“There will be rust,” wrote Nick Paumgarten in The New Yorker, surveying the NHL’s return from its labour hibernation. “Blood, too, maybe.”
Though across town, Rangers’ coach John Tortorella didn’t want to talk about the lockout. “Let’s just move by that,” he encouraged. One of his centres, Brad Richards, said, “We’ve got to learn some things quickly.”
“You can’t play a perfect game,” said Marty St. Louis in Tampa Bay.
Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec said the team’s 2-1 loss to Toronto was on him. His goaltender, Carey Price: “To get scored on with the first shot of the season isn’t what you want.” When captain of the Canadiens, Brian Gionta, scored his first goal in more than a year, he said it would be nice to give his seven-year-old son a little hug. He said the reason you come to play in a place like Montreal is guys like Jean Béliveau, “a legend of the game who’s been around forever.”
P.K. Subban, meanwhile, waited to sign a contract. “I want to be a big part of them,” he said. “It’s my bloodline.”
In Toronto, Joffrey Lupul said, “It’s where my heart is.’
Bruce Boudreau, Anaheim’s coach, believed that Teemu Selanne might be the best 42-year-old athlete in the world. Continue reading