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via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
The Penguins have signed center Sidney Crosby to a five-year contract extension. Financial details were not immediately available, but the deal is believed to be worth about $9 million per year.
It will take effect in the 2008-09 season.
added 10:15am, from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
Sidney Crosby has signed a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the Pittsburgh Penguins through the 2012-13 season, it was announced Tuesday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Crosby will play the 2007-08 season under the terms of his original NHL entry-level contract. The five-year extension will take effect at the start of the 2008-09 season and run through 2012-13.
from 24 Hours Vancouver,
Fitzpatrick’s season in Vancouver will be remembered for a grassroots campaign to elect him to the Western conference all-star team. It went out of control when Vancouver web developer Brad Touesnard figured out how to bombard the NHL site with votes for Rory, who finished behind Anaheim Duck Scott Niedermayer and Detroit Red Wing Nicklas Lidstrom with 486,842 votes.
“Rory did a wonderful job for us, very professional, a great team guy,” said Canucks’ assistant general manager Steve Tambellini. “But when we found out we had a chance to acquire Aaron Miller we were aggressive at it and went after it.”
from the New York Times,
Richard D. Fairbank plays center on a full-contact recreational hockey team. He coaches his youth teams at the local rink, and is a part owner of the Washington Capitals.
So when Mr. Fairbank, who is also the chairman and chief executive of Capital One Financial, talks about his company’s strategy, it is hardly surprising that he calls it the Gretzky Concept.
“If you go to where the puck is going instead of where it is, it is a lot easier,” he said in a recent interview in his office at the company’s sleek new headquarters outside Washington.
read on...a lot of banking talk…
In my NHL.com blog today one of the questions I ask is-What do hockey bloggers do for a living?
Most of you know I do this on a full-time basis, actually about 70-80 hours a week, so it is your turn to let me know what you do.
Please include your blog name and url…
from Business Wire,
2K Sports announced today that Jason Spezza, first-line center for the Ottawa Senators, has been named cover athlete and official spokesman for NHL® 2K8, 2K Sports’ top-rated NHL video game for five years in row*.
“It’s a great honor to be the NHL 2K8 cover athlete,” said Jason Spezza. “The NHL 2K series has always selected some of the best players in the NHL and I’m really excited to follow in their footsteps of representing the finest hockey video game title this year.”
via the Sun Wire Sevices,
Hockey commentator Don Cherry will be initiated as an honourary life member of the Royal Canadian Legion in a special ceremony on Saturday in Kingston.
He will be just the 40th person so honoured in the legion’s 81-year history, joining luminaries such as Mackenzie King, John Diefenbaker, Lester Pearson, Dwight Eisenhower and Earl Mountbatten.
“I gotta tell you this means an awful lot to me and I really mean that,” Cherry said in a noticeably softer-than-usual tone during a phone interview. “I can’t really put it into words except to say I’m quite humbled that the legion thinks that much of me to honour me in this way.”
from Jimmy D. at the Chronicle Herald,
Move Tampa to Quebec City, put the new team in Montreal’s division, fix up the Colisee. Vinny Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis offer enough francophone content to keep folks happy.
Move Florida to Philadelphia, a city that can easily support two teams (and the city of sports losers can suffer from having two teams that will never win the Cup).
Move Nashville to Hamilton. Compensate the Leafs and Sabres by offering them dibs on any free agents whose whiny wives refuse to live in Hamilton.
Move Carolina back to Hartford, hire Ron Francis as coach and GM. Offer to also relocate the 45 true hockey fans in North Carolina to nice neighbourhoods in Connecticut and give them season tickets for life.
Move Phoenix back to Winnipeg. Too hot in the desert, too cold in Winterpeg — what’s the difference? The difference is Manitobans know hockey and give a &*#t about hockey. Sorry, Wayne. Go back and help the Oilers.
Problem solved. No joking.
Multiple NHL sources have told WGR that the Sabres are in line for a potential New Year’s Day game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
Another source, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Penguins have agreed to be the visiting team for such a contest, with Buffalo and Detroit as possible homes. It’s also reporting that NBC is tentatively calling the event, “The Ice Bowl.”
added 11:05am, via the Hockey News,
An NHL source, who spoke with THN.com Tuesday morning, says an official announcement could be made within the next two weeks.
from the Courier-Post,
Rathje still has three years and $16.5 million remaining on his contract, but his annual salary of $3.5 million will not count against the $50.3 million salary cap unless he’s removed from the Flyers’ long-term injury list.
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said he would welcome Rathje back onto the Flyers’ roster if he is medically cleared, but by obtaining Jason Smith from the Oilers, Kimmo Timonen from the Predators and Lasse Kukkonen from the Blackhawks it’s clear Holmgren is planning on life without the 6-foot-5, 235-pound Rathje.
“He’s a young man, why wouldn’t he try to come back?” Holmgren said. “He’s got our full blessing….”
from Darren Dreger at TSN,
Ottawa’s Dany Heatley, Atlanta’s Marian Hossa, and San Jose’s Patrick Marleau headline the list of potential 2008 unrestricted free agents.
Of the three, Heatley’s numbers over the past two years have been staggering. Back-to-back 50-goals seasons, one hundred plus points, comparitively he blows Briere, Gomez and Drury out of the water….
Heatley’s agent J.P. Barry is expected to meet with Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray this week to discuss Ray Emery’s extension with the Senators. Heatley’s future is likely to come up, but unless Eugene Melnyk has the money truck parked outside Scotiabank Place, this negotiation isn’t even close to being finalized.
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