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from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Hurricanes players and staff members were saddened today to learn of the death of Julia Rowe, the young girl whose battle with leukemia proved so inspiring to the team during its run to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Rowe, a neighbor of Canes coach Peter Laviolette, was the impetus behind the “relentless” motto that the team adopted during the playoffs.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
“Obviously I’m well aware I wasn’t the most popular pickup in Calgary Flame history but at the same time I think you’ve got to give it a little time and give me a chance,” he offered. “I can’t lie to you it’s not the jersey I thought I was going to wear, but at the same time I played enough games here to know what kind of fan base and what kind of team they are.”
-Todd Bertuzzi from the CP via TSN where you can read more on the Flames…
Buffalo Sabres sniper Jason Pominville will be logging on to Sabres.com and give his insight into the Sabres throughout the 2008-09 season….
What is the weirdest thing someone has said on the ice?
“I’ve been pretty lucky with that. There really hasn’t been anything that has caught my attention.
“But probably the funniest thing I’ve heard on the ice was when I was in the American Hockey League and had long hair. Somebody yelled something at me like, ‘get a haircut poodle’ or ‘nice haircut poodle.’
from the OC Register,
(Brendan) Morrison spoke via cell phone near the Canadian border as he and his family prepared to move from Vancouver to Orange County to start a new phase of his career with a surgically repaired right knee.
The 11-year veteran has begun a skating program and said he should be ready for the start of training camp Sept.20. Actually, Morrison knows he won’t truly be ready until he gets that first taste of contact.
But he is pleased with his recovery from season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL on April 7.
“I’m in as good a shape as I can be with my knee,” he said. “I’ve got a little ways to go — I’m not going to fool anybody. But my doctor did as good a job as possible to get me ready.”
Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Samueli has apologized for lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission during its probe of stock options backdating at the chip maker.
Samueli’s two-page written apology, filed Monday with U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney, stands as the first public comment on the case by the billionaire philanthropist and owner of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.
Samueli is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 8 on a felony count of lying to the regulatory agency.
Prosecutors have recommended that Samueli get five years probation and pay at least $12 million in penalties, but Carney must sign off on the deal.
From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
Fedor Fedorov is nothing like his brother and has not even come close to following Sergei’s career path.
Few are. Few have.
Fedor seems fine with that, too, except for one thing. If Fedor can have anything Sergei already has, it’s an NHL career. Even though he’s 27, New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello is giving him a real chance for one this year.
from Bill Tiller at the ICEMAN Bloggeth,
Coach Anderson referred to this more confrontational style of defense as “mongoosing” the opposition.
This came as welcome news to me after last season watching quite the opposite take place. Too many times the Thrashers blueline corps looked more like attendants at a turnpike tollbooth than NHL defenders. Worse, once “working” their way into the zone they were there long enough to file for Homestead exemption while Atlanta’s defense engaged in a brand of play that was dubbed Whack-a-Mole by, as you may recall, our own Sara.
from Mike Toth of Sportsnet,
In search of a soulmate ever since his brother-in-law Shayne Corson packed it in, Darcy Tucker may have found the answer in the mountain air of Colorado. After giving up his head coaching role when Joel Quenneville came aboard, Tony Granato is back as bench boss of the Avalanche and played a huge role in enticing Tucker to Denver…. Unless Joe Sakic returns, it could be tough for the Avalanche to make the play-offs. But surrounded by veterans such as Ryan Smyth and Adam Foote, at least Tucker will be in the company of like-minded warriors.
more NHL topics…
Rod Oracheski of 411mania recently interviewed Mke Green of the Washington Capitals…
RO: Now that the Capitals surpassed some external expectations by reaching the playoffs last year, what is the feeling around the team going into next year? How close do you believe you guys are to contending for the Stanley Cup?
MG: Well, just getting off to a good start. Last year we had to fight so hard to even make that playoffs it was like we were dead when we got there. If we can get off to a good start and be in the running halfway through the season, not make it so hard on ourselves, I think we’ll be a lot better for going on a run.
RO: A lot optimism in Washington revolves around last year’s 65-goal scorer, Alexander Ovechkin. What is it like playing with him? Exactly how much does he impact the culture of the team both on and off the ice?
MG: It’s ... I mean you know, everyone knows. He’s the best, or one of the best players in the league. Yeah, anything can happen when he’s on the ice. He’s one of those players that can win you games and it’s just a good thing he’s on our team.
more, plus Rod also interviews Georges Laraque and some other NHL topics too…
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
Asked if he is a bit calmer and—how best to put it?—a bit more mature than when he left Raleigh in 2005, O’Neill smiled.
“Oh, yeah, that’s for sure,” he said.
(Jeff) O’Neill also said he’s in better shape. He said he began working out this spring at a fitness center in Toronto that specializes in training hockey players.
“I skated and worked out last season,” he said. “Obviously, that’s nothing compared to an NHL season. But [the training] helped me prepare for coming down here.”
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