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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
At this point, though, it isn’t likely too many teams will be foolish enough to throw a ton of money or term at the guys who still are desirous – remember that old Three’s Company joke? No? God, I’m aging – of officially contracted employment. So it’s a good time to look back over the last three weeks and rate, in reverse order, the top five worst silly-season signings….
3. Roman Hamrlik to the Montreal Canadiens for four years and $22 million. Five-and-a-half million a season for a guy who hasn’t put up more than 12 goals and 42 points in a single season since 2000-01 isn’t my idea of bang for your buck.
from the Acorn,
“My life changed dramatically right from the announcement that (Gretsky) was becoming a King,” Miller said. “The (number of) telecasts increased from 30 to 62 that first year. Our season ticket holders more than doubled. I would go around town and people would start recognizing me for the first time. It was great to see L.A. finally come to embrace hockey.”
Miller made the call of his life when Gretsky broke Gordie Howe’s scoring record in 1989.
“It’s my favorite moment in my broadcasting career,” Miller said. “I didn’t want it to sound too rehearsed, but then someone called me up asking what I was going to say when he broke the record.
“When he scored I waited a few seconds and said, ‘Wayne Gretsky, the Great One, has just become the greatest of them all- the leading scorer in the history of the National Hockey League.’ I’m just thankful that it was a clear goal so I was able to call the play accurately.”
from the New York Islanders,
Hall of Fame coach Al Arbour will return to Long Island to coach his 1,500th regular season game with the Islanders on Saturday, November 3 when the team hosts Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Nassau Coliseum at 7:00 pm. The legendary coach celebrates his 75th birthday on November 1.
Earlier this week Arbour accepted an invitation from Ted Nolan to run the team for one last game and reach the milestone of 1,500 games coached with the franchise he led to four consecutive Stanley Cups from 1980 - 1983. Arbour will sign a one-day contract on Friday, November 2 and lead the team the following night against the Penguins.
added 11:56am, from David Kolb at MSG Network,
This is more than a PR move by the Islanders; a franchise infatuated with embracing their four Cups won 20-plus years ago.
This move exemplifies the passion for the game Nolan truly possesses. That would be the only way this unique idea would even surfaced in Nolan’s mind. He isn’t the first coach since Arbour retired, but he was the first to think of this class act.
read on a pretty good video of Arbour…
I don’t have all the details yet but the WSJ is reporting that the NHL has a deal with IPTV provider NeuLion Inc. to sell its out-of-market package for live online viewing. Center Ice, until now sold only through cable and satellite, will run $169 for the season, about 45 games a week. It looks like a single-night option may be available for $15. According to WSJ, the games will not be interrupted by advertising—that would be a major change from the current local ads included in the various market broadcasts.
I am working on getting more information and will post when available…
added 10:13am, 7/19/07, from Cable 360 Net,
The ratings-challenged National Hockey League will expand its Center Ice live games package to the Web starting next season in an aggressive online push that potentially freezes out subscribers to its cable TV-based Center Ice package with In Demand. “We need to be nimble in this space,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tells the Wall Street Journal.
...the Center Ice Web package will run commercial-free and include HD video, highlights, pre- and post-game shows, stats and social networking.
note: original post was 7/18/07 at 9:50pm… Moved to top of page since additional information was added…
added 1:33pm, see this post for added information…
Roman of eNHL.cz passed on some information to me this morning regarding Ziggy Palffy. He has signed a 1yr contract to play with Skalica.
This from Palffy, “I am really glad I signed contract in my hometown. I owe too much to Skalica and I want to help this team to be at the top of Slovakian league.”
Palffy welcomed a baby in January, and will be playing in a very comfortable environment. He wants to get back into game shape again and has not ruled out a return to the NHL.
added 4:37pm, from AFP via Yahoo,
Veteran Slovakia winger Zigmund Palffy, who played in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders and Los Angeles Kings, said on Thursday that he has reversed his decision to retire.
The 35-year-old has signed a one-year deal with Slovakian side Skalica.
“I hope I’ll be OK,” said Palffy who quit in 2006 because of a shoulder injury.
from the St. Peterburg Times,
What you see likely is what you’ll get from the Lightning heading into training camp.
General manager Jay Feaster said Wednesday that barring trades, the team will try filling the last of its top six defensive positions from within the organization.
With forwards and goaltenders already set, that means Tampa Bay’s free-agent shopping is on hold, including any negotiations with defensemen Nolan Pratt and Doug Janik, mainstays last season, and Jassen Cullimore, about whom the team recently inquired.
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
All have embraced that facet of their job description so far, and Roberts and Recchi seemed to have had a good rapport with their younger teammates last season. Maintaining that will be critical so that the roster doesn’t cleave into cliques, with younger players drifting away from the older ones.
Even if that would be a byproduct of benign causes—things like different outside interests, tastes in music, etc.—it could curdle a team’s chemistry, shredding the bonds that are an important part of most winning clubs.
“If you have the right group, you don’t have that problem,” Sydor said. “And from what I hear, you don’t have that problem here. The old guys like being around the young guys—they make us feel young—and the young guys want to hear stories and stuff like that from the old guys.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,
The Bruins have a new goalie. Along with a new coach (Julien) and a new assistant GM (Jim Benning). On Tuesday, they added a new left winger (Peter Schaefer). Who knows what will happen today?
If no news is good news, then lots of news is . . . ?
“Fans know more than everyone thinks,” said Fernandez, asked if he understood the Boston hockey culture, and how much lost ground the Bruins have to repair and regain. “They have a passion, I am sure. They don’t want . . . well, when you have a bad season, it’s disappointing for everyone—for fans and players. But if you turn it around, they’ll come back and jump on the wagon again.”
from the AP via Fox Sports,
Petr Nedved joined Czech champion HC Sparta Prague on a one-year contract Thursday.
“Petr will be a huge draw for our fans, and due to many years of experience in the NHL we also expect him to take a large share of responsibility (for the team),” Sparta manager Petr Briza said in a statement.
added 9:28am, Skyping with Roman of eNHL.cz this morning, he told me Nedved had set a deadline of last week for any offers from NHL teams. Nothing to his liking, so he signed with Sparta.
from the Leader-Post,
Josh Harding’s sister, Stephanie Le Bruno, believes she has two angels watching over her - one on her shoulder and another on the ice.
Le Bruno, from Regina, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November while Harding was goaltending for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. He wasted little time in organizing a campaign to raise money for breast cancer research. He painted pink ribbons on his helmet and set up the Web site www.fundthefight.com.
On Wednesday, Harding announced his donation of $23,412 to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
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