Tuesday, August 27, 2013

NHL Snap Shots: Rajala, Ward, Goaltender Pads Shrink, Richards and Rangers

Finnish-born winger Toni Rajala has asked out of his contract with the Edmonton Oilers in order to play in Europe this season, according to the Edmonton Journal.  Rajala played for the Oilers' AHL affiliate team, the Oklahoma City Barons, in 2012-13, scoring 45 points in 46 regular season games with a plus-18 on-ice.

Cam Ward has a bit of extra motivation to improve after not being selected for Team Canada's Sochi Olympics summer camp according to the Toronto Sun.  The 29 year-old native of Saskatoon had his highest regular season goals-against-average in 2013, since the 2006-07 season.  It's a good bet he will improve on the 2.84 GAA mark he put up last season.

NHL goaltender pads will be shrinking this season.  The size of their leg pads has been decreased from 55% to 45% of the distance from the center of their knees to the center of their pelvis.

Brad Richards is happy with the Alain Vigneault hiring for the New York Rangers.  At least that's the indication from a recent comment, as quoted in the New York Post, by Richards saying that Vigneault's style of play will be "a lot more fun for a player like me".  

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