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from The Maven at MSG Network,
MOST OVERRRATED STORY OF THE SUMMER—The Isles losing Ryan Smyth:
Smyth072307No matter how you shake it, Ryan is a good—NOT SUPERIOR—hockey player. When he came to Long Island—at a pretty steep price—Smyth displayed virtually no signs of greatness simply because he is what he is; a solid veteran who was deified beyond all reason in Canada.
Yashin’s agent Mark Gandler answers a few questions in Sovsport and basically said this will be Yashin’s most important year of hockey.
They are hoping Yashin has a year on the ice that will attract NHL teams again.
Read on for the very rough translation of the Q & A…
A2Y pointed to a great story on the "Life of Chelios" today. In case you missed it, I suggest you take a few minutes out of your day and read it.
from Larry Brooks at the NY Post,
That’s why we’re fairly certain that the debate that’s being kept alive by a relentless PR campaign directed by spurned Predators suitor and Hamilton, Ont., squire Jim Balsillie, is only the prelude to the commissioner’s recommendation to the Board of Governors that the league expand by two teams.
The drumbeat has already begun to keep the Predators in Nashville while adding Teams 31 and 32 in Hamilton and Kansas City, Mo. This would satisfy of all the parties who, while pressing seemingly competing interests, actually all have become part of the same entangling alliance with the same ultimate objectives.
from Mike Chen at Fox Sports,
I’ve often wondered why the NHLPA doesn’t do more to actually protect the physical health of its constituency. Sure, they do things like try to drive up salaries and pensions and stuff like that, but what about actual on-ice health concerns? Visors, dirty hits, hits to the head — the PA seems content to allow its players police themselves on these issues rather than looking at the big picture.
The problem is that almost every hockey observer, from former players to longtime media members, have remarked on the degeneration of on-ice respect between players. Is it an old-school mentality or is the membership just too proud to acknowledge the dangers of these issues — especially concussions?
from the Toronto Star,
If the Maple Leafs want to retain the services of forward Michael Peca, their window of opportunity is beginning to close.
Contacted at his Buffalo-area home, Peca said the Leafs were in touch with his representatives about a week ago, claiming they still have interest in bringing him back.
“I would like to have something done in the next five days to a week,” Peca said. “I’ve got to consider living arrangements, school arrangements for the kids, things like that.”
from the Hamilton Spectator,
Jim Balsillie’s bid to bring an NHL hockey team to Hamilton includes a promise not to accept any money from the league’s revenue-sharing program, The Spectator has learned.
“We’d waive any revenue-sharing entitlement that we would have under the current collective bargaining agreement,” Balsillie’s lawyer Richard Rodier confirmed to The Spectator yesterday.
Rodier would not say why Balsillie made that pledge to the NHL, through Commissioner Gary Bettman, but it was likely intended as a show of good faith about the Hamilton market.
Nobody likes it, but it’s something that remains unavoidable for some NHL teams and restricted free agents unable to resolve their contract stalemate.
It’s salary arbitration time again in the NHL and already one third of the 29 players that were originally slated for hearings have settled their cases. Expect more of that as the hearings approach, starting Monday with the first case, Brooks Laich and the Washington Capitals.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
At this point, though, it isn’t likely too many teams will be foolish enough to throw a ton of money or term at the guys who still are desirous – remember that old Three’s Company joke? No? God, I’m aging – of officially contracted employment. So it’s a good time to look back over the last three weeks and rate, in reverse order, the top five worst silly-season signings….
3. Roman Hamrlik to the Montreal Canadiens for four years and $22 million. Five-and-a-half million a season for a guy who hasn’t put up more than 12 goals and 42 points in a single season since 2000-01 isn’t my idea of bang for your buck.
from Spector at his Fox Sports,
This is the time of year when wild trade rumors abound, as some hockey-starved fans seize on the latest Internet gossip they’d ordinarily dismiss during the regular season.
One doozy making the rounds since late June has the Vancouver Canucks and New Jersey Devils planning a blockbuster deal that would ship center Brendan Morrison, defenseman Mattias Ohlund and prospect goalie Cory Schneider to the Devils for winger Patrik Elias.
continued and watch Spector put out some “trade” fires started by folks who think they are fooling people…
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