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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Q: There’s a blog entry on your Web site where you wrote, “We have been written off for dead by many members of the media and fans throughout the league.” Why would you think that people would write this team off?
A: It’s more who’s the hot team in the league. Everybody’s talking about Detroit. San Jose’s made all these moves. For us, it’s going to be pretty good. We were media darlings a couple of years ago. Last year with everything surrounding Teemu (Selanne) and Scotty (Niedermayer) we were kind of in the limelight again…To come in under the radar, I think’s going to be pretty good for us. We’ve had 4-5 months to get our heads screwed on straight after a disappointing end to last year.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Every team is unbeaten. Coaches are sleeping well at night. Every draft pick looks like a keeper. It’s training camp, and here are some few things to consider for the upcoming season:
Does Jumbo Joe Thornton have to change the way he plays (i.e., get into the traffic more or be a little nastier) to win a Stanley Cup?
All those 90- and 100-point regular seasons are swell, but guys who rack up points yet don’t win often don’t get enough votes for the Hall of Fame.
many more things to consider…
from Sam Weinman of the Lower Hudson Journal,
Not only are they a diverse team based in a diverse city, but they are a franchise looking to maximize what they can get out of an explosive player such as Zherdev.
“Whatever those options are at the end of this year, we hope that we’re the No. 1 team on that list of options,” Renney said. “And that will only happen if he feels he’s had the opportunity to grow and assert himself.”
A spot with Gomez and Naslund would seem to be such an opportunity, and Zherdev took advantage yesterday by scoring the prettiest goal of the day’s scrimmage.
more on Zherdev…
“For us, the question is, how’s the development going to go? Is it going to increase incrementally? Or are we going to suffer a setback at some point with these young guys? Based on the way we finished last year, you’d think we’re going to be right there. That’s certainly our objective this year, to win the division – and I think it’s a very realistic goal.”
-Oilers coach Craig MacTavish. More from the coach from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
Price will be reporting to the Bell Centre Friday for his medical and fitness testing just a shadow of his 2008 springtime self, having shaved probably 20 pounds off his six-foot-three physique.
Gone is much of the baby fat he carried last season, then a 225-plus-pounder.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
“We got a lot of players battling for jobs,” coach Mike Babcock said. “I got 10 NHL defensemen, can’t have 10. I got a whole pile of NHL forwards, can’t have that; got three NHL goalies, can’t have that. So there’s going to be some real battles.”
The biggest battle is on defense, where one of four players—Andreas Lilja, Derek Meech, Kyle Quincey or Brett Lebda—is expected to be traded for a draft pick or prospect before the start of the regular season Oct. 9.
“It’s obviously a privilege to be part of such a prestigious organization and now be captain of it. I am going to do my best. We have a lot of great team leaders right now on our team and we don’t have to change anything. I think that everyone really helps out around the dressing room. There are so many leaders that you just kind of have to do your own thing and more worry about yourself and help out where things are needed.”
-Mike Richards on being named Flyers captain. More from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post…
from Terrell Williams of CarolinaHurricanes.com,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that right wing Justin Williams will have surgery this week to repair a torn right Achilles tendon. Williams suffered the injury on Wednesday morning and is expected to be out for four to six months.
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Most teams have a star player who can take a run at the Hart Trophy as league MVP in any given year. But what about their supporting casts? Here is a rundown of potential MVP candidates who you may not see coming.
Patrice Bergeron could get more than a few sympathy votes if he comes back with a vengeance after a washout of a year last season when he missed 72 games due to concussion symptoms.
Two seasons ago, Maxim Afinogenov burst out of the gates and had people making Pavel Bure comparisons. Last year…not so much, after he scored just 10 goals in 56 games. He’s no Bure, but Afinogenov is much better than last season’s debacle.
According to Darren Dreger on Leafs Lunch, no team put a claim in for Schneider.
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