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From Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals Insider at the Washington Post:

Earlier today I asked majority owner Ted Leonsis about A.O.‘s new clothing line, which will be introduced tonight in Toronto.

Without any hesitation, Leonsis dropped this gem of a quote:

“I’ve asked Alex to save for me one pair of bright red pants, which I’m sure will have holes in it,” he said. “They’ll be low-slung bellbottoms. If he wins MVP and I can fit in them, I’ll wear them Friday night.”.

All due respect to Mr. Leonsis, I’m not sure I really need to see that…

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, ted+leonsis

Pocklington Not Really the Sentimental Type

via the CBC,

Peter Pocklington, who once sold Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, held an online garage sale this week that netted the former Edmonton Oilers owner a cool $294,269 US.

The items included five Stanley Cup championship rings from the Oilers’ amazing run in the 1980s, plus three Edmonton Trappers title rings dating from when Pocklington owned the Pacific Coast League baseball team.

In addition, there were miniature replicas of the Stanley Cup and Clarence Campbell Bowl (Western Conference championship) trophies. A number of smaller items such as photographs were also up for bid.

continued…

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  Tags: peter+pocklington

Give Therrien Some Credit

From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,

As I was saying, the Penguins are built on a foundation of young studs, the likes of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Fleury. That is the core of a team destined to get back to the Stanley Cup final before too long – as long as they continue to be coached by Therrien.

It’s not as though he’s the only man who can guide this club, but give credit where credit is due. Does anybody out there believe the Penguins would have managed to steal two games off the powerful Detroit Red Wings in the final if not for the defensive teachings of the guy they call Mike?

read on

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  Tags: michel+therrien

Premature Coach Speculation

From the CP via TSN,

The Ottawa Senators are soon hoping to hire a new head coach but reports Wednesday that they had found their man were premature.

“I haven’t hired anybody at this point in time,” Senators GM Bryan Murray told The Canadian Press on Wednesday morning.

Reports surfaced Wednesday that Murray had hired highly touted junior coach Peter DeBoer from the OHL’s Kitchener Rangers.

“We’ve had conversations but nothing has been determined at this point in time,” said Murray.

continued…

Reports in question include Bruce Garrioch in the Ottawa Sun today.

Update 12:16pm ET: Adam Proteau at The Hockey News posted a similar report this morning.
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*my thanks to a KK reader for help keeping an eye on this story today

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  Tags: bryan+murray, peter+deboer

Rangers’ Rozsival Undergoing Surgery

From Newsday:

Rangers defenseman Michal Rozsival will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his left hip, the team announced.

Rozsival, who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, is expected to make a full recovery in four to six weeks.

continued…

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  Tags: michal+rozsival

Babcock Press Conference Full of Zero Surprises

The AP’s anonymous NHL source knew what he/she was talking about yesterday. This morning’s press conference in Detroit did indeed announce that Mike Babcock has been signed to 3 more years:

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland today announced the team has signed head coach Mike Babcock to a 3-year contract extension.

“Mike has been a huge part in the Red Wings’ success during his time in Detroit,” said Holland.  “We are fortunate to have secured a coach with his work ethic and leadership for another three seasons.”

Press conference can be seen here. Helene St. James of the Free Press states that the deal is believed to be worth $1.5 million per season.

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  Tags: ken+holland, mike+babcock

NHL Awards Talk

Alan Ryder at the Globe & Mail:

The Hart Memorial Trophy is awarded to the player judged to be “the most valuable to his team”. Although a literal read of this clearly means that a goaltender ought to win this prize each year, the award has typically (nearly 90% of the time) been presented to the NHL’s most impactful skater, as judged by the voters. And the Hart has usually gone to a forward (about 80% of the time). This year’s ‘nominees’ (the top three vote getters) were forwards Jarome Iginla, Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Ovechkin.

The Lester B. Pearson Award is awarded to the player judged, by his peers, to be “the most outstanding player”. In the voting for the NHLPA’s award the players have shown an even greater bias towards forwards than do the hockey writers who choose the Hart winner.

continued with Ryder’s picks and analysis of all the contenders

Update 3:20pm ET: Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated also Handicaps the NHL Hardware today.

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  Tags: hart+trophy, nhl+awards

Lecavalier on John Tortorella

From Damian Cristodero at the St. Petersburg Times,

He appreciated the on-ice structure Tortorella brought in seven seasons as Lightning coach and said, “Definitely he will have success. I don’t think he’ll have a tough time finding another job.”

Still, the superstar center said, there were times last season that Tortorella’s finger-to-chest style was difficult for some younger players to handle.

“He was very tough on young players,” Lecavalier said. “His emotions sometimes made it difficult. I’m not saying that in a bad way. That’s the type of coach he is. He is very aggressive, very emotional and very into the game.”

read on

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  Tags: john+tortorella, vincent+lecavalier

Latest Rumors

Spector has been busy today, gathering together all the latest speculation on where the coaches will end up; Leafs, Penguins, Blues and CBJ rumors; and of course, free agency rumors from around the NHL.

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  Tags: hockey+rumors

Canes Sign Michael Leighton for 2 Years

From TSN:

Michael Leighton has made his way back to the NHL.

The Carolina Hurricanes signed the veteran goaltender to a US$1.2-million, two-year contract on Wednesday. Leighton received a one-way deal and will start next season as Cam Ward’s backup.

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More at Lord Stanley’s Blog in the News & Observer

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  Tags: michael+leighton

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