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"She (McCabes's wife) had surgery scheduled for June 22, pretty major surgery," said McCabe. "I wanted to make sure she was all right and on the road to recovery. Some things are more important in life. The organization was great and very supportive." Credit Leafs GM John Ferguson, who took some heat during the delay from Leaf fans that thought McCabe was waiting to test the free-agent market. McCabe was appreciative of Ferguson's patience, and earlier Thursday broke down in front of reporters when asked about his GM taking hits in the media because the deal stalled.more
from the Boston Bruins,
Lewis, who is said to be a strong motivator, will be handed the responsibility to turn around a Bruins team that struggled this past season. The new coach will have a solid core of young players to work with as he begins to recover Boston’s winning tradition. Coming from Detroit, winning is something Lewis is familiar with. “I don’t want to talk an awful lot of what I want to do here because I am a big believer in showing,” said Lewis who turns 53 on July 3. “You can say you’re a leader, but you don’t have to tell me. I will find out. That’s how I operate. “The same actions apply on the ice. You can’t hide in the jersey when you step out on that ice. If the player says he is a character guy, show me. If the player says he is a great, skilled player, show me. If he says he is a tough guy, show me. So that’s where I’m coming from.”more
The Ottawa Senators have locked up one of their elite blueliners, as sources tell TSN the team has signed defenceman Wade Redden to a two-year contract. Speculation is that the deal is worth $13 million. The team is expected to make a formal announcement over the next 24 hours.
from the Star-Ledger,
Officials within the NHL yesterday confirmed a report that appeared in Newsday that discussions have taken place about the possibility of the Rangers and Islanders playing a game against each other this winter at Yankee Stadium. But according to one league official, the discussions have been tabled. "This has been dead for a long time," said the official, who asked not to be identified.
TSN's sister station in Quebec RDS reports that goaltender Roberto Luongo has agreed to a four-year contract with the Vancouver Canucks worth $6.8 million US a season. The Canucks will reportedly hold a news conference this afternoon to announce the deal.continued updated 1:39pm, via TSN (same link),
According to CKNW Radio in Vancouver, the new deal will pay Luongo $6 million US in the first year, $6.5 million US in the second year, $7 million US in the third year, and $7.5 million US in the final year. The contract also contains a no-trade clause for the final three years.
Ken Holland was on WDFN this morning, talked with Don Meehan, Lidstrom's agent yesterdayand they are talking again today. Contract talks are moving forward and Holland says Nick wants to remain a Wing and the Wings want him. Shanahan talks not going so well and Osgood should have an answer by tomorrow afternoon. Regarding Yzerman, Holland says Steve is struggling with decision. If his knee was healthy, no doubt he would be back. But he has pain some days and that is the question. Says he will give him as much time as he needs with his decision. Talking goaltender, a lot of teams have made trade offers to him. Wants to get to July 1st, there are UFAs he wants to talk to. Some may sign with their current team, but things will shake out after the UFA period starts. Was asked if Osgood could be #1, Ken responded they feel more comfortable with him as a backup or as a 1A goalie. It is a matter of how they want to spend their money. Says goalies are available in the $4-5 million range and there are goalies in the $1.5-2 million range that are available. On Jimmy Howard, he sees him in Grand Rapids this year but if he has a great camp he could make the team but he has to play no matter where he is. Did not have a very good post-season and has parts of his game that need to be worked on. Holland was asked if the Wings should shake it up or fine tune. Holland says the Wings are turning over their team to players like Datsyuk, Zetterber and Kronwall. Players like Chelios and Yzerman still have great passion for the game and will help out. Holland does not want to go into that 4-5 year dip where teams have to re-build by the draft. He wants to continue winning but is trying to avoid that "dip" period. He still thinks the Wings are close but have to find a goalie and get Lidstrom signed. added 11:49am, from the Bay City Times via Mlive,
'It's hard to know,'' Devellano said, when asked to predict now what Yzerman might decide. ''None of us feel it's up to us to tell him it's time.'' In other words, for all he's done for an organization he led out of the dark ages to what has been for the better part of two decades the NHL's glamour franchise, Yzerman has earned the right to make the call - and either way the club will abide by it. But it was clear in a near hour-long conversation with Devellano that the club is hoping the captain will call it a career - for his own good.more
from the Traverse City Record Eagle,
Kirk Maltby blacked out twice Wednesday afternoon, but it wasn't from a hard check or a wayward hockey puck. Maltby, a left wing for the Detroit Red Wings, was strapped into the cockpit of one of the Navy's FA/18 Hornet Blue Angels for a 45-minute roller coaster ride over a cloudy Traverse City. His was the first of three rides given. Afterwards, sweaty and glad to be back on solid ground, Maltby said the ride was exhilarating. "I wasn't sure at first," he said. "When you're hitting those Gs it's a bit of a workout. But I can obviously see why these guys enjoy what they do. It was great."continued...great pic of Malts in his "Top Gun" gear...
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from the Vancouver Province,
"I've been in Vancouver since 1999 and it's a great city to play in and raise your family. We hope it all works out and financially it's going to be a big day. "But having said that, the financial part is not everything. It's not something that's going to weigh my decision. I've talked to my wife and, believe me, our priority right now is to stay in Vancouver." That said, evidence is mounting he won't remain here. His agent Pat Morris and Canucks GM Dave Nonis have not had serious contract discussions. Whatever Jovanovski would have pocketed here this season -- he earned $3.99 million US last season -- will go to help sign goalie Roberto Luongo, who's close to agreeing to a four-year deal worth $6.75-$7 million annually. "I understand he [Nonis] has got a lot on his plate and transforming this into his own team," said Jovanovski. "But there are a few days left here and July 1 is not going to stop me from talking with the Canucks. I'm sure they've got something in mind and so do we. I just turned 30 [Monday] and I know I have seven or eight good years in front of me and hopefully I'll play until I'm 40. Hopefully, something works out."more
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