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from the Miami Herald,
Less than an hour after the arbitrator's decision came down Thursday, Gilles Lupien, agent for Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, said everybody should ask the Panthers, ``What did you win?'' Good question -- for both sides. The Panthers won on the numbers, getting Luongo at $3.2 million for this year, an amount much closer to what they wanted than to what he wanted. In the process, they needlessly two-handed The Franchise, a guy who was found home and marital happiness in South Florida while maturing into one of the best goalies in the world. He's the face of the Panthers off the ice, the backbone of the Panthers on it and takes both roles willingly. Now, they could easily lose Luongo after two years. Luongo won the freedom to play Free Agency Lotto after the 2006-07 season. In the process, he lost a bucketload of guaranteed money, $25 million over five seasons, and stability. A pity that all this could've been avoided.
from the Russian Hockey Digest,
In our negotiations we came to the finish line. I announced to the Detroit’s General Manager Ken Holland that he needs to make up his mind relatively to Datsyuk by September 1st. Pavel is willing to play in the NHL. Red Wings’ first priority right now is to sign a contract with Datsyuk. As you can see, we have the same goal. September 5th is a deadline to get players on a roster in Russian Super League. It’s clear that Datsyuk can’t wait the entire month in uncertainty. He would play in Dynamo. What salary is Datsyuk expecting? I and Mr. Holland decided not to announce any numbers. But it’s well-known that Detroit signed 18 players already for 31 million dollars. So, there is a room, especially that each club may have an over-budget of the cap of 39 million dollars until October 1st.
Despite an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday, Sharks winger Alex Korolyuk has decided to spend the 2005-06 season playing in his native Russia instead of returning to the NHL. The arbitration hearing will move forward as scheduled. ''I'd like to thank Alex and (agent) Brian Lawton for notifying us of Alex's decision prior to the arbitration hearing tomorrow in Toronto,'' said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson....and I wonder if Wings fans are thinking Datsyuk may do the same....
The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed unrestricted free agent left wing Dave Andreychuk to a two-year contract, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced today. In accordance with club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. TSN Tracker for all of the day's transactions.
I have had quite a few emails today regarding a rumor of a Smyth for Zetterberg deal in the works. My reply was the same to all, it is not going to happen, never even brought up by either side. Now this from the Herald-Tribune,
Oiler fans may be squirming a bit with longest-serving Oiler Smyth still not signed, but Lowe said whether it's a short-term or long-term contract, the Banff product will be in Oiler silks when the puck drops Oct. 5 at home against the Colorado Avalanche. "I think there seems to be some mixed messages or misconceptions about Ryan. We'll get Ryan signed, it's just a question of whether he's long-term because next year he becomes an unrestricted free agent," said Lowe. "I guess the worst-case scenario would be if we had to put him on a one-year deal. Not that Ryan needs motivation, but he'd be highly motivated and have a great year, which is good for the Oilers. "But our expectations and hopes are that we can get him a long-term deal, but we'll see what happens. Rest assured he'll play for the Oilers this year."
from the Herald-Tribune,
They were vocal and, at times, downright irate during the National Hockey League lockout that put the 2004-2005 season on the shelf. But Edmonton Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe is confident hockey fans across Canada are willing to forgive and forget as a rejigged NHL season hits the ice in September. "I think throughout this whole process the NHL hockey executives never underestimated the angst that fans probably had in Canada and in the United States and never took for granted the support they had," said Lowe.
NHL Rules Event Type: Live Event Information Presented By: NHL.com and NHL Coaches Association Cost: FREE Date: 8/25/2005 Time: 8:00 PM Eastern Time, 5:00 PM Pacific Time Description: A close up look at the 2005 - 2006 NHL rule changes featuring Mike Sullivan and Keith Allain update 8:49pm, Well, all I can say is I hope the first OLN broadcast doesn't have the same technical issues this cybercast experienced. The show started about five minutes late, then there were numerous technical issues with the presentation. Felt sorry for a frustrated Mike Sullivan, and the repetitive "Can you hear me now?" question from Mike to his tech team summarized this presentation. Mike had access to an animated grease board to diagram the rule changes, but that failed to work 90% of the time. Keith Allain came on to discuss goaltending related rules and the animated grease board failed to work again. At about this time, I received a script error message saying macromedia was using too much system memory and my system would soon become unresponsive unless I turned off the script. Now receiving audio only and a few questions were answered by Mike and Keith but nothing I wasn't aware of before this cybercast. Overall, this presentation because of its numerous technical issues, was a waste of time. Both speakers basically cut their presentation short and answered questions from cybercast viewers, which was the highlight of this presentation.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
When the doors swung closed on the NHL at the start of the lockout almost a year ago, it was believed fans might have seen the last of some of the game's finest players, greatest leaders. Many of the game's aging stars have found a new reservoir of desire during the lockout and will return for at least one more season: Steve Yzerman and Chris Chelios, who will once again slip on Detroit Red Wing jerseys; Luc Robitaille will suit up next to former Flyer Jeremy Roenick in Los Angeles; Brian Leetch will patrol the Boston blue line and childhood pals Joe Nieuwendyk and Gary Roberts are expected to provide veteran leadership in Florida. But not all graying hockey luminaries will be back on the blades when training camps open in less than three weeks, and as time ticks away on summer and salary cap dollars continue to add up for individual teams, it is looking more and more like the lockout will cost fans one final moment with some of the game's greats.
Roberto Luongo awarded just over $3 million for the year by an arbitrator. update 11:01pm, $3.2 million is the official number.
from the Buffalo News,
Andrew Peters isn't ashamed of what he did. It was neither illegal nor against NHL rules at the time. That's why the young enforcer Wednesday wasn't afraid to admit to The Buffalo News he used androstenedione before he made the Buffalo Sabres' roster out of training camp in 2003 and realized his NHL dream. Peters is believed to be the first active NHL player to publicly admit having used a performance-enhancing supplement. He and his older brother, Geoff Peters, who spent the last two seasons with the Rochester Americans, said they used "andro" in the summer of 2003. "You use what's at your disposal," Andrew Peters said. "No one said you can't, so why not? We didn't do anything illegal. It was a supplement. We weren't hiding anything. I had nothing to hide. My girlfriend at the time knew. My parents knew."
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