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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Wilson and I drifted away from Toskala as the topic of conversation and turned to his thoughts on a few different hockey-related issues. Below are the highlights….
On the need to keep himself and his new team grounded in the face of the usual Toronto hype:
“I’m around (Toronto) now, and I go into a store to buy something; you go in other places and everybody knows who you are, but in this particular store, the guy asked what I did, I told him I was coach of the Leafs. And he says, ‘oh, the hockey team?’ and you’re shocked – there’s people here in Toronto who don’t know about the hockey team! But that’s cool with me, too. The guy was all apologetic, and I told him, ‘hey, you don’t have anything to be sorry about.’
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
The 2008-09 season, which happens to be his ninth in Edmonton, MacTavish has greater expectations.
“I can’t remember a period of time over the last 15 years where we’ve been so excited heading into training camp,” he said. “We say that every year, mind you, but this year we actually mean it.”
MacTavish is especially thrilled to have defenseman Lubomir Visnovksy, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, in the mix. He’s also looking forward to working with the Oilers’ other recent additions, including left wing Erik Cole and centers Ryan Potulny and Gilbert Brule.
from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings for the first time will broadcast the club’s annual Development Camp team scrimmage on LAKings.com.. The game on Monday, July 14, is set to begin at 3 p.m.PT.
more with the link to watch the game…
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Craig Conroy has a theory, and it’s likely to make Flames fans giddy with anticipation.
“We’re not in the offensive mode like we were with Juice (Kristian Huselius) and Tangs (Alex Tanguay), but we’re kind of like getting back to the team of ‘04 with grit,” said the veteran Flames centre.
“We’ll make it really uncomfortable to play against. Do you really want those guys like (Todd) Bertuzzi and Iggy coming at you and those young guys flying at you, too? I’m starting to see a lot more similarities.”
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
If Pavol Demitra is the answer for the Vancouver Canucks then the question was a lot easier than anyone suspected.
Demitra, at best, is a complementary offensive player. He turns 34 in November. Over his last four NHL seasons he’s recorded 58, 62, 64 and 54 points and he’s six years removed from his most productive campaign with the Blues.
This doesn’t mean he isn’t a useful player. But, as of this writing, the Canucks’ offseason rebuilding plan is based on Demitra and Steve Bernier.
more on the Canucks…
from the Winnipeg Free Press,
Meech quietly took the Stanley Cup to Children’s Hospital early Sunday afternoon, where he spent two hours with kids facing far greater challenges than the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“My mom passed away when I was 11, of cancer,” Meech said.
“A lot of these kids were pretty sick. It definitely brought some smiles,” he said later as he signed photos and jerseys and kept a steady grin through hundreds of photos of kids and parents and the cup.
It was Meech’s idea to go to Children’s Hospital, said proud dad Dennis Meech. “He wanted to remember his mom, in tribute to her.”
What active player on your team has the most points for your franchise? For the Rangers it is Michal Rozsival, which I would have never guessed.
Check out Empty Netters for a list for every NHL team.
The Atlanta Thrashers have signed forward Jason Williams to a 1-year, $2.2 million contract, reports A-Channel in London.
added 11:52am, Monday 7/14/08,
The Atlanta Thrashers have signed unrestricted free agent forward Jason Williams, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. As per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Would Radulov’s coaches, teammates and fans forgive him for trying to skip out on the final year of his Nashville contract in order to play in Russia, or would they embrace the return of one of the league’s top young offensive talents?
Both Predators Coach Barry Trotz and team captain Jason Arnott say they want Radulov to return for the coming season, but they are aware some baggage might come with him.
“When you back out on your deal and you let your teammates and the whole organization down like that, it’s hard to swallow — no question,’’ Arnott said. “I can’t sugarcoat it any better. It’s disappointing.
“But if he does come back and play with us, hopefully he comes back with a good mind and be ready to play. If he does that, I think guys will forget about it….”
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
If you’re an Avalanche fan still holding out hope Peter Forsberg will play again this coming season, don’t even think about it until at least Christmas.
After consulting with more doctors about his troubled right foot in his native Sweden, Forsberg was told he would need several months of rehabilitation if he wanted to have hope of playing again, a source close to the Avs star said.
added 8:22pm, from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,
According to a report in the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Forsberg has a muscle problem in his right foot that has been the root of his health troubles in recent seasons, and he will need several months of rehabilitation for a chance to salvage his career….
A muscle on one side of Forsberg’s foot doesn’t work normally because a muscle on the other side has caused an imbalance. Forsberg told the paper that he can walk and even run without a problem but has trouble when he puts on a skate.
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