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from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
It seemed to Nill that the club was in constant need of defensemen. At the 1999 trading deadline alone, the Red Wings parted with two first-round picks, along with a second- and third-round pick, to add defensemen Chris Chelios and Ulf Samuelsson.
Being a blueline buyer at the deadline is a costly habit, one that Detroit management decided to change.
“We focused on drafting defensemen and acquiring defensemen (as free agents),” Holland said.
Since March 23, 1999—the date of those deadline deals—the team has drafted defensemen like Niklas Kronwall (2000 first round), Jonathan Ericsson (2002 ninth round), Derek Meech (2002 seventh round), Kyle Quincey (2003 fourth round) and Brendan Smith (2007 first round)—a group that could help form the core of the Detroit defense in the coming years.
I usually stay away from game updates, etc., but this is great not only for the Bruins but for the NHL too…
from the CP via Yahoo,
It was a productive return to the NHL on Monday night for Boston Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron.
The 23-year-old, playing in his first game since suffering a severe concussion almost 11 months ago, had a goal and three assists as the Bruins pounded the Montreal Canadiens 8-3 in NHL preseason action before 7,792 fans at the Halifax Metro Centre.
Bergeron, the game’s first star, picked up a pair of assists early in the second period, then scored with 10 seconds left in the frame as he tipped home a shot from linemate Marco Sturm.
from Russo’s Rants,
The Wild met this afternoon again with Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer. I don’t know if it’s still going on.
Risebrough said things are “crystallizing.”
He also said, “It’s time to make a decision,” but he still doesn’t know what the results will be.
Risebrough said it all will come down to guaranteed money, and once that is agreed upon, everything can work itself out.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Iginla, in short, represents the one constant on the Flames. The issue is what happens when Iginla is not on the ice? How will the second line look? Is there any more secondary scoring than there was a year ago, when half-a-dozen regular forwards contributed five or fewer goals?...
Right now, coach Mike Keenan is looking at a second line that features newcomers Mike Cammalleri and Rene Bourque, playing with 19-year-old rookie Mikael Backlund.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
I had the chance to sit down with the Thrashers’ superstar as training camp opened in Atlanta.
SI.com: There are many who say this is your team—yours to lead. How does that make you feel?
Kovalchuk: I’m ready. I want that pressure. We need to win. Everyone just has to do their jobs and not try to do too much.
SI.com: What was your first impression of coach Anderson?
Kovalchuk: Very positive. He wants to skate and have scoring from everywhere. It was a good meeting.
Always fun to see familiar faces among the Montreal press corps. Several were camped out at the Bruins’ hotel, waiting to speak with ex-Canadien Michael Ryder.
“How was Ryder?” I asked one of them.
“All smiles,” cracked one of the reporters. “He signed for $12 million after scoring 14 goals. He should be all smiles.”
—Fluto Shinzawa at Bruins Blog in the Boston Globe
From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN,
“I had so many awful injuries,” Smyth told ESPN.com. “Once I got here last year, I just tried to get my feet wet and see where I fit in and adjust that way. I started feeling good, and all of a sudden, I started to get injured. Every time I felt like I was getting going again, I got injured and never really recuperated from it.”
(Smyth was out six weeks with a broken ankle and later missed more time when he suffered a concussion and minor shoulder separation from a Jack Johnson hit on March 1.)
And how does he feel now? “Awesome.”
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday
No one could say for sure Zednik, the former Islander, would survive the horrifying, gruesome, freakish injury he sustained in Buffalo that night when teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate accidentally slashed Zednik in the throat and cut his carotid artery. Zednik lost five pints of blood.
“Every time I think about it, I get chills,” teammate Jason Cullimore told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, recalling having helped Zednik off the ice.
Surgeons spent an hour reconnecting the artery. The operation left a long scar but saved Zednik’s life and restored his career.
Brian Burke was on Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204.
Burke discussed the Schneider situation.
Listen below or download the mp3. Thanks to the boys at NHL Home Ice for the audio.
Note: I am having a few issues with the WMP audio player, so it may not show up for you below. Again, you can always download the mp3 to listen to it.
from the New York Islanders,
The Islanders have launched their first ever official YouTube team page!
The page will be the home to hours of video clips, features and music videos and a can’t miss destination for Islanders fans all over the world.
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