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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Now we head into the third post-lockout season, uncertain what the NHL will deliver other than a novelty outdoors game in Buffalo on Jan. 1 that it seems to believe will somehow sell the sport.
There’s a plethora of young, exciting sharpshooters around the league, but it’s unclear whether the game will be played and officiated in a manner that will allow them to flourish.
With fighting and defence on the rise, it appears more and more that the thrilling 2005-06 season was just a blip, a brief moment in the long history of the sport with the game played as one imagined it could be before they tightened the screws on it again.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Further proof of some forward thinking around the NHL emanated last week out of San Jose. Sharks boss Greg Jamison, approached over the summer about a venture in the Asian Ice Hockey League, agreed to back and engineer a plan to send five players and three coaches to join the China Sharks. Yes, that’s China, specifically Beijing, which is part of the six-team AIHL that includes four clubs in Japan and one in Korea.
According to Jamison, there were many good reasons to try to give the game a boost over there. Among them, he said, “Obviously, they have a few people living there.” Some 15 million (about half of Canada’s population) live in Beijing, which actually looks like a couple of pucks in the bottom of the bucket when compared with the country’s overall population of 1.3 billion-plus.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
With a new leadership group intact, and with the Blue Jackets’ seventh NHL season drawing near, McConnell sat down with The Dispatch last week for his first public comments since MacLean’s firing.
Question: What are your expectations for the 2007-08 season?
Answer: I say the same thing every year, but I think we’re going to win, I think we’re going to be better. Better than last year, for sure.
Q: Blue Jackets fans have never had a chance to watch a winning hockey club. How tenuous do you feel the fan base is right now?
A: It might be a little bit. But I think with the changes we’ve made, the fans are going to stick with us. They want to see how the new regime works out….
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Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle will undergo surgery on Sunday following a freak accident at the end of Saturday’s 2-1 pre-season loss to the Washington Capitals.
Boyle was injured in the Lightning locker room when distracted while hanging up his skates. A skate slipped off of the hook and hit him in his left wrist, cutting a tendon.
He was to have surgery on Sunday and will be out of action for several weeks.
from The Record,
They’ve moved out of Continental Arena and can’t move into Prudential Center until Oct. 27. That’s forcing them to travel for all six of their preseason games and open the regular season with nine consecutive road games.
This might be Brent Sutter’s biggest challenge in his first month as an NHL head coach. A team could dig itself a significant hole while trying to find its identity during those first three weeks of the season.
“It will be a different experience definitely going on the road for the first nine games,” Jay Pandolfo said. “You’ve got to learn to win on the road right away.”
from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,
Instead, let’s take a skate down the path less Zamboni-ed and look at the chances of last year’s also-rans in 2007-08. In other words, which teams that missed the playoffs last year are ready to rise up and make a post-season charge this time around?
Here, in order of their likelihood to rebound, is a look at last season’s non-playoff teams in the Eastern Conference:
The Hurricanes missed the playoffs in 2007 with virtually the same lineup that won the Stanley Cup in 2006. The Canes also have a history of alternating good seasons and poor seasons.
read on... Bruins fans, don’t read…
From the Star Tribune,
Twins first baseman Justin Morneau thought it was pretty cool getting picked for the cover of a baseball video game, but now things have reached a whole new level.
Morneau is featured as a goaltender in 2K Sports’ latest release, “NHL2K8.”
Morneau, a New Westminster, British Columbia, native who played junior hockey in Canada before signing with the Twins, is wearing blue and green Vancouver Canucks gear in the hockey game, though he’s listed as a free agent. “My buddies at home are going to be more excited about that than being on the cover of the baseball game,” said Morneau, who is pictured in his Twins uniform swinging a bat for 2K Sports’ “The Bigs.”
From Willy Palov at The Chronicle Herald,
During its first 37 years, the QMJHL has produced countless stars.
With the 2007-08 season just under way, here’s a look at the 10 best players ever to play in the league.
1. Mario Lemieux, C, (Laval Voisins, 1981-82) — Scored an incredible 282 points in 70 games to set a league record that is likely never to be broken.
continued… (*check out the entire list at the link)
from the Montreal Gazette,
Since it’s too expensive to bring the whole family, Perreault said, he tries to bring each of his four children to a game. “It’s impossible to come with the family,” he said. “It would cost me $500.” For many families, professional hockey has long been out of their financial reach. In a hockey-mad city like Montreal, the only way many fans can afford to see the bleu-blanc-rouge is on the Réseau des Sports television network.
The elusive seats in the lower level red sections, range from $82.40 to $139.05 before taxes and service charges.
To be fair, for those that don’t mind watching the game from the highest reaches of the Bell Centre, the Canadiens offer $10 seats to children under 16 in the family zone section. Adults pay $23.69 before taxes and service charges for most games.
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