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From Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,
It might not have seemed like it, but things were pretty busy around the NHL this past summer. Here’s a look back at some of the most important events that took place….
5. Seeing the value: Despite the criticism the NHL gets for its lack of exposure and inability to make inroads in many American markets, there is obviously something about owning a franchise that appeals to people with money. How else do you explain the significant premiums paid this summer for the Nashville Predators and Tampa Bay Lightning? Both organizations have been burning cash for the past decade, but the sale prices they fetched suggest that NHL teams are much better investments than they appear to be on the surface.
from Habs Inside/Out,
The Canadiens will honour two more of their greats this season as they continue preparations for the club’s centennial celebration in 2009.
In the coming months, the organization will retire the No. 19 of Larry Robinson and the No. 23 of general manager Bob Gainey.
from the News & Observer,
Eric Staal knew his arrest would make the newspapers eventually. He never expected the kind of ink it garnered.
To wit: The full-page, front-page headline in the tabloid Toronto Sun reading “NHL Stars Gone Wild!” next to his mugshot and his younger brother Jordan’s.
“That was frightening,” the Carolina Hurricanes center said today in his first comments about his July 21 arrest. “I knew it would probably appear somewhere, sometime. I didn’t think it would be blown up into that big of a deal.
“I don’t know. I guess our name has been around a little bit the last couple years in hockey, so it turned into that.”
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
After near identical back-to-back seasons (they finished with 85 and 86 points, respectively), the Panthers seem ready to make a little more of a jump forward. They finished six points out of a playoff spot last season. If they can avoid another bad start to the season, maybe they can finally end their postseason drought.
I figure they’ll have more points and challenge for a playoff spot. I hope they get there. It would be nice to see one of the game’s most underrated players—Panthers captain Olli Jokinen—get a chance to show his stuff in the postseason.
from the Vancouver Province,
Beset by injuries and looking for a playoff spark last spring, Tom Renney inserted Brad Isbister on a line with Jaromir Jagr and Michael Nylander.
For the well-travelled Isbister, mired in the minors until recalled for the second time Feb. 21, it was a vote of confidence from the New York Rangers coach. It piqued the Vancouver Canucks’ interest in the big winger even more.
“You have to have some ability to play with those players,” Canucks general manager Dave Nonis said Tuesday. “We’ve had some interest in him for a couple of years. He can fill a lot of roles and played with a little more edge the last few years.
The Pens will be releasing their new look late this afternoon. Is this it?
more at Offside Sports…
Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings has been keeping busy with video interviews, transcripts of player interviews, etc.
Check it out, you will be impressed…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
While the Senators’ No. 1 goalie is recovering well from his June 21 wrist surgery, there’s a chance Emery might not play before Ottawa’s Oct. 3 season opener against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“He’ll be ready for the start of the regular season,” said Emery’s agent J.P. Barry. “I saw (Emery) last week and he was doing well. The cast came off when it was supposed to come off and he’s able to do everything. He’ll be able to participate in drills, he’s just not going to be able to take shots on the glove side. I’m not sure if he’s going to be able to play in any exhibition games.”
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Privately, players say the offseason firing of general manager Doug MacLean and the hiring of Scott Howson has lifted the mood and changed the outlook of a club that has had six losing seasons. Bluster and bravado, they say, has been replaced by a quiet confidence and a singular goal—winning.
“It’s real now,” said right winger David Vyborny, who has been with the team from the start. “It feels real.”
Training camp begins Sept. 14, but already up to 16 Blue Jackets have joined in unofficial workouts in the Dispatch Ice Haus. The number likely will grow to more than 20 by the end of the week.
“The guys have all walked in here the same way we walked out last April,” left winger Jody Shelley said. “We know how disappointed we were, and we know what we have to do to get better. We’ve said it’s different before, I know, but this is a group that’s embarrassed and sick of losing.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Who’s going to wear the Edmonton Oilers’ “C” now that Jason Smith is wearing orange and black with the Philadelphia Flyers?
“Do you want to be captain?” Ethan Moreau is asked.
“Love to do it and I think I’d do a good job at it,” said Moreau.
“Do you want to be captain?” Steve Staios is asked.
“Sure, yeah, I do,” said Staios.
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