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via Habs Inside/Out,
Recognizing that the rate of change off-track has exceeded the change on-track in the past few years, Evernham forged a relationship with Gillett, whose diverse holdings offer unique business-to-business opportunities, sponsorship activation and fulfillment that will revolutionize what sponsors can expect from a NASCAR team.
Gillett is the owner of the Montreal Canadiens National Hockey League (NHL) team and a co-owner of the Liverpool Football Club in the English Premier League. Gillett’s other business interests include the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens and Gillett Entertainment Group (GEG), producers of some 700 sporting and entertainment events in numerous venues throughout Canada and the United States.
Fans react to the signing of Brisebois at Habs Inside/Out,
Can’t wait til the first time he bobbles a puck at the blue line and someone chugs by him with a clear path to goal… It used to happen all the time, remember?? REMEMBER??? Don’t worry, it’ll all come back to you.
Brutal decision, I don’t care about depth, how much we paid for him, how little he’s going to be used, or how enthusiastic he is about playing in Montreal. I thought we’d turned the page after he and other notables left; perhaps Pierre Dagenais is available as well??
RDS (not translated) is reporting Patrice Brisebois has signed with the Canadiens for the upcoming season.
added 4:32pm, via TSN,
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Patrice is a seasoned veteran who brings a vast experience at the NHL level. His presence adds depth to our group of defensemen,” said Bob Gainey.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Few fans feel Ryder will be with the Canadiens after the current season, and there are many who have already jumped on the Trade Ryder bandwagon.
I share the belief that Ryder’s days in Montreal are numbered. When he agreed to a one-year contract during the weekend, Ryder put himself in a position to become an unrestricted free agent next July. And his salary - a relative bargain at $2.95 million U.S. - means Ryder might be an attractive pickup for a team looking for a sniper at the trading deadline.
Both sides probably would have preferred a multi-year contract, but they couldn’t agree on a dollar figure. I think Ryder might have been awarded more if he had gone through arbitration, because $2.95 million is a bit below market value for a 30-goal scorer.
from Wes Goldstein of CBS Sportsline,
The first-place Buffalo Sabres lost two of their best players, and the Stanley Cup finalist Ottawa Senators fired their general manager and will have a new coach, but both teams will look a lot like this year, which should be enough to separate them from the division pack.
Early returns make Toronto look to be the best of the Northeast also-rans, which isn’t difficult since the Canadiens and the Bruins seem to be selling only hope these days.
read on for the grades of the teams in the Northeast…
via the Montreal Canadiens,
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey, announced Sunday the signing of right winger Michael Ryder to a one-year contract for the 2007-08 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreements will not be disclosed.
With this signing, all Canadiens players are now under contract for the 2007-08 season.
thanks to KK member PucHound61 for the heads-up in the KK Forums…
from Dave Stubbs at Habs Inside/Out,
Higgins underwent arthroscopic surgery on the shoulder in Colorado in late June, but already is in tremendous condition as he prepares for the season to come. The 24-year-old’s fitness is legendary, and this summer he’s making huge strides to regaining and building on his superior conditioning, working with Jon DiFlorio, his personal trainer at Institute 3E on Long Island.
I had long conversations with Higgins and DiFlorio this week, and heard again the passion and commitment Higgins brings to the game. He sees the season to come as a great opportunity for himself, and other young members of the club, to step up and take a leadership role. If his dedication to his fitness is any indication, he’ll live up to his end of the bargain.
Comments from Montreal fans at Habs Inside/Out are coming in fast and furious regarding the departure of Sheldon Souray to Edmonton.
added 5:02pm, from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
So why did it take so long to sign the big, handsome, popular player?
It’s a question I asked a general manager friend of mine a few days ago when Souray appeared to be twirling in the wind awaiting an offer?
“He’s a good guy,” was the reply. “He’s a risk. Obviously, he’s very good offensively (an NHL record 19 power-play goals among the 26 he scored in 81 games last season), but …”
What he was really saying was that there were glitches in the scouting report on Sheldon, which go like this:
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
After more than a week of waiting and wondering, Souray is still out there. So is Mike Johnson, the best of the Canadiens’ acquisitions for 2006-07. Alas, Radek Bonk is a Predator after that franchise’s mother of all fire sales.
The best the Canadiens could do was sign defenceman Roman Hamrlik, who probably dislocated his shoulder in his haste to put his name to a four-year contract at the obscene price of $22 million U.S. (Has Alex Kovalev asked to have his $4.5-million-a-year deal renegotiated yet?) Bryan Smolinski was signed to a one-year deal for $2 million. Then: Tom Kostopoulos….
While I’m sure the Canadiens tried hard to bring a desperately needed franchise player such as Daniel Briere to this city, the bottom line is that they came up empty, while their non-playoff neighbours improved.
from the Montreal Gazette,
With his girlfriend, Montrealer Lindsay Rosen, and his father up from Long Island with a few pals, Komisarek arrived at the Big O with a T-shirt over his proud Polish heart, unsure what awaited him in the stadium.
Madness, as it turned out.
“By the end of the game, I was wearing a jersey and waving a flag, people just giving me this stuff off their backs,” Komisarek said, still amazed. “We were taking pictures, I was signing autographs. My dad was overwhelmed, he couldn’t believe it.”
Roman Komisarek’s 25-year-old son is a hockey star in this town. He’s a huge favourite of Montreal’s Polish community.
But quicker than you can say Grzegorz Krychowiak, who scored the game’s lone goal, Komisarek’s hero status soared higher still in a Polska cheering section, where fans enveloped him and, for a few hours at least, made him one of their own.
added 9:05am, for more on this with some great pictures, check out Habs Inside/Out...
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