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from the Atlanta Thrashers,
The Atlanta Thrashers have launched the team’s 2008-09 marketing and advertising campaign, which calls for fans to “Become One in Blueland.”
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
It appears as though the Kings have reached agreement on a contract with Patrick O’Sullivan.
Rich will be updating his blog soon, so you can keep an eye on it if you wish…
added 6:28pm, According to Rich, the deal is done, three year contract, no $$$ yet.
added 6:30pm, According to Bob McKenzie of TSN,
Sources say it is worth an average of $2.925 million per year but will pay him $4 million in the upcoming season.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named four-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Niedermayer team captain. Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf have been named alternate captains for the 2008-09 season. In addition, Rob Niedermayer will serve as an additional alternate captain when necessary.
“Scotty is a tremendous leader and has been for his entire career,” said Head Coach Randy Carlyle. “We have several experienced leaders on this team, and we will need them to work as a group in order for us to have success.”
“It’s an honor to be named team captain,” said Niedermayer. “We have several great leaders in this locker room and I’m just happy to be part of that.”
The Chicago Blackhawks sent goaltender Antti Niemi to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, opening the possibility of the team starting the season with Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin.
Khabibulin is expected return to the team this week and resume practising, and could possibly play at some point.
from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,
“With a big, long stick, it’s a little softer so that I can really lean into it,” he said. “The kickpoint changes depending on where you put your bottom hand, and that’s not necessarily the case with the composite. That’s one of the reasons that I just couldn’t get used to it.”
One thing Holik will have to get used to, however, is a new brand. With demand waning for wood, Sherwood announced plans in 2007 to cease production of wood sticks in its Sherbrooke, Que., factory and outsource to Estonia and China. As a result, Holik has sampled wooden models made by Reebok.
Rachel Nichols of ESPN talks to Sean Avery about his bad boy reputation and his addiction to fashion.
Judging from Avery’s responses, it seems that it all started when he was a kid and started stealing his babysitter’s dolls…
from the Edmonton Oilers,
“It’s terrific that the original uniform is being brought back and celebrated. All of the things we take so much pride in today were accomplished in that uniform and I think fans deserve to see their team and especially their favorite players on this year’s team in those colors” said Kevin Lowe, Oilers President of Hockey Operations.
read on and watch the video of the Oilers sweater unveiling below…
From the Detroit Free Press:
Quick update from Joe Louis Arena this morning: Ville Leino is skating on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, and Aaron Downey has been placed on waivers.
The Wings are seeking to trade defenseman Kyle Quincey.
Also being reported at Red Wings Corner, plus injury updates.
Update 12:19pm ET: Red Wings Corner also has some reaction from Downey.
added 2:36pm, from Red Wings Corner,
Ken Holland just said that the Red Wings have assigned Ville Leino and Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids.
from Brian Duff at the Hockey News,
Already I’ve heard Melrose make multiple references to how much guys are making. That could be a slippery slope down which to venture.
But hey, if Melrose can entertain the masses and pull the Lightning from worst to first in the division as his owners are expecting, he will have a shot at the Jack Adams award. Keep in mind, the coach of the year award is voted upon by the broadcasters, who tend to really appreciate good sound bites.
from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,
Vokoun, who has always worn his heart on his sleeve, enters the season more comfortable. He’s settled with his family in Florida, he feels optimistic about the team’s direction, and, more importantly, he returns for his second season with the Panthers looking at a new and improved blue line.
In fact, some consider the Panthers’ blue line to now be one of the elite in the league. Start with Jay Bouwmeester and Bryan Allen, a healthy Noah Welch and Cory Murphy, iron man Karlis Skrastins, and add veterans Keith Ballard, Bryan McCabe and Nick Boynton.
“We’ve definitely improved,” Vokoun said.
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