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fromm David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL’s board of governors will hold their annual fall meeting Tuesday in Chicago and reporters usually give this one a pass. But this time there is a lineup of sexy topics on the agenda, so yours truly and a few others will be hanging around the govs’ airport hotel.
First on the list is expansion, but it’s thought the governors will not be talking about run-of-the-mill Kansas City or Las Vegas plans. Rather, they will be discussing long-range plans for a European division. Many around the NHL believe this will come to pass within six or seven years, and holding the official season-opener in London at the end of the month is part of the plan.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
Now that he’s a member of the Avalanche, having signed a five-year, $31.25 million contract on July 1, Smyth can set his sights on other targets.
“Well, hopefully I can be an Oiler killer,” Smyth said Thursday after undergoing medical and physical tests at the Pepsi Center, the first official day of training camp. “Some teams you play well against, some teams you don’t. I don’t know about impressions. You go out and play and perform and you try to do it every night, but it just so happened to work out against these guys.”
from the Globe and Mail,
“I know a lot of people have us down and out and not making the playoffs, but it comes from within, from chemistry, and hopefully the young guys will find that early and ride it the rest of the year,” Higgins said Thursday as the Canadiens reported for training camp at the Bell Centre.
“Youthful energy is going to be a big part of the team.”
Higgins even found a theme for the Canadiens season — hunger.
“The main word for this year is hunger,” he said. “Guys have to want it.
The Buffalo Sabres have announced that defenseman Teppo Numminen will have heart surgery.
Numminen learned of new complications Monday when undergoing a routine examination at the Cleveland Clinic prior to the start of training camp. The Sabres say it’s too early to tell if the surgery is career or season threatening.
General Manager Darcy Regier told reporters he’s still learning details of the situation, but did say the surgery Numminen needs is more extensive than two previous procedures he’s undergone to deal with an irregular heartbeat.
from the CP via TSN,
Here it is Leafs fans, direct from the mouth of the head coach.
‘‘We’ll make the playoffs and compete for the Stanley Cup,’’ says Paul Maurice.
The pledge was made on the opening day of training camp Thursday.
fro D.C. Sports Bog,
Anyhow, Jeff Compton wants his charges—who, this summer, came from the Canucks, the Flames, the Wild, the Caps and a bunch of European clubs—to work on hockey-specific skills: linear explosiveness, change of direction, and the like. But he also doesn’t want them to be bored. So about halfway through the summer, the hockey players left the gym and headed for the beach. They would head out early in the morning, so that the players wouldn’t be surrounded by hockey-loving, flip-flop wearing beachgoers.
“Instead of sitting there with an umbrella and some drinks, we were there sweating it out, groaning and grunting, sweating profusely” Compton told me. “Instead of lifting a bar bell, they were lifting a tree trunk. Instead of throwing medicine balls around, they were throwing rocks and such.”
From Eric Duhatchek at the Globe & Mail,
This time around, the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Buffalo Sabres and that too represents an intriguing match-up - although with a 1 p.m. Eastern starting time, it is hard to imagine them fitting in what could be a great legends game beforehand, what with Mario Lemieux and Paul Coffey available on the Penguins’ side and a reunited French Connection leading the way for Buffalo. Nor can anyone underestimate the value of getting Sidney Crosby involved in the project, along with the rest of his exciting, emerging Penguins’ team. Even if the event doesn’t strike a chord, the presence of Sid The Kid will
more… (*the date of the game is Jan 1, 2008)
via the Minnesota Wild,
SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - The National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild announced today that 96% of its season ticket holders have renewed their seats for the 2007-08 NHL season. In addition the team announced today that all 66 annual suites are sold-out for the 2007-08 season.
Easton Hockey recently gave us a lesson on how to buy a hockey stick. I figured since plenty of readers probably have their own plans to hit the ice this winter, I’d pass on their advice. These tips should help you choose what can be a pricey - and important - piece of equipment.
Choosing the right hockey stick can be a daunting task these days. There are more manufacturers offering more models, armed with all sorts of technologies aimed at supporting your game. The following are some key elements to consider when making your choice, regardless of brand or price tag.
A busy summer of signings and trades has passed and it’s time for teams to get back onto the ice and see what the harvest has yielded.
The NHL pre-season opens today with the Kings and Ducks facing off in exhibition action, and TSN.ca starts its coverage with the 2007-08 season preview.
Follow the links through the divisions for team-by-team breakdowns, complete with fantasy analysis to help you get ready for your draft.
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