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“It’s an exciting time right now. With the changes we’ve made, the additions we made with our staff and players, it’s exciting. I think all of us returning – I can’t speak for everyone else – but for myself it’s pretty easy to find the extra motivation to train and stuff, because of the excitement to get back on the ice with the group we have and the potential we have as a group already. It’s exciting. Motivation is easy when you have a group like that.”
-Braden Holtby, goaltender for the Washington Capitals. More on Holtby from Alex Prewitt of Capitals Insider.
Karyn Bye Dietz (River Falls, Wis.), Brian Rafalski (Dearborn, Mich.), Jeff Sauer (St. Paul, Minn.) and Lou Vairo (Brooklyn, N.Y.) will be inducted into the United States Hockey Hall of Fame as the Class of 2014, it was announced today by USA Hockey.
“The class of 2014 is an extraordinary collection of individuals that have had an immensely positive impact on hockey in our country,” said Ron DeGregorio, president of USA Hockey. “Cumulatively, they have been involved at every level of hockey and this group is a big reason why our sport has advanced to the point it has in the United States."
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Michael Del Zotto on a one-year contract, according to general manager Ron Hextall.
Del Zotto recorded 16 points (3g-13a) and 18 penalty minutes in 67 regular season games this past season, which he split with the New York Rangers and Nashville Predators. He was traded by the Rangers on Jan. 22 to the Predators, where he posted five points (1g-4a) in 25 games.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Brandon Sutter to a two-year contract, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Jim Rutherford.
The deal runs through the 2015-16 campaign, and has an average annual value of $3.3 million.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Over the years, the NHL has earned itself a reputation as the type of fraternity that fortifies its rank with men of a like-minded ilk. Old-school, battle-tested, and often resistant to change.
This summer, however, we have seen that infused with new faces, diverse backgrounds and fresh ideas.
Nowhere is that more apparent than the league's movement toward embracing analytics.
Whereas champions of advanced stats have previously been the subject of scorn and derision from the mainstream hockey world -- labeled as nerds or contrarians, mocked for never having played the game at the professional level -- their insight is now being courted. Many of these bloggers and statisticians have made huge leaps in collecting and interpreting data, primarily possession statistics, as predictive for a team's success.
And now teams are starting to recognize that as a valuable asset.
The recently married Katie Strang of ESPN answered some hockey questions today...
If Islanders don't have a strong start in October, is Capuano out?
Katie Strang You have to imagine that Capuano is going to have a short leash, and for good reason. Now that GM Garth Snow addressed their biggest problem from last season -- lack of goaltending -- there is little excuse for them to not put things together. They have talent. Another disastrous start would likely cost Capuano his job
As a Sharks fan, can I just ask . . . "huh?"
Katie Strang Have to admit I am similarly confounded by the Sharks. Really seemed like they were ready to revamp and change the direction of the team. Sounds like they want this club to be in younger hands, but Joe Thornton's no-move clause makes for an awkward situation. I was never sold on them tearing the thing apart, though, so maybe this is not the worst thing in the world for Sharks fans.
With a healthy core of veterans (Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Franzen, Kronwall, Howard, etc) and continued growth of the youngsters, can the Red Wings challenge for at least the conference finals this year?
Katie Strang Not sure if I see a trip to conference finals for the Wings, Zhao. I think they do have a really good mix of veterans and talented youngsters, but considering the durability of some of their star players -- Datsyuk, Zetterberg -- that will be a factor in their success this season. Although there is no chance they could have the same foul injury luck as last year!
via the Philadelphia Flyers,
Flyers defenseman Kimmo Timonen has been diagnosed with blood clots in his lower right leg and in both lungs. Kimmo is currently being treated for this disorder back in his home country of Finland. His return to play is yet to be determined.
added 3:43pm, from Tyler Tynes of the Philadelphia Daily News,
“He was as shocked as anybody,” Hextall said today in a conference call. “I haven’t talked to him yet, I’ve reached out to him twice. He texted me. He seemed very frustrated, but I think we are happy for him and his three children that he’s doing fine.”...
Hextall said that this could be a “long term situation” and that he’s not going to pressure young prospects to fill his role this fall, but rather sign a veteran to the squad.
“I hate to even speculate,” Hextall said. “The best I can say is that it could be a long term thing. Can he play at some point next season? I don’t have the answer to that. I know he’s in stable condition and doing well.”
Congrats to Tyler Dellow...
A few NHL teams dominate the poll...
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