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The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with right wing Sergei Samsonov on a three-year, $7.6 million contract.
Samsonov will receive $2.3 million in 2008-09, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.8 million in 2010-11.
via The Pensblog, we stumbled across this video today. Miikka Kiprusoff’s got himself a fan… or a future stalker.
Flashbacks To: 1939, 1949, 1953, 1954, 1961, 2001
April 16, 1939 • Goaltender Frank Brimsek, alias “Mr. Zero”, allowed only one goal, his sixth in five Stanley Cup final games against Toronto, to lead the Boston Bruins past the Maple Leafs 3-1 to win the 1939 championship.
April 16, 1949 • The Toronto Maple Leafs swept the Detroit Red Wings to become the first NHL team to win three consecutive Stanley Cup titles (1947-49). The 3-1 series-ending victory also marked the Leafs’ ninth straight win in Final action.
From the CP,
“I was definitely pleased,” said Penguins superstar centre Sidney Crosby. “I’d watched him play a lot and from what I had heard he was a great person and a great fit for our team. The thing I kept hearing was how complete he was. I don’t think that’s something he gets a lot of recognition for. But you know you’re going to get a chance to play with an offensively gifted guy that’s really responsible defensively.
“That was a great deadline gift, so to speak, for our team and for me personally to be able to play with. I was very excited for that.”
So instead of joining the Senators for a second tour of duty, Hossa has been busy trying to knock them out of the playoffs.
From Chris Johnston at the CP via the Globe & Mail,
The growth of the UFC has earned the sport many fans in dressing rooms around the league. It’s also earned MMA fighters a lot of respect from NHLers.
“Even the worst UFC fighter that there is would beat me because of their training,” said Pittsburgh Penguins enforcer Georges Laraque. “It’s so much harder than anything I’ve ever seen.
“I’m a fighter, so I know how hard they work and I know how hard it is to go against someone.”
From Arthur Staple at Newsday:
J.P. Parise was already a seasoned NHL veteran when he stepped onto the Madison Square Garden ice for the first time as an Islander, midway through the 1974-75 season.
“One guy leaned over the glass ... I mean, what he said to me, you can’t print that stuff,” he said. “From then on, I got much more satisfaction beating those guys than anybody else.”
The animosity has softened 33 years later. Parise, now 66, is content to watch his son hear the name-calling and stir up his own hatred of the Rangers. Zach Parise, in fact, said just that after the Devils finally got on the board with a 4-3 overtime win in Game 3 on Sunday.
“We always disliked the Rangers ... but we have to start hating them more,” Zach Parise said.
In this week’s edition of Backchecking, TSN.ca’s Scott Cullen takes a sneak peek at this summer’s free agent market.
We can assume, in the vast majority of cases, that teams will have some interest in their own free agents at a certain price, but there is always the risk that once a player reaches the open market, they can be lured away to a new team.
Top Unrestricted Free Agents
Marian Hossa, RW, Pittsburgh - It hasn’t been a banner season for the 29-year-old sharpshooter, as it appears unlikely he’ll continue his four-year streak of scoring at least 80 points. Nevertheless, the Penguins will be faced with the prospect of trying to keep Hossa along with their current roster of premier young talent and there will be no shortage of suitors if he gets to the open market on July 1.
from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC at his blog From the Pressbox,
What Melnyk needs now is front-office stability. To fire the GM and the coach one year after reaching the Stanley Cup Final, well, that’s not intelligent. Good teams don’t do that. No one has a better idea of how to fix this Gong Show than Murray, and he deserves the opportunity. Let’s not forget that he was the architect of the current Stanley Cup champion and the bench boss of the reigning – but soon to be dethroned – Eastern Finalist.
Also, it would be a mistake to bring in someone new, since it would take that person time to evaluate the organization before making decisions. Critical decisions – such as dealing Jason Spezza before his no-trade kicks in – must be made before July 1. Any genius can tell you Ray Emery has to go, but only specific insight can figure out what’s really wrong in that rotten room. This is not something that can be considered into next season.
from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
One of the Penguins’ greatest assets so far has been their attention to detail, and they demonstrated that again yesterday when, to a man, they refused to utter so much as an inflammatory syllable about the Senators, the series or any other subject.
“I’m sure Bryan Murray will say all the right cliches, and I’ll say all the right cliches,” coach Michel Therrien said.
“That’s the way it is.”
He proceeded to underscore his point by tossing out this insightful nugget: “We all know, No. 4 is the toughest one to win.”
Mind you, Therrien was a virtual verbal flamethrower compared to some of his players.
from the NY Daily News,
“They’re doing a very good job there (in Brodeur’s crease), they’re making it hard for him,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner told the Daily News. “I think we need to take the positive of what they’re doing there and incorporate it in our game.”
more on the Devils…
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