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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Canada.com,
Moose Factory's prodigal son Jonathan Cheechoo continues to make the northern Ontario town of 2,700 as proud as ever, claiming the Rocket Richard Trophy last season with a magical 57-goal season. The San Jose Sharks star winger says his accomplishment didn't really hit home until he saw the reaction of his family and friends this summer. "Everyone was really happy and proud," Cheechoo said from San Jose, where he returned to last week. "I guess I realized it then, it sunk in. It was a neat feeling."continued
from the CP via TSN,
The Anaheim Ducks are primed for a run at the Stanley Cup this season, a young and talented roster seasoned by last year's run to the Western Conference final. Oh, and it's a club that's added superstar defenceman Chris Pronger. "I know it's fashionable in our line of work to downplay your chances going into a season because all your planning is still just on paper," says Ducks GM Brian Burke.continued
The Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes have dipped into their past and have signed free agent defenseman David Tanabe to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Sources tell TSN Tanabe spent last Friday meeting with Hurricanes management and worked out for the club in an effort to prove some of the injury issues the 26 year old has struggled with are behind him. Carolina is also believed to be inching towards signing free agent forward Brad Isbister. Providing the two sides can come to terms, Isbister will help fill the void left by the absence of Cory Stillman. Stillman underwent shoulder surgery on Friday and is expected to miss up to 35 games to start the season.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
With training camps fast approaching for the NHL's 30 teams, a number of key restricted free agents still remain unsigned. The Canadian Press and the Boston Globe recently published reports highlighting the unsigned. Among them: Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov, Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen, Buffalo's Ryan Miller and Dmitri Kalinin, Chicago's Tuomo Ruutu, Colorado's Marek Svatos, Columbus' Nikolai Zherdev, Nashville's Dan Hamhuis, New Jersey's Brian Gionta, Paul Martin and David Hale, the New York Islanders' Rick DiPietro and Philadelphia's Simon Gagne. There are various reasons why they're still unsigned, but the salary cap also factors into nearly all of them.continued
from the Buffalo News,
As the Buffalo Sabres get closer to the start of training camp - rookies report in less than two weeks and veterans skate into town Sept. 14 - it's becoming clear that one person will not be joining his teammates. It's center Tim Connolly. The playmaker is still suffering symptoms from his May 8 concussion, and General Manager Darcy Regier says Connolly may not be cleared to participate when camp opens. "It would be great if he was, but we realize it's a possibility he may not be ready for camp," said Regier, adding that Connolly could still be sidelined when the regular season starts Oct. 4. "It's possible. We're not ruling it out, but it really is one of those things that we'll monitor, and we'll just move along as time moves along."more
According to the Newspaper of Montreal, the Québécois attacker Jean-Pierre Dumont came from there to an agreement from principle with Predators from Nashville. Its recruiting should be confirmed this afternoon.thanks to a KK member for the heads-up in the KKF. update 11:51am,
Sources tell TSN that Dumont has agreed to a two-year contract worth $4.5 million. He will be paid $2 million the first year and $2.5 in the second.update 1:06pm, via the Tennessean,
Dumont, a four-time 20-goal scorer, said this morning that the Predators are on the top of his list and that he will make a final decision by this afternoon. Asked if his chances of signing with the Predators were good, Dumont said, "Yes, very good. We’ve had good discussions and we should have more today."update 1:10pm, from the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed free-agent forward J.P. Dumont (JAY-pee DOO-mawnt) to a two-year contract that will pay him $2 million in 2006-07 and $2.5 million in 2007-08.
from the Dallas Stars,
Thom Emerson is currently a sales representative for the Stars, but a year ago, he was a member of the 10-member office staff for the Mississippi Seawolves, an ECHL club in Biloxi. A Michigan native, Emerson was a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy and was relocated to the Mississippi coast in 2001. After retiring from the Navy, he accepted a job with the Seawolves, who were set to celebrate their 10-year anniversary during the 2005-06 season. Emerson, his wife, Jo, and their son, Trey, lived in a second-floor apartment with a view of the sprawling casinos and hotels that lined the Biloxi coastline. But as Katrina chugged her way toward the Gulf coast, the family paid close attention to the forecasted path of the hurricane.read on
from the Chronicle Herald,
Pro baseball has the Grapefruit League, Florida’s famous spring training destination, so why can’t the Maritimes have something similar for professional hockey? Perhaps something called the Bluenose League, the Southwest Shore Development Authority has suggested. The New York Islanders will land their chartered jet in Yarmouth next month for the second year of a three-year fall training camp contract. Now the people who worked to bring a very successful 2005 Islanders training camp to Yarmouth are working to put a league of their own together. Under the plan, eight NHL teams would bring their fall camps to various Maritime towns or small cities, said Frank Anderson of the development authority.continued
from the Edmonton Journal,
When then NHL player Sheldon Kennedy helped bring his ex-junior coach Graham James to justice as a sex offender 10 years ago, the sordid case was supposed to serve as a wake-up call for hockey in Canada. Now, a decade later, another wake-up call comes in the form of former junior coach and former NHL Players Association-certified agent David Frost, who was charged last week in a courtroom in Napanee, Ont., with 12 counts of sexual exploitation and one count of assault. As parents prepare to support their boys and girls in the minor-hockey system this fall, it seems clear the lessons drawn from the Kennedy story remain crucial ones.read on
from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,
Technically, my Bruins season preview won't hit this site until Labor Day, but today is a little preview. Chara is arguably the best defenseman in the NHL. The argument (from me, at least) comes at the mention of Scott Niedermayer. But put the two in a pairing together and there is no question -- sorry to fans of the truly great Nicklas Lidstrom -- Chara and Niedermayer are the best two defensemen in the game heading into this season.more
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