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from the National Journal,
The league agrees with Team Palin. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued this statement: “We do not view the Flyers’ invitation to Governor Palin to be politically motivated. Governor Palin is a supporter of the sport, which she has proclaimed publicly. As a public figure who has a very public connection with hockey, her recent associations with the Flyers and other NHL franchises is not surprising and, in our view, not inappropriate. Participation of national politicians in team ceremonies in professional sports is far from unprecedented in our sport and occurs routinely in other sports, as well.”
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
But this year, GM Doug Wilson opened the Sharks’ wallet to add Dan Boyle and Rob Blake, both of whom have previously won a Stanley Cup championship. For Thornton, the presence of that pair makes a night-and-day difference in the team’s attitude and approach.
“As a left-handed shot, having two righties on the power play is really going to help me,” said Thornton in an interview. “Blakie is so solid and Boyle skates like the wind. They’re explosive. They’re going to be a huge difference for our team, two defencemen that can play 25 to 30 minutes a game.
“If you look at who’s won the last two years, Detroit with Lidstrom and Anaheim with Niedermayer and Pronger. It’s nice for us to have two guys like that now that can play in every situation. We haven’t had that before.”
more and numerous hockey notes…
Rich Hammond has a poll up at Inside the Kings and it looks like LA fans will not be greating Rob Blake warmly.
from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,
What a train wreck!
Say it out loud: 6-0.
Unlike the knuckleheads that were satisfied with the Leafs entering yet another rebuilding phase as they try to find a way to win their first Cup since 1967, and now have visions of the playoffs dancing in their delusional heads, I consider the opening game of a season to be a snapshot – not an indicator of what is to come for the next seven months. So even though the Flames were smoked by that offensive juggernaut, the Vancouver Canucks, I feel comfortable in suggesting they will still compete for the Western Conference championship this season.
But holy cow, what the heck was that?
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Melrose is under immediate pressure to prove that he has what it takes to manage a modern NHL bench after more than a decade of looking smart in the studio. He inherited a team that has been rebuilt on last season’s ashes and looks to have chemistry issues that would befuddle Osamu Shimomura. But with all those high profile acquisitions come high expectations. If the picture doesn’t come into focus by Christmas, Melrose may regret the decision to leave the cozy confines of the broadcast booth.
more looking into the crystal ball…
NEW YORK (Oct. 10, 2008) – President George W. Bush will honor the 2008 Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings during a ceremony in the East Room of The White House on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at 2:30 p.m., ET.
Members of the 2008 Red Wings, led by team captain Nicklas Lidstrom, will gather at The White House for the ceremony. National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, Red Wings Owners Mike and Marian Ilitch, General Manager Ken Holland and Detroit Head Coach Mike Babcock also are scheduled to attend.
Sam Weinman of Rangers Report has been hosting a live video chat since 1pm ET, and it’s still going on. It’s a wide-ranging talk about happenings in New York, prompted by questions from his readers and viewers. Among other things, it’s a great use of technology mixed with hockey.
Here’s the video feed embedded below, and it can be replayed from the beginning once the live broadcast ends:
from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,
“We like to play on the edge,” Giguere said. “That’s great. I love that we play that way, but at the same time, we need to keep our mouths shut. We need to stop yapping at the referees. We need to stop blaming everybody else. We have to look in the mirror. We’re the ones taking the penalties. It’s not always a bad call. A lot of times, it’s a call that we would complain about if the referee wouldn’t call it against the other team.
“We have to take it upon ourselves to be more disciplined.”
From Patrick Williams at The Hockey News:
Fans did not expect to see John Paddock stationed behind an AHL bench this season. And in no way did Paddock envision himself in such a role, either.
A scouting position with the Senators seemed Paddock’s likely role this season, some seven months after Ottawa dismissed him late in a turmoil-filled 2007-08 season. That turmoil cost the hockey veteran his long-awaited second NHL head-coaching job that had eluded him since he exited the same post with the Winnipeg Jets in the mid-1990s.
But as predictable as the hockey world can often be, it occasionally serves up something new, something different, and so Paddock returns for his first AHL coaching gig since his Binghamton Senators crashed in the 2005 Calder Cup playoffs.
from Rich Chere at NJ.com,
Brent Sutter remembered being nervous before his NHL debut with the Islanders in 1980-81, so he skated over to Devils rookie Anssi Salmela during Friday’s morning skate to monitor the Finnish defenseman’s mood.
“I just asked him how he was doing,” Sutter said after the skate. “He said, ‘Let’s get at her.’ He must be doing fine. Kind of cute.
“The kid has ice in his veins. He’s pretty calm about everything, although I’m sure he’s like a duck in water.”
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