Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Wednesday evening linkorama

  • The Dany Heately waiting game contines, for approximately another hour and a half, anyway. TSN is reporting that the Oilers management is meeting face-to-face with Heatley to try to facilitate a deal.

    Interesting blog posts today include We're not the Jet Set (Lowetide), Official 2009 NHL Free Agency Thread (Copper & Blue), WTF: The Dany Edititon (OilersNation), Happy Canada Day (OilersNation), The Oilers signing of Khabibulin and why there are no shortcuts in the NHL (Cult of Hockey).

    The stupidest quote of the day? Heatley reportedly said that he felt Ottawa "virtually put a gun to his head" by giving him the sole option of Edmonton. Well, that's a bit, ummm, overly dramatic.

  • Chris at TheThirdManIn talks a bit about the Blackhawks depth at C now that they've signed John Madden.
    So up the middle now....

    1. Jonathan Toews
    2. Dave Bolland
    3. John Madden
    4. Tomas Kopecky (c/w)
    5. Adam Burish (c/rw)
    6. Jake Dowell

    Is that enough to lead you to a Stanley Cup? Are the Hawks any better off up the middle now than they were at the end of May?

    This means Fraser only returns under a two-way. Kopecky is a weird one. I've got a feeling that the inclusion of Kopecky was some kind of a package deal with Hossa/Kopecky agent Rich Winter. Adam Burish will be in the lineup every night above all else because of his favorable fourth-line cap hit. The inclusion now of Kopecky (probably at wing) also indicates to me the Hawks have little or no expectation Kyle Beach will make this team in training camp. They probably can't afford him at this point anyway.
  • Four members of the Badger Women's 08-09 Championship Team - Alycia Matthews, Kyla Sanders, Kelly Nash, and Anne Dronen - took part in the Marshall Firemen's Parade last weekend, as did Director of Hockey Ops Paul Hickman. Photo Gallery.
  • Uwbadgers.com catches up with Jackie Friesen.
    "There is a pride factor that goes along with being a Badger. I remember how much pride I had putting on my jersey for games and just being so thankful that I was a Badger. I always thought and still do that the UW is the best school and wondered why anyone would pick any other."
  • Last week I posted a couple of links from June USA Hockey women's performance camp. Not surprisingly, I missed a few links. The first 2 links here illustrate the rigorous nature of the June camp; the 3rd link is points out the benefits of the upcoming Qwest Tour: Grinding it Out, My Threshhold, Hitting the Road.
  • Last week I also posted about Jackie MacMillan's taking the head coaching position for the new CSS Women's Hockey Program. This week I stumbled upon the video of the report from the local Duluth TV channel. The report doesn't contain any new info, but the entire footage used is of Jackie as a Badger.