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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Rangers coach Tom Renney repeatedly referred to Sean Avery as one of the team’s most valuable components during the drive to the conference semifinals, so imagine the 27-year-old winger’s surprise and anger upon reading that management called him “a reasonably effective player as well as a detriment to the team,” in the team’s salary arbitration brief that will be presented during today’s hearing at Toronto.
“It’s hard not to take something like that personally and not to be emotional about it,” Avery told The Post yesterday. “I know this is part of the business, I know this is part of the process, but it’s extremely disappointing to read something like that coming from Slats [GM Glen Sather] and not to be offended by it.
from Eric Franicis of the Calgary Sun,
By signing Dustin Penner to a five-year, US$21.25 million offer sheet that gives the towering rookie ten times more money a year than he made in Anaheim, Lowe has suddenly become the sort of reckless GM that prompted a year-long lockout.
After years of lamenting the foolhardiness of people like Glen Sather, Mike Milbury and Bob Clarke, whose constant overspending drove the market up and threatened the very existence of small market teams like the Oilers, Lowe is now the irresponsible one.
Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline is passing out summer grades to the NHL teams in the Central Division.
Nashville and Columbus fans, you won’t be happy.
via the Montreal Canadiens,
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey, announced Sunday the signing of right winger Michael Ryder to a one-year contract for the 2007-08 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreements will not be disclosed.
With this signing, all Canadiens players are now under contract for the 2007-08 season.
thanks to KK member PucHound61 for the heads-up in the KK Forums…
via the AP at MSNBC,
When Bonds homered on Friday, he heard a taped greeting from Michael Jordan. On Saturday, it was hockey night in San Francisco. Bonds turned and watched from left field just before first pitch as the video board played another celebrity greeting.
“Hey Barry, Wayne Gretzky here. On behalf of my wife and kids we want to congratulate you on a job well done, but remember don’t stop there and we’ll be rooting for you as you chase down history.”
from the Sun-Sentinel,
The 1995-96 Panthers team was back on the ice Saturday, and so were the rats that symbolized that group and their magical run to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The announced crowd of 11,817 fans, many of whom waited beforehand in long lines that snaked through the arena’s concourse for autographs and pictures with the players, tossed the rodents with glee onto the ice — the first time they’ve been able to at a game since the league banned it after the 1995-96 season.
“I was amazed at the amount of people in the building and the excitement,” retired winger Dave Lowry said. “It was overwhelming.
At the event, the Panthers also displayed their new uniforms (video).
from Inside The Panthers,
News that Nathan Horton’s contract was used as a comparable by the Buffalo Sabres in working up a contract proposal for center Derek Roy borders on the amazing. Ultimately, Roy was given the same six-year, $24 million package Horton got.
Let’s see who turns out to have the better career. The betting here is it’s Horton.
Spector has some interesting news today, including the possibility of Patrice Brisebois returning to the Canadiens.
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Higgins underwent arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder in Colorado in late June, but already is in tremendous condition as he prepares for the season to come. The 24-year-old’s fitness is legendary, and this summer he’s making huge strides to regaining and building on his superior conditioning, working with Jon DiFlorio, his personal trainer at Institute 3E on Long Island.
I had long conversations with Higgins and DiFlorio this week, and heard again the passion and commitment Higgins brings to the game. He sees the season to come as a great opportunity for himself, and other young members of the club, to step up and take a leadership role. If his dedication to his fitness is any indication, he’ll live up to his end of the bargain.
from the Standard-Times,
Lou Lamoriello, who turned the New Jersey Devils into three-time Stanley Cup champions (1995, 2000, 2003), managed the Upper Cape all-stars in 1965, the first time the Cape League All-Star Game was held in Wareham….
“They were great years. Where else could you go play baseball, work for the town — we all had to work, even managing I worked,” he said. “Some were town jobs, some were laboring jobs.”
Born and raised in Providence, Lamoriello went to Providence College at the age of 16 and played in the Cape League for Orleans after his freshman, sophomore and junior years.
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