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from The Cult of Hockey,
The Oilers aren’t actively looking to make a trade right now, but do have their eye on one guy as a training camp invite. (Dan) Tencer (630CHED) guessed faceoff specialist Yanic Perreault, but Lowe shot that down and wouldn’t say who the player was.
Lowe said the team was looking for the right kind of enforcer, and this summer pursued Georqes Laraque and one other unnamed player, who went to another NHL team. “It’s got to be the right fit.”
Lowe said that tough guy Zack Stortini does put the fear of God into some people, but added, “Maybe not in Derek Boogaard and some of the heavyweights.”
more Oilers talk…
from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,
Wonder why Todd Bertuzzi wound up with No. 7 with the Flames when he’s always worn either 4 or 44 as an NHLer (and before that as an OHL star)? Roger Millions of Sportsnet asked Bertuzzi that very question today at the Flames’ charity golf tournament luncheon and this was the response:
“Obviously, I’ve always worn 4. I think it was just time for a change. Me and a couple of buddies were having a beer and trying to figure out what to do (about his sweater number) and one of the players that came up who I’ve always idolized is Phil Esposito. So I thought I’d go with it and see where that goes.”
from the blog of Craig Custance at the Sporting News,
...I got it today from Michael Peca. He flat out said that this is a 100-point team right now in Columbus. Last year, they had trouble getting the puck to their forwards. That’s been solved with a revamped blue line. Rick Nash has never had an equally skilled player to get him the puck. Enter Kristian Huselius.
You could tell that Peca loves the acquisition of R.J. Umberger, who he thinks would do well skating with Nash and Huselius.
“I think we have a great blend of youth and experience, size and skill,” Peca said. “There are just a lot of things to be upbeat and excited about.”
more and a few other hockey notes. Nice to see Craig also mention the Dwayne episode too, a first from a MSM today.
From the Pittsburgh Penguins,
As a show of their appreciation for tremendous fan support, Penguins players once again hand-delivered season tickets to 35 season ticket-holders throughout the Pittsburgh area. Also this year, head coach Michel Therrien joined Sidney Crosby, Jordan Staal, Marc-Andre Fleury, Pascal Dupuis, Sergei Gonchar, Jeff Taffe, Brooks Orpik, Maxime Talbot and Tyler Kennedy in making stops around Western Pa. to distribute season tickets.
“I don’t think there are a lot of teams that do this in any sport. It’s a pretty unique thing we do. As players, we appreciate it and it’s a way to kind of give back more on a personal level. I think people appreciate that,” Crosby said.
From Mike Vogel at the Washington Capitals,
Virtually every kid in America has played catch with a baseball and a glove, and tried to hit pitched balls. Almost all have shot a few hoops in their day, and almost all have thrown a football around. But not nearly as many have laced up a pair of hockey skates, taken to the ice shot a few pucks around. That may be why ice hockey is among the least understood of the major sports; some of the people writing about it have never played the sport.
With that in mind, the Washington Capitals hosted the team’s first media fantasy camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Tuesday. A large contingent of print and electronic media from both local and national media outlets took to the ice for some instruction in the finer points of the game from several Caps players and coaches.
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
It’s nice to see Chris Chelios back for another season with the Detroit Red Wings.
At 46, Chelios is the oldest NHL player since Gordie Howe retired in 1980 at age 52. Now entering his 25th season, Chelios will one day retire with a number of standards that will never be matched.
Here are 10 of them. (Note: some are projected. Chelios will keep playing until 50.)
10. Win Stanley Cup titles 16 years apart: 1986 in Montreal and 2002 in Detroit.
continued and watch my favorite Chelios moment below (sorry Alanah)...
from Kevin Allen of Mucking & Grinding,
With training camp now just a week away, here’s what you should expect to happen over the next few days:
1. The Atlanta Thrashers hope to land another defenseman, possibly even unrestricted free agent Marek Malik, although they are considering other options. They still plan to give rookie Zach Bogosian the opportunity to make the team.
From the Carolina Hurricanes:
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today unveiled the team’s new alternate uniforms. The Hurricanes will wear the mostly-black uniforms for 15 home games this season, and the new Hurricanes third jerseys go on sale to the general public on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the team’s annual season kick-off event, the Caniac Carnival.
“We’re very proud of our traditional uniforms,” said Rutherford. “But after ten seasons in North Carolina and a lot of different ideas from our fans, we felt it was time to introduce an additional look for our team.”
Update 2:59pm ET: This note from Slapshot at the NYT -
BTW, this sweater is different than what was described by Howard Berger in a late July blog post [on HockeyBuzz.com] that claimed to have descriptions of 18 different third jerseys.[...] We hate to say we told you so, but….
“From what I read this summer, we are written off. That’s fine; then we can sneak in and beat a lot of teams.”
from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,
Burke calls him the “big dog” and expects him to one day succeed Chris Pronger as captain. Many players have taken to calling Getzlaf, “The Franchise.”
There are those who believe that Getzlaf, with his size and vast array of skills, can join Crosby and Ovechkin in the ranks of superstardom. Both Burke and coach Randy Carlyle have said that Getzlaf “can be as good as he wants to be.”
“In the NHL, the challenge is to be able to play to that level day in and day out,” Carlyle said. “To practice to that high level day in and day out.
“He’s done everything we’ve asked. We’ve had very, very few valleys with Ryan Getzlaf. We’ve had some peaks and maybe he’s taken a step back every once in a while. All in all, you’ve got to be very satisfied and very happy with his progress.”
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