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from Greg Stoda of the Palm Beach Post,
The Florida Panthers epitomize the old saying that the more things change, the more they remain the same.
And as their new season dawns - Florida opens Friday night at Carolina, and begins its home schedule Saturday night against Atlanta in BankAtlantic Center - the outlook for the Panthers looks numbingly familiar.
hey’ve changed coaches yet again, but there’s no reason to assume the Panthers will be appreciably different under Peter DeBoer than they were for three years under Jacques Martin, now solely the team’s general manager.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
On this day, each and every active NHLer who has ever let you down in the past has an opportunity to redeem himself. Today, nagging and/or recurring injuries have yet to nag or recur.
Now is the time you can leave aside your naked contempt for certain league bigwigs; the time to plot out the ideal revenge on behalf of your favorite team or player who was done wrong last year; the time you’re not unconsciously grinding down your teeth because there’s less than a week to go before the regular season fantasy hockey pool is over and you’re three points out of second place and you’ve got Martin Havlat on your team and him and his paper-mache shoulder are uncharacteristically rushing into corners like Dale Tallon dropped a contract extension there.
via the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that tryout player Jeff Friesen has been released from the Sharks 2008-09 training camp.
“Jeff had a very good camp and he should be proud of his effort and his commitment,” said Wilson. “However, at this time, we are moving forward with our 23-man roster as announced yesterday. We wish Jeff nothing but the best in the future and he will always have a special place within the San Jose Sharks family.”
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
Unable to find a job in the NHL, former No. 1 NHL draft pick Bryan Berard is probably headed to Russia to play in the Continental Hockey League (KHL).
Berard is still waiting for some NHL teams to finalize their plans, but his agent, Tom Laidlaw, confirmed KHL teams are expressing interest in the puck-moving defenseman.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, needing a veteran defenseman, considered Berard, but then decided to stay with their current group.
from the Buffalo News,
Former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk accidentally shot himself in the chin Tuesday with a .22-caliber rifle at his Fish Springs residence, according to the Record-Courier of Nevada.
Malarchuk, 47, was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by helicopter. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident Wednesday to determine if the shooting was accidental, the paper said….
Malarchuk is the goaltending coach for the National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets, and lives with his family in Fish Springs, Nev.
via the Calgary Flames,
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that defenseman Rhett Warrener has been placed on Long Term Injury status.
Warrener missed three games during the preseason due to an injury sustained on September 26th. This injury, combined with extensive damage from previous seasons, has made it impossible for Warrener to start the regular season.
Long Term Injury status is available to players who will be unavailable for at least 10 NHL regular season games and 24 calendar days.
Flames forward Dustin Boyd has been recalled from the Quad City Flames.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
According to razorgator.com, a worldwide ticket agency for sports and entertainment events, five Canadian teams have the highest average ticket price for their home openers this season, while the Ottawa Senators rank 10th among the 30 NHL clubs. Here are the average ticket prices, arranged from high-to-low
continued and Vancouver leads the way with an average of $308 per ticket…
from Navin Vaswani at DigitalJournal,
It’s been one hell of a ride, Tomas. I’ve enjoyed every second of it with you. As we embark on another chapter in our lives together down in Detroit tonight, all I want us to do is live for the moment, and live for today. I know everyone in the world thinks the Leafs are going to be terrible this season. Let’s prove them wrong. Screw John Tavares. Screw Victor Hedman. I mean, who knows how long we have left together? Who knows how long we have left on this earth? I won’t be cheering for the Leafs to lose. I don’t have it in me. I’ll be cheering for you, Tomas, and for the rest of the boys. Live for today. Have faith. Let’s shock the world.
Many of us have waited for this night, the puck drops in North America.
How do you feel about your team’s outlook for this season? Confident, undecided, let us know how you feel!
On a sidenote, I contacted Versus after seeing my tv guide on Directv and noticed tonight’s games were not in HD but they tell me both games will indeed be in HD.
So let’s drop the puck and the KK tradition (wmp audio) continues!
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
The names aren’t necessarily tied directly together, which makes cause-and-effect difficult to prove. One hockey player makes it here, another is told he’s no longer wanted there, and the merry-go-round starts again.
But two intriguing trends have surfaced this fall on the eve of the NHL season, one producing great optimism about the future of the league, the other a gloomy sigh of nostalgia for best days gone by.
Somewhere in between those trends rests the four-year-old financial instrument that is the league’s salary-cap system. In a theme familiar to other sports, and one familiar to hockey since the days when Gordie Howe’s signing bonus was a Red Wings jacket, the size of a player’s salary matters nearly as much as the tools and talent he brings to the rink.
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