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From Michael Rhode at Nanaimo’s Daily News,
The life of a professional hockey player is pretty routine. Sure, there’s the notoriety of playing at the top level of your sport, and it takes plenty of hard work and determination to get to the level they play at.
But aside from the so-called stardom it’s just a lot of repetition. Their days—from autumn to late spring—usually begin and end at the rink. Their summer months, save for a few weeks away from the rink, are usually spent training, at the gym and on ice, for their next season.
Vancouver Canucks’ forward Trevor Linden’s retirement announcement brings into focus the realization of life after hockey. After going to the rink on a regular basis for more than 20 years of professional and junior hockey, come September he’ll have to try and find something constructive to occupy his time.
continued… with words from a few ex-players
Slow news day for the moment as the NHL’s mainstream press enjoys their 3-martini lunches in Toronto before tonight’s fun.
Meanwhile, The Onion takes over:
LOS ANGELES—Sources within the Red Wings organization confirm that goalie Chris Osgood, who is currently engaged in accompanying the Stanley Cup on a victory tour of talk shows and publicity events, has repeatedly and insistently claimed to have gotten as far as third base with hockey’s championship trophy during the past week.
*thanks to Jennifer for dropping us the link earlier!
From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News,
Todd McLellan may not be a household name, but he has been successful at every level he has coached and was in charge of a Detroit power play that has terrorized shorthanded opponents for the past three seasons.
Known as an offense-minded boss, McLellan should bring out the best in a San Jose team rife with snipers and playmakers aching to break out and establish themselves as stars of the second season.
Update 1:47pm ET: More editorializing on this hire from both Mark Purdy and David Pollak of the Mercury News. (*And a hat-tip for the Purdy link to Terry Frei at his Denver Post blog, who apparently had a thing for McLellan in Colorado back when Granato was hired).
Update 2:36pm ET: The Sharks make it official. More at TSN.
From Steve Conroy at the Boston Herald,
Coming off left shoulder surgery six weeks ago to repair a torn labrum, Chara finally shed his sling a week ago and started his rehabilitation.
He’s doing daily range-of-motion exercises, and it’s estimated that he faces three more months of rehab, which would take him into September and the start of training camp. He couldn’t guarantee that he’d be ready from the get-go, but it shouldn’t be too long after that if he isn’t.
“We’ll have to see how the rehab goes, but it should be right for the start of training camp,” Chara said. “But we’ll see”
read on for more news on the Norris Trophy candidate
In other Bruins news, team owner Jeremy Jacobs and his wife gave a substantial charitable gift to the University of Buffalo this week: $10 million.
From Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,
Streit’s 34 points on the power play tied Streit with Nicklas Lidstrom for second among NHL defenceman, behind Sergei Gonchar’s 46. Streit’s salary was $600,000. Lidstrom’s was $7.6 million. Gonchar made $5.5 million.
Citing the $1.875 million Francis Bouillon will make this season and $1.75 for Mathieu Dandenault, [Journal du Montréal beat man Marc de Foy] says $2.5 million would not be unreasonable for Mark Streit.
Streit’s agent, Pat Brisson, says there are no negotiations underway with the Canadiens.
Another factor: Streit prefers playing defence. There are rumours in New York that the Rangers will pursue Streit and promise him a spot on D.
From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
I buy into the argument that the Hart should go to the player adjudged most valuable [to] his team. If you want a flat-out best player in a single season award, call it the Wayne Gretzky and we’ll move on, but whatever criteria you use to determine this thing the guard has clearly been changed. The new generation of NHL stars has arrived and, for now at least, Ovechkin and Crosby or Crosby and Ovechkin are likely to lead the way.
That doesn’t augur well for stellar stay-at-home defencemen or 2.00 and lower Goals Against Average goalies, but so be it.
Update 11:28am ET: More thoughts on the Hart from Jeff Z. Klein at Slap Shot in the New York Times.
From Brad Shrade at The Tennessean,
Predators investor William J. “Boots” Del Biaggio III’s trail of financial and legal troubles drew closer to Nashville Wednesday, as the FBI subpoenaed documents from Metro concerning the California businessman and his role in the purchase of Nashville’s pro hockey team last year.
It also has become more clear in recent days that as much as $27 million in debt Del Biaggio incurred on his way to bankruptcy may have direct ties to the Predators deal.
An arena management company, AEG Facilities Inc., is the latest to accuse the high-flying 40-year-old San Jose venture capitalist of fraud, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. The company is a division of entertainment giant AEG, which manages sports arenas and owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and says it loaned Del Biaggio $7 million to help him buy a share in the Nashville Predators.
Yesterday, Chris Osgood spoke to Jim Rome on ESPN.
From Larry Brooks in the NY Post,
The Rangers New York Rangers spent yesterday romancing a free agent right wing, and his name isn’t Jaromir Jagr.
Rather, even as No. 68 told The Post that he hasn’t spoken to general manager Glen Sather since the May 6, post-elimination breakup day, the Blueshirts were attempting to entice 21-year-old Blake Wheeler into signing an Entry Level deal with the club.
Wheeler was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2004 and recently turned down their offer of an entry-level contract at the maximum allowable salary.
From Ted Kulfan at the Detroit News,
Holland said he expects veteran forward Dallas Drake to decide about retirement in the next two weeks.
plus more notes on the Wings future
*hat-tip to Spector who summarizes all the latest rumors & news on Brian Rolston, Darcy Tucker, Jose Theodore, Brendan Morrison, Derek Roy and others today.
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