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5 Years For Trooper Involved In “Operation Slapshot”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via NJ.com,

A former state trooper who admitted to running a sports betting ring with a retired hockey star was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison.
While retired NHL player Rick Tocchet was the big name in the case, the trooper, James Harney, was the biggest catch for authorities….
Harney met Tocchet in the 1990s when Tocchet was playing for the Philadelphia Flyers and Harney tended bar at a hotel frequented by athletes.
After retiring in 2002, Tocchet became Gretzky’s top assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes but was placed on indefinite leave from his job after he was charged.
Under state law, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. But, as his lawyer emphasized, the crimes he pleaded guilty to usually do not result in incarceration for people who have had no other brushes with the law.
Authorities would not say whether they would request jail time when he is sentenced on Aug. 17.

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Ownership Changes In Minnesota Not Planned

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from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

Citing an unnamed source, ESPN.com reported that “plans are in the works for [Leipold] to step into an ownership role with the Minnesota Wild after cutting ties with the Preds and when current Wild owner Robert O. Naegele Jr. decides to step away from the business.”
Naegele declined to comment to the Star Tribune through a team spokesman. A source close to Naegele said he’d be shocked if Naegele, the lead investor of an ownership group with 21 principals, would sell all his shares to Leipold.
The source said there have been no meetings to discuss ownership changes.

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Too Good To Pass Up

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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

It was a fine whine all right, reminiscent of the moaning and groaning Burke emitted from his Vancouver pulpit when the Sedins were apparently treated poorly by nasty foes and myopic refs a while ago. He uncorked another bottle when Todd Bertuzzi did his thug thing on Steve Moore and was duly suspended.
But Burke simply couldn’t do the math with Penner at $4.25 million and now he must make do with Bertuzzi, who was originally tagged to replace Teemu
Selanne’s goals on the wing. Now Bert will have to stay out of the penalty box, the infirmary and the commissioner’s doghouse long enough to score 29 for Penner too. Good luck, Duck.
If Burke isn’t on the phone at this moment begging Selanne and Scott Niedermayer to stave off retirement for one more year, he ought to be getting a call from his bosses.

more on the signing of Penner…

added 9:42am, from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Frankly, I’ve had enough of you, Mr. Crankypants.
Brian Burke makes Ebenezer Scrooge look like Tony Robbins, eating a tub of ice cream. What the heck does it take for you to get – and stay – happy?
We can forgive your irascible early years. You were young and it was the Hartford Whalers after all. Smiles were not in their budget.

continued

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Teams Will Work To Keep Their Own

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from the Edmonton Journal,

“If the Ducks called today to negotiate an extension for Ryan Getzlaf, we would definitely return that phone call. When you see (fellow Group II players) Zach Parise just sign an extension a year before his contract is up and Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh do the same, I see teams trying to take care of their restricted players earlier. I see that happening more (than offer sheets),” said Johannson.
“Most players want to sign with their current team, but in the old days, the team had leverage over a Group II restricted free agent. The variable now is the offer sheet, and I see teams revising their ideas about what’s fair to keep their own players.”

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A “Kinder” Arbitration Process Needed

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

No doubt arbitration is a gamble for both sides and in more than just salary. If Avery’s play falters in the upcoming season, the Rangers will be kicking themselves, especially as they’ll be paying him almost $2 million.
Perhaps the Rangers should suggest to the NHL and its Players’ Association that the arbitration system needs to be revamped in order to make it a less painful process - one in which the clubs don’t come out swinging at their own players and then try to kiss and make up when it’s over. That never helps team spirit, especially when word leaks out as it did in Avery’s case.

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Small Market Teams Still Struggle

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from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

...two seasons after its historymaking and image-fracturing lockout, the NHL is in some ways right back where it started. The average salary will top $2 million this coming season, compared to $1.8 million pre-lockout, even though salaries were reduced by 24 percent at the start of the new collective bargaining agreement. Small-market franchises are still struggling with financial issues and feeling like they’re being bullied by their mightier brethren. In-fighting has arisen among front offices with differing outlooks on running their clubs. The business model has changed but the gripes remain the same.

read on

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Lowe Not The “Bad Guy”

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke has already gone on record describing Lowe, his Edmonton Oilers counterpart, as desperate, classless, even gutless. And what did Lowe do that was so overtly wrong, so low and downright cowardly?
He didn’t call Burke to say the Oilers were extending a five-year, $21.25-million (all currency U.S.) offer sheet to restricted free-agent forward Dustin Penner, an offer the Ducks declined to match yesterday.
For that great crime against hockey, Lowe has been tarred and feathered as though he’d swindled old folks out of their retirement money.

read on

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Leafs Lunch Moving To Drive Time

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Ir you are like me and listen to Leafs Lunch on a regular basis, here is a bit of news- Leafs Lunch wll be moving to afternoon drive-time beginning next Tuesday.  Leafs Lunch will still be on at noon, but for only one hour.
Read all about it at the Toronto Star...

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Blue Jackets About To Announce Voracek Signing

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with first-round draft pick Jakub Voracek, The Dispatch has learned.
An announcement is expected today.
General manager Scott Howson would not comment when reached last night.
Voracek, a right winger who was the seventh overall pick in June, will make $875,000 in each of his first three NHL seasons under terms set by the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
The contract won’t start until Voracek spends at least 10 games in the NHL, or until the 2009-10 season.
He’ll be given a chance to make the Blue Jackets at training camp in September but is likely to return to the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for one more season of junior hockey.

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Happy News To Start Your Weekend: Hank’s Back Hurting Again

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Reports out of Sweden (generally more accurate than reports out of, say, Russia) point to an issue we may be discussing for years to come.  The old adage seems to be that back problems never really go away, they just fluctuate between bearable and really painful. 

Well, Henrik Zetterberg’s back apparently flared recently and if you’ve forgotten about the little break he took prior to the playoffs last Spring, prepare to be reminded.

 

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