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from Stanley Cup’s Blog at NHL Connect,
“As Newfoundlanders, we have to fight for every inch of everything that we get,” said Don Coombs, the mayor of Harbour Grace, Newfoundland and Labrador. “And Danny Cleary has taken that character and the personality of our province and made it work for him.”
The fortunes of Harbour Grace and its most celebrated son run parallel. Both have seen glorious highs and darkened lows, but have come out the other side shining.
thanks to a KK member for the pointer…
from Tim Schmitt of the Niagara Gazette,
But truth be told, the Sabres aren’t cheap. They’ve tried to be innovative, and have indeed been frugal with free agent dollars, but just a tiny bit of number crunching shows this cheapskate reputation is unfounded.
Of the four teams with 19 players signed, the Sabres have the highest payroll. Their current cap hit is just over $46 million, and three teams with more players under contract have lower payrolls
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
When asked about Vancouver’s offer, Carbonneau said “no one is going to spit on $20 million, but if competing offers are between $7 million and $8.5 million (per season), once you factor in taxes there’s a difference of may $1 million, $1.5 million.
“I think Mats Sundin has plenty of money in the bank. Money won’t necessarily be the deciding factor in where he chooses to finish his career.
“Everyone who knows Mats says he makes decisions when he’s ready. I don’t think he was ready July 1, and I think he’s still not ready.”
And with the Rangers and Detroit spending up to near the cap, Carbonneau says “I like our chances” of landing Sundin.
more on the Canadiens…
from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,
Roberto Luongo’s agent said the uber goalie is in a good frame of mind preparing for the coming season. Gilles Lupien last spoke to Luongo on Friday.
“I said ‘how are you and blah, blah, blah’ and he told me ‘I was pissed off during the season but now I’m cooled down and I’m happy and I want to go out and play,’” Lupien said. “Roberto is a nice kid. Sometimes he gets frustrated and all that because he wants to win.
“The people in Vancouver don’t have to wonder,” added Lupien. “For Roberto, it’s another season and let’s go for it. He’s happy, he has his daughter, he’s coming to Montreal in three weeks to show everyone his daughter and, after that, he’s going back to Vancouver.”
more on the Canucks…
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
From the moment the Flames announced they’d signed the controversial winger, they made sure everybody who’d take notice knew full well Iginla was 100% behind it.
Flames GM Darryl Sutter has plenty of clout with the Sea of Red.
“In Sutter we Trust” is a seemingly non-stop mantra that’s often heard among the faithful. But even Sutter is smart enough to know Iginla’s backing holds even more weight, and would provide a better pre-emptive strike against any backlash from fans.
from Patrick Reusse of the Star Tribune,
Risebrough was in the bargain basement’s hockey section, up to his elbows in the squalor of stinking pads and broken sticks, trying to find bodies that he could pass off to his team’s gullible consumers as real players.
In several instances, Risebrough was required to place a mirror under the individual’s nostrils to make sure he still was breathing. This did not prevent the boss from suggesting the Wild was a better team with these scraps than with Brian Rolston and Pavol Demitra.
Double-Talking Doug operates with a motto that has served him extremely well in St. Paul: “You can fool some of the people some of the time, and you can fool all of the Wild fans all of the time.”
“I’ll predict right now, Tampa Bay will win the division,” he said of the Southeast. “That’s how much we like our team.”
-Tampa owner Len Barrie via Lightning Strikes
“You can hear from me first, our defense is better than people think,’’ Barrie said. “That’s why we are loading up on forwards because I really, really like our young defense.’’
-via Bolts Report and it looks like they will sign defenseman Andrew Hutchinson…
Update 4:45pm ET: The Lightning have signed Brandon Bochenski for 2 years. [TSN]
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Just a little insight into the way Les Jackson operates as a co-general manager.
He likes to take his time and talk things out and let things happen at a slow pace. He’s a very patient person.
So that helps explain a couple of things. One, they are still talking out the details of coach Dave Tippett’s contract extension and the potential extensions for assistant coaches Rick Wilson and Mark Lamb. And two, they are being very patient with the retirement of Stu Barnes.
I would guess that Barnes will announce his retirement soon.
From TSN’s tracker:
Tampa Bay Lightning sign UFA forward Mark Recchi.
Update 8:14pm ET: From TSN—
The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to pile on veteran support on Monday, signing forward Mark Recchi to an undisclosed contract.
Recchi, 40, split last season between the Atlanta Thrashers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in only 19 of the Penguins’ 26 games with just two goals and six assists. He has been a healthy scratch in seven of their last eight games before the team place him on waivers in December.
Free agent centre Brendan Morrison is off the free agent list, as the B.C. native is set to join the Anaheim Ducks.
Terms of the impending contract are not known, but it is expected to be a one- or two-year deal.
Update 11:05am July 8th: Morrison’s signing has been confirmed. 1 year, $2.75 million.
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