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Everyone from KK hopes you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!
We will be in ‘lite’ mode until Tuesday but will be updating throughout the weekend but maybe not as quickly as we normally do.
Time for us to re-charge our batteries and when we return, hockey season will be that much closer.
We have been working behind the scenes again this summer and expect some major developments around September 15th!
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
NHL training camps were reduced from 27 days to 20 days as part of the last collective bargaining agreement. For another, the official opening of the regular season has been pushed back by six days, year over year, to appease the growing number of U.S.-based franchises, many of which draw poorly in the opening month of the season and would just as soon start near the beginning of November.
It’s also why Mats Sundin’s indecision — or Teemu Selanne’s or Brendan Shanahan’s — about their plans for the upcoming season do not have the same urgency as years past. It’s not as if training camps are even around the corner. They have the better part of three weeks to decide if they’re in or out…
read on and many other topics discussed like McCabe, Selanne and Sundin.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Two high-ranking NHL sources confirmed to THN.com Friday that the Lightning are extremely interested in bringing the restricted free agent defenseman to Tampa Bay, but because they currently do not have their own 2009 third round draft pick that would allow them to sign Meszaros to an offer sheet, Tampa’s attempts at acquiring him may have hit a roadblock.
From there, the picture gets a little less clear….
Lightning management has been completely rebuffed by Pens GM Ray Shero, who does not wish to be even remotely associated with an RFA offer sheet.
Because of Shero’s reticence, the source said, Tampa Bay has been attempting to finalize a trade for Meszaros with Senators GM Bryan Murray that would not include the first, second and third round picks necessary for an offer sheet to work. But, according the source, Murray currently has “no impetus” to work out a trade for the 23-year-old blueliner.
but wait, there is more...
from Michael Caples of DetroitRedWings.com,
(Ty) Conklin joined Kris Draper, Tomas Holmstrom, Nicklas Lidstrom, Kirk Maltby, and Brian Rafalski as the only Wings who participated in the first optional skate before training camp.
Conklin, a native of Anchorage, Alaska, said that he thought it was important to get onto the ice as soon as possible to start meeting his new teammates.
“Anytime you can get in here and get familiar, I needed to make sure I can get in here and get prepared for camp,” he said. “That’s what I do every year; you come to camp with the idea that you’re going to play your best from day one.”
more from Conklin and also joining the Wings in their skate was the Oilers Shawn Horcoff who lives in Michigan.
Barry stated that a formal announcement will be made shortly. Other participants in the event:
The final roster of participants won’t be released until next week but the list of those already committed is pretty impressive—NHLers Joe Thornton, Jason Spezza, Curtis Joseph, Matt Stajan, Robyn Regehr, Mike Cammalleri, Andrew Ference and [Sean] Avery.
The celebrities include [Tim] Robbins, Alan Thicke, “Juno” director Jason Reitman, D.B. Sweeney and Cameron Bancroft.
From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes:
“The idea of possibly having a hockey mom in the White House just blows my mind.”
Those are the words of Dayton Bombers owner Costa Papista, with whom I just spoke after watching a CNN shot of him presenting Bombers jerseys to both John McCain and VP candidate and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a self-described “hockey mom”, after the GOP rally at Nutter Center—-where the ECHL Bombers play.
More on the hockey-mom-as-powerbroker can also be read at Puck Daddy today. As Greg says, “Soccer moms are sooooooooo 1996.”
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
My look at the best players in each franchise’s history takes me to the Central Division…
ST. LOUIS BLUES
Best forward: Brett Hull. You can make a case for Bernie Federko, but I’m not buying. Hull was just too good.
Best defenseman: Al MacInnis. He was just as good in St. Louis as he was in Calgary. Yes, he gets my nod over Chris Pronger.
From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News,
Intellectual Noam Chomsky is famous for derailing pro games as a means of controlling the minds of the masses, throwing them off the “real issues” of the day.
The funny thing is, sometimes it’s the masses who truly need what sports provides; pride and community.
I mean, if you’re an affluent Chicago Cubs fan, or a Bay St. lawyer at a Maple Leafs game, you can live and die with your team on a superficial level and then go home to a nice, safe environment.
But for the same reason it was so important for the New Orleans Saints to play after Hurricane Katrina, hockey teams in many American towns right now are playing a key role in giving a lot of folks just a little daylight during some dark days.
from Craig Custance’s Blog,
Since the Andrej Meszaros camp isn’t being real helpful in identifying the team that has made a reported offer sheet to the young defenseman, I’m trying to figure it out the old-fashioned way: The process of elimination. Sure, it’s not real efficient but on a Friday afternoon when there’s not a ton of hockey news to chase down it’s entertaining….
I’ve got a confirmed no on a signed offer sheet from the GM’s of three teams I thought might be possibilities: Atlanta, Phoenix and Columbus.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
La Presse reports the Canadiens will retire Patrick Roy’s jersey number in November.
The club would not confirm the story. Columnist Richard Labbé was told the team plans to announce its centennial activities on Sept. 24.
Roy’s number 33 already has been retired by the Colorado Avalanche.
If the story is true, at least one pundit won’t be happy. In March, Red Fisher wrote:...
In my view, Roy abdicated his rights to that honour with his capitulation to irrationalism on Dec. 2, 1995, when a stunned Forum crowd saw him allow nine goals on 26 shots in an 11-1 meltdown to the Detroit Red Wings.
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