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from Douglas Flynn of the Hockey Journal,
Hardcore hockey fanatics and the casual sports fans alike turned out in droves, and the heart of a hockey city began beating once again.
“I think, frankly, that a lot more people have tuned in and understand just how close this team is (to a championship),” said Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs. “People have reconnected with this franchise that maybe hadn’t in the previous years. It was really started to reflect that in this community, and we’re seeing that. We’re seeing that interest on our Web site. We’re seeing that on our broadcasts. And we’re seeing that at the box office. People by and large in this city feel good about where their team is today when they think of the Boston Bruins, and that only bodes well for us.”
The LA Kings held their Ice Crew auditions yesterday. Click for pics...
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
(Dan) Cleary said he spoke with Jiri Hudler, who is in the Czech Republic. As much as Cleary would like to see Hudler back with the Wings next season, he doesn’t blame him for signing a two-year deal worth about $10 million tax free with the Moscow Dynamo.
Hudler’s NHL arbitration hearing is scheduled for Thursday in Toronto and the Wings are seeking a two-year award.
“He doesn’t want people to be angry with him,” Cleary said. “I hope people aren’t.”
Cleary said Hudler was given an offer that was too great to pass up: “It would take him seven or eight years to make the kind of money he’ll make in two.”
more on how Cleary is spending his summer…
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
By sending Primeau and his $1.4-million salary to the Maple Leafs, the only one-way contract that comes in return is Stuart’s $483,333 hit.
And there’s no guarantee the energy forward will remain in Calgary. He’s spent the last couple of seasons splitting time between the Atlanta Thrashers and the minors—he was dealt to Toronto earlier this month in the Pavel Kubina swap—so it wouldn’t be all that costly for the Flames to take that route.
That leaves the salary cap space needed to re-sign restricted free agent Dustin Boyd, keep another forward in the Stampede City if required—even Mikael Backlund and his potential bonuses—and leave some space for the eventual call-ups when needed.
Don’t think that’s a big deal? Guess again.
from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,
Six years ago, then Vancouver Canuck centre Brendan Morrison went to salary arbitration and had to listen while the team’s lawyer compared him to a mouse that was riding the back of an elephant (actually, two, named Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi).
Yes, things can get nasty in arbitration, so current Canuck centre Kyle Wellwood can expect to hear all about his conditioning struggles and the lengthy 21-game goal drought he endured last season when he sits down at his own arbitration hearing with the Canucks Tuesday in Toronto.
It’s the nature of the process. Wellwood’s camp, led by agent Mike Liut, will accentuate the positives of his inaugural season in Vancouver, while the Canucks, with assistant general manager Laurence Gilman in charge, will point out some of the flaws in Wellwood’s game.
Gilman acknowledged the process is not one that either side particularly relishes.
via the Twitter of Ben Hankinson of Octagon,
Calgary trades C Wayne Primeau to Toronto for LW Colin Stuart and D Anton Stralman.
added 6:55pm, from RDS (translated),
The CEO of the Toronto Maple Leafs Brian Burke continued the reorganization of his team by acquiring the services of the Flames forward Wayne Primeau to Calgary on Monday.
In return, the Leafs have assigned left winger Colin Stuart and defenseman Anton Strålman
Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the acquisition of Toronto Maple Leafs forward Colin Stuart and defenseman Anton Stralman along with Toronto’s 7th round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for forward Wayne Primeau and Calgary’s 2nd round pick in 2011.
Okay, so the odds that you’d catch him telltale white earbuds grooving to an iPod might be slim at best, but Henri Richard still digs the tunes just like anyone else.
My Way- Frank Sinatra
The Power of Love- Céline Dion
Le temps qu’il nous reste- Fernand Gignac
Diana- Paul Anka
Jim Fox of the LA Kings broadcasting crew answers questions from Kings fans at Inside the Kings…
Are we there yet? Is this team going to be competitive? Black hole, better than Black hole or worse? Could you comment on pieces/parts you can’t wait to see together. Thanks Jim
I think the personnel has improved from last year…not many “impact” pieces have left and the acquisition of Smyth and Scuderi bring 2 impact players to the lineup…both guys do not need to change their game…they need to play the way they have for years…Scuderi’s style is be a simple “shut-down” defenseman…many time this is not thought of as an “impact” role…but if you are as effective as Scuderi, then the impact is invaluable…
From The Province:
Florida Panthers executive Uri Man hit on Fox News anchor Ainsley Earhardt on live TV Saturday, and the footage is proving a hit on YouTube.
Man, author of Getting Good Jobs In Tough Times, was appearing as a business and financial analyst during a segment about unemployment in the U.S. In the clip, he begins by complimenting Earnhardt on her yellow dress, and later reveals he has researched where she went to college.
Man is vice-president of real-estate development with the NHL’s Panthers, and appeared recently on the Bravo TV reality show Millionaire Matchmaker, which helps rich bachelors find the women of their dreams.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
“We absolutely need to look at term limits,” Burke told THN.com Friday afternoon, before embarking on a week-long west coast vacation with his wife. “I personally do not believe some players have any intention of fulfilling some of these long-term contracts.”
Another rule Burke has lobbied to change for some time is the so-called “four-recall rule,” which limits NHL teams to just four player promotions from their American League affiliate after the trade deadline – as long as that AHL affiliate is still in contention for a playoff spot or playing in the post-season; if their affiliate is out of the playoff mix, there is no limit as to the number of players an NHL team can call up.
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