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from the New York Times,
Goalies who have starred at the top level of Finnish hockey, the SM-liiga, are the soup du jour in the N.H.L. One who belongs in that category but has largely escaped notice is Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.... “When I first went over,” Thomas, 32, said from Boston, “what helped was my experience with USA Hockey — I’d been on three tours during the summers, so I was used to the bigger ice. It wasn’t as big an adjustment as it might’ve been. They’re all good passing the puck, and there was no hook-and-hold. But I’d already seen it.”read on
The goal scoring forward the Wings have been looking for all year has arrived.
Andre Roy is returning to Tampa Bay. The Lightning claimed the 31-year old left winger from the Pittsburgh Penguins on re-entry waivers today. The Penguins are responsible for half of Roy's salary which will count against their salary cap.
from Doug Ward at NHL.com,
To gain a greater appreciation for the game Mickey Redmond will never forget, it helps to understand the dynamic of the player-coach relationship that existed in the "Original Six" era of the NHL. In addition to having respect for Toe Blake, his Hall of Fame coach as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens in 1967-68, Redmond says he had another sentiment. “I was deathly afraid of him,” Redmond, now a television analyst for the Detroit Red Wings, says with a chuckle.continued
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from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,
Monday afternoon, hours before he did colour on the Dallas-Detroit radio broadcast – he works for the Stars now – Hull reminisced about his career in the team’s hotel. It is The Headliner on Saturday’s pre-game show, and my biggest regret is that we just didn’t have time to include everything. Hull said other than believing he was good enough to play in the NHL, didn’t have enormous expectations. He was glad to be traded from Calgary, not because he didn’t like the city, but because there was no room on the roster for another right winger. “When Terry Crisp told me, I tried to hold back, but I couldn’t prevent the smile from coming to my face,” he said.more
Pavel Datsyuk brought out the new Reebok 9KO stick last night. Notice the holes in the shaft which makes it 20% less wind resistant than other sticks.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Friday's game against the Wild was Lilja's 13th appearance in 24 games. Lilja told the paper it doesn't seem to matter if he plays several good games in a row, he still doesn't get to play regularly. Lilja said it would be easier to take if he got an explanation, but said he doesn't think he's gotten any. Lilja told the paper there are "political reasons" for the decision not to play him regularly. Asked by the paper what this means, Lilja replied, "I know it sounds strange, but that's how it is." Lilja went on to say that if things remain the same, he may consider asking for a trade in January.more
from the Rocky Mountain News,
Five months after becoming a member of the Avalanche, barring an unforeseen setback, the 26-year-old defenseman will put on sweater No. 44 and make his season debut tonight against the Vancouver Canucks at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia. Leopold, who has been recovering from surgery for a sports hernia, was officially activated Friday from the injured reserve list. "I'm excited to get back out there," he said. "I've been around the guys. I've been on road trips. It's been fun being around, but of course I want to play. I want to get my chance."read on
from Morris Dalla Costa of the London Free Press,
...But things have changed for the Detroit Red Wings great. They've changed a great deal from his personal life to his health to his business life. The good news is that after a difficult time, they appear to be changing for the better. "There were some awful times," Howe said this week from his home outside Detroit. "I always thought I was a tough son of a bitch, but I'm on these pills for my heart. You never think you're getting old . . ." Howe is now 78. He holds the record for most games played in the NHL. He's second in goals and third in total points.more
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