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from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,
Don Cherry has jumped over the boards and taken the gloves off in defence of the Staal brothers, saying the media coverage of their arrest was “unfair” and “ridiculous.”
And the coach is throwing some of his punches at us at the Sun, for which he has traded in his usual thumbs up into a definite two thumbs down.
“I am very disappointed in the Sun because I always thought of it as very fair and not a trash tabloid,” he said last night from his cottage near Kingston. “But what you did to those kids by putting their mug shots on the front of the paper was really low.”
via the LA Times (reg. req.),
One of the most enduring and respected figures in the Kings’ organization, Dave Taylor, will no longer be with the franchise.
Taylor’s contract expired June 30, and it is expected he is going to be hired by the Dallas Stars in a front-office capacity, according to a source familiar with the Kings, though nothing has been finalized.
Taylor, who played 17 seasons for the Kings and served as general manager for nine more until April 2006, on Thursday called his three-decade tenure with the team “very rewarding” and said he was “looking to a new challenge.”
This past season, Taylor served as the team’s director of amateur development and it appeared as though the Kings were poised to increase his role.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Of all the GMs in the league the one Lowe is probably closest to is Burke. They talk almost daily.
I find it difficult to believe that there wouldn’t be conversation, lots of conversation, before this happened.
As interesting as this may be from an Oilers perspective with Lowe having been unable to spend anywhere near his $45-million US budget, particularly to get a forward and specifically a left winger, its far more interesting from a Ducks perspective. Burke was on the record prior to the July 1 free agent frenzy saying if anybody went after Penner, he’d match.
Would he be first in NHL history not to match?
There’s a reason for him to take a pass.
Guy enters Ralph Wilson Stadium to check out his Buffalo Bills season ticket seats.
Has video camera with him, spots mock-up ice rink on field…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
So there’s little-to-no chance the NHL could corral the average Vegas tourist’s disposable income. That leaves the locals. And does anyone really think that, in a city where there is more competition for one’s entertainment budget than practically anywhere else on the planet, the locals are going to opt for blocked slapshots and scrums along the boards?
Is the NHL arrogant enough to believe that – in the midst of exotic animal exhibitions, sins of the flesh and oxygen-fueled gambling – the Average Joe is going to shell out to watch the likes of Lou Lamoriello’s Trap-tacular Extravaganza?
Isn’t the idea of the defense-first NHL in Vegas very much like dropping Chastity the Abstinence Clown into the middle of Amsterdam’s red-light district and expecting bonzo box office to follow?
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
While the Ducks certainly want to keep Penner, the lucrative financial packaged tendered by Edmonton presents something of a challenge given the NHL’s $50.3 million salary cap per team. Including the $6.75 million due team captain Scott Niedermayer if he does not retire, the Ducks were looking at a salary-cap figure of at least $48.8 million before signing Penner.
Teams may go 10 percent above the salary cap during the offseason, but must be at or below the figure when the regular season begins. The Ducks’ projected player-payroll budget for 2007-08 had been in the $42 million to $44 million range before the club signed free-agent defenseman Mathieu Schneider to a two-year, $11.25 contract and free-agent right wing Todd Bertuzzi to a two-year, $8 million deal early this month.
via Sports Business Daily (paid sub.),
NBC Sports Coordinating Producer Sam Flood today announced that former Islanders GM & coach Mike Milbury will join the net’s “NHL Game of the Week” as a studio analyst, replacing former NHLer Brett Hull, who has taken a front-office position with the Stars. The studio show, which originated from Rockefeller Plaza the past two seasons, will now be broadcast live on location from game sites and will be hosted by Pierre McGuire,
added 4:32pm, from TV Week,
“Mike is sometimes controversial, usually quotable and always interesting,” said Sam Flood, NBC Sports’ coordinating producer and NHL Producer. “As an ex-player, coach and GM, he brings a hat trick of perspective to his new role as a broadcaster. And taking the studio show inside the arena provides an immediacy and big event feel, while shining an even bigger spotlight on the ‘Game of the Week.’”
from Perry Lefko at Sportsnet,
As a leader in the dressing room and on the ice, Peca is an impact player.
As a player with a storied career, he certainly qualifies.
As a premier faceoff guy, he’s among the best.
But he’s also a guy coming off a serious knee injury, the second of his career. It usually takes an athlete at least a year and quite likely two to fully recover from a major knee operation. Even though athletes are in prime condition, there are fast-twitch muscles that need to mentally learn to fire at the same pace and frequency after an operation as before.
The Edmonton Oilers are back at it again, tendering a five year, $21.5 million offer sheet to Anaheim Ducks Group II restricted free agent Dustin Penner.
The Ducks will have the right to match Edmonton’s offer for Penner. The Oilers, meanwhile, will not comment on the offer until after Anaheim’s decision.
Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe signed Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek to a seven-year, $50 million offer sheet in early July. The Sabres matched the offer to retain Vanek.
Multiple award-winning Canadian sports journalist Pierre LeBrun joins the Hockeycentral panel and sportsnet.ca for the 2007-08 NHL season.
LeBrun, well known in Canadian sports circles for breaking big stories, will be part of the 2007-08 Hockeycentral team which features numerous hockey experts including host Daren Millard and regular analysts Nick Kypreos and Bill Watters.
“I’m thrilled to be on board with Rogers Sportsnet and look forward to breaking down what will be an interesting 2007-08 NHL season,” said LeBrun. “There’s a cool vibe at Sportsnet and I want to be part of that.”
note: thanks to PuckHound for noting this in the KK forums
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