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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,
Nicklas Lidstrom smiled and waved to the Joe Louis Arena crowd.
Coach Mike Babcock fought the urge to cry as he accepted their accolades.
One by one, the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings walked the red carpet to be recognized for their achievement of last season.
from Brian Compton of NHL.com,
For anyone involved with the Detroit Red Wings’ run to the 2008 Stanley Cup championship, Thursday night’s pre-game festivities at Joe Louis Arena will be an unforgettable experience.
For 5 players on the Wings’ roster, it will be the fourth time they get to partake in such a special event. Remarkably, in an age that features constant movement and salary cap casualties, 5 men have been in Motown for the 4 Stanley Cups that have been won since 1997.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
...Even Flames President Ken King has said that Bertuzzi, having paid his penalty (an indefinite suspension that amounted to 20 NHL games, approximately $500,000 in lost salary, plus assault charges that yielded a year’s probation with community service and no criminal record), deserves a second chance. Despite polls that indicate a split opinion in that regard, King maintains that fans in Calgary are willing to give it to the notorious forward.
Funny, but I can’t help but wonder who speaks for Steve Moore.
Moore can’t say much on his own. The matter, more than four years removed from the terrible event, has still not made its way into court. Because of that, there is a moratorium regarding public comments on the case in Canada.
from Greg Stoda of the Palm Beach Post,
The Florida Panthers epitomize the old saying that the more things change, the more they remain the same.
And as their new season dawns - Florida opens Friday night at Carolina, and begins its home schedule Saturday night against Atlanta in BankAtlantic Center - the outlook for the Panthers looks numbingly familiar.
hey’ve changed coaches yet again, but there’s no reason to assume the Panthers will be appreciably different under Peter DeBoer than they were for three years under Jacques Martin, now solely the team’s general manager.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
On this day, each and every active NHLer who has ever let you down in the past has an opportunity to redeem himself. Today, nagging and/or recurring injuries have yet to nag or recur.
Now is the time you can leave aside your naked contempt for certain league bigwigs; the time to plot out the ideal revenge on behalf of your favorite team or player who was done wrong last year; the time you’re not unconsciously grinding down your teeth because there’s less than a week to go before the regular season fantasy hockey pool is over and you’re three points out of second place and you’ve got Martin Havlat on your team and him and his paper-mache shoulder are uncharacteristically rushing into corners like Dale Tallon dropped a contract extension there.
via the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that tryout player Jeff Friesen has been released from the Sharks 2008-09 training camp.
“Jeff had a very good camp and he should be proud of his effort and his commitment,” said Wilson. “However, at this time, we are moving forward with our 23-man roster as announced yesterday. We wish Jeff nothing but the best in the future and he will always have a special place within the San Jose Sharks family.”
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
Unable to find a job in the NHL, former No. 1 NHL draft pick Bryan Berard is probably headed to Russia to play in the Continental Hockey League (KHL).
Berard is still waiting for some NHL teams to finalize their plans, but his agent, Tom Laidlaw, confirmed KHL teams are expressing interest in the puck-moving defenseman.
The Tampa Bay Lightning, needing a veteran defenseman, considered Berard, but then decided to stay with their current group.
from the Buffalo News,
Former Buffalo Sabres goalie Clint Malarchuk accidentally shot himself in the chin Tuesday with a .22-caliber rifle at his Fish Springs residence, according to the Record-Courier of Nevada.
Malarchuk, 47, was taken to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno by helicopter. Douglas County sheriff’s deputies were investigating the incident Wednesday to determine if the shooting was accidental, the paper said….
Malarchuk is the goaltending coach for the National Hockey League Columbus Blue Jackets, and lives with his family in Fish Springs, Nev.
via the Calgary Flames,
Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that defenseman Rhett Warrener has been placed on Long Term Injury status.
Warrener missed three games during the preseason due to an injury sustained on September 26th. This injury, combined with extensive damage from previous seasons, has made it impossible for Warrener to start the regular season.
Long Term Injury status is available to players who will be unavailable for at least 10 NHL regular season games and 24 calendar days.
Flames forward Dustin Boyd has been recalled from the Quad City Flames.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
According to razorgator.com, a worldwide ticket agency for sports and entertainment events, five Canadian teams have the highest average ticket price for their home openers this season, while the Ottawa Senators rank 10th among the 30 NHL clubs. Here are the average ticket prices, arranged from high-to-low
continued and Vancouver leads the way with an average of $308 per ticket…
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