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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Artyukhin more than covers that patch physically. He ’s known as a hard-hitting forward who is also fast, particularly for a man his size.
Murray didn’t speculate where he would ideally fit in, but Artyukhin will presumably be in the mix, along with Ryan Carter, Petteri Nokelainen and Mike Brown, to join Todd Marchant on the checking line.
Whether Artyukhin is defensibly responsible to Coach Randy Carlyle’s satisfaction remains to be seen. There is also some question about his hands and hockey sense.
Artyukhin’s wrecking ball style got him in trouble last season when he was suspended two games for a kneeing incident involving Florida Panthers defenseman Ville Peltonen.
But Murray likened this stage of Artyukhin’s career to former Duck Travis Moen in that Moen didn’t play much at first but carved a role as a tough, effective checking winger who could occasionally find the net.
The Lightning are making a trade today. They’ll be getting a player and a draft pick in return.
added 3:31pm, from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday picked up left wing Drew Miller and a third-round pick in next year’s draft in exchange for wing Evgeny Artyukhin.
added 4:57pm, Damain was just on The Bill Watters Show on 640am in Toronto and said the move clears up a little cap room for the Bolts. Tanguay still in the mix, although Damian has heard he has at least one offer for more money than what Tampa wants to pay.
Bolts may be offering a 1yr deal to Alex and it Damian feels it may be a good deal for him.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
At a point in history where image and optics trump truth nine times out of 10, it is paramount not only to be able to walk the talk, but to talk with sufficient verve to make people want to stick around and see if you can walk it.
Rarely has that been more apparent than in today’s NHL, which has a number of teams clearly struggling to mold messages for their fan base – and consequently, taking consistent and predictable public relations poundings because of it.
Where some GMs – Detroit’s Ken Holland and San Jose’s Doug Wilson, to name two – speak freely and easily, offering insight into their organization without divulging crucial inside information, others labor through each and every interaction with the media, speaking as if each word was a massive boulder carried slowly off their tongues and out of their mouths, the way ancient Egyptians moved giant rocks as they built pyramids.
from MaxGiese of SharksPage,
The 2009-10 season will be Mike Potenza’s third year as the Sharks strength and conditioning coordinator. He is responsible for the team’s overall strength and conditioning programs, including the creation of individualized postseason workout programs and assistance in the rehabilitation efforts for all injured players….
Max Giese: Who are some of the players that have spent the majority of their summers with you in San Jose?
Mike Potenza: Some of the guys like Evgeni Nabokov, Patrick Marleau, and Jonathan Cheechoo live out here and stay throughout the summer. Then there are guys like Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, and Torrey Mitchell who have made the commitment to spend their time here this summer. I actually wanted to talk to those three young players about spending the summer here in San Jose, but all three took the initiative and grabbed me first and asked me if they could train with me in San Jose during the summer. Which is just awesome.
The Hockey News has been doing a countdown on where teams in each conference will finish in the standings. Today, they start listing their playoff teams.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have hired Arturs Irbe as the organization’s goaltending coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Irbe replaces Dave Prior, who recently resigned after 12 years with the club to spend more time with his family.
Irbe, 42, is a native of Riga, Latvia, and served as the goaltending coach for his hometown Dinamo Riga last season in the Kontinental Hockey League. He has also worked with the Latvian national team, which he represented in the 2002 and 2006 Olympics. Irbe is also a former teammate of Capitals’ assistant coach Dean Evason, as both players were with the San Jose Sharks from 1991-93.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Q: It’s been 16 years since you began your first tenure with the Devils in 1993. Are things a lot different now?
Lemaire: “When I went there (the first time), it was a place that we had good times, we had great success, we had a lot of fun, and a team that was growing and doing well. It will be fun to go back.”
Q: The Devils lost in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons despite having regular season success. In watching film of the team, can you tell if there was something missing?
Lemaire: “It’s hard from the outside. When I looked at the tapes, I felt that the guys really played hard. They were unlucky on certain things. In the playoffs, teams are pretty much equal. It doesn’t take much for a team to go ahead of the other one. A little more confidence, a little more this, a little more that can make it. You look at Detroit and Pittsburgh. I feel that Detroit had a better team than Pittsburgh on paper, but the way Pittsburgh played as a team and the confidence they had, that’s what made them win….
from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,
The Florida Panthers have not made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since accumulating a franchise-record 98 points in the 1999-2000 season. If the Panthers are to break that drought before it stretches into a second decade, they will do it with a distinctly new look….
Following last season’s near-miss, Jacques Martin, the team’s general manager and former coach, walked away in early June to become coach of the Montreal Canadiens. The Panthers have yet to name a new GM, and front-office duties are being handled by legendary executive Bill Torrey and assistant GM Randy Sexton.
Jay Bouwmeester, the team’s franchise defenseman, was the next one out the door. Unable to get the soon-to-be unrestricted free agent under contract, the club made the difficult, but necessary, decision to move the All-Star defenseman. The deal, after much speculation, went down at the 2009 Entry Draft, sending Bouwmeester to Calgary for defenseman Jordan Leopold and a third-round pick in the 2009 Draft.
Leopold and Ballard will likely anchor a completely rebuilt defense this season. The club also signed European vet Ville Koistinen and returns Bryan Allen and Bryan McCabe.
from Sam Donnellon of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Too much money, too little return. He was untradable, an anvil around a team unable to improve because of salary-cap restraints.
His heart was questioned. His guts, too. His head.
“People will never say it to your face,” Briere was saying the other day. “I’m aware. I think I’m a realist. I’m aware of the contract and what that means in terms of last year. I think a lot of people maybe don’t quite understand the difference between being injured and not living up to the contract.
“But I’m not really worried about it because I’m confident that last year is behind me and I can now focus on being the player I’m supposed to be in Philadelphia. It’s not really important what happened in the past. It’s what you do in the moment. That’s how hockey and sports operates. It’s what can you do for me now.”
“Now” is a month away.
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