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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Iginla, in short, represents the one constant on the Flames. The issue is what happens when Iginla is not on the ice? How will the second line look? Is there any more secondary scoring than there was a year ago, when half-a-dozen regular forwards contributed five or fewer goals?...
Right now, coach Mike Keenan is looking at a second line that features newcomers Mike Cammalleri and Rene Bourque, playing with 19-year-old rookie Mikael Backlund.
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
I had the chance to sit down with the Thrashers’ superstar as training camp opened in Atlanta.
SI.com: There are many who say this is your team—yours to lead. How does that make you feel?
Kovalchuk: I’m ready. I want that pressure. We need to win. Everyone just has to do their jobs and not try to do too much.
SI.com: What was your first impression of coach Anderson?
Kovalchuk: Very positive. He wants to skate and have scoring from everywhere. It was a good meeting.
Always fun to see familiar faces among the Montreal press corps. Several were camped out at the Bruins’ hotel, waiting to speak with ex-Canadien Michael Ryder.
“How was Ryder?” I asked one of them.
“All smiles,” cracked one of the reporters. “He signed for $12 million after scoring 14 goals. He should be all smiles.”
—Fluto Shinzawa at Bruins Blog in the Boston Globe
From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN,
“I had so many awful injuries,” Smyth told ESPN.com. “Once I got here last year, I just tried to get my feet wet and see where I fit in and adjust that way. I started feeling good, and all of a sudden, I started to get injured. Every time I felt like I was getting going again, I got injured and never really recuperated from it.”
(Smyth was out six weeks with a broken ankle and later missed more time when he suffered a concussion and minor shoulder separation from a Jack Johnson hit on March 1.)
And how does he feel now? “Awesome.”
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday
No one could say for sure Zednik, the former Islander, would survive the horrifying, gruesome, freakish injury he sustained in Buffalo that night when teammate Olli Jokinen’s skate accidentally slashed Zednik in the throat and cut his carotid artery. Zednik lost five pints of blood.
“Every time I think about it, I get chills,” teammate Jason Cullimore told the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, recalling having helped Zednik off the ice.
Surgeons spent an hour reconnecting the artery. The operation left a long scar but saved Zednik’s life and restored his career.
Brian Burke was on Hockey This Morning on NHL Home Ice XM 204.
Burke discussed the Schneider situation.
Listen below or download the mp3. Thanks to the boys at NHL Home Ice for the audio.
Note: I am having a few issues with the WMP audio player, so it may not show up for you below. Again, you can always download the mp3 to listen to it.
from the New York Islanders,
The Islanders have launched their first ever official YouTube team page!
The page will be the home to hours of video clips, features and music videos and a can’t miss destination for Islanders fans all over the world.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
The mystery is whether they’ll be able to pull it off in the wake of Tony Granato’s re-elevation to the head coaching position. So far, they’ve talked a good show — or about putting on a good show — and Sakic is part of it.
“It’s speed,” he said. “It’s forechecking, attack with two guys and go hard to get it instead of sitting back on the trap. Use your speed to try to create a good forecheck. . . . Up-tempo is continuing to move your feet. You’re not posting up. You’re always moving your feet and skating. We have a lot of speed here. If you have a lot of speed, you can play that way.”
But is it enough speed? I don’t pretend to know the answer, but I wonder. The few changes the Avalanche made at forward, plus the accompanying willingness to stand pat, at times seemed to contradict that “up- tempo” mandate
from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,
When the fastest game in sports comes to a halt because a hockey player is down on the ice or heads to the bench trailing blood, it’s time for the Columbus Blue Jackets medical team to kick into gear.
Athletic trainers and three doctors are at every game, as well as a paramedic crew from the Columbus Division of Fire.
Head team trainer Mike Vogt is the first person to head onto the ice to assess players who need medical attention. He tells the medical staff what he’s learned with one of two hand signals: If he points to the bench, he needs a doctor. If he raises a fist, everyone—assistant trainers, team doctors and medics—is to respond.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...the Rangers have invited free agent Brendan Shanahan to training camp on a tryout basis, The Post has learned. Hoping for a guaranteed contract, the winger who only wants to continue his NHL career wearing the Blueshirt, has thus far refused the offer.
“Brendan is welcome; I’ve told him that before and I’m going to call him again to make sure he knows that,” GM Glen Sather said yesterday. “I’m not in a position to offer a contract at this time, but that does not mean it can’t happen or won’t happen after we evaluate what we have here.”
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