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Sheldon Souray

Sheldon Souray has changed his “not talking to Edmonton media” stance


Mild kerfuffle (good word) out of Edmonton this morning prior to tonight’s Stars-Oilers game at American Airlines Center. Former Oilers defenseman Sheldon Souray, currently in the midst of a bounce-back season with the Stars, told the Dallas PR staff he wouldn’t speak to any media in advance of the game. He’d also refused all interview requests leading up to tonight’s affair.

As you can imagine, the media was extremely understanding:


But after receiving said heat from the media and speaking with the Stars organization, Souray had a change of heart:


Souray had plenty of reasons for not wanting to talk with reporters. He left Edmonton acrimoniously (he and his $5.4 annual cap hit stashed away in the AHL) and became increasingly frustrated with how the organization handled the situation. In a September interview with the Montreal Gazette, Souray recalled his time in Edmonton with a distinct lack of fondness:

“What a debacle,” Souray said. “Was it a nightmare with Edmonton? Yeah.

“I felt (a move) would happen when it happened. I started losing faith in the process. Things (the Oilers) were doing didn’t make sense. I resigned myself to being just a prisoner at that point, for lack of a better word.

“I had played in two organizations before Edmonton that were top shelf. First New Jersey, then Montreal. They were kind of the standard. Then you go somewhere that’s less than that and it’s: ‘Wow, this is interesting.'”

My guess is that, having already addressed his time in Edmonton, Souray probably wanted to avoid ripping open old wounds and focus on tonight’s game. But that’s kind of a pipe dream considering 1) Edmonton reporters were waiting for today given he’d balked on previous interview requests and 2) His story is pretty compelling. No way reporters were going to just ignore it.

UPDATE: Here’s Souray speaking with the media.


Flyers captain Mike Richards clears the air about his role as captain and more

Mike Richards

Flyers captain Mike Richards has already had a more than tumultuous offseason in Philadelphia. While the Flyers were swept out of the playoffs by Boston, Richards came under fire from many people upon the conclusion of the year. After all, when you’re the captain of a high profile team, these things will happen.

Richards was accused of having a rift with coach Peter Laviolette. He also had the finger pointed at him by some for not being a good enough captain for Philadelphia, a stunning accusation given what the Flyers have been able to do under his watch. With Richards having undergone surgery on his wrist this offseason, an injury that severely hampered his abilities against Boston, the slings and arrows have been sailing in from all directions, in particular some members of the media, CSN Philly’s Tim Panaccio and Sun Media’s Steve Simmons, who Richards sounded off at on Twitter.

Richards took time out from vacationing in Cabo to talk with Flyers Files Chuck Gormley to clear the air about a few things. If you’re a Flyers fan or curious onlooker, it’s a must read but here’s a few key points Richards hits on.

On the captaincy:

Whenever things go wrong, there are always going to be people blamed and fingers pointed. That generally comes with the job of being the captain. The first person in line is usually me. It sucks more that we lost and we’re in this situation than what’s being written. You just learn from your mistakes and try to do better in the future.

On what the Flyers need to do with goaltending next year:

I have full confidence in Bob (Sergei Bobrovsky) coming in and playing well. If you look at what he was accustomed to before coming to the NHL, that’s a lot of games for a goaltender who switches over. You saw how well he played in the beginning of the year when he was rested, strong and feeling good about himself. It’s a long season and sometimes you get tired out. As a player who has been there before you make adjustments, train differently and learn as you go and I think Bob is going to do that. He’s going to be a good goaltender in this league and hopefully I can go through it with him.

On his wrist injury in the playoffs:

I think so. I don’t want to make excuses by any means, but faceoffs were a big thing for me and, man, it’s frustrating. It’s a part of my game I pride myself in and we just didn’t get that, especially against (Boston Bruins center Patrice) Bergeron. To me, that was the flashing light that I didn’t have that strength to face him. My shot wasn’t as good as I would like to see, but at the same time, everybody plays with injuries. I wish I would have gotten (surgery) done at the beginning of the year when I had the opportunity to, but we didn’t know that it was going to keep getting worse instead of better throughout the year. It was unfortunate, but you live and you learn.

Such openness from an NHL player and team captain is refreshing and seeing him be as frank as he is about just about everything that came into question at the end of the season is honestly great to read. Richards will still have to do a lot on the ice next season to make people put the bitterness about the Flyers playoff failure this year behind them. As great as their run to the Stanley Cup final was in 2010, it’s just as disappointing for them to get bounced in the second round this year.

While Richards’ game comes with a certain edge and then some, how he comes back next year (and likely with a chip on his shoulder) should make the Flyers all the more dangerous next season.

Video: Jeremy Roenick gives Patrick Marleau his due after scoring game-winning goal

Patrick Marleau

It was a tough series for Patrick Marleau against the Detroit Red Wings. He struggled to get points through the first six games of the series as he was unable to get either a goal or an assist. Marleau’s struggles in the past in the playoffs linger in the minds of Sharks fans and critics alike and even get the attention of former teammates.

Such was the case with Jeremy Roenick as he ripped Marleau for his play after a Game 5 loss that saw Marleau meander through the game and not play like the team’s leading scorer. Roenick was pointed and truthful in his take calling Marleau “gutless” for his effort and saying that he knew he could play better. Roenick hoped that Marleau would prove him wrong and fortunately for both guys, that’s just what happened.

After the Sharks’ Game 7 win over the Red Wings that saw Marleau score the game-winning goal in the third period and had him forcing his play all the more, Roenick gave credit where credit was due in praising Marleau’s play. I think we can all rest easy now that we’ve been able to force Roenick to give in and act like a regular commentator on television. Make sure your sarcasm detector is turned on there.

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