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from Per Bjurman of the Sports Bladet (transferred below)
Thus it is established that the best Swede in NHL named Henrik Zetterberg.
For so many crushing, of a total of 161, said that of “Zäta” on the question of which of our transatlantic stars being the highest class.
- Thank you for the award. But I myself would have put my voice on “Lidas,” (Lidstrom) says 28-year-old Medelpad no when Sportbladet talk to him before the Sweden-visit and a season in which he wants revenge.
No, Henrik Zetterberg did not sneeze at all about that 102 colleagues at home in the premier league voted for him in Sportbladet survey of the best NHL Swedes - and the nearest competitors and Nicklas Lidström Nicklas Bäckström did not come up in more than 17 votes each.
On the contrary.
- It will always be glad of such awards. Especially when other hockey players voted. It weighs a bit heavier than when journalists speak out.
- In addition, it’s fun to beat “Lidas” ...Humble
from the CP via TSN,
Goaltender Cory Schneider and former first-round draft pick Michael Grabner were among the players the Vancouver Canucks sent to the AHL’s Manitoba Moose on Monday.
Schneider, 23, the AHL goaltender of the year last season with the Moose, had battled with veteran Andrew Raycroft for the backup job behind Roberto Luongo.
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
A nice preseason means nothing when it comes to accumulating points for a possible return to the playoffs. But the speed in which Burke has closed the talent gap between Toronto and division rivals Ottawa, Buffalo, Boston and Montreal is astonishing.
Yes, the playoffs may still be a long shot, but we’re done trying to predict what Burke can’t do. He’s delivered on nearly everything else he set out to accomplish in Toronto. And he has done it in less than a year.
Adding young talent might be the one accomplishment that ultimately makes the biggest impact.
“All the young players have been contributors as the competition has gotten better and more difficult,” said Toronto’s senior vice president of hockey operations, Dave Nonis. “It bodes well for us long-term.”
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
The Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Anton Stralman from the Calgary Flames for a third-round pick in the 2010 entry draft, The Dispatch has learned.
Thanks to Habs Inside/Out for the pointer…
“Three, four or five times a game he will do things with the puck better than anybody. Offensively, when given time, he’s the smartest player we have. But the game is played without the puck, and you need the strength to defend, to go into the corner.”
-Coyotes GM Don Maloney on Kyle Turris. More on Turris from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding.
In other Coyotes news, Ryan Hollweg signed a 1yr contract with them today.
Scott Burnside of ESPN liste the teams…
2. Sharks- These are regular-season rankings, not playoff rankings, which explains why the Sharks are here and not in the trash bin.
3. Flyers- This is a good, big, deep, hungry team. All eyes are on goalie Ray Emery now.
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.
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