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from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,
Is peace breaking out between the K.H.L. and N.H.L.?
In his first public statement on the international dispute over Detroit forward Jiří Hudler, K.H.L. president Alexander Medvedev sounded a conciliatory note, saying on Thursday that the Russian league would wait for an N.H.L. arbitrator’s decision on Hudler’s status with the Red Wings before registering the contract the player signed with Dinamo Moscow.
added 6:21pm, from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Holland said he spoke to Hudler’s agent today and the two sides plan to continue to talk over the next two weeks.
While Hudler’s actions suggest he no longer wants to play for the Wings, Holland said he would welcome him back into the fold and there would not be any animosity from management nor players toward Hudler.
“Jiri has tremendous respect for his teammates and the organization,” Holland said. “He was made an offer that, at this stage in his financial career, he couldn’t pass up. I don’t think it had anything to do with the hockey aspect. He was made a financial offer he couldn’t pass up.”
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed first-round draft choice Matt Duchene to a three-year, entry-level contract.
“Matt is an integral part of our future,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “He is a very skilled, two-way player with a strong work ethic and great character. We’re excited to have him under contract and look forward to him participating in training camp this fall.”
Atlanta, GA - The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Kari Lehtonen, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed left wing Lauri Korpikoski to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
By asking a question of ousted Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon in today’s press conference I felt as if I was participating in more torture of a good man.
Probably every writer on the call, and presumably Tallon himself, believes he was unfairly relieved of duty on Tuesday when he was re-assigned to an advisor’s role. For the past 24 hours, the buzz around the league has been predominantly pro-Tallon.
Perhaps Tallon could have been a better communicator, and certainly he should have had his paperwork together on his restricted agents. But neither of those are offenses that should carry the penalty of dismissal, particularly in light of the fact that Tallon has pieced together the most exciting team that Blackhawks have had in many, many years.
added 6:39pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Tallon characterized his conversation with McDonough as “cordial” and noted: “He wanted to take the team in a different direction and I was fine with it. Though my position has changed, my goal has not – all I want to do is help win the Stanley Cup; and I can continue to do that for the next three years. That brings me up to 2012.
“The discussion was cordial, businesslike and we agreed this was best for the franchise.”
from the CP via TSN,
The San Jose Sharks have signed center Scott Nichol, adding veteran depth to their changing lineup.
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NEW YORK (July 15, 2009) – Joe Sakic’s sweater number 19 ascends to the Pepsi Center rafters on Opening Night of a 2009-10 NHL season that commences with four clubs starting their schedules in Europe, soars on New Year’s Day with the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers facing off in Fenway Park in the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL Winter Classic and takes a break in February so that the world’s greatest hockey players can represent their countries at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.
The retirement of Sakic’s number by the Colorado Avalanche will precede the Colorado-San Jose game in Denver on Oct. 1 that is one of four on the first night of the NHL’s 2009-10 calendar.
The next night, captain Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg return to their native Sweden to lead the Detroit Red Wings against the St. Louis Blues in the two-game NHL Premiere-Stockholm 2009 that is set for Oct. 2 and 3. The same two nights in Finland, the Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers will square off in NHL Premiere-Helsinki.
note, make sure you keep reading, some interesting tidbits…
MONTREAL – Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of forward Guillaume Latendresse to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. As per club policy, financial terms of the agreements were not disclosed.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
...You’d expect, then, that the NHL would have finally gotten around to inviting Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals to perform on such a stage wouldn’t you?
Instead, the NHL and broadcast partner NBC have settled on the Philadelphia Flyers, a compromise decision according to multiple sources.
No offense to Simon Gagne, new Flyer Chris Pronger and repatriated bad-boy netminder Ray Emery, but the decision to have the Flyers face off against the Bruins, announced at a press conference in Boston Wednesday afternoon, is a decision that simply flies in the face of logic.
If the point of the Winter Classic is to showcase the game’s greatest talents on a grand and unusual stage, to appeal to an audience that might not otherwise tune in to NHL games, then it behooves the NHL to do it right. It behooves the NHL not to compromise on a product that has proven to achieve those lofty goals.
NEW YORK (July 15, 2009) – The National Hockey League’s annual outdoor game will return on New Year’s Day with the Boston Bruins hosting the Philadelphia Flyers at Fenway Park—home of the Boston Red Sox—in the 2010 Bridgestone/NHL Winter ClassicTM. The Eastern Conference rivals will face-off at 1 p.m., ET in the classic, which received the SportsBusiness Journal “Sports Event of the Year” award for its inaugural edition in 2008.
“A unique event deserves a unique venue, and we are delighted the Bruins and Flyers will renew their rivalry with the ‘Green Monster’ providing the backdrop,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We welcome our fans, our teams, our sponsors and the great city of Boston to this annual celebration of our sport.”
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