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from the Asbury Park Press,
Patrik Elias will play one more season with the Devils. After that, maybe he follows Scott Niedermayer out the door. Unable to hammer out a long-term deal with the Devils, Elias agreed Monday to play for New Jersey's qualifying offer of $4.18 million this coming season, according to his agent. The Devils will now have to wait until Jan. 1 to re-open talks with their star sniper.
from John Buccigross of ESPN,
There is a lack of independent thinking around hockey because no one wants to be kicked out of the club. Is it OK if I think fighting should be banned? Will hockey fans think I'm & soft? I'm not sure if I should say I want bigger nets. What about this? Shorter shifts, better skating and safer equipment. Quicker, bigger and better prepared goaltending. Defensive coaching has stifled scoring throughout the game. And this? We have heard the term clutch and grab a lot the last few years, and frankly that is not the problem. While I detest the act of tugging at puck carriers with a stick, I don't see that much interference away from the play. I see incredibly mobile skaters with long reaches. I see goaltenders with 8 percent body fat. Gump Worsley had the same amount of body fat just on the back of his neck.
from the Detroit Free Press,
Former Detroit Red Wings enforcer Bob Probert was arrested at a bar for violating conditions of his bail. Probert had been out on bail after being charged with resisting arrest and assaulting an Ontario Provincial Police officer on July 1. Police say he was arrested by provincial police without incident on Friday at Johnny Shotz Billiards Bar Cafe and charged with violating a condition to not be in an establishment that serves liquor.
from the Whitehorse Star,
Whitehorse hockey fans had a special treat Saturday. For the first time in history, the championship trophy of the National Hockey League found its way north and was publicly displayed at the Gold Rush Inn. The Stanley Cup, known originally as the Dominion Hockey Challenge Cup, was purchased by former Canadian governor general Lord Stanley in 1892 to be used as an award for the nation’s championship hockey team. With the exceptions of 1919, when there was a flu epidemic, and 2005, when a labour dispute wiped out the entire season, the Cup has been presented to a championship team every year since 1893. Before the inn’s doors opened, at the front of the line was Colin Young, one of Whitehorse’s many hockey fans. For him and his sons, it was an important occasion to be a part of. “It’s the great Canadian pastime and an opportunity to see an icon of dedication, passion and commitment,” Young said. “Getting to see it this way was a hell of a lot cheaper than flying south.” As he said so, the next fan in line, who wished to remain anonymous, stressed how important it was to be there early for the event. “You’re only talking to us so you can get in first,” she said. “The back of the line’s back there. You wanna bud in front of us? Then you’ll see a real hockey brawl.” In all, hundreds of people came to see the coveted prize of the NHL. There were the young and the old, men and women, and even a wedding party. “We told the priest to hold off while we go to see the Cup,” they said jokingly. The groom, Mike Tuton, refused to comment on which was the bigger event of the day. “It’s been a pretty good day,” he said. “Getting to see the Stanley Cup and getting married, you can’t beat that.” The Cup came north not specifically for Whitehorse, however, but rather for Dawson City. The Dawson City Nuggets, who competed for the Cup in 1905, initiated the push to bring it north for their hockey centennial. “We’d been trying to get the Cup for a while,” said Brian Gudmundson, a member of the Nuggets. “At the end of July, the hockey Hall of Fame called to say we’d get it three weeks from then. So there wasn’t much preparation time. We wanted to commemorate the Yukon’s attempt to win the holy grail.”more
Check out all of the player movement today besides the Selanne signing via TSN Transaction Tracker.
from Fox Sports,
NHL commissioner Gary Betman addressed the reinstatement of Canucks forward Todd Bertuzzi at length Monday. "When Todd Bertuzzi was reinstated, the suspension had been 17 months long," Bettman explained. "During that period of time, Todd Bertuzzi lost a half million dollars in salary, $350,000 approximately in endorsements. He was deprived of the opportunity to play in the World Cup. He was deprived of the opportunity to play in two world championships and he was barred from playing professional hockey during the work stoppage in which 400 of our players did in Europe.
from The Maven and MSG Network,
-Prediction Dep’t: Marc-Andre Fleury (Pitt’s No. 1 overall in the 2003 Draft) will never be a better goalie than Jocelyn Thibault! Even with JT coaching him! -Eric Lindros may have had eight concussions, but he hasn’t lost his sense of humor. Here’s Exhibit E: Eric says, “I’ve been really working on stick-handling with my head up!” Try telling that to Stevens. -Chip Off The Old Block Dep’t: Mark Messier’s son, Lyon, looks like a winner. The 17-year-old defenseman just hooked up with the North American Hockey League’s Texas Tornado, back-to-back national champs. He played Junior B. last season for the Tecumseh Chiefs. Wisely, the lad will be wearing No. 3.
There seems to be some confusion if HDnet would be televising NHL games this year. So I emailed Mark Cuban, owner of HDnet and asked him. He replies with a simple yes, that HDnet would be televising the games again this year. Good news for HDnet subscribers, now if only Comcast would add them to their HD lineup, things would be a lot better for HD viewers.
The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed free agent right wing Teemu Selanne to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
After the unrestricted free-agent free-for-all that took place during the first three weeks of the relaunched NHL, the league -- on paper at least -- is starting to take shape. Teams are consolidating their projected rosters as general manager focus on signing their restricted free agents. So, who are the early winners as the league leaves its fantasy camp phase and hurtles towards training camp?
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