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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Quick update from Stockholm: The Red Wings spent nearly an hour on the ice this afternoon in an effort to stave off jet lag, and Henrik Zetterberg had good news on the state of his groin (“ljumsken” is Swedish for groin).
“This is the best I’ve felt since it happened, so that’s positive,” he said. “We’ll see how it reacts to this, and go from tomorrow.”
added 3:03pm, Dan Rosen of NHL.com has much more on Zetterberg plus possible line combinations…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Devils coach Jacques Lemaire says he’s a changed man because the NHL has changed.
And a good coach must adapt.
“You always change,” Lemaire said today. ‘You learn from other coaches, you learn from things that you’ve done in the past that doesn’t work as well today. It used to work really good, but you still have to change because that’s the demand. If the game demands a different thing, you’ve got to do it.”
So, though Lemaire continues to have a reputation as a defensive-minded coach who wants his team to play the 1-2-2 trap, he continues to say that he doesn’t want the Devils play that way—most of the time.
NEW YORK (September 28, 2009) - The Chicago Blackhawks’ games in Zurich, Switzerland, on both Monday, September 28, against HC Davos (2:15 p.m., ET) and Tuesday, September 29, against ZSC Zurich as part of Victoria Cup 2009 (2:15 p.m., ET) will be streamed live on NHL.com. Each game can also be seen in its entirety same-day on tape-delay on the NHL Network at 8 p.m., ET, both Monday and Tuesday night.
NHL.com will present a live stream of the Detroit Red Wings as they begin their visit to Sweden with an exhibition game on Wednesday, September 30 (1 p.m., ET) in Karlstad, Sweden, as part of the Compuware / NHL Premiere™ Challenge. Detroit will face the European club Färjestad BK.
The NHL is a young man’s game, and father time may finally be catching up with Detroit. That being said there are about 29 other general managers who would love to have the Wings problem. The Red Wings are as intelligent and well coached as any team in the league. Even if they take a step backwards they are far too talented to fall much further than second in the Central Division.
Fortunately for management, the Wings are not the type of team that will rest on its laurels. While most would consider back-to-back Finals appearances a success, Detroit looks at it as a partial failure as they were only able to come home with a solitary Cup. Last year’s loss likely weighs heavily on the team’s shoulders. A chance to exorcise those demons by making another run at the Stanley Cup should be motivation enough for another big season.
more on the Wings…
via the CP at TSN,
Theoren Fleury’s career is ending in the same place it began.
The 41-year-old has decided not to try and pursue a comeback with another NHL team, choosing instead to retire as a member of the Calgary Flames.
“I could not sign with another team,” he said. “I retire a Calgary Flame.”
Earlier today we had Darren Dreger with his views on the Eastern & Western Conferences, now Pierre Maguire chime in. First the East…
The West is below…
from Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,
Why not hold a 10-player shootout after 40 minutes?
Why not have players serve the entirety of a two-minute penalty whether a goal is scored or not?
Why not paint the ice?
Why not use orange pucks?
Are they afraid fans will be in an uproar over not seeing a half-hearted, plodding, robotic matchup featuring players they’ve never heard of and will likely never hear about again?
Watch the East below…
The NHL 2K10 hockey moms want answers, but Ryan Kesler is too busy playing video games.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Peter Forsberg is slated to play his third game for Modo in the Swedish League on Monday, but it may be his last one with them. That’s because any player who plays a game in Europe past the start of the NHL’s regular season must then clear waivers if he wishes to return to the NHL. Forsberg, who had yet another foot surgery in May, has no clue at this point whether or not he’ll attempt an NHL comeback, but he might as well keep the option open for now.
more notes from LeBrun…
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