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In my NHL.com blog today one of the questions I ask is-What do hockey bloggers do for a living?
Most of you know I do this on a full-time basis, actually about 70-80 hours a week, so it is your turn to let me know what you do.
Please include your blog name and url…
from Business Wire,
2K Sports announced today that Jason Spezza, first-line center for the Ottawa Senators, has been named cover athlete and official spokesman for NHL® 2K8, 2K Sports’ top-rated NHL video game for five years in row*.
“It’s a great honor to be the NHL 2K8 cover athlete,” said Jason Spezza. “The NHL 2K series has always selected some of the best players in the NHL and I’m really excited to follow in their footsteps of representing the finest hockey video game title this year.”
via the Sun Wire Sevices,
Hockey commentator Don Cherry will be initiated as an honourary life member of the Royal Canadian Legion in a special ceremony on Saturday in Kingston.
He will be just the 40th person so honoured in the legion’s 81-year history, joining luminaries such as Mackenzie King, John Diefenbaker, Lester Pearson, Dwight Eisenhower and Earl Mountbatten.
“I gotta tell you this means an awful lot to me and I really mean that,” Cherry said in a noticeably softer-than-usual tone during a phone interview. “I can’t really put it into words except to say I’m quite humbled that the legion thinks that much of me to honour me in this way.”
from Jimmy D. at the Chronicle Herald,
Move Tampa to Quebec City, put the new team in Montreal’s division, fix up the Colisee. Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis offer enough francophone content to keep folks happy.
Move Florida to Philadelphia, a city that can easily support two teams (and the city of sports losers can suffer from having two teams that will never win the Cup).
Move Nashville to Hamilton. Compensate the Leafs and Sabres by offering them dibs on any free agents whose whiny wives refuse to live in Hamilton.
Move Carolina back to Hartford, hire Ron Francis as coach and GM. Offer to also relocate the 45 true hockey fans in North Carolina to nice neighbourhoods in Connecticut and give them season tickets for life.
Move Phoenix back to Winnipeg. Too hot in the desert, too cold in Winterpeg — what’s the difference? The difference is Manitobans know hockey and give a &*#t about hockey. Sorry, Wayne. Go back and help the Oilers.
Problem solved. No joking.
Multiple NHL sources have told WGR that the Sabres are in line for a potential New Year’s Day game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Another source, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Penguins have agreed to be the visiting team for such a contest, with Buffalo and Detroit as possible homes. It’s also reporting that NBC is tentatively calling the event, “The Ice Bowl.”
added 11:05am, via the Hockey News,
An NHL source, who spoke with THN.com Tuesday morning, says an official announcement could be made within the next two weeks.
from the Courier-Post,
Rathje still has three years and $16.5 million remaining on his contract, but his annual salary of $3.5 million will not count against the $50.3 million salary cap unless he’s removed from the Flyers’ long-term injury list.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he would welcome Rathje back onto the Flyers’ roster if he is medically cleared, but by obtaining Jason Smith from the Oilers, Kimmo Timonen from the Predators and Lasse Kukkonen from the Blackhawks it’s clear Holmgren is planning on life without the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Rathje.
“He’s a young man, why wouldn’t he try to come back?” Holmgren said. “He’s got our full blessing….”
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
Ottawa’s Dany Heatley, Atlanta’s Marian Hossa, and San Jose’s Patrick Marleau headline the list of potential 2008 unrestricted free agents.
Of the three, Heatley’s numbers over the past two years have been staggering. Back-to-back 50-goals seasons, one hundred plus points, comparitively he blows Briere, Gomez and Drury out of the water….
Heatley’s agent J.P. Barry is expected to meet with Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray this week to discuss Ray Emery’s extension with the Senators. Heatley’s future is likely to come up, but unless Eugene Melnyk has the money truck parked outside Scotiabank Place, this negotiation isn’t even close to being finalized.
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Riksman said Monday that he had just one day to opt out of his contract in Europe and notify the Blues he would sign a deal with them and try out for the club in training camp.
“Jarmo Kekalainen sent me a text message, asking if I’m hungry to play in North America,” Riksman said. “I said, ‘Of course I want to take the chance.’”
The signing went a little under the radar because at the time it wasn’t clear what the plans were for the 30-year-old Riksman, whose pro career has bounced around from Sweden to Italy to Finland. But with the Blues deciding not to offer Curtis Sanford a contract — he has since signed with Vancouver — it appears that Riksman will challenge Jason Bacashihua for the Blues’ backup goalie job in September.
from the News & Observer,
The first chance to see the Carolina Hurricanes in their new uniforms won’t cost a thing—although buying one for yourself won’t be cheap.
The NHL is switching to new, high-tech uniforms designed by Reebok this fall. The Hurricanes will wear them for the first time in their exhibition-season opener against the Washington Capitals on Sept. 16. Admission to the game will be free.
The jerseys also will be on sale that day as part of the annual “Caniac Carnival” fan festivities. The prototypes used at this past winter’s All-Star Game retail for $350, with replica models going for $110.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers and Brendan Shanahan are on the verge of completing a one-year deal, with the club seeking league approval on the structure of the bonuses that will be included in the 38-year-old winger’s contract, The Post has learned.
It is believed that Shanahan, who told The Post on June 20 he would work with the Blueshirts in order to grant the team as much cap maneuverability as possible, will sign for a base of approximately $2.5M with an additional $1.5-2.5M in readily attainable bonuses.
more on Shanahan and Guerin wearing the “C”...
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