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from the Edmonton Journal,
Joe Juneau has taken up a coaching job in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, where he will lead a push to improve hockey facilities, and to provide education to Inuit children plagued by poverty, criminality and dropping out of school.
“It’s going to be a great adventure, not only for me, but also for my family,” says Juneau, who ended his 12-year NHL career at the end of the 2003-04 season as a member of the Montreal Canadiens.
Juneau first went to Nunavik for a vacation last spring. “I really fell in love with the extraordinary beauty of the place. And with its people,” he says.
But he was struck by the neglected state of hockey facilities and the lack of hockey organization in the Inuit villages he visited.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
All indications are the Blue Jackets are done shopping for the summer.
Don’t they want to win?
“What would I say to that? I’d say we’re trying to build a championship club, and build it the right way,” Howson said. “I don’t believe a team like ours—where we’re at right now—can go for the quick fix and expect it to work.
“You don’t miss the playoffs by (23) points one year, add a high-priced free agent and make that leap. That just doesn’t happen. We’re at the point where this club needs to grow and needs to develop from within.”
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
The most surprising part is how many player changes were made again this offseason in the wake of the virtual housecleaning before and during last season. The Bruins spent all of last season searching for consistency, and now they’re going to have to wait again while the latest newcomers — goalie Manny Fernandez (trade with Minnesota for Petr Kalus and a draft pick), center Carl Soderberg (trade with St. Louis for goalie Hannu Toivonen), and wingers Shawn Thornton (free agent from Anaheim) and Peter Schaefer (trade with Calgary for Shean Donovan) — find their spots in the mix.
And that doesn’t even take into account the complications that could be thrown into the batch at training camp by minor leaguers David Krejci, Martins Karsums, Jeff Hoggan, Bobby Allen, Ben Walter, Matt Lashoff and Mark Stuart, plus rookies Tuukka Rask, Byron Bitz, Adam McQuaid, Wacey Rabbit and Memorial Cup MVP Milan Lucic, just signed last week.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
General managers who employ the Group II offer sheet approach are not, “poachers.” They are not creating inflationary spirals in the NHL’s salary structure. They are, rather, simply doing their jobs.
Brian Burke makes me laugh, and not with him. Burke’s all about huffing and puffing about integrity. He’s all about lecturing. He’s all about telling us that Penner is going to be playing for a “grossly inflated salary” when he himself is going to be paying Vancouver lug Todd Bertuzzi $4M a year for the next two seasons.
read on... and some hockey related revenue talk too…
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Scotty Bowman has once again been offered the position of president of the Toronto Maple Leafs and this time is leaning toward accepting it, according to a source.
The source said Bowman was offered the job by the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and was given a week to make his decision. An answer is expected by Thursday or Friday and, the source said, Bowman may finally let MLSE catch him after a pursuit that began in the late spring when he spurned the company’s initial offer….
A second source said if Bowman takes the job with the Leafs, there will be a complete housecleaning. This would include Ferguson, head coach Paul Maurice and others in the hockey department, according to the source.
added 7:44am on 8/5/07, As George pointed out in the comments, TSN is reporting…
“I have not received an offer from the Leafs, and I don’t expect one either,” Bowman told TSN in an e-mail.
Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings was informed by the Kings that a ruling on Cammalleri probably won’t come down until Monday.
from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,
“I was intrigued by law school,” the 47-year-old Howson told me shortly after he was hired to replace Doug MacLean, the Jackets’ only other GM, in June. “I worked in law for a large firm in Toronto for three years and enjoyed the experience. I really had no interest in getting into hockey management when I quit playing and became a lawyer, but the time away from hockey rekindled my passion for the game.
“I realized that law wasn’t a passion of mine. Hockey was.”
read on and some Central Division notes too…
Owners of the Edmonton Oilers will meet on Tuesday to vote on the latest bid by Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz to purchase the team.
Following Tuesday’s meeting, the ownership group is expected to hold a press conference to discuss the decision.
from the CN Miracle Match,
“CN is thrilled Wayne has accepted our invitation to help support the CN Miracle Match program which was formerly announced in June this year,” said E. Hunter Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Wayne holds a very special place in the hearts of Edmontonians and we know his presence will help bring even greater profile to this worthy cause.”
“I am looking forward to my return to Edmonton but especially because it will help raise money for Stollery” said Gretzky. “CN’s commitment to helping sick kids through the CN Miracle Match program is something I really wanted to personally support and I hope the people of Edmonton will show their generosity as well.”
Minimum bid to golf with Wayne is $12,500 or you can submit a bid to caddie for $2500.
Another look at the NHL/ESPN talks..
from the Buffalo News,
It is difficult to assess whether the NHL and ESPN are in serious talks or whether the league is just protecting itself in case NBC walks away from its partnership after next season.
According to sources, NBC is happy with its NHL deal. It is a money-maker. However, it isn’t happy with the primetime ratings for the Stanley Cup finals. It has had the bad luck of seeing a Canadian team make the finals for two straight years, which deflates U.S. ratings because Canadian viewership doesn’t count.
If two U.S. teams qualify for the 2008 Cup finals, NBC is sure to see a ratings spike that would almost certainly mean it will exercise its option for the 2008-09 season. It might exercise it anyway.
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