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from Rob Higgins at the Toronto Sun,
So now what??
Well, you’ve survived the first hour without blowing it and Rounds 4 to 23 are where you win this thing. So focus. Remind yourself that the 30 best plays from last season came from only 15 teams, so be selective. Remind yourself that goal scorers and goalies dominate more than a category or two and that Talent, Opportunity and Context are the 3 words that need to come to mind when considering any type of transaction. You can do this.
Get down on your knees and thank the Mighty Queue for allowing Blackhawk Jonathan Toews to slide into your grubby little hands at the top of Round 4.
TORONTO (September 23, 2009) – After 14 seasons, veteran goaltender Olaf Kolzig announced his retirement today from the National Hockey League.
Kolzig, 39, a two-time NHL All-Star (1998, 2000) and former Vezina Trophy winner (2000), appeared in a total of 719 NHL games, 711 of those with the Washington Capitals. His 303 career wins rank him 21st all-time among goaltending wins leaders. Olaf also posted a career 2.71 GAA along with a .906 save percentage and 35 shutouts.
“I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to play the game of hockey at the NHL level for many seasons and I am grateful for everything the game has given me,” said Kolzig. “I would like to thank my family, all my teammates and the fans for making my time in the NHL so special.”
from Dana Wakiji of the Detroit News,
“We gotta get ‘em in the lineup, get ‘em going here,” coach Mike Babcock said. “It’d be nice to have Z (Zetterberg) and Cleary, too, and get rolling. It’d be nice to have some form of an NHL team. But you know what, I’ve been through this enough years to understand this. It’s every year. You just tape ‘er together and you get what you get.”
Although Cleary did not practice Tuesday, he said he was improving.
“Yeah, getting better,” Cleary said. “Skate (today).”
Zetterberg also stayed off the ice another day.
“Nothing worse, nothing better,” Zetterberg said. “(The weekend) is still a few days away. Hopefully I can be back then.”
from Anthony SanFilippo of the Daily Times,
He has been touted as the next John LeClair, a big-bodied American power forward with a nose for the net.
His arrival has been greatly anticipated. He already goes by a nickname to most supporters — his initials, JVR.
He holds the promise of a great future. And considering the moves the Flyers made this offseason, bringing in veterans like Chris Pronger, a team-oriented grinder like Ian Laperriere, and an emotional goalie like Ray Emery, the organization believes that future is now.
Which is why van Riemsdyk would be better served starting the season in the American Hockey League with the Adirondack Phantoms.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Monday night, Burrows lined up for his second preseason game in his accustomed spot with the Sedins, which is where he earned the lion’s share of his success last season.
Now, this is interesting because, for everything he accomplished over the final two months of the 2008-09 campaign, that spot hasn’t exactly been reserved for Burrows. Later this week, veteran Mikael Samuelsson will audition for the job. There is also some thought that training-camp sensation Sergei Shirokov will get a look there.
This, in turn, raises all manner of implications for both the Canucks and Burrows, and you can make the case it’s the most intriguing decision Alain Vigneault faces heading into the season. Right now, Burrows is saying all the right things when he’s asked about his situation, and you’d expect nothing less from the 28-year-old Montrealer.
You just wonder how he’d adjust to life in coach after flying first class for the last 30 games of last season.
from Doug Fischer at the National Post,
To mark the Montreal Canadiens’ 100th anniversary, Canada Post will issue for the first time a set of commemorative stamps containing moving images of the historic 500th goals of three of the team’s legends.
Using archival footage blended with sophisticated lens technology, the stamps feature two-to three-second clips that show Maurice Richard, Jean Beliveau and Guy Lafleur scoring their landmark goals. When the ultrathin plastic stamp is moved up and down or side to side, it provides the illusion of cinema-like movement.
Mr. Richard can be seen shooting the puck into the net and leaping with joy into Mr. Beliveau’s arms. Mr. Beliveau is seen deftly sliding the puck into the corner of the goal, while Mr. Lafleur rifles a shot into the goal before heading to the players’ bench for congratulations.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
After many rejected nicknames, the winner came to Christian Hanson in a flash after he and Ryan Bozak and Viktor Stalberg just completed another high-energy shift.
“The Frat Pack,” Hanson said proudly. “You know, like Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack.
“We hadn’t come up with a good one yet. That’s your job (the media). Maybe we should hold a contest.”
Call them what you will—a Sun reader suggested Highway 86 in honour of their shared birth year—the Maple Leafs trio of NCAA grads has been one of the delights of camp for coach Ron Wilson.
from Sandra Pettie of Newsday,
Although most of the questioning was polite, the developers - New York Islanders owner Charles Wang and developer Scott Rechler - appeared frustrated and at times ill-prepared for the questions about traffic, height of buildings and whether the developers would sell off parts of the project.
Town board members repeatedly asked for specific commitments, but the developers declined to make them. Instead, they extolled what they say are the project’s virtues - creating jobs, serving as a magnet for new industry and keeping young people on Long Island.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
The great Jean Béliveau has been celebrated in photo, film, documentaries, books and magazines.
His likeness has appeared on cereal boxes, bottlecaps, keychains and myriad other collectibles. He’s been immortalized in sculptures made of bronze, wood and ice.
But this, Le Gros Bill says, is the first time he’s been made of corn.
Chip and Tom Hunter, farming brothers in Florenceville-Bristol, N.B., have created a 600-foot-tall Béliveau atop a logo celebrating the Canadiens centennial in a six-acre field of feed corn.
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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Let the kid play.
That’s what I’d do if my name was Joe Sacco or Greg Sherman or Pierre Lacroix or anybody else with decision-making abilities around the Avalanche.
The kid is Matt Duchene, and he should not be allowed to go back to junior hockey this season. The betting line is that Duchene, the third pick in this year’s NHL draft and only 18, will be an Av all season.
But you never know with the Avs. They’ve often taken the cautious path with players, including the return to junior of previous first-round picks Alex Tanguay and Wojtek Wolski.
Those Avs teams were different, however, in that they weren’t relying on younger players as much. They had superstar veterans, so they could take their time.
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