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from the Detroit Free Press,
Dominik Hasek, believed to be leaning toward returning, has informed the Red Wings he will let them know his decision within a week.
“I talked earlier this week with Dom’s agent, and he said he’d let us know by the middle of the next week at the latest,” general manager Ken Holland said today.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
First money: The rumors circulating around expansion fees are that teams would pay in the neighborhood of $150 million in order to gain entry into the NHL – a big hike over the $80 million paid in the last round of expansion that brought us Nashville, Atlanta, Minnesota and Columbus. A bonus for NHL owners: expansion fees do not count as revenue in terms of their partnership with the players’ association, so that’s all money in the bank for teams in the Original 30.
from AP via the Akron Beacon Journal,
The Columbus Blue Jackets will build off the draft, develop young players, disdain quick fixes and be based on a long-term plan instead of hollow promises, new team president Mike Priest promised on Wednesday.
Priest, hired when Doug MacLean was fired as president and general manager in April, is in the process of interviewing prospective general managers. He said he has at least four names on his list, including Blue Jackets interim GM Jim Clark and director of player personnel Don Boyd.
As much as he would love to have a GM in place by the time the franchise hosts the NHL draft in two weeks, he won’t be hurried.
from the News & Observer,
After three days of meetings, the Carolina Hurricanes’ future is starting to come into clearer focus, and it’s not a future that includes Josef Vasicek.
The Canes have decided not to re-sign Vasicek, general manager Jim Rutherford said today, preferring to look elsewhere for a new third-line center.
“We’d like to try to make a change at center, either by trade or through free agency,” Rutherford said. “Obviously with a trade you’d have to give something up, so free agency may be the way to go.”
I read Adam Rose’s interview with Helene Elliot and she points out something rather interesting. The Ducks of Anaheim of California of the United States have been to the Finals twice in the last 4 years. The Los Angeles Kings have been only once in their 39 year existence. So while Kings fans get to sit in the glitzy Staples Center, they are forced to swallow crap hockey while their division rival down the road tears up the league.
I’m thinking there might be an element of jealousy here from folks outside of Anaheim who would normally be casual Kings fans. The result: complete and utter apathy towards their neighbor’s success.
But you know what LA, tonight could be a very special night for your fair city.
more...while there, make sure to read the Helene Elliott interview too…
from Damien Cox at the Spin, his blog at the Toronto Star,
Would the NHL governors be more willing to accept a second team in southern Ontario if new teams were added in K.C. and Nevada? Could the compensation issue be somehow linked to expansion, as it was when L.A. owner Bruce McNall received half the $50 million expansion fee when the Mighty Ducks moved into Anaheim?
Could the dreadful concept of NHL expansion, and the obvious dilution of talent it would produce, actually be good news for Canadian fans if it means a seventh Canadian team?
This story grows more intriguing and complicated by the hour.
from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
When the two South Hills natives decided to risk a career change by starting a film-production company, Nittany Films, it was a natural that they gravitated toward a feature-length documentary on the psyche and personality of the goaltender.
Then Englert met Jordan Sigalet and his mother last summer when Sigalet was working at a goaltending camp. Sigalet, who starred at Bowling Green, is a Boston Bruins prospect who has advanced to their American Hockey League affiliate in Providence.
He also is battling the extremity numbness and fatigue that come with having multiple sclerosis.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Once Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson gets Mats Sundin signed, before the June 15 deadline to pick up the option on Sundin’s contract, and then gets himself signed to a contract extension by the end of the month, he will set his sights on a more important signing, at least as far as the team’s immediate future is concerned.
Ferguson’s No. 1 target on the free-agent market, according to those who know him best, is winger Ryan Smyth. Then again, you could say this about every GM in the National Hockey League with a minimum of $6-million (all figures U.S.) per year to spend.
There are four top-end forwards among the pending free agents - Smyth and centres Chris Drury, Daniel Briere and Scott Gomez. Given Smyth’s pedigree as a gritty character player who can score, he will be the object of the fiercest bidding war.
Q. First off, here you are one game away from laying claim to the Cup. What do you expect from the Sens? They played some great hockey and they’ve played some not so great hockey. Is there a sense if they played their best hockey for three periods that you would have to match their intensity?
COACH RANDY CARLYLE: Again, your expectations are that when you play in the Stanley Cup Final, your opposition is going to be desperate. And we know that we’re going to have to play our best game.
We respect the opposition. They’re an excellent hockey club. We know that they’re quite capable, and they’ve proven to us in this series, for stretches, that they can dominate us.
So it’s important that we don’t lose the focus and we have to even create more focus for our group. We think that we have a certain style that we have to play to that we can be effective. But we know that they’re a hockey club that will play their best game in the series.
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