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Crosby, Hamilton, Bettman & Who Gets The Next Team

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If you are a hockey fan, I suggest you listen to the interview Bob McCown and Jim Kelley did with Ralph Mellanby yesterday evening on The Fan590 in Toronto. 
Ralph is the former executive producer of HNIC and speaks out on why Sidney Crosby should not be the captain of the Pens, why Hamilton will never get an NHL team, the “old boys” network, Jim Balsillie and a few other topics.
You may wat to start around the 2 minute mark unless you want to hear about the advantages of HDTV.

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Wings Bloggers Now Have An Inside Source!

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from Behind the Jersey,

Okay, so the Red Wings really didn’t “sign me,” but I did get a great call this afternoon.
Four weeks ago, I interviewed with the Red Wings for one of five public relations internship positions. I am happy to report that one of my best friends and I both got a position. I start working late next month and I’m incredibly excited about the opportunity!

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Interesting Russian Report

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via Sport Express,

“I have got a couple of interesting offers from Russia,” admitted Yashin to Sport Express.
“Moreover German and other European clubs seem to be interested in my services.”
“Some think my move to Detroit is a settled thing but I can say only that they want to see me in the squad as well as a number of other clubs, yet I can’s say anything more definite.”
“I am happy that my services are still in demand and I’d like to thank Russian supporters for their attention to me.”

Do remember, words often come across differently when translated…

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Habs Came Up Empty

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

After more than a week of waiting and wondering, Souray is still out there. So is Mike Johnson, the best of the Canadiens’ acquisitions for 2006-07. Alas, Radek Bonk is a Predator after that franchise’s mother of all fire sales.
The best the Canadiens could do was sign defenceman Roman Hamrlik, who probably dislocated his shoulder in his haste to put his name to a four-year contract at the obscene price of $22 million U.S. (Has Alex Kovalev asked to have his $4.5-million-a-year deal renegotiated yet?) Bryan Smolinski was signed to a one-year deal for $2 million. Then: Tom Kostopoulos….
While I’m sure the Canadiens tried hard to bring a desperately needed franchise player such as Daniel Briere to this city, the bottom line is that they came up empty, while their non-playoff neighbours improved.

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Shanny Is Back

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from David Kolb at MSG Network,

Worry no more Ranger fans. “Shanny” is in the fold.
Despite Shanahan’s proclamation at season’s end, rumors persisted this off-season that No. 14 might be headed elsewhere. Shanahan however, has proven to be a real team player on-and-off the ice -both during the season and now in the off-season. He understood how important it was for GM Glen Sather to deal with more pressing issues before it came time for Shanahan to re-up.

more... and many Wings fans will agree with David’s views.  We have witnessed the “Shanny delay” numerous times throughout his career with the Wings.  Once he made the statement that he did, there should have been no doubt about his return.

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The Top Selling Jerseys

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TOP 10 SELLING JERSEYS ON SHOP.NHL.COM (2007 Fiscal Year: 7/1/06 – 6/30/07)
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
Maxim Afinogenov, Buffalo Sabres
Daniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres
Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
Peter Forsberg, Philadelphia Flyers / Nashville Predators
Teemu Selanne, Anaheim Ducks
Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers
Chris Drury, Buffalo Sabres
Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

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Report- Rangers Re-Sign Shanahan

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Fan590 in Toronto reporting Shanny stays with the Rangers.  Leafs Lunch reporting the same. 
Now, about all those emails I received stating he was signing with the Habs… enough!

added 1:40pm, Leafs Lunch now stating on the verge of signing…

added 1:49pm, Leafs Lunch now referring to Brooks story from this morning, so let’s say they have no inside information…

update 4:03pm, from the NY Rangers,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Brendan Shanahan.

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Born To Play

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from the Buffalo Sabres,

Although he didn’t officially begin playing ice hockey until the age of 10, T.J. Brennan was born to play the game. Or at least that’s what he’ll tell you.
Brennan was faced with a difficult decision coming out of high school. Receiving multiple collegiate scholarships in lacrosse, Brennan choose to forgo a higher education and roll the dice with the sport he loves, opting to play hockey for St. John’s Fog Devils of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

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Vishnevski A Devil

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According to the NHLPA site, the Devils have signed Vitali Vishnevski for $1.4M.

added 11:12am, from the New Jersey Devils,

“Vitaly Vishnevski is a defenseman who brings a physical presence to our hockey team,” said Lamoriello. “He has both size and experience, and we feel he can play our type of hockey.”

added 12:42pm, via TSN,

The New Jersey Devils signed free-agent defenceman Vitaly Vishnevski to a US$5.4-million, three-year contract on Tursday.

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Crosby Contract Extended

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via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins have signed center Sidney Crosby to a five-year contract extension. Financial details were not immediately available, but the deal is believed to be worth about $9 million per year.
It will take effect in the 2008-09 season.

added 10:15am, from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Sidney Crosby has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the Pittsburgh Penguins through the 2012-13 season, it was announced Tuesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Crosby will play the 2007-08 season under the terms of his original NHL entry-level contract. The five-year extension will take effect at the start of the 2008-09 season and run through 2012-13.

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