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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
It’s not the worst thing in the world for one’s career to play with Lecavalier, especially when you are trying to revive your career, which both Tanguay and Sykora have to do. Much of the talk the past few weeks is about how much Tanguay would help the Lightning. But I say Sykora, who has 53 goals, including 28 on the power play the past two seasons for the Penguins, offers more. And he has more to prove after his playoff flop, though he also had a second-degree shoulder separation.
added 4:13, also from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The Lightning was able to rid itself of $6 million in payroll the next two seasons by trading disappointing right wing Radim Vrbata to the Coyotes, the team he left to sign with the Lightning as a free agent. The names of the two players coming back were not immediately available.
added 4:49pm, Regarding the trade, the Lightning get Todd Fedoruk and David Hale in return.
“It was a very testing year [last year]. Obviously, it didn’t go the way I expected it to go, but it’s in the past now. You try to learn from that. I’m actually very, very excited about our team going into this season. That’s what has been pushing me to work out even harder now.
“I’m starting to feel strong again. I’m trying to find that explosion that I used to have two years ago. Health-wise I feel great, and I’m ready for a big year.”
-Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers. More on Briere from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
...But at the top of everyone’s What Will Happen list: San Jose and the long-awaited changes after yet another post-season paroxysm. Teams around the league will be waiting for the first fin to drop before signing or trading further players. But what, really, do the Sharks and GM Doug Wilson have of value?
Patrick Marleau pops to mind immediately, but his trade value is limited.
Today at NHL.com, I am thinking hockey out loud.
The Buffalo Sabres today announced they have capped their full season tickets for the 2009-10 season at 14,825, an increase of 500 tickets from last year. After renewing 95% of their season tickets this summer, the club was able to issue over 1,200 new season tickets to members of their Blue & Gold Club.
“Season ticket holders are very important to the business success of the organization,” said Chief Operating Officer, Dan DiPofi. “Our fans have been very loyal over the years and we are extremely grateful they have continued to support the team. We take great pride in the partnership we have nurtured with our fans over the last several years.”
I wonder how some of the other teams are doing in season ticket sales? If you know, feel free to leave a comment.
The Edmonton Oilers have signed restricted free agent defenceman Denis Grebeshkov to a one-year contract worth $3.15 million.
The signing avoids salary arbitration between the Russian defender and the club.
Last season the 25-year-old scored seven goals and 32 assists for 39 points in 72 games.
The Montreal Canadiens have re-signed restricted free agent forward Tomas Plekanec to a one-year contract worth $2.75 million. By agreeing to a deal, the team and player avoided a salary arbitration hearing that had been scheduled for July 30.
The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins have signed goaltender Brent Johnson to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Johnson, 32, played 21 games with the Washington Capitals, finishing with a record of 12-6-2 during the 2008-09 season. The veteran goaltender recorded a .908 save percentage along with a 2.81 goals-against average.
The top 10 shootout goals from last season.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
There are plenty of rumors swirling around Edmonton’s apparent need for a third line center, most of it focusing on free agents Manny Malhotra and Blair Betts. No doubt the roster would really benefit from the signing of character guy like Malhotra, but his asking price (thought to be three years, $6 million) is too high. The familiarity of coach Tom Renney with Edmonton native Betts makes him a logical fit, too, but the guessing here is that Oilers stick with what they have and hope that an option emerges in camp.
As if the loss of Joe Sakic isn’t enough for the sad-sack Avs to deal with, it looks like the schedulemakers had to get their shots in, too. Colorado, which had a league-low eight back-to-back games in 2008-09, has 16 of them slated for 2009-10. So who catches a break? That would be the Blue Jackets, who led the league with 20 B2Bs last season, but have just 12 on the new sked…
read on for some NHLPA/Olympics talk…
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