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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Nash has increased his point total every season since the lockout. With Columbus confident and more offensively balanced, I think we can finally see the power forward hit the numbers players of his skill level are capable of posting.
to find out how, read on....
from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,
Despite repeated declarations by Islanders management that Rick DiPietro would resume skating this month, Point Blank has learned that the all-star goaltender has not begun regular on-ice workouts as of today.
Point Blank has also learned that DiPietro has yet to receive clearance from the Islanders’ medical staff to begin light practices. Projections made by this blog over a month ago seem more in line with reality for the rehabilitating goaltender.
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Discussions to have the Caps face the Canadiens at Olympic Stadium in Montreal on Nov. 28 are dead, a source confirmed this morning.
The teams will instead contest the game at Bell Centre as scheduled.
There had been preliminary discussions about having the Habs host Alex Ovechkin and the Caps indoors at the stadium, which can seat more than 70,000 fans. But those plans were scrapped, I’m told, because of the possibility of the CFL’s Alouettes playing deep into the postseason.
from David Pollak of the Mercury News,
Nabokov prefers to look forward, not backward. So what needs to happen next?
Hard work and patience, is his first answer. From everyone.
“Well, it looks right now we’re pretty good at a marathon and not very good at the sprint,” Nabokov said. “So we’ve got to change that by being as good at the marathon and get better in the sprint. That’s what it comes down to.”
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Heatley, who wanted a trade out of Ottawa but rejected a deal that would have sent him to Edmonton this summer, admitted he wanted out of the nation’s capital because of his diminished role with the Senators. But the Calgarian was met by a throng of fans wanting him to put pen to picture, card, sweater, shirt or any other article on hand.
“We’re all Canadian hockey players right now,” Heatley said. “We’re all going for one goal. We’re trying for one team, and the Canadian fans know that.”
The uproar surrounding him has created a perception Heatley doesn’t want to play in Canada. But the sniper, who arrived early to spend time with his family, adamantly said that’s not the case.
from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,
There was a time when discreet, private assassination was the preferred method of blackballing a sports rival such as Balsillie, the Research In Motion billionaire. But the subtler arts have given way to a more public process of story leaks, open letters and good-old intemperate media availabilities with reporters.
When NHL commissioner Gary Bettman declared that a queue-jumping Balsillie was not grovelling, er, dignified enough to own an NHL franchise (losing scads of money in Nashville or Phoenix being more dignified than making piles of dough in Hamilton), the battle for hockey hearts and minds went directly to the media and the blogosphere.
more plus other hockey notes including some XM Home Ice changes…
I had a great time on Beaver Island even though the weather was a bit cool and drizzly at times.
Enjoyed getting back to nature for a few days and even enjoyed a concert by the Screaming Orphans (make sure to check out their multimedia page).
I was sorry to hear about the death of Jose Theodore’s infant son and my prayers go out to his family.
Both Dany Heatley and Bryan Murray talked, but what happens next is anyone’s guess.
I am still receiving “panic emails” from readers, waiting for that trade to be made. I am going to refer you to someithing I wrote on August 4th at my NHL.com blog...
I know fans want their team’s roster wrapped up in a little red bow so they can have a sense of relief that all is well and they can look forward to the upcoming season. Having the satisfaction of “the team is set” in early August is not going to happen. Those of us that live and die with our team are experiencing a little nervousness right about now, waiting for something to happen—and happen soon.
We know what moves need to be made, but frankly, many of those moves may not come until we get much closer to early September, and some of our hopeful moves may not be seen as a necessity by the GM, so we just may have to live with what we have.
One more thing. It looks like changes coming in Tampa according to David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Those close to Len Barrie say he is likely to throw in the towel on his one-year run as co-owner of the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning next Saturday, clearing the way for (sparring) partner Oren Koules to take over.
from Natasha Korecki of the Chicago Sun-Times,
An Erie County grand jury has passed on felony charges against Blackhawks star winger Patrick Kane but indicted him and his cousin this afternoon on misdemeanor harassment and theft charges.
Erie County District Attorney Frank Sedita said in a statement: “Patrick Kane will not be prosecuted more leniently or more harshly because he is employed as a hockey player.” The charges come following testimony from “all known witnesses, including a witness suggested by defense counsel,” according to the statement.
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
Red Wings brass is pretty infallible, but should GM Ken Holland and friends not have learned the first time around? That would be in 2007, when Detroit picked up Bertuzzi for a Stanley Cup run that ended prematurely in the Western Conference final with a series loss to the eventual champion Anaheim Ducks. That would be the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Red Wings (shared with Buffalo), who had home-ice advantage in the series and would win the Cup the following season – once Bertuzzi was gone.
Though I wish Big Bert no specific ill will, recent history has shown that everything the man touches turns to ash. His trade from Vancouver to Florida was an unmitigated disaster for the Panthers, who lost Roberto Luongo in the deal and sloughed Bertuzzi off on Detroit after just seven games of service (karma-wise, injuries have followed the power forward around like buzzards in recent years).
from J.P. of Japers’ Rink,
Every day this week at Japers’ Rink, we’ll be sharing a new excerpt from Bruce Boudreau’s forthcoming autobiography “Gabby - Confessions of a Hockey Lifer” (co-written by Tim Leone). The book, published by the good folks over at Potomac Books, Inc., hits book store shelves in October, 2009…
Today’s excerpt nee
Starting an AHL expansion franchise in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 2001–2 was exciting. But that challenge was tempered by a tragic dose of perspective on September 11, 2001.
I was supposed to be on United Airlines flight 175 out of Boston, which flew into the World Trade Center in New York. Los Angeles Kings pro scouting director Ace Bailey and scout Mark Bavis were on the flight and were killed. Ace and I became fast friends when I coached in Lowell.
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