else.”
Most likely, that will be with Liberec in the Czech league, which reached an agreement with Nedved to allow him to try out for the Rangers.
Nedved knew his chances were slim given general manager Glen Sather and coach Tom Renney’s desire to make the Rangers younger and faster.
The city of Detroit is a study in contrasts, as the NHL’s Red Wings are almost a textbook example of how to run a team over the past 10 years, while success has been all but impossible for the Lions to find in this decade.
-David Carroll of TSN. Read on if you care, all Detroit Lions talk…
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
OK, so the Rangers were trumped, 3-2, by the Lightning in Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. Big deal.
Wanna know what’s good about that? It didn’t cost New York a thing in the standings and the Lightning wound up with an invisible two points. In real life, that’s equated with zilch.
I can name you almost a dozen positives…
NIK ZHERDEV – Don’t know where the booshwah about his laziness comes from, but he sure looked galvanized throughout in Florida. He’s playing to his size (6-foot-2, 197 pounds), is hitting and was thoroughly “involved,” as they say in the broadcast booth.
WADE REDDEN – It will require time, but there’s no question that the Ottawa expatriate will be a significant asset on the backline.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
SN: Was there an element of redemption there after losing the captaincy and getting it back?
Lecavalier: Yeah. It feels great. When they told me, I was excited. It really motivates me to—you have a letter on the sweater; it’s extra motivation.
SN: So what are guys saying about Barry Melrose behind the bench so far?
Lecavalier: From what I hear, he’s very, very positive. You would think a guy after 15 years would make a few mistakes, but guys told me he was right on with the lines and he was very aware of what was going on on the ice. Guys are really happy. I’m excited to play for him.
via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,
Short of pulling off a blockbuster trade, it’s the biggest move Don Waddell could possibly make heading into the season. Tobias Enstrom just signed a 4-year extension with the Thrashers, keeping in an Atlanta uniform through the 2012-13 season.
from Puck Daddy at Yahoo,
At 1 p.m. EDT, we’ll discuss capology, Mathieu Schneider’s options, Kyle McLaren, Marian Gaborik, the latest injury news and the plight of Brendan Shanahan with our expert panelists Lyle “Spector” Richardson of Fox Sports and David “Dave” Pagnotta of The Fourth Period.
from Alan Schwarz of the New York Times,
A dozen athletes, including six N.F.L. players and a former United States women’s soccer player, have agreed to donate their brains after their deaths to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy….
Among the dozen living athletes, most with a history of concussions, who have agreed to donate their brains for examination after their deaths are the former N.F.L. players Johnson, Frank Wycheck, Isaiah Kacyvenski and Ben Lynch. Also participating are Noah Welch, who played hockey for the Florida Panthers last year, and Cindy Parlow, a former member of the United States national soccer team.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Remember Jacques Demers? The hugely popular and successful coach agreed to jump to the Detroit Red Wings WHILE HE WAS STILL COACHING THIS TEAM. In fairness to him, though, he did have to work for Harry Ornest, a true eccentric and avowed penny-pincher.
Remember Mike Liut and Joey Mullen? Of course you do, but they left prematurely in cost-saving deals ordered by Ornest. But at least Harry kept the Arena Cat on staff to keep the rodent population at The Arena under control.
Remember Scott Stevens?
from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,
The end of September looms and we’re entering the silliest season: that stretch when NHL teams start trimming their rosters and sending some teenagers back to their junior teams. I call it the silliest season, because it’s “some” and not “all” teenagers and because, with the lessons of history, NHL general managers should know better.
Many folks were amazed that Sidney Crosby scored at better than a point-a-game rate in his rookie season. I wasn’t surprised by that. Maybe even more impressive is the fact that he managed to take a regular shift the whole season without injuries knocking him out of the line-up.
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