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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
In working out the final details of Tampa Bay’s season-opening games against the New York Rangers in Prague, Czech Republic, the Lightning purposely extended the trip to give players more time to bond.
“We are not an expansion team but we have made a number of changes to our roster, and it’s imperative for us to jell as soon as possible,” Lawton said. “There is no better way to do this than in this type of environment.”
from Corey Masisek of the Washington Times,
Despite their own issues with keeping Russian players on this side of the pond, the Caps are not going to shy away from drafting a player if Moscow or St. Petersburg shows up on his passport.
Keith Smiley / The Washington Times Right wing Dmitry Kugryshev was the Caps’ latest Russian draft pick.
“Some teams like the Detroit Red Wings have a lot of Swedes. Some teams have a lot of Finns,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “We’re fortunate to have some very good Russians, and we have one that we know is going to be here for a long time.”...
“We have him, and I wouldn’t be afraid to take Russians,” Boudreau said. “If it is good enough for Alex Ovechkin, wouldn’t it be good enough for you?”
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
While many of the team draft tables around him were already empty, Detroit Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill had a name ready when it came time for the last pick of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
That final selection, commonly called Mr. Irrelevant, has turned out to be anything but irrelevant.
Defenceman Jonathan Ericsson, now the first name mentioned when it comes to the Wings’ top prospects, is the team’s most intriguing storyline heading into training this week.
From the LA Kings—
The Los Angeles Kings have signed restricted free agent center Jarret Stoll to four-year contract and restricted free agent center Brad Richardson to a two-year contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
from Andrew Gross of the Record,
Curran said today there are other teams in the NHL still very much interested in Shanahan but added he is still only talking to Rangers general manager Glen Sather, though no offer has been made.
“It’s entirely up to Glen,” Curran said. “The whole situation is so unique. The reality is, it’s always been my experience in the past that a veteran player would have made his decision to go elsewhere, particularly when, like in this situation, there are so many other options to consider. It’s somewhat unique that the player has the determination that he wants to stay in one place and has maintained the patience that he has.”
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced on Monday that goaltender Antero Niittymaki will be out for four-to-six weeks after having surgery on his left hip.
Q: What happened with Antero?
Paul Holmgren: “Last Friday, Antero had a small surgical procedure done on his left hip where he had some fluid drained and also some loose bodies that were in his joint. This was more of a clean-up process performed by Dr. Thomas Byrd at Baptist Hospital in Nashville, Tennessee.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
As NHL training camps open up this week, we take a look at where each team stands. First up, our take, and questions, on the Eastern Conference.
Montreal Canadiens: Expectations are as high in Montreal for the coming season as they’ve been at any time in the past 15 years….
• How does Price rebound from his meltdown in the playoffs?
• Are the Canadiens strong enough down the middle to compete with Pittsburgh and the New York Rangers, the other top teams in the East?
read on for the rest of the East…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
In the spirit of Jack’s (Falla) love for the game, here’s a list of six NHLers, one from each of the league’s six divisions, I’m looking forward to watching this season:
Northwest: Kyle Wellwood, Vancouver. The NHL’s version of Droopy Dog bottomed out in his final season under the glare of life with the Maple Leafs, but in the more laid-back confines of British Columbia, he may rediscover – or just plain discover – the will to pay the price around the net and become something more than a tease of a talent. I’m not guaranteeing that’ll happen, but it’ll be fun watching him try. Or watching him not try.
five more to watch…
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
“We’re being predicted to finish 15th in the conference and 30th overall in the League,” (Andy) Murray said. “Obviously a lot of people on the outside don’t feel that we’re going to take the next step.”
Then, Murray paused for a moment before adding, “but, what is the next step?”
When Murray thinks about the upcoming season and where he wants his young team to go, he thinks only of the Stanley Cup. That, he said, is the only reason to be in this game and to play the season.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
Sundin’s indecision and indifference has become downright boring. Imagine the fuss if we were talking about a superstar and not just a point-per-game guy. Don’t get me wrong; I’m certain the 37-year-old Swede could still help a number of teams, but let’s be honest; we’re talking about a player whose best years are long gone. And if his uncertainty about whether or not he’ll continue playing is any indication, you have to wonder if his heart will ever be in the game again.
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