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Long Time No See

via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini was sitting in media row at Millenium Place when Sportsnet’s Louie DeBrusk strolled in.

He mistook Tambellini for one of the media members, slapped him on the back and made some comment that can’t all be repeated but suffice to say the colour man turned a slight shade of red when he realized it was Tambellini.

As for Tambellini, he just said: “Didn’t you used to work for us?”

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Yzerman Has Positive Comments When It Comes To Winnipeg And The NHL

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Count Steve Yzerman among those who believes the NHL would be wise to return to Winnipeg somewhere down the line.

The new general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning spoke glowingly of the possibility on Monday, just a few days before his club hosts the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks in an NHL pre-season game at the MTS Centre Wednesday night.

“I think the current CBA is favourable to small-market teams and a city like Winnipeg, I’m quite confident they could fill their building,” Yzerman said in a telephone interview. “I don’t know the details of it all, but I think Winnipeg could be a good option for the NHL to put a team into.”


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Expect A Big Year From Joe Thornton

from Nabil Karim of CBC,

So San Jose’s management team has some big time questions to answer.

Does the organization believe Thornton has exorcised his playoff demons? In the twilight of his career, can he deliver consistently for multiple seasons? And what is the right price to pay for number 19?

It will all make for some interesting storylines to follow in California this season.

Will San Jose sign Thornton early on to squash the distraction? Or do they gamble and play out the year to see how Thornton and the Sharks fair this season?

Will Sharks’ general manager Doug Wilson trade Thornton at the deadline to get valuable assets in return, or lose him for nothing in the off-season?

It’s a tough decision to make with any player. It’s even more difficult with a player of Thornton’s calibre and worth.


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All The Good Guys

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Still, the opening day of training camp is generally a feel-good type of deal, with optimism for the upcoming season running high and Wilson not yet agitated by the Toronto media.

When Wilson finally does make an appearance, he’s immediately surrounded, and a blond bombshell opens the questioning with: “Another season begins. Are you excited about today, medical day?”

Nobody’s sure how Wilson, a noted wisenheimer, is going to respond, but it’s clear that the coach is in a relaxed frame of mind when he refrains from answering with something like: “Yeah, there’s nothing more exciting than watching a guy ride an exercise bike in his pyjamas.”...

Team captain Dion Phaneuf, who spoke to the media during informal workouts in Toronto during the week, pops out and asks if anyone needs him (clearly with the hope that nobody does).

One reporter, and one reporter only, says, yes, he needs to ask him one question. Phaneuf steps over to the question area and, suddenly, is surrounded by 16 or so media types, and quickly the one question turns into many questions.

At one point , Phaneuf reveals that Phil Kessel is “a good guy.”


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Habs release five from camp

No surprises here, although interesting to note that Louis Leblanc and Jarred Tinordi are still in camp (see the press release below).

Reports so far have been that Ian Schultz has looked quite good in camp, although it would take a lot for him to threaten a veteran’s roster spot. No big noise yet from Ben Maxwell or any of the other seasoned Bulldogs pushing for a role on the Habs.

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  Tags: ben+maxwell, ian+schultz, jarred+tinordi, louis+leblanc, training+camp

Devils in the Details: September 20, 2010

• Tom Gulitti discusses the disappointing finish last season from Jamie Langenbrunner.  Said Langenbrunner on the media’s theories for his late-season struggles:

“I usually don’t read what goes on, but after the season I read a lot of what was said and I’m not going to comment on what’s the truth and what’s not,” Langenbrunner told me. “It’s probably somewhere in the middle of what’s said. I’m not going to drag that out there. That’s the past. I’m happy about the direction the team is going and looking forward to that.”


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  Tags: adam+mair, devils+in+the+details, henrik+tallinder, jamie+langenbrunner, travis+zajac

NHL Network Pre-Season Games Broadcast Schedule

added 4:06pm, note:  The NHL just sent out a revised schedule, so I have changed the post to reflect the changes.

NEW YORK (September 20, 2010) –  Live NHL® hockey returns to NHL Network™ beginning Tuesday, Sept. 21, with an unprecedented total of 35 pre-season games broadcast on the Network in the U.S. providing fans with nightly contests from around the League through Sunday, Oct. 3.  This is the most comprehensive coverage of the pre-season ever on the Network with 40 hours of live game broadcasts and 78 hours total of live and delayed broadcasts.  Including re-broadcasts, there will be more than 200 hours of pre-season action available on NHL Network U.S. The 2010-11 NHL regular season commences on Thursday, Oct. 7.
The 35-game schedule begins with the Eastern Conference Champion Philadelphia Flyers taking on local rivals the New Jersey Devils at 7 p.m. ET in the first game of a Sept. 21 broadcast triple-header. The next night, the Tampa Bay Lightning will play host to the Stanley Cup® champion Chicago Blackhawks at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre and will be among three games available.  Other highlights of the pre-season schedule include the 2010 Kraft Hockeyville game between the Buffalo Sabres and Ottawa Senators in Dundas, Ontario.  33 out of the 35 games will be shown in HD.

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Report- Steve Mason Agrees To Extension With Columbus

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Sources say CBJ netminder Steve Mason has agreed to terms on a two-year contract extension, $2.6M and $3.2M for an AAV of $2.9M.

added 2:32pm, via Aaron Portzline tweet,

#CBJ confirm two-year contract extension w G Steve Mason. $2.6M in 2011-12, $3.2M in 2012-13. Will be announced by club later today.

added 3:42pm, from a Columbus Blue Jackets release,

“Steve Mason is a young goaltender with great size and athleticism and we are very pleased that we were able to agree on this contract extension,” said Howson.  “He is an important member of our team and we’re excited that he will continue to be a significant contributor to our hockey club in the future.”

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Mats Zuccarello Aasen Trying To Make The Rangers Team

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Readers who have followed this blog for a few years will be familiar with Mats Zuccarello Aasen, the exciting, pint-size Norwegian Olympian now in Rangers camp trying to win a job as a right wing. Zuccarello (he’s dropped the “Aasen,” allowing his name to fit comfortably on back of his sweater) thrived in the Swedish Elitserien as part of a group of star forwards from Norway, a country not generally known for producing hockey players.

It’s much harder here,” Zuccarello said on Friday, the first day of Rangers camp. “In the Elitserien you come to camp and there are only the 20 or so players — it’s just getting ready for the season. Here you have maybe 50 players, doing tests, working to show you can be on the team.”

Zuccarello is 5-foot-7, as has been reported throughout his career. But the Rangers are listing him at 5-9, following the N.H.L. custom of inflating players’ heights.


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  Tags: mats+zuccarello+aasen

Future Stars

Some of the best players from the NHL were asked who they feel are the up and coming players.

A follow-up from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

In our third and final piece on the impact of the infusion of young players around the NHL, let’s look at the top teams that are turning major roles and minutes over to up-and-comers.

In some respects, the nine young players below will have better situations than some of their peers who are on teams that will be battling just to get into the playoffs.


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