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We gave Chris the morning off today, he's busy getting ready for his Stumpython. Looking forward to hearing the Steve Thomas stories, the memories, why you think he should or shouldn't make the team. Warm up your lunch and check it out starting at noon today here.
While we're on the topic, freshen up with Mark Zwolinski's update on the camp competition. Thomas or Wellwood? Experience or youth? The Stumpy Meter is at its lowest point to date, so it's not looking good for our man Stevie.
Just a quick links post this morning, I'm taking some time to write up my fave Stumpy memory.
Speaking of debates. Who's your pick for best player of all-time?
How could we miss that great quote from Jeremy Roenick yesterday? Saw the hit by Denis Gauthier Sunday night, hey J.R.: it's NHL hockey - it's supposed to be physical.
"I think it indicates the state of our game, the lack of respect, especially in the preseason," Roenick said. "It is uncalled for, it is ridiculous, it is one of the reasons our game isn't as good as it once was."
Roenick is still angry about the shot, perhaps more upset about his having to sit out the rest of the pre-season. Kings coach says let's move on and we agree.
Here's the latest in our ongoing efforts to find something wrong with the Ottawa Senators. (Unfortunately you have to read past a lot of positives to get there.)
Damien Cox calls on the Thrashers to get Ilya Kovalchuk back into the NHL ranks, and so do I -- before my fantasy draft, please.
That's it. We're officially including Vancouver in the battle of Alberta.
Jeff Friesen - the first casualty of the cap. Dealt to Washington as the Devils answer the $39-million question.
"It stinks," Friesen says.
If you haven't been following Rick Westhead's excellent work
for on the NHLPA, be sure to check out his story today. We try to keep this forum on the ice, but it's hard to ignore the growing conflict within the players' union.
Sabres-Leafs tonight. Finally, a break from the Senators. See you in the Stumpython.