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Mike Vogel at WashingtonCaps.com sits down with Jose Theodore for a one-on-one interview.
from the Sun Star,
With razor-sharp metal blades on the skating shoes and hockey sticks that can kill with a spank on the face—not to mention all the shoving and bumping—hockey is, as we know, not a game as safe as chess or ping-pong.
Sitting at the sidelines watching for 30 minutes, we were treated to The NHL In Manila. One Caucasian wore a red jersey with the flag of Canada. Another glided on ice like a ballerina. Another maneuvered the slippery ice like the Michael Jordan of hockey, Wayne Gretzky.
We saw sprints. One player dashed to the goal. Teammates passed. Opponents intercepted. Two referees blew whistles.
We saw how the goalie is the team’s pivotal player. Like in football, if the goalie thwarts every attempt, the opponent can never win. This applies even more so for hockey where the goal box is narrow and the goalie is fully-padded and looms large.
from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,
It’s hard enough projecting familiar NHL players for fantasy purposes. But because the League is so international – last season there were players born in 26 countries – each season has its new crop of unknown Europeans ready to make their impact. Problem is, I’ve never seen these guys play. I only know what you know from reading newspapers and web sites.
That’s why it helps to have an informant. And when it comes to Euros, I turn to NHL.com correspondent and feature blogger Risto Pakarinen, a Finn living in Stockholm.
from Mark Moore at the Hockey News,
...In my opinion, the most valuable player in the Ducks’ defeat of Ottawa to capture the Cup was Samuel Pahlsson, a small speedy defensive center from Sweden who most fans probably wouldn’t recognize if he showed up at their front door.
When Ottawa’s top line, featuring Daniel Alfredsson, was matched against him, they found a defender they couldn’t escape. Everywhere they turned, with his speed and agility, Pahlsson was there. Soon the Sens’ stars got frustrated, started gambling and turning the puck over, generating counterattacks and beating themselves.
Now fast forward to this year’s final. With the Ducks long gone, the final featured Detroit and Pittsburgh, two teams surely near the bottom of anyone’s list of muscle and brawn. But the Red Wings sure could fly, and so could the Penguins.
The difference was, Pittsburgh’s speed was on offense while Detroit’s was on defense. In a game in which defense wins championships, the series outcome spoke for itself.
Bruce Boudreau will be a guest host tomorrow on The Morning Show from 6a-9a on Fan590 in Toronto.
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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
The Panthers defenseman has endured four surgeries—three on his right wrist alone—as he has tried to regain the strength and power that fueled his slapshot and helped him become one of Florida’s top players at the position.
Van Ryn missed 62 games last season after having his second surgery on his right wrist in less than a year.
‘‘I feel awesome now,’’ said Van Ryn, who spent last week helping coach a youth camp in Coral Springs. ``I look at other guys around the league. It took [Edmonton Oilers defenseman] Sheldon Souray a while to get his right. It can be a difficult surgery. I’m just excited to play, try and contribute and help the Panthers win some games.’‘
read on including how Van Ryn feels about the trade rumors…
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,
The Ottawa Senators and Antoine Vermette are one day away from having their differences over a new contract resolved for them.
Unless they come to an agreement on their own before tomorrow’s arbitration hearing in Toronto, they’ll present their arguments and then nervously wait for the arbitrator’s decision.
If the Senators don’t like the decison, they can exercise their right to “walk away,” but that would allow Vermette, 26, to become an unrestricted free agent. General manager Bryan Murray would be loath to lose such a young, promising player for nothing.
Vermette’s name has also been mentioned in a number of trade rumours, including swaps with Toronto (for Pavel Kubina), Vancouver (Ryan Kesler or Sami Salo), Chicago, Columbus and Florida.
from Russo’s Rants,
L.A.’s under the cap floor, but Terry Murray’s the coach now. Parrish played for him in Florida, so I’m sure it’ll be like, “been there, done that.”
However, Terry’s older bro, Bryan, is the GM in Ottawa, and Bryan traded for Parrish is Florida.
Maybe he goes back to the Islanders? He’s buddies with GM Garth Snow. Vancouver definitely needs offense and has plenty of cap room, so maybe he reunites with Pav. Atlanta and Phoenix are just above the cap floor.
more on Parrish and the Wild…
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
They’d have to start with a trade package of forwards Scottie Upshall ($1.225 million) and Steve Downie ($821,000). Downie played briefly under recently hired Panthers coach Peter DeBoer when both were with the Kitchener Rangers of the Ontario League.
The Panthers would need a defenseman as part of the package and the Flyers could free another $2.75 million of cap space by trading Randy Jones.
That would give the Flyers plenty of cap room to take on Bouwmeester, who almost certainly would negotiate a long-term extension that takes him well past unrestricted free agency next summer.
But the Panthers would need more for Bouwmeester than Upshall, Downie and an overpriced Jones. A deal maker would be James van Riemsdyk, the second player taken overall in last year’s draft who will play for the University of New Hampshire this season.
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