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Carlyle Creates Competition

from the Winnipeg Sun,

“Right from the first day I got the job, we were able to create competition for positions and we were going to play an up-tempo style. If you didn’t want to do that. At one point, our team made a change and took on a personality, they understood how they had to play and what we were trying to do to give ourselves the best possible chance at success.”Ducks GM Brian Burke was adamant Carlyle was the right man for the job and he was not mistaken. “He did a great job for us, he’s been terrific,” said Burke. “When you finish in sixth place in the West, you don’t get any votes for coach of the year and he should have. “I like ass kickers behind the bench and he’s an ass kicker. He demands accountability of the players and he gets them to perform.”

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Hollywood Producer Shows Interest In Penguins

from Sports Business Journal (paid sub.),

Hollywood movie and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer is the latest to express interest in buying the Pittsburgh Penguins, financial sources said. He has received bid information from the team’s banker, Allen & Co., though he had not submitted an offer last week. "As far as I know, they are the only NHL team free to move,” said Bob Caporale, chairman of Game Plan, which represents bidder Lawrence Gottesdiener. That may be what is attracting Bruckheimer, who, sources said, wants to move the club either to Kansas City or Las Vegas. A representative for the producer, known for hits such as TV series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and feature film “Pirates of the Caribbean,” declined to comment specifically on the Penguins situation. “Jerry Bruckheimer loves hockey, and if the right opportunity came along he would consider it,” said Michelle Bega, vice president of the public relations firm Rogers & Cowan, which represents Bruckheimer.

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Arnason Not Qualified

from RDS (translated),

The Senators of Ottawa decided not to make of qualificative offer with Tyler Arnason before the hour limits Monday so that the veteran player of center will be an autonomous player without compensation on July 1. It ordered wages of 1,2 million $ last season and the director general John Muckler stated Monday that it was not worth his wages. “I am sure that it will sign a contract some share. One spoke to put it under contract at less wages but it refused”, explained Muckler.
added 2:39pm, from the CP via TSN,
The Ottawa Senators declined to make a contract qualifying offer to Tyler Arnason before the Monday deadline, making the veteran centre an unrestricted free agent July 1. "I still think he's going to play in the NHL and probably get a contract somewhere else," said Muckler. "We asked him if he'd take a reduction in pay and he refused to do that. "Our assessment was that we could do better in the free agency or trade markets."

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Luongo To Talk Long Term With Canucks

from TSN,

The Canucks have made their first move in negotiations with new goaltender Roberto Luongo Monday, making a qualifying offer to the restricted free agent, and there is more to come according to CKNW 980 AM in Vancouver. The Canucks qualified Luongo at $3.2 million, which gives the club his rights for the 2006-07 season, but the radio station is also reporting that Luongo's agent, Gilles Lupien, will meet with his client in Montreal this week to discuss the prospects of a long term deal.
continued...including a few shot from Luongo's agent at the Panthers.

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Biron Disappointed

from the Buffalo News,

"I'm disappointed after this weekend," Biron said. "I thought there'd be a little more movement this weekend. I thought I'd be a part of it, too. Didn't happen." Biron woke up Sunday morning still a Sabre. He was optimistic Saturday's NHL draft, a fecund setting for trades with all 30 teams and a horde of agents converging on GM Place in Vancouver, would lead him to a new employer. "When Luongo got traded," Biron said, "my first thought was, "Maybe there will be more movement.' Usually the dominoes fall not too far after a big trade like that." Yet Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier departed Vancouver with Biron as his backup goalie. "There's an awful lot of a feeling-out process taking place," Regier said late Saturday night on the GM Place floor. Regier has indicated he won't trade Biron until they have a suitable replacement in house.
more...Biron also mentioned the Wings may have interest in him. But in an earlier post today, Jim Nill mentioned the Wings will probably go the UFA route for a goalie. added 3:25pm, from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
"We would like for him to be traded as fast as possible," Biron's agent, Gilles Lupien, told The Associated Press on Monday. Lupien said he will recommend his client accept the $2.1 million offer by the NHL's mid-July deadline because it would potentially make a trade easier. By matching his salary last year, the Sabres retained rights to Biron.

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HOF Inductees

Did you know there was a Black Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame? I never knew about it but thanks to Ted Leonsis for mentioning the inductees. I tried to find a web site for the Black Hockey and Sports Hall of Fame but had no luck. If anyone has some information, please pass it on.

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Pronger’s Agent Talks

Pat Morris, agent for Chris Pronger was on Fan 590 in Toronto and was asked about Pronger wanting to play in the US. He responded he would consider Toronto "South of the Border". He stated they are circumstances that would not allow Pronger to play in Edmonton and if he went into details, it would get into personal lives and he won't do that. Morris was asked about an Ottawa destination and Morris replied he has not been "asked" if Ottawa would be considered as "south of the border" so he had no response about the Sens. Morris talked about Jay McKee, another one of his players and says Buffalo has started contract talks but he thinks he will be hearing from about 29 other teams July 1st.

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Huet Signs With Canadiens

from the Montreal Canadiens,

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Monday the signing of goaltender Cristobal Huet to a two-year contract (2006-07, 2007-08). As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. "Cristobal Huet is a very valuable player to the Canadiens’ organization. Last season, he led our team to a playoff berth, and more importantly, his playoff performances showed that he is amongst the top goaltenders in the NHL. We know that Cristobal likes the city of Montreal, we were convinced he wanted to stay with the Canadiens, and we are pleased to have him under contract for the next two seasons," said Gainey.

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How Do You Really Feel

Bill at A2Y is beginning to understand what Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press is all about. The last word of his rant fits perfectly.

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from Gary Shelton of the St. Peterburg Times,

What in the wide world of sports is ESPN thinking? Dominoes? What, did someone forget the Pick-Up Sticks? Paintball championships. Poker tournaments. Rodeo. Game shows. Billiards. Kickboxing. Logrolling. Hot dog eating contests. Sports writers yelling at each other. If these are sports, they should hold the Olympics at Chuck E. Cheese's. The other day, I was in a restaurant, and bowling was on the TV. Not just any bowling, but trick bowling. Arena bowling, if you will. ...At this point, Bettman needs to bend a knee and issue a plea. He needs to point to all of the various ESPN channels and beg for one of them, any one, to show his league's games. He needs to settle for any announcer, even Chris Berman. If it takes it, he should offer to let the players play Trivial Pursuit between periods. Parcheesi, maybe. Frankly, the NHL needs ESPN. And despite the low ratings of the past year, ESPN could use the NHL.
more...I am not sure if Mr. Shelton realizes it or not, but ESPN did not want the NHL on their network. The best course of action is just wait, if the NHL continues to improve, maybe we can have a bidding war for network rights in the not to distant future.

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