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From Michael Traikos at the National Post,
A day after disparaging remarks were made about his client, Darcy Tucker’s agent said the Toronto Maple Leafs forward has prepared for the possibility of playing in another city next season.
“This is a business,” Carlos Sosa said in a phone interview from his law office in Seattle. “And if the Maple Leafs want to make a business move between June 15 and 30 when they can buy out contracts, that’s their right to do that. We can’t control that.
“Is he going to retire? No, that’s out of the question. He’s got lots of years left. He wants to win a Stanley Cup. But if a buyout comes, we will pursue the other markets that come available.”
From Helene St. James at the Free Press:
Todd McLellan will be announced as the Sharks’ new head coach tomorrow, having agreed to a three-year deal. McLellan was assistant to Babcock the past three years.
McLellan flew to San Jose this weekend, and two days worth of interviews with general manager Doug Wilson went so well McLellan cancelled a meeting he had scheduled for later this week for the job in Atlanta.
Update 7:17pm ET: More from David Pollak at the Mercury News, who states that a press conference is scheduled tomorrow at 11am PT.
*hat-tip to Bill
From Wayne Scanlan at Canwest via the National Post,
Has Eugene invited me to Barbados lately?
That’s what head coaching candidates for the Ottawa Senators had to be asking themselves Wednesday upon hearing that Peter DeBoer of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kitchener Rangers was in Barbados meeting with Senators owner Eugene Melnyk.
Until then, Craig Hartsburg of the OHL’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds and former Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley were rated as having at least as good a chance as DeBoer.
A great overview of the Senators’ management and coaching issues this year.
From the AP via NHL.com,
The Washington Capitals are so confident that Alex Ovechkin will win the NHL’s MVP award that they’ve already scheduled a celebration party.
The Capitals, in fact, are in the hunt for a shelf-load of hardware at the league’s annual awards dinner Thursday night in Toronto. The team has a chance to become the first in NHL history to take home MVP, rookie and coach honors in the same year.
“I’m hoping to make history,” owner Ted Leonsis said Wednesday.
In more ways than one.
Update7:34pm ET: From Tarik El-Bashir at the Capitals Insider,
If Alex Ovechkin wins the Hart Trophy tomorrow in Toronto, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will present the all-star with a key to the city during a fan celebration in Washington on Friday.
More on Hiller from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog:
The Ducks on Wednesday announced the signing of backup goaltender Jonas Hiller to a two-year contract that will pay him $1.3 million each season.
Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings managed to talk to Marc Crawford today. A sample:
(on his future…) “I have talked a little bit with my wife and my family. The good thing is, I have two years left (on my contract) with the Kings. That gives me time to think. Having two years to do that is pretty good. You don’t have to rush in if the situation isn’t right. Quite truthfully, I want to be passionate about the next opportunity. I want to use my passion and give the team everything I have. A big reason that people are attracted to me is that I am passionate and I want to win. I want to make the right decision. If the right opportunity comes quickly, great, or if it takes a while, that’s OK too.”
read on for more
*Hammond’s interview with GM Dean Lombardi was linked—in all its parts—earlier today on KK.
From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail,
The Leafs do not expect to hire a new GM until the summer of 2009 because that is when the contracts of several of the top NHL general managers expire. Toronto sports lawyer Gord Kirke, who is one half of the search committee along with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie, said this will give the Leafs the best possible field from which to make a selection. In the meantime, Fletcher will run the hockey team.
“Most of the [GMs] at the top of our list are under contract,” Kirke said Wednesday of the Leafs’ list of candidates. “Our information is there are several, you might even say many, who are possibly coming off their contracts at the end of the coming season. There’s a pretty good free-agent market coming up.”
Noted by Ted Kulfan in his Detroit News blog:
In other news, Holland said Tomas Holmstrom is having surgery Wednesday morning for a sports hernia.
Holland estimates it’ll be six to eight weeks of recuperation, which will make Holmstrom ready for training camp.
More info at MLive.
From Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals Insider at the Washington Post:
Earlier today I asked majority owner Ted Leonsis about A.O.‘s new clothing line, which will be introduced tonight in Toronto.
Without any hesitation, Leonsis dropped this gem of a quote:
“I’ve asked Alex to save for me one pair of bright red pants, which I’m sure will have holes in it,” he said. “They’ll be low-slung bellbottoms. If he wins MVP and I can fit in them, I’ll wear them Friday night.”.
All due respect to Mr. Leonsis, I’m not sure I really need to see that…
via the CBC,
Peter Pocklington, who once sold Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings, held an online garage sale this week that netted the former Edmonton Oilers owner a cool $294,269 US.
The items included five Stanley Cup championship rings from the Oilers’ amazing run in the 1980s, plus three Edmonton Trappers title rings dating from when Pocklington owned the Pacific Coast League baseball team.
In addition, there were miniature replicas of the Stanley Cup and Clarence Campbell Bowl (Western Conference championship) trophies. A number of smaller items such as photographs were also up for bid.
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