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from Brad Oswald of the Winnipeg Free Press,
U.S. cable’s pre-eminent sports network, ESPN, is marking its 30th anniversary later this year with an ambitious and fascinating documentary series, 30 for 30, that will see a very interesting and unusual collection of directors—some Academy-Award winners, some first-time film-makers—contributing docs that explore some of the most important (but, in some cases, unexpected) sports stories of the past three decades….
Football-inclined film-maker Peter Berg (the guy behind both the big-screen and TV-series versions of Friday Night Lights) is making a documentary that’s simply titled #99—despite his gridiron inclinations, it turns out that Berg has always been a big hockey fan, and he has chosen to make a film about the impact of the 1988 trade that made Wayne Gretzky a member of the Los Angeles Kings.
Berg was an L.A. resident and a huge Kings fan when the trade happened, and he readily admits that the news of the trade rocked his world in the most dizzyingly positive of ways.
Greats from the Chicago Blackhawks, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and Denis Savard in a Chicago furniture TV ad.
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,
With about six weeks left before National Hockey League training camps open, dozens of players are still looking for jobs. Their agents are busy these days, sending out résumés and calling general managers.
Some players will be lucky, but many won’t.
It is part of the price they paid to end the season-long, 2004-05 lockout. Of course, it wasn’t clear initially this would be a byproduct of the new collective bargaining agreement.
But the introduction of the salary cap, which was NHL commissioner Bettman’s price for peace, ultimately brought with it a vicious, mid-summer scramble for jobs.
Those left without work after teams reached the salary-cap limit would be out of luck, like the loser in a real-life game of musical chairs.
“Even toward the end of her beautiful life she would constantly ask about other people. Made sure they were tended to and taken care of, even though she was the one lying in the bed, more or less fighting for her life. Fight she did. My mother was no quitter. A courageous lady filled with deep faith and optimism ...
“She left this world with peace and dignity, which was the way she lived it.”
-Nick Foligno of the Ottawa Senators. More on Nick’s mother Janis and coverage of the funeral from the Sudbury Star.
from NHL.com, This is the first installment of our 30 Teams in 30 Days feature, focusing on the Anaheim Ducks franchise.
from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,
Seven playoff series victories – including four in their 2007 Stanley Cup title run – in the last four seasons are tied for second-most in the NHL. Only Pittsburgh and Detroit, the last two champions, can claim such postseason dominance.
Yet, when it comes to rattling off the names of the League’s top teams, the Ducks aren’t often among the first few mentioned.
“I don’t think we’re a name that jumps to mind but I think we’re a name when people think about it a bit, we’d better include Anaheim,” said Bob Murray, the club’s executive vice president and general manager. “I think we’re in that second tier, the type of team that nobody wanted to play in the playoffs. But I don’t think we’re the first name on anybody’s tongue.”
from Dave Pollak of the Mercury News,
I reached Devellano on Thursday and he pretty much re-created the Las Vegas conversation he said he had in late June with Wilson and Sharks CEO Greg Jamison.
“We were at the NHL awards and had a drink together,” Devellano said. “I initiated it.”
Devellano said he advised Wilson and Jamison to resist the temptation to break up the team.
“Just tweak it,” Devellano said he told the Sharks brass. “You’re a team that‘s been pretty successful over the years. Maybe there’s a player that can’t get it done, but the one thing you can’t afford to do is just break it up completely. My advice is just to hang tough. See if you can’t add a player here or there. You might have to eliminate a guy. But don’t break it up.”
more from Devellano and Sharks talk too..
from Chris Johnston of the CP via the Globe and Mail,
The Dany Heatley situation took another strange twist Friday with Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini publicly announcing he’s no longer interested in the disgruntled Ottawa Senators sniper.
This may be a first, a GM gathering the media to say he is NOT interested in a player. Yes, we all know the story, but why bring it back into the limelight? I would have just moved on and let the story die.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
Though word leaked out this week that Detroit had offered former Wing Jason Williams a one-year deal, neither party seems in a rush to consummate the reunion.
Williams hasn’t gotten back to Detroit about a decision while he checks out the market and the Wings are looking elsewhere in the meantime.
“We made him an offer for one-year awhile back,” Holland said. “It’s in his court now.
more on the Wings and Williams used basically the same quote as Holland a few days ago, ‘The ball is now in the Wings court”, so I guess the ball is somewhere at mid-court with no one touching it.
from Chris Kruc of the Chicago Tribune,
“The Blackhawks vehemently dispute any implication the team has in any way violated the collective bargaining agreement or had any intention whatsoever to circumvent the salary cap,” a Hawks team spokesman said Friday. “The contract is legitimate and approved by the NHL. We are confident the NHL will conclude that there is absolutely no evidence the Blackhawks intended to circumvent the salary cap.”...
The National Hockey League Players’ Association is not involved in the investigation but NHLPA Director Paul Kelly said in an e-mail Friday that it will fight to allow players to sign such contracts.
“The NHLPA will take whatever steps are necessary to insure that players continue to have the unfettered ability to negotiate contracts that are compliant with existing CBA rules,” Kelly wrote.
“The other day I told my wife that I still can’t believe that I’m preparing to run a camp for a team in New York City. I love the people, the building, the pressure of it all. It’s the NEW YORK RANGERS; AN ORIGINAL SIX TEAM IN THE WORLD’S BIGGEST VENUE. For me, coaching this team is a privilege!”
-Rangers coach John Tortorella. Much more on ‘Torts’ from Stan Fishcler of Game On.
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