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from the Columbus Dispatch,
At a news conference Wednesday to announce the purchase agreement, MacLean complained that the budget set by Blue Jackets management hamstrung his efforts to build a winning club.
“I don’t have any comment on that,” Priest said. “From our perspective, this is a great opportunity for Doug. I’m excited for him that he’s found something so quickly. It’s a great challenge and opportunity. We wish him nothing but the best. We’re not going to get into what thoughts or comments he has.”
Priest did acknowledge, however, that on at least two occasions the Blue Jackets expanded the budget to add players “with the assurance or promise that they would be difference-makers.”
One of the players was center Sergei Fedorov, whose $6 million contract was added in a trade early in the 2005-06 season.
The other was right winger Anson Carter, signed to a $2.5 million contract last summer and traded for a fifth-round draft pick in March.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
The absence of a player transfer agreement between the National Hockey League and the Russian Hockey Federation has resulted in two Russian players under contract with NHL teams signing with a Russian Super League team.
According to reports this week in the Russian media, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky and Boston Bruins forward Stanislav Chistov signed with Salavat Yulaev of the Russian Super League.
Because the Russian Hockey Federation never signed the transfer agreement between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), its teams aren’t bound by the same transfer rules governing their nation’s players as other European countries.
continued... Just imagine if a Russian player the caliber of Ovechkin or Datsyuk decided to just pack up and head back home.
from On the Islanders Beat,
After a long summer shopping for defensive help, it appears Islanders general manager Garth Snow has just about zeroed in on his man. Turns out he was kind of hard to miss.
Snow was working late this evening in an effort to put the finishing touches on a multi-year contract for 6-6, 245-pound defenseman Andy Sutton.
added 7:46pm, As Robert pointed out in the comments, it is now official at the Islanders website.
from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,
Milbury should have a lot to say. He’s always been one of the best quotes in sports. He’ll make you laugh. He’ll make you think. And there’s no question, Milbury will be entertaining. Some of my most memorable meals have been at the same table as him.
In honor of his most recent emergence as a major NHL television personality, here are some of Milbury’s famous quotes through the years, a list that is expected to grow with his air time:
• In referring to agent Paul Krause while the Isles and client Ziggy Palffy were tied up in a contract battle: “It’s too bad he lives in the city. He’s depriving some small village of a pretty good idiot.”
• On former Ranger and longtime foil Ulf Samuelsson: “Jerk that he is, he’s always wearing that smirking grin that makes you want to punch him in the face.”
many more “Milburyisms”... plus a lot of NHL talk too…
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
A passion is one thing - everyone should have at least one passion (hummel figurines rock, as an example) - but there’s a very fine line between passion and obsession.
How can you tell if you have a hockey obsession? Well, the mere fact you’re here reading this piece of tripe is a fairly telling clue. As mentioned, it’s mid summer and you’re scouring the Internet for something – anything – hockey-related. Really, what are you hoping to find? A huge trade? A big signing? News about a bachelor party gone awry (or ahh-rye, I suppose)?
read on but L.C. won’t be happy…
from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,
The National Hockey League, meanwhile, has its share of records that will never be broken, along with a few that could be broken.
Take Glenn Hall’s mark of 502 consecutive starts in net. Not even New Jersey workhorse Martin Brodeur can slip on a Superman costume and better this accomplishment.
How about Teemu Selanne’s 76 goals as a rookie with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93? Unless the NHL makes nets as big as soccer nets, you have to think Selanne will be the perennial benchmark for rookies to shoot for.
read on about records that may or may not be broken…
via the Halifax Daily News,
Cole Harbour’s Joe DiPenta will be back in Anaheim next year.
While touring Halifax Regional Municipality with the Stanley Cup yesterday, the defenceman said he had reached a verbal agreement on a one-year deal with the Ducks.
“I made a verbal commitment Wednesday with (Anaheim senior vice-president of hockey operations) Bobby Murray and the Anaheim management,” DiPenta said. “It’s just a matter of signing the paper and it’s going to get faxed back to me. The details are all done. It’s a one-year deal, so I’m happy to be back. It’s exciting.”
from the Mercury News,
Center Mark Smith remains the lone Shark from last season’s lineup without a new contract, but his agent said Thursday that San Jose put an offer on the table and money isn’t the big sticking point.
It’s playing time.
“San Jose is such a strong team at forward and at the center position that it limits his opportunity to play an expanded role,” agent Brian Feldman said from his Michigan office. “We’re just trying to find an opportunity where he’d have that expanded role.”
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
MacTavish yesterday was a coach very much saying thank you to his general manager for giving him a chance to again contemplate success.
“I’d like to commend Kevin. It was not really that popular but at the end of the day, who cares?” he said of doing the dirty deed with Penner.
“Maybe someday it’ll look like a stupid play, but right now I feel pretty good about it.”
Asked to comment on the reactions of Ducks GM Brian Burke, MacTavish responded with a Burke-like quote.
“Irrelevant really. Listening to him is the equivalent of taking a drink from a firehose.
“Kevin did what he had to do for his hockey team.”
from Evan Weiner at the NY Sun,
To that end, Bettman has reached over to the NBA and hired Jody Shapiro to see if he can get the league more eyeballs in front of television sets for NBC and Versus games. Shapiro is the former vice president of business development at NBA TV and once headed Home Team Sports in the mid-Atlantic area…
Shapiro has been around the cable TV block and knows all the players. He also has dealt with cable TV multiple systems operators in getting the NBA network on both basic expanded and digital cable throughout the country. One of Shapiro’s charges is to get an NBA or NFL-type hockey network on MSOs throughout the country. The NHL already has a network up in Canada.
more NHL broadcast talk…
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