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from Paul Kelly, NHLPA Executive Director…
“Yesterday’s announcement by the IIHF that they have suspended certain Players from international competition has no basis in fact or law, and constitutes a violation of the rights of these Players. The affected Players are being unfairly singled out in a dispute between the NHL and the KHL over whether to respect each others’ contracts. The NHLPA’s strong objection to this unilateral action by the IIHF has been registered, and unless this action is reversed, the NHLPA will consider all legal options available.
from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders have agreed to a four-year contract with center Frans Nielsen worth $2.1 million. The one-way contract will average $525,000 per year. Nielsen became the first Danish-born and raised citizen to play in the NHL during the 2006-07 season.
“We’re excited to have Frans locked up for the next four years,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “We know he is going to come to training camp in great shape and ready to compete for his spot on the team.”
from Snapshots at Mlive,
Two rumours popped up this morning; the first discusses a former Red Wing’s purported return to the NHL, and the other claims that a future Wing will be locked up for the next three seasons.
Sport-Express’s Alexander Shapiro claims that former Wing Danny Markov is coming back to the NHL to play for the LA Kings…
Aftonbladet’s Victor Melander and Tomas Ros say that Red Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson has been offered a three-year contract that would allow him to be sent down to Grand Rapids for the 2008-2009 season…
more with rough translations…
added 10:52am, Regarding Ericsson’s contract and to clarify it, the contract would be a one-way contract, but Ericsson can be sent to Grand Rapids next season without clearing waivers. This clarification comes from a trusted reader of KK.
from Rob Simpson at the Bruins website,
As we neared the National Park gate and the village of Marangu, we came across small children and later women, who came up from the village to essenitally beg. A German couple walking ahead of me stopped and gave a boy a dollar for a flower he had picked and was selling. The others simply asked for money, clothes, whatever you could spare.
It was a sudden reality check for us, after six days on a mountain, and should remind everyone of the importance of Right to Play’s mission.
Once over the final few steps, and back at the National Park gathering area, we bid farewell to our porters, tipped them (a bit more generously than they were used to) much to their appreciation, and gave them some of our gear.
Chara gave away practically everything he had taken up on the mountain.
You’d think they’d won the lottery. They applauded enthusiastically when Aloyce read out the tips. He, his assistant, the cook, and the three porters who toted the TV gear all the way to the summit earned extra.
“These people can use everything they can get, and if I had more stuff, I’d give that to them as well,” Zdeno stated.
from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,
The hockey blog-heads can be witty, irreverent, knowledgable and a much-needed prod in the ribs to mainstream media. But that’s during the roughly 10-month season. When blog items sorting out the nuances of the Marty Reasoner signing in Atlanta show up in deepest July, well, it’s time for William Shatner to reprise the “Get a life” pep talk he satirically delivered to those tediously committed Trekkies in a Saturday Night Live sketch about 15 years ago.
“It’s the middle of July, for crying out loud,” I can hear Shatner intoning. “What have you done with yourselves?”
This off-season talent churn is meant to be one of the real beauties of the New NHL, of course, a way to remake a failing roster into a Stanley Cup contender in a hurry.
via the Chicago Tribune,
Winger Martin Havlat traveled from the Czech Republic to attend the convention and said rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right shoulder is going well.
“It has been four months, and I still have two months before camp starts,” said Havlat, who was limited to 35 games last season after twice injuring the shoulder and undergoing surgery for a second time. “I should be 100 percent. We took it slower than the other two surgeries. This time I didn’t have to push it.
“It’s going to be important to stay healthy the whole year. I’m doing everything I can to be that way. I’m doing the rehab the right way, and hopefully everything’s going to be all right next year. I’m pretty confident right now, but I guess we’ll see when the games start.”
from Brendan McCarthy of the Telegram,
In the summer of 2004, Cleary began - at the urging of his new agent, J.P. Barry, and his best friend, Shawn Horcoff, a former Oiler teammate - working out with fitness guru T.R. Goodman in Venice Beach, Calif.
Goodman has been widely credited for extending the career of Chris Chelios, a 46-year-old Red Wings defenceman.
“Physically,” said Chelios, a teammate of Cleary’s in Chicago when the latter was a rookie, “I don’t want to say he wasn’t working, but it just took him a while to learn he had to apply himself conditionally.”
“I would have to go to that summer,” Cleary told The Telegram’s Robin Short when asked to identify the defining moment of his career.
from Brett Cyrgalis of The Blue Seats at the NY Post,
And so now they slog through this political tap dance with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman in hopes of saving some face. Dolan missed the boat on denying the New Media Policy, but hasn’t missed his chance to publicly show how much he cares about free-market economics.
If he really did care, he would have paid attention to the moves GM Glen Sather made over the last three weeks. He would have seen the discrepancy between the spoken philosophy and the practiced philosophy. He wouldn’t be worried about how his product is marketed, but rather the quality of the product itself.
He would have been more worried about the status of the Rangers rather than the status of his wallet.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Former Lightning coach John Tortorella could be in line to take over the vacant head coaching position with the New York Islanders.
The Islanders have contacted Tampa Bay seeking permission to speak to Tortorella, the Tribune has learned. The Lightning have granted the Islanders their request to talk to Tortorella.
“The power of $10 million times two might have more impact than the Olympics,” MacLean said.
But MacLean had some bad news for Canucks fans.
“I’m hearing if it’s not Toronto, he might retire. But good luck Mike (Gillis), I hope you get him, you guys need him.”
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