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John LeClair will be in court next week to face a drunk driving charge. Vermont state police pulled over the former BFA St. Albans, UVM and NHL great on October 24th.
The early-morning incident on Interstate-89 in Milton is the St. Albans native’s second drunk driving charge. In 1990, LeClair pleaded no contest after prosecutors reduced the charge to careless and negligent driving.
LeClair was placed on waivers last December by the Pittsburgh Peguins and he has not played in the NHL since then.
From the AP,
ESPN hockey analyst Barry Melrose apologized Tuesday for negative remarks about the area around the New Jersey Devils’ new Prudential Center arena.
In a video segment posted on ESPN.com last week, Melrose described the recently opened arena as a “beautiful new building” but added, “Don’t go outside if you have a wallet or anything else, because the area around the arena is just horrible.”
Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker and Municipal Council President Mildred Crump took exception to the remarks and called for Melrose to apologize.
“All of us make mistakes, but it’s a shame when it’s at the expense of 300,000 people,” Booker said, referring to Newark’s population.
from WGR 550,
Plenty of veterans missed practice this morning at HSBC Arena. Adam Mair has an ankle injury that Lindy Ruff said would keep him out weeks. Tim Connolly has a strained oblique will be out for an undetermined amount of time. Ruff insisted that his injury has nothing to do with his head.
from David Amber at ESPN,
Q: Why did you sign only a one-year deal?
A: I wanted to see how I fit in on the top line and to see if I enjoyed playing in the New York area. It’s better to see that it works for me and works for them, then we can move forward.
Q: So, how has it been so far?
A: I like it here. We have a great group of guys. We have to win games by everyone chipping in. We don’t have a $10 million player on this team. Everyone has to come and play hard every night.
Ron Francis, Al MacInnis, and fellow inductees Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory, will be honored at the 2007 Induction Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
More on Francis at NHL.com and below is the transcript from a media conference call with Francis, from earlier today.
A video of his career highlights is also provided.
Al MacInnis, along with fellow inductees, Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Scott Stevens and Jim Gregory, will be honored at the 2007 Induction Celebration on Monday, Nov. 12 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.
Below is the transcript from a media conference call with MacInnis earlier today. A video of his career highlights is also provided.
from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
“There’s no easy game,” Philadelphia Flyers centre Daniel Briere said Tuesday. “It’s so amazing. One night you’ll be playing one team and you can have it your way and then play the same team the next night and it will totally be the other way around.”
The theory is that the salary cap has spread the talent more evenly around the league. The big-market clubs can’t horde all the top players any more. More liberalized unrestricted free agency also makes it easier for struggling teams to reload in a hurry. There’s no better example than Philadelphia, 30th in the league last season and now looking like a contender after GM Paul Holmgren changed half his roster.
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk thinks Canada could support more NHL teams. Speaking at a press conference in regards to the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship, Melnyk shared his thoughts, citing Winnipeg as an example.
“I’m a big fan of the province of Manitoba… and I know there are some really great fans there. The problem is; what do you do?” Melnyk said. “Do you build a 15,000 seat stadium and fill it, which is a success, or do you build a 20,000 (seat) stadium that has 10,000 people?
“It’s a shame to see Quebec City have to move and then go on to Colorado and if you recall, that was one of the reasons I was really upset when I heard the Senators may leave Ottawa.”
“I think there’s more room.”
Very cool Hockey News….
from Barry Smith at the Hockey News,
Just checking in to give you a better idea of the Russian Super League.
We have now played every team in the league. One thing that really sticks out there is quite a big disparity between the size of the cities and the payrolls.
For example, Omsk has a payroll of $50 million (US), which is the highest payroll in the league. The teams are financed by large corporations or municipality funding. There is no possible way a team here can break even based on ticket sales, concessions and parking.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
Tampa Bay Lightning Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster Issued a Statement Today Regarding Dan Boyle:
“The MRI on Dan Boyle’s surgically-repaired left wrist showed that two of the three tendons severed on September 22 have not properly healed and that additional surgery will be required. We have placed Dan on the NHL’s Injured Reserve List retroactive to his last game, November 3, 2007. Dan will be consulting with a number of hand and wrist specialists recommended to him by the Lightning medical staff, after which he will be scheduled for additional surgery on his wrist. Dan will be out of the Lightning line-up indefinitely
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