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from John Bishop at BostonBruins.com,
“I look at our team on paper and it looks pretty solid,” said a suddenly serious Savard, his trademark grin drawing short. “We’re pretty deep, so we’re excited for that.
“We picked up a great goalie (in Manny Fernandez)—I got to play to against him a bit more being out west with Calgary.
“And obviously Peter Schaefer, a great solid veteran forward for many years,” he said.
That being said, Savard knows that in order for the B’s to progress toward a playoff berth, he and the other Bruins returnees need to play their best.
“I’ve gotten in great shape this summer,” added Savard. “I feel very strong, and now that I am getting older, I have to be like that…but I just want to contribute every night and our goal at the end of the road is just to get into the playoffs.
more & it looks like Savard has a little more golf in him too…
via the NJ Devils,
The Devils have announced the re-signing of defenseman Paul Martin to a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
thanks to a KK reader for the tip…
added 12:26pm, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice says Martin will be expected to carry a bigger load with the loss of Rafalski…
fromm Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
I don’t believe there will be as much as 10 points of breathing space in the standings between St. Louis and Nashville by the season’s conclusion; in the end, at least on paper, the Blues’ defense corps (which includes the prized rookie Johnson, Eric Brewer, Jay McKee and Barrett Jackman) gives them the edge.
read on... Adam takes a look at each team in the Central.
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
Now, in his third NHL head-coaching job and working for someone familiar to him (he has a previous relationship with Chiarelli), Julien will either sink or swim in Boston. He should have a much better chance than his predecessor because the club’s goaltending situation is improved.
While I believe the B’s still have a very long way to go, I think they’ll be better than last season after finishing last in the Northeast Division and 13th in the Eastern Conference. Can they make the playoffs? I don’t think they’ll be that much better.
from David Kolb at MSG Network,
Center Josef Vasicek is listed at 6’5”, while defenseman Andy Sutton is listed at 6’6”.
Granted, both of these guys have solid upside potential, but only time will tell how they will do as Isles….
Neither of these guys are saviors, or players that will put the Isles over the top, but Garth Snow is building a team suited for Ted Nolan’s coaching style.
The question is, with so many faces, can this team play as a team?
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres lost less than 1 percent of their season-ticket holders from last season, and they have a waiting list of about 8,000 names.
The team now expects to sell out all its home games before the start of the regular season.
And the general public — those unwilling to put down a $100-per-seat deposit to land a spot on the season-ticket waiting list — may be shut out completely from the most popular games, including the four games with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
from the Tennessean,
Predators forward Steve Sullivan continues to make strides in recovering from back surgery, but he might not be at 100 percent when training camp begins Sept. 13.
“He’s making good progress, but at the start of training camp, he might be a little bit questionable to go full bore,’’ Predators Coach Barry Trotz said Wednesday. “When I say full bore, I mean scrimmages and (preseason) games, that kind of thing.’‘...
“He’s taking this injury very seriously in terms of his career and conditioning,’’ Trotz said. “He’s done the right thing by making sure this is going to be taken care of.
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
“There’s a structure in place here, of how the team is run, how the team is built, how the team plays. I think structure is important. The conversations I had with Mr. Lamoriello and (Devils owner Jeffrey) Mr. Vanderbeek convinced me that this was definitely the right place.
“It’s going good so far. I’ve been back there twice for five days at a time. I’ve spoken to the players, the staff. I’m acclimatized.
“I talked to Larry Robinson about coming back to coach. I felt it was important with my lack of experience at this level to have someone like Larry on board. He’s been a part of this organization for a long time. He coached this team to a Stanley Cup. He’s someone with a wealth of experience who wants to contribute, but doesn’t want to be a head coach.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Because along with the five-year, 21.25-million US contract, there are lofty expectations—something Dustin Penner is acutely aware of.
“Money changes expectations—yours and those put on you by other people,” Penner said on Thursday, before signing another round of autographs for the keen youngsters at the Oilers hockey school in St. Albert.
Penner and Geoff Sanderson, two of the club’s off-season additions, rolled into town, slipped into their new jerseys, toured the classes, then addressed the media. Both will return in a few weeks for training camp.
“It’s an ideal situation for me,” said Sanderson, the 35-year-old veteran who will wear No. 8 when he begins his 17th season with his eighth NHL team.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
OK. Sure. You have 24 of the top 25 women’s golfers in the world, plus a healthy helping of Hall of Famers here.
But sorry. Invite Wayne Gretzky to join you for the day and they’re all just a supporting cast.
Cristie Kerr, obviously one seriously messed-up woman in terms of billing herself as the No. 1 fan of the Phoenix Coyotes, made the mistake of asking coach Gretzky to join her at the Pro-Am for yesterday’s CN Canadian Women’s Open.
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