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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,
Have you made any inquiries about general manager positions?
I’ve talked to people who ultimately are going to be helpful when openings occur. I will never go after a general manager’s job when there’s an incumbent general manager there. If that means I don’t ever work as a general manager again, so be it. But I believe there really is a right way to go about things in this business, and the way it’s respected.
I have talked to some owners in the game who know me well, and I’ve asked, “If there are openings with other teams, would you be willing to talk to your fellow owner for me?”
From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,
The fact Wheeler finally made the NHL four years later and is having an impressive offensive impact (six goals and eight points in 13 games with Boston) says a lot about the Coyote scouts who insisted the team take him in the No. 5 spot.
“The kid is going to be a star,” Phoenix hockey operations vice-president Dave Draper said after the 2004 draft. “Sometimes you have to pay a higher price than you’d like or what people would think, but we think we have a real gem.”
According to Adrian Dater at All Things Avs:
Darcy Tucker escaped suspension. From my league sources, Tucker will not be suspended for his clipping incident against Minnesota’s Nick Schultz Thursday night.
From Jean Lefebvre at the Herald Hockey blog,
And it hasn’t been a poor start for Iginla so much as a strange one. In 14 games, for instance, he’s had six multiple-point efforts (two of which led to a NHL first star of the week award) and six contests in which he’s been completely held off the sheet.
There’s also been the matter of linemates. Just when you think Mike Keenan has given up on teaming Iginla with Todd Bertuzzi, the coach gives the wingers another whirl as a partnership. Just when it seems Conroy is destined for permanent bottom-six duty, he gets another chance to play with Iginla (and, as was the case Thursday against Nashville, delivers a three-point performance to go with Iginla’s four-pointer).
Update 1:51pm ET: In other Calgary news, after 14 straight starts Kiprusoff is finally getting a night off.
from Cam Hutchinson of the StarPhoenix,
• Carol Alt is reportedly romancing her way through the NHL, position by position. Once married to defenceman Ron Greschner, and currently (?) in a relationship with forward Alexei Yashin, New York Post sources spotted Alt snuggling with Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist. The 47-year-old model apparently showed off the 26-year-old goalie at her agency this week during bring your NHL player to work day . . . Is Lundqvist Swedish for YoungQuest?
• Jeff Funnekotter says the appearance of members of the L.A. Kings on The Price is Right this week has started a trend: “Similarly inspired, Chris Chelios will appear on Beat the Clock and Sean Avery will star on the Biggest Loser.’‘
more hockey bits along with other sports notes…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
The NHL season is only a month old, but it’s never too early to look at the good, the bad and the ugly.
The bad? Gary Roberts doesn’t have a point in a dozen games for the Tampa Bay Lightning. He still has a big heart but perhaps his legs have given out at age 42.
MOST IMPRESSIVE STARTS
1. The Sabres gulped hard when they matched that $50-million offer sheet for Thomas Vanek in the summer of 2007, but he’s already got 11 goals.
from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,
If you were looking for reasons why the Phoenix Coyotes lose in excess of $20 million U.S. annually, they were sitting there on press row – all the way down press row. The Coyotes had 28 credential holders, none of them independent media outlets – at GM Place for a 1-0 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday….
All of it seemed funny, if not for the fact that the Coyotes are NHL have-nots, siphoning money from Canada’s six profitable franchises. In that sense, Canadian ticket-buyers were funding this excursion.
via Mark Everson of the NY Post,
Like local kids who idolized Mickey Mantle or Derek Jeter, John Madden had his hero as a youngster in Ontario - Doug Gilmour of the Maple Leafs.
When Madden arrived from college for his first Devils training camp in 1997, there was Gilmour, acquired by New Jersey from the Leafs during the previous season. In that moment, Madden was an awestruck hockey fan.
“He was pouring himself a coffee and I was just waiting. He looked at me and said, ‘Do you want a cup? Here, take this one,’ ” Madden recalled. “You wouldn’t believe how many phone calls I made back home to tell my friends and my family.”
from Bill Eichenberger of the Sporting News Today,
Question: What has it been like playing for Barry Melrose?
Stamkos: He’s a very positive coach. If you do something wrong he will tell you in a way that you realize you made a mistake…. Everyone enjoys him in the room.
from Lightning Strikes,
But the bottom line, it seems, is the money. Carle’s salary cap hit, thanks to a four-year, $13.75-million deal, is $3.438-million. Eminger’s cap hit on his one-year deal is $1.2-million. That’s a savings of $2.238-million that lowers Tampa Bay’s team cap number to about $52-million. The limit is $56.7-million….
Asked if the trade of Dan Boyle, which in great part was done to shed his six-year, $40-million contract, now should be viewed as a failure, Lawton said, “I think it’s a continuation of the process in evaluating what we have and being comfortable we have the right chemistry and the right balance and enough youth in the organization. It’s one younger player for two younger players. ... When we went through it, we felt t was something that made sense.”
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