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from The Maven at the Hockey Journal,
• Media critics such as ESPN’s Scott Burnside are beginning to realize that the NHL has become a leader in an important – and vital new area. “No other professional league has attacked new media with the fervor showed by the NHL. Internet, wireless, you name it, and the NHL is in it big time,” says Burnside. “That technology savvy demographic, in many ways a new generation of sports consumers, might find the NHL’s relatively blemish-free visage attractive. …
• One hopes that some good will come of the Sheila Block-Union probe, which is due for a public revelation next Thursday. If the finger is pointed at Ted Saskin it will be old news. Chris Chelios insists that Block’s report will confirm the hiring of Saskin as the head of the Union was not within the guidelines of the NHLPA’s constitution. What really matters is where the Union goes from here. You can bet that if Chelios becomes the new, chief Association power broker there will be another civil war in two years. …
much more from Stan…
“Obviously, it’s a lot different after the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Niedermayer told TSN. “You’re tired, you’ve been through a long year. And after having some time off, you’re feeling better physically.”...
“I’m in a different spot, no question about it,” he told TSN. “But again, I’m just trying to make the right decision. I know it’s unfortunate that people are waiting to see what the decision is - it’s not fun, but that’s the way it is right now.”
from Spector at Fox Sports,
A notable trend emerging in the NHL’s salary cap era has seen teams signing young players to lengthy long-term contracts.
Prior to the imposition of a salary cap expensive long-term deals were usually reserved for veteran unrestricted free-agent players over the age of 30 and were based on their past performances rather than their potential.
Under the cap, however, more “20-something” players are receiving the kinds of deals once reserved for older players.
One reason is the lowering of the eligibility age for unrestricted free agency, resulting this summer in UFAs like 27-year-old Scott Gomez signing a seven-year, $51.5 million contract with the New York Rangers and 29-year-old Daniel Briere inking an eight-year, $52 million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.
continued... As a Wings fan, I sure hope we are paying for the “right” potential!
from Eyes On The Prize,
This post concerns the fan who is Kovalev’s biggest fan.
In the past, I have often qualified Kovalev as enigmatic. That has always been the most generous positive term I could use to describe the player who I saw as both maddingly talented and glassly disconnected from his surroundings and perceptions.
I assume that I am not alone in saying that he is a difficult player to assess and a hard person to get a good read on. Habs fans have seen Kovalev both floor the accelerator and jam the clutch pedal in his three years as a Montreal Canadien.
While most players actions speak louder than their words, Kovalev has in the past, shown the opposite of this notion. Over this past season, number 27’s words have been headlines while his game in 2006-07 rarely screamed as loud.
read on, you may be surprised…
via the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed defenseman Brett Clark to a two-year contract extension good through the 2009-10 season.
“Brett has been an instrumental part of our team’s overall success,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He’s been a steady, dependable asset to our defensive group and we expect him to be a strong contributor to this club in the coming seasons. Brett’s shown a tremendous amount of perseverance and he’s demonstrated his commitment and dedication to our organization.”
added 5:22pm, Colorado Avalanche link now available…
from OK Magazine,
According to sources close to the pair, actress Elisha Cuthbert and her hockey playing beau Sean Avery have called it quits after almost two years together.
One pal of the ex couple says it was Elisha who pulled the plug on the relationship. But don’t feel bad for Sean, who didn’t appear to be brokenhearted about the breakup when he was spotted hitting on Elisha’s good friend Paris Hilton at the LG House in Malibu on Aug. 26.
Zanstorm from the blog Waiting for Stanley has been very busy this last month, building a one stop location to track down every trade in the NHL since 1960.
The new dedicated site is History of NHL Trades.
Check it out. It’s an incredible resource he’s built there.
from the News & Observer,
Frantisek Kaberle is likely to miss the first week of training camp after the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman underwent surgery to remove torn cartilage from his right knee Saturday.
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Kaberle suffered the injury in the Czech Republic earlier this month.
from Ryan Kennedy at the Hockey News,
Markov, a solid contributor to Detroit’s conference finalist team last season, balked at the Wings’ $2.5 million contract offer, revealing he was thinking of something more in the range of $3.5 million. Is he asking too much?
Have you seen this guy play? He’s a pitbull. He doesn’t back down, he was a plus-25 last season and he doesn’t take a lot of penalties considering his physical game. I’m cool with the Wings passing, but the fact no one has picked him up is rather stunning.
And you know where Markov should go? Florida.
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Ducks announced today that they have signed left wing Chris Kunitz to a four-year contract extension (beginning in 2008-2009). Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
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