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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
Every new season brings with it a list of approaching milestones, special marks deserving of recognition from the hockey community.
But the marks Martin Brodeur is approaching in 2008-09 are almost surreal causes for celebration. Consider what’s within reach:
continued with more hockey notes too…
via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
According to the Bruins, Chuck Kobasew is out indefinitely with a fracture in his right leg that he suffered in the second period of Thursday’s 5-4 win over Colorado.
Because of the new rules regarding injury disclosure, clubs do not have to disclose specific information about where the injury is located and approximate time the player will miss.
What appeared to be an awkward fall could turn out to be a serious injury for Florida Panthers’ defenceman Bryan McCabe.
Early indications suggest McCabe may have broken his back after colliding with Boston Bruins’ defenceman Dennis Seidenberg into the boards. McCabe will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of the injury.
added 2:38pm, from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
TSN is reporting that Bryan McCabe’s back injury is very serious, with X-rays showing he has at least one broken vertebrea.
According to the Panthers, that’s just not true and is “absolute speculation” on their part.
added 5:26pm, TSN has now updated the same link as above with this…
The Florida Panthers breathed a huge sigh of relief Saturday as an MRI revealed that defenceman Bryan McCabe did not suffer a fractured vertebrae in his back as was originally feared.
Although the veteran defenceman was in significant pain following the injury, it is believed that his condition has been upgraded significantly to day-to-day.
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
If the excitement of tonight’s season opener isn’t enough for you, this should get you going…late last night—very late—Anze Kopitar agreed to a contract extension with the Kings. I don’t know the length and value of the contract yet…
added 12:48pm, Seven year deal and read more about the signing at LAKings.com & thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.
added 1:58pm: Deal is for $47.6 million, via TSN.
from Darron Patterson of Detroit Sports Examiner,
Teams like Toronto, with a wealth of young talent, aren’t satisfied just to walk in and put up a good fight anymore.
They’re coming for business.
The Leafs were playing at a different speed all night long, and it’s a sign of things to come that the Wings better get used to in a big hurry.
Just like the “young uns” that Toronto put on the ice Thursday night, teams are pouring young talent onto their rosters that are literally too youthful to be intimidated by the Wings anymore.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
Does it make sense to play more games at the expense of practices, which are conducted with an eye on avoiding injuries and are the best way to do it for coaches - particularly freshman bench leaders - to work at introducing new systems to their teams?
I don’t think so.
What I’m really saying is that since these players are merely human, the NHL will have to take a long, hard look at the number of games its assets play when their people sit down to prepare next season’s exhibition schedule - all the more so because the league will have to shut down for two weeks because of the winter Olympics.
“He’s a target out there and a lot of guys go after him. It’s only natural for him to want to go want to go back at guys… He’s going to keep learning as he goes, but it’s better revenge to put the puck in the net than run somebody over.”
-Mathieu Schneider on Alexander Ovechkin. More on AO from Craig Custance of Sporting News Today.
from the Anaheim Ducks,
The “Rinkside View” game format combines the best of traditional hockey television expertise with more ice access thanks to low angle camera positions and a voyeuristic, as-if-you-were-there look and feel to the telecast. A total of 20 NHL games, including all six “Freeway Faceoff” contests with the Kings, will be seen by the “Rinkside View”.
“We are revolutionizing hockey on television with ‘Rinkside View’. The low camera angles and evolved camera direction will allow the viewers to hear more crunch, watch more of the ice, and - instead of being told how the play develops – see the play unfold for themselves,” said Tom Feuer, executive producer, Fox Sports WEST and PRIME TICKET.
from Sean Gordon, Allan Maki and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The grumbling is intensifying behind the scenes from owners and team officials who are watching with mounting dismay as millions pour from successful franchises in Canada and the United States to their staggering partners, mostly in the American sunbelt.
According to information compiled by The Globe and Mail from various sources, the six Canadian NHL franchises contributed more than $40-million (all figures U.S.) to their fellow owners last season, and about $50-million when playoff revenues are taken into account.
from Mark Zwolinksi of the Toronto Star,
When the Leafs open their home season tonight against Montreal, the first official critique of the new ice will arrive for the ice crews and management, who have been building ice for over a month now with the help of a reverse osmosis water filtering system from Newmarket-based ice experts Jet Ice.
“Fans are going to notice the ice is clearer and stronger, there will be less snow build-up and less ruts ... players will feel the ice is faster and harder, and the puck will travel smoother with less bumps,” said Bryan Leslie, director of building operations for the Air Canada Centre.
The reverse osmosis process essentially removes contaminants and sediment introduced to the ice under the old ice making methods.
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