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“I’ve had a tough three years. t was tougher mentally than it was physically. You need to have faith in yourself, and know that this isn’t going to break you.”
-Justn Williams of the LA Kings via Jason Chamberlain of the Northumberland News where you can read more on Williams.
freom Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Julien Brisebois to serve as assistant general manager to Steve Yzerman, the team announced Friday.
Brisebois, 33, emerged as the leading candidate earlier this week to fill the role of Yzerman’s right-hand man to handle contract negotiations and serve as salary cap specialist. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Brisebois also will serve as general manager of Tampa Bay’s minor-league affiliate, Norfolk of the American Hockey League.
from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,
After two seasons of missing the playoffs and pinching pennies under cash-strapped owner Tom Hicks, things are beginning to look up for the Dallas Stars.
THN.com has learned Calgary oilman Bill Gallacher, who also owns the Portland Winterhawks of the Western League, heads up a group of investors that has reached an agreement in principle to buy the Dallas Stars for about $225 million. The deal has yet to be signed and either side could back out of it, but it appears the deal will get done soon.
One possible scenario has Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban jumping back into the fray.
added 4:43pm, from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
I talked to two NHL sources and they say that The Hockey News report that Bill Gallcher has agreed to buy the Stars for $225 million is not accurate.
They say the sale process is ongoing and that Gallacher is a candidate to buy the team, but that they have not gotten as far in the process of agreeing to a price with any buyer.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward T.J. Hensick to a one-year contract extension.
Hensick, 24, played in seven games for Colorado last season, recording three points including a goal and two assists. In addition, he played in 58 games last season for Lake Erie of the AHL, scoring 20 goals and adding 50 assists for 70 points. In 2008-09 he played in 61 games for the Avalanche and recorded 21 points (4g, 17a).
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
• Second good line I heard recently came from an NHL assistant coach on why he’s happy he doesn’t have to go to the draft: “By the time those guys can help, I’ll be fired.”
• How respected is Thrashers coach Craig Ramsay? If Scotty Bowman took over the Toronto front office - as discussed in summer 2007 - Ramsay was going to be the bench boss.
• Surprised more GMs haven’t used the offer sheet as effectively as Doug Wilson did with Niklas Hjalmarsson. Now, the Blackhawks will probably have to remove one more player than they hoped/planned. It was brilliant.
from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,
Other than the obvious talent, it’s this Koivu quality or intangible that makes GM Chuck Fletcher want to make Koivu the centerpiece to everything he builds in Minnesota.
Obviously, a seven-year, $47.25 million commitment is, in fact, quite the commitment. It’s a $6.75 million salary cap, which is a colossal price for somebody who’s not scored more than 22 goals. I figured Ryan Kesler’s $5 million-a-year contract would be a starting point and the Wild would have to come in higher, but I never thought for a second it’d come in over 6. And truthfully, neither did a couple agents or GM’s I texted with last night.
I asked Fletcher about Koivu’s cap hit on yesterday’s conference call, saying he’s giving this to somebody who doesn’t score 40 or 50 goals. Fletcher replied, “How do you know?”
Hey, very true. But what I meant is Koivu probably could pop in 35 or 40 if he really wanted to, but the reality is he really doesn’t want to.
via Dan Rosen tweets,
just spoke with Mike Babcock and he’s convinced that Mike Modano will sign with the Red Wings, and play 2 years in Detroit.
Babcock said he met with Modano in Detroit earlier in the week and now believes it’s just a matter of time before he signs, but…
He also said he’s been wrong before, so it wouldn’t shock him if he is again. He doesn’t think we’ll know until Aug. 1 at the earliest.
added 12:27pm, Dan Rosen of NHL.com follows-up with at story on this topic.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
While a star player like Ilya Kovalchuk remains unsigned 15 days into unrestricted free agency, perhaps lost is the fact that the second top goal scorer on the market also remains without a team.
Lee Stempniak’s 28 goals in 2009-10 were second only to Kovalchuk’s 41 among the current UFA forwards still on the market. What gives?
“I mean, I’m certainly surprised,” Stempniak told ESPN.com on Thursday. “And not just with me, but with all the players that are out there right now, especially forwards. There’s a lot of very, very good forwards that are still out there on the market. I’m just surprised by how slow it’s been.”
via Nick Kypreos tweet,
A big swing in the Ilya/Kings talks. Major stumbling blocks have been rectified. A source now described it to me as “close but not done”
from CBC News,
The Manitoba government didn’t intend to offend families of fallen Canadian soldiers by naming a lake after a young National Hockey League star, Premier Greg Selinger says.
Selinger’s NDP government was on the hot seat Thursday for its decision to name a small provincial lake after Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews, a Winnipeg native, at a ceremony last Sunday.
The province and City of Winnipeg honoured Toews, 22, for his championship hockey season as well as for winning gold with Team Canada at the Vancouver Olympics.
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