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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“The door is open,” Sather reported in an e-mail response to the Post’s inquiry regarding the status of the still-unsigned Brendan Shanahan. “However there are complications that need to be worked out.”
Now merely six days away from Rangers training camp medicals, it’s unclear what those complications might include beyond a contract negotiation that either hasn’t begun in earnest or is not going well.
from Cathy Boyd at the Londoner,
The enduring myth of the overnight success is as old as sport itself. Although a fortunate few have managed to thwart the odds, for most athletes – and more specifically young players trying to make the National Hockey League – the road to stardom is long and unusually arduous.
No one knows this better than London’s own Drew Doughty, a defenceman who was second pick overall in the 2008 NHL draft and the newest member of the Los Angeles Kings organization….
Only coffee beans could be more grounded than Drew and he has his family to thank for that. Drew’s parents, Connie and Paul, two of the most self-effacing people you would ever want to meet, are at the forefront of this success story.
The NHL draft is often viewed as a celebration of sorts, not just the players but their families too – a reminder of all the sacrifices made along the way, the tournament travel, the hotel stays, the expenses.
from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,
When negotiations conclude on a long-term contract extension for Carolina Hurricanes superstar center Eric Staal, a process that could end soon, there are two certainties about what that contract will look like.
One, it’s going to be for a ton of money, the most the Hurricanes have ever paid a single player. Two, it’s not going to be for any longer than seven years.
Not because the Canes don’t want Staal around any longer than that—clearly, they do—but because the NHL’s leaguewide insurance plan will only insure player contracts for seven years.
Beyond that, if the player gets hurt, the team is on the hook for the full amount of his contract.
from Wayne Fish of phillyBurbs,
Whether they want to admit it or not, the Flyers are about to make an important decision.
Within the next week, they will name a new captain, a designation more significant in hockey than any other sport.
The finalists appear to be fourth-year center Mike Richards and All-Star defenseman Kimmo Timonen. Defenseman Jason Smith held the post last year but he left as a free agent this past summer and will play for Ottawa in 2008-09.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
...But there were still concerns about Van Ryn’s play in his own end. He answered those concerns with a plus-15 season in 2005-06, only to be beset by wrist problems.
“The wrist problems are behind me,” he said. “It’s partly my fault because [in 2006-07] I kept playing because I wanted to try and help us get into the playoffs.”
Glancing down the Leafs’ roster brings a reflective smile to Van Ryn’s face. The road he has travelled in hockey has crossed paths with a handful of people in the Leafs’ organization. He played with Jamal Mayers in St. Louis. In Florida, he also skated with Joe Nieuwendyk, now Toronto’s special assistant to the general manager, and Niklas Hagman, who arrived in Toronto last night. Van Ryn also grew up in Western Ontario playing against Mark Bell and Boyd Devereaux.
“I feel comfortable here already,” Van Ryn said.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Time to send congratulations to Lightning owner Oren Koules, who is getting married Saturday to Toronto native and Los Angeles nightclub and restaurant owner Shereen Arazm.
picture via thechimp.net
from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,
Shawn Horcoff is under-rated no more in in his own hometown. The majority of Oilers fans have come to see the self-made player as an outstanding first liner, an all star, good enough to compete for a spot as a fourth line energy player on Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
There is no aspect of the game that Horcoff hasn’t mastered: shooting, passing, skating, checking, faceoffs, defensive zone coverage. And the numbers prove it, according to Oilers fans at least.
But others aren’t so sure.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Brendan Shanahan wants to play this season and he wants it to be with the New York Rangers. All that’s missing now is a contract.
The 39-year-old free agent has been skating with members of the Rangers over the past week but remains without a contract. There has been interest from other teams but Shanahan wants to re-sign with the Rangers.
“We’re continuing to have discussions with the Rangers with the hope of Brendan being able to play there,” Shanahan’s agent Rick Curran told ESPN.com on Tuesday evening. “Unless and until that changes we’re not interested in talking to anybody else right now.”
continued... and that should answer a few of the emails I have received from KK readers. All along I have said Rangers and not to pay any attention to the made-up rumors.
from Damien Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The agent for Mats Sundin confirmed Tuesday the Lightning has contacted him about perhaps signing the star free agent, if Sundin decides to play and if Tampa Bay is an appealing situation.
“That’s been essentially their message,” Calgary-based agent J.P. Barry said. “There have been a few teams lately who weren’t initially calling on a regular basis, but said, ‘Look, this is our team. We think this is a good team and, obviously, a player like Mats will make it a Stanley Cup team. So, if we’re someone you’d look at, we would try to find a way.’ “
Barry said Sundin will not talk about specific teams until he decides to play, and that may not come until October.
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.”
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