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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
The Maple Leafs quietly are attempting to lure an experienced senior executive to head up their hockey operation, Sun Media has learned.
Two high-profile National Hockey League executives have confirmed they were contacted by associates of the Leafs, seeking their interest in taking over the hockey operations of the struggling club.
Both said they weren’t interested and both asked that they not be named for obvious reasons.
At the same time, it has been learned that Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie recently met with legendary ex-coach Scott Bowman in Buffalo to discuss a senior position, quite possibly as team president with the Leafs.
While Bowman denies having met with Peddie and denies having interest in a position with the Leafs—“I have no interest at all,” he said in a telephone interview—Peddie was given the opportunity to deny he met with Bowman for several hours and chose not to.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
If the Senators can dump Gerber, they can sign goalie Ray Emery to a long-term contract.
While it’s not going to be easy for the Senators to make the trade, there are indications the Phoenix Coyotes and St. Louis Blues would be interested in Gerber, signed as an unrestricted free agent last summer. The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lighting also need goaltending.
Gerber, who returned to Switzerland yesterday, wouldn’t mind being dealt.
from Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie at TSN,
It looks like “Iron Mike” could be back in business behind the bench of an NHL team.
Sources tell TSN that Mike Keenan is on the verge of becoming the new head coach of the Calgary Flames.
While the Flames declined to comment when contacted by TSN today, sources confirm Keenan is currently in Calgary and if all goes as expected, the well-traveled NHL executive and coach could be announced as the head coach of the Flames as early as Thursday.
NEW YORK (June 13, 2007)—Following is the current order of selection for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Friday, June 22 (round 1) and Saturday, June 23 (rounds 2-7) at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio:
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired center Chris Gratton from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2007 or 2008 NHL Entry Draft (Florida’s option), Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.
Dominic Hasek will return to Detroit to mind the net for another season, Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said today.
Holland is in talks with Hasek’s agent, Ritch Winter, on the terms of another one-year contract with the 42-year-old goaltender, and they hope to have a deal in place by next week’s NHL Entry Draft.
Now for any of you who emailed me stating Dwayne said he wasn’t coming back, take this back to him and stop falling for his sthick.
added 7:49pm, from the Detroit Free Press,
“Dom is coming back, I talked to both him and his agent today, and they both confirmed he is coming back,” Holland said. “I really kind of knew on Friday, but I told Dom’s agent I wanted to make sure Dom is comfortable with the decision. He’s got the support of his family. He’s excited about going to Traverse City for camp.”
more and Holland doesn’t see the contract being an issue. If Holland says that, book it folks!
from the CP via TSN,
Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, the co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, had hoped to get an audience at the NHL’s board of governors meeting next week in New York to clear the air on his tentative purchase of the Nashville Predators and possible relocation to Hamilton, but it’s not going to happen.
Neither the relocation question or the actual vote on the ownership transfer will be on the board of governors’ agenda and Balsillie won’t be invited to the meeting, a source told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.
Another source said that the NHL considers the request to deal with relocation ‘‘premature’’ because there is a valid and binding lease in Nashville.
Balsillie’s camp doesn’t seem concerned.
from Dear Lord Stanley,
Does New York Islanders management read Avalanche blogs? Last week, in a comment on DLS-favorite JibbleScribbits, I wrote that NHL teams should build “blog boxes”, separate from the traditional press box, to provide a space for bloggers to post in-game updates to their sites. Well, just seven days later, the Islanders have announced their plans to do just such a thing.
Now, I don’t want to take all the credit, but it’s hard to argue that my single comment on a relatively small Colorado Avalanche blog didn’t have some kind of profound effect on the executives of a major professional sports franchise in the largest US city. Obviously, the power I wield through Dear Lord Stanley is far greater than I ever imagined.
As the countdown to the Washington Capitals uniform unveiling and draft day party on June 22 continues, the team will give one lucky fan a unique opportunity to take part in the exciting event.
Fans that visit the team’s web site, WashingtonCaps.com, and correctly answer 15 Capitals trivia questions will be eligible for a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One lucky winner will be randomly selected to become the “First Fan” to wear the team’s brand new red, white and blue Reebok EDGE jersey and take part in the team’s uniform unveiling. The winner will also receive two of the exclusive Red Rink tickets for the event, as well as a pair of tickets to the Capitals 2007-08 home opener.
The trivia contest begins today, Wednesday, June 13, and concludes on Monday, June 18.The lucky winner of the “First Fan” contest will be selected randomly in a drawing and contacted by the team on Tuesday, June 19. Contest rules and other details are available at WashingtonCaps.com.
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from Rick Stiebel at the Gold Stream News Gazette,
Even though it’s been two months since my journalistic mental meltdown, I’m still kicking my ink-stained ass over how badly I blew it with Ken Dryden.
I had the opportunity to spend a couple of hours with the NHL hall of famer when he wandered out to the West Shore in April, and I handled it with all the poise of a doe-eyed student caught in the headlights of his first assignment for the Stumbling Bumbler Review….
When I was in Grade 3, I sent the Golden Jet a letter asking for an autograph, addressed, with the naivety of youth, to ‘care/of Chicago Stadium, Chicago, Illinois.”
Within a couple of weeks, I received an 8 X 11 glossy of Bobby, with a hand-written message wishing me the best and saying “We’re always looking for fans in Montreal.”
When the Hawks won the Cup in 61 when when I was 11, my allegiance knew no bounds, despite the regular ribbing I took from my Hab-crazed buddies.
I wanted to tell Dryden about the picture from Hull; I wanted to ask Dryden if he ever talked to Steve Shutt, a former teammate who I got to hang out with when Steve stayed with his dad one summer in the same apartment complex I lived in.
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