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from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
If Phil Kessel’s dogging it, which does happen from time to time, O’Neill will go after him. It’s refreshing.
“He never works hard enough,” said O’Neill, when the topic of Kessel is brought up. “It’s my job to watch and talk about it and if the effort’s horrible, then the effort’s horrible. I don’t make it up. I don’t know Phil Kessel. Apparently he likes fishing and he likes playing cards. And I love that s--t. So I’d probably like playing that with him. But when I watch him on the ice, he does a lot of things that I don’t like.”
In particular, Kessel’s lack of effort when he’s not scoring or when the club is in a slump, as it is right now (a profound understatement).
But the irony is — and NHL fans and O’Neill followers will jump all over this — that O’Neill himself was sometimes knocked as a player for his occasional Kessel-like qualities — a gifted goal scorer who wasn’t (or so it would seem) always in the very best of shape.
But the Etobicoke resident admits as much and tells a story about how he spent a summer training with Roberts, a fitness guru and good friend. They were doing sled sprints (with weights) on a baseball field in Muskoka. After some very tough sledding, O’Neill started puking.
“(Roberts) just looked at me and said, ‘What did you do last night?’ And I said, ‘None of your business.’ And he goes, ‘Whatever you did, you can’t do it again if you want to do the sleds, because you can’t f---ing do it.
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
Though the Carolina Hurricanes made significant changes in their front office and behind the bench – Ron Francis took over as general manager while former Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Bill Peters replaced Kirk Mueller as head coach -- following the team’s 13th place finish last season, the personnel has not fluctuated much.
And considering that the roster remains largely intact, Carolina’s top players really have to step it up, according to former Hurricane Jeff O’Neill.
“When you have a lot of long-term [contracts], guys locked in to big money, there is a philosophy around the league that you are only as good as your bad contracts,” O’Neill told ESPN.com in a recent telephone conversation.
And that leaves at least a few players under some pretty intense scrutiny for the 2014-15 season. Chief among them, according to O’Neill, is goaltender Cam Ward.
from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Jeff O’Neill has decided to end his comeback try with the Hurricanes, the team said today.
O’Neill, a former Canes star, came to training camp as an unsigned free agent. The forward did not play in the NHL last season but hoped to win a roster spot with the Hurricanes.
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
Asked if he is a bit calmer and—how best to put it?—a bit more mature than when he left Raleigh in 2005, O’Neill smiled.
“Oh, yeah, that’s for sure,” he said.
(Jeff) O’Neill also said he’s in better shape. He said he began working out this spring at a fitness center in Toronto that specializes in training hockey players.
“I skated and worked out last season,” he said. “Obviously, that’s nothing compared to an NHL season. But [the training] helped me prepare for coming down here.”
from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday that the former Canes forward, who did not play in the NHL last season, has been invited to the team’s preseason camp next month. O’Neill, 32, has not signed a contract.
“In training camp, the door is open for players to make the team,” Rutherford said. “That’s the opportunity we’ll give him. He said he plans to come in early and work out with the guys. He has the right mindset.
“We have talked about a contract, but it makes sense for him to come to training camp for the tryout and then us talk about a contract.”
from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Monday’s re-signings of three players for Albany (AHL) more or less completed the restocking of the River Rats, but the Canes would still like to add one more center for organizational depth.
One name under consideration? Jeff O’Neill.
Yes, that Jeff O’Neill.
The Canes have talked to O’Neill and Jeff Taffe, Rutherford said, but both are holding out for one-way contracts.
From Jim Barber at Simcoe.com,
The 31-year-old native of King City was without an NHL contract to start the season, and has spent much of the past few months trying to stay in shape on his own in anticipation of a potential offer from an NHL club.
But he missed being around a team atmosphere and so got in contact with the Colts.
“I am friends with (assistant coach) Drake (Berehowsky), and a friend of mine’s good friends with (head coach) Marty (Williamson). I just got in touch with them. I was looking to get back on the ice,” O’Neill told Simcoe.com after practice on Wednesday.
via the Toronto Sun,
While the Maple Leafs make their pre-season debut in Edmonton tomorrow, Jeff O’Neill sits and waits.
Could the free-agent sniper, who spent the past two seasons with Toronto, be headed to the Ottawa Senators?
O’Neill’s agent, Ian Pulver, told Sun Media yesterday that discussions have been held with Senators general manager Bryan Murray.
“Jeff O’Neill continues to review all of his options,” Pulver said.
via the Globe and Mail,
Last week, we tried to track down the 31-year-old O’Neill to get his thoughts on why he remains unsigned even though he scored 20 goals last season and to find out if there were any clubs interested in his services. But his new agent, Ian Pulver, returned an e-mail that said the two of them felt that it wasn’t in the best interest of O’Neill to do an interview.
Of the 120 players who scored 20 goals or more, only Petr Prucha of the New York Rangers averaged less than O’Neill’s 13 minutes and 43 seconds of ice time. Of the 167 players who matched O’Neill’s 42 points or more, only Michel Ouellet of the Pittsburgh Penguins averaged less ice time than O’Neill.