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Ted Leonsis- In His Own “Shoes”

from Fox Sports,

His Capitals have lost tens of millions of dollars, he acknowledges, but the team is worth more than twice the $85 million he paid for it in 1999. The value will only increase if the team, which Leonsis has slowly rebuilt after initially overspending for players, returns to the playoffs this season for the first time since 2003.

“I have to laugh,” Leonsis said, “because we get slammed by newspapers or frankly even some new media properties, and I go, ‘Our salary cap has grown from $39 million to $50 million in two years.’ Whose shoes would you rather be in?”

more on Ted…

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  Tags: ted+leonsis, washington+capitals

Huet Settling In As #1 Goalie For Canadiens

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

Having four NHL-ready goaltenders is a nice problem for the Canadiens, but it doesn’t bode well for the immediate future of Carey Price. For the second year in a row, Price, the team’s top prospect, has been the best player—not the best goalie, the best player—in camp, but that won’t be enough to spare him a ticket to Hamilton.

Cristobal Huet has been anointed as Montreal’s starter, and reasonably so, given what he’s proven in this league over the past two seasons. He’s further reinforced his claim on the job with a spotless preseason mark and clearly is the best short-term option.

continued plus numerous NHL notes…

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  Tags: goalies, montreal+canadiens

“Jiggs” Still Going Strong

from Simcoe.com,

From the moment he walked into the dressing room at the North Bay Memorial Gardens on Sept. 17, Ken ‘Jiggs’ McDonald felt like he was right at home.

The Georgian Bay area resident, NHL broadcaster and Hockey Hall of Fame inductee made the trip north to do a little pre-planning.

“It gets the juices going and makes you wish they would get the puck dropped for real and I could get back to the booth,” said McDonald, while watching the Islanders and Atlanta Thrashers battle it out in front of 4,100 fans.

continued

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  Tags: new+york+islanders

Burke Talks Hockey With The BBC

from the BBC,

A week before the new NHL ice hockey season begins in the US, Extratime talks to one of the most outspoken managers in the competition.

In June 2007 Brian Burke led the once-unfancied Anaheim Ducks to win ice hockey’s greatest prize, the Stanley Cup.

Burke makes no apologies for his team’s combative style and says he looks for “pugnacity, truculence, belligerence, hostility and testosterone” in his players.

read on with video (real player)

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  Tags: brian+burke

Cloutier On Waivers

via TSN,

TSN has learned that the Los Angeles Kings have placed goaltender Dan Cloutier on waivers Friday.

added 3:41pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Don’t read too much into the Los Angeles Kings’ decision put goaltender Dan Cloutier on waivers today, other than he’ll almost certainly start the season in the minors this season. Considering the NHL’s goalie glut (and the two years left on Cloutier’s contract at $3.1 million per season), there is virtually no chance that anyone would put in a claim for his rights at that price, at this time of year.

continued

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  Tags: dan+cloutier, goalies, los+angeles+kings

Bombs Away

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

One shot. One goal. A bullet from the right point that Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider never saw - even though he wasn’t screened.

“You see him bomb that one?” said head coach Craig MacTavish. “Wow!I knew he had a shot, but that thing was in and out of the net before the goalie even thought he was shooting it.”

And that’s what the Oilers are looking for - potency on what used to be an offensively-impotent blue-line. You might not want to be the forward charged with creating traffic in front of the net when Souray is unloading his cannon, but Edmonton’s power play coach is about to look a lot smarter.

more

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, sheldon+souray

Sens Owner Would Like To Avoid The UFA Talk

from The Universal Cynic, the blog of Erin Nicks,

“Quite frankly, I find it amusing that the media has continued to talk about what’s going to happen after this great year, because I think the fans want to see what’s going to happen (this year).,,,  I think the fans are really excited. They really don’t want to hear what’s going to go on a year from now.”

read on... and Nicks responds…

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  Tags: ottawa+senators, roy+mlakar

Bouchard Making His Own Breaks

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Joel Bouchard lay in a Dallas hospital seven years ago with his mother at his side and doctors working to stave off an infection that nearly killed him.

Some details remain sketchy, Bouchard said, but while fighting off a 105.1-degree temperature he distinctly recalled feeling angry.

Not at fate. Not at God. Not even at the physician who misdiagnosed the spinal meningitis days earlier.

“I was mad at myself,” said Bouchard, a 33-year-old hockey journeyman. “I didn’t feel like I was where I wanted to be in life—personally or professionally. I felt like I had become complacent and underachieving and I told myself, ‘If I get out of here, I’m going to do something about it.”

continued

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, injuries, joel+bouchard

Fernandez Hopes To Play 65-70 Games

from the Boston Herald,

“It’s easier to play a lot of games than a few,” Fernandez said. “It’s a little tougher to get prepared mentally for one (game) every five or one every three. Once you get on a roll, you want to keep going. It’s easier to feel out the team, too, and have the team knowing exactly what to do.”

Ultimately, it will depend on the two goaltenders whether their roles sort themselves out comfortably - or whether a good, old-fashioned goalie controversy develops.

Fernandez hopes it is not the latter.

read on

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  Tags: boston+bruins, goalies, manny+fernandez

They’ve Battled Before

from the News & Observer,

Training camp is all about introductions, as new players join an established bunch. Cam Ward didn’t need any introduction to Michael Leighton when the Carolina Hurricanes’ new goalie arrived in town. At least, not to Leighton’s fists.

The two squared off in one of the more memorable fights in recent memory, a brawl during a 2004 minor-league game that spilled onto the benches and beyond. Now, after a draft-weekend trade that brought Leighton to Carolina from the Montreal Canadiens, they are teammates..

continued

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, fighting, goalies

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