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from the Ynetnews,
Ice hockey evokes associations of snow, freezing temperatures and an audience wrapped in heavy coats. Yet, Sunday, in the middle of the boiling, humid, Israeli summer, the Jewish world’s ice hockey championship was opened in Metula….
Competing teams represent the US, France, Israel and Canada. In Sunday’s first game, held yesterday the US beat France 6:4, although as long as the Jews win, who cares.
from Woody Paige at the Denver Post,
Forsberg and the Avalanche should get together in Denver in the coming season and say a proper goodbye.
One more ride for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere has recently added two critical pieces to the team - forward Ryan Smyth and defenseman Scott Hannan. Only one piece remains missing.
One more Cup for Joe Sakic and Peter Forsberg….
The Avalanche should allow Forsberg to dictate the terms of his comeback - as Roger Clemens did - and not rush it. And the Avs could get a break on his salary cap number. How about $3 mil for half a season? One more look, and Forsberg will pay for himself. The deal makes dollars and sense.
from the Tennessean,
The Predators, who finished last season with an average of 13,815 paid fans per game, are trying to increase their ticket base for the coming season.
An average of 14,000 paid fans per game would keep the team’s lease with the city intact, making it all but impossible for any prospective owner to move the Predators.
An average of 16,000 paid fans per game would allow new ownership to break even, according to David Freeman, chief executive officer of 36 Venture Capital LLC and one of the leaders of a local ownership bid.
“The ticket rally is very important. Critical,’’ Freeman said via e-mail. “It will show the NHL whether Nashville is a hockey market or not. It will confirm to our ownership group that our faith and investment in the city is warranted.
from the Vancouver Sun,
Two men — one of them a San Jose Sharks draft pick — are lucky to be alive after their plane crashed south of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island, Saturday, killing the pilot….
Warrant officer James Warden said it took about 10 minutes to get through the dense bush, carrying medical equipment.
They hadn’t even spotted the wreckage when they heard one of the men responding to their call for survivors.
The voice belonged to Glenn Olson, a left-wing free agent with the NHL’s Sharks, Warden said.
from Russo’s Rants,
Look for Niedermayer to officially retire in the very near future.
His brother Rob was married Saturday in Victoria, BC, in front of several current and past teammates, including two of the best guys I’ve ever covered, Ray Whitney and Len Barrie.
According to those in the know, Scott Niedermayer delayed his announcement so Rob wouldn’t have to deal with questions leading up to his wedding.
Sunday afternoon in July, if you are reading KK you must be hockey hungry.
A KK member pointed out and translated this CBC story and the translation follows…
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Now, you’d like to think there is retribution coming down the road for those teams which spent like French kings, but the truth is, you can’t be certain where this is going. The cap rose to just north of $50 million this summer from $44 million last season and, yikes, $39 million in 2005-06, the first season after the lockout, and the widespread presumption is it can’t possibly go up again.
But the new CBC deals kicks in at $100 million Cdn in 2008-09, up from $60 million this season. Huge markets in Los Angeles, Chicago and St. Louis have been under-performing at the gate and now seem poised to turn their fortunes around. The New Jersey Devils are moving into a new rink. Nashville could move into a more lucrative market.
Add it all up and who’s to say the cap won’t go up again, leading to more fireworks next summer?
from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,
“We always feel we have to play the season in October,” is how GM Lou Lamoriello put it, “and not the summertime.” Which is true, but he’ll have to forgive fans if they followed the news this off-season and reached the following conclusion:
The Devils might be coming to Newark.
The Stanley Cup isn’t joining them.
“Some of the most talented teams we’ve had in this organization never had the same success as other teams,” Lamoriello said, “because they were teams.”
But the architect of those Cup-winning teams has something to prove, that his golden touch is still intact, that his system can thrive even when the top players take the money and run.
He also has an arena to fill. Two more links to a Stanley Cup past are gone, just when the Devils need to put their best skate forward as they try to convince people that the trip to Newark is worthwhile. The arena will attract new fans. A winning team will bring them back.
from the St. Peterburg Times,
“It’s an absolutely perfect fit,” agent Roland Thompson said of his free agent client. “He’d like to come back to Tampa, and we’ve had some discussions. If the opportunity came, it would be his first choice.”
The Cullimore inquiry is part of what general manager Jay Feaster said is an ongoing organizational debate about how to fill out the roster….
Cullimore signed with the Blackhawks after helping Tampa Bay win the ‘04 Cup and last month was traded to the Canadiens, who bought out the last season of his contract.
Cullimore will get $1.25-million from Montreal two-thirds of his $1.9-million salary. He likely would ask his new team to make up the $650,000 difference.
But with $42.34-million of a $44-million payroll budget already committed and forward Ryan Craig still unsigned, Feaster probably doesn’t want to pay much more than the $475,000 league minimum.
from George Richards at the Miami Herald,
‘‘It’s a big loss for Nashville and a big loss for these kids and their families,’’ said Jennifer Miller, a director at the Vanderbilt hospital. ‘When they found out about the trade, it was like, `Are you serious?’ He loves these kids and the kids looked up to him so much. He had such a big heart.
``To them, he could do no wrong. He could walk on water to these kids here.’‘
It’s expected Vokoun—a father of two children—will continue his work once he takes up residence in South Florida. It’s unfortunate, but pain and suffering isn’t restricted to one community.
‘‘Life is not fair,’’ Vokoun said. ``You see kids who are sick, and they did nothing to deserve that. They are just innocent kids with their whole lives in front of them. Yet they’re sick. It’s not fair, that’s for sure.’‘
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