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We all already knew that the Rangers and Flyers were going to play outdoors in Philadelphia in January, which made this afternoon’s press conference at Citizens Bank Park a little bit anticlimactic. Until, that is, Glen Sather spoke.
Tyler Bozak: Having a great camp, but suddenly his name is coming up in trade rumours. If the Leafs are interested in Phoenix hold-out Kyle Turris, or if Matthew Lombardi outplays him, things could get very uncomfortable for the third-year leaf.
Mike Komisarek: Having a good camp, looking very confident. He’s an alternate captain and a loyal soldier and GM Brian Burke loves him. Much has been made recently of his limited no-trade clause – Komisarek has a list of about 10 teams he’d accept a trade to. And he’s from Long Island, and the Islanders need a defenceman …. so connect the dots.
It was just the Rangers’ first exhibition game, only the first time Brad Richards and Marian Gaborik played together against what coach John Tortorella likes to call, “different colors,” but there’s little doubt that the elite dispatcher and world-class sniper are going to combine to present a world of trouble for opponents.
Richards will carry the puck. Gaborik will look for seams and to jump into openings. The left wing on the first line — a true blue first line the club has lacked since Tortorella arrived two-thirds of the way through 2008-09 — will be a complementary piece, whether it’s Wojtek Wolski or a forward to named later.
Last year, the Edmonton Oilers’ rallying cry was “where’s the face-off man?” but this year it’s “where’s the puck-mover?”
Without Ryan Whitney, it’s painfully obvious that the Oilers No. 1 need is somebody to get the puck to Taylor Hall and Co for the quick breakout. There are too many Oiler defenceman into the double-clutch mode, not willing to risk a headman pass even if the worst thing that happens is an icing and a face-off in their end.
Veteran goaltender Marty Turco still wants to play in the NHL. The Sharks just lost one of their netminders, Antero Niittymaki, until the middle of December at the earliest.
See where we’re going with this?
Turco, who was signed by the Blackhawks in the summer of 2010 in order to help defend their Stanley Cup title, was not brought back by Chicago at the conclusion of his one-year deal last year. After rookie Corey Crawford took the starting role from Turco last season, the Blackhawks decided not to resign the 36-year-old.