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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
In the post-Bobby Orr Era, we have 12 all-time defensemen: Leetch, Stevens, MacInnis, Denis Potvin, Larry Robinson, Ray Bourque, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Paul Coffey, Borje Salming and Rob Blake.
Our first-team defense features Potvin, Robinson, Bourque, Stevens, Lidstrom and Leetch. Our second team includes Chelios, Coffey, Niedermayer, Salming, MacInnis and Blake.
read on for more on Leetch on HHOF announcement day…
Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page has posted some never released video of the Stars flight back from Buffalo after defeating the Sabres to win the Stanley Cup in 1999.
Just the joy on the faces of the players makes it worth watching.
Joe Haggerty of WEEI says so. At one time, it was believed the Capitals were the favorite to be the opponent, but it now looks like the Flyers.
I do know Tarik El-Bashir of Captals Insider wrote earlier today that it looked doubtful that the Caps would be playing on New Year’s Day.
from John Romano of the St. Petersburg Times (Tuesday edition),
Turns out, the Lightning’s troubles did not end with another lost season.
This morning, the woes grow deeper. Perhaps, by this evening, they will turn uglier.
There is unrest in the ownership group. There is dissension in the ranks. And, almost one year to the day after OK Hockey took control of the franchise, the possibility of a messy divorce between bickering owners is a real possibility.
Oren Koules and Len Barrie are scheduled to have a meeting today with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to determine which one of them will have the authority to make decisions for the franchise. In essence, the commissioner is determining custody of a hockey team.
from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,
Chris Chelios will not be returning to the Red Wings.
General manager Ken Holland met with Chelios Monday afternoon and, as expected, gave him the news Chelios will not be re-signed.
“It was kind of understood last summer, after Cheli signed, that the 2008-09 season would be the last one for Cheli as a Red Wing,” said Holland, noting the need for the Wings to bring in younger players. “He wants to play another season and I believe he can still play.”...
Holland also said he expects to talk with agents for Marian Hossa, Mikael Samuelsson, Ty Conklin and Tomas Kopecky this weekend in Montreal during the NHL Entry Draft.
from Steve Lepore of Puck The Media,
Penguins, Pittsburgh. Has that one guy friend who’s printed out way too many Pensblog photoshops and placed them on his desk. Kind of wishes some drunken photos of Evgeni Malkin would surface so they could wear their “Drink Like a Champion” shirts to the igloo. Wonders why everyone gives Gary Bettman a harsh rep, since he seems like such a doggone nice guy.
Red Wings, Detroit. Likely lives in a different city now. Thinks everone in the NHL is against a franchise with four Stanley Cups in 12 years. Is totally okay with the number of foreigners on the team. Speaking of Foreigner, how bout that music at The Joe? Doesn’t own an American car.
more and yes, every NHL team is listed…
from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,
At this time of year, with the NHL Entry Draft weekend and the start of the league’s unrestricted free agency period fast approaching, some hockey fans daydream about the possibility of their favorite team landing a star player. This season is no different….
The Canadiens/Kings need an established star and Lecavalier or Heatley would be a “perfect fit”. The Penguins need a scoring winger for Sidney Crosby’s line so Gaborik is the “best available” choice. The Flyers need a stud blueliner so pony up the big bucks to land Bouwmeester.
Whenever I read these suggestions by fans or rumormongers I’m reminded of an old saying: “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it”.
from Garry McKay of the HamiltonSpectator,
The Hamilton Bulldogs will have a new coaching staff this season.
Don Lever, who is the franchise’s longest-serving head coach, and his assistant Ron Wilson, who has been here even longer, have been told by the parent Montreal Canadiens that their services are no longer required.
Although both were long-time employees of the Canadiens, the Habs told them by phone that their contracts would not be renewed. they weren’t given a reason.
Both were, in effect, fired by Montreal general manager Bob Gainey who phoned them last week and said simply that ‘the organization is going in a different direction.”
Lever said he would like to have at least been given a reason for his dismissal.
“I’m very disappointed,” said Lever. “Somewhere along the line I must have done something wrong, but they didn’t tell me what it was.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
The New York Islanders know who they’ll take with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft. But the rest of the world won’t find out until GM Garth Snow steps up to the podium Friday night in Montreal.
“That’s right,” Snow told ESPN.com on Monday.
Let’s give the Islanders credit. They’ve actually created some intrigue with their refusal to let us know their intentions. Most years, we head to the draft and it’s clear who’s going to go first. This is refreshing. We’re actually going to have to pay attention Friday night!
“Whether it’s fans or people in the media, it’s been a great topic for debate,” said Snow.
from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League says it will have a firm local offer for the Phoenix Coyotes by the end of this week.
“The NHL remains confident that a local bidder will put in a firm bid on or bevfore the June 26th deadline set forth in its proposed bid proceedures,” the league said in a fillng in an Arizona bankruptcy court today.
The league also disclosed that it expects to have a decision on Jim Balsillie’s bid to buy the club and move it to Hamilton by the end of July….
The league said its board of governors plans to interview Balsillie soon about his bid to relocate the club. The board is expected to question him about his two previous attempts to buy and move clubs, the filing noted.
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