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from the Vail Trail,
In a world where athletes are celebrities, Marc Philippon is the hip surgeon to the stars.
He gave Olympic gold medalist Tara Lipinski the ability to continue skating. Pro golfer Peter Jacobsen credited Philippon on national TV when he won the Senior Open.
A successful surgery on golf legend Greg Norman earned Philippon a good friend and a few free golf lessons. Operating on former NHL star Mario Lemieux was a thrill for the French Canadian who grew up playing hockey and — as they figured out once they met — grew up playing hockey against Lemieux.
continued... not much more hockey talk, but a very good read…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Former Oiler defenceman Daniel Tjarnqvist, who battled injuries last year after an impressive start to the season, has signed a one-year deal for $1 million US to play for Ak Bars Kazan, one of the top Russian Elite League teams.
Tjarnqvist’s contract with Ak Bars is tax-free, which equates to about $1.5 million US in the NHL.
from the Ottawa Senators,
The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club today unveiled their new face of the future as they introduced their updated primary logo — a modernized version of the team’s former third-jersey logo. The familiar Roman soldier has been given a bolder, more determined “game face” — a symbol of the team’s strength and determination.
added 8/23/07, Erin Nicks, at her blog The Universal Cynic, attended the jersey party and has some pics and commentary of the event…
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
What’s left is a collection of unrestricted free agents whose best days are clearly behind them, but can still contribute to a team that might just need a little something extra to clear that last hurdle. There are also a handful of restricted and unrestricted free agents who, because of contract issues or various “reputation issues (injuries, character problems or the like), might be obtainable for teams willing to take a risk.
It’s not necessarily a bargain bin, but what follows is a Sportsnet.ca non-inclusive list of discounted, disrupted, discouraged or just dissed players who might help your hockey team (or perhaps your hockey pool if you or your favourite general manger can get them to the table on time.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Ah the lazy, hazy days of summer — sunshine, a hint of fall in the air, back-to-school sales … and NHL general managers, in a bargain-hunting mode, making one last pass at the free-agent market, with training camps less than a month away.
This week, two of the most respected players that had slipped through the cracks, found work — Trevor Linden and Michael Peca, who agreed to one-year deals respectively with the Vancouver Canucks and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Linden received $600,000 in base salary; Peca will get $1.2 million as soon as he passes his physical; and both contracts include incentives that could increase their eventual take-home day, depending upon how their seasons unfold.
Now that Alanah is up, has had her two cups of coffee, maybe we can wish her a Happy “29th” Birthday.
Alanah has been a great addition to KK and things will only get better, real soon.
HBA (Happy Birthday Alanah)!
Miss604 also pays tribute to the Queen.
From the LA Times,
Prospects for an NHL or NBA franchise here increased Wednesday with the announcement of an arena partnership deal between AEG and Harrah’s Entertainment.
A privately financed, 20,000-seat arena, which would open in 2010, would be on 10 acres of Harrah’s land holdings, which is behind Bally’s and Paris resorts, one block east of the Strip. Groundbreaking for the facility is scheduled for 2008.
The AEG-Harrah’s alliance was first reported this morning in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. A news conference to discuss the project was scheduled here for later this morning.
There is no shortage of potential homes for hockey or basketball franchises in Las Vegas. There already are announced plans in the works for a multifaceted $9.5-billion project, which would also include a 22,000-seat arena, aimed for a completion date in 2010.
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Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir met up with Olie Kolzig this morning and published his chat with him…
Anyway, Kolzig had some very interesting things to say afterward. Here’s the full transcript of the interview:
Q: Do you feel owner Ted Leonsis and GM George McPhee did enough in free agency to make the Caps a playoff team next season?
A: I think they did a great job this summer.
Poti is a guy who will give us someone on the power play and eat up some minutes. He’ll also stabilize our back end.
Kozlov is such a talent. When he plays to the level of his talent consistently, he’s a scary player. He’s also a very nice individual, quiet and unassuming.
And, of course, bringing Michael Nylander back is huge.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
In the coming days and weeks, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is going to be asked to make difficult decisions on two prickly issues, decisions whose ramifications may reverberate around the league for years.
Both decisions involve how to deal with men who have run afoul of the law. Both will require Bettman to balance the desire for good public relations with what is right and just, and possibly even compassionate.
First, there is the issue of what to do with disgraced assistant coach Rick Tocchet, who pleaded guilty to a variety of gambling offenses and was ordered to serve two years of probation last week.
continued and Scott’s second issue is Mark Bell…
from Black Athlete,
I don’t know about you, but if you’ve ever seen or been privy to a hit-and-run situation, you know that the act itself is tantamount to attempted murder when alcohol is added to the equation.
I’m amazed that an advocacy group like MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) isn’t after Bell’s ass with the same passion as PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) in Vick’s case.
For Bettman to make light of these incidents is to imply hockey has no problem—and the treatment in both issues further gives the impression ain’t nothin’ goin’ on but the ice.
Bettman’s laissez-faire attitude says “No problem—because ‘our guys’ aren’t troublemakers like those in those “other leagues”—and there are no moral issues in conflict with our athletes.”
Meanwhile, 50 years since the first black player, Wilie O’Ree, laced up his skates for the Boston Bruins, the NHL still wants to pretend that Black folks in America aren’t worth cozying up to sell their game to.
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