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from the Democrat & Chronicle,
Training camp is just three weeks away for the New Jersey Devils and Brian Gionta still doesn't have a contract. But Gionta, a lifelong resident of Greece, expects to be on the ice, contrary to reports out of New York on Tuesday. A story in the New York Post said Gionta is contemplating a holdout until his contract is signed. "I didn't say anything like that," Gionta said on Tuesday afternoon. "I have no plans of that whatsoever."continued
from the Detroit Free Press,
Nicklas Lidstrom will be the next captain of the Red Wings, replacing Steve Yzerman, the Free Press has learned. But the team is holding off on a formal announcement, according to a person in the organization, to make a big splash before the season starts. Training camp opens Sept. 15 in Traverse City.continued added 7:50am, While on the subject of Captains, is Sidney Crosby ready to wear the "C"? from the AP via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
"If one day whoever makes that decision decides they'd like me to have it, it would be a huge honor," said Crosby, designated by Therrien as an alternate captain immediately after the coach was hired in December. "But, at the same time, it's something you have to earn. That's not something you take lightly. For me it's my second year, so it's not something you're thinking about. I'm working on improving myself as a player and a person, and that's all I really worry about."more
from the Ottawa Citizen (April 29, 2006),
In his first statement since he was sentenced to 71/2 years in a U.S. prison for plotting to kill his agent, NHL player Mike Danton has detailed a troubling childhood with his biological family and revealed suicidal tendencies he felt immediately after his arrest. In a 36-page, handwritten statement to the Ottawa Citizen this week, Danton documented childhood scenes that drove him to a surrogate family headed by agent David Frost and his wife, Bridget.continued more on Frost... added 7:44pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
So, ex-NHL player agent David Frost will face charges of tampering with the lives of young men and women. It’s about time. It’s about time the former coach is forced to defend what he’s done. It’s about time serious consequences will ensue if he’s found guilty. And it’s about time the professional denier’s simple denials won’t be enough to save him.continued
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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
After all, that’s when the Penguins open their season against the Flyers at Mellon Arena. “I think the attitude coming into this season is that a lot of guys want to prove we’re a better team this year than we were last year,” he said. “We all have high expectations. We know we’re young. I think the attitude we have is right.” And, Crosby’s excited at the possibility of playing on the same ice as Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin.continued
from the CP via TSN,
Wayne Gretzky gets set for Year 2 of his NHL coaching career with a Phoenix Coyotes club featuring several prominent new faces - and with them, higher expectations. "We're really excited about it," Gretzky said in a phone interview. "We feel we're a better team than last year and added some toughness and speed to our team."continued
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Garth Snow now has five weeks under his belt at the helm of the New York Islanders and the NHL's newest GM has barely had time to catch his breath. "I drink a lot more coffee and work out a heck of a lot less," he joked in an interview from his Long Island office. His surprising hiring by Islanders owner Charles Wang on July 18 after the abrupt firing of Neil Smith — less then six weeks after his term began — was met by some in the hockey world with criticism and laughter. One New York paper referred to the fact the Zamboni driver wasn't available for the job so the Isles chose the backup goalie.continued
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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
In this case, though, I think it's safe to say that Svatos, a restricted free agent in a league in which "restricted" means no free agency at all, will be signed before camp opens. He made the league minimum of $450,000 last season, didn't opt for arbitration, and eventually will sign with Colorado for a healthy raise - one that's a lot healthier than his oft-injured shoulders have been over the years. "Not since I got into hockey have I been in a position where this late in the offseason we've only had one player unsigned, so I feel very good about all of this," new Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere said.more
A year ago yesterday I posted this blog submission. I thought today would be a good time to post it again. Stealing a term from baseball, "The Dog Days of August" are upon us. But in hockey terms, the season is about to heat up. Between now and the the opening of training camp in mid-September, team rosters will receive finishing touches, a few trades will be made and all teams will start on fairly even level, as a matter of fact every team will be 0-0-0-0-0 (not sure how the NHL will be keeping win and losss stats so I added a few extra columns to be on the safe side). My question to you today is why are you a fan of the NHL? Dig deep, go back to your earliest recollection of the game and tell me (and others) why you care about the game. Who knows, maybe someone from the NHL will read your response and award you season tickets for your favorite team!!! My first memory of the NHL was listening to Budd Lynch (Hockey Hall of Fame inductee 1985) and Bruce Martin (HHOF inductee 1991) do play by play on the radio. Phrases I will never forget, The save was in the nick of time, and the nick was Libbett. How about Martyn's call of a goal, "He shoots, he scores" in that high pitch tone, followed by Sid Abel saying to Bruce, "He are a good player and another good thing, he is from Cal-Gary". When I first started watching hockey on TV, it was Hockey Night in Canada that drew me to the TV. Back then, Wings games were joined in action, usually about midway through the 2nd period and only a few games were televised. I felt like I knew Foster and Bill Hewitt, and could picture myself sitting in the gondola over looking the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens. My trips to the old Olympia to watch the Wings became quite frequent. My dad worked for one of the automotive companies and received Wings tickets maybe 20-30 times a year. I became a fixture near the Red Wings dressing room, new the back door escape routes of all of the players, and I would wait for them just to watch them pass me by are give me a friendly tap on the head. What I remember most are the scars on the faces of the players and they all had crooked noses. My favorite player at the time was of course #9. He was such a gentleman, and after a few years, called me by my first name and always stopped to talk with me. I was in heaven and hooked on the game forever. These days, I would say I still root for the jersey first and the players second. It is a matter of pride for me to cheer on the Wings, maybe you had to experience first hand all of the losing the Wings suffered through in the 70' and 80's to understand; but I am sure many of you will have similar stories and I would appreciate reading them. Note: you can comment in the original thread posted from last year as a few people have done today or comment in this post too. I put a line that will seperate posts from last year, anything below that line are comments from this year. I am fixing the year to appear in comments as we speak.
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