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Darren Dreger of TSN reports on Ottawa radio that Emery has signed right before his arbitration hearing- 3 years, $9.5 million.
added 9:15am, TSN link now available…
from the Windsor Star,
“The whistle is getting a rest, but the golf clubs are getting a real workout,” said O’Halloran, who is still a frequent visitor to his hometown.
“At least no one is hollering at me on the golf course. It’s a refreshing change for the summer.”
more on NHL ref Dan O’Halloran…
thanks to Snapshots for the pointer…
from the Legends of Hockey Network,
Here’s a little rundown on hockey’s history with gambling. Hockey had two scandals back in the 1940s.
On January 30, 1946 Pratt was suspended by the NHL. Pratt was the centerpiece of an infamous gambling scandal. Babe Pratt was suspended for betting on NHL games involving games that didn’t involve his Leafs. Initially the banishment was forever, but Pratt later admitted his ways and promised not to do them again. After 16 days, Pratt was reinstated. The NHL would change its constitution shortly afterwards to eliminate any appeal process for players found guilty of gambling.
from the Calgary Herald,
Move over, Harley Hotchkiss, Murray Edwards and Doc Seaman. Jarome Iginla has his sights on being an owner.
The Calgary Flames captain has joined fellow Kamloops Blazers alumni Shane Doan, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor in an attempt to purchase the Western Hockey League junior club.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
There still could be a deal before today’s salary arbitration hearing for Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery, but as of Monday it appeared as if the decision would be left to a third party.
The hearing, scheduled for this morning in Toronto, comes after weeks of talks between Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry, and Senators general manager Bryan Murray.
Despite the lack of progress between Emery and the National Hockey League club, Barry said there was still a chance a deal could be worked out before the hearing takes place or before the arbitrator releases a decision, which could come as late as early August.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League Players’ Association is going ahead with today’s business planning session with one notable exception: its principal business partner, the NHL, won’t be attending.
The NHLPA’s stand is that it is “reviewing all aspects of our business relations with the league” and the joint meeting with the NHL is simply being postponed.
However, sources said the NHLPA was sending a message by “uninviting the league” to a gathering aimed at ways to better market the game and promote the players.
KK is experiencing some hosting issues this morning.
Trying to get to the root of the problem now.
update 7:55am, Well things seem to be normal again, but no official word from my hosting company.
Sorry for the morning issues and I will update when the official word comes down.
update 8:18am, from my hosting company…
For the past 3 hours, on and off we have been battling a denial of service attack of extreme size. It has been targeted at two client sites that cover the same topic. Currently we believe the worst is over, and have called in extra assistance to pour through information gathered and to keep ahead of any recurrence of the DoS this morning.
added 10:33am, KK is still experiencing problems. Hopefully this will be resolved soon but in the meantime, all I can do is keep you updated.
Alexander Ovechkin, along with Segei Gonchar, Evgeni Malkin and a few other Russian hockey players met in St. Peterburg, Russia and went through a physical fitness camp.
SovSport (not translated) did an interview with them and I am going to highlight the Ovechkin conversation…
A big thanks to a new KK friend named Dmitry who translated the inteview.
Washington Forward Alex Ovechkin: We Live Here Like It’s a Pioneer Camp!
Ovechkin arrived in St Petersburg from Saransk, where he took part in the national “Shumbrat, Finno-Ugria” festival. Alex came to the gym fresh and upbeat even though he was coming straight from the airport.
Alex, what took you to Saransk?
I was invited to go there… My mom also came as did Alexei Nemov [Olympic champion - gymnastics]. We loved it! I gave a “master class” to kids, showed them a few hockey tricks. Two teams battled for a prize - my hockey stick. A new arena was built there, hockey is the republic [of Mordovia] is on the rise.
Do you follow the news from the NHL? Your friend Dainius Zubrus signed a contract with New Jersey not long ago.
Yes, I spoke with Zubie three days ago. It’s a shame that he was traded from Washington. But at the end of the day, Dainius got what he wanted. I am very happy for him.
from William Houston at the Globe and Mail,
Hockey Night in Canada is in the midst of a major shakeup.
Joel Darling, the show’s executive producer, is out after seven years on the job. He has been promoted to a new position at CBC Sports as the No. 2 executive to Scott Moore, the head of the department.
Sources say play-by-play veteran Bob Cole has agreed to a two-year “transitional contract” in which his workload in 2007-08 will be slightly reduced, with 2008-09 likely marking his final season.
Cole’s broadcast partner, Harry Neale, has been given a one-year deal also with a reduced workload.
In terms of content, the pregame show will be upgraded and the Hot Stove intermission segment revamped.
And there’s no doubt that the Boston brass is very high on their new forward.
“He is a left (wing and) center…and he actually projects, probably, (on the) top two lines,” said Chiarelli on a conference call. “He’s got very good puck possession (skills), has some offensive creativity (and is) heavy and strong on the puck.
“He’s still young, (with) an ‘85 (birth date), so he has got a lot of hockey ahead of him.”
The Bruins are now very deep at center, but Chiarelli feels that the young forward is a very useful piece to the Hub of Hockey.
“You can never have too many good centers, but he also plays the wing,” said Chiarelli. “And he’s got some considerable size and that was something that we’ve been looking for, too….”
read on plus Chiarelli believes traded goaltender Toivonen has some great potential…
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