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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
But if you think the seriousness of the injury has made the power forward shy away from the heavy going, think again.
“You learn to play the game a certain way, and if that style’s been successful and you’ve come all this way, it’s hard to change,” Cole said earlier this week as he skated with several other NHLers at Kinsmen Arena, preparing for the opening of the Oilers’ main training camp on Friday, Sept. 19.
“I’ve always played a hard-nosed style.” Cole was apprehensive in his first playoff game after breaking his neck. His Carolina teammates had unexpectedly lost Game 5 of the final in overtime on Fernando Pisani’s short-handed goal and had to fly clear across the continent after coming tantalizingly close to winning the series on home ice.
“It wasn’t an ideal situation to play my first game,” confessed Cole.
from Jeff Marek of Upon Further Review at CBC,
You can pretty well take it to the bank that Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos will be a standout (the surrounding cast he has to work with pretty well guarantees that fact) and is easily the front-runner in the early race for the Calder trophy.
But who else?
I’m putting my money on Phoenix’s Kyle Turris winning the Calder and playing as a second-line centre behind Ollie Jokinen, not unlike the role Stamkos will occupy playing below Vincent Lecavalier.
more rookies to watch…
from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
Which brings us to Jordan Staal who, according to rumors, is related to Eric in some fashion.
He’s a restricted free agent after this season. How does he get his first big pay day?
Does he need to hit the 30 goal/60 point mark? Does he essentially need to be Ryan Malone’s replacement on one of the first two lines? Does he need to ride shotgun on the wing of Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin? Does he need continue his sterling defensive play?
If you ask us, the answer is yes to all these questions. This is why we expect a big season out of Staal.
from Kevn Allen of Mucking & Grinding,
Staal said he understands why Therrien plays him on the third line, “he believes it’s a better fit at center for me and we were winning games.”
He hasn’t even talked to Therrien about moving up permanently to the wing. “But for my future I believe I’m a top six guy and I want to play up there,” he said. “I want to fit somewhere in that puzzle. Hopefully I can stick around in Pittsburgh and find a good spot.”
from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,
Fletcher tossed around words like “patience” and “development” as he examined the upcoming campaign.
“Unfortunately, there’s no fast-track system. There’s no miracle cure out there,” he said of rebuilding the Maple Leafs.
The message was clear: Brace yourself. The Leafs are going to struggle early and often. But with Ron Wilson behind the bench, proper tutelage in the organization, and the continued acquisition of young talent, Toronto could eventually have the base for sustained success. Once there, they’ll even get back in the business of signing big-name free agents.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
Along with a player like Sean Avery (who topped the SI poll) of the Stars, Ruutu sets the standard when it comes to agitating in the NHL.
“I guess you could say so. That’s why I get paid a lot, I’m sure,” said the 33-year-old. “I don’t think they want me to score goals. I have to play with my strengths and not try to do too much other stuff. Obviously, you want to score when you get the chance.
“I have to prove myself every night. That’s the key. Whether you have a 10-year contract or not, it doesn’t matter. You have to put yourself in situations where you can make the difference in the game. That’s what’s fun about the game in Canada. You can’t get away with stuff like taking a night off.”
from Rangers Report,
In talking to a number of players about the preseason schedule, almost everyone is aware of the challenge it presents. Some just rolled their eyes and said it was unfortunate. Others were more direct.
“Who approved this?” one veteran asked me. “I know we approved the Prague games, but not this.”
Indeed, while players signed on for the Europe trip, the preseason schedule is made up by Rangers management. Almost everyone would agree that the six games, including trips to Ottawa and Tampa Bay, is a bit much on top of the Europe trip.
From Lyle Richardson at FoxSports:
The Hurricanes are following a league-wide trend which began in the summer of 2007 of re-signing potential restricted and unrestricted free-agent stars well before they become eligible to entertain other offers.
Since July, the notable re-signing was Vincent Lecavalier—who was eligible for UFA status next summer—inking a staggering 11-year, $85 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The most recent such deal was the Florida Panthers re-upping defenseman Keith Ballard to a six-year extension believed worth over $4 million per season.
read on for more on this trend and a look at the names that may sign some big offers before next summer
*Article references the news of Eric Staal’s new contract, announced earlier today
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
If the vision in Devils defenseman Colin White’s damaged right eye somehow miraculously returned to normal, he says he would not wear a protective visor.
“If I had my eyesight, I wouldn’t be wearing one,” White said this morning after participating in an informal skate at the team’s practice facility at Prudential Center.
When White reports with the other Devils’ veterans for training camp physicals next Friday, it will mark the one-year anniversary of his injury. During a training camp practice on Sept. 19, 2007, he was struck in the right eye by a deflected shot off the stick of Nicklas Bergfors.
Although White’s vision in his right eye improved marginally at first, he says it hasn’t gotten any better since the end of last season and doctors have told him, “This is going to be it.”
from the Detroit Red Wings,
So you think you’re as good as the pros?
The coaching staff of the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings and their alumni invite you and seven of your friends down to Joe Louis Arena for the 4-on-4 Coaches’ Challenge. Seven dates still remain during the 2008-09 season.
Play against coach Mike Babcock and assistant coaches Paul McLean and Brad McCimmon.
continued and oh yes, it will cost you $1850.00 per team.
added 2:58pm, The link is no longer working, so who knows what is going on.
for behind the scenes action in the making of NHL 2K9 with Rick Nash.
I deleted the vid, it was crashing Firefox, instead, here is the link to watch...
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