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from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,
For nearly 20 years, former Red Wing great Sergei Fedorov has victimized opponents with slick skating and a deadly shot.
Now he says he is the victim, swindled out of $43 million by a Grosse Pointe Shores man entrusted to manage his money.
In a lawsuit expected to be filed today in Wayne County Circuit Court, Fedorov accuses Joseph Zada of embezzling the money during the past 11 years.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Islanders won’t be caught short again.
Ensuring stability in nets regardless of the state of Rick DiPetro’s health, the Islanders have signed free agent goaltender Martin Biron to a one-year, $1.4 million steal of a deal, The Post has learned.
The New York Islanders today announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with goaltender, Martin Biron.
“Adding Marty gives us three bona-fide number one goalies,” said Garth Snow, General Manager, New York Islanders. “We learned about the importance of stability in our line-up from last year and he now allows us to have another quality starter.”
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Wings general manager Ken Holland said today that the club will head to salary arbitration with forward Jiri Hudler on July 30 in Toronto. Hudler’s agent, Petr Svoboda, told Holland the 25-year-old left wing intends on playing in Russia next season.
“They have no intention of negotiating a settlement, they want the case heard before an arbitrator,’’ Holland said.
The NHL apparently will not be able to prevent Hudler from playing for Moscow Dynamo.
Hudler has made it clear he wants to play in the KHL, the Wings are not really fighting his decision so we can expect the end result, Hudler in the KHL and the Wings will add another forward by signing someone or making a trade.
via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Wings general manager Ken Holland said Marian Hossa did not injure his shoulder during the playoffs as indicated in a story in the Chicago Daily Herald. Holland said Hossa had a slightly torn rotator cuff when the Wings signed him on July 2, 2008, but it wasn’t anything significant.
“He was hurt before he got to us,’’ Holland said. “Our doctors looked at him and we had conversations about whether to have surgery. Our doctors recommended he should have something done at some point but it’s something he can play with.’‘
...when the Dallas Stars Ice Girls hold auditions…
Sabres.com is counting down the top five “Harry-isms” - or one liners from color commentator Harry Neale. Watch the eight nominees below and rank them from 1-5 with 1 being your favorite. All moments are listed in alphabetical order and are not ranked.
Watch all the nominated Harry-isms and my favorite is…
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
Here’s a look at a player from each of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference who’ll be under pressure to perform as soon as the puck drops:
Ray Emery, Philadelphia—The Flyers have one of the NHL’s best offenses and a defense that now includes Chris Pronger. What they don’t have is a proven No. 1 NHL goaltender—unless Emery proves he can handle the job. Emery led Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Final just two years ago, but little has gone right for him since. He’s returning to the NHL after a season in Russia during which he made the All-Star Game. If he can’t handle the job, the cap-strapped Flyers could see their dreams of a long playoff run go sailing away.
via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils have avoided Friday’s arbitration hearing and re-signed restricted free agent center Travis Zajac to a multi-year contract.
Zajac, 24, is coming off a breakout season in which he posted career-highs with 20 goals, 42 assists, 62 points and a team-best plus-33 defensive rating.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Here’s an interesting take on the vacant Florida GM slot from a high NHL exec: Since the draft and major free agency picks have been completed, it’s quite possible that assistant GM Randy Sexton simply will inherit Jacques Martin’s chair for the 2009-2010 season.
Look at it this way: Sexton has plenty of experience (Ottawa and Florida) and will save a financially strapped franchise some extra bucks. Plus, between overseer Bill Torrey and Sexton, the Panthers’ braintrust is as good as any around.
more hockey notes from Stan…
from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,
Jeremy Roenick has his happy ending. The Coyotes are still working on theirs.
Roenick will leave the game with his dignity, his milestone and his name in lights. And though he hasn’t announced his retirement just yet, it sounds as though the hard-checking star finally is checking out.
“I’m really not on the fence,” Roenick said. “I really know what I’m doing. I’m just not going to announce it yet.”
For 20 seasons, Roenick gave the NHL what it sorely needs: a marketable American with huge personality. He was flashy, on ice and off. He said lots of interesting things. He will leave as one of the better American-born players of all time.
continue for Roenick’s thoughts on the Phoenix situation and J.R. says Chelios wants to play for the Rangers…
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