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From the Ottawa Sun,
As was first reported in the Sun on the weekend, Calgary Flames D Dion Phaneuf will be the main cover boy for Electronic Arts’ NHL 09 video game.
But the two-time all-star and 2007-08 Norris Trophy finalist won’t be getting the video game limelight all to himself.
Two countries will sell games with a player other than Phaneuf on the cover—one of them Sweden, where Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson draws the coveted cover spot. Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin will be on boxes in Russia.
From the Denver Post,
Is a deal between the Avalanche and goalie Jose Theodore imminent? Judging by the words of Theodore’s agent, Don Meehan, that seems possible.
“I think things could accelerate quickly,” Meehan said Monday.
Theodore will meet with Meehan today at the agent’s Mississauga, Ontario, office to discuss what Meehan said was a contract offer by the Avalanche.
From Ken Warren at Canwest via the Vancouver Sun,
“Guys get fast-tracked because of free agency at 27. You need cheaper players. You’re going to see lots of players come right out of junior who are going to play on the big team.”
More and more, NHL teams appear to be building around a core of franchise-type players, signing them to multi-year contracts while filling in the rest of the roster however possible.
“You’re locking up five or six guys long-term, with big money, and your other guys are moving on,” Murray said. “That’s why we’ve increased the amount of people on our amateur scouting staff. Every team has over the years. Since the new [collective agreement between the NHL and the players’ association], you have to draft guys who can come up and play. You can’t have a draft where you get nobody. That kills your organization.”
From George Richards of On Frozen Pond at the Miami Herald,
That said, I do think the Panthers and Jokinen will probably part ways in the coming weeks. I don’t think Olli and [Jacques Martin] like each other very much, and if JM was still the coach, Olli would probably have found himself somewhere else.
But know this: JM is not going to trade Olli away out of spite, is not going to settle on a deal just to make the deal. Certain other GMs of this franchise may have made up their mind to trade a fella, then made sure that was done.
JM is not that kind of a GM. Jacques Martin is patient to a fault, and is not going to be rushed into making a major deal like this without doing due diligence.
From Stan Fischler at Game On,
Let’s not get carried away with the Marc-Andre Fleury phenom stuff. One prominent goalie coach tells us that if anyone cost Pitt the series, it was the Pens’ netminder. “He started the series badly and that’s how he ended it—with two terrible goals in Game Six. The second [rebound] goal was bad and he had no business letting the puck go through his legs before he eventually knocked it in on the winner. By contrast, Chris Osgood made the saves that he had to make.” The bottom line on Fleury is simple; his consistency is missing.
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From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,
The Panthers announced their pricing schedule for the 2008-09 season Monday and, although the price of season tickets will remain largely unchanged, single-game seats for so-called “high-demand” games will carry a $25 surcharge.
“We’re doing it mostly to protect our season seat holders,” Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark said. “We did it last year and didn’t get a lot of push back.”
Last year was the first year the Panthers implemented any surcharge, which is becoming a staple in the industry after it was introduced by Major League Baseball and brought to the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres a few years ago. Last year’s surcharge for Panthers games was $10.
Is this a smart move? Panthers home attendance for 2007-08 was 30th in the NHL at 80.2% capacity. But that being said, Biggane’s article also notes that their ticket prices are currently among the lowest in the NHL.
From Mike Knobler at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Waddell said he will begin interviewing three or four candidates later this week and that two of them will be [John] Anderson, coach of the Thrashers’ top minor-league affiliate, and [Brad] McCrimmon, the Thrashers’ associate coach. [Todd] McLellan, an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings, was in San Jose on Monday interviewing for the Sharks job and will interview for the Thrashers job, too, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.
“He’s one of several people we’ve reached out to talk to,” Waddell said of McLellan, but there’s no guarantee he’s one of the ones who will have a face-to-face interview.
A coach will be in place before the NHL draft June 20-21, Waddell said.
From Mike Itchue at MLive.com:
Chris Osgood joined The Stoney and Wojo show on WDFN (1130 AM Detroit) Monday afternoon to share stories of his weekend adventures with the Stanley Cup and talk about upcoming appearances.
Osgood and Nicklas Lidstrom will appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Tuesday, and Osgood will also walk the Cup down the red carpet at the premiere of the Mike Myers movie “The Love Guru,” which has a hockey theme.
“That is one thing I’m nervous about,” Osgood said of his red carpet walk.
Go to MLive for audio of the complete interview with Osgood.
From Lyle Richardson at Fox Sports,
The NHL’s buyout period runs from June 15-30, with most usually occurring within the first week.
Unlike in previous years when buyouts were few in number, the increase of the salary cap to an anticipated $56 million could see teams more receptive to buying out contracts of players who for various reasons may no longer fit into their future plans.
Topping the list of this year’s potential candidates is Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery…
From Darren Dreger at TSN:
San Jose Sharks are slowly zeroing in on [Ron Wilson’s] replacement. Todd McLellan, an assistant coach with the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings will interview for the job on Tuesday before heading to Atlanta to discuss the Thrashers coaching vacancy with General Manager Don Waddell.
Sources say Kitchener Rangers head coach and GM, Peter DeBoer is also high on Doug Wilson’s list in San Jose and failing a change of heart, may be considered the frontrunner.
The Sharks may be in competition for DeBoer as the Ottawa senators and Florida Panthers remain in the mix. The Senators are believed to have strong interest in DeBoer along with Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds coach Craig Hartsburg and veteran NHL coach, Bob Hartley.
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