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from Larry Brooks at the NY Post,
That’s why we’re fairly certain that the debate that’s being kept alive by a relentless PR campaign directed by spurned Predators suitor and Hamilton, Ont., squire Jim Balsillie, is only the prelude to the commissioner’s recommendation to the Board of Governors that the league expand by two teams.
The drumbeat has already begun to keep the Predators in Nashville while adding Teams 31 and 32 in Hamilton and Kansas City, Mo. This would satisfy of all the parties who, while pressing seemingly competing interests, actually all have become part of the same entangling alliance with the same ultimate objectives.
Nothing official, but from the keen eyes at HockeyFights.com,
Chris Simon has re-signed with the New York Islanders according to his NHLPA page.
His 2007-08 salary is reported as $475k. He is also listed on Isles roster on their official website.
Simon still has five games left on his 25-game suspension for slashing Ryan Hollweg.
from Mike Chen at Fox Sports,
I’ve often wondered why the NHLPA doesn’t do more to actually protect the physical health of its constituency. Sure, they do things like try to drive up salaries and pensions and stuff like that, but what about actual on-ice health concerns? Visors, dirty hits, hits to the head — the PA seems content to allow its players police themselves on these issues rather than looking at the big picture.
The problem is that almost every hockey observer, from former players to longtime media members, have remarked on the degeneration of on-ice respect between players. Is it an old-school mentality or is the membership just too proud to acknowledge the dangers of these issues — especially concussions?
from the Windsor Star,
More than 400 mourners bid farewell to hockey great John Ferguson in a downtown Windsor church Saturday morning.
Ferguson, a former Montreal Canadiens player who made Windsor his home, died last week at the age of 68 after battling cancer.
A slow procession, including Ferguson’s son John Ferguson Jr., the Toronto Maple Leafs’ general manager, and many former National Hockey League players, marched into All Saints Anglican Church to the piercing sound of bagpipes.
A Windsor police officer saluted them as a few onlookers bowed their heads in respect.
Inside the church, friends, family members and well-known hockey players and coaches of the past and present, such as Jean Beliveau, Serge Savard, Scott Bowman and Jean-Guy Talbot, filled the pews to listen to tributes to Ferguson, better known as Fergie.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
This is a make-or-break season for Zherdev, still only 22 years old but already saddled with a reputation for being moody, selfish and immature. Howson has heard the stories. Now he wants to meet Zherdev face to face for the first time.
“We appreciate the outreach,” Hedges said. “It makes sense for (Howson) to make sure everybody’s on the same page heading into training camp. … The relationship isn’t with the GM, it’s with his coaches and teammates. But we’re hoping a new GM can convince Nikolai that there’s an opportunity here for him.
“But … Nik’s the one who’s got to make it happen.”...
It looks as if a messy divorce has been delayed for now. Zherdev won’t be traded.
from the Toronto Star,
If the Maple Leafs want to retain the services of forward Michael Peca, their window of opportunity is beginning to close.
Contacted at his Buffalo-area home, Peca said the Leafs were in touch with his representatives about a week ago, claiming they still have interest in bringing him back.
“I would like to have something done in the next five days to a week,” Peca said. “I’ve got to consider living arrangements, school arrangements for the kids, things like that.”
from the Windsor Star,
Friday night’s visitation saw Ferguson’s son, John Jr., the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and his three sisters and their spouses accept condolences from a long line of friends.
The family members stood by a wooden urn containing the ashes of Ferguson, who was cremated earlier.
A video montage played on a screen above the urn, and the room was filled with flowers from many in the hockey community, including Thomas Steen, father of current Maple Leaf Alex, who played for Ferguson on the Winnipeg Jets.
There were several collages of photos showing Ferguson playing hockey, with his racehorses, and going about everyday life.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has accused NHL commissioner Gary Bettman of forcing the owner of the Nashville Predators to break off discussions about the sale of the team to Balsillie, ESPN.com has learned.
The Canadian ownership group also alleges Bettman directed Predators owner Craig Leipold to focus on closing a deal with William “Boots” Del Biaggio III, who is the front man for a group trying to bring an NHL team to Kansas City.
“We were advised by Mr. Leipold that the commissioner had found out about the existence of the negotiations and ordered him to immediately cease any further communications with us,” Balsillie’s legal representative, Richard Rodier, told ESPN.com this week.
Well Dwayne is up to it again talking about Forsberg…
I am also hearing that the Red Wings will get into this, but i have yet to hear Peter say that he would go there. However, he is tight with Lidstrom…
That’s news to me and about 99% of the Wings fans…
from Nicklas Lidstrom,
Peter and I aren’t really close. I’m a few years older than he is, and we only played together on the national teams. So we haven’t really played together in the Swedish League before I turned pro.
Geez Dwayne, make up something you can’t be called out on!!!
from the CP via Yahoo,
The Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Joni Pitkanen to a one-year contract, US$2.4-million contract, a source said Friday.
The 23-year-old was acquired from Philadelphia earlier this summer in a trade that saw Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul go to the Flyers.
Pitkanen had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing after the Flyers requested one - something teams can now do under the collective bargaining agreement.
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