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from the San Jose Sharks,
The Sharks locked up another core player for the long haul Friday when they inked Milan Michalek to a six-year deal worth in excess of $24 million. The length of the contract is the longest in franchise history, matching the term previously provided to Owen Nolan.
Michalek surrendered a few years of unrestricted free agency, but that was not a concern for the speedy forward who can play anywhere up front.
“It was a few years (of unrestricted free agency), but I’m really happy in San Jose,” said Michalek. “The organization is great. I’m glad they wanted me for so long because I wanted that too.”
added 1:23pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
On Friday, the San Jose Sharks announced that the team has signed forward Milan Michalek to a six-year contract extension worth $26 million, according to sources.
Considering the dollar figures thrown around this summer, that constitutes almost a bargain by today’s standards, given Michalek’s upside as a player.
Many of you know Mike Modano and pop star Willa Ford will be married tomorrow in a small ceremony in Athens, Texas.
You can know check out their crib (watch the vid)...
from the St. Petersburg Times,
It is standard operating procedure for Tortorella and wife Christine, who in their seven years in the Tampa Bay area have become ingrained in its charitable community.
With help from the Lightning Foundation, they have supported numerous programs financially and, more importantly, with their time.
From fundraising for cancer research to handing out free school supplies to the children of Hillsborough County’s migrant workers, from supporting seat-belt awareness to volunteering at Tampa’s The Children’s Home and the Child Abuse Council, Tortorella and Christine get their hands dirty.
“John and Christine Tortorella are the genuine article,” said Gerard Veneman, president and CEO of The Children’s Home, which deals with abused, homeless and neglected kids. “The genuine warmth that they want to share with our kids is something I have seldom seen in my 20-some years in child welfare.”
from the Prince George Citizen,
He’s forgotten more stories than most people can tell.
An hour spent in a rink sitting next to Daryl Lubiniecki is time wisely invested—enough yarns to weave a coat of many colours.
Lubiniecki’s tales involve big names and they span generations. Now 66, the director of hockey operations for the Prince George Cougars is presiding over his 35th Western Hockey League camp. Add in his own time as a junior player and as a pro, and Lubiniecki has been intimately involved in 50 fall hockey training camps….
The NHL, minors and junior are littered with people who learned at least some of what they know under Lubie. Mike Babcock, Habscheid, Dave Lewis, Brown, Todd McLellan, Trent Yawney, Lane Lambert, Bruce Hamilton, Lorne Molleken and Donn Clark, to name but a few, all worked under Lubiniecki at some point in their careers, some as players, some as coaches.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Michael Peca finally has a job.
But Bryan Berard, the first overall pick in the 1995 NHL entry draft, has swallowed his pride and will be going to the Islanders as a training camp invite, literally begging for a job.
And how about Jeff Friesen, Mike Johnson, Jeff O’Neill and Danny Markov? They’re all veteran free agents still waving the “Needs Work” sign with only a few weeks left before National Hockey League camps open.
The NHL free-agent landscape is going through a transformation. While there’ll always be a market for big names like
Peter Forsberg, there’s a whole group of seasoned pros who are feeling the crunch, mostly due to the salary cap.
from the Mercury News,
Trade rumors have been swirling around Patrick Marleau this summer, but the Sharks captain hasn’t even bothered calling his agent to check their credibility.
If he had checked, here’s what he would have heard:
“I don’t have a sense that the Sharks are in a trade mode with regards to Patrick Marleau,” agent Don Baizley said from his Winnipeg office this week.
That’s consistent with the message Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson has been sending, too. His priority, Wilson said again this week, is to get Marleau’s signature on a contract extension - not send him packing to Montreal, or anyplace else.
from On Frozen Pond,
The Panthers locked up another of their young stars Thursday, signing center Stephen Weiss to a six-year deal.
Terms were not immediately available, although winger Nathan Horton recently received $24 million over his six-year contract. Horton’s six-year contract was the longest awarded in franchise history.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Every year about this time, I try to convince myself that there truly is hope for the Chicago Blackhawks to get back on track, for the Hawks to get back into the playoff mix, and for the latest offseason moves (or inertia) to turn out to be steps forward instead of retreats….
I get carried away. I’m rooting for the Blackhawks. I admit it. I can’t help it.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Chris Chelios said Toronto lawyer Sheila Block’s report on the hiring of former NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin will go a long way toward proving the players did the right thing when they fired Saskin from his post in early May.
Members of the NHLPA’s executive committee and the 30 team representatives began receiving copies of the 80-100 page report Wednesday and it will be formally disclosed to the rank and file at player meetings to be held in Toronto next week.
From Spector at his FoxSports blog today:
Thirty-five years ago this September, the greatest international series in hockey history took place when a group of Canadian NHL stars faced off against the elite players from the then-Soviet Union.
This year, starting August 27th and running until September 9th the best under-20 junior players from Canada and Russia will face off in their own eight game series.
The 1972 Summit Series was a seminal event in Canadian hockey history. Its reinvention in the form of the Super Series promises excellent entertainment, despite having little chance of carrying the same historical importance. As Future Considerations noted recently, “this is not your Daddy’s summit series.” Quite true, but it doesn’t have to be.
Here are some resources to check out for the upcoming games.
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