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from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,
“With a big, long stick, it’s a little softer so that I can really lean into it,” he said. “The kickpoint changes depending on where you put your bottom hand, and that’s not necessarily the case with the composite. That’s one of the reasons that I just couldn’t get used to it.”
One thing Holik will have to get used to, however, is a new brand. With demand waning for wood, Sherwood announced plans in 2007 to cease production of wood sticks in its Sherbrooke, Que., factory and outsource to Estonia and China. As a result, Holik has sampled wooden models made by Reebok.
Rachel Nichols of ESPN talks to Sean Avery about his bad boy reputation and his addiction to fashion.
Judging from Avery’s responses, it seems that it all started when he was a kid and started stealing his babysitter’s dolls…
from the Edmonton Oilers,
“It’s terrific that the original uniform is being brought back and celebrated. All of the things we take so much pride in today were accomplished in that uniform and I think fans deserve to see their team and especially their favorite players on this year’s team in those colors” said Kevin Lowe, Oilers President of Hockey Operations.
read on and watch the video of the Oilers sweater unveiling below…
From the Detroit Free Press:
Quick update from Joe Louis Arena this morning: Ville Leino is skating on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, and Aaron Downey has been placed on waivers.
The Wings are seeking to trade defenseman Kyle Quincey.
Also being reported at Red Wings Corner, plus injury updates.
Update 12:19pm ET: Red Wings Corner also has some reaction from Downey.
added 2:36pm, from Red Wings Corner,
Ken Holland just said that the Red Wings have assigned Ville Leino and Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids.
from Brian Duff at the Hockey News,
Already I’ve heard Melrose make multiple references to how much guys are making. That could be a slippery slope down which to venture.
But hey, if Melrose can entertain the masses and pull the Lightning from worst to first in the division as his owners are expecting, he will have a shot at the Jack Adams award. Keep in mind, the coach of the year award is voted upon by the broadcasters, who tend to really appreciate good sound bites.
from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,
Vokoun, who has always worn his heart on his sleeve, enters the season more comfortable. He’s settled with his family in Florida, he feels optimistic about the team’s direction, and, more importantly, he returns for his second season with the Panthers looking at a new and improved blue line.
In fact, some consider the Panthers’ blue line to now be one of the elite in the league. Start with Jay Bouwmeester and Bryan Allen, a healthy Noah Welch and Cory Murphy, iron man Karlis Skrastins, and add veterans Keith Ballard, Bryan McCabe and Nick Boynton.
“We’ve definitely improved,” Vokoun said.
According to Bruins Blog, Blake Wheeler will be on the Bruins roster and it is likely Peter Schaefer has been waived.
from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,
So, as one of the poster boys for media relations, what, pray tell, is his philosophy?
“You guys are doing a job,” says the 37-year-old.
“Sometimes you write bad things about me, sometimes good things, but that’s what it is. It’s your job. And I know when I play bad. I’ve never had a problem with the media. I don’t take anything personally. I don’t feel that anyone’s out to get me.
“I just come in and I try to tell the truth, whether I’m in favour of something or not. As long as everything’s fair, then I’m comfortable with it.”
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Alex Pietrangelo faced long odds of making the Blues’ opening-day roster, but on Monday the 18-year-old defenseman received word that he’ll be on the team and perhaps on the ice Friday against Nashville….
“We’ve all seen the poise he has. ... I like his poise,” Davidson said. “There’s always good things that happen on the ice, and things you learn from. I don’t like saying ‘bad.’ Some things don’t go well, but you learn from them. He’s a quick learner, very mature.”
from Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,
The concepts, objectives and goals around the Maple Leafs are like shifting sands, more now than ever before. Clearly, much has changed in a calendar year, and while Ron Wilson was clearly being honest and straightforward through his “wins and losses don’t matter” mantra for the season, that’s not going to be easy for proud, veteran players to ingest before an 82-game season even starts.
It’s a little different than “Win One for the Gipper” or “You Gotta Believe.”
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