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from the CP via TSN,
The Montreal Canadiens signed forward Christopher Higgins and defenceman Mike Komisarek to two-year contracts on Friday.
The 24-year-old Higgins and 25-year-old Komisarek are both former first-round draft picks by the Canadiens and have become key components of the team.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Men old enough to be the Hart Trophy winner’s father and men who played with and against the Calder Trophy runner-up’s father are making decisions about 2007-08.
In the post-lockout NHL, one-year twilight deals make more sense than ever, at least for the teams, and arguably for the players as well, if they’re at all concerned about legacies, reputations, pride and even keeping career-closing options open. By that, I mean such things as a slightly slipping, but still effective, veteran perhaps shooting to finish with a franchise in his hometown or his original team for symmetry sake.
The possibility of including incentives in contracts for the over-35 set also provides a safety net. To a point, it can indicate skepticism, particularly about players coming off injuries or with a tendency to miss significant time, but mostly it’s a win-win proposition for both sides of the table in the cap world.
from the Tennessean,
A longtime Metro Sports Authority member and local attorney says that even if the Predators hit 14,000 in paid attendance next season, an owner could still try to move the team.
Steve North said Friday that an owner could choose to break the lease himself, pay Metro a fee of approximately $27 million for “liquidated damages” and then move the team.
That scenario, however, is unlikely to occur, according to North.
from the Anaheim Ducks,
The U.S. Postal Service and Anaheim Ducks announced today that the world’s largest mail carrier is honoring the 2007 Stanley Cup champions by issuing a Stanley Cup postmark and two pictorial envelopes. The commemorative items will be available at all Anaheim Post Offices beginning Monday, June 18.
from the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that Scott Howson has agreed to a multi-year contract to serve as the general manager of the National Hockey League club. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
“I am very pleased to have Scott Howson join the Blue Jackets organization as general manager,” said Majority Owner and Chairman John H. McConnell. “In Scott, we know we found the right person to lead our hockey operations department. He is an extremely bright, hard-working individual who is widely respected and we couldn’t be more proud to have him in Columbus.”
from the BTM at NBC Sports,
Consider this: the voters had Luongo second in MVP voting behind Crosby, so it would stand to reason that they thought Luongo was the best goaltender, since he finished ahead of Martin Brodeur in the voting for the Hart trophy.
But wait a minute. Brodeur finished ahead of Luongo in the voting for the first all-star team, which means that some of the same voters who put Luongo ahead of Brodeur on their MVP ballots reversed the order when they voted for the first all-star team.
That makes perfect sense—if you’re the kind of person who washes their lunch down with a gallon of Jim Beam.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
At the moment Sidney Crosby’s name was being announced as the Lester B. Pearson award winner as the most valuable player as voted by members of the National Hockey League Players Association the CBC cameras zoomed in on the faces of Vincent Lecavalier of Tampa and Roberto Luongo of Vancouver.
Luongo had the look of a man disappointed but still with the hope of winning the Vezina as the league’s top goaltender. Lecavalier, meanwhile, had the look of a man who had just seen his first and last chance of winning the big one go by the boards.
Such is the impact of Sid the Kid on the NHL today.
more Awards talk…
from the Nashville Post,
NashvillePost.com has learned that a group of local businessmen, including some from the healthcare sector, is putting together an ownership proposal for the Nashville Predators. The bid would be offered only if current owner Craig Leipold’s deal with Canadian businessman Jim Balsillie falls apart.
Those familiar with the deal acknowledge that they have not presented a proposal to Leipold and are prohibited from doing so while Balsillie’s offer is on the table.
Lubos Brabec of eNHL.cz did an email inteview with Dominik Hasek in the last few days.
With the help of Roman Jedlicka, also of eNHL.cz, following is the translation of the interview.
from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,
When asked if the Pearson Award meant more to him because it was voted on by the players as opposed to the Hart - voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association - Crosby, facing a room full of hockey writers, made sure he didn’t slight his audience.
“I’m not going to say the writers’ opinion doesn’t matter,” chuckled Crosby, whose comment elicited laughs around the media room. “I’m in the wrong place for that.
“(The Pearson Award) is recognition from guys you’re playing against every night. Just to be recognized by them is something I can sit back and be proud of.”
more on all the awards…
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