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from Lightning Strikes,
There is so much that is interesting about what Tim Taylor is about to go through, it is difficult to know where to start; so let’s get the basic information out of the way first. The Lightning captain will have surgery on his degenerative right hip Thursday at Tampa’s University Community Hospital. Orthopedic surgeon Steve Raterman will perform the operation that will shave down Taylor’s right femur and insert it into a metal hip socket to ease movement.
If all goes well, and after three weeks when he will need help walking, Taylor could, perhaps, be back in the lineup by February….
Taylor hoped to rehab the injury back into shape during the summer. But the pain became so bad he said he had to stop running and could not sleep without taking an anti-inflammatory drug. He said NHL Productions will record his surgery and rehab.
Check out Spector today for Marleau, Markov and more NHL trade and UFA talk…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
While several players said yesterday they plan to push the union to release Block’s report to all its members, they really needn’t bother. After all, when the controversy over Saskin’s hiring first surfaced, most players’ view on the debacle was, “let’s just focus on what’s happening on the ice.”
Instead of parsing down Block’s carefully crafted report, a better exercise for players would be pressing for the release of a separate report prepared three months ago by another Toronto lawyer, Chris Paliare. It’s shameful that report, which details the NHLPA’s email surveillance scheme, remains stamped “PRIVILEGED AND CONFIDENTIAL.”
Follow Game 3 of the Super Series with Brad Holland of NHL.com…
The series has shifted to Omsk, Russia, but one hometown boy won’t be in the lineup. Unfortunately. Cherepanov is out for the series after Brandon Sutter caught him in the trolley tracks early in Game 2.
There are times, as in the NHL when a “mediocre” team dumps payroll and aging stars and suddenly adopts a new identity and begins winning games, that losing a superstar isn’t a bad thing. Now, obviously, I’m not suggesting the Russians are better without Cherepanov. But the time might just step up for him, playing a little less pretty and a little more gritty.
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from the Toronto Sun,
Which teams fared well during the off-season? Which squads saw their talent siphoned away? Which new faces will thrive with the change of scenery? In order to answer those questions, Sun Media enlisted the help of CBC’s Don Cherry, who offers his picks.
1. Rangers: “Chris Drury, Scott Gomez ... Glen Sather landed two big prizes.”
2. Ducks: “Adding Mathieu Schneider, well, the rich get richer. If Scott Niedermayer comes back and, with Chris Pronger already there, that’s an impressive blue line.”
3. Flyers: “Mr. Snyder can’t stand losing and was not going to stand pat after last year’s disappointing season.”
much more NHL talk…
from the Rocky Mountain News,
“I think everybody is excited,” general manager Francois Giguere said Thursday. “The players I’ve talked to are energized. I think everybody wants to prove that this team is closer to being the team that we saw in the last 20 or so games last year.”
Giguere indicated he didn’t anticipate any more signings. That would seem to rule out the possibility of bringing back a free agent like Peter Forsberg, who underwent hernia surgery this week and hasn’t said whether he will play in the NHL in 2007-08.
“That doesn’t mean you don’t revisit things moving forward,” Giguere said. “But right now we like the roster and the competition with some of the new guys. We want to give them a chance to have a realistic shot to compete for some jobs.”
One of the more intriguing story lines will involve the competition between goalies Peter Budaj and Jose Theodore.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
Logistically, each goalie would have to have two different jerseys – if Roberto Luongo rocks a red Canucks top, he can’t very well wear it when they play Detroit or Chicago. Likewise, gold won’t cut it against Nashville. So maybe King Louie has a red sweater and a light blue one. Automatically, we’ve doubled our fun while solving a problem.
Goalies are always going to be different than skaters, so why not give them freedom of jersey color and give us one more item to spend way too much money on?
more... plus Foppa has a setback…
from the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has re-signed left wing Jussi Jokinen to a two-year contract worth $3.625 million ($1,812,500 average per season) through the 2008-09 season.
“Jussi has provided our team two consecutive productive seasons and we look for him to continue to grow his game with our club over the next two years,” said Armstrong. “We believe in his abilities to improve our hockey club and are happy to have him under contract for the next two seasons.”
from the Hockey Journal,
When the battle for the Boston Bruins’ No. 1 goaltender position officially opens Sept. 13 (the first day of training camp), Tim Thomas will be more than ready to hold up his end of the bargain in the competition with Manny Fernandez.
“I’ve probably worked harder than I’ve ever worked in any summer before. I’ve always worked hard, but this is a different type of hard – when you have somebody setting up the workouts for you, it’s a little more varied than the workouts I put myself through,” Thomas told me today after partaking in an informal skate with a handful of his teammates at Ristuccia Arena in Wilmington, Mass.
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
I figure the Red Wings will get to the century mark again this season, but I don’t think they’ll get to 113. So, I guess, that means they won’t be quite as good….
Holland did add veteran fourth-liner Dallas Drake, who had been released by the Blues, and journeyman minor-leaguer Mark Hartigan.
The Wings will again be a formidable club. They have a few promising kids, some emerging young stars and several special veterans. I don’t think they’ll put up as many points as last season, but I’ll be very surprised if they don’t win the Central Division.
more on the Wings…
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