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“It is when everyone is playing at their potential that great things can happen. It doesn’t mean that they will happen, but they can happen and it’s always a matter of having the right pieces of the puzzle that makes great teams. With the young kids that we have on our team and with the success that they’ve had individually in the last couple of years, they’re on the right path.”
-Mike Bossy on the New York Islanders. Much more at Islanders.com.
There’s a new captain in Nashville, as talented young defenseman Shea Weber will wear the “C” on his jersey this coming season, the Predators announced Thursday night.
Weber, 24, led Nashville defensemen in scoring and finished sixth overall on the team with 16 goals and 43 points. He was also a valuable member of the Canadian Olympic Team that won the gold medal in the Vancouver Olympics.
“In addition to being one of the top young defenseman in the League today, Shea is a natural leader, and we are confident he has the respect of his teammates, opponents, the Predators organization and its fans,” Nashville GM David Poile said. “He becomes the first Predators draft pick to be named captain, and has been part of the culture and belief system we have worked hard to create.”
Nashville, Tenn. (July 8, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that defenseman Shea Weber has been named the fifth captain in franchise history. He is the first Predators draftee to receive the honor.
“In addition to being one of the top young defenseman in the League today, Shea is a natural leader, and we are confident he has the respect of his teammates, opponents, the Predators organization and its fans,” Poile said. “He becomes the first Predators draft pick to be named captain, and has been part of the culture and belief system we have worked hard to create.”
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
If Nabokov does honor his KHL agreement, it would seem that Marty Turco benefits to some degree. Turco acknowledged at the start of the signing period that it was “scary” leaving Dallas (a franchise that no longer wants or can afford him) and going on the open market at an age when retirement is easier to foresee than a two-year contract. However, the Sharks could use him for his remaining talents and knowledge of Western Conference shooters. Having him as a mentor to Niittymaki isn’t a bad idea, either.
Despite the spin that San Jose gave his signing, Nittymaki is not a proven playoff performer. He’s not even a proven No.1 in regular season play. The Sharks haven’t broken up their team with an eye to rebuilding, they are still attempting to go farther than they did in last spring’s playoffs and will need some help in net to realize their goal. More than a few teams can say the same. Turco can fit that bill.
more plus options for Kovalchuk…
Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames Executive Vice President & General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Jay Feaster has been appointed Assistant General Manager. Feaster joins the Flames organization to build on his decorated managerial career which includes a Stanley Cup Championship as General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and a Calder Cup Championship as the President of the Hershey Bears (American Hockey League) in 1997.
“We have contemplated additional hockey management resources for sometime,” said Sutter. “We are pleased to have someone of Jay’s experience and track record become part of our executive group. He will make important contributions to our organization.”
Feaster joins Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager Michael Holditch as central figures with the Flames hockey management group.
“I am very pleased to join such a first-class organization as the Flames, and I truly welcome the opportunity to work with Darryl and his entire hockey department staff,” said Feaster. “Having managed in the NHL, there were not many situations that would have been attractive in an AGM role; however, the minute Darryl phoned me I was ready to sign-on. My family and I look forward to making Calgary our new home.”
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
... several GMs, governors and agents told ESPN.com over the past few months that they didn’t believe any team would be willing to pay Kovalchuk $10 million a year. You can’t pay anyone that amount of money and still expect to ice a competitive team around him under the salary cap. That’s a popular sentiment around the league.
But perhaps more intriguing is this rumor making the circles among owners and team executives—the league will fight for a lower salary cap (change the way the percentages are calculated in order to get a lower cap) in the next collective-bargaining agreement two years from now (the players will likely be led into the next labor talks by the battled-tested Donald Fehr and will certainly have a say in that.)
Whether the lower cap comes to fruition, the potential for it has clearly effected the way some teams are already thinking, including the Los Angeles Kings, the team Kovalchuk wants to sign with.
from Kevn McGran of the Toronto Star,
The defenceman essentially tutored under the likes of Nik Lidstrom, Chris Chelios and Brian Rafalski in his time with the Red Wings.
As great as it had been to play with them, and win a Cup, Lebda believes it’s time to fulfill the promise of his youth when he signed as a free agent out of Notre Dame.
In Detroit, ice time was limited for the slick, puck-moving defenceman, largely because the Wings had a great cast on the blue line. He played just about every game, but only about 15 minutes or so per game in his five seasons in Detroit.
He believes he’ll get his shot with the Toronto Maple Leafs after signing a two-year, $2.9 million contract.
ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Eric Fehr to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
John Torchetti, who was a candidate for the Thrashers head coach position, was named associate head coach on Thursday. He will serve under Craig Ramsay, who was hired to coach the Thrashers last month.
Torchetti, 45, served as an assistant coach with Chicago the past three seasons, including helping the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup championship this season.
Torchetti joins a list of four former Blackhawks players obtained by the Thrashers this offseason. Torchetti and Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley worked together in Chicago, Florida and Tampa Bay.
“I’ve known John for several years and he is a highly-talented and extremely knowledgeable individual,” Dudley said in a statement. “He is an excellent coach who will strengthen Craig’s staff and we’re fortunate to have him as part of our organization.”
via Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,
Flyers winger Simon Gagne has told media service RDS that he has not waived his no-trade clause.
This contradicts multiple reports last week that said Gagne had waived his no-trade clause with the Flyers looking to move him to another team.
“I have a no-trade clause and I didn’t waive it,” Gagne said Wednesday, speaking to reporters in French. “The Flyers have a salary cap problem, and I’m a player that is on the tail end of his contract, with still a year to complete. The next few days may help us to see what’s going to happen for me.”
I wrote earlier this week this whole story did not make sense and now Gagne comes out with the true story.
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Even in his post-hockey life, a period when he discovered the joys of family and the rewards of a solid marriage and a network of caring friends, one got the sense that Probert, a near perfect blend of size, speed, gifted touch and physical ability to play the game anyway you wanted to play it, was still mentally tortured by the conflict of who he was when measured against what others expected him to be.
It’s understandable. If one were looking for an appropriate inscription for the stone that should forever mark his spot it could easily be: “Peace at Last”.
But it could also be “He Could Have Been”...
And there lies both the tragedy and the reality of the life of Robert A. Probert.
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