Said Willie Mitchell:
"We're proud as British Columbians to host the Olympics. It's a great honour. If we have to be on the road for a while so the show can go on, so be it. No doubt it's a bit of a disadvantage, but I'm sure management worked with the league on it and I think they did a pretty good job of spreading it out. I think we had two long road trips last year in the same month. It works both ways. No doubt you play your best hockey at home, but any time you're somewhere too long complacency sets in."
"We're going to go on the road for a long time. It's hard but it's going to be good for our team. Those two months are extremely hard on the body, but it will be good for the chemistry of the team. And when you play that many games on the road you're going to make up for it down the stretch."
Mitchell talked about the Round 2 loss to Chicago as well. Read the whole story at the Province.
Suddenly, August isn't so boring for the hockey die-hards anymore. Players are coming out of their summer dens and speaking up.
*Update* Speaking of that, CDC caught up with Ryan Johnson today. Johnson's finger is healed, he saw some live bands, and ran a 26-mile marathon in about 4 hours. I checked some of his Corsi stats for the marathon and it appears he ran himself out of a summer job.