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Over the past week, SportsCentre filed look-ahead reports for Canada’s six NHL teams, getting you primed for the start of training camp. Now follow it up with TSN.ca’s Canadian six-pack, an online synopsis with all the reports on where your favourite Canadian team is headed this season.
read on for reports on all the Canadian teams in the NHL…
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
I talked for an hour with Souray this weekend, and he spoke highly of his experiences in Montreal over seven seasons, and of growing as a player on the ice and an individual off it. But he also went into fine, candid detail about his contract talks with the Canadiens, discussing why he chose not to return to the Habs.
“There are no bitter feelings toward anyone. None. I don’t leave Montreal with one shred of remorse for having played there,” he says. “But I didn’t think it was going to play out like it did. It was disappointing how things finally went down.”
The feature will appear here and in The Gazette on Monday morning.
Well, the Vancouver Sun picked it up today, so read on... Great read!
update 8/20/07, Read the whole story now at Habs Inside/Out, which includes additional information and some great pictures too.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Because along with the five-year, 21.25-million US contract, there are lofty expectations—something Dustin Penner is acutely aware of.
“Money changes expectations—yours and those put on you by other people,” Penner said on Thursday, before signing another round of autographs for the keen youngsters at the Oilers hockey school in St. Albert.
Penner and Geoff Sanderson, two of the club’s off-season additions, rolled into town, slipped into their new jerseys, toured the classes, then addressed the media. Both will return in a few weeks for training camp.
“It’s an ideal situation for me,” said Sanderson, the 35-year-old veteran who will wear No. 8 when he begins his 17th season with his eighth NHL team.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
On reports that Edmonton is now considered the Siberia of hockey for pro players: “It’s a wonderful place to be an athlete. The facilities are outstanding and the support you get not only from fans but from corporate sponsorship is as good as anywhere in the National Hockey League.”
a little more from Wayne, including backing Kevin Lowe…
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
MacTavish yesterday was a coach very much saying thank you to his general manager for giving him a chance to again contemplate success.
“I’d like to commend Kevin. It was not really that popular but at the end of the day, who cares?” he said of doing the dirty deed with Penner.
“Maybe someday it’ll look like a stupid play, but right now I feel pretty good about it.”
Asked to comment on the reactions of Ducks GM Brian Burke, MacTavish responded with a Burke-like quote.
“Irrelevant really. Listening to him is the equivalent of taking a drink from a firehose.
“Kevin did what he had to do for his hockey team.”
From the AP via CBS Sportsline,
The Edmonton Oilers are not for sale.
That was the message Tuesday from Cal Nichols, chairman of the 33-member group that owns and operates the NHL franchise.
Nichols said the Edmonton Investors Group resoundingly rejected the latest bid of $185 million from local tycoon Daryl Katz to buy the team. He said they also passed a motion declaring the team is not for sale.
“This is not about dollars. This is about Edmonton,” Nichols said at a news conference.
The Edmonton Investors Group (EIG), headed up by chairman Cal Nichols, held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce Katz’ latest offer had been turned down. Nichols also announced today that the group has voted to declare the team not for sale.
Katz, who owns the Rexall Pharmacy chain, made a $170 million offer last month that included more than an investment in the hockey club.
‘‘I am also prepared to make a significant additional investment of time and money towards the development of a new downtown arena facility for the team and the city if that’s what the people of Edmonton want,’’ Katz said.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Now comes Daryl Katz’s latest pitch to buy the Edmonton Oilers: a $170-million (all currency U.S.) offer that includes his promise to spend to the salary-cap limit every season while helping lead the charge for a new downtown arena in the city where he lives and does business.
Will the third time be the charm? Will the Edmonton Investors Group, which will meet today to vote on Katz’s bid, take his money and run happily to the bank?
Don’t count on it. Not yet, that is….
If it’s true that everyone and everything has its price, then bet that the Oilers owners vote no today and that Katz regroups for yet another pitch.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Last I checked, the National Hockey League was all about paying for production. Paying for potential is what got the NHL in trouble in the first place, leading to the salary cap.
So please, no more whining about small-market Edmonton. This Penner purchase should be the final nail in that coffin. Lowe seems to be spending the Edmonton Investors Group money like a drunken sailor who just settled in to the Victoria, B.C., harbour with a bunch of American coin in his pocket.
Owners of the Edmonton Oilers will meet on Tuesday to vote on the latest bid by Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz to purchase the team.
Following Tuesday’s meeting, the ownership group is expected to hold a press conference to discuss the decision.
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