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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
The Nashville Predators may be headed for Hamilton, at least temporarily.
Waterloo billionaire Jim Balsillie, who has a letter of agreement to buy the Predators that closes June 30, last night re-activated an exclusive lease arrangement with Hamilton city council in which he could use the facility temporarily or permanently as home to an NHL team.
From Dave Stubbs at The Gazette,
The Canadiens have made a contract offer to Sheldon Souray, and the all-star defenceman will take a little time to digest it, and consider what might await him on July 1, should he decide to test the waters of unrestricted free agency.
Paul Theofanous, Souray’s New York-based agent, said last night that Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey made the offer on Tuesday, 24 hours after the club had signed 28-year-old defenceman Andrei Markov to a four-year, $23-million (U.S.) contract, making the Russian the best-paid Canadien of all time.
From Press Telegram,
Jean-Sebastien Giguere won the Conn Smythe Trophy, awarded to the playoff MVP, in 2003, but the honor felt a little hollow because New Jersey, not the Ducks, lifted the Stanley Cup.
Now, Giguere seems on the verge of celebrating with both pieces of hockey hardware.
In a tense, tight-checking game, Giguere made 16 saves Wednesday for his first shutout of these playoffs as the Ducks earned a 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
From Rob Brodie at the Ottawa Sun,
Scotiabank Place is bracing itself for the biggest crush of television personnel the building has likely ever seen.
“It’s crazy out here,” Jim Steel, the Senators’ VP of broadcasting, said yesterday during a break from preparations for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup final on Saturday night.
It’s the first Cup final game in Ottawa in 80 years, and the Sens’ home rink will house TV signals that beam the games, via NHL International, to more than 160 countries around the world.
From Ira Podell at the AP,
Mark Messier hasn’t talked to the New York Rangers about their sudden front office vacancy, but he would listen if they called.
The Rangers need to replace assistant general manager Don Maloney, who left the organization Tuesday to become the GM of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Messier has expressed interest about possibly replacing New York general manager Glen Sather once the architect of the Edmonton Oilers’ dynasty of the 1980s and ‘90s decides to give up his current post.
Ducks score a late goal and win 1-0.
We haven’t seen the free-wheeling Ottawa team yet. Maybe it will be different at home.
Watch the post game press interviews…
...including James Caan and Ray Liotta.
more fun stuff at NHL Connect Stanley Cup Headquarters.
from Tim Wharnsby at the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League invited the top six North American prospects to Game 2 of the 2007 Stanley Cup final and nobody’s eyes were wider than juniors Karl Alzner and Keaton Ellerby.
The 6-foot-4 ½ Ellerby, who hails from Strathmore, Alta. and plays on the backend for the Kamloops Blazers, also shook hands with the player he idolizes, Anaheim 6-foot-6 defenceman Chris Pronger and almost could look him in the eye.
from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,
As always, some of the speculation over potential free-agent movement is a little wild, specifically that some forget teams now operate under a salary cap.
That cap is expected to rise from the current $44 million to possibly $48 million, perhaps even higher, leaving roughly half of the 30 NHL teams with more than $20 million in available cap space with which to bolster their respective rosters for next season.
Sadly, some rumormongers seem unaware which of those teams have this available cap space.
A recent internet rumor suggested the Dallas Stars might have interest in Montreal Canadiens defenseman Sheldon Souray should he become an unrestricted free agent on July 1….
So to those reporting on potential destinations for this summer’s top free agents, remember to keep the salary cap in mind when posting your speculations.
from the CBC,
If the Senators win their final series against the Anaheim Ducks, the Stanley Cup won’t just come back to Ottawa — it will also visit Gatineau, Que.
Both Ottawa Mayor Larry O’Brien and the Senators’ hockey club have confirmed that a Stanley Cup parade would pass through Gatineau, just across the Ottawa River, Mayor Marc Bureau said Wednesday.
“It’s a team that is maybe more from Ottawa, but 15 to 20 per cent of the spectators at Scotia[bank] Place are francophones nonetheless,” he told Radio-Canada in French.
continued... and in my neck of the woods, public talk of a parade is a no-no until victory is achieved…
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