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Habs news and notes for September 24th

A few notes from Habsland as the Canadiens prepare for the Senators tonight:

- Markov’s return: Big news for Habs fans. According to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie, via Twitter, Andrei Markov will be back in October. This is great news, as Markov’s knee injury could have potentially held him out until November or December. My take? Even if he’s ready in week one, sit him against Toronto. You can’t trust that Grabovski.

- Carey Price says chill: As you’ve likely already heard, Carey Price suggested fans overreacted the other night with their booing and asked them to calm down and relax. And you know what? He’s right. It’s September. It’s the pre-season. It never ceases to amaze me how seriously people take these games. Enjoy watching the hockey, but fear not – Carey Price will be ok and the Habs will be a competitive team.

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Regier A High Tech GM

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Darcy Regier makes no apologies for being a gadget freak and computer geek, once affectionately described by Sabres managing partner Larry Quinn as “the biggest nerd in the place.” Let’s be honest, Regier has been called worse names since climbing aboard in 1997.

The Internet was in its infancy when he was hired, nothing compared to what you see in today’s modern technology. Cell phones roughly the size of refrigerators and affordable only to the wealthy have evolved into pocket-sized necessities. The iPad does everything but make dinner and fold the laundry….

Regier was the first NHL general manager to fully embrace the idea that he could circle hockey’s globe from his office.

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Pieces In Place For Panthers

from Dale Tallon at Panthers.com,

We know it can be done here. Talk to Director of Player Development Brian Skrudland or Assistant Coach Gord Murphy – both original Panthers – and they’ll tell you about the mid-90s when the Panthers won, and subsequently owned the town.

We want to bring that feeling back, as quickly as possible, and this Training Camp is just another step toward that goal. The puck has dropped and the evaluation process has truly begun.

During the offseason, it’s easy to envision where everyone will fit. It’s during the offseason when every piece fits neatly together, and forms a team that plays well, plays hard, and accomplishes our goals of making the playoffs and contending for the Stanley Cup this year, and into the future. But once the puck drops, that’s when you see what people are made of, what their true colors are, and how the pieces really fall in to place.


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Enjoy The Columbus Blue Jackets Experience

from Steph Greegor ot The Other Paper,

...John Browne, the team’s new senior vice president in charge of sales and marketing. Browne has been on the job for about six weeks now, following 22 years in the sports industry on the business side. Browne’s last gig was as the NHL’s vice president of club consulting.

“My job with the league was to go and spread best practices throughout the league,” he said. “So I would go and travel and visit with teams in Canada, teams in traditional markets like Detroit or Boston, and teams in nontraditional markets like Phoenix or Tampa Bay, and find out what’s working and what’s not for each team.”

It’s a boon for Columbus to get someone in marketing with that much knowledge about other NHL clubs at a time when the team is struggling to find its identity and then sell it to a disheartened public.

“Certainly it is a competitive product and you want the team winning,” said Browne. “But it’s also about the experience.”

Browne is hoping the firing canon, the mini-blimp dropping Chipotle coupons on the crowd from above, the Wendy’s free chili when they score three goals, the Pepsi girls and Stinger will distract you from the fact that the team just simply hasn’t performed very well.


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It’s No Longer Jumbo Joe

Joe Thornton discusses playoff hockey from last season plus the upcoming season.

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Oops Dan Ellis

Maybe we can add Dan Ellis as an alumnus of the Hasek School of Stickhandling?

Taylor Hall will never have an easier goal.

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The Smart Defenseman

from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

Unless you’re an A’s fan, you might have missed a brief mention of this in this morning’s print edition, but The Sporting News included Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray on its list of the Top 20 Smartest Athletes.

The Cornell-educated (he needs one credit to graduate) Murray finished at No. 16, behind only one other NHL player, fellow Ivy Leaguer George Parros, a Princeton grad in economics who finished No. 4 overall.

“You take it for what it is,” Murray said today. “It’s more of a resume` thing. It’s obviously fun.”

You’ll notice the information on Murray doesn’t even mention what is probably his greatest intellectual achievement: his role in the invention of the ubertap, that prized device that allows party-goers to fill multiple glasses of beer from a keg simultaneously.

more on the Sharks…

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Bob Probert’s Brain Donated To Science

from A.J. Perez of Fanhouse,

The family of Bob Probert donated the brain of the former NHL tough guy to a group of researchers at Boston University who have studied the link between head trauma and debilitating heath effects in football players and boxers.

“I believe that it was a very difficult decision,” said Daniel Parkinson, whose daughter, Dani, was married to Probert. “I know Dani and Bob had spoken about (donating his body to science) prior to his passing. I know he wanted to advance the research.”


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Kadri Struggling

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

In less than a week, Nazem Kadri has gone from the hot story of Maple Leafs training camp to its most burning question.

Even with coach Ron Wilson openly calling him out again on Thursday, Kadri failed to make a mark, this time at his hometown rink, the John Labatt Centre, where he was a star with the London Knights the past two seasons.

The result of the continued flat play was a third-period demotion off the line he has skated with all camp thus far—prized off-season acquisitions Colby Armstrong and Kris Versteeg—to what looked like an all-Marlies unit between wingers Marcel Mueller and Darryl Boyce.

With Tyler Bozak, Mikhail Grabovski, Christian Hanson and John Mitchell all in the fight for centre spots, Kadri has been less effective than all of hem.


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Filatov Feels He Is Maturing

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Nikita Filatov is being watched and he knows it.

There are no dossiers being kept, only mental notes. The 20-year-old isn’t some character under suspicion in an Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn novel. He’s a talented left winger trying to make a good second impression with the Blue Jackets….

What time does he get to the rink? How much effort is he putting into his off-ice conditioning? Does he carry himself with an air of entitlement?

“You don’t have to be real smart to know that after I left last year the respect and the relationship would be different,” Filatov said. “I just hope I know the way to get it back. I spoke to (teammate Fedor Tyutin) about how to handle things and my behavior here. It’s probably going to take some time.

“I think I have changed. I get more mature and older. I know there are small moments where I have to pay attention more to being a good teammate.”

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