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from Red Wings Corner,
General manager Ken Holland said Friday that there will be a couple of veteran defensemen coming to the Red Wings’ main training in Traverse City next week. Holland said that he has tentative agreements, but declined to name with whom until the players’ involvement is secured.
One source in the organization said that Brent Sopel is one of the blue-liners who will come to camp as a free agent. Sopel is 30 years old and split time last season between Los Angeles and Vancouver. The unrestricted free agent has spent parts of nine seasons in the NHL, scoring 10 goals (six on the power play) in 2003-04 for the Canucks.
from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has hired former Hurricanes netminder Tom Barrasso as its Director of Goaltender Development. In his new role, Barrasso will work with all of the goaltenders in the team’s system who are not currently in the NHL, including players with Albany (American Hockey League), Florida (ECHL) and various junior hockey clubs.
“Tom brings instant credibility to his new position, and is somebody that the goaltenders in our system will be able to respect and learn from,” said Rutherford. “He has re-located his family to Raleigh and we are happy that he has chosen to continue his life in hockey with our organization.”
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The CBC announced the launching of HNIC Radio on Sirius Satellite Radio Friday, bringing back the show’s radio roots which started 74 years ago.
HNIC Radio will air Monday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET beginning Oct. 1 on channel 122, and will be available to Sirius listeners throughout North America. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
“This is a wonderful extension of the Hockey Night in Canada brand,” said Scott Moore, executive director of CBC Sports.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Sure, it would be easy to predict which players are most likely to take home the NHL’s individual achievement awards at the end of the season, but here in Hockey Capital, we don’t do easy (i.e. Senators’ playoff history before Cup run last year).
Sidney Crosby for the Hart Trophy? Pshh. Chris Pronger for the Norris? Whatever. Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo duking it out for the Vezina? Duh.
Instead, we’re picking players who could come out of nowhere to take down the trophies. Without further delay, here are the Hockey Capital Dark Horse Player Awards.
from the Buffalo News,
In the bewildering aftermath of co-captains Daniel Briere and Chris Drury bolting the Buffalo Sabres, the front office proclaimed it had learned a lesson about dealing with players entering unrestricted free agency.
The Sabres have three players who could hit the open market after this season, and General Manager Darcy Regier said it would be a summer priority to work on re-signing defensemen Brian Campbell and Dmitri Kalinin and forward Jochen Hecht.
Regier said he has had “some very general conversations” with the players’ respective agents. He added there was “no real timeline” to get extensions signed.
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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
...That’s what Koivu was saying, but something may have been lost in the translation en route to the La Presse presses, because what appeared in the newspaper was: “We’ll make the playoffs this season, but don’t expect us to win the Stanley Cup.”
“I guess there’s a difference,” Koivu told me. “English isn’t my first language, but I don’t see it as a big difference. What I meant was you make the playoffs and from there, everything is open. If you ask any experts, nobody is picking us to even make the playoffs!”
“Which experts?” he was asked.
“Experts,” he said with a grin, adding: “I don’t know what word I used. Maybe the reporter misunderstood. He
didn’t ask me: ‘Is this what you mean?’
from the Mercury News,
Yes, the Sharks’ logjam in goal has been unclogged. Vesa Toskala was traded to Toronto in June, ending any debate over Nabokov’s standing as the team’s top goaltender. But Nabokov says it hasn’t changed the way he’s gearing up - mentally or physically - for what lies ahead, starting with the opening of training camp next Thursday.
“You’re just trying to prepare yourself to be ready to go out every game and give your best. That’s kind of always the goal,” Nabokov said. “And I don’t think it’s true that now I can sit and say `OK, I’m No. 1.’ I don’t think that’s going to be the case.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Jason Smith might be skating around Rexall Place next month with a C on his Philadelphia Flyers jersey.
The former Edmonton Oilers captain is one of three former NHL captains on the Philadelphia roster—Danny Briere (Buffalo Sabres) and Kimmo Timonen (Nashville Predators), also acquired over the summer, are the others—and
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren gave Smith a rave review Thursday during a conference call.
from the Toronto Sun,
The National Hockey League is sending all 30 teams a DVD to explain 2007-08 rule changes, along with a stern reminder to stay out of fights while sitting on the bench.
The four new standards are topped by a five-minute interference major at the referee’s discretion should an injury result from the action. There will also be a penalty shot awarded if a breakaway is tampered with in the neutral zone, as opposed to inside the blue line. But players and coaches new to the league need to be reminded about bench decorum said league hockey operations director Kris King.
“It’s not a major issue, but if there is a fight and you’re on the bench and give the guy on the other team a face wash, then it could escalate into something worse,” King said.
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