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From Mark Purdy at the Mercury News,
This should be the best Sharks season ever. Starting tonight.
If they keep remembering Detroit.
The Sharks have the size to intimidate other teams. They have a top goaltender to frustrate opposing scorers. Their young players should only keep getting better as the relentless 82-game schedule progresses.
If they keep remembering Detroit.
From the AP via the Tribune-Review,
There’s no hiding Evgeni Malkin any longer.
Malkin, the Pittsburgh Penguins’ 21-year-old Russian star, was forced to sneak away from his homeland pro team and make his way clandestinely to the United States last year to play in the NHL.
Once he finally arrived in Pittsburgh, it was evident very quickly what the Penguins had: A young scorer who not only complemented league MVP Sidney Crosby but often made him better. Malkin had 33 goals and 52 assists for 85 points, one of the best seasons for a first-year player in NHL history.
From Michael Cass at the Tennessean,
The lease deal being negotiated between the city and a group buying the Nashville Predators calls for taxpayers to fund $7 million of improvements such as new “Fun Zones” at Sommet Center.
The capital projects would be in addition to the $4.2 million of tax money and seat fees per year that would be used for operations of the hockey team.
The group purchasing the team in an effort to keep it in Nashville says the city would get the money back over time because of increased activity at Sommet Center and downtown.
from the New York Times,
Entering his 20th season, the 38-year-old Shanahan appears very much his old self. That goal against the Islanders last weekend was vintage Shanahan.
First, he was open. Finding free ice in front of the goal is a skill of its own. When he took the pass, he had already looked at the goalie and knew where he was going to shoot. And the key, he said, was taking the shot before the goalie could adjust to him. The puck flew past the goalie’s glove hand and inside his left post.
“There’s two types of accuracy: there’s high and low, and left and right,” Shanahan said. “The left and right part of the accuracy was good, but the height was poor. It was kind of in the middle, and you either want it down low or up high. But you get away with that stuff if you get the puck away quickly.
From Bob Duff at Duffer’s Dabbles,
Former Detroit Red Wings forward Sheldon Kennedy looks at Todd Bertuzzi and sees himself in Bertuzzi’s eyes and facial expressions. Kennedy thought when he went public in 1996 with details of how he was sexually abused by Graham James, his junior hockey coach, it would set him free, but it took years of dealing with the issue and confronting how it had impacted his life before Kennedy could move beyond the pain.
Though’s he not spoken to Bertuzzi, the ex-Wing who comes to Joe Louis Arena Wednesday with the Anaheim Ducks, Kennedy believes that Bertuzzi is still battling his inner demons over the hit he put on Windsor’s Steve Moore of the Colorado Avalanche in a 2004 game, a sucker punch from behind that to date has shelved Moore’s NHL career.
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
Dany Heatley has agreed to a 6-year contract extension with the Ottawa Senators. Sources tell TSN that the salary averages $7.5 million per year.
Although details of the structure remain confidential, sources say it’s similar to the contract Daniel Briere signed in Philadelphia in terms of a heavily weighted salary at the front of the contract that ratchets downward, making the cap hit the team will absorb more attractive.
from Phil Coffey at NHL.com,
Teams starting off 2007-08 ought to take a quick look back at last season’s standings. Tight playoff races in both conferences should add a little spring to their respective steps to start padding their points totals in October.
The Leafs don’t need to be reminded they fell one point short of a playoff berth, the Canadiens two points. The Hurricanes, Stanley Cup winners in 2006, didn’t defend their title, missing the postseason by four points.
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
Well, the Hawks will surely hit the half-century mark without winning it all, while the Leafs were closer five years ago than they are now. The Leafs are likely to be better this season and in the immediate future, but the Hawks have a chance with Toews and Kane to be one of the game’s most talented young teams if they nurture the prospects they own.
So the answer, really, is neither team appears on schedule to win the Cup anytime soon. But if the Hawks have the right kids and a productive change in ownership direction is in the offing, they look like the better bet somewhere down the line.
read on for a comparison…
from Pat Hickey at the Montreal Gazette,
Alex Kovalev said yesterday there’s no reason his younger linemates should feel intimidated.
“I’ve told them to play their games and not to worry about me,” said Kovalev, who will be playing with Andrei Kostitsyn and Mikhail Grabovski when the Canadiens face the Carolina Hurricanes tonight.
Last season, Tomas Plekanec said he was uncomfortable playing between Kovalev and Sergei Samsonov. But Kovalev said yesterday that he is heeding general manager Bob Gainey’s advice and helping the youngsters.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
“When Doug Weight left I asked him who he thought should replace him as captain and he said Jason Smith,” said Oilers’ coach Craig MacTavish.
“I asked Jason, when he left, and he said Ethan Moreau.”
While MacTavish threw out some teasers about maybe having rotating captains and suggesting he was going to be very open-minded about the whole deal, he knew who his captain was going to be.
“It was a little bit of a no-brainer.”
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