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“I wanted to prove to my dad that I could play in the NHL.”- Alex Delvecchio
from The Ace of Sports,
I interviewed Red Wings Hall-of-Famer Alex Delvecchio at his Birmingham-based business on Monday. I must first say that he was one of the nicest, most accommodating people I have ever met, and it was an amazing experience getting to interview him.
read on where you can listen to the interview.
from Jim Parker of the Windsor Star,
Holland said he spoke earlier this month with Pat Morris, who is McCarty’s agent, and told him to take the month to try and find a one-way deal with someone else.
“We’ll still have a two-way offer available at the start of September,” Holland said.
There are still a couple of other deals Holland has to work out. He expects to meet next week with veteran defenceman Chris Chelios, who has already stated he’ll be back another year. Restricted free agent defenceman Kyle Quincey also has to agree to terms.
“We’re going to have 27 or 29 players (signed) and only 23 on our roster,” Holland said. “We’ve got some tough decisions to make, but it’s a good situation to be in.”
more on the Wings…
from the New York Islanders,
Chris Dey was promoted to President of the New York Islanders, it was announced Wednesday by Islanders owner Charles Wang.
In his role as President, Dey will expand his responsibilities beyond Sales, Marketing and Event Operations…
“Chris has been the driving force behind the change that the business has undergone over the last year,” said Wang. “The promotion is well deserved and will enable him to do even more to improve the business – the way we service our fans, the impact we can have on amateur hockey on Long Island, the leadership we show in the community and more. I know Chris well enough that he will stop at nothing less in making the Islanders the model franchise in the NHL.”
from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,
No. 61 stands to be a huge X-factor player for the Sabres this season if he’s still on the roster, hard as that may be to believe. Shows there wasn’t a lot of interest in a guy making that kind of dough coming off a 10-goal season when he was minus-16. And Max just drove Lindy Ruff crazy at times with giveaways in the offensive zone.
Let’s assume for a second that Afinogenov is on the team come Oct. 10. He’s heading into a contract year so is it possible to think he could approach the 23-goal, plus-19 guy we saw two years ago? Or has that ship sailed?
via Russo’s Rants,
Single-game ticket prices will range from $24.00 to $98.00 and Premium game ticket prices will range from $29.00 to $118.00 (Facility fee and Ticketmaster charges not included).
The following 12 contests will feature Premium pricing for the 2008-09 season: Oct. 11 vs. Boston, Oct. 30 vs. Montreal, Nov. 26 vs. Dallas, Nov. 28 vs. Tampa Bay, Dec. 19 vs. N.Y. Islanders, Jan. 3 vs. Detroit, Jan. 17 vs. Anaheim, Jan. 27 vs. Toronto, Feb. 14 vs. Ottawa, Feb. 21 vs. Detroit, March 17 vs. Colorado and April 10 vs. Nashville.
from Chris Nichols of Sportsnet,
How might the lines look when the season opens now that we’ve gone through free agency, a few trades and the draft? No coach likely has his lines set in stone yet, which means this is all a guessing game right now.
Still, let’s begin our look at potential ’08-9 combos for all 30 NHL teams with the Central Division today and the defending Cup champs.
Detroit Red Wings
more combos in the Central Division.
from Rob Mixer at BlueJackets.com,
BlueJackets.com posed 10 questions to new Columbus Blue Jackets forward Kristian Huselius, who signed a contract with the team on July 2….
CBJ.com: How excited are you to be here?
KH: I’m very excited. This is going to be an exciting team in the next few years, with young players getting better and better. I wanted to be a part of this and hopefully I can help the team make the playoffs for the first time. We have a great player in Rick Nash and a good goaltender - if we can come together quick in training camp and get some confidence, I think we’re going to make a lot of noise.
from Manny Almela of Canadiens.com,
It’s an annual tradition for gamers everywhere to wait anxiously for the latest EA Sports NHL game. For the 2009 version, it’s only fitting that its focus be on the rich tradition of the league’s most storied franchise, the Montreal Canadiens
In efforts to commemorate the upcoming Canadiens Centennial on December 4, 2009, NHL09 will feature an assortment of Canadiens All-Stars and legends of the game from the past century.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
These are the dog days if you’re looking for a hockey fix, but the fan message boards are full of crazy Ales Hemsky trade rumours to the Montreal Canadiens.
That’s like fantasizing that you might get a date with Halle Berry. Not a chance.
“Hemmer’s a guy you build your team around,” said Edmonton Oilers assistant general manager Kevin Prendergast, who laughed heartily at the mention of Hemsky’s name in any trade talks.
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
“It’s still surreal. I live here in Edmonton and I haven’t lived in Montreal in a long time and I haven’t really gone back there in the summer.
“I think it’s going to hit home when I get there, when training camp starts and I get to wear the jersey for the first time. I don’t think it’s totally sunk in yet.”...
“My dad lives in Edmonton, my mom lives in Montreal. My mom was begging me to come back home.
“I love it here, if it wasn’t for the fact that my mom was there, I would have stayed here.”
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