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from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
We came to practice in Traverse City, and it’s a sellout [every day] for practice,” Hossa said. “It’s a small arena, but that shows me something. Obviously, in Atlanta there were good fans, but it’s not a traditional hockey market. You can tell the difference.”
It’s a difference, he said, that helps the Red Wings.
“You’re still playing the same game, [but] there’s definitely more atmosphere,” he said. “You get more fired up before the game. Everybody’s talking about it. You’re more under the microscope. Everybody’s talking about hockey.”
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues defenseman Jeff Woywitka has a cracked bone in his right foot and will miss four to six weeks, according to the team.
Woywitka suffered the injury while blocking a shot in Friday’s 9-4 victory over Atlanta at Scottrade Center.
He becomes the third Blues’ defensemen to be injured during the preseason, leaving a huge void less than two weeks before the start of the season.
Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins will mis 4-6 months due to surgery on a dislocated left shoulder, a source told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun on Monday.
The team is expected to announce Gonchar’s injury status on Tuesday.
added 9/30/08, via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his dislocated shoulder Thursday and will be sidelined for four to six months.
UPMC physician Dr. Mark Rodosky will perform the surgery to repair cartilage and ligament damage to his left shoulder. Gonchar suffered the injury during the first period of the Penguins’ pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on September 20.
“It is always difficult to lose a very talented player and leader for an extended period of time, but we all believe this is the best decision for Sergei,” said Ray Shero, the Penguins’ executive vice president and general manager. “We are confident that he will come back strong after this surgery. In the meantime, we’ll look to our other defensemen to step up in his absence.”
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
Riding shotgun for Sidney Crosby seems like the easiest duty the NHL has to offer. Sometimes, though, looks can be deceiving.
It takes a player with a special set of skills—and a high dose of confidence—to play on Crosby’s flank. The Penguins are hoping Ruslan Fedotenko, signed as a free agent from the New York Islanders this summer, emerges as that player.
“I think with Sid, you need to be a certain type of player,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “I like the way (Fedotenko) plays. He’s got decent speed, he’s good on the boards, and he has the capability to finish.”
from the CP via TSN,
The situation in Phoenix is reminiscent of the one Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane enjoyed as rookies last year in Chicago. Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky wants to give Boedker and Turris every chance to showcase their talent in the desert.
“We’re not going to trap,” said Gretzky, who enters his fourth season as coach. “We’re going to go offensively and we’re going to utilize our speed.
“And we’re going to enjoy watching this team grow and watching this team play.”
It’s been 15 years since the Stanley Cup was awarded to a Canadian team and the Montreal Canadiens enter the season with the best chance of ending that drought.
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
“We’re fortunate to be a part of these things,” Therrien told NHL.com Monday. “The Winter Classic was a great experience for us and we were looking forward to it for a long time. We’re fortunate to be involved in events like these. That’s the way we look at it. We see the positives.”
Penguin General Manager Ray Shero was singing a similar song Monday as his team went through a strenuous practice at the Hovet Arena. Shero has been to Stockholm several times to scout tournaments here and loves the city. He is glad his team can experience such a magical place, especially those players from North America who have never been abroad.
More importantly, he is glad the Penguins have this time to bond and develop team chemistry.
from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders have claimed defenseman Thomas Pock off waivers from the New York Rangers. Pock has played in 59 career NHL games and has scored seven goals with seven assists for 14 points.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
“I think last season was the first season teams actually started taking us serious,” Nash said. “We weren’t as consistent as we wanted to be, but you could sense that teams were taking us serious. We’re the only team to not make the playoffs (in the NHL), but with Ken Hitchcock as our coach, now teams are watching us and that puts us on the map.
“We’re lucky for how patient our fans are already, but we have to show them a good product and start winning to get the whole city excited.”
Nash appears ready to lead the surge.
Bob McKenzie of TSN just mentioned on NHL Live that Nikolai Khabibulin is on waivers. Bob said maybe Tallon knows someone will pick him up, or, if not, he comes back on re-entry waivers at half price and maybe gets picked up.
from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,
Vancouver Canuck general manager Mike Gillis vowed Sunday to let players determine the market and said he won’t set limits on how many new players could make the National Hockey League team or how many veterans—who are on one-way contracts—might need to shed.
“I think the timing is right this year for that approach,” Gillis said. “We were determined to change the makeup of the team as best we could. You have to allow players to compete if you want competitive behaviour. You have to give players the opportunity.”
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