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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
If Joe Sakic retires, the Avalanche would have a modest payroll.
The team also would be fortunate to win 25 games next season.
And Denver fans would be introduced to small-market hockey.
In fact, if you tend to be cynical, and my hand is up, it’s not ridiculous to wonder if Sakic’s procrastination is being so docilely and philosophically accepted in the hallways of the Pepsi Center because it sets up a win-win scenario in the eyes of the bean counters.
from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,
Raffi Torres needs a little time each morning for his surgically repaired right knee to “get loose,” and he’s anxiously awaiting Wednesday or Thursday, when he’ll skate for the first time in six months.
But Blue Jackets fans need not worry, said Torres, acquired in a July 1 trade with Edmonton for Gilbert Brule.
“When I’m healthy, I’m definitely going to let Columbus know when I’m on the ice,” Torres said. “I’m going to put it all on the line. People are going to know when I’m out there. That’s just how I play.
“I’ve had a couple of rough seasons that I’m not too happy about, so I’m looking for a fresh start.”
via Slap Shot at the NYT,
Sergei Brylin has signed a three-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg, the club’s coach, Barry Smith, said Monday night. Smith’s remarks were reported in the Russian daily Sport-Express.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It became too much about Ted; became too much about Ted Nolan-type players. Every team can use the prototypical Nolan overachiever, but no team can progress from the bottom half of the league when more limited hard-hat players get their ice time at the expense of young, raw talents in need of nurturing.
The Islanders cannot attract prime free agents. They won’t even listen. The Islanders have no other choice. They must build from within. They also can choose not to trade down out of the first five in the Entry Draft - and once upon a time could have chosen to keep Roberto Luongo and Zdeno Chara - but these are different matters.
Survival was part of the game…
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
The Islanders have become the team veteran players with nowhere else to play sign with. At the rate they are going, it will be years before they become a contender.
At least with Nolan behind the bench, they had a fighting chance.
There are plenty of quality coaches still walking the unemployment line – Pat Burns, Bob Hartley, Marc Crawford, Joel Quenneville and Paul Maurice amongst them – but even those guys will have to think long and hard before hitching their wagon to this mess.
As for Nolan? Don’t expect him to be out of work for too long. He is a proven winner, the kind of coach a team like, say, the Los Angeles Kings might want to hire as fast as humanly possible.
added 6:02pm, from Stan Fischler at Game On,
The Maven wholeheartedly endorses Tortorella. He won a Cup; he’s got charisma and he can work with a GM as he proved with Jay Feaster in Tampa Bay. Perhaps the Isles will do what Jacques Martin has done in Florida; opt for a younger, successful Junior type.
more on the Islanders…
added 6:17pm, from the blog of Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
After reading Greg Logan’s Newsday blog that said the Islanders had fired Ted Nolan, I grabbed my cell phone and called Bob Hartley. Logan pointed out that Hartley was close with Islanders GM Garth Snow. Bob coached Garth Snow in Cornwall during the 1994-95 season.
Hartley to the Islanders seems like a good fit, and I can’t help but wonder if Snow joined me in calling Hartley today. If he did, hopefully he had better luck than I did reaching him (Hey Bob, call me back). Snow could do a lot worse than the former Thrashers and Avalanche coach.
Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the team has obtained left-winger Ryan Hollweg from the New York Rangers. In exchange, the Rangers will receive Pittsburgh’s fifth-round pick in 2009 which was previously acquired by Toronto in the Hal Gill trade on February 26, 2008.
from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,
Holland said he spoke to Bill Zito, the agent for Valtteri Filppula, earlier today and “we’re still talking.”
“We’re exploring if we should do long-term or if it makes sense to do short-term and re-address it two years from now,” Holland said. “Unless things are completely off-kilter, I would anticipate negotiating a settlement” before the Aug. 1 arbitration hearing.”
Holland said he planned to talk to the agents for goaltender Jimmy Howard and defenseman Kyle Quincey tonight and said he made an offer to defenseman Jonathan Ericsson “a while back.”
more on the Wings…
from Lightning Strikes,
So much for the idea the Lightning lacked confidence in goaltender Mike Smith. Brian Lawton, the team’s vice president of hockey operations said Monday that the No. 1 job “is Mike’s job to lose,” and that the two-year, $4.4-million contract extension was a way “to instill some confidence in him. ... We wanted to eliminate any doubt where we stand. We are behind him 1,000 percent.”
St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed center Jay McClement to a one-year deal.
“We are excited to have Jay in our core group of young players,” said Davidson. “He will provide some stability and experience on the penalty kill and we are expecting his offensive numbers to improve with the more ice-time he gets.”
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