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NEW YORK (August 8, 2007) – Sales of NHL-licensed product on Shop.NHL.com for July increased 49% compared to the same period last year, the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced. July marks the 11th consecutive month that sales of NHL licensed product have increased online.
Twenty-four of the 30 teams increased their Shop.NHL.com sales in July, with 12 teams experiencing a triple-digit increase. Buffalo Sabres merchandise remains among the most popular, experiencing a 746% increase in sales year-over-year. Other teams that experienced noteworthy sales for July were the Nashville Predators (425%), Washington Capitals (228%), Florida Panthers (225%) and Pittsburgh Penguins (196%).
The Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks showed significant gains for the second consecutive month, up 190% over last July. New faces in new places helped contribute to the growth, as the second- and third-top-selling jerseys were of notable free agent acquisitions.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Oleg Saprykin, the winger acquired by Ottawa at the trade deadline, recently signed a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the Russian League.
That news doesn’t exactly break the heart of new Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who is glad to get out from under the $1.064-million U.S. qualifying offer tendered to Saprykin by GM John Muckler, prior to his firing in June
more on the Senators…
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from the Tampa Tribune,
MacLean, who brings the most hockey experience to the new group, said the deal was unusual because his group is replacing a successful group.
The investment group reached a final agreement with Davidson on Friday during a conference call.
“We thought it was the ultimate compliment that Mr. Davidson took such care in wanting the team to be in the right hands,” Sherrin said. “I think our ownership group will be the only one to actually be in the trenches day to day.”
Irwin Kishner, a lawyer in the sports entertainment practice at Herrick, Feinstein LLP in New York, said the Lightning deal is remarkable because it was handled more quickly and quietly than many other major sports franchise sales he’s seen.
“This was really fast,” Kishner said. “I’ve never seen a deal in one of the majors happen this quickly “
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Richard Peddie says the Toronto Maple Leafs are still looking for a senior hockey executive, but he declined to say if Scotty Bowman is a candidate.
However, the president of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment said no one has been offered the position of president of the Maple Leafs. Peddie said the team is scouring the National Hockey League for candidates and will be “patient” enough to land the right person, be it a president or senior adviser to general manager John Ferguson.
The search is slow because some candidates, such as Bowman, who is a consultant to the Detroit Red Wings, are under contract.
from Sovsport.ru (translated below)...
Oleg Tverdovsky’s headed to Bashkortostan, where he’ll play for Salavat Yulaev for the next five years:
In [the arena] the player and the agent appear at 11:40. Oleg [Tverdovsky] in a strict black suit, but without a tie, in the same colors the elegant varnished shoes. At once follow in a cabinet of the general director of club Vadim Rybinskogo. There Oleg Gross, wthe GM “Salavat,” waits for them. All is settled literally in fifteen minutes of formality, and Tverdovsky leaves obviously happy. Beside him, Gross with a pack of papers.
Question: Oleg, the contract with Ufa is signed?
Tverdovsky: Yes. For five years.
Question: Whether is not present in the agreement [an] item, where you can break off [the contract] and return ahead of schedule to the NHL?
Question: It turns out, that at the termination of the contract to you will be 36 years old. Whether follows from this, what you finish your career in Ufa?
Tverdovsky: Only 36! It is not necessary to think so far forward. For me now the main thing – stability, it would be desirable to play and receive pleasure from hockey that, in the NHL, did not suffice. And conditions of life and other moments – are secondary.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
But despite the NHL’s many troubles — the rapidly escalating salaries, the lack of new revenue streams, the lack of a major U.S. television agreement — people are buying into commissioner Gary Bettman’s show. Not only that, they’re paying more and more money to do so….
This is all very strange. How can franchise values be going up at a time when the NHL looks to be struggling all over again?
via the AP,
Scott Niedermayer doesn’t take kindly to duck abuse.
That’s why the defenseman for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim signed on with PETA to defend ducks—mighty or otherwise.
Niedermayer sent a letter to the 50 members of the Chicago City Council, urging them to fight against efforts to repeal the city’s ban on foie gras—the delicacy from enlarged livers of force-fed ducks and geese.
“As an Anaheim Duck, I hate to see real ducks tortured so that a handful of wealthy chefs can serve their diseased organs,” wrote Niedermayer, the playoffs MVP last season. “Please uphold this compassionate law.”
His letter said foie gras production is outlawed in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and Israel. In 2012, it will become illegal to sell foie gras in California.
from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
It’s time to tap on the breaks there, sports fans. The Penner signing was not the seventh sign of the impending apocalypse. In fact, we’re not seeing salary escalation so much as salary re-allocation.
Semantics? Maybe, but it’s an important distinction.
Yes, it appears the average annual paycheck will hit $2 million this season. That’s about 10 percent higher than the pre-lockout average of $1.8 million, and further proof that an NHL job is nice work if you can get it. But it’s not the amount, it’s how the money’s being spent that should be the focus. That’s because, the Todd Bertuzzi signing (two years, $ 8 million) aside, dollars are being dished more wisely than ever.
via the Columbus Blue Jackets,
The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed center Kris Beech to a one-year, two-way NHL – American Hockey League contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Beech, 26, collected eight goals and 18 assists for 26 points and 46 penalty minutes in 64 games last season with the Washington Capitals. He tied for fifth on the club in goals and was seventh in points, while setting a new career high in points. He has accumulated 19-37-56 with 109 penalty minutes in 173 career games with Washington, Nashville and Pittsburgh. He was the Capitals’ first pick, seventh overall, in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
From the Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has signed a two-year extension to its affiliate agreement with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL. The club won the 2007 Patrick J. Kelly Cup as champions of the ECHL, and also won the league title as a development affiliate of the Dallas Stars during the club’s inaugural season of 2003-04.
“We are happy to continue our affiliation with Idaho and we are expecting continued success for the Steelheads,” Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong said. “Idaho has done an excellent job as a development affiliate for the Dallas Stars, and together with Iowa in the American Hockey League, we should continue to have a solid, coordinated partnership.”
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