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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,
Did they get better, though? The lasting memory of Jagr’s four-year Rangers tenure was him putting the team on his back for the final month of the 2007-08 and their brief playoff run. When Glen Sather decided to let Jagr head off to the continent, he let go a guy who can be as dominant as anyone in the league.
Jagr’s abilities as a leader weren’t as strong, but his quirky sensibility and penchant for funny, self-deprecating comments served a purpose in a locker room that had very few loud corners. Sean Avery, the loudest of them all, is gone too, and Brendan Shanahan may not be back at this late date….
And when there’s adversity, as there always is during an NHL season, Jagr won’t be there to crack a joke or shoulder the blame and attention.
from WGR 550,
WGR has learned that Jason Pominville has set a Friday deadline to get a deal done with the Sabres. Agent Norman DuPoint said he and Pominville have agreed they do not want negotiations going on once Pominville gets to camp.
from John Forslund at WRAL,
On July 1 the Hurricanes pulled the trigger on a significant and emotional trade by shipping off Erik Cole to the Edmonton Oilers for Joni Pitkanen. The time for analyzing that one is long gone - it’s time to move forward.
For the Hurricanes to get where they want to be this season, this Finnish blue-liner will be a the focal point of it all. There was no question watching last year’s crew go through their set of 82, that the Canes were aching for that defensemen who could put it all together - handle an abundance of minutes, anchor the power play, kill penalties and defend in his own end by managing the puck out of trouble.
They believe they have their man in this 24 year-old Finn.
Dany Heatley for Marian Hossa trades don’t happen everyday in the NHL. Stars aligned a few years back and Atlanta and Ottawa was able to make a star for star trade.
That likely won’t happen here if Gaborik is dealt. Sure, the Wild could likely get a strong package of players/picks back, but you’re not going to get fair value back — at least for the short-term.
Gaborik will have his choice to play most anyplace he wants next season, and he knows that. To get him to forgo that opportunity, the Wild will have to pay him, and probably overpay him. Most teams can afford to pay Gaborik $9-10 million on a long-term deal next summer.
-Michael Russo at Russo’s Rants
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I had a chance to catch up with Flyers center Daniel Briere over the weekend. I let him know I had joined ESPN.com, which he thought was cool.
Briere, meanwhile, talked about how different he feels going into this season, knowing fully what to expect with his team. He put so much pressure on himself last season after signing that big contract with Philadelphia. He put up 72 points in 76 regular-season games—not bad, but down from the 95 he had in Buffalo the previous season. He was tremendous in the playoffs with 16 points, including nine goals, in 17 games as the Flyers surprised many en route to the Eastern Conference finals.
from Richard Lawson of the Nashville City Paper,
The Preds this morning launched a major marketing campaign to ramp up ticket sales. The campaign covers the radio, TV and billboard aspects and also reaches into the world of Facebook and MySpace. Our Team Nashville, which organized a successful one-day season-ticket push last year, also will be back in action with another rally Sept. 23.
Predators officials aren’t being as open with ticket sales figures as they were last year. They don’t want to get into another running tally. But they will say the team maintained a solid season-ticket base this summer, one that was more normal, more like the summer of two years ago without all the save-the-team hoopla.
Still, officials note that it is critical to build on that base.
The grumpy economy, however, will be a challenge. Potential buyers worried about job security are more likely to delay their decisions.
via Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Nonis told Canucks’ ownership he would add three forwards and let Markus Naslund go through free agency. Swedish free agent Fabian Brunnstrom was committed to signing with the Canucks. Nonis was also going to trade the Canucks’ first-round draft pick this summer, which probably would have landed the Kings’ Mike Cammalleri. And he was going to move a defenceman, likely Kevin Bieksa, and/or prospects for another proven scorer. Hello, Olli Jokinen.
Gillis, for his part, has improved the Canucks’ fourth line and added Pavol Demitra and Steve Bernier while losing Naslund and Brendan Morrison.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“(The players are) kind of on pins and needles themselves wondering what it’s going to be about, but to me we want to make sure people understand that there’s going to be an identity and type of game that we want to play,” said Hartsburg.
“Everybody is going to be asked to play within that structure. A guy like Jason Spezza, who is a gifted offensive puck handler, there’s room for that. Cody Bass and (Shean) Donovan, there’s room for them in our structure and a need for both type of players. There’s going to be good structure and the team is going to take a lot of pride in the work part of the game. We want a mentality that we can defend and we can attack.”
from SnapShots of Mlive,
Well, surprise, surprise, in addition to boosting the prices of single-game tickets in a state that continues to lose jobs at an astonishing race based upon a Stanley Cup win, they’ve also introduced “premium” game pricing. If you want to go see the Wings raise their Stanley Cup banner against the Toronto Maple Leafs on October 9th, you pay from $45-125 in the upper bowl, and from $125-235 in the lower bowl.
Want to see the Wings play an Original Six rival in the Rangers on Saturday, October 18th? It’ll cost you from $35.00-$95.00 in the upper bowl, and from $95-195 to sit in the lower bowl.
from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
I’m not sure that I like the arguments why Steve Stamkos isn’t playing at the prospects tournament for Tampa Bay. I’ve heard things ranging from it’s the Lightning trying to protect Stamkos from a tournament where prospects try to prove themselves, including fighting. I’ve also heard that the Lightning didn’t want Stamkos to miss any of their main camp which begins a day after this tournament ends.
First off, don’t worry about Stamkos protecting himself.
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