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from Dan Rosen at NHL.com,
Even though it’s listed as the last preseason game on the New York Rangers’ schedule and an exhibition game thrown into the middle of Metallurg Magnitogorsk’s regular season, to the Russian team’s general manager, the Victoria Cup is hardly just for show.
“If it is truly just an exhibition game, let’s put away the glorious name—the Victoria Cup,” Gennady Velichkin told NHL.com in an e-mail. “An ordinary exhibition game cannot have such a big name.”
from TSN and files from RDS,
On December 2, 1995, the hockey world changed for both Patrick Roy and the Montreal Canadiens in what was supposed to be another Saturday night game at The Forum.
At home to face the Detroit Red Wings, the Habs played their worst home game in franchise history, losing in a 12-1 blowout.
Roy was kept in goal by then head coach Mario Tremblay for the first nine goals, and the Forum fans jeered him when he made an easy save.
Embarrassed, Roy raised his hands in mock celebration.
continued and watch a video of the incident below (French)...
from Puck Daddy at Yahoo,
Absolute bombshell dropped by NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly on Bill Watters’s radio show yesterday up on 640am in Toronto (audio): That Alexander Radulov, the former Nashville Predators winger at the center of a very contentious dispute between the NHL and the KHL, wants to leave to leave the new Russian league only a few games into his career there.
from Kevin Mio at Habs Inside/Out,
Canadiens president Pierre Boivin has called a news conference for 3 p.m. today at the Bell Centre at which time he will announce that the Canadiens will retire No. 33 in honour of Patrick Roy as part of the team’s festivities celebrating its centennial season in 2008-09.
The Carolina Hurricanes have called a news conference for Thursday afternoon where they are expected to announce the signing of centre Eric Staal to a multi-year contract extension.
continued and we will update here when it becomes official.
Update 2:19pm ET (alanah): Deal announed. From the News Observer:
The Carolina Hurricanes and star center Eric Staal have signed a seven-year contract that will play the All-Star an average $8.25 million a year, the team announced today.
“This won’t change the way I play hockey. I play to win,” Staal said. “This won’t change my game. I’m a competititve guy. The numbers won’t be in my head. I’ll do my thing.
from the Calgary Flames,
The Calgary Flames hit the streets Wednesday to make special deliveries to some season ticket holders.
Calgary Flames CEO and President Ken King. head coach Mike Keenan and Flames players Dion Phaneuf, Robyn Regehr, Wayne Primeau, David Moss, Mike Cammalleri, Andre Roy, along with Flames alumni Jim Peplinski, personally delivered season tickets to Calgary Flames season ticket holders.
The Flames set out in different directions to visit Calgary residences and businesses as 20 lucky people had their ticket books delivered personally.
continued with pictures…
from Erik Erlendsson at Bolts Report,
Not knowing how long Kuba might be in town (he said he’s probably heading to Ottawa on Sunday), I figured I’d try to catch up with the soft-spoken Czech defenseman to get his thoughts on the trade and how everything went down….
This is what he had to say: “The way it was presented to me at the time, I knew even if I said no [to the trade] I wasn’t going to stay here on the team,’’ he said. “So it didn’t make any sense to say “no I’m going to stay’’ and then know I’m going somewhere else anyway.’’
This was one of those ear perk type moments when you start trying to read between the comments and begin to wonder, what does he mean by the way things were presented to him
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
Since pronouncing his mission statement at his now-famous opening press conference, Gillis hasn’t exactly dazzled this market with his offseason moves. Anyone who saw the Canucks play for more than a period last season was painfully aware the team needed to add two or three top-nine forwards to ease the burden on the twins.
His response? He exchanged Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison for Pavol Demitra and Steve Bernier, while virtually every team in the Western Conference improved themselves.
As a result, the twins are now as important to the Canucks as Roberto Luongo and, if you doubt that, consider what their lineup would look like without the Sedins.
Gillis might have had more ambitious plans this summer but, as the new season dawns, he’s left with one option.
from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
Reports Calgary Flames forward Marcus Nilson has signed to play with CSKA Moscow are “not correct,” according to his agent.
However, J.P. Barry said he and the two clubs are trying to work out a way for Nilson to play in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League.
“We’re exploring the possibility of him playing there,” Barry said yesterday. “We were hoping to do it quietly.”...
The Flames could have bought Nilson out of the final year of his two-year, US$2-million contract, but decided not to exercise that option. GM Darryl Sutter said the veterans would have to earn roster spots this season.
Still, it appears Nilson isn’t in the team’s plans, which is why Barry and the Flames are negotiating.
“It all started when Peter came on board,” Jacobs said. “It was a tough change because Harry (Sinden) had been the GM and led this organization and bringing Peter in, and subsequently Cam, it’s gone from an old organization to a young vibrant organization. And it needed it. I’m so proud to see the rejuvenation I’m seeing here. The sixth game (against Montreal) was very reminiscent of the old building. And the identity is very much like the identity of the old Bruins. It’s something we’re going to build on.”
-Boston Bruins Owner Jeremy Jacobs at the Bruins Town Hall Meeting last night. Read more about the Bruins at the Boston Herald.
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