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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
(Tim) Thomas, Manny Fernandez, and Tuukka Rask are now all wearing white pads.
This summer, Thomas participated in a goalie group (Alex Auld was also there) in Toronto that discussed various issues. Later in the summer, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, and the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro were the representatives in the NHLPA’s goalie working group that collaborated with the NHL.
The issue of white pads was discussed, and according to Thomas, the notion was floated to ban them altogether if they provide netminders an advantage.
“That didn’t go over too well,” Thomas said.
Roberto Luongo has also made the switch to white.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Each conference has their share of supremely talented goalies, but some consistently separate themselves from the rest. What follows is NHL.com’s list of the top five goalies from the Western Conference entering this season.
Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks—When you talk about consistent goalies, Giguere belongs near the top of the list. He has won at least 30 games in each of the past three seasons while never playing in more than 60. His GAA and save percentage have also gone down every season since the lockout.
added 11:28am, also from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
They are, at least for argument’s sake, the top five goalies in the Eastern Conference. Here’s who we’re talking about, followed by the why:
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils—He is the unquestioned king of all goalies in the NHL now and he’ll likely have a record-breaking season.
from Steve Buffery of the London Free Press,
But, Toronto being Toronto, (Ron) Wilson repeatedly was asked about Sundin yesterday.
While he was gracious enough to give some thoughtful answers—through clinched teeth—his message was definitely mixed.
On one hand, Wilson said he respects Sundin for not rushing back if he is unsure whether or not he wants to play—adding that he would welcome the longtime Leafs captain back with open arms.
Then he said this,
“If the leadership was a burden for some of the people that aren’t here anymore, then we’ll try to spread that out and shoulder the responsibility with a lot of our younger people,” Wilson said. “Inevitably, people step up and assume the leadership on a team when they see the opportunity is there.
“We’ve got to go in a different direction. We’ve got to get younger and we have to pass the torch to other people in that room.”
more on the Leafs…
added 11:02am, from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sources tell TSN Mats Sundin and his representatives JP Barry and Claes Elefalk met with Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher Friday morning. Joe Nieuwendyk, recently hired as Fletcher’s assistant was also involved in the discussions.
Sources say Fletcher outlined his plan for the team this season and assured Sundin that Toronto will keep the door open for the 37-year-old captain in the event he decides to resume his career.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
While the judge has cleared the way for Frost to go to Phoenix, the Coyotes emphatically say they want no part of the disgraced former agent, who will stand trial on sexual exploitation charges next month.
Phoenix general manager Don Maloney said yesterday Frost will not be allowed anywhere near the Phoenix camp. “I can’t be strong enough about this, we don’t want any part of David Frost. He is not welcome here.
“This is the first I’ve heard about this but I can tell you without a doubt, I don’t want him here, we don’t want him here, he will not be allowed here.”
John Giannone of Game On talked with Marcus Naslund of the New York Rangers. One of the topics Naslund discusses is his thought process for signing with the Rangers.
Watch the video below…
from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,
“You can’t rely so much on your size and getting in the way of forwards anymore,” Blake added. “You have to be quicker. I’ve had to change my game, and you’re never too old to learn new things. I worked really hard in hopes of increasing my speed a bit.”
Blake told Wilson last week that he should have come to San Jose a few years sooner.
“I said, ‘Yeah, you should have,’ ” Wilson recalled. “But we’ve got him now.”
more on Blake…
“I try to work my whole career to become a guy that has a reputation, as a person and what kind of player I am. I felt that I had gotten there, and when something like this happens, no matter what it is — whether it’s just business, whether it’s personal, we don’t really know — once the label ‘buyout’ is on you, then the questions start coming,” Parrish said.
“I worked my butt off for this, and now I have to put up with this crap. It’s irritating, but that’s the business.”
-Mark Parrish who is looking for a team to play with. More on Parrish from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
With NHL training camps opening soon and the start of the 2008-09 season less than a month away, here’s a look at the players from each team whose names could soon appear in this season’s trade rumor mill….
Dallas Stars: Joel Lundqvist. Only 26 but eligible for UFA status in 2009, it’s possible he could be moved by the trade deadline if the Stars are unable to re-sign him.
St. Louis Blues: Paul Kariya. He has two years left on his contract and a no-movement clause but also struggled last season on a still-rebuilding Blues team. One shouldn’t rule out the possibility he might want to move on later this season if the Blues are out of the playoff chase by February.
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has signed forward Brad Isbister to a one-year, two-way contract.
Jarrett Stoll has agreed to a four-year, $14 million deal with the Los Angeles Kings.
added 6:21pm, According to Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings, the deal is four years, $14.4 million.
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