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from Russo’s Rants,
It looks like Calgary’s re-signed Langkow already at four years, $20 million — which the Wild wouldn’t have offered anyway. The Flames just can’t announce the deal until July 1 because it puts them over the $50.3 million cap, and the cap doesn’t go up until July 1 (like why the Wild and Bruins had to hold off on the Manny Fernandez trade at last year’s Draft; the trade put the Bruins over the cap until July 1).
This isn’t written in stone. It just appears this way because reporters in Calgary keep referring to Langkow like he’s already signed.
– As for Olli Jokinen, the Flames have bigtime interest in reuniting the Florida captain with Mike Keenan, but they would have to dump a giant salary to get him — probably Alex Tanguay.
more and some other NHL bits…
From Steve Tilley via the Ottawa Sun,
Sun Media can exclusively reveal that the high-scoring, hard-hitting Calgary Flames defenceman will be the cover athlete for NHL 09, slated for release in September for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 game consoles.
“There are always a lot of options for who we want on our cover, and Phaneuf was a perfect choice for us this year,” said David Littman, lead producer of NHL 09. As with recent years, the game is being developed at EA Canada’s sprawling studio near Vancouver.
“He was very positive, and he was pretty pumped about being able to be on the cover,” Littman said of the Edmonton-born Phaneuf, 23, who has played three standout NHL seasons so far with the Flames.
Note: If you’re the superstitious-type, here’s a recap on the “EA Sports NHL Curse” from Sports Illustrated. Perhaps Phaneuf will be one of the lucky ones.
A translated report at an online Russian news site:
Wayne Fleming, a Canadian coach offered the job of head coach of Belarus’ flagship ice hockey team Dinamo Minsk, held a news conference in Minsk on Monday.
The coach said that he would make up his mind on the offer on June 4, describing his talks with the club and the Belarusian Ice Hockey Federation as fairly constructive.
The 57-year-old Fleming, an assistant coach with the NHL’s Calgary Flames, said that he liked Minsk and expressed certainty that his family would find it comfortable to live in the city. [...]
He is the second Canadian coach to be offered the Dinamo Minsk job. John Paddock turned down the offer earlier this year.
Update11:42am ET: (by alanah) From Alexandra Burroughs at the Calgary Herald,
Alberta native and Calgary Flames star defenceman Dion Phaneuf became the latest hockey player to grace the pages of tabloids around the world. He and his fresh-from-the-playoffs abs were photographed with bikini-clad Calgary-born actress Elisha Cuthbert, star of TV thriller 24 and such Hollywood comedies as Old School. The duo was captured by paparazzi frolicking in the Hawaii surf, canoodling in the waves and generally enjoying (at least for Phaneuf) some well deserved time off. A video of the pair captured by celeb news agency Pacific Coast News was hot enough news that it was picked up and posted on YouTube.
more… of a fairly good article glancing over the ‘culture of celebrity’ in the hockey world.
The YouTube video referenced in the Herald article is below.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
A new contract for top-line centre Daymond Langkow is expected to come to fruition soon, and the club expects Matthew Lombardi to ascend into a second-line position for the coming season.
Where that leaves Conroy remains to be seen.
Conroy, content with the fact he’ll have to take a cut in pay from the US$2.85 million salary he received this past season and a reduced role to remain in Calgary, just has to sit and wait.
“They have to figure out what they want to do and make their decisions and let me know,” he said.
Remember Dion Phaneuf turning down Team Canada because he needed to rest and heal from a tough playoff series?
Well, he sure is resting (with video)!
Update 2:42pm ET: Some comments from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail, who notes that hockey writers and players actually agreed on these selections. A rare event.
From the NHLPA Press Release:
TORONTO (May 1, 2008) – The National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) announced today that Jarome Iginla of the Calgary Flames, Evgeni Malkin of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals are finalists for the 2007-08 Lester B. Pearson Award. The Lester B. Pearson Award is presented annually to the “most outstanding player” in the NHL as voted by fellow members of the NHLPA.
from Bruce Dowbigginn of the Calgary Herald,
Put yourself in Iginla’s place. The organization has decided to cobble together another run with the same principal working parts in 2008-09—and that means you must stay healthy and produce premium numbers. But you don’t see any young players following in your footsteps to give the Flames a long-term future….
You know that any number of organizations would die to have you play for them—organizations that are a whole lot closer to a Stanley Cup than are the Flames.
It’s probably a year early to start scanning the horizon. After all, you’re an Alberta boy and that doesn’t leave the blood stream overnight.
But if Darryl Sutter’s latest concoction of players and coaches goes as well as the past three have done, there’s a limit to your loyalty.
from the CP,
The Calgary Flames filed out the doors of the Pengrowth Saddledome on Friday and some of them for the last time.
The backbone of the team - captain Jarome Iginla, goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and defencemen Dion Phaneuf and Robyn Regehr - are all under long-term contracts for the next five seasons and Kiprusoff and Phaneuf another year beyond that.
A veteran team with a veteran coach was expected to do better than finishing seventh in the Western Conference and losing in the first round of playoffs, even though it was a hard-fought, seven-game series with San Jose.
Changes are in the offing for Calgary’s supporting cast.
from Eric Francis at Best of Seven,
Several players were furious but couldn’t say anything for obvious reasons.
Team members watching from the press box also lost their minds.
Miikka Kiprusoff bit his tongue.
Even the San Jose Sharks players were so surprised by the minor league move, they side-stepped the controversy altogether.
One day after Mike Keenan scuttled any chance of a comeback in Game 7 by pulling Miikka Kiprusoff late in the second period of a 4-2 game, the debate rages on over Captain Hook’s panic move.
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