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from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
Convinced his client has been the victim of a “character assassination,” Marian Gaborik’s agent Ron Salcer on Wednesday denied a handful of contract numbers that have surfaced recently in newspapers and blogs.
Salcer specifically denied a New York Post report that Gaborik is asking the Wild for a 10-year, $100 million deal, and said he has not received offers of $85 million over 10 years, $90 million over 10 years or $70 million over 10 years.
“When and if they do get offered,” he said, “maybe something will happen.”
From the St. Louis Blues:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward D.J. King will undergo season ending shoulder surgery. King injured his shoulder in the Blues’ 6-1 win over Dallas on Oct. 16.
Update 6:47pm: Also from the Blues today, a note that they intend to wade into the same political quagmire that Philly just finished with. From the Blues’ press release—
Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and candidate for Vice President of the United States of America, will be the guest of the St. Louis Blues on Friday, Oct. 24, when she will drop a ceremonial pregame “first puck” prior to the Blues’ game vs. the visiting Los Angeles Kings.
Palin today confirmed that she will make the stop at Scottrade Center in St. Louis following a previous visit to Springfield, Mo., during her campaign trail in the state of Missouri.
“[Sean Avery is] making a fool of the game. He crosses the line all the time. He’s an idiot. And if the referees see him giving it to Brodeur like he did in the playoffs - yapping, yapping, yapping - it’s pre-meditated. Give him a penalty. You’ll end it right away. If not, I think one of the Devils should come to Brodeur’s aid. Drill him, punch him, make him fight. If he wants to be a yapper, make him fight.”
—Bob Clarke on Sean Avery.
More at TSN on Clarke’s appearance on Off the Record
from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,
Since this lovely rumor seems to have gained some traction among legitimate news organizations, I thought I would take the opportunity to talk about rumors in general and the ``Marian Gaborik might be coming to L.A.’’ rumor in specific. It’s rumors such as this one that tend to make my hair fall out in clumps.
Gaborik makes $6.3 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Those are two HUGE red flags that should indicate to anyone that he’s not coming to the Kings.
from the Tampa Bay Lightning,
Brian Lawton was elevated to the position of executive vice president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced today. Lawton was hired as the team’s vice president of hockey operations on June 25, 2008. He continues to oversee all aspects of the team’s hockey operations department, including player procurement and development and minor league affiliate relations.
Habs Inside/Out found this gem,
The fabled Montreal Forum Ghosts have a starring role in a new television commercial celebrating the Montreal Canadiens’ 100th anniversary.
The TV spot, created by Jet Films, features current Habs players in colour playing against the original teams, before NHL expansion, in black and white. The ad is supported by two different posters promoting the team’s centennial.
continued and watch the video below…
via the STAT WIZARDS at Elias Sports Bureau,
Tonight Devils-Stars game in New Jersey could feature a matchup of the two goaltenders with the most wins in the NHL over the last five seasons: Martin Brodeur (177) and Marty Turco (150).
Rounding out the top five in wins since the start of the 2003-04 season are Miikka Kiprusoff (147), Roberto Luongo (145) and Tomas Vokoun (129).
from Mike Brophy at Sportsnet,
Call me crazy, but for some reason I envisioned the No. 1 pick in the 2008 NHL entry draft doing just a little bit better in his initial big-league season. Further to that, I thought he’d be given more of a chance to succeed.
How the heck can a team that finished 30th last season, thereby earning the right to pick first (after winning the lottery, of course) justify mistreating its prized possession this way?
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Those who often lament the NHL becoming the “No Hitting League” – hey, I don’t see it either – should take guys like Rene Bourque and Alexandre Picard and slap them upside the head.
This is getting ridiculous. How do you expect to have hitting in the game when the player delivering a clean hit has to worry about being jumped and pummeled by some idiot who is hell-bent on revenge? No matter what you think about fighting in hockey, the increasing number of fights that come on the heels of clean hits are ridiculous.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
In Montreal, the Canadiens are the only other team in the Eastern Conference that hasn’t lost in regulation time (as of Wednesday morning) and much of the heavy lifting has been done by the line of Saku Koivu, newcomer Alex Tanguay and a slimmed-down Guillaume Latendresse. The trio has combined for 21 points, while last season’s most important player, Alexei Kovalev, is off to a relatively slow start with four points in six games.
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