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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Riksman said Monday that he had just one day to opt out of his contract in Europe and notify the Blues he would sign a deal with them and try out for the club in training camp.
“Jarmo Kekalainen sent me a text message, asking if I’m hungry to play in North America,” Riksman said. “I said, ‘Of course I want to take the chance.’”
The signing went a little under the radar because at the time it wasn’t clear what the plans were for the 30-year-old Riksman, whose pro career has bounced around from Sweden to Italy to Finland. But with the Blues deciding not to offer Curtis Sanford a contract — he has since signed with Vancouver — it appears that Riksman will challenge Jason Bacashihua for the Blues’ backup goalie job in September.
from the News & Observer,
The first chance to see the Carolina Hurricanes in their new uniforms won’t cost a thing—although buying one for yourself won’t be cheap.
The NHL is switching to new, high-tech uniforms designed by Reebok this fall. The Hurricanes will wear them for the first time in their exhibition-season opener against the Washington Capitals on Sept. 16. Admission to the game will be free.
The jerseys also will be on sale that day as part of the annual “Caniac Carnival” fan festivities. The prototypes used at this past winter’s All-Star Game retail for $350, with replica models going for $110.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers and Brendan Shanahan are on the verge of completing a one-year deal, with the club seeking league approval on the structure of the bonuses that will be included in the 38-year-old winger’s contract, The Post has learned.
It is believed that Shanahan, who told The Post on June 20 he would work with the Blueshirts in order to grant the team as much cap maneuverability as possible, will sign for a base of approximately $2.5M with an additional $1.5-2.5M in readily attainable bonuses.
more on Shanahan and Guerin wearing the “C”...
via the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed left wing Todd Fedoruk to a one-year deal ($875,000) for the 2007-08 season.
“Todd adds the elements of size and toughness to our hockey club,” said Armstrong. “We expect our fans to enjoy his style of play and we look forward to his contributions to the Dallas Stars in 2007-08.”
Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed free agent defenceman Aaron Miller. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Miller, 35, joins the Canucks from the Los Angeles Kings where he played 82 games in the 2006-07 season recording eight points (0-8-8) and 60 penalty minutes.
Update 5:43pm ET:
TSN: “It is a 1-year contract worth $1.5 million.”
Bill Guerin, a veteran of 15 NHL seasons and 1,026 NHL games, was named the Islanders 11th team captain in franchise history.
“This is an absolute honor and a responsibility I will not take lightly,” said Guerin. “Coming to a team with such a rich tradition and history is special in itself, but wearing the ‘C’ is something much greater. I’ll do everything I can to make the Islanders organization and our fans proud.”
Added Snow: “Bill is the epitome of what being a captain stands for, so this was an easy choice. Ted and I discussed it at length over the weekend and felt it was a fairly easy decision.”
Shop.NHL.com has experienced the biggest sales year in its 11 years of operation, riding exciting on-ice performances and the onset of new merchandise such as St. Patrick’s Day themed items to a 47% increase in sales of NHL-licensed product compared to the 2006 fiscal year. The Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks were the two biggest gainers for the 2007 fiscal year on Shop.NHL.com, increasing sales 497% and 339%, respectively. Overall, 27 of the 30 NHL clubs showed gains in the fiscal year compared to 2006.
from Russell Levine at NHL.com,
This is the battle that has been joined by Athletes Against Autism’s founding players: Washington Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig, recently retired Atlanta Thrashers captain Scott Mellanby, and former NHL goaltender Byron Dafoe….
With over 35 athletes in attendance and over 100 golfers on the course Monday, the event raised more than $300,000 for autism research and awareness, bringing the two-year total to over $500,000. In addition to the three founding hockey players, the NHL was also represented by Kolzig’s Washington teammate Matt Pettinger and Brian Willsie of the Los Angeles Kings. They were joined by current and retired players from the NFL, NBA, and MLB, as well as the world of professional volleyball….
At the end of the day, awards were handed out to the winning foursome—a group headed by former NFL player and action star Fred “The Hammer” Williamson—but the real winner on this weekend was the autism community. Thanks to the concerns of a trio of NHL players, a wide spectrum of athletes has lent their voice to this fight. If the growth from Year One to Year Two is any indication, it is a voice that will only gain strength.
via the Arizona Republic,
Left wing Mike York has signed one-year, a $1 million contract with the Coyotes for the 2007-08 season.
York, 29, a free agent, played with the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders last season, garnering 21 points in 66 games. The 5-foot-9, 160-pounder shoots right-handed.
Of all the headlines that the NHL prefers to avoid seeing on a Monday morning, this one has to rank pretty high: “Team ‘Operation Slapshot’ at 2007 World Series of Poker.”
In a little more than a month former NHLer Rick Tocchet will find out his sentence for pleading guilty to charges of third-degree conspiracy and third-degree promoting gambling for his part in the operation of a gambling ring in New Jersey. To kill time Tocchet has decided to play in the 2007 World Series of Poker for his shot at the nearly $7.5 Million first place prize.
As TIB points out, this isn’t at all the same thing as gambling in sports - and there’s nothing wrong with NHL people playing poker. But it still strikes me as sort of obvious-stupid for this particular hockey person to be anywhere near this event. (And according to the the article at PokerBiz, Janet Gretzky participated as well, believe it or not.)
Do these people not have public relations reps telling them “bad idea! don’t do it!”?
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