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from the Detroit News,
A former NHL player and his brother were sentenced on Wednesday to one year in jail and three years of probation in connection with the attempted extortion of an Oakland County attorney.
John DePalma, 44, of Brownstown Township, and Lawrence “Larry” DePalma, 42, of Trenton, had pleaded no contest to the charge, which carries up to 20 years in prison….
“This was heinous ... evil ... not even a dog should have been treated like this,” Nichols told the DePalmas of their treatment of W. Bruce Knight, an attorney who had befriended and trusted the brothers.
Assistant Oakland County prosecuting attorney David Hutson said the DePalmas had coached Knight’s teenaged son in a hockey league and had offered to train him in Russia a few years ago—a trip that never happened.
Faced with financial problems, the DePalmas—both admitted substance abusers—concocted a story that the “Russian Mafia” was angry at Knight and unless he came up with $1 million, he and his family would be killed by “an assassin already on his way.”
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
This off-season Bouwmeester and the Panthers nearly went to arbitration, instead settling on a last-minute, one-year deal worth $4.8-million.
Once the contract is up, Bouwmeester is free to go play where he chooses.
“I think both sides were happy with it,” he said. “I wasn’t prepared to sign anything long term at this point. It was good not having to go to arbitration. I’ve done that once before and it’s not fun. It can leave a pretty bitter taste in everyone’s mouth.”...
“I know (free agency) is out there, but it’s not really a big deal,” he said.
“I just want to be in a place where everything fits, you’re happy and hopefully you can have some success.”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Surrounded by drug addicts, wife-beaters and other convicted felons, Mark Bell quietly picked up pieces of garbage out of the tall grass under the sweltering California summer sun.
It was, he admits, as far removed from the pampered lifestyle of the National Hockey League as you could get.
For 11 weeks this was Mark Bell’s life. Every morning, he would report to a California correctional facility to learn of that day’s assignment. It might be cleaning up litter. Or it could involve landscaping duties. Whatever dirty job he was assigned, he did it.
“It humbles you,” Bell said yesterday. “It gives you humility. More than anything else, that is probably the biggest change in me.”
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
In Tuesday’s column, I set out the parameters for ranking the Top 50 NHL players in terms of trade value.
After listing numbers 50 through 26 in the first installment, there’s little need for more preamble before getting right into the top 25.
Player: Miikka Kiprusoff
Team: Calgary Flames
Contract Expires: 2014
Salary Cap Hit: $5.833M
Comment: His numbers have declined every year he’s been in Calgary, but Kiprusoff has won 121 games over the last three seasons and is still in the upper echelon of NHL goaltenders.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
They speak a different language, hail from a different culture and employ different strategies on the ice, so maybe it’s no surprise that many North American hockey players say it can be challenging to figure out their Russian counterparts….
“I always found that the Russians were just a different breed,’’ said Predators broadcaster Terry Crisp, who coached Russian great Sergei Makarov while with the Calgary Flames. “I don’t know if you’d call it pride or what, but I found when I was coaching that if you piqued that pride, they’d get a little upset. I don’t think the skins of Russians are as thick as other guys.’‘
“He’s probably getting to the point where he’s just about ready to run his own team.”
-Ken Holland on Steve Yzerman in Sporting News Today (may require free registration)
“I wanted to prove to my dad that I could play in the NHL.”- Alex Delvecchio
from The Ace of Sports,
I interviewed Red Wings Hall-of-Famer Alex Delvecchio at his Birmingham-based business on Monday. I must first say that he was one of the nicest, most accommodating people I have ever met, and it was an amazing experience getting to interview him.
read on where you can listen to the interview.
from Jim Parker of the Windsor Star,
Holland said he spoke earlier this month with Pat Morris, who is McCarty’s agent, and told him to take the month to try and find a one-way deal with someone else.
“We’ll still have a two-way offer available at the start of September,” Holland said.
There are still a couple of other deals Holland has to work out. He expects to meet next week with veteran defenceman Chris Chelios, who has already stated he’ll be back another year. Restricted free agent defenceman Kyle Quincey also has to agree to terms.
“We’re going to have 27 or 29 players (signed) and only 23 on our roster,” Holland said. “We’ve got some tough decisions to make, but it’s a good situation to be in.”
more on the Wings…
from the New York Islanders,
Chris Dey was promoted to President of the New York Islanders, it was announced Wednesday by Islanders owner Charles Wang.
In his role as President, Dey will expand his responsibilities beyond Sales, Marketing and Event Operations…
“Chris has been the driving force behind the change that the business has undergone over the last year,” said Wang. “The promotion is well deserved and will enable him to do even more to improve the business – the way we service our fans, the impact we can have on amateur hockey on Long Island, the leadership we show in the community and more. I know Chris well enough that he will stop at nothing less in making the Islanders the model franchise in the NHL.”
from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,
No. 61 stands to be a huge X-factor player for the Sabres this season if he’s still on the roster, hard as that may be to believe. Shows there wasn’t a lot of interest in a guy making that kind of dough coming off a 10-goal season when he was minus-16. And Max just drove Lindy Ruff crazy at times with giveaways in the offensive zone.
Let’s assume for a second that Afinogenov is on the team come Oct. 10. He’s heading into a contract year so is it possible to think he could approach the 23-goal, plus-19 guy we saw two years ago? Or has that ship sailed?
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