Early Morning NHL Headlines – August 31, 2011.

The Stanley Cup takes a tumble in Newfoundland…Washington’s Mike Knuble playing for another deal…Buffalo’s Drew Stafford tries yoga…Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador ready to return from concussion…

POSTMEDIA: Laura Baziuk reported the Stanley Cup was dented yesterday when it fell off a table in St. John’s, NL at the start of a ceremony commemorating Bonavista native Michael Ryder’s day with the Cup. Ryder was a member of the Cup champion Boston Bruins, and will be playing this season with the Dallas Stars.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fabled trophy was none the worse for wear, and the report goes on to note this isn’t the first dent the historic mug has received over the years.

WASHINGTON POST: Tarik El-Bashir reports Capitals 39-year-old forward Mike Knuble is hoping his play this coming season will result in a contract extension. “I’m out there playing for another deal,” he said. “I’m not riding off into the sunset. I want to make that point clear to everybody. This is no farewell song.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Knuble will have his work cut out for himself, but if he can avoid another slow start and net 25-30 goals this season, he’ll earn that contract, either with the Capitals or another team as a UFA.

THE BUFFALO NEWS: Mike Harrington reports Sabres winger Drew Stafford is hoping incorporating “hot yoga” into his off-season training regimen will improve his flexibility and help him avoid injuries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yoga has been gaining popularity among NHL players as part of their training regimens. If it helps Stafford, who’s been dogged by injuries in his NHL career, it could become even more popular.

NORTHJERSEY.COM: Tom Gulitti reports Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador is ready to resume his NHL career after missing last season to post-concussion symptoms. Salvador has been participating in full workouts and claims he’s had no setbacks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good to hear Salvador has finally recovered from his concussion injury. Even better is he won’t have to worry about being demoted to clear cap space as he might’ve a year ago, had he not been placed on LTIR. The Devils payroll is currently just over $59 million, and that includes Salvador’s $2.9 million salary.

2 Comments

  1. Lord Stanleys mug has had a rough go with these bruins. Karma?

  2. The cup got beat up so badly they are considering changing the name to Lord Sedins’ Sup.