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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
What appears clear is that unless the Ducks are fortunate and another club claims Schneider, or they go an entirely different direction and trade another player or group of players, it is going to be very difficult to clear enough cap space to sign Selanne. It could come down to the Ducks being able to offer Selanne little more than the NHL’s minimum salary, say $500,000, which might prove once and for all Selanne’s long-held contention that money is nowhere near the top of his priority list.
from Andrew Gross of the Record,
Renney is not ready to name a new captain yet but hopes to before the start of the season. When Mark Messier left, Renney ultimately decided not to have a captain for the 2005-06 season, instead naming Jagr to be one of three alternates.
“I think you have to leave it to evolution,” Renney said. “There are a half-dozen guys in there that could captain a team. I wouldn’t rule it out [having three alternates] but my hope would be that’s not what we would do.”
more on the Rangers…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
As NHL training camps open up this week, we take a look at where each team stands. Here is our take, and questions, on the Western Conference.
San Jose Sharks
• The clock ran out on Wilson the coach; is this the last hurrah for Wilson the GM if the Sharks don’t take a significant step closer to a championship?
• Can Jonathan Cheechoo, whose goal production has dipped from 56 to 37 to 23 since winning the Rocket Richard Trophy for most goals, get back to star-scoring level?
from a press release from ErekAlert for the Univ. of Alberta,
Researchers in the University of Alberta Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation looked at an NHL team over a 26-year cycle and discovered players have become bigger and fitter.
The research team studied 703 players from a Canadian-based NHL team from 1979 to 2005. The physiological profile derived from their research shows that over the 26 seasons, defencemen became taller and heavier as body mass increased; forwards got younger and had higher peak aerobic power outputs for cardio-respiratory endurance, while goalies were shorter and more flexible and had lower peak aerobic power outputs. All players combined (defence, forwards and goaltenders) increased body mass, height and anaerobic power over the 26 years.
via Kevin Allen at Mucking & Grinding,
The Anaheim Ducks, needing to trim payroll, have placed defenseman Mathieu Schneider on waivers with the expectation that a team will claim him and $5.75 million salary for this season.
Once they move Schneider off the books, the Ducks are expected to re-sign Teemu Selanne.
via Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Rod Brind’Amour underwent successful surgery on his left knee this morning to repair torn cartilage, but the Canes’ captain is expected to be on the ice before the team’s season opener.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Every season, I try to identify an “it” team. You know, that team that improves so much, or comes out of nowhere, etc.
Last season, I predicted the Washington Capitals would finally get back into the playoffs (so did my ESPN.com colleague Scott Burnside). OK, so it took until the final week of the regular season, but they did indeed make the big dance and were a great story around the league.
This season, I think it’s a no-brainer—the Edmonton Oilers.
from the Montreal Gazette,
With National Hockey League teams opening training camp this week, here’s a look at how the Eastern Conference teams stack up.
Stories to watch: Buffalo seemingly keeps losing players and not replacing them. Last summer, Daniel Brière and Chris Drury bolted. They shipped Brian Campbell out at the trade deadline for Steve Bernier. Bernier was traded to the Canucks for a pair of draft picks this summer. ... Will fans continue to flock to the HSBC Arena given the team’s propensity for dumping high-priced talent?
from Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province,
“It reminds a bit of two years ago when I got here,” Luongo said Monday following his first informal skate with teammates at Burnaby 8-Rinks.
“There were a lot of new faces and a lot of people didn’t know what to expect and we ended up having a great season. I get that same feeling a bit this year.
“I think guys are going to be excited to play and once we all get together and play as a team, I think we’re capable of great things.”
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
...In any event, the new Toronto bench boss turned some heads when he suggested that the fight for spots in the starting lineup on defence will be so heated at training camp this weekend that certain favourites, guys who were regulars last season, may end up starting the season with the AHL Marlies.
“If there’s one area where I think we’re fairly deep, or relatively strong, it’s on the back end,” Wilson said. “These guys are going to compete and there’s probably going to be a shock or two at the end of training camp as far as who’s not going to be here, and Cliff (Fletcher) is going to have to make some decisions as far as where people play.
“But it’s wide open and everybody will get a chance.”
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