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Sean Avery worried about his contract? Of course not—he’s onto more pressing issues:
“We want to get it back to the point where girls don’t worry about what US Weekly says. It’s about expressing individual style and just wearing what’s cool. I’m totally consumed by fashion. We want to help them bring their individuality back.”
According to People magazine, Avery is forming a celebrity style business with a partner.
*hat-tip to Sam Weinman at Rangers Report
From Brian Compton at NHL.com,
“Hockey guys are really involved in the community,” Lecavalier said. “Before starting a foundation, I wanted to be established as an NHL player. After the (work stoppage), I said I’m starting a foundation. It wasn’t that easy. There’s a lot of work to do that I had no idea about it. I said ‘I’m starting tomorrow,’ but that’s not how it works. You have to choose what the project is going to be and go and see different people.”
Lecavalier, who is still recovering from shoulder surgery after posting 92 points during the 2007-08 season, was very much a part of the process of this new [Vincent Lecavalier Pediatric Cancer and Blood Disorder Center] from the beginning. He’ll even get to voice his opinion, although he said he will leave the final decisions to the experts.
From Jeff Gordon at STLtoday.com,
[Doug] Weight is looking to play another year and St. Louis has become home. Is there a fit here?
Maybe, maybe not. I recall that Weight was unhappy with how coach Andy Murray was using him last season, before his deal. Murray saw Weight as more of a role player at this late stage of his career, a designation that Weight resisted.
But if Doug did return to the Blues as a free agent, he would have to embrace a third- or fourth-line assignment if the lines fell that way.
more on the Blues summer priorities
All the news from Spector:
Thankfully we’ll know in about three weeks what Sundin will do, putting an end to months of speculation over his future. I still have my doubts that the Leafs will buyout Tucker but I am convinced Raycroft will be bought out. As for Redden, why would the Leafs want him?
From Pierre McGuire at Sports Illustrated,
The NHL got a dream finals this spring: Its biggest star, Sidney Crosby, facing the Red Wings, perhaps its most entertaining team. After getting essentially anonymous matchups in 2006 (Carolina-Edmonton) and ‘07 (Anaheim-Ottawa), the league can now hope (off the record, of course) for a Penguins-Wings rematch in 2009. Here’s a look at each team’s off-season challenges.
Red Wings: Though nine of last season’s regulars were 35 or older, don’t expect this deep team to drop off.
Plus SI’s Michael Farber reflects on the series and its fantastic finish.
From Ansar Khan at MLive,
“I think Jimmy Howard is very close, if not there, to playing in the NHL,” Holland said. “I’m guessing Ozzie can play 50 games, maybe more. The 20-30 games that Chris doesn’t play in a parity league, those are key points. The hardest thing is, we’re trying to continue to be a Cup contender. How do you move young people into your team at a key position?”
Even if the Red Wings anticipate Howard being the backup, they are likely to pursue a low-priced, experienced goalie, in the wake of Dominik Hasek’s retirement.
more on signing Brad Stuart, Mike Babcock, etc
From the Ottawa Sun,
As was first reported in the Sun on the weekend, Calgary Flames D Dion Phaneuf will be the main cover boy for Electronic Arts’ NHL 09 video game.
But the two-time all-star and 2007-08 Norris Trophy finalist won’t be getting the video game limelight all to himself.
Two countries will sell games with a player other than Phaneuf on the cover—one of them Sweden, where Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson draws the coveted cover spot. Capitals superstar Alex Ovechkin will be on boxes in Russia.
From George Richards of On Frozen Pond at the Miami Herald,
That said, I do think the Panthers and Jokinen will probably part ways in the coming weeks. I don’t think Olli and [Jacques Martin] like each other very much, and if JM was still the coach, Olli would probably have found himself somewhere else.
But know this: JM is not going to trade Olli away out of spite, is not going to settle on a deal just to make the deal. Certain other GMs of this franchise may have made up their mind to trade a fella, then made sure that was done.
JM is not that kind of a GM. Jacques Martin is patient to a fault, and is not going to be rushed into making a major deal like this without doing due diligence.
From Brian Biggane at the Palm Beach Post,
The Panthers announced their pricing schedule for the 2008-09 season Monday and, although the price of season tickets will remain largely unchanged, single-game seats for so-called “high-demand” games will carry a $25 surcharge.
“We’re doing it mostly to protect our season seat holders,” Chief Operating Officer Michael Yormark said. “We did it last year and didn’t get a lot of push back.”
Last year was the first year the Panthers implemented any surcharge, which is becoming a staple in the industry after it was introduced by Major League Baseball and brought to the NHL by the Buffalo Sabres a few years ago. Last year’s surcharge for Panthers games was $10.
Is this a smart move? Panthers home attendance for 2007-08 was 30th in the NHL at 80.2% capacity. But that being said, Biggane’s article also notes that their ticket prices are currently among the lowest in the NHL.
From Mike Knobler at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Waddell said he will begin interviewing three or four candidates later this week and that two of them will be [John] Anderson, coach of the Thrashers’ top minor-league affiliate, and [Brad] McCrimmon, the Thrashers’ associate coach. [Todd] McLellan, an assistant with the Detroit Red Wings, was in San Jose on Monday interviewing for the Sharks job and will interview for the Thrashers job, too, Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said.
“He’s one of several people we’ve reached out to talk to,” Waddell said of McLellan, but there’s no guarantee he’s one of the ones who will have a face-to-face interview.
A coach will be in place before the NHL draft June 20-21, Waddell said.
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