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from Larry Wigge at NHL.com,
“I was intrigued by law school,” the 47-year-old Howson told me shortly after he was hired to replace Doug MacLean, the Jackets’ only other GM, in June. “I worked in law for a large firm in Toronto for three years and enjoyed the experience. I really had no interest in getting into hockey management when I quit playing and became a lawyer, but the time away from hockey rekindled my passion for the game.
“I realized that law wasn’t a passion of mine. Hockey was.”
read on and some Central Division notes too…
Owners of the Edmonton Oilers will meet on Tuesday to vote on the latest bid by Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz to purchase the team.
Following Tuesday’s meeting, the ownership group is expected to hold a press conference to discuss the decision.
from the CN Miracle Match,
“CN is thrilled Wayne has accepted our invitation to help support the CN Miracle Match program which was formerly announced in June this year,” said E. Hunter Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Wayne holds a very special place in the hearts of Edmontonians and we know his presence will help bring even greater profile to this worthy cause.”
“I am looking forward to my return to Edmonton but especially because it will help raise money for Stollery” said Gretzky. “CN’s commitment to helping sick kids through the CN Miracle Match program is something I really wanted to personally support and I hope the people of Edmonton will show their generosity as well.”
Minimum bid to golf with Wayne is $12,500 or you can submit a bid to caddie for $2500.
Another look at the NHL/ESPN talks..
from the Buffalo News,
It is difficult to assess whether the NHL and ESPN are in serious talks or whether the league is just protecting itself in case NBC walks away from its partnership after next season.
According to sources, NBC is happy with its NHL deal. It is a money-maker. However, it isn’t happy with the primetime ratings for the Stanley Cup finals. It has had the bad luck of seeing a Canadian team make the finals for two straight years, which deflates U.S. ratings because Canadian viewership doesn’t count.
If two U.S. teams qualify for the 2008 Cup finals, NBC is sure to see a ratings spike that would almost certainly mean it will exercise its option for the 2008-09 season. It might exercise it anyway.
via the Vancouver Sun,
Ray Ferraro didn’t have to worry long about being dumped by NBC as an analyst for NHL telecasts. He’ll be back with Rogers Sportsnet this coming season and is poised to sign a handsome and lengthy contract with Hockey Night In Canada beginning with the 2008-09 season.
Fans react to the signing of Brisebois at Habs Inside/Out,
Can’t wait til the first time he bobbles a puck at the blue line and someone chugs by him with a clear path to goal… It used to happen all the time, remember?? REMEMBER??? Don’t worry, it’ll all come back to you.
Brutal decision, I don’t care about depth, how much we paid for him, how little he’s going to be used, or how enthusiastic he is about playing in Montreal. I thought we’d turned the page after he and other notables left; perhaps Pierre Dagenais is available as well??
from Greg Logan at On the Islanders Beat,
It would be easiest for Snow to go the free-agent route on defense by choosing among the likes of Danny Markov, Andy Sutton or Ossi Vaananen. But he’s determined not to overpay in money or length of contract for a player who might be solid but not necessarily a fit worth a major commitment.
More complicated would be the trade route, but that also might be the best way for Snow to get a player with long-term value and possibly fill other needs in the process. As the NHL world knows, Toronto is anxious to dump defenseman Bryan McCabe and the remaining four years of his contract worth $21.6 million. McCabe has a no-trade clause, but the ex-Islander likely wouldn’t have a problem waiving it to return to a team that wants his talents.
more on the Islanders…
via Jay Mohr at Fox Sports,
Hockey sucks too. I can’t root for a guy whose name on the back of his jersey has no vowels. I also don’t think a sport is legitimate if its inception depended on the weather.
Anybody know what Mohr is doing these days besides sounding foolish, again?
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
Peter Forsberg skated in a charity game in Finland a few days ago…
via the Denver Post,
Afterward, he briefly talked to local reporters, saying his surgically repaired right ankle felt good.
There has been speculation that the Detroit Red Wings would be interested in Forsberg if he decides to play in the NHL this season. But the Swedish star said he hasn’t been in contact with any NHL clubs and still isn’t sure if he will play in the NHL this season.
He said the foot, which has given him numerous problems in recent years, still needs to be proven healthy enough to withstand the rigors of an NHL season.
from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,
The gems may have all been claimed in the first few days of the summer, but that doesn’t mean the shelves are completely bare. It might be bargain-basement outlet shopping at this point and not Rodeo Drive, but there are still plenty of guys out there that can help your favorite team.
In this edition of Gross Misconduct, we break down the best of what remains, and exactly what these leftovers bring to the table. In some cases, there’s still a lot these guys can bring, provided there are teams still interested in their services.
As you’ll see, clubs would be crazy to let some of these guys sit around much longer.
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