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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
Here then, with no guarantee of authenticity, is some of the speculation that's making the rounds. Chris Pronger: Once again, this is a player Keenan acquired in the past. Apparently, Pronger feels that he has served his sentence in Edmonton and should be released for good -- in fact excellent -- behaviour... Rob Blake: After years of high-level, not to mention high-priced, service, Blake is leaning towards making a decision based upon quality of life. He's a free agent and there are those who believe that when Joe Sakic signed at a reasonable price this week, he did so to allow the Colorado Avalanche to keep Blake. But Blake has a fantastic home in Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles and feels that he would like to see more of it. Todd Bertuzzi: The Vancouver Canucks, current holders of the Most Disunited Dressing Room Award, want to unload him. They won't buy him out, but they would like to deal him to a team willing to take on his $5.27 million US salary.more
from the Ottawa Sun,
It was a rather impulsive decision that brought Fred Brathwaite to Russia, where he learned the patience to become a better goalie and to love Law and Order. Now he's back home -- among family and friends and in a beautiful house on Stonebridge Golf & Country Club that certainly puts a wide range of TV shows at his fingertips -- playing the waiting game again. "My agent has talked to probably 15 or 16 teams ... he says people are interested," the 33-year-old Nepean product explained yesterday. "But everyone wants to wait until after July 1. I'm not getting too excited ... they could be interested in 15 other goalies, too. "I want to stay. I don't want to go back to Russia."continued
from the Toronto Star,
The 19 NHLPA team representatives who participated in a conference call to discuss next season's salary cap also voted to invite Goodenow to a meeting in Whistler, B.C., July 10-12. Players on the call included St. Louis forward Jamal Mayers, Atlanta defenceman Andy Sutton, Buffalo Sabres defenceman Jay McKee and Toronto's Bryan McCabe, sources told the Star.... Saskin said in a statement that on a recent NHLPA conference call, "Chris asked players if they would be interested in having Bob take part in a session to discuss what happened last year in order to bring closure to this matter. Chris knew I did not object to Bob speaking with players and the players on the call all thought that it would be good to hear from Bob if it helped bring closure."more
from The San Jose Sharks,
The San Jose Sharks have elected not to exercise their team option on left wing Scott Thornton for the 2006-07 season, making the 35-year-old an unrestricted free agent. Thornton signed with the Sharks as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2000. San Jose could have claimed the option on Thornton and then moved the player for a pick, but Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson wanted to reward the veteran winger by letting him choose his next team. “I have a lot of respect for Scott and his wife Joelle,” said Wilson. “I was offered a pick (if we signed and traded him), but it was to a team he would not have wanted to go to. It’s not every player you do this for, but I have a lot of respect for him and it is how I was treated when I left Chicago. This gives him time to check out his options.”
I held off posting this yesterday, thinking the NHL may put out a release on it. But they are busy today so via TSN, Bill Daly basically says the NHL has had enough of Dick Pound.
Daly was contacted by TSN on Monday about Armstrong's request that the International Olympic Committee to force Pound, a Montreal lawyer, to quit over his handling of doping allegations against Armstrong. "We are not at all surprised by Mr. Armstrong's request given Mr. Pound's repeated instances of irresponsible behaviour and grandstanding," Daly wrote in an email to TSN. "We fully support Mr. Armstrong's plea to have the IOC hold Mr. Pound accountable for his past actions, and laud Mr. Armstrong's willingness to stand up for the rights of all of the innocent athletes who have been wrongly and unfairly disparaged by Mr. Pound."more Also, Eric at Off Wing Opinion brings up the subject too...
In short, what we're seeing here is the NHL striking back at Pound and putting him on the PR defensive while using Armstrong and his reputation as political cover. It's all very smart, and, depending on your point of view, perhaps awfully cynical as well.
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Leafs Lunch is reporting the LA Kings have offered Mathieu Garon, Dustin Brown and Alexander Frolov for Luongo. They of course will not name a source and remember, they also reported Weight would play in game 7. So take it for what it is worth. added 12:33pm, The LA Times (reg. reg.) appears to be the source,
The Kings are believed to be discussing a multi-player package, with forwards Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown and goaltender Mathieu Garon among the names being discussed. Dean Lombardi, the Kings' general manager, declined to comment.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated, Too early to think about it? Hardly. While fans focused on the late rounds of the playoffs, NHL GMs already were busy signing their free agents and draft picks, figuring out how much room they'd have to play with under the cap, and working on their final rankings for this Saturday's Entry Draft.... Your 2006-07 Stanley Cup champs? The Buffalo Sabres. Remember, you read it here first. read on...also, I heard Ottawa is the Vegas favorite at 5-1 and Detroit at 6-1...
from Ansar Kahn of Mlive,
Wings general manager Ken Holland said Tuesday that he hasn't spoken to Keenan about Luongo, but will "explore any and all opportunities over the next 2-3 weeks'' in his search for a starting goalie. And he is prepared to wheel and deal this week. "I expect a lot of trade talk at the draft,'' Holland said. "Does anything happen? I don't know. I sense a lot of teams are looking to see what's out there. "It used to be our big day was July 1 (the start of free agency). Trading is a little more of an option now than it was in the past.''read on added 10:37am, Anyone trying to figure out some of the strange actions by Mike Babcock lately?
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