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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Maybe it’s a tribute to the Sabres that they have what are universally considered the top two soon-to-be unrestricted free agents in the game -Chris Drury and Daniel Briere and the most coveted restricted free agent -Thomas Vanek (with centre Derek Roy a close second) heading to market, but the view from here is that that’s not exactly a good thing. The Sabres absolutely refused to discuss contract extensions with their key players during the season claiming it was “club policy.”
Really? Since when? The Sabres twice extended Dominik Hasek’s contract when he was the premier goaltender in the NHL and playing in Buffalo.
much more from Jim…
from Kevin Paul Dupont at Bruins Blog,
The Bruins today continued to make sweeping changes through the organization, dismissing long-time assistant GM Jeff Gorton and Daniel Dore, one of the industry’s most respected coaches.
Gorton, who was among the initial candidates under consideration for the recent GM opening in Phoenix (since filled by Don Maloney). Gorton reported to the Bruins’ Causeway Street office today, according to a source familiar with his dismissal, and left the premises soon after cleaning out his desk.
from the Toronto Star,
Delivering a message of hope to hockey players, Donald Fehr believes the NHL Players’ Association is – finally – on the right path.
“If I were a betting man, which I am not, I would guess over the next several months you’re going to see a re-constituted organization which they’re all going to be very proud of,” said Fehr, the executive director of the Major League Baseball Players’ Association.
“I’m impressed with the seriousness of the group, with their demeanour,” Fehr said Wednesday. “I think they have a gut-level understanding – which is always the first step – of what the task is in front of them.”
If you live in the Detroit area, you know storms are popping up all over the place.
I need to sign off for a bit, will be back ASAP.
KK members, don’t forget to use the KKF if anything breaks.
update 2:10pm, Here comes another one….
from RDS (translated),
At least three players were placed at the ballot in the national League Wednesday. Thus, in Vancouver, Canucks made available to the other teams, the attacker Marc Chouinard.
In Phoneix, the Coyotes made the same thing with the center Kevyn Adams and the defender Nick Boynton.
Here it is, June 27th but the headlines at Red Wings World ($39.95 to join and run by the Detroit Red Wings) still read…
The 2007 NHL Draft: June 22-23
With the 27th pick overall the experts expect the Red Wings to draft defenseman Tommy Cross, but don’t be surprised if they select Oscar Moller (C) or Bill Sweatt (LW).
Not much else to say…
Kevin Allen of USA TODAY lists his Top 25 UFAs…
9. Defenseman Mathieu Schneider: The Red Wings are trying to sell him on taking a little less in the name of helping the organization continue to have the budget flexibility necessary to stay highly competitive. He has been respected more in Detroit than he has anywhere else during his career. But it seems as if he will test the marketplace.
Age: 37. 2006-07 salary: $3.3 million. Projection: $5 million
read on for the rest…
added 12:20pm, Scott Burnside at ESPN lists his top UFA dmen…
from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,
I was going to write about my impressions of last week’s NHL draft, but Bill Simmons, a popular American sports columnist, beat me to the punch and I don’t want to be accused of being a copycat.
Never mind I wasted a good part of the night sitting in front of the TV taking notes.
Simmons’ piece was humorous, although there does seem to be a tried and tested formula that all American sports columnist must follow when they write about hockey, and that is:
- Right off the bat, establish the fact that you used to like hockey, but not anymore.
You don’t have to explain why, although an inability to follow the puck is often cited, which is surprising because you can’t follow a bullet yet the No.1 sport in the U.S. is, well ...
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Ryan Smyth’s agent Don Meehan and Islanders general manager Garth Snow talked on Monday and are planning to talk again today, Meehan said last night. The question is whether Meehan and Smyth are using the Islanders to build the pot or whether there is genuine interest in signing up for the long haul on the Island, which probably was among the last places Smyth ever imagined himself going before the trade on Feb. 27.
“We’re having ongoing discussions,” Meehan said yesterday. “Garth is well-intentioned. We’re having good discussions, but it’s complex.”
Asked if there is any possibility Smyth would sign with the Isles before the free agent market opens on Sunday, Meehan didn’t even look at his cards before saying. “It’s too early to tell.”
Have the Islanders made a firm offer? “I won’t discuss negotiations,” Meehan said.
from the Gaylord Herald Times,
“I didn’t really know where I would go,” Weber said. “I had thought maybe the sixth or seventh round and then I heard the third, but I was very surprised when I heard my name called. I was glad my family and friends could enjoy it with me.”
Weber was happy to be drafted by the team that had spent the most time and effort scouting him. A natural rival with the Detroit Red Wings, Weber will fit in well with Columbus.
“They told me they hate the Wings more than anybody,” Weber said. “That’s good, because I don’t really care for them either.”
more on Weber…
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