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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…
Long-time Washington Times hockey writer Dave Fay has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. Dave recently was named winner of the Elmer Ferguson Award for his years of service covering the Capitals since their infancy.
The Hockey Hall of Fame will honor Fay’s memory with the official presentation of the Ferguson award to Fay’s family in November.
“He was one of the most beloved characters in our association,” said Professional Hockey Writers Association president Kevin Allen. “He was the loveable curmudgeon, an old-school reporter who played the journalism game with his elbows up. He had a biting humor that has entertained his colleagues for many, many years. We have lost a hockey institution.”
You can read more about Dave from this press release from the Hockey Hall of Fame (scroll down).
added 9:25pm, Nice write up on Dave at the Caps website...
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
News: NHL Board of Governors chairman Jeremy Jacobs says the Sabres need to raise ticket prices.
View: Yeah, that should be an easy sell, eh? The Clouseau-esque management in Buffalo bumbled away the team’s two top forwards to free agency shortly after failing to live up to high expectations in the playoffs. That’s the perfect time to ask the fans to dig a little deeper.
Thing is Jacobs, who doubles as the owner of Buffalo’s divisional rivals in Boston, is right. There’s still a waiting list for season tickets in Buffalo, and the team has built considerable goodwill over the past couple seasons. A minor price bump on top of what currently rank as the lowest prices in the league would be unlikely to eat away at that, and four bucks a ticket would generate an extra $3 million that could be used toward player procurement in the future.
read on plus more news and views…
added 12:06pm, Adam Proteau of the Hockey News on the comments from Jacobs,
This man deserves a spot on Last Comic Standing. He’s been jacking up the cost of Bruins tickets for decades, and look what’s happened to them. If I were Sabres owner Thomas Golisano, I’d be doing the opposite of whatever Jacobs says.
read more from Adam…
fromAlan Adams of Sportsnet,
Why do NHLers keep trucking when either their time is up or the next hit they take might cause permanent damage?
This question is being posed here in light of the fact that Jeremy Roenick is waffling about whether to retire and Eric Lindros is looking for a team to play for in September.
We’re not dumping on either Lindros or Roenick here.
When they were in their prime, Lindros and Roenick were worth the price of admission. They could carry a team on their back - they each have at one time or another - and no one could question their leadership.
But that was then and this is now.
from the Denver Post,
Former Avalanche center Peter Forsberg is encouraged about the condition of his surgically repaired right ankle, and he has acknowledged to a Swedish newspaper that many teams remain interested in seeing if he would be available to play in the NHL next season.
Forsberg on Monday told the newspaper Expressen that his agent, Winnipeg, Manitoba-based Don Baizley, keeps him “informed of everything.”
Adam Keller is the video replay man in Phoenix…
from the Arizona Republic,
Q: What does your NHL job entail?
A: “The policy is every goal must be reviewed. We have the state-of-the-art equipment, and we can also call the Toronto office. Sometimes, they see different things or have different feeds. We make sure we get it right.”
Q: How many goals are overturned in a year?
A: “I’d think in the neighborhood of 25 percent. I remember at a Coyotes’ game last season against Anaheim, I had four goal reviews, all of them with Anaheim, and all of them turned out to be no goals, but that’s highly unusual.”
more on the hockey background of Keller…
TSN puts it all in a nice package for us.
The dates for each player’s hearing…
from the CP via TSN,
The second wave is ready and waiting.
After a flurry of activity in the first two weeks of NHL free agency, where the bigger names all found new homes with rich, long-term contracts, a number of unrestricted free agents are now hoping to get their names on deals….
Now that the first wave of free agents has come and gone like a blur, the league as a whole takes a deep breath and regroups for the second wave.
The signings will come in dribs and drabs over the rest of the summer.
“The first week of free agency is 100 miles per hour,” said agent Pat Brisson, who got Daniel Briere a big payday with Philadelphia on July 1. “After that you see a little decline. Things slow down a little. Some GMs may wait a little on some needs, see if the price comes down. On the flip side as a player, you have to be patient.
“And sometimes that pays off.”
From The Hockey News,
Contrary to an earlier report, Phoenix Coyotes center Jeremy Roenick has not decided to retire from the NHL.
According to a statement issued Monday to The Hockey News.com by his agent, Neil Abbott, Roenick “is considering all of his options, including retirement, (but) has made no final decision.”
Abbott added that a formal announcement regarding Roenick’s final decision will be made in the next few weeks.
The recent death of Roenick’s father-in-law played a factor in the famously personable NHL star’s reticence to confirm a Philadelphia Inquirer story that he was ending his 18-year playing career immediately.
*Frankly, we always thought it was a little strange that so many were reporting Roenick’s retirement like it was a ‘done deal’ based on nothing more than a text message.
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