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RDS reports Bob Gainey phoned J.P. Barry, Mats Sundin’s agent, on Tuesday.
While the sports network did not reveal the substance of the conversation, a source in Sweden has sent a recording of it to Habs Inside/Out.
Gainey: If you change your mind, I’m the first in line
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
If you need me, let me know, gonna be around
If you’ve got no place to go, if you’re feeling down
If you’re all alone when the pretty birds have flown
Honey I’m still free
Take a chance on me
-Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out
from the CP via the Toronto Star,
Charges levied against a Montreal Canadiens defenceman following an incident at a Tampa Bay nightclub last February have been dropped.
Ryan O’Byrne had been charged with grand theft.
State attorney Pam Bondi says the charges against the Victoria, B.C., native were dropped after he read an apology in court to the victim and agreed to do community service in Canada.
from Greatest Hockey Legends,
Now, on to Doug’s question. Is Nicklas Lidstrom better than Doug Harvey?
I think history tends to nicely accept that Doug Harvey is the second best defenseman of all time, behind Bobby Orr, of course. In fact, most of the so called experts tend to place Harvey in top ten players of all time, regardless of position….
Doug Harvey was the epitome of hockey grace, and one of the few players in hockey history that could truly take control of a game all by himself.
Now that is awfully hard to compete against. Lidstrom is catching up, with more seasons ahead. He’s got 4 Stanley Cup championships and 6 Norris Trophies. His career offensive numbers dwarf Harvey’s, mind you that is due much to the very different eras each played in. Both are classic and near flawless defenders and both are dominant at both ends of the ice.
from Habs Inside/Out,
Sports Illustrated has asked its writers to pick their favourite venues.
Michael Farber chose the Forum. In recalling the ghosts, Farber writes:
They were in the rafters with the retired jerseys, stampeding with the fans when the doors opened before the game so they could get a good spot in the standing-room section, hanging out in the cramped corridors where they were getting two-packs-a-day’s worth of second-hand smoke during intermissions…
I am pointing you to the Habs Inside/Out page where you can get the link to the Farber story and also see the only picture of Howie Morenz’s funeral at the Forum…
from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
The key to success in the salary-capped NHL is to build through the draft and spend your money wisely, two things Gainey has done extremely well. He has spread his money out evenly, with three players in the $5-million tax bracket (Markov, Roman Hamrlik and Alex Tanguay), two in the $4-million range (Saku Koivu and Kovalev) and one earning $3 million (Andrei Kostitsyn).
By comparison, the New York Rangers have five players earning more than Markov: Wade Redden and Scott Gomez ($8 million each), goaltender Henrik Lundqvist ($7.75 million), Chris Drury ($7.1 million) and Michal Rozsival ($7 million). Those five players will eat up 67 per cent of the Rangers’ cap space.
The Montreal Canadiens will host the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at Bell Centre, Montreal Canadiens Executive Vice President & General Manager Bob Gainey and the National Hockey League announced today. The Draft will be held over two days, Friday, June 26 and Saturday, June 27.
“The Montreal Canadiens are extremely proud to host the 2009 NHL Entry Draft,” said Canadiens President Pierre Boivin. “In December 2009, the Canadiens will become the first professional hockey team to celebrate a century of history. Thanks to the NHL, the Entry Draft is back in Montreal after 17 years. We are excited about this occasion, knowing the past history of the Draft and its origins in Montreal.”
from Empty Netters,
Laraque was unlike anything we’ve seen here in Pittsburgh. He was a black hockey player of Haitian heritage who had corn rows, spoke two languages and dominated just about any fight he was a part of. He was so dominant of a fighter, many opposing goons just simply weren’t all that eager to drop the gloves with “BGL.” And when Laraque did get a chance to go at it, more often than not his fights were fairly boring due to Laraque’s immense strength.
Our first chance to see Laraque ply his craft came in a game against the Rangers March 10, 2007. Colton Orr was the brave soul who decided he wanted to test Laraque:
more with many fight videos…
From the Montreal Canadiens:
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of defenseman Josh Gorges to a three-year contract (2008-09 to 2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Josh established himself as a key member of our defensive squad last season. His reliability and solid play made him one of our most improved players. He is a young defenseman with a very good work ethic,’’ said Bob Gainey.
The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a two-year contract worth $1.55 million, that will see him get paid $750,000 in 2008-09 and $800,000 in 2009-10.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
When asked about Vancouver’s offer, Carbonneau said “no one is going to spit on $20 million, but if competing offers are between $7 million and $8.5 million (per season), once you factor in taxes there’s a difference of may $1 million, $1.5 million.
“I think Mats Sundin has plenty of money in the bank. Money won’t necessarily be the deciding factor in where he chooses to finish his career.
“Everyone who knows Mats says he makes decisions when he’s ready. I don’t think he was ready July 1, and I think he’s still not ready.”
And with the Rangers and Detroit spending up to near the cap, Carbonneau says “I like our chances” of landing Sundin.
more on the Canadiens…
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