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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…
The Inquiring Minds at Kukla’s Korner ask: Is it Bill Ranford?
That was Paul’s best guess based on these clues, and I’d have to agree.
Thieves in New Westminster made away with a bounty of valuable and distinct watches that belong to a retired NHL player.
Police say the player wishes to remain anonymous but is urging local pawn shops to look out for the sentimental items. These include a silver TAG watch with the inscription “Once an Oiler, Always an Oiler,” and a gold face watch with the Stanley Cup and Edmonton Oiler’s logo.
They also made away with a Chicago All-Stars watch, a pair of world Championship watches - one from 1993 and one from 1994-two NHL Players Association watches and a Canada Cup time piece.
The player’s name is not inscribed on any of the watches.
Whoever it is, it’s a terrible loss of some very treasured momentos.
added 7:26pm, from the Edmonton Journal,
Former Oilers goalie Bill Ranford was at a neighbourhood watch party when someone broke into his home and stole his collection of hockey watches.
Ranford, who lives in the posh Queen’s Park area of New Westminster, B.C., discovered the theft after the July 2 party.
from the CP via TSN,
Eric Lindros is so concentrated on his work with the NHL Players’ Association these days that his actual NHL playing career has been put on hold.
As in, will he play again next season?
“Right now my focus is the ‘PA work,” Lindros told The Canadian Press on Wednesday. “I’m not really concerned about the rest of it. But the last couple of years have been pretty frustrating in terms of not getting through without being injury-free. .. It’s just frustrating.”
from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,
• Ryan Smyth will score 40-50 goals for the Avalanche IF he plays on a line with Paul Stastny, not Joe Sakic.
• Patrick Roy will be a coach in the NHL within two years.
• Dominik Hasek will spend part of much of the season on the injured list with Detroit.
• Sheldon Souray will be the biggest free-agent bust, for Edmonton.
• Milan Hejduk will NOT be traded anywhere.
much more, some Foppa talk too…
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