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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
The length of terms is pretty much now the only stumbling block preventing the Edmonton Oilers and Ryan Smyth from signing a contract extension. Smyth is trying to land a five-year deal worth, on average, $5 million (US) per year. The Oilers are thought to be OK (and not stuck on) four years and offering between $4.25 and $4.5 million per. The number is closer to $4.5 million if Smyth is willing to settle for a four-year deal.
read on... and according to Jim, Forsberg wants to play in Canada, plus more NHL talk…
from Pierre Lebrun of the Canadian Press via the Globe and Mail:
The clock is ticking on the bubble teams this month. Every single game looms large on the ultimate decision every NHL GM must make: Are we sellers or buyers?
The NHL’s 3 p.m. ET Feb. 27 trade deadline is three weeks away.
Here’s a team-by-team outlook
Philadelphia: If Flyers GM Paul Holmgren can’t convince Forsberg to re-sign, the pending UFA is gone. Holmgren has been feeling out the market while Forsberg tries to figure out his foot/skate issues. Just how much can Holmgren fetch? A first-round pick and a real good prospect? Other UFAs on the Flyers include F Kyle Calder, G Robert Esche, F Sami Kapanen and F Michael York. The Flyers began talks with Kapanen on an extension last week.
NEW YORK (February 6, 2007)
The NHL All-Star Game set a new record for one-day sales in the American Airlines Center (AAC), up approximately four percent from the previous record set by the Dallas Mavericks during Game One of the 2006 NBA Finals.
“Dallas provided us with a great platform to showcase a wide assortment of licensed products, headlined by Rbk and the unveiling of the Rbk EDGE Uniform,” said Brian Jennings, Executive Vice President, NHL Consumer Products Marketing and Retail Operations. “We couldn’t have been more pleased with the results.”
Sidney Crosby Eastern Conference jerseys were the top-selling player All-Star jerseys, followed by local All-Stars Marty Turco and Philippe Boucher of the Dallas Stars and Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals.
Well, maybe Mikael Samuelsson shouldn’t have been practicing so hard on Saturday. He’s had a setback, said he heard “a pop’’ while skating Monday morning in New York. He was back on crutches Tuesday, his broken right foot packed with ice. It doesn’t look like he’ll be back for at least a couple of weeks.
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Sean Averys, unfortunately, also have a history of being very independent, reckless and unruly. Without proper guidelines and the odd snap on the nose, you might be faced with the possibility of having to again move him to a situation more conducive to the rigidity and obedience he dearly needs.
Hopefully, to avoid that, we recommend the following:
1. Set rules and stick to them. Fear of losing a loving home usually reins in problematic Sean Averys
from Scott Morrison at CBC,
...But even if the Penguins find a heavyweight to protect Crosby, he has to send a message himself. It’s why a guy like Peter Forsberg has thrived in the league for years, even guys like Steve Yzerman and especially Mark Messier. At some point, you either have to whack a guy yourself, or punch him yourself, to send the message that you aren’t a human pincushion, on the ice to be abused.
At some point it has to be Crosby who gets up a little quicker after one of these incidents and returns the favour.
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
•The NHLPA Civil War over Ted Saskin will do the union more harm than good. Already ownership is privately scoffing over the Chris Chelios-Dwayne Roloson dissidents splitting the Association even farther apart than ever. Guaranteed, if Saskin is removed, whomever his replacement may be is going to make things worse than they already are with the NHLPA - if such a feat is possible.
•You have to wonder which of the Kings unrestricted free agents (Derek Armstrong, Mathieu Garon, Aaron Miller and Brent Sopel) will be back next season.
more from the Maven…
from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,
Not a game would pass when David Legwand and his dad would not either be glued to the TV or close by the radio, keeping abreast of what the Detroit Red Wings were doing.
It was like a religion in the Legwand household in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan. They talked about hockey all the time. One problem: young David couldn’t skate, so he couldn’t play.
Sports Illustrated has a photo slide show up, called “Notorious Enforcers and Goons”.
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
“The reason I like the Zamboni is anybody can be a hockey player,” said Rebmann, 25. “There’s a lot more hockey players than there are Zamboni people. You’re the center of attention. Everybody’s watching you.”
“You get 15 minutes of fame twice a game,” said Klein, 27.
People are mesmerized by the Zamboni’s bulk and the glistening swath it leaves.
“You’ve got to have something to look at in between periods,” said Jennifer Schoenhofer, 48, of Alpharetta. Schoenhofer admitted, however, she sometimes stumbles over the brand name Zamboni: “I always want to say Zamboozie.”
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