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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.”
Marian Hossa talks on why he chose to play for the Wings.
Watch the video below…
from Dan Martin of the NY Post,
Scott Gordon didn’t take long to make his presence known on the ice yesterday, his first day on the ice as Islanders head coach.
He stopped practice several times and with a booming voice that echoed throughout the team’s practice facility at Iceworks in Syosset, clearly let his players know when he was displeased.
“I don’t want to watch bad . . . I don’t want to watch mistakes,” said Gordon, explaining his hands-on style that was displayed in front of GM Garth Snow and team owner Charles Wang. “That’s just me. If something is done wrong I want to fix it.”
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.”
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