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from the Toronto Star,
It was May Day in August.
And for the folks of Stouffville, this was a put-the-toddlers-on-the-shoulders-and-hope-they-remember-what-they’re-seeing kind of afternoon as they dotted Main Street for a celebration.
It’s not every day, this being Maple Leafs territory, that the Stanley Cup gets paraded. Rarer still when it goes right past your front door.
But there it was in the convertible, behind the fire truck and in front of the oversized pickup carrying the chanting kids, going right past the Fickle Pickle Restaurant, Good Eat Chinese Food and Freak Inn Tattoo.
“Never seen it before,” said Wayne Marks, as he stood in front of his Stouffville Monument Works Ltd. “I didn’t think I’d ever see it this close up.”
But Brad May brought it home.
from the Hockey News:
According to reports on two Finnish websites, yle.fi and iltalehti.fi, Ducks right winger Teemu Selanne is leaning towards retiring from the NHL.
“Hockey has been a career of life for me, but there are so many other things in life,” said Selanne. “Winning the Cup crowned that career. What scares me most is if I decide to keep on playing for something else than my motivation and hockey.”
The 37-year-old sniper posted 48 goals and 94 points while playing in all 82 games last season and could clearly demand a hefty raise over the $3.75 million he earned in 2007-08, but Selanne says money will not factor into his decision.
”Many have asked me, ‘why not take those millions?’…but it is not
about that,” said Selanne. “I have never played for money, so I will not play for it now. If hockey is not fun, I will do something else.”
from Colgate University News,
Andy McDonald, the former Colgate University hockey player who was called too small to play professionally, stood tall on Saturday as he hoisted the Stanley Cup above his head in front of thousands of fans gathered in the village of Hamilton.
Each Ducks player gets to spend a day with the Cup, and McDonald, Class of 2000, said he wanted to share his day with area fans and members of the Colgate community.
“Colgate was a big part of my development as a player,” he said at a news conference at the Hamilton Airpark before the village ceremony. “So coming here is one of the things I really wanted to do.”
via the Halifax Daily News,
Cole Harbour’s Joe DiPenta will be back in Anaheim next year.
While touring Halifax Regional Municipality with the Stanley Cup yesterday, the defenceman said he had reached a verbal agreement on a one-year deal with the Ducks.
“I made a verbal commitment Wednesday with (Anaheim senior vice-president of hockey operations) Bobby Murray and the Anaheim management,” DiPenta said. “It’s just a matter of signing the paper and it’s going to get faxed back to me. The details are all done. It’s a one-year deal, so I’m happy to be back. It’s exciting.”
via the AP,
Scott Niedermayer doesn’t take kindly to duck abuse.
That’s why the defenseman for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim signed on with PETA to defend ducks—mighty or otherwise.
Niedermayer sent a letter to the 50 members of the Chicago City Council, urging them to fight against efforts to repeal the city’s ban on foie gras—the delicacy from enlarged livers of force-fed ducks and geese.
“As an Anaheim Duck, I hate to see real ducks tortured so that a handful of wealthy chefs can serve their diseased organs,” wrote Niedermayer, the playoffs MVP last season. “Please uphold this compassionate law.”
His letter said foie gras production is outlawed in the United Kingdom, Germany, the Czech Republic, Finland, Luxembourg, Norway, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, and Israel. In 2012, it will become illegal to sell foie gras in California.
from the LA Times (reg. req.),
Burke also said that he was still looking to trade backup goalie Ilya Bryzgalov but added that he would be comfortable going into camp with three goalies. The Ducks also have Jonas Hiller, whom they signed out of the Swiss League in May.
“Bryz has been a first-class stand-up guy about this whole thing,” Burke said. “He has never asked for a trade.”
read on regarding Giguere’s hernia surgery…
via the Anaheim Ducks,
Jean-Sebastien Giguere underwent successful surgery this morning to correct a sports hernia injury. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bill Meyer at Durham Regional Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
Giguere is expected to return to the ice during training camp, possibly as early as the club’s first on-ice practice on Sept. 10.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
It was a fine whine all right, reminiscent of the moaning and groaning Burke emitted from his Vancouver pulpit when the Sedins were apparently treated poorly by nasty foes and myopic refs a while ago. He uncorked another bottle when Todd Bertuzzi did his thug thing on Steve Moore and was duly suspended.
But Burke simply couldn’t do the math with Penner at $4.25 million and now he must make do with Bertuzzi, who was originally tagged to replace Teemu
Selanne’s goals on the wing. Now Bert will have to stay out of the penalty box, the infirmary and the commissioner’s doghouse long enough to score 29 for Penner too. Good luck, Duck.
If Burke isn’t on the phone at this moment begging Selanne and Scott Niedermayer to stave off retirement for one more year, he ought to be getting a call from his bosses.
more on the signing of Penner…
added 9:42am, from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Frankly, I’ve had enough of you, Mr. Crankypants.
Brian Burke makes Ebenezer Scrooge look like Tony Robbins, eating a tub of ice cream. What the heck does it take for you to get – and stay – happy?
We can forgive your irascible early years. You were young and it was the Hartford Whalers after all. Smiles were not in their budget.
from the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
Anaheim had a week to match Edmonton’s offer and waited until Thursday’s deadline had passed before announcing it was letting Penner go.
‘‘We don’t believe these salaries make sense,’’ Anaheim general manager Brian Burke said on a conference call. ‘‘If I believe these salaries don’t make sense and I match then I’m just as dumb as the team that extended the offer.’‘
Burke was incensed by the terms and amount of last week’s offer, and at the time he had especially harsh words for Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe, saying, ‘‘Edmonton has offered a mostly inflated salary for a player, and I think it’s an act of desperation for a general manager who is fighting to keep his job.’‘
Burke’s feelings about Lowe didn’t change as the Ducks decided over the last week whether to match the offer sheet.
‘‘It’s certainly not a priority for me to mend this fence,’’ he said.
Listen to the Oilers press conference with Kevin Lowe and Dustin Penner…
Update 7:54pm ET:
A video of Brian Burke meeting with the press this afternoon, explaining his decision. (Go here, then click the link on that page.)
added 8:23pm, from TSN & the CP,
Lowe didn’t feel the need to make any apologies.
“There’s almost some insinuation from managers that because we’re friends we shouldn’t be doing this to one another,” he said. “I think our responsibility is not to one another, but is to our fan base and our ownership.”
more... coverage of both sides, completing the day!
Listening to CFRN radio in Edmonton, they’ve just made the comment on the air that “It is believed that the National Hockey League has informed the Edmonton Oilers that Penner is an Oiler.” However, they went on to insist there is NO confirmation of this information. Penner’s agent had not heard anything from the Ducks as of 2:05pm ET.
Update 2:43pm ET
In an on air interview, Penner’s agent Gerry Johannson has just explicitly confirmed that Penner’s rights have now been transferred to the Edmonton Oilers.
Update 2:52pm ET
The Oilers Get: LW Dustin Penner
Penner, 24, is coming off a rookie season in which he scored 29 goals and 45 points in 82 games, but he has a rare physical package that makes him an even more attractive addition.
Note: Photo is property of Sharkspage.com. Used with permission.
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