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Posted on: October 3, 2011 9:09 am
Edited on: October 3, 2011 9:10 am

Daily Skate: Brouwer gets a look on top line

By: Adam Gretz

BROUWER EXPECTED TO BE CAPS' TOP LINE RIGHT WING It appears that Troy Brouwer is going to open the regular season for the Washington Capitals as their top line right wing, according to coach Bruce Boudreau. Said Boudreau, via Stephen Wyno of the Washington Times, “He's a physical presence. He hits, he forechecks well. He can make the play when he has time.” The Capitals acquired Brouwer on draft day in exchange for their first-round pick. In 79 games last season he scored 17 goals to go with 19 assists.

JULIEN: VERBAL ON-ICE TAUNTS CROSSING THE LINE We've had a couple of taunting incidents in the NHL over the past week, including fan-on-player and player-on-player. Bruins head coach Claude Julien is one person in the NHL that thinks some of the trash-talking is crossing the line. Here's what he had to say on the subject via Joe Haggerty of CSNNE.com:
“Whether that's been like that decades ago, I'm not quite sure. People are going after divorces or calling people certain names that I don't even want to allude to here,” said Julien. “But there is a fine line I think that has to exist. There's gamesmanship and then there's crossing the line. I think more and more, players today are going further than they used to so.

“You'd hope that it would be policed by [the players] and by having a little bit more respect for each other. They are part of a player's association, they should all be part of a group and there should be at least that kind of respect that exists. Some people are better at refraining themselves than others. You always have those other kind of guys whether the league needs to step into it . . . it's always a hard thing to prove. You know he said, she said and whatever. It's not an easy thing to tackle.”
COACH ALFREDSSON Daniel Alfredsson has been the best player for the Senators franchise since it entered the NHL back in 1993, and he's starting to get closer to the end of his career. He's starting to look forward to his post-playing days and one of the idea's that's at the top of his list is being a minor hockey coach. He talks about that, as well as being a "hockey dad," with Wayne Scanlan.

DO PRESEASON RECORDS MATTER? I typically fall on the side of "No," but Adrian Dater of the Denver Post examines whether or not the 1-4 record the Colorado Avalanche put up in the preseason means anything, and concludes that for this young Avalanche team, coming off a 29th place finish, it matters more than it would for, say, the Avs glory day teams.

NYQUIST SCORES TWO Gustav Nyquist scored a pair of goals for the Detroit Red Wings in their final preseason game on Sunday evening, a 3-2 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and his second goal, a power play tally in the second period, came on this nice give-and-go one-timer with Johan Franzen.

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Posted on: August 24, 2011 10:03 pm
Edited on: August 24, 2011 11:22 pm

Another Crosby update: He speaks, thanks fans

CrosbyspeaksBy: Adam Gretz

As the Sidney Crosby concussion saga has unfolded over the past couple of months there's been a lot of discussion and speculation regarding his status. Most of the talk has come from his agent, his team and media reports, with little actually coming from Crosby.

Earlier on Wednesday Dejan Kovacevic of the Tribune Review and Sportsnet's Jeff Marek both made their case for Crosby to break his silence and give an update straight from the horses mouth.

On Wednesday evening the Penguins website offered yet another update on Crosby's recovery, including a quote from their captain -- which didn't really tell us all that much -- as well as an update that several of the leading concussion experts that he's been seeing expect him to make a full recovery. Eventually.

Said Crosby, via the team release, “I appreciate all the support I’ve received from my family, friends, teammates and fans and from the entire Penguins organization. I know they only want the best for my health, and for me to be fully ready when I return to game action.”

Surely you weren't expecting anything different at this point.

The release did, however, seem to address the altered offseason workouts we recently heard about:

Crosby, who suffered a concussion in January and missed the rest of the 2010-11 season, made significant progress over the summer and took part in his normal, rigorous off-season workout program – including skating, shooting, stickhandling and off-ice work.

When he got to 90 percent exertion in his workouts, however, he started having some headaches again. At that point, his doctors and trainers altered his workouts accordingly.

Crosby's agent, Pat Brisson, is also quoted in the statement, saying “We always knew this was going to be a progressive recovery – based on how he felt. With a concussion, there is not a finite recovery period like with a shoulder injury or a knee injury. That’s why we’ve never even set a specific goal for a return date like the start of training camp or Oct. 1 or anything else. He will play when he is symptom free.”

And that obviously hasn't happened yet. But again, we're still over a month away from the start of the regular season, so there's still time for him to be ready when the puck drops in October. But we are running out of time. And as Brisson points out in the statement, and this is still the most important thing in all of this, dates aren't the issue -- it's all about how Crosby feels.

The fact that he's still seeing specialists -- the statement claims he recently saw specialists in Georgia and Michigan -- and experiencing headaches when he reached 90 percent exertion has to be concerning on some level, even if the specialists still expect a full recovery.

We just don't know when that's going to be.

Photo: Getty Images

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