Before we launch today’s Linkorama, I’d like to toss out a couple of requests. Obviously, I’ve been covering the Oilers for a long time, so I’m not as knowledgeable about the best writers for the other five Canadian teams. If you see a good article I’ve missed, please point it out in the comments below. Otherwise, I’d also love to get some feedback on which of these links you enjoyed the most. Without further ado:
Former Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Jay Feaster has been a hockey insider for The Hockey News for a while now, and his columns are generally well worth the read. In his latest, he talks about no-trade and no-movement clauses and how they effect the NHL. One shocking number he brings up is that roughly 150 NHL players currently have either a no-trade or a no-movement clause.
Kent Wilson of Five Hole Fanatics takes a break from looking at the Flames to criticize Glen Sather for nickle-and-diming Brandon Dubinsky. It’s not as big a deal as Wilson makes out though, because the Rangers have Chris Drury and, umm… Tyler Arnason!
Fantasy Hockey Scouts give us the top-ten injury comeback players.
Pierre LeBrun tells us that Curtis Joseph isn’t considering retirement, but he isn’t exactly going around beating on the doors of NHL G.M.’s, either.
- Theo Fleury may (or may not) have a try-out with the Flames, but Eric Francis speculates that he could very well find himself as a star attraction with the Flames’ minor-league affiliate in Abbotsford.
- Nevermind; it’s been confirmed that Fleury will be in camp with the Flames.
- Also on the subject of Theo, Jean Lefebvre opines on the situation. He doesn’t come across as all that optimistic.
- Kent also has the Flames training camp roster nicely sorted over at Matchsticks & Gasoline.
- Garth Murray is making friends and influencing people. With his fists.
- Puck Daddy has their season preview out.
- I may be a little biased (seeing as how he writes for my old site) but I’ve always enjoyed Bruce McCurdy’s scouting reports from the Oilers rookie games. He scouts out Jordan Eberle, Alex Plante, and the rest of the prospects and tells us what they did against the Canucks. Meanwhile the Copper & Blue roundtable decides if the Oilers will make the playoffs or not.
- The always excellent Lowetide has two things to tell us about this coming season: Dustin Penner will be fine, while Rob Schremp and Robert Nilsson might be, but not in Edmonton.
- Jason Gregor recaps the Oilers’ summer over at OilersNation.
- David Staples sees a trade coming in Edmonton after listening to Kevin Lowe‘s comments on the Oilers’ recent signing of Mike Comrie (transcript of Comire press conference here).
- Black Dog Hates Skunks looks at some of the burning issues entering training camp, and discusses the Comrie contract.
- Understandably, Comrie is the hot topic in Edmonton, and YKOil isn’t enthusiastic about the signing.
Lastly, if you were waiting for it, Patrick Laforge has finally broke out the “we may leave Edmonton if we don’t get a new arena” routine.
- Lions in Winter looks at answers to key hockey questions in Montreal: is the new owner, Geoff Molson, forming an ownership group that has sufficient Quebec roots? Are three French-speaking, Quebec-born hockey players enough? The Canadiens feel that the answers to both of these questions are yes, and while I agree with them, I can’t help but asking another question: for the love of all that is holy, why is this an issue? Maybe it’s just the fact that I think French culture can endure just fine, thank you very much, without a bunch of protectionist ninnies, but it seems to me that picking hockey players should have more to do with their, you know, playing ability.
- Dennis Kane considers the makeup of the team and the future of P.K. Subban.
- Habs Inside/Out, the Montreal Gazette‘s Canadiens blog, has a bunch of stuff up about training camp, including some interviews with players like undrafted free agent Philippe Lefebvre.
Outgoing Habs owner George Gillett may not be loved in Liverpool, but he leaves the Canadiens after eight years in which he was a model owner.
- Dany Heatley is at training camp today, but he may not be there for very long. Both San Jose and Chicago are supposedly pursuing his services.
- Also at training camp: all these guys.
- Bruce Garrioch can proudly claim that he was wrong – first! – about the proposed three-way Dany Heatley trade.
Toronto Maple Leafs
- Thanks to the alrady-sainted-in-Leafs-land Brian Burke, the word “truculence” has entered the popular vernacular, but how many Leafs fit the description? Of those Leafs, how many are in fact just gorillas on skates? Die Hard Blue and White goes through the roster.
- And, if you had argued with my description of Burke as “already sainted”, I give you Sports and the City.
- Maple Leafs Hot Stove was at training camp yesterday; they have pictures.
- What every Leafs fan wants to know: a history of the 1916-17 season from Pension Plan Puppets! Also from PPP, this handy chart guide to the Leafs training camp roster.
- Toronto Sports Media Blog gives it’s thoughts on the renovations to the Air Canada Centre and the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
- Mats Sundin, who wasn’t able to make a decision about his NHL future in time for training camp last year… isn’t going to make a decision about his NHL future in time for training camp this year.
- The Canucks may be preparing to extend Alain Vigneault – through 2012-13 – but they aren’t ready to announce it yet.
- Mike Gillis‘ move to add veterans to training camp was the chief subject around Canuckland today. Canucks Hockey Blog thinks it’s a great move to help change the culture of the team, while Nucks Misconduct is just as adamant that Mark Parrish (my take here) is streaky and that those who believe in him “shall have eternal strife”.
- Cam Davey takes a look at the two rookies who could step in now that Pavol Demitra has gone down with injury. He’s evidently not a believer in Parrish, because he thinks there’s a good chance that both Sergei Shirokov and Cody Hodgson could start the season with the big club.
- Meanwhile Cloutier for Vezina (or, given where he is now, Conn Smythe…) runs down the Canucks broadcast schedule.
- Darcy Hordichuk shares training camp stories with Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun, including one of the most interesting pre-scheduled fights I’ve ever heard of – he followed tough guy Denny Lambert into the bathroom to set up a match. It’s a good read.