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Regarding the Nylander situation, from Japers’ Rink,
Just received a call back from the Oilers VP of Communications, Allan Watt. When asked to comment on the team’s complaint filed to the NHL, Watt responded, “I don’t have anything to say to bloggers.” I quickly reminded him that we had spoken at length Monday morning. Said Watt,
Well that was a mistake on my part.
Just like there are bad journalists out there, there are bad bloggers, some who just toss junk and hope some of it sticks.
It is unfortunate from the response of Mr. Watt that he is grouping all bloggers in the same group.
I for one can verify Japers’ Rink is good for the game and am stunned by the response from Allan Watt. I do hope they re-consider their position regarding bloggers and as always, I am willing to help in any way.
fromm Tony Gallagher at the Vancouver Province,
There are rumours around the league about the Canucks and New Jersey talking trade with the names of Brendan Morrison and Patrik Elias being mentioned in the twittering, obviously not even up.
How much there is to it remains to be seen, likely not a great deal. With the loss of Brian Rafalski and Scott Gomez going into their new rink in Newark, N.J., the Devils have a lot of pressure to create some sizzle and there is considerable speculation GM Lou Lamoriello will do something big.
Lamoriello has considerable room under the cap right now, but there aren’t many significant players left as free agents to spend it. He could certainly take on higher numbers in trades for bigger name players—and with that in mind, most believe he’ll find a way to create some excitement this way—although whether this involves the Canucks remains to be seen.
more on the Canucks…
This from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
The NHL lockout was supposed to restore a degree of fiscal sanity to the NHL, right? And in so doing perhaps restore a little good faith between the league and its players – remember “Thank You Fans” stencilled outside the blue lines? – and the money-gouged if unfailingly loyal spectators.
So since Sunday noon, NHL clubs have spent a half-billion – billion – dollars on salaries, locking up players for as long as eight years with strategies that have defied explanation, common sense and logic on many fronts.
Make sure to read some of the comments left there…
RDS (translated) reporting Tom Kostopoulos signs with the Canadiens.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and netminder Vesa Toskala have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension.
from the Chicago Tribune,
Under the watchful eyes of the Hawks’ hierarchy, 2007 No. 1 overall draft pick Patrick Kane and the team’s top selection in ‘06, Jonathan Toews, hit the ice for the team’s first scrimmage at its prospects camp at The Edge in Bensenville.
Playing on the same line, they didn’t disappoint. Kane made a terrific pass to set up one goal and center Toews later scored an unassisted goal as they displayed some slick moves in front of general manager Dale Tallon and coach Denis Savard.
“I was pretty impressed,” Savard said. “It’s only Day One … but I like what I saw.”
from the Calgary Flames,
The Calgary Flames announced today that the pair, considered to be a big part of the core of the team, have signed new, five-year deals that begin following the 2007-08 season. That means Iginla, the team captain, and Regehr, an assistant captain, chose not to test the unrestricted free agent market next summer.
“There are a lot of great hockey cities. For the fans and the passion, there isn’t a city that beats Calgary,” said Iginla, who turned 30 on July 1.
Regehr, who will marry fiance Christina in his home province of Saskatchewan later this month, agreed.
“Over time I have realized how fortunate I have been to play in Calgary,” said Regehr.
from David Climer of the Tennessean,
It is a slap back to reality. With the franchise up for sale, owner Craig Leipold is playing it close to the vest and tight to the wallet.
All of which means the Predators are back in their comfort zone. This franchise was born as an expansion team with a roster of no-names. Many of its best days came as an underdog overachiever. This was The Little Team That Could.
Perhaps it is the team’s birthright. Some organizations are more comfortable at higher altitudes and with loftier salaries. Not the Preds. They seem best suited to squeezing the most out of every dollar.
from Arace on hockey at the Columbus Dispatch,
You don’t have to be Toe Blake to figure this out, but here’s what I’ve got for the forward lines:
Rick Nash-Sergei Fedorov-David Vyborny.
Fredrik Modin-Jiri Novotny-Nikolai Zherdev.
Jason Chimera-Alexander Svitov-Dan Fritsche
Jody Shelley-Manny Malhotra-Gilbert Brule
There he is, the Blue Jackets’ huge free-agent splash, ladies and gentlemen . . . Jiri Novotny. Yowza.
New GM Scott Howson has been charged with maintaining a budget and he’s playing Moneyball, looking for complimentary players he thinks will have a chance to flourish. In a way, it’s refreshing.
If last year is any indication, many deals were announced on July 4th.
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