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from the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Olie Kolzig to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.TSN reports the deal is worth an average of $5.45 million a year.
via the AP,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday for conditioning. He is scheduled to be in the lineup tonight when the Griffins host the Peoria Rivermen in a 7 p.m. start at Van Andel Arena.update 1:20pm, Since the Wings want to avoid Krownall playing in back to back games, I imagine he will not be re-called for the Avs game tomorrow. He will probably remain with Grand Rapids through the Olympic break, but I could be wrong. update 2:26pm, Moving around different Wings forums, some say he will be back with the Wings tomorrow. Now how about this, is there a chance for him to still play with Sweden in the Olympics? update 6:30am Sunday, via the Detroit News,
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, NHL players can't be sent down to the minor league during the Olympics, and non-Olympic players have mandatory off time until Feb. 22. Kronwall will abide by the off time, then report to Grand Rapids on Feb. 22 in time for a three-game trip through the weekend. The Wings, and Kronwall, were hoping for this type of resolution, which enables him to continue playing and practicing.A question for Mr. Kulfan of the Detroit News, if this is what the Wings were hoping for, why didn't you keep your readers informed of this possible scenario? update 6:57am Sunday, via the Grand Rapids Press,
I had two options," said Kronwall, who returned to the Wings on Feb. 1 from the preseason knee injury. "One was to come down here and play tonight (and two more road games) or play tomorrow against Colorado and not play again until the 28th. "I could get three games in instead of one. This felt like the better option. (The Olympics) would be a great experience. It's basically taking the NHL and making it into six or seven teams. But it is what it is, and I think the best decision was made."
from the Toronto Star,
Beginning next week, Nike will launch its largest-ever marketing campaign in Canada, and as you would expect, the company's ads will focus on the high-profile men's hockey team. Designed by local ad firm Taxi, Nike's new spots focus on two players expected to star for Canada in Italy, Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis, and one player who will miss the Games due to injury, Anaheim Mighty Ducks defenceman Scott Niedermayer.read on
from the LA Times, Sandis Ozolinsh may soon be back in a Mighty Duck uniform. Ozolinsh is expected to be released from the NHL's substance abuse and behavioral program in order to play for Latvia in the Winter Olympics, General Manager Brian Burke said Friday. "That would be a huge plus for this hockey club if he can go over there and get in shape and get his game back," Burke said. "He's a guy that we haven't been able to count on all year." more (reg. req.)
from the Chicago Tribune,
Dollar Bill Wirtz's comments prove, once again, why his organ-I-zation is the NHL's laughingstock. He spent the two pre-lockout seasons purging his roster of high-priced talent so he'd have plenty of salary cap room post-lockout, then instead of focusing on players with speed and skill, went out and overpaid for a roster full of the same "muckers and grinders" the Hawks have had for years.
from the Toronto Sun,
Team Canada should win gold in Turin. Team Canada must win gold in Vancouver. Coming up short in the next two weeks would be a national disappointment. Coming up short on home soil in 2010 would be a national disaster. Can you imagine the devastation that would ripple from Squamish to St. John's if Canada was not able to capture the Olympic title at GM Place in four years? From coast to coast, there would not be enough crying towels to go around.continued
from the Montreal Canadiens,
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Saturday that team captain Saku Koivu has signed a three-year contract extension (2006-07 to 2008-09). As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.update 10:32am, According to a Finnish newspaper, the deal is $4.75 million per year for 3 years.
Watching the women play hockey in high definition from Turin is great, even the experts at AVS forum agree. The PQ (picture quality) is great although it is a little 'soft'. I would give the broadcast a slight edge over what I have seen from NBC with the NHL games. On another point, are the boards higher in the arena in Turin? I know the women are smaller but for some reason the boards look about 6 inches higher than what we see in the NHL.
from the Anchorage Daily News,
For Gomez, the 26-year-old pro hockey player from Anchorage, the Olympic men's pucks tournament is also about the chance to seize shameless bragging rights inside the New Jersey Devils' locker room. The way Gomez figures it, you win the gold, you get to chirp the fellow Olympians on the Devils for the rest of the season. "Whenever I come down on Marty in practice and score, I say, 'Gold medal, United States!' '' Gomez cracked. "Or I yell, 'U-S-A! U-S-A!' ''more
from the Columbus Dispatch,
In six days, the Blue Jackets left winger will marry his longtime girlfriend, Sarah, in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. Chimera wanted a small wedding, so the invitation list is limited to 30 people, none of whom plays hockey for a living. "No teammates," Chimera said. "(I’m) too cheap. They drink too much booze. Just people who know her and me are invited." Chimera is laughing as he says this, which is perfectly in character. Chimera always seems to be yukking it up.read on
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