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from the Vernon Morning Star,
Supported by an awesome top-four defensive core and forwards who are committed to blocking shots and picking up their checks, Osgood noted one major difference from the ‘97 team he backstopped.
“They’re both great teams. Our team this year was just a tenacious team. We never really get rattled anymore. We played our game-plan and our style of play. This team could win games in different ways than other teams did. We could win in the trenches, 2-1 games, a tough, ugly game that we couldn’t before.
“That’s the difference. We were able to win the ugly games and the physical in-the-trenches games like maybe before we couldn’t. That’s why we won, we were capable of winning any way the other team wanted to play.”
more from Osgood as he prepares for a Cup visit next week…
“The Vancouver offer and the time that Mike (Gillis) has spent with Mats is important,” Barry told TSN. “But ultimately Mats has to decide to play and that is the first step here.”
via TSN where you can read more about Sundin…
People had him being traded and signing with a team after the first day of this year’s NHL Draft, but as you can read, he is still undecided if he even wants to play.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with head coach Michel Therrien on a new three-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
The contract covers the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
“Michel has done a tremendous job with our team over the past two-and-a-half seasons, developing our young players while leading us to division and conference championships and the Stanley Cup finals,” Shero said. “He had one year remaining on his previous contract, and we could have simply talked about an extension. But we thought that, based on the success we’ve had together, it was time to negotiate a new deal, starting with an increase in compensation for the 2008-09 season.”
“I’m excited to have a new three-year contract with the Penguins and am looking forward to continued success here in Pittsburgh,” Therrien said. “It is a great hockey city with an outstanding fan base. All of our players comment on how much they love playing in Pittsburgh, and I can tell you that our coaches love coaching in Pittsburgh.
“We still have a lot of work to do, though, because we fell short of our biggest goal last season. Our goal is, and always will be, to win the Stanley Cup.”
added 3:48pm, More on the Therrien extension at Empty Netters plus an update on the ‘Student Rush’ tickets.
from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
When the Hurricanes take on the Red Wings in the second home game of the season, there’s a good chance only one team will be in red.
The Canes hope to unveil their new, NHL-approved alternate jerseys — expected to be black with the team’s secondary, waving-flag logo on the chest — at the Caniac Carnival in September and could wear them on the ice as early as Oct. 13 against Detroit.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
Here’s a look at some of the more interesting numbers for the upcoming season:
0 — Games scheduled on Oct. 26, the only non-holiday or All Star-related date in the season on which there are no games scheduled.
1 — Games on Feb. 23 (San Jose at Dallas) and March 2 (Colorado at New York Islanders) — the only dates on which only one game is scheduled.
2 — Games on Nov. 28, when the United States celebrates Thanksgiving — and neither involves a U.S.-based team.
from Rocky Bonnano of NHL.com,
In 2007-08, the Western Conference featured only three of the top 10 goal-scoring teams in the League (Detroit, Dallas and Chicago). To close the gap, the West pried away some big names from the East via free agency and trade, beginning with the Olli Jokinen deal by Phoenix last month, the top goal scorer to change hands.
The International Ice Hockey Federation has suspended Alexander Radulov while they investigate the details of his transfer to the newly formed Russian KHL.
As well, the transfer of five other players - Nikita Filatov, Thomas Mojzis, Jason Krog, Fedor Fedorov and Viktor Tikhonov - is also being investigated by the governing body.
“Until this investigation has come to its final conclusion and the IIHF has rendered its decisions, all concerned players will be suspended from international transfers and competitions,” read a statement from the IIHF on Friday.
I have received numerous emails asking how to get tickets for the Winter Classic in Chicago.
The Blackhawks have set up a faq section on their website…
Will single-game tickets be offered to the general public?
No information has been released by the NHL with regard to single-game tickets at this time. The only way to currently guarantee a spot at the Winter Classic is to become a Blackhawks full season ticketholder (while supplies last). Stay tuned to chicagoblackhawks.com or sign up for email alerts…
from Carol Slezak of the Chicago Sun-Times,
When Rocky Wirtz officially welcomes fans to the Blackhawks Convention this evening, his greeting might be drowned out by chants of ‘‘Rock-y, Rock-y.’’ When he mingles with fans, he likely will be asked to pose for pictures and sign autographs.
Truth be told, Wirtz will feel a little uncomfortable if these things happen because being front and center really isn’t his style. But he’s not about to complain. The way the Hawks’ chairman sees it, the convention is another opportunity for the organization to reach out to fans, and a happy fan base is good for business.
The Toronto Maple Leafs lead the National Hockey League with the highest ticket prices, they top the NHL with the highest revenues, yet they are the only Canadian team not to make the playoffs since the lockout. So, as an olive branch to their fans, they’re putting on a free pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres.
If they really wanted to give their fans a treat, they would stage the game but bring in two other NHL teams, not just one.
-Mark Spector of the National Post
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