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‘‘I was questioned a lot when I signed (my contract) two years ago about why I did it and why I stayed. I said that I’ve seen the ups in the mid-nineties when we had a good team, but the late nineties wasn’t a lot of fun.
‘‘The reason why I stayed was because I saw the potential and the fun that is possible here, and I want to be here if the team wins the Stanley Cup in the next couple of years.’‘
—Saku Koivu of the Montreal Canadiens, speaking about his hopes for this season at the opening of training cap Friday. Koivu is entering his 10th season as captain of the team.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Slowly but surely, GM Darcy Regier got himself off the mat after the Drury/Briere nightmare (he also lost Brian Campbell, forced to trade the star blueliner after failing to sign him last February) and began to lock up the rest of the team’s key players.
“I was talking to [coach] Lindy [Ruff]. The environment that we live in is very different than the pre-lockout CBA,” Regier told ESPN.com. “With the offer sheets and unrestricted free agency at the latest at 27—it forces teams to make decisions earlier and to make them for a longer period of time….”
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Finally, the day we have all been waiting for - the opening of training camp.
I don’t know about you, but the start of each season gets me wondering about lots of things.
Who will be the first coach to be fired? (Andy Murray is an excellent coach, but I don’t like his chances with the woefully bad Blues)
Can the Columbus Blue Jackets make the playoffs for the first time? (No)
Will Alexander Radulov return to the Nashville Predators? (Yes, and sooner rather than later)
Ned Harkness passes away at the age of 89.
more at the AP…
via the Anaheim Ducks,
Teemu Selanne has signed a PRO TRYOUT AGREEMENT with the Ducks. Negotiations on a new standard player contract between Selanne and the Ducks will continue. The pro tryout agreement allows Selanne to participate in all training camp activities. He is expected to skate with the club tomorrow morning at Anaheim ICE.
From Daren Millard & Nick Kypreos at Fan590—
The producer of the “SAW” films and the television show “Two and a Half Men” joins Hockeycentral @ Noon on entering his first season as an NHL franchise. [Vinnie] Lecavalier enters the conversation with [Oren] Koules and the boys to discuss his reason for signing an 11-year extension to stay in Tampa and on once again being captain of Lightning.
Check out today’s show for some hockey talk out of Tampa Bay.
from Craig Slater of the Nanaimo Daily News,
There is no easy way to say this, so I’m just going to blurt it out and get it over with.
I am not a fan of one specific NHL team. I don’t have a favourite.
There, I said it. Commence gun fire.
Does my failure to link myself with an NHL team make me any less of a Canadian? I hope not. Others might argue otherwise.
For years working within this industry, I have been asked countless times by fellow sports reporters and followers which team I am most fond of. And for years my answer has remained the same.
“Uh, well . . .”
The National Hockey League (NHL) will launch the 2008-09 season with NHL Face-Off Rocks™ 2008, an opening day spectacular headlined by the world’s greatest arena rock band, Def Leppard, on Thursday, Oct. 9. The multi-platinum selling rock band will open the night with a special performance of their arena-inspired hit single, “C’mon, C’mon” from Fox Theatre in Detroit, followed by the raising of the Detroit Red Wings’ 2008 Stanley Cup Championship banner prior to the start of their sold-out home opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Joe Louis Arena.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Though his teammates competed for the puck, took the body and drove to the net as if this were a mid-season practice conducted by a seething coach Tom Renney - much like the one in Philadelphia last Jan. 30, for example - Zherdev displayed no urgency whatsoever.
The 23-year-old took short cuts throughout the charged morning scrimmage, once turning over the puck while dangling one-on-one three feet inside the offensive line, the giveaway leading to a goal-against, and consistently failed to move either the puck or his feet with any obvious purpose….
But after a second day of camp in which No. 13 was the laziest athlete on the ice.
From Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
...now I have much more detail on the situation with Patrick O’Sullivan. The Kings have requested that he not attend training camp until a deal is done. Lombardi explains, in the interview, why that’s the case. Second, when asked directly for an update on the contract negotiations, Lombardi said, ``We’re not very close. That’s the truth.’‘
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