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from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press,
Given the forecasts of pessimism for a team many believe is falling behind in the NHL's difficult Central Division, thick skin is going to come in handy this fall, Jets captain Andrew Ladd suggested Wednesday
"I think you learn that they are predications and until you start playing games and see where you're at from that standpoint, they don't really mean anything," Ladd said Wednesday, asked at the Stars FORE Special O golf tournament what he thinks of all the off-season banter about his team. "It's just a bunch of chatter that everybody likes to talk about in the summer when there's nothing else going on.
"I think as a group we can use it as motivation to tell each other that no one's really giving us a chance and there's nothing wrong with that."
Ladd's teammate Blake Wheeler, coming off a 69-point season that led the Jets in scoring, said he's not all that interested in reminders from the past.
from Curtis Zupke at NHL.com,
Is there a cumulative effect of playing 64 Stanley Cup Playoff games the past three seasons? -- Listen to Lombardi on how the Kings finished the playoffs last season.
"I remember coming back to New York after losing Game 4 and walking in the back of the [trainer's room]," he said. "It was like Gettysburg. It was unbelievable how banged up these guys were, and nobody knows."
The Kings were also one of the most penalized teams in the League in 2013-14, sometimes a sign of mental fatigue. But the Kings are now less of a grind-it-out team and play more of an attacking style, which would seem to lend itself to less wear-and-tear that caught up with them in the 2013 playoffs.
Will the Kings sleepwalk through another regular season? A better question might be, does it matter? -- The Kings have finished eighth, fifth and sixth in the Western Conference the past three seasons and come out with two Cups. No one will blink an eye if they don't get home-ice advantage for the fourth straight season, except for coach Darryl Sutter grumbling about travel and schedule.
Katie Strang of ESPN held an online chat earlier today...
Given the number of Cup contending teams currently hovering above the cap (Bruins, Blackhawks, etc.), when do you expect the first domino to fall in terms of dumping salary? Any specific players you expect to see moved?
Katie Strang I think we could see a Johnny Oduya or Niklas Hjarlmasson being moved. Those teams still have time to make moves, but they have to start figuring things out salary cap-wise relatively soon.
Doesn't Oduya have at least a modified no movement agreement? Chicago's plight is the most interesting because they seem to be handcuffed no matter what.
Katie Strang He does, and handcuffed they are indeed.Might make Leddy a more likely candidate.
Anything with the (Ryan) Malone rumors and the Rangers?
Katie Strang Sounds like there is something there, but asked if he has received a training camp invite and was told "not yet"
from DJ Bean of WEEI,
According to a source familiar with the negotiations, the Bruins have had “casual discussions” with David Krejci‘s camp about a contract extension for the first-line center. Krejci, 28, is entering the final year of a three-year, $15.75 million contract and is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the coming season.
The source said there is an expectation that talks will accelerate in the near future. Historically, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli has tried to get deals with his franchise players done before they enter their contract years. Chiarelli did it prior to the 2010-11 season, when he locked up free-agents-to-be Zdeno Chara and Patrice Bergeron, and last summer, when he signed Bergeron to an eight-year extension.
from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,
Scott Gomez, who won two Stanley Cups with the Devils, has been invited to the team's training camp on a unsigned tryout basis, general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Star-Ledger Wednesday.
Gomez, 34, played 46 games last season for the Florida Panthers and had 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists). It is his playmaking that makes him appealing to the Devils.
"He felt he still had a lot of hockey in him and he's been working out this summer so I told him to come to camp," Lamoriello said. "There are no promises. We certainly know what he has the capability of doing. This is no different than with Petr Sykora."
“I think they’ll be a playoff team. There’s a big difference between getting a playoff spot and being a contender for the Cup and I still think they’re a little bit away from that, but I think they’re moving in the right direction.”
-John LeClair on the Philadelphia Flyers. More from LeClair on the Flyers by Katie Strang of ESPN.
from Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal,
It’s a developing story, not a done deal. In May, MGM Resorts broke ground on a $375 million, 20,000-seat arena on the Strip that is set to open in 2016, and it figures to someday be home to an NBA or NHL franchise. A hockey team is now the favorite in the race to be first.
The issue of legalized sports wagering will be a hot topic for debate, though in reality it should not be an issue at all.
There is no way to justify a betting ban on Las Vegas’ NHL team when UNLV football and basketball games are offered in the books. Bettman might not make the request, but if he does, there should be a unified effort to refuse a sports book blackout of the local team.
“We don’t know what their intentions are, and they might not want that,” LVH sports book director Jay Kornegay said of the NHL. “I can’t speak for the industry, but I think it would be hypocrisy if we took our home team off the board. I just think we’re sending the wrong message if we were to take games off the board.
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. … The American Hockey League today released the complete schedule of regular-season games for the 2014-15 season, the league’s 79th year of operation. The season, comprising 1,140 games, begins on Fri., Oct. 10 and concludes on Sun., Apr. 19; each of the league’s 30 clubs will play 76 games, 38 at home and 38 on the road.
2014-15 team-by-team schedules (PDF)
2014-15 day-by-day schedules (PDF)
2014-15 LeagueStat schedules
Some highlights of the 2014-15 schedule:
from Patrick Caisse of TVA Sports,
The rumor that an expansion team soon moved to Las Vegas raged Tuesday night.
In fact, a reporter from The Province has even write that it was a "done deal" and that it was only a matter of time before everything is formalized.
Bill Daly, the right arm of the Commissioner of the National Hockey League, Gary Bettman, however, categorically denied this rumor on Wednesday morning.
"It's not in our plans, there is absolutely nothing new in that," he has admitted to TVA Sports.
And if it were an organization struggling with financial difficulties, as the Florida Panthers, who moved rather in the "Sin City"?
"We have no move in sight, whether in the case of the Panthers, or any other team besides," replied Daly.
from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,
Sarich had gone out for a morning ride on July 21, taking his hybrid bike along Windermere Loop Road — a challenging, 40-minute training session on a quiet road.
He approached a descent and spotted an oncoming grey Ford F-350 Ford truck. The driver made a left-hand turn in front of him without signalling. Sarich used his brakes and tried to stay in control of his bike but skidded and ended up sliding underneath the vehicle on his stomach.
The driver’s right rear tire had driven over his back, nearly crushing his body. Sarich suffered five cracked vertebrae, burns on his shoulder and wrist from the truck’s muffler, a swollen left arm and leg, a large laceration on his head, and a serious case of road rash.
Shaken, shocked and bleeding extensively, Sarich still managed to stand up and called for help.
“The first thing in my mind was, ‘I’m not going to die here right now, so let’s get this thing moving,'” recalled the Saskatoon native, who was drafted 27th overall in the 1996 NHL entry draft. “I wasn’t sure of the severity of my injuries. I’d worn off all the ends of my fingertips. I was bleeding from everywhere, I had so much road rash.
“My helmet was busted up in probably seven or more pieces. It was just in pieces hanging by the chinstrap and was actually choking me, so good thing I had that on because it helped in saving my life.”
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