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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the appointment of Steve Konowalchuk as assistant coach. In addition, the club announced that Adam Deadmarsh will serve as the team’s video/development coach.
The former Avalanche players join a coaching staff that includes head coach Joe Sacco and assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre.
“We’re very excited to add Steve and Adam to our staff,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “Both have a level of familiarity with the Avalanche organization, and we’re confident they will provide our club with the same passion and commitment they showed as players.”
from the Southwest Booster,
Dean Chynoweth just completed a press conference where he resigned as Head Coach and General Manager of the Swift Current Broncos to assume an assistant coaching position with the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders.
Chynoweth had one season remaining on his contract after the Broncos’ Board of Directors exercised a club option for the 2009-10 season following the Broncos’ elimination from the Western Hockey League playoffs.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
“This has been a pretty special life for all of us,” Mark said about himself, his brothers Murray and Marty, and sister Cathy. “Gordie says the only way he can give back to the game is to make himself available to the people who keep our sport alive. I don’t think there’s ever been an athlete who is more accessible to the fans. That’s his most enduring quality, the way he is with people. It’s not a phony thing—it’s all natural. He loves to be around people.
“I’ve noticed that after people meet my dad, they never talk about the hockey player, they talk about Gordie the person that they met.”
The Florida Panthers have breaking news on breaking news!
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added 12:05pm, Regarding the Panthers… via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
I hear it’s a player signing, just don’t know who yet. Hope to talk to Randy Sexton soon and get this thing straightened out.
added 12:16pm, via TSN ,
The Phoenix Coyotes may be in bankruptcy but they continue to do business.
Phoenix has traded centre Steven Reinprecht to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Stefan Meyer.
The Coyotes have also signed forward Petr Prucha to a two-year deal.
Reinprecht, meanwhile, has signed a three-year deal with the Panthers.
Not sure if this is the breaking news, the Panther’s Twitter has yet to be updated.
added 12:30pm, from the Florida Panthers,
SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the club has acquired the exclusive negotiating rights for the Phoenix Coyotes C Steve Reinprecht (REIGN-prehkt) in exchange for Florida Panthers prospect C Stefan Meyer. In addition, the club announced they have agreed to terms with Reinprecht on a three-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
added 12:40pm, One more thing, there is a rumor from a guy who just wants hits to his website that the Panthers have called a press conference. That is completely false, there is no press conference.
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and his family are planning to travel Sunday from Orange County to their off-season home in Cranbrook, British Columbia.
Sometime between then and next weekend’s NHL entry draft in Montreal, Niedermayer is expected to reveal his intentions for the coming season to Ducks general manager Bob Murray….
News from Niedermayer, of course, could be that he wants to continue to play, but is interested in entertaining offers from other teams.
“I haven’t thought a lot about that,” Niedermayer said. “First, I need to get to the spot where I’m going to play or I’m not going to play. Am I considering other possibilities? I definitely haven’t thought a lot about it. It’s been good here, and our family is comfortable here.”
Murray expects Niedermayer’s younger brother, checking-line right wing Rob Niedermayer, and defenseman Francois Beauchemin to explore free-agent options beginning July 1.
“I’ll get a chance to see if I can match (any offer to Beauchemin) after a couple of days,” Murray said.
more including Murray has had contract talks with James Wisniewski.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
I don’t think the Islanders are putting up a smokescreen. I believe their interest in Brampton center Matt Duchene is real. At the beginning of the season, I think he was considered a cut below the top two. But as the season progressed and Duchene combined with Cody Hodgson, last year’s No. 10 pick, to lead Brampton to the Ontario Hockey League finals before losing to Windsor, I sensed the stealth pick might be making a run up a lot of draft boards.
Suddenly, Duchene’s comparables became “Steve Yzerman” and “Joe Sakic.” While the critiques of Tavares focus on his one-dimensional play and less than stellar skating ability, Duchene now is portrayed as the “most complete” player in the draft….
My gut feeling is that the Islanders will pick Matt Duchene and worry about the fallout from the fans later.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Today is Make it Seven Day in Hamilton. Yesterday, was send a letter to Gary Bettman Day. We’re not certain, at this time, what tomorrow may bring.
We do know this much: Every day seems to be Annoy the National Hockey League Day for Jim Balsillie.
It’s as if he can’t help himself. The harder he pushes, the farther away the NHL gets from him, and by extension, from southern Ontario.
He may not know this because he may not know the NHL people all that well: But I can tell you with almost certainty that they hate him. More and more with each passing day, they hate his publicity stunts. They hate his overt public relations campaigns. They hate the way he disregards whatever may be going on around the NHL—like last night’s award show, for example—and continues in his bull-in-a-china-shop kind of way, blinded by everything but his own ego, hell-bent to bring a seventh NHL team to Hamilton.
When all of this first came out, Balsillie wants to buy the Yotes, I was leaning towards saying, ok, fine with me, but all the marketing spins he has come out with has completely turned me off. Not sure what he is trying to do, but it sure isn’t working for me.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
...But the issue isn’t whether the Canucks will collapse if they fail to sign the Sedins. The issue is whether they will be better positioned to win the Stanley Cup if they don’t sign the twins. That, after all, is supposed to be the goal here and, to that end, things become pretty clear.
If the recent history of the NHL has taught us anything, it’s that any attempt to assemble core players through free agency is a loser’s game. This was true in the pre-cap world when the Detroits, New Jerseys and Colorados were largely home-grown enterprises. It’s certainly true in the salary-cap world, where it’s a given that free agency represents the most inefficient, and dangerous, method of team-building.
Teams might be able to fill one or two holes in their lineups by dipping into the free-agent pool.
But no one in their right mind would try to sign their best players that way.
Most of us know some ot the NHL players participated in the PokerStars.net Charity Shootout on Wednesday in Las Vegas.
The winner was supposed to be kept a secret, since it will be shown on ESPN on a later date, but our very own commish broke the news on his radio show yesterday that Scott Hartnell won the event.
I also found this story on the Hartnell win this morning….
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