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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It seems like only yesterday that the Canadian goaltending brigade was enjoying its summer orientation camp in picturesque Kelowna, British Columbia. Every day during the weeklong workouts, Martin Brodeur, Jose Theodore, Roberto Luongo and Marty Turco wowed players and fans alike with their stellar play. But with a little more than six weeks remaining until Olympic rosters have to be announced, Canada's goaltending picture is more than a little out of focus, leaving Wayne Gretzky, the executive director of the defending gold medalists, and his coaching/scouting staff with what could be a huge dilemma.
TSN Power Rankings 1. Ottawa 2. Carolina 3. Philadelphia 4. Detroit 5. Vancouver
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
The Detroit Red Wings, an NHL franchise that has spent freely and won convincingly for the better part of a decade, are proving they can also win within their means. The Red Wings (13-2-1) have defied preseason predictions they were on the decline by storming out of the gate with the league's best record — despite a $39 million league-wide salary cap that is just over half what they spent on players when the NHL last played.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Random thoughts, while awaiting the start of play in the new WHA … This is probably not the best of times to be singing the praises of the Tampa Bay Lightning. They have lost three games in a row. John Grahame, the goaltender they designated to replace Nikolai Khabibulin, is struggling after a decent start. The reigning NHL scoring champion, Martin St. Louis, is over-thinking his game, instead of just playing, and consequently, his name is absent from among the league's scoring leaders. The Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Brad Richards, hasn't quite found the range around the net either, alternating between effective games and nights when he just doesn't seem to be all there.
by the CP via Slam,
Now it gets interesting. A bevy of big-name players are set to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame over the next four years, starting in 2006 with Patrick Roy and Pavel Bure and perhaps even Doug Gilmour and Mike Richter. Then comes the "fab five" in 2007, but only four can get in because of the Hall's bylaws: Al MacInnis, Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Igor Larionov and Scott Stevens.
ESPN will provide National Hockey League fans coverage of the league across a wide-range of its media assets as part of an agreement announced by ESPN and the NHL today. The agreement includes rights for new media platforms, including highlights for Mobile ESPN, data rights, the re-airing of recent and archival games on ESPN Classic and more.
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, who led all scorers with 11 points in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week. Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who backstopped the Flames to three victories with a 0.33 goals-against average, .984 save percentage and two shutouts, has been named the league's Defensive Player of the Week.
from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Hockey fans are in luck – the pinnacle of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ promotional lineup is here. And, those who attend Thursday’s game at 7:30 p.m. at Mellon Arena have a chance to bring home a unique piece of Penguins history. The box and first DVD are only available at Thursday night’s game against the Montreal Canadiens. None of those items or the other DVDs will be available in stores, so the only way to get this once-in-a-lifetime series is to attend the designated games. The rest of the series will be distributed in order at home games on December 8, January 7, February 2 and March 7.Watch some of the clips from all five DVDs.
Like everyone else in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky has watched the breakout seasons both Jason Spezza of the Ottawa Senators and Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes is having. And as much as the two young players deserve to be on list of 81 under scrutiny for Canada's Olympic team, they will probably be out of luck because there's just not the room on the roster for them. Staal and Spezza are centres and Canada isn't lacking down the middle.
from the Russian Hockey Digest,
It didn’t seem that Crosby would face serious rivalry in the run for the Calder Trophy, which is, to remind you once again, awarded to the best rookie of the NHL prior to the season. Things got a bit worse for ‘Sid the Kid’ when Russia’s top young talent Alexander Ovechkin opted out of his contract with Russian Super League team Avangard Omsk and joined the Washington Capitals to start his NHL career. This new rivalry was adding up excitement and making the fans anticipate the beginning of the new era in the history of the National Hockey League with even greater impatience than there already was. Crosby was regarded as nothing less than the new Gretzky or at least the new Lemieux while Ovechkin was getting a fraction of that sort of attention unless we’re talking about the indigenous mass media services of the DC area.
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