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from Geroge Johnson at ESPN,
Both of Sutter’s star men, Jarome Iginla and Miikka Kiprusoff, are scheduled to become unrestricted free agents as of July 1, 2008.
Iginla is paid handsomely at $7 million this season, but he probably will be seeking Jaromir Jagr-type money ($8 million range) in his next deal. He’ll be 31. His agent, Don Meehan, just happens to be Smyth’s agent, too. Meehan fully understands what his client is worth in goals, leadership and good-guy profile.
Iginla, believe it or not, means more to the Flames than Smyth does, uh, did, to the Oilers. By the time Meehan and Sutter get down to hammering out a new deal for the Calgary captain, Iginla will be threatening all Theo Fleury’s career Oilers offensive records. His is unquestionably the face of the franchise. He wears the “C.”
read on... Smyth the main topic, then Flames talk…
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
Oh, yeah, one more thing about Bertuzzi: If this man can clean up his tarnished reputation, he has come to the right place to do it. The Red Wings have perhaps the best atmosphere and leadership corps of any team in the NHL.
But it’s up to Bertuzzi. St. James says the team already is reaching out to him as a teammate, and he’s reaching back.
No matter what you think of Bertuzzi, he is an impact player.
more... Hmmm, wonder how Andy Strickland feels about this…
from the Ottawa Citizen,
The case against sports agent David Frost started to fall apart Tuesday as prosecutors dropped six sex exploitation charges against him, saying they didn’t have enough evidence.
But the former NHL agent’s trip through the justice system is far from over. Prosecutors said Tuesday they still intend to have him face six other sex exploitation charges dating back to the early 1990s when he coached a junior hockey team in Deseronto, Ont.
Overall, sales of NHL-licensed merchandise on NHL.com were up nearly 75% compared to last February.
Twenty-nine of the 30 NHL teams outsold their February 2006 products on NHL.com. Leading the pack were the Buffalo Sabres, with a sales increase of more than 1000% compared to last year. Most notably, the Sabres dominated the top 10 in player jersey sales for the month. Jerseys bearing the names of Sabres forwards Daniel Briere, Maxim Afinogenov, Chris Drury, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and goaltender Ryan Miller were top sellers on NHL.com. The newly available Nashville Predators jersey for Peter Forsberg accounted for more than 90% of total Forsberg player jerseys sold.
Other teams that more than doubled sales of merchandise include: Pittsburgh Penguins (237%), Anaheim Ducks (203%), Montreal Canadiens (177%), Edmonton Oilers (156%), Nashville Predators (120%),Vancouver Canucks (117%), New York Islanders (106%), St. Louis Blues (104%) and San Jose Sharks (103%).
TOP 20 SELLING PLAYER JERSEYS ON SHOP.NHL.COM (Feb. 1-28, 2007)
from the CP via the Hockey News,
The Boston Bruins are back in the chase after huge weekend wins over Montreal and New Jersey. “We’re battling back,” star Boston centre Marc Savard said Monday.
“We’ve put ourselves in a good position now,” he added in an interview with The Canadian Press. “We’ve got a lot of games in hand on the teams that are ahead of us.
“That’s exciting, too. Carolina has 14 games left and we have 17. So it’s in our hands.”
Approaching its second annual fundraising effort, TPS Hockey and NHL players will again pay tribute to their hockey moms and moms in all levels of the game. The 2007 Tribute to Hockey Moms and Breast Cancer Fundraiser will raise money and awareness for breast cancer.
Read the press release…
A KK reader had some time on his hands and sent me this.
No, I don’t want to see this, ever!
Come on Pennsylvania politicians, enough is enough, get the deal done.
Do you realize what can happen?
In my NHL.com blog today, I ask readers to submit their favorite hockey sites on the web.
It can be a well known hockey site or an obscure site. All are allowed.
What I am trying to do is create a large blog and MSM list, giving hockey fans a reference point for anything hockey.
update Monday, March 12th... We have started building the Hockey Links page. Check it out and you can submit more links there!
Team president Peter Luukko recently said that he and team chairman Ed Snider want to meet with Holmgren in the “near future” to discuss a contract extension.
Snider, however, won’t comment on the situation, and Holmgren said he’s unaware of any new schedule for a meeting.
Holmgren did say that Snider called to congratulate him on moves such as the Peter Forsberg and Martin Biron trades.
“I think he said “good job,’ ” Holmgren disclosed during an interview Monday in his office. “He seemed happy about it. He seemed excited when he said it.”
from the Tennessean,
The big question remains when Forsberg, acquired by the Predators in a monster deal just before the NHL trade deadline, will return to action. He said he’s doubtful for tonight but didn’t seem to think it would be too long before he’d be ready to play.
“I don’t think it’s severe,’’ Forsberg said. “(The Predators) don’t think it’s severe. I don’t think I’ll be gone that long.’‘
Forsberg chuckled at the air of mystery surrounding the injury, then added to it a bit by saying he didn’t want to talk about how or when it occurred.
“It’s not really a mystery – upper body is just what everyone says now,’’ Forsberg said. “But as you can see, I can walk around. It’s hard to talk about … but it’s nothing major.’‘
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