Here are the morning papers for the Thursday the 11th of September:
- MLSE is going to help repair indoor rinks in the Toronto area that are falling apart.
- Filip Kuba chose not to evoke his no-trade clause when he was dealt for Andrej Meszaros, writes Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
- Apparently Sidney Crosby is crashing at Mario’s house for another season. While Crosby has decided to stay with Mario, he has also taken an interest in becoming a delivery boy. Meanwhile, Alex Goligowski is going to try and make the Penguins have a difficult decision on their hands when it comes to naming the team’s final roster.
- Olli Jokinen has his sights set on his first ever trip to the post-season, explains Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic. Aside from Jokinen and a few other veterans, the Coyotes are a very, very young squad.
- Here is the Flyers’ rookie camp roster.
- Training camp has yet to begin but the Rangers’ players are already starting to get familiar with each other, writes Steve Zipay of Newsday.
- It is nice to see Kurtis Foster back on the ice after the awful injury he suffered in San Jose last season. Even though Marian Gaborik had some off-season surgery, the speedy Slovak looked great at a scrimmage on Wednesday, according to John Shipley.
- Red Wings GM Kenny Holland would love to talk contract extension with Henrik Zetterberg, who becomes an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2009. It is clear that Zetterberg wants to stay in Detroit, so the sides should eventually get something worked out.
- Chip Alexander of the News & Observer has the details on the Hurricanes’ new third jersey.
- There is a certain excitement surrounding the Bruins heading into the 2008/09 season, writes Fluto Shinzawa. Further to that excitement, Bruins’ season ticket holders had a very impressive 93% renewal rate this off-season.
- The Sedins just want to make sure the situation is right before they talk contract, writes Iain MacIntyre.
- 9/11 will be on Craig Conroy’s mind all day on Thursday.
- Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun has an interesting story about Mike Van Ryn and his experience at the 1999 Pan Am Games.
- Luke Richardson was offered a tryout invitation by the Senators on Wednesday and wasted no time in accepting it. The Senators are hoping for big things down the road for young netminder Brian Elliot.
- Mathieu Garon figures his shootout success can only last so long, so he would prefer the Oilers win a few more games in regulation this season, writes Jim Matheson.
- Alex Burrows is looking for a contract extension, writes Elliot Pap. (Writer’s note: I really like his game and believe the Canucks should lock him up long-term.)
For Illegal Curve, I’m Richard Pollock.