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from the Denver Post,
Former Avalanche center Peter Forsberg is encouraged about the condition of his surgically repaired right ankle, and he has acknowledged to a Swedish newspaper that many teams remain interested in seeing if he would be available to play in the NHL next season.
Forsberg on Monday told the newspaper Expressen that his agent, Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Don Baizley, keeps him “informed of everything.”
from the Tennessean,
The Predators brought three more players back into the fold Monday but still have moves to make in order to reach the minimum salary cap of $34.3 million by Oct. 4….
Predators General Manager David Poile said some of that deficit will be made up by player bonuses, which count toward the cap at the start of the season. But it’s also likely the Predators will make a trade or sign another player before the start of the regular season Oct. 4.
“There’s going to have be another move in there,’’ Poile said. “It could be a trade or something like that, but we certainly have some more flexibility to add some salary to get to the league minimum.
“That puts us, I hope, in a very enviable position to attract some players and or teams to talk to us between now and the start of the season.’‘
Adam Keller is the video replay man in Phoenix…
from the Arizona Republic,
Q: What does your NHL job entail?
A: “The policy is every goal must be reviewed. We have the state-of-the-art equipment, and we can also call the Toronto office. Sometimes, they see different things or have different feeds. We make sure we get it right.”
Q: How many goals are overturned in a year?
A: “I’d think in the neighborhood of 25 percent. I remember at a Coyotes’ game last season against Anaheim, I had four goal reviews, all of them with Anaheim, and all of them turned out to be no goals, but that’s highly unusual.”
more on the hockey background of Keller…
from the Windsor Star,
A memorial service scheduled Saturday for the late John Ferguson Sr. is likely to attract a who’s who of the hockey world to pay tribute to the Montreal Canadiens tough guy who made the Windsor area his home.
Ferguson, 68, the father of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr., succumbed to prostate cancer Saturday.
There will be no private service, Ferguson’s daughter Christina Ruhl said Monday, but they are anticipating a strong turnout from the hockey fraternity for the Saturday memorial.
“My brother (John Jr.) has been receiving quite a few phone calls,” said Ruhl.
“A lot of people have said they want to come and it’s just a question of getting flights and everything. We put it later in the week to give people time to get here.”
added 6:49am, from the Ottawa Citizen,
Hull respected Ferguson for his work as an NHL enforcer, although it might have cost Hull’s Blackhawks a Stanley Cup. In the 1960s and ‘70s, the Canadiens and Blackhawks met three times in the final, and Montreal won all three.
But in that ‘65 meeting, it was a beating put on Eric Nesterenko by Ferguson that swung the series. Whether accidentally or with a purpose, Nesterenko brought his stick down on Ferguson’s head in Game 5 of the series - and paid for it with three vicious rights to the face by Ferguson.
Bleeding profusely, Nesterenko went off for “repairs,” and did return, but sheepishly. Montreal won the game 6-0, and though the Blackhawks pushed the series to the limit, their will was gone. Chicago fell meekly in Game 7, 4-0.
from the Courier Post,
Signed to a one-year, $875,000 contract last week—“not bad since I was negotiating from a stretcher”—Fedoruk believes the Flyers need to find someone who can help Ben Eager take on the NHL’s most powerful punchers.
“I don’t know who they’re going to pick,” said Fedoruk, who continues to work out at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. “Eags did a good job last year. He saw a lot of heavyweights and I think he’s very capable of fighting the heavyweights in this league.
“But I think at his age he does need a veteran heavyweight or maybe a young up-and-comer.”
from the Calgary Sun,
Last season’s surprise forward was David Moss.
Well, he was to everybody but Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter, who expected the big winger to challenge for a full-time role at training camp last fall.
This year, it could be Dustin Boyd, Andrei Taratukhin, Tomi Maki, Eric Nystrom, or maybe even Kris Chucko who carve out names for themselves in the NHL.
The latter would certainly be tracing Moss’ footsteps should he find his way into the senior Flames lineup after just one pro season following a couple of years in the U.S. college system.
from the News & Observer,
Ten years after the team arrived in North Carolina from Connecticut, the Triangle is starting to become a destination for many current and former NHL players, attracting free agents to sign with the Hurricanes and retaining those who played here.
(Aaron) Ward signed with the New York Rangers after the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run and was traded to the Boston Bruins in midseason.
He kept his house in Cary and this summer moved to North Carolina for good from suburban Detroit.
Ron Francis is the most notable, but he’s joined by current NHL players such as Ward and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Bates Battaglia, who owns the Glenwood South bar Lucky B’s.
Former Hurricanes Steve Halko and Robert Kron chose to settle in the Triangle after completing their NHL careers, and Tom Barrasso, who played only five months for the Hurricanes during the 2001-02 season, has looked into buying a house here.
London’s Brian MacDonald, a former Colorado Avalanche assistant GM, said the Siskinds Sports Management (SSM) team will forge ahead despite the NHL declaring that the 16-year-old Oshawa Generals scoring star must wait until 2009 to be selected by a big league team.
“It’s not (a setback that the NHL stands by the rule) and it’s only the beginning of the process,” MacDonald said yesterday at the Western Fair Sports Centre where Tavares and a host of other clients are skating in an SSM-led summer camp this week. “We still have an interest in pursuing this issue.”
Today Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones-Gretzky celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary.
To read more about the wedding and actually see a video of the day, check out the CBC archives.
TSN puts it all in a nice package for us.
The dates for each player’s hearing…
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