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from the Toronto Sun,
“I think Ottawa and Carolina are the class of the East,” he says. “The Rangers and Flyers improved themselves, too. I just feel we have bolstered our team in certain key areas.
“Hey, we just missed out by one point a year ago and I feel we are a better team now.”
In order for his Leafs to take the next step, there are a number of issues Maurice must deal with once camp kicks off.
And here is how he plans on facing each and every one of them:
The moment Paul Maurice holds his first press conference of camp, you can bet he’ll be grilled concerning the identity of his No. 1 goalie.
from Erin Nicks at the Ottawa Sun,
If anything, you’d think the NHL would wish to play a game in a country with a legitimate zeal for the sport, such as Sweden or Finland.
And if it were a matter of stepping on the toes of the elite leagues overseas, one would assume some sort of compromise could be reached to ensure that all parties remained content.
The entire idea is utterly bizarre, but it enters a new level of head scratching when you consider the two teams picked for these monumental games: The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks.
The Ducks are somewhat understandable coming off a Stanley Cup championship.
Sending the Kings, however, is quite the puzzler.
I am really surprised Erin doesn’t mention one of the reason’s the Kings are involved is the Kings and the O2, the venue the games will be played in while in London, share the same owner.
from the AFP via the Eonomic Times,
Watching Maria Sharapova’s curvaceous figure hugged by a crystal-spangled red dress in her second-round victory at the US Open, it’s hard to imagine such beauty buried under ice hockey pads.
“It used to be when I was growing up, it was gymnastics,” Sharapova said. “I always wanted to be a rhythmic gymnast - I grew a little too fast for that - and (play) hockey.”
more... A day of upsets, Sharapova lost her third round match today and if you are a college football fan, can you say Appalachian State?
from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,
In the Central Division alone, we watched at least one second-time-around player break out last season. On the offensive side of things, St. Louis’ Lee Stempniak went from 14 goals in 2005-06 to 27 last season, Chicago’s Patrick Sharp go from 14 goals to 20 and Columbus’ Dan Fritsche improve from six to 12.
Young defensemen were really prevalent in the division, when you consider the improvement of players like Detroit’s Niklas Kronwall, Nashville’s Shea Weber (17 goals) and Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.
Here’s a broader look at how the presumed sophomore jinx can actually turn into sizzle for some young players in the Central Division this season.
Well, what can we say, another great month for KK. We did not expect almost 5 million page views for the month of August, probably the slowest month of the hockey calendar.
Your continued support of KK allows us to add more features, which I am HOPING to say, will be implemented shortly.
The new look KK is so close, yet I want to make sure everything is working so we can hit the ground running. Testing is ongoing and again, KK will be “shutdown” while we move over 16,000 posts to the new look. I will be posting when we do the conversion but in case you miss it and try to visit KK, you just may run into a “not available” notice, so be prepared for that.
Stats for previous months are available here...
from the Associated Press, via USA Today:
Denise M. Sciarrotta was thrilled with the seats her family had for the minor league hockey game. They were close to the action as they watched players take practice shots.
It was going to be a special night: her 12-year-old daughter was going to sing the national anthem. Then a puck ricocheted off a goal post and slammed into Sciarrotta’s head. Blood poured from a gash above her left temple.
More than four years later, Sciarrotta said she bears a 2 1/2-inch scar and permanent brain damage from an incident she maintains could have been prevented with proper safeguards.
Her negligence lawsuit could become a landmark case, as the state Supreme Court recently decided to consider if fans have the right to sue for injuries that happened during warmups. A ruling is not expected for about a year.
We are close folks….
from Empty Netters,
Some brilliant person found clips of 24 goal horns in the NHL and put together a stunning YouTube clip.
more (hint, turn the volume down if you are at work(
from the Edmonton Sun,
Lupul is part of a revamped team in Philadelphia. The Flyers were big players in the off-season, signing free agent Daniel Briere and acquiring the likes of goaltender Martin Biron, defenceman Kimmo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell.
“Any time you get to go to a new team it’s exciting,” Lupul said.
“It’s a fresh start. I could tell from the first day that the Flyers are a first-class organization. They do things right and they definitely treat their players well.
“They’ve helped me out a lot and they’ve made it easy for all of the new guys to feel welcomed there.”
Getting an opportunity to play in the East is also appealing to Lupul, who up to now has only known the rigours of playing for Western teams.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
“I was a big Bob Goodenow fan,” said Chelios yesterday, just minutes after the NHLPA’s three-day general meetings had come to an end. “If we could find another Bob we’d be well off.
“If Bob put in his resume we’d consider it. But I think Bob wants to move on and we want to move on.”
Schneider feels the new leader must share the same mandate that Goodenow harboured during his lengthy tenure as the union’s executive director.
“When you compare Bob to Ted (Saskin) or (Alan) Eagleson, the thing about Bob was that he always looked out for the best interests of the players. Always,” Schneider said.
via Paddock Talk,
Detroit Red Wings team captain and multiple Norris Trophy winner (top NHL defenseman) Nicklas Lidstrom will drive a 2007 Corvette Z06 to pace the start of the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Bosch, part of this weekend’s Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Lidstrom, one of the Red Wings’ top scorers of all time, will lead the American Le Mans Series field of 27 sports cars to a rolling start and lead a parade lap prior to the IndyCar race on Sunday in what are the first racing events in Detroit since 2001.
“In looking for a pace car driver for this event, we wanted somebody who really represents the city of Detroit,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. “Nick Lidstrom, a local hockey hero, fit the bill perfectly, especially with his love of cars. We’re proud to have him behind the wheel of a Corvette Z06, Chevy’s flagship performance car, pacing an event that we’re so gladly welcoming back to the city.”...
“I’m really excited about driving the pace car,” said Lidstrom. “I’ve never done anything like this before so I’m really looking forward to it. I actually haven’t driven the Z06 before but I am a fan of sports cars and I’ve heard a lot of great things about this particular Corvette so I know it will be a lot of fun.”
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