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It’s Occasionally Sunny In Philadelphia
This spin-off of FX’s quirky hit show follows a down-on-its-luck hockey team as it tries to rebound from having the worst record in the NHL. The two main characters, Kimmo and Scott, learn life lessons the hard way—getting booed every night in the City of Brotherly Love while trying to earn their huge salaries. Episodes blacked out in most markets.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Speaking of Souray, the Canadiens chances of re-signing him went from possible to unlikely after the Philadelphia Flyers secured the rights to Nashville defenceman Kimmo Timonen and signed him to a six-year deal worth an average of $6.3 million U.S. a season.
Souray’s history of injuries might discourage a team from offering him a six-year contract, but he should command the same kind of money as Timonen. Souray is a year younger, has a definite edge in size and is more of a force on the power play.
more hockey talk…
from the Rocky Mount Telegram,
On Friday, the Hurricanes will pick 11th overall in the NHL Entry Draft and should look for a defenseman or checking-line center. This is a weak draft, however, where no instant-impact players exist.
Instead, president and general manager Jim Rutherford, one year removed from his coronation as Executive of the Year, will have to re-energize this team on the fly. There is little salary cap room to sign impact free agents, so any new additions will likely come from a trade that U-Hauls out of town a familiar face.
The right move will send the fan base, an area defined as from Rocky Mount to Greensboro, clamoring for tickets and trinkets. If not, the Hurricanes are destined to become a yearly outsight.
from the Philly News,
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was putting the final touches to dual 6-year contracts yesterday afternoon that will pay Timonen $38 million and Hartnell $25.2 million.
“The principals of the trade were laid in place last Friday,” Holmgren explained yesterday. “There was a certain deal for both players. If we were able to move forward with both players, there were different parts to it. So what we did was we traded the 23rd pick in the draft for the rights to both players.
“We did some negotiating with them over the weekend and we’re extremely close to getting it done with both guys, and I would assume it will get done.”
more...inlcuding player reaction…
from the Maven,
• One possible destination for Alexei Yashin could be Washington. Yash would be a nice fit with fellow countryman Alexander Ovechkin. Of course, that’s contingent on Yash passing the puck!
• Detroit will only bring back Todd Bertuzzi if the price is right. Big Bert must regain his form next season if he’s to make the big bucks. Speaking of the Wings, rumor has it that management thinks Valterri Filppula is ready for a second-line center role, which would mean Robert Lang becomes trade bait.
more from Stan… and yes, Lang is a UFA…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Murray is going to begin his search for a coach over the next few weeks and here are some likely candidates:
Senators assistant coach John Paddock, regarded by many as the top candidate, will be on Murray’s list. He worked with the club’s prospects in Binghamton and has a strong relationship with centre Jason Spezza as a result.
Former Senators captain Randy Cunneyworth, one of the AHL’s most highly touted coaching prospects, has been with the Rochester Americans and is ready for an NHL job.
Former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn will get consideration. He has kept in touch with Murray since being fired by Toronto last year and turned down a chance to coach the Bruins last summer because he wants a more established team. Ottawa might be the perfect fit for Quinn.
Former New Jersey coach Pat Burns, who led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2003, is also ready to return to coaching after going on a hiatus because of a bout with cancer
added 7:11am, from the Ottawa Citizen,
If the call hasn’t already been placed, expect new Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray to begin his search for his own successor by dialing the 519 area code to find former NHLer Dale Hunter in London, Ont.
Whether Hunter answers Murray’s call is another matter.
Hunter, who turns 47 next month, was one of Murray’s favourites with the Washington Capitals after being acquired in 1987-1988 from the Quebec Nordiques for a draft pick that was eventually used to select Joe Sakic.
from the Tennessean,
Leipold has said he’s lost a combined $27 million over the past two years and isn’t eager to suffer any such losses again. Even though he might not have to pay players he’s signing now in the long run, there is the possibility the proposed deal with Balsillie might fall through, which would leave Leipold on the hook for new contracts.
“Craig is the owner of the team, he’s the one footing the bills and he’s on record as saying he does not want to lose in the area of $15 million anymore on this hockey club in any given year,’’ Poile said.
As a result, Poile said he never even made an offer to Hartnell or Timonen after discussing contract parameters with their agents. Timonen, Nashville’s captain last season, signed a six-year, $37.8-million deal with the Flyers, while Hartnell signed a six-year, $25.2-million deal.
from the Detroit News,
Then there’s Schneider, who along with his agent, Mike Gillis, likely saw Monday’s announcement about Philadelphia acquiring potential unrestricted free-agent defenseman Kimmo Timonen from Nashville and quickly signing Timonen to a six-year contract worth $37.8 million. Timonen had 55 points (13 goals, 42 assists) in 80 games with Nashville.
Schneider had 52 points (11 goals, 41 assists) in 68 games with the Wings. He earned $3.3 million, in one of his best seasons. Holland said the Wings have interest in Schneider but only so many dollars to spend.
more... Holland will meet the agents’ for Hasek and Bertuzzi this week…
From the Globe & Mail,
Officially, the sale of the Nashville Predators to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie won’t be put to a vote at tomorrow’s National Hockey League board of governors meeting in New York.
Unofficially, it will be the hot topic of the day.
What to do with Balsillie and his bid to buy the Predators has become the NHL’s front-and-centre issue. The co-chief executive officer of BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion Inc. has agreed to pay close to $238-million (all currency U.S.) for a team that is losing money.
As a backup plan, or arguably his true plan, Balsillie is preparing a move to Hamilton, where he is already taking deposits on season tickets.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
And with the first round of the draft set to go in prime time on Friday night in Columbus, Ohio, rumors are thick that this draft weekend will see plenty of wheeling and dealing (the following six rounds take place beginning Saturday at 10 a.m. ET).
With a draft that is chock-a-block in offensive possibility, but short in star quality, at least impact star quality like Sidney Crosby, Erik Johnson, Alexander Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Jack Johnson (the gems of recent drafts), the potential for all kinds of wacky things is great.
“It’s going to be fascinating come Friday night,” predicted St. Louis Blues president and former player and broadcaster John Davidson in an interview this week. “There are going to be some creative things happening. I just have a sense of that.”
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