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from the Vancouver Sun,
Well, chronologically, obviously we have two guys who are locks for the Hall of Fame [Selanne and Niedermayer] who aren’t back. So I think for any team to deal with the loss of two players of that significance over any summer creates difficulty,” Burke said. “But that being said, our team mantra is ‘No complaints, no excuses.’ So I don’t want the players reading the GM complaining about this, either. The fact is we’ve taken steps to replace those guys, and I like our chances with this group.
“We’ve got to replace close to 80 goals between Teemu and Dustin Penner. We’re not countin’ on Todd to score 80 goals. But we think he can contribute, and then other people are going to have to grab the rope and pull.”
much more on Burke and the Ducks…
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer Michael Bucek announced today that the Coyotes have launched their very own MySpace page. The Coyotes Official MySpace page will allow fans to communicate directly with the club as well as with other Coyotes fans across the country.
“The launch of the Coyotes Official MySpace page is just one part of our commitment to offer fans increased access across multiple interactive platforms,” said Bucek. “Social networking websites are the online starting point for our current and future fans in the younger demographic, so we felt it was extremely important to have a presence in that space.”
The Web page can be accessed at www.myspace.com/phoenixcoyoteshockeyclub and will provide inside information on Coyotes players and rising stars, as well as news on ticket offers and special events.
Scott Gomez of the NY Rangers took part in a NHL tele-conference today…
Q. What’s that going to be like the first time you play the New Jersey Devils?
SCOTT GOMEZ: Talking to some of the guys over there, it’s going to be ? it will be different for sure. I’m sure a lot of emotions that day. But once you step on the ice, hey, going against those guys now and do whatever it takes to win. I’m sure they feel the same way.
Q. Was it true that there was some sort of coin flip or puck flip for jersey numbers between you and Chris Drury?
SCOTT GOMEZ: We talked after I signed and Chris signed later that day. We talked about it. And I said take 23. I never picked it. Never was a number in mind. The Devils kind of gave it to me. I’ve always grown up wearing No. 11 or 19. I’m sure I wasn’t going to get 11 here.
So we flipped for it. It wasn’t a big deal and I’m pretty excited I get my old number back.
from the CP,
Petr Sykora didn’t get the most money in this summer’s free agent frenzy, but he may have got the best job.
The 30-year-old Czech signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins and got put on right wing on the first line with NHL most valuable player and scoring leader Sidney Crosby.
Now he just needs show enough in camp to stay on the trio with 20-year-old Crosby and 39-year-old Mark Recchi when the regular season begins.
“There’s not many guys like Sidney in this league and to be able to play with a player like that would be one of the top moments in my career,” Sykora said Tuesday as the Penguins prepared to play their second pre-season game in as many nights against the Montreal Canadiens.
from The Maven at MSG Network,
Jim Balsillie’s name keeps popping up in Canadian papers as a possible-future NHL team-owner. That’s because there are scribes north of the border dying to see a big-league club move to either Hamilton or Winnipeg – or even Crows Nest Pass.
What the Canadian Fourth Estaters refuse to acknowledge is that Balsillie so alienated NHL owners, he has as much chance of securing a team as Anchorage has of winning a Stanley Cup!
more NHL bits from Stan…
NEW YORK—Nine-time NHL All-Star Brian Leetch, U.S. Olympic gold and silver medalist Cammi Granato, prolific writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler and longtime communications executive and historian John Halligan have been named recipients of the 2007 Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the United States.
continued and congrats to all!
added 7:30pm, Stan Fischler’s response to the award…
Veteran NHL goaltender Sean Burke has called it a career.
The 40-year-old Burke made the official announcement on Tuesday ending a distinguished NHL and international hockey career.
“I have been very fortunate to enjoy a long and eventful professional hockey career,” said Burke.
From WBEN in Buffalo,
The Buffalo Sabres outdoor game at Ralph Wilson Stadium—officially called AMP Energy NHL Winter Classic New Year’s Day- sold out 74,000 tickets in under 1 hour Tuesday morning.
The game, against the Pittsburgh Penguins, began offering tickets at 10:00 am at the Bills Ticket Office outside the stadium and online at Ticketmaster.com. None were available by 10:40 am
It is not known how many tickets went to individual buyers and how many went to brokers, but there are indications that the secondary market is already skyrocketing. There were no limits on the number of tickets any individual could buy, and immediately after the sell out tickets were being offered on E-bay, at typical prices of $2,000 for six, or roughly $300 each.
Cory Wolfe at Can West talks to Calgary Flames defenseman Cory Sarich,
CanWest: Does Flames defenceman Rhett Warrener own more cars or cowboy hats?
Sarich: I haven’t seen his collection, but I’m going to have to guess cowboy hats. I’ve only seen him bombin’ around in his truck and anybody who has a truck has gotta have some cowboy hats out here.
CanWest: What’s the best practical joke you’ve witnessed in an NHL locker-room?
Sarich: Slitting the coffee cups. Someone took two or three cups from the top of the pile and just made a slight cut under the edge of the rim. Guys fill up their coffee cups and when they go to take a drink, it pours all over them. They get frustrated with the first cup and they’re so busy trying to figure out who did it that they grab the next cup from the pile and it happens all over again.
At my NHL.com blog today, I lay out my blogging plans for the 2007-08 NHL season.
As always, your participation is encouraged and welcomed.
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