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from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,
It is only a slight change in the arrangement of bodies inside at Kettler Capitals Iceplex, but Brent Johnson moving from one side of a corner to the other represents a big change for the Washington Capitals.
Gone is Olie Kolzig, who used to set up shop in Johnson’s new digs, and with him went one of the most dynamic forces in the Caps’ dressing room. While the Caps welcome back nearly the same roster as last season, the hierarchy of leadership could be significantly different.
“He’s been the unofficial captain for the past probably eight or nine years,” said Chris Clark, the team’s official captain for the past two seasons. “He just had this presence, and I always went to him when I had questions. Guys would come to me, and I would go to him - that sort of thing.”
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Jordan Sigalet, 27, a cat-quick goaltender, is in Tyumen, Russia, an oil city on the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Jonathan Sigalet, 22, a smooth-skating defenseman, is trying to jam himself onto the Blue Jackets roster in Columbus, where 2 inches of snow brings the city to its knees.
They couldn’t be farther apart. They couldn’t be closer.
“I always thought that someday, when I looked back on my career, I might regret not taking the opportunity to play with my brother—especially after what he has gone through,” Jonathan said.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
This is about loyalty, a player’s to his team and a team’s to a legend.
This isn’t about money for Chris Chelios, who at 46 is back with the Detroit Red Wings for his 25th National Hockey League season. Not when he’s being paid $750,000, spillage in many of today’s NHL contracts.
This is about hockey coursing through Chelios’s veins, about his willingness to sit more than he’ll play simply because he loves the game too much for the puck to drop next month without him.
from Damien Cox at the Spin,
Depth and experience? Really?
This is the same chatter we heard last fall when some suggested the Leafs had such depth on defence that they should trade some of it away to help in other areas.
Now we’re hearing it again. Folks, it’s about more than just having lots of names.
What I see is a defence with two proven blueliners - Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina - and a pile of question marks.
It might be the weakest defence corps in the entire league. Certainly one of the weakest five.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
“Some day I may have to make a decision whether I’m comfortable in Detroit, or do I want to take a significant role if it means I have to go somewhere else.
“In the right situation, I’d have to consider it. I don’t want to say absolutely not to anything.”
Yzerman’s unique, combined apprenticeship between Detroit and Hockey Canada has made him a hot managerial commodity for the future.
“I’ve learned a lot in Detroit,” he said. “Whether it’s negotiating a contract, debating whether a player should go to the minors or deciding whether we should sign a junior player, every decision that gets made I get to sit in on.
“Then, with Hockey Canada, I’m in a position to actually make decisions. So I really have gained a lot of experience.”
Mattieu Carle of the Canadiens was hit by the Wings Tomas Kopecky and was taken to the hospital for observation.
You can see the hit at RDS.
Nick Lidstrom was also taken to the hospital after taking a puck to the face. Reports are he went for stitches and an xray.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar has a dislocated shoulder and will be out of the lineup indefinitely, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Gonchar suffered the injury in the pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on Sept. 20.
“Sergei will continue to be evaluated as our team medical personnel consider several treatment options,” Shero said. “In the meantime, we will look for our other defensemen to step up and fill the void created by his absence.”
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Well-travelled former Montreal Canadiens forward Claude Lemieux appears to have found the fountain of youth – apparently it’s somewhere near Phoenix.
Lemieux has told the RDS sports network that he wants to make an NHL comeback at age 43, and that his inspiration is the impending un-retirement of cycling legend Lance Armstrong….
And while he insists money is no concern, Lemieux carefully choreographed his announcement, earning maximum exposure through his insistence that the RDS interview be conducted by former Habs coach Jacques Demers or former teammate Benoit Brunet (both are analysts for the network.)
from the CP via the Sporting News,
Ohlund sidestepped the question of whether he would waive his no-trade clause.
“I’ve never been asked,” he said. “As far as I know, I’ll be here.”
He could fetch a lucrative new deal with another team in the offseason, because many teams would covet his offensive prowess and defensive dependability.
While open to moving on, he is also willing to negotiate a new deal with Vancouver during the season.
Meanwhile, Ohlund’s more immediate concerns are to help the Canucks return to the playoffs—and rebound from one of the most difficult seasons in his career.
“There’s a few things I would do to make it better. First of all, I’d put the red line back in. I’m get so sick of tired of seeing D-to-D, bank passes, and tip it in and chase it (hockey). It happens way too often. You look at teams like Detroit that manhandles (other) teams and they don’t do that. They keep the puck and pass to each other.”
-Brett Hull. More from Hull at TSN.
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