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From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News,
John Anderson just may want to send his old pal Bruce Boudreau a thank-you card.
Given Boudreau’s success this season – he was named NHL coach of the year after a lengthy coaching stint in the minors – it made it easy for the Atlanta Thrashers to sign Anderson as their new coach.
Like Boudreau, Anderson has been a great success story in the minors, winning five championships including the American League crown this year with the Chicago Wolves.
And if you really want to get to know John Anderson, you can check out his recent experience getting a makeover. From spa treatments to new suits, it seems Anderson was getting ‘dressed for success’ even before he got tapped for the Thrashers’ job. Video below:
from the Petoskey News-Review,
Just before the clock struck midnight, a small convoy of vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Teddy Griffin’s Roadhouse, where the lot filled with vehicles didn’t look anything like a typical Sunday night crowd.
Apparently, the secret was out.
McCarty and Draper, each of whom now has his name etched on hockey’s Holy Grail four times, grabbed the Cup out of the back of Lyons’ SUV, and together entered the tavern amid cheers of “We want the Cup, we want the Cup” and overflowing with Red Wings fans.
With flash bulbs popping and the chants increasing in volume, Draper and McCarty worked their way through the throng of patrons and placed the Cup at the center of the bar,...
“There’s nothing new about my situation. That’s OK. I understand that Glen and my agent had other issues to take care of before and at the draft.
“I was at our practice rink last week. I missed Glennie by a couple of hours, or we would have talked then. I’m sure we’ll be talking sometime soon. I don’t think there’s a rush. Nothing has changed.”
Read more from Larry Brooks of the NY Post.
Question for Wings fans, would you want Jagr? Holland won’t commit to any long term contracts for high priced UFAs, but offering Jagr a two year contract would fit. What do you think?
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Could the Bruins already be talking contract with superstar winger Marian Hossa?
Asked that question last night, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli offered little in the way of candor.
“Very good question,” he responded in a terse e-mail. “But can’t comment. Cheers.”
It’s highly possible that talks between Boston and Hossa have begun, because it has become a trend for clubs to be granted permission to speak with pending unrestricted free agents well ahead of the July 1 start of the NHL’s open marketplace.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
Koules and Barrie were able to take a few minutes to speak with The Tampa Tribune to discuss why they wanted to venture into the business of owning an NHL franchise, how they met and shared some of their ideas on what kind of a team the fans can expect to see on the ice….
Q: So does that mean you have a pretty aggressive game plan put together in terms of free agency when it opens July 1?
LB: “We might be camping out at two different spots selling our team, selling our city and selling our passion.”
OK: “We are probably going to be in certain players’ backyards with a tent, seriously, the day of. The day the clock strikes we will probably be at their home. And I don’t want that written because I don’t want anybody stealing our ideas. But we are serious, we are seriously talking about doing that.”
Q: Do you have a payroll in mind of what you want to spend or will you wait to see how that plays out?
OK: “We are going to shoot for the moon and see how everything fits.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
With goaltender Ray Emery officially gone after clearing waivers on Saturday, Murray is expected to bring a goalie to stand behind No. 1 Martin Gerber next season.
Two viable options are Pittsburgh Penguins’ unrestricted free agent Ty Conklin and Edmonton Oilers’ Dwayne Roloson….
Goaltending isn’t the only issue Murray has to deal with: The club is looking for help on the blue line. They’re one of the teams interested San Jose defenceman Brian Campbell, but there’ll likely be a bidding war involving several teams.
more on the Senators…
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Those close to him doubt he will retire, let alone come back to the Leafs. He is said to still be miffed at Toronto management for simply not coming out and saying: “Mats does not want to be traded and will not be traded” weeks before the Feb. 26 trade deadline instead of allowing the speculation to drag out in public as it did.
Keeping that in mind, why would he now want to do the Leafs any favours by coming to terms with the Canadiens prior to the opening of the unrestricted free agent period one week from tomorrow?
Were he to do that, the Leafs would receive compensation from the Habs as part of a conditional deal that already is in place.
Why not, instead, wait to go on the open market July 1?
from NHL Home Ice on XM204,
EXCLUSIVE: NHL DRAFT AUDIO
Here are some hilites from the 2008 NHL Draft in Ottawa. Hear from the Players, General Managers, Head Coaches about being selected, trades, and futures of their clubs.
listen to numerous interviews…
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
If you were to ask Ken Holland, GM of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings, to identify the quality his scouts look for when it comes to the annual entry draft, his answer would be succinct.
“Skill,” he’d say, just as he’s said it many times before.
Nine teams followed that mantra when it came to making selections with the top 10 picks of the NHL entry draft on Friday night.
One did not.
That team would be your Maple Leafs.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The Predators are very close to reaching an agreement with defenseman Shea Weber, and could finalize the deal as early as today, according to Weber’s agent, Don Meehan.
Weber is expected to sign a multi-year deal with the team.
“All I know is that things are going good so far,’’ Weber said of the negotiations. “Hopefully we’ll get something done soon.’’
Updated 1:18pm ET: From TSN:
Defenceman Shea Weber has signed a three-year, $13,5 million contract with the Nashville Predators, avoiding restricted free agency.
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