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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Did Daryl Katz, in attempting to sweeten the deal, sour it?
Will people now resent what already felt like an uninvited hostile takeover attempt of a group of the all-time greatest guys in Edmonton history - the 37 entities who saved the Oilers?
Katz yesterday went public with a statement which was both teasing and tantalizing in terms of putting up major money toward the building of a new downtown arena, investing in a new arena for the University of Alberta and promising to spend to the salary cap to make the Oilers a winning team.
The timing of the statement is curious.
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from Fire & Ice, the blog of Tom Gulitti,
Neil Sheehy, agent for Zach Parise, said today that he is still in the talking stages with GM Lou Lamoriello about a new contract for the restricted free agent left wing. Sheehy said they have discussed a long-term deal, but nothing has been decided, yet.
from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,
“There are a few teams out there with $6-million goaltenders. I think we can handle it,” said Murray yesterday. “If something crops up for (Gerber), we’ll take advantage of it.”
Problem is, the Maple Leafs will be putting lipstick on their pig named Andrew Raycroft and golden oldies Ed Belfour and Curtis Joseph are sitting out there in UFA land, too. The buyers have a few options. The Ducks would probably like to move Ilya Bryzgalov, too.
Despite the belief the Senators are overpaying for their goaltending situation in light of Emery’s new three-year, $9.5-million deal announced yesterday, the fact is the Senators still aren’t the team paying the most for their puckstoppers next year.
from the Boston Herald,
Reebok this fall will open what may be one of the cooler stores in New York - complete with its own wall of ice.
The Canton company will launch NHL Powered by Reebok, a new flagship store in partnership with the National Hockey League, in October.
With 3,750 square feet of retail space, the store will sell NHL-licensed clothing, headwear, accessories and equipment, and Rbk footwear and clothing. A hockey-themed Starbucks will be located at the rear of the store.
continued... and XM will have a presence too.
via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues re-signed forward Lee Stempniak to a multi-year contract today.
Terms of the deal haven’t been released.
Stempniak, 24, led the Blues with 27 goals and had 52 points in 2006-07, when he played all 82 games. In 139 NHL games, he has posted 41 goals and 79 points.
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Both players returned from Africa changed men forever. They visited orphanages and schools in some of Tanzania’s poorest areas where Right To Play has set up programs to try and help the poorest of the poor, many of them infected with HIV or AIDS and most of them without any parents.
“I didn’t have my bag for the first three days,” Montador said Tuesday. “But not having a change of underwear or socks for three days, big deal. I never even thought about it when I was hanging out with those kids and realized they were wearing the same ripped shirt for the past week.
“And some didn’t have any shoes. It absolutely put things in perspective.”
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
With so many goalies moving this offseason, facemask artists can bank on a backlog of work based on redesigns. The turnover hasn’t precisely been from A-to-Z but from Aebischer to Weekes comes pretty close.
While there hasn’t been a blockbuster deal like last year’s Roberto Luongo from Florida to Vancouver heist, several teams have tried to shore up their number one status. Not coincidentally, the Panthers helped themselves the most by pilfering Tomas Vokoun from the payroll-letting Nashville Predators and, in the process, moved themselves into the mix as a team capable of becoming the Southeast Division’s fourth different champion in four seasons.
On CFRN radio (Team 1260) in Edmonton, the host just read off a press release with a direct statement from billionaire Darryl Katz. He makes clear his intentions to try and buy the Edmonton Oilers and spend to the salary cap every season; he also claims to have also entered into negotiations with the University of Alberta to build a “world class” hockey training facility on that campus. The statement reinforces that Katz wants to maintain the Oiler’s “traditions” and has no intention of moving the team.
Text of the full statement below:
The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with defenseman/forward Christoph Schubert as the two sides have agreed on a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
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