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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
"He's no surprise," said former Blues defenseman Al MacInnis, who directed the camp. "When he came in here, he's big, he's mature, pretty much the total package out there. He plays with a lot of confidence, and he kind of separates himself from the field." The bleachers at the Ice Zone were cluttered with not only Blues fans but many of the team's top officials: President John Davidson, general manager Larry Pleau, assistant GM Jarmo Kekalainen and coach Mike Kitchen. Whispers about Johnson from the Blues' brass grew into loud exclamations as the week unfolded.more
from the Daily News (Haliflax),
DN: How do you feel about the moves made by Boston in the offseason? GM: The first moves during the season in November, obviously weren't good. Obviously, when you trade your captain (Joe Thornton), your best player, it's always disappointing and surprising. So that kind of put us behind the eight-ball right away for making the playoffs. And we had a few injuries, and it just wasn't going so well all year. Now in the offseason, we pick up (Marc) Savard, (Zdeno) Chara and (Sean) Donovan. So I think we're making great strides. No question about it. We got the best free agent available this summer and that's always a positive.read on
from the LA Times (reg. req.),
The Kings and forward Sean Avery have agreed on a one-year contract that will pay him $1.1 million next season and allow them to avoid arbitration. The deal probably will include a short leash, which Kings officials hope will put an end to Avery's off-ice incidents.
from the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle,
Other teams are eager to pay Briere $5 million year. The big question: Can the Sabres afford to let him go? He's the team's most productive offensive player, he's 28 and likely to get even better and he's a hard-working and respected team leader. Briere and goalie Ryan Miller are the faces of the franchise — young, talented and happy to be Sabres. But if Buffalo decides to keep Briere, the team's budget might force it to let one or more remaining arbitration-eligible players walk. Maxim Afinogenov would be one likely candidate.more
The NHL is expected to forgo hiring prospective officials for the third consecutive offseason, a league source said. Hirings are unlike because the NHL is stuck with appeals from recently fired referees Blaine Angus, Harry Dumas, Jeff Smith and Scott Hoberg and linesman Angelo D’Amico.continued
from the Washington Post,
NFL, NBA and NHL teams have partnered with Internet firms with names such as StubHub and RazorGator to reap a share of what is known as the "secondary ticket market," where ticket holders can resell their tickets, often at prices well above the price they paid for them. The emergence of these new enterprises ends years of frustration for sports teams, which have watched as scalpers and brokers sold tickets for several times their value without teams being able to capture any of that market. Ted Leonsis, owner of the Capitals, said team owners were at first uncomfortable about doing business with the companies who resold their tickets, but those fears abated because of the revenue possibilities and the goodwill it created with season ticket holders who had an easy way to resell unused tickets. "Owners initially thought that we were in competition with those people, until we realized that if something's good for your season ticket holders, it's going to be good for you," Leonsis said. "It opened up a new sponsorship category and the world didn't end."read on (reg. req.)
Ryder re-signs with the Habs for 1yr, $2.2 million and Brook Oprik gets a two year deal with the Pens.
Sources tell TSN Buffalo Sabres star Daniel Briere has been awarded a one year, $5 million settlement through arbitration.added 1:02pm, from the same article which is now expanded...
Briere could be involved in a "sign-and-trade" within the next couple of days. The two sides are working on a 5-year, $25 million deal that would then see Briere dealt immediately. Montreal, Los Angeles and Atlanta are among the teams in the mix.
After seeing what Mike York received from an arbitrator yesterday, some teams must be concerned about their own hearings. Mike Barnett of Phoenix questions the salary demand of Ladislav Nagy and Mike Comriie... from the Arizona Republic,
"They are both deserving of salary increases, but how far do you go to reward non-playoff years?" Barnett said Saturday in reference to Phoenix's 81-point, last-place finish in 2005-06. "We've done everything we can to get them both signed except meet their contract expectations. We've explored term and schedules of payment. In the end, we are simply too far apart."more
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