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Boughner Ready For Next Challenge

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

“I’m looking forward to a new challenge after winning two Memorial Cups,” Boughner said. “I’ve made no secret that my goal is to be a head coach in the NHL, and joining (Arniel’s) staff is going to make me a better coach.”

Boughner was majority owner, president and coach of the Windsor Spitfires, an Ontario Hockey League team that just won the Canadian junior title for a second straight year. It’s one of the most lucrative junior clubs in Canada.

He’ll maintain his ownership stake in the Spitfires, Boughner said, but he was drawn to the Blue Jackets on two levels.

First, by the young, energetic staff being compiled by Arniel. Boughner joins Brad Berry and Dan Hinote, giving the Blue Jackets a staff of four former NHL players. Arniel is the oldest, at 47.

Second, Boughner said, the proximity of Columbus to Windsor was the key.

“I don’t have to uproot my wife or my four kids,” Boughner said. “And if I need to get home on an off day, it’s not a big deal.”

read on

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Kings Can’t Attract That Top UFA

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

So the Kings have had to settle for third- and fourth-tier free agents. The exception was defenseman Rob Scuderi, who came here last summer mainly because they gave him more security and money—four years and $13.6 million—than anyone else.

The Kings targeted the smart and steady Martin but he signed with Pittsburgh for $25 million over five years. Mobile Dan Hamhuis was Plan B but he wanted to be close to home and signed with Vancouver.

It’s a chicken-and-egg dilemma for the Kings. They can’t attract elite free agents until they become a Cup contender, but they can’t become a contender until they lure players they haven’t developed—a productive winger, second-line center and fleet defenseman.

They will try to fill holes with prospects such as centers Brayden Schenn and Andrei Loktionov and defensemen Thomas Hickey, Viacheslav Voynov and Jake Muzzin. That’s a lot to ask.


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Evening Line

At least Probert’s life did not end like that of the enforcer John Kordic, who died after a fight with police in Quebec City. Compared to that, Probert’s demise was almost mercifully mundane. As was the case after the death of Mark (The Bird) Fidrych of the Detroit Tigers in 2009, Probert’s passing will bring the blur of nostalgia and sentimentality in the region. Fans in Detroit and Windsor will mourn Probert and their stories of him will flow like tears from eyes or blood from a cut or water of a river current moving away, so swift and strong and soon gone.

-Joe Lapointe of Fanhouse (I do believe Joe was a writer/columnist for the Detroit News).  More from Joe on Probert.

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31 Players Elect Salary Arbitration

from the NHLPA,

TORONTO (July 5, 2010) – Thirty-one players have elected Salary Arbitration:

The deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2010.

read on for the complete list..

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Remembering Bob Probert

The death of Bob Probert has gripped the Detroit area tonight.  The working class fans loved him and even though Probert had his problems, the fans always gave him another chance.

Reaction to his death follows…

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press,

What is a man? Is he the worst he’s ever done? If so, Bob Probert will be remembered for a night he dropped his pants at the Canadian border and a packet of cocaine fell out. He’ll be remembered for handcuffs, for jail, for alcoholism, for wrapping a Monte Carlo around a utility pole, for crashing a motorcycle with his bloodstream laced with substances, and for year after year single-handedly exhausting the patience of the Red Wings’ front office.

What is a man? Is he the best he’s ever done? If so, Bob Probert will be remembered for a good heart, a gentle soul, a giant’s body that on skates could do that rarest of combinations, speed, score and wallop. He’ll be remembered for the countless attempts he made at cleaning up instead of giving up, his loyalty to his teammates, his love for his kids, and his sincere desire, each time he said it, to get his life together and live out his days in peace.


from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

When Jim Devellano drafted Bob Probert in the third round of the 1983 draft, he told everyone that Probert would be to the Detroit Red Wings what Clark Gillies was to the New York Islanders.

“Clark Gillies is in the Hockey Hall of Fame,” Devellano said, “and Bob Probert could have been in the Hockey Hall of Fame.”


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Expansion Worked

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Gary Bettman’s primary motive for expanding the National Hockey League after taking over as commissioner in 1993 was selling the game to more Americans, which really meant tapping into U.S. corporate money. The NHL has added six teams during his tenure, and the league has grown in popularity and revenue.

Overall, the master plan has worked. Evidence can be found in the salary cap, which is tethered directly to revenue. Many were predicting a $6 million decrease for this season after the economy tanked, but the cap actually increased by about $2 million. Another indicator that hockey had made inroads, albeit slowly, is the NHL draft.

USA Hockey reports a record high 11 Americans were selected in the first round, one more than in 2007 and 2006. Twenty-one were picked in the first two rounds, matching the high set in 2007, and 59 over the seven rounds.


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Your Evening Kovalchuk Update

via Jay Grossman tweet,

Ilya Kovalchuk choices have been narrowed down, details to be finalized but no announcement tonight….

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Inside Hockey Feature On Bob Probert

A little over two years ago, Elliotte Friedman did a feature on Bob Probert.

If you watched it, you probably forgot about it so watch it again and if you didn’t see it, I recommend you watch it.

Direct link to CBC video.

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Prayers Go Out For Probert

via the Windsor Star,

Former NHL forward Bob Probert has been rushed to hospital after collapsing in a boat on Lake St. Clair Monday afternoon, AM800 CKLW is reporting.

Emergency crews performed CPR on the former Red Wings player on shore and transported the 45-year-old to Windsor Regional Hospital.

An OPP spokeswoman would not confirm the boating victim as Probert.

update 4:55pm, George Malik tweets,

CKLW says former Red Wing Bob Probert has died at 45 years of age.

added 5:08pm, via CKLW,

AM800 news has learned that former NHL star Bob Probert has died after efforts to revive him when he was rushed to a Windsor hospital with no vital signs.  Probert, a former Detroit Red Wing forward, was on a boat in Lake St. Clair when an emergency call was made.  EMS and fire met the boat and started CPR, but sources say Probert was not revived.

update 6:02pm, Probert was on his boat with his wife, children and in-laws.  Father-in-law performed CPR but could not revive Bob who had complained of chest pains just prior to collapsing.


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Taylor Hall Signs With Edmonton

from Oilers.com,

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with left-winger Taylor Hall on a three-year NHL entry level contract.


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