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from the CP,
He feels at home in St. Louis now and is ready to assume a leadership role with a young Blues team that has parted ways with veterans Jamal Mayers, Mike Johnson, Ryan Johnson and Bryce Salvador since last season’s trade deadline.
“I’ve always felt comfortable in junior in (a leadership) role and in the minors after a couple years,” said (Brad) Boyes. “I think that I’m getting to that point now where I’ve learned from some great players and I’ve sat and watched a lot.
“We’ve got our leaders, our head guys, but there’s no reason why I can’t help out too.”
From George Richards at On Frozen Pond
The Panthers just called to tell me that defenseman Keith Ballard has signed a six-year contract extension. Ballard, the key part of the Olli Jokinen deal, was set to become a restricted free agent after the coming season.
from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog,
Carolina Hurricanes general Jim Rutherford said today that the team hoped to sign star forward Eric Staal to a long-term contract in the next week to 10 days.
Rutherford would not disclose the financial figures being discussed, but it is believed Staal could receive a seven- or eight-year contract that will pay him between $7 million and $10 million a year.
“We’re continuing to talk and have talked more of late,” Rutherford said. “I would expect us to get a deal done soon. We’re getting to the point we’re just trying to fine-tune it.”
via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Lombardi and Hextall made it clear at the GM breakfast that the Kings are still actively pursuing a veteran defenseman. From what I’m hearing, those talks could get particularly intense this week, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a deal get done.
The names? Anaheim’s Mathieu Schneider is one the Kings are seriously considering. Other names under consideration would be San Jose’s Kyle McLaren, Florida’s Karlis Skrastins, Nashville’s Greg de Vries, St. Louis’ Jay McKee and Pittsburgh’s Darryl Sydor.
added 6:44pm, This also from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
The Kings are still looking at a trade as their best option to add a defenseman, but should they shift their focus to the free-agent route, the names they’re looking at would include Jassen Cullimore, Bret Hedican, Keith Carney, Marek Malik and Nolan Pratt.
From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:
I also asked Nylander about all of the trade rumors (Vancouver, New York, New Jersey, etc.) that surfaced over the summer. He acknowledged that he heard them, but he said he’s not worried. And for good reason:
“I have a no move clause in my contract,” he said. “So it’s really up to me if I want to move. I want to stay here and I’m looking forward to the season. There’s lots of rumors about lots of players all the time.”
With NHL training camps getting under way next week, ESPN.com’s Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun answer these 10 Burning Questions as we count down to the Oct. 4 season opener:
Will there be a Stanley Cup hangover in Detroit?
Burnside: Yes. As good and deep as the Red Wings are, there is always a little hitch in the step of the defending Cup champions. Watch for Marian Hossa to take some time to fit into the Red Wings’ lineup, and there will be a ripple effect in terms of who gets power-play time and prime minutes among the team’s forwards with Hossa’s arrival.
LeBrun: No. Too much is being made about the post-lockout Cup-hangover effect. Carolina got hammered by injuries, and that’s why the Hurricanes plummeted after their Cup win in 2006. Anaheim began its title defense without its most important player, Scott Niedermayer, and top goal scorer, Teemu Selanne.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Eleven days until the Blue Jackets take the ice for the start of training camp in Nationwide Arena. The coming season is even more in focus now, so I got to thinking. It won’t surprise me if ...
—Kristian Huselius (No. 1 unit) and Jakub Voracek (No. 2) are on the point of the power play
—R.J. Umberger has 50-plus assists
—Raffi Torres isn’t his old self again until December or January
—the Blue Jackets trade a defenseman (or two) before the start of the regular season
from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,
Coming off a week that put me in a fighting mood, I figured it was a good time to have some fun and look at 10 of the NHL’s top pugilists.
Milan Lucic, Boston (13 fights in ’07-08)
He probably can’t throw with the heavyweights, but watching the young buck prior to concussion problems last season was still a true treat…oh, and he has the potential to develop into a top power forward, too.
continue for the other nine…
from Jim Boone at the Hockey News,
My fantasy hall of fame does not use the same selection criteria as the HHOF. My hall emphasizes players’ community contributions, longevity in the game and dedication to one team, as well as skill on the ice.
So, who are the charter members of my hall? The very first inductee would be Steve Yzerman. This guy is truly amazing. I won’t rant about all my memories of Stevie ‘Y’ and his generous spirit and amazing on-ice talent. I will, however, tell you a quick story about the size of this guy’s heart.
At a year-end beach party during the final days of my 11th grade in high school, a group of my friends were clowning around on a local Ottawa beach. An accident occurred and one of my peers was left paralyzed and wheelchair bound for his remaining days.
from The Hollywood Reporter,
New Line Cinema will presumably answer that question in a film about professional hockey player Sean Avery’s experiences as a summer intern at the fashion bible Vogue.
New Line, which is developing and will produce a big-screen account of his experiences in the fashion world and the relationships he made there, has hired Stan Chervin to write the screenplay. Contrafilms’ Beau Flynn and Tripp Vinson, who were behind New Line’s sleeper hit “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” will produce.
In other hockey related news from The Hollywood Reporter,
Julie Andrews has earned her wings.
The actress will join Dwayne Johnson and Ashley Judd in Fox’s family comedy “Tooth Fairy.”
The film centers on Derek Thompson (Johnson), a minor-league hockey player whose nickname is the Tooth Fairy because of his ability to knock out opposing players’ teeth. Judd plays his girlfriend.
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