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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
• Look for Lee Stempniak to have a breakout season in St. Louis.
“In clutch situations I want to be the guy the coach has faith in,” says Stempniak.
Other teams are high on Lee as well.
“Whenever trades are discussed, one player they’re always asking for is Lee,” said Blues President John Davidson. “All I know is that we’ve got ourselves a very honest professional.”
• Scott Niedermayer’s “To play or not to play?” decision should be imminent. We’re betting that the Cup captain will be back; at least for a year.
more from The Maven, most has been mentioned at KK…
added 5:31pm, from The Maven at MSG Network,
In an attempt to make NHLers more recognizable and marketable, the league has suggested players remove their helmets during Shootouts. The NHL Players’ Association put the kibosh on this sensational idea on the grounds that the players’ hair would not be in the best shape after playing 65 minutes.
Some players do go bare-headed during pregame warm-ups. So, here we have yet another case of the Union simply being ridiculously obtuse rather than helpful.
via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• Add Detroit Red Wings to the list of NHL franchises which don’t want a second team in Southern Ontario. The reason? The Wings want to move to the Eastern Conference. And fast.
• A Maple Leafs oldtimers team in search of a place to play: Curtis Joseph, Ed Belfour, Eric Lindros, Jason Allison, Bryan Berard, Mike Johnson, Jeff O’Neill, Mike Peca, Danny Markov all without contracts.
from Erin Nicks of the Ottawa Sun,
We’re heading into that portion of the NHL off-season where the unrestricted free agents left unsigned are beginning to look like wallflowers at a high school dance. Undoubtedly, there weren’t many who thought they’d be in this situation, and likely look at similar players who were signed, only to ask, “Why was he picked and not me?”
The sheer volume of free agents combined with salary cap restrictions means there will be some players left without a bench to sit on by October.
But not all the cases relate back to a player potentially being viewed as undesirable. Some are mulling retirement or overseas options, and others are recuperating from injuries or surgery before making a decision.
As most of you know, hockey talk is at a minimum these days, but make sure to check out Spector today for some Islanders, Canadiens and Senators talk.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
The absence of a player transfer agreement between the National Hockey League and the Russian Hockey Federation has resulted in two Russian players under contract with NHL teams signing with a Russian Super League team.
According to reports this week in the Russian media, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky and Boston Bruins forward Stanislav Chistov signed with Salavat Yulaev of the Russian Super League.
Because the Russian Hockey Federation never signed the transfer agreement between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), its teams aren’t bound by the same transfer rules governing their nation’s players as other European countries.
continued... Just imagine if a Russian player the caliber of Ovechkin or Datsyuk decided to just pack up and head back home.
from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,
Milbury should have a lot to say. He’s always been one of the best quotes in sports. He’ll make you laugh. He’ll make you think. And there’s no question, Milbury will be entertaining. Some of my most memorable meals have been at the same table as him.
In honor of his most recent emergence as a major NHL television personality, here are some of Milbury’s famous quotes through the years, a list that is expected to grow with his air time:
• In referring to agent Paul Krause while the Isles and client Ziggy Palffy were tied up in a contract battle: “It’s too bad he lives in the city. He’s depriving some small village of a pretty good idiot.”
• On former Ranger and longtime foil Ulf Samuelsson: “Jerk that he is, he’s always wearing that smirking grin that makes you want to punch him in the face.”
many more “Milburyisms”... plus a lot of NHL talk too…
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
A passion is one thing - everyone should have at least one passion (hummel figurines rock, as an example) - but there’s a very fine line between passion and obsession.
How can you tell if you have a hockey obsession? Well, the mere fact you’re here reading this piece of tripe is a fairly telling clue. As mentioned, it’s mid summer and you’re scouring the Internet for something – anything – hockey-related. Really, what are you hoping to find? A huge trade? A big signing? News about a bachelor party gone awry (or ahh-rye, I suppose)?
read on but L.C. won’t be happy…
from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,
The National Hockey League, meanwhile, has its share of records that will never be broken, along with a few that could be broken.
Take Glenn Hall’s mark of 502 consecutive starts in net. Not even New Jersey workhorse Martin Brodeur can slip on a Superman costume and better this accomplishment.
How about Teemu Selanne’s 76 goals as a rookie with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93? Unless the NHL makes nets as big as soccer nets, you have to think Selanne will be the perennial benchmark for rookies to shoot for.
read on about records that may or may not be broken…
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Cheating or gaining an edge? Here are some elements that were once part of the NHL culture, but have been more or less legislated out of existence:...
Head games If playing with another player’s or team’s mind isn’t cheating, it certainly qualifies as gaining an edge. Coaches, most notably Scotty Bowman, have been accused of tampering with the visitors dressing rooms prior to playoff series, either by painting the rooms or fiddling with the thermostat. Some coaches, including Bowman, also have been accused of either lowering or physically shortening visitors benches to make them less comfortable during the playoffs.
from Legends Of Hockey Network,
It’s hard to believe, but its now been 19 years since Wayne Gretzky was traded from Edmonton to Los Angeles.
I remember the day well. I refused to listen to the radio when I first heard it.
TSN looks back at that day too…
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