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from Ryan Kennedy at the Hockey News,
Markov, a solid contributor to Detroit’s conference finalist team last season, balked at the Wings’ $2.5 million contract offer, revealing he was thinking of something more in the range of $3.5 million. Is he asking too much?
Have you seen this guy play? He’s a pitbull. He doesn’t back down, he was a plus-25 last season and he doesn’t take a lot of penalties considering his physical game. I’m cool with the Wings passing, but the fact no one has picked him up is rather stunning.
And you know where Markov should go? Florida.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Ducks announced today that they have signed left wing Chris Kunitz to a four-year contract extension (beginning in 2008-2009). Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
I asked Leafer Sutherland to do a little write-up on this after reading about it on a facebook group….
Loren, or better known as ‘Loz’ to those of us on the internet, happens to be a big time Anaheim Ducks fan. And judging by the databases at both theNHLarena and allducks, she has been for quite some time now and well before the Ducks managed to win Lord Stanley’s Cup this past spring, making it a trendier thing to do.
The unique thing about this specific NHL fan is that she lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. In fact, she has never set foot on this continent, let alone had the chance to catch an Anaheim game live.
When the news came around that the Anaheim Ducks would face the Los Angeles Kings in London for a 2 game series which would kick off our 07-08 season, the obvious question was, “Hey Loz, are you going to the game?” And unfortunately the answer was “No.”
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,
The additions of Smyth and Hannan will more than offset the free-agent losses of center Brett McLean and journeymen defensemen Ken Klee and Patrice Brisebois.
Last spring, the Avs missed the postseason by a single point. I believe the club’s new additions are more than capable of making up that small difference. Come April, Sakic and Co. will be back in familiar territory—the Stanley Cup playoffs.
read on for more about the Avalanche…
via Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),
For the past four years, including his first two NHL seasons, Crosby has used Sher-Wood brand sticks under an endorsement contract that the Pittsburgh Penguins star signed with the Quebec-based company when he was 16 years old.
But that deal, which pays Crosby a reported $150,000 (Canadian) per year, will expire on Saturday,and Crosby is set to sign on to use RbK sticks, according to sources close to the talks.
This new deal would be an extension of an existing endorsement contract between RbK and Crosby, signed in 2005 and paying him a reported $500,000 (U.S.) per year. It was to be a head-to-toe arrangement making Crosby RbK’s signature athlete by wearing RbK skates, gloves, helmets and protective equipment. But thanks to the pre-existing Sher-Wood deal, the RbK-Crosby arrangement could not include sticks — a key performance tool for hockey players, and the hottest equipment category in the sport in years, according to manufacturers and retailers.
from the Calgary Sun,
Sure, it’s easy to say the Chicago Blackhawks drafted a couple of potential stars in Patrick Kane—the first overall draft this year—and last year’s No.-3 pick Jonathan Toews.
But can anybody say the ‘Hawks have a better group of up-and-comers than the Los Angeles Kings, who boast Jack Johnson, Thomas Hickey and Jonathan Bernier in their stable?
Or the Washington Capitals with Nicklas Backstrom, Semen Varlamov and Karl Alzner?
from the Tennessean,
We’re close to the cap and with the depth we have with our younger forwards, I think the coaches, management and scouts would like to see what we have,’’ Poile said. “We’d like to see if some guys can play a higher role in our organization.
“(But) if there’s an opportunity that presents itself, I’d present it to (current owner Craig Leipold) and or the new owners.’‘
Don’t expect that to happen in the near future.
“This is a tough time to make a deal,’’ Poile said. “There aren’t too many free agents to date and most clubs are pretty comfortable as to how they’re going to start the season.
“If there are going to be deals, it’s usually after training camp or the first month of the season, when there are injuries or certain guys aren’t playing as well as teams had hoped when they put together their depth charts.’‘
from the Puck Stops Here at Fox Sports,
The Hockey News Top 50 player list is out and I want to respond to it (as I did last year) by listing my top 50. I believe these are the 50 players I would most want to build a winning hockey team right now. As The Hockey News (THN) did, I will consider Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne likely retired and thus not include them. I have also included comments for the top 10 players and any players omitted in The Hockey News list.
continued... Agree? Who is at the top of your list?
added 9:13pm, Spector also touches on this topic at his Fox Sports blog.
There has been some doubt if Eddie Belfour was really going to Sweden this fall to play.
The Vail Daily had a story about some NHLers gathering for some conditioning this past week and Eddie was there…
Belfour, donning his signature mask with an eagle — he’s been long known as Eddie “The Eagle” — looked sharp in net during drills, and was his always-competitive self. At the other end of the ice, a goalie with a similar style moved around the pipes. Dayn Belfour, who plays Junior “A” in Canada, got a chance to work alongside his father at the end of Friday’s session in a shootout. As Eddie left the net after stopping a shot, he skated to Dayn for a quick chat.
“We wanted to stop everything so we’d win,” Eddie said.
The Belfour’s came up on top.
In October, Eddie, the sure-to-be future Hall-of-Famer, will be heading to Sweden, where he’ll play for Leksand, a second division team in the Swedish Elite League.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge and opportunity,” he said.
Sounds like Belfour is indeed heading to Sweden.
added 10:21am on 8/27/97, A limited translation from Leksandsif confirming Eddie in Sweden,
The previous season played he 58 games in Florida Panthers in NHL.
This autumn, he plays pursues Leksand’s IF.
This season gets the hockey audience in Sweden possibility to make more detailed acquaintance and to take part of an off the sport’s really big profiles over time.
Curse” Eddie The Eagle” Belfour has typed on for Leksand’s IF.
- I see the as a renown that few to play for a so classic klubb as Leksand, says you when we sheep a chat with him.
A friend passed along the song “Cheechoo Tameu” from local San Jose ska band, the Whiskey Avengers. It is an infectious tune, with a verse of good old hockey game thrown in for good measure.
read on and listen to the tune, pretty catchy!
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