Kukla's Korner Hockey
By George Malik From NHLPA.com: the PA has decided to do something about their image...something very small...
he National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) and Busch Nascar Series driver John Graham today announced that Graham will drive in an upcoming American Le Mans Series race with NHLPA logos adorning his car. The race takes place on the afternoon of Sunday, September 3, 2006 at Mosport International Raceway, just outside of Toronto, Ontario. This agreement allows John Graham to prominently feature the distinctive NHLPA logo on the car that he will be racing at the Labour Day Grand Prix of Mosport, presented by Mobil 1. The car will also be displayed publicly for fans and media today at Mosport-Racefest, which is being held across from Eaton Centre in Toronto at the Yonge-Dundas Square from approximately 11am – 2pm. This will provide an excellent photo and video opportunity for media.Well, of course...
from Shelly Anderson of the Post-Gazette,
It’s expected that Malkin’s agents, Pat Brisson and JP Barry, will begin contract negotiations with the Penguins after the holiday weekend. Those negotiations aren’t expected to be protracted because the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement contains strict guidelines for rookie contracts.
“Everyone knows that Evgeni’s goal is to play in the NHL right away. He has been more than ready to play at this level for quite some time,” Brisson said by e-mail yesterday.
“In the meantime, JP Barry and myself should enter into negotiations with the Penguins relatively soon in order to make this happen for Evgeni.”
from Karen Price of the Tribune-Review,
Officials from Malkin’s former team in Russia, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, have threatened to take the Penguins and the NHL to court if Malkin signs with the Penguins. They have already contacted Alexander Berkovich, a New York lawyer who has previously handled international disputes involving Russian hockey players.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said yesterday that there had been no direct contact between the NHL and Magnitogorsk, nor was he aware of any current legal proceedings involving the Penguins prospect.
Sure, nothing’s happening, legally speaking. I’m sure the Penguins put a high-powered, high-priced lawyer on a retainer just to be on the safe side…
I see the 200th KK member registered today, which means another drawing for a $25 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com. I will do the drawing over the long weekend and post the winner on Tuesday. The next drawing will take place after the 400th member registers. (registration is free and allows you to participate in the KKF and also enjoy some added benefits as the season approaches.)
from the Detroit Free Press,
Steve Yzerman and Michigan hockey coach Red Berenson are among four former Red Wings who will be recipients of the Lester Patrick Award, the Free Press has learned. A luncheon to honor the five award winners -- Yzerman, Berenson, Reed Larson, Marcel Dionne and former Minnesota North Stars coach Glen Sonmor -- will be held in Detroit in early November, according to multiple sources familiar with the planning of the event.continued
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
If a disc jockey says "Five for Fighting" or "Barenaked Ladies" is next up, hockey fans get excited, and not because two enforcers brawling or a soundtrack from the Folies Bergere is on tap. They're about to hear from some of their own. Actually, in a North American era in which minor league pro hockey is proliferating, when junior hockey remains popular in Canada and pockets of the U.S., and when college hockey has its hotbeds, a "hockey town" can be just about anywhere.read on
from the Rocky Mountain News,
The agent for unsigned Avalanche forward Marek Svatos on Thursday put a positive spin on the latest round of contract talks. "We've resumed negotiations and things are progressing," Rich Evans said from his office in Edmonton, Alberta. "I believe we are making prog- ress."more (no idea why progress is hyphenated)
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
The more clear it becomes that MacLean, the Blue Jackets president and general manager, is serious about letting one of the team’s most dynamic young players spend the season in Russia because he won’t accept a "fair" offer, the more obvious it is that MacLean is the one who could use a little downtime in Siberia. With the security contract, MacLean probably believes he is working from a position of strength. But before we go any further, let’s take a quick poll: Who do you like more right now, Zherdev or MacLean?read on
Russian run-away hockey player Malkin’s parents, frightened by their son’s frenzied Russian fans and hopeless chiefs of the Mettalurg hockey team where Malkin played, are going to sell their house and move from their native city of Magnitogorsk, the Zhizn’ newspaper reported. “When Evgeni was still missing they stayed in our house day and night. They thought we would help them to find him. But we didn’t know where he was either. We understand he just could not call. He calmed us down as soon as he was able to do so,” she said. According to the newspaper, some of Malkin’s fans in his native city want revenge for his defection. “I will not be surprised if fans burn to the ground his restaurant,VIP Zone!” one fan said. “You just can’t do such things. He has spat upon us”.more
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
It has a view of the Washington Monument, a modern exercise room and sauna, secure parking and is accessible via Metro. Sound like a classified ad for a luxury condo? It's actually a description of the Washington Capitals' new practice facility and headquarters being built atop a parking garage attached to Ballston Common Mall in Arlington. Team officials hope to begin moving into the $42.8 million building late next month, which for the first time will put the organization's corporate offices and training site under the same roof.continued...(reg, may be req.)
By George Malik Pat "Baghdad" Brisson has a unique take on his client's lack of employment:
Anson Carter is unemployed, frustrated and disappointed, but he's not going to panic and sign an under-market deal, his agent said Wednesday. "We're not looking for him to get paid like a 50-goal scorer but, at the same time, he should be paid like a 25-30 goal scorer," Pat Brisson said from his office in Los Angeles. "He deserves a fair deal in the right environment. He will be patient."
"Anson is not looking for a home run," said Brisson. "If something happens in the next week, so be it. If not, he will wait. We're not going to panic and jump on anything. Some players aren't strong enough to go through this, but Anson has the backbone for it."
"Everyone thinks they are going to win the Stanley Cup this week," Brisson noted. "It's a little frustrating. It's disappointing more than anything. It's hurting his pride."Is this called "taking the high ground"? Brisson's not lending Anson a hand by pounding the "poor Carter" angle into the ground. If I was a general manager (Ah, the power, the power! Ha ha ha...Oh, sorry...), I'm not sure I'd want to take on a "bruised ego" rehabilitation project, especially if that project had a $2.5 million price tag and a two-year commitment.
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