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from George Richards at On Frozen Pond,
Have heard Richard Zednik’s name tossed about as being possibly traded to Toronto along with MVR (Mike Van Ryn). Have not been able to confirm this in anyway shape or form, but this wouldn’t surprise me. As much as the Panthers like Zednik, there is a thought there that once he comes back his past injury is going to be a distraction. And it will be.
Whatever city the Panthers go to, the local media is going to want to talk to Zednik and do a big story on him. It’s natural. And that means players like Stephen Weiss, Bryan Allen—anyone who was here last year—is going to be asked to comment on said story on just about every road trip.
more on the Panthers…
I just received an email from Mike Chen,
My server experienced a “total system failure of the primary server and a corruption of the mirror” so I’m gonna be down for a day or two. Fortunately, it’s the middle of August and the weekend, so it’s probably the best time for that to happen!
So if you have been attempting to visit his site, you know why you are getting a domain default page.
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This week’s theme: The game you’re most looking forward to this season.
Read the two entries below and vote for your favourite.
From Eric Southward, It seems like “everyone and their dog” has a blog these days. I mean, if Spector can become a hockey authority from his mom’s basement, then hell! What’s next: TSN’s most accurate hockey prognosticator is going to be a female monkey?!
read on and let your vote be heard. FYI Eric, you should get your ‘facts’ straight!
from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,
He took some time to talk with THN.com about a variety of topics, including how he spent his summer, his connection with an old minor hockey coach and his thoughts on the Blue Jackets’ busy off-season….
THN.com: It has been a busy off-season for the Jackets, adding players such as Kristian Huselius and R.J. Umberger. What’s your take on your team’s moves this summer?
RN: It’s been good. We added a lot of depth to our team and a lot of strength. It should be good, we got some scoring up front. I guess you’ll never really know until the season starts and you see how guys gel together, but on paper it looks pretty good.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
But during the 2008 Beijing Games, we’ve figured out that studio gymnastics commentator Bela “Bananas” Karolyi can become just as outraged as Don “Grapes” Cherry. We’ve also enjoyed pondering how hockey players also could have participated in the Summer Olympics:
Synchronized diving: Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks, Sweden
Diving would be prime gold-medal territory for Sweden if Swedish fans could get past the fact that the event, which debuted at the Sydney Games in 2000, is one of the most ridiculous-looking sports on the Olympic docket. That’s saying a lot given the competition….
Given the Sedin brothers’ ability to dive—they aren’t the best in the league from Ornskoldsvik, but certainly are the best twins in the league from anywhere—and the fact that Sweden didn’t have a two-man team in the finals at Beijing, they would have been natural candidates to quickly pick up such maneuvers as the back 2½ somersault pike from the 3-meter springboard.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Even as he summered on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Finger was well aware he was being ripped by some parties in Toronto, his new hockey home.
So be it. In fact, despite having not played a single game as a Maple Leaf as of yet, he understands where the naysayers are coming from.
“Of course I paid attention to what was going on,” Finger said. “Some people might say the criticism of me is unfair but I wouldn’t. I can see why some things would be said about me. I’m coming from the Western Conference. I’ve played fewer than 100 NHL games in my career….”
from Neil Hodge of the Times & Transcript,
Marc Denis has fallen upon hard times in his National Hockey League career and it’s unclear what the future holds for the 31-year-old goaltender. The Tampa Bay Lightning cut ties with him in late June when they decided to buy out the final year of a contract that was scheduled to pay him $3 million next season.
That made him a free agent and one week later he signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens where he’s expected to battle for the backup job. His paycheque next season will depend on whether he’s in the NHL or American Hockey League.
“To me, this is the start of the process to rebuild my game,’’ he said yesterday following a workout at the Tim Hortons 4-Ice Centre. “Some might say that I’ve lost some parts of my game over the course of the last two seasons.
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
MacLean’s voice came close to breaking once or twice, but it never did. He seemed to try to explain why he stayed at Beijing rather than leave the Olympic city and return home to be at his mother’s side.
Were we witnessing guilt as well as grief? Whatever the case, it was authentic, personal and moving.
“I don’t want to jar you with this news,” he said. “But I just got the word about my mom, who is 82 years old. Succumbed to pancreatic cancer. Mom’s condition has been tough for about a year now. But she broke her hip on the eve of the opening ceremony and, if you know anything about cancer, once that trauma was added to the weight of her circumstance, it was a very difficult last 14 days.”
from Jessica Hopp of the Tennessean,
“We know he signed over in Russia but we are asking him to reconsider and to make a decision to come back,” Poile said. “… We feel Alex is a very, very good young player with a great future ahead of him. We feel he got some bad advice in this situation and hope eventually he will want to return to play with best players in the world in the best league in the world.
“But having said that, we don’t want to force him to come back until he wants to come back. That is not good for Alex or for his teammates. As of Sept. 1, we’re moving on.”
1.Martin Brodeur NJ G
2009 Outlook: With more time shares and uncertainty emerging in the goaltender ranks, how can we not put the game’s best at the top of the pile? Brodeur is consistently among the league leaders in all three important goaltending categories and has shown no signs of slowing down. The philosophy in New Jersey hasn’t appeared to change much as most signings or re-signings—with the exception of Brian Rolston’s—have been defensive in nature. The Devils will try to pot a few goals and leave the rest up to Marty.
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