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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
The Toronto Maple Leafs today re-acquired their own much-travelled 2010 second-round pick from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for Toronto’s third-round pick in 2011 and a 2011 second-round pick that was previously acquired by Toronto from Calgary.
Why would the Leafs effectively pay a net price of a third-round pick to get a second-round pick in the 2010 draft instead of the 2011 draft?
Well, the move now gives Toronto their own first, second and third-round picks in the next NHL entry draft, which is the prerequisite for any team that would want to submit an offer sheet on a top restricted free agent player this summer.
from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
Q: You’re still without a contract, an unrestricted free agent. What’s the outlook for you heading into 2009-10?
A: I’m like a lot of guys around the league, waiting for that right opportunity. It’s frustrating, obviously. We’d like to be settled. We’d like to know where we’re going to be at this point, but there’s no sense rushing into situations.
Q: Do you have offers on the table right now?
A: There’s a lot of things that have to take place. Other moves that have to go down before they open up.
Q: Any regrets about not signing here when the Blue Jackets were talking to you in late June, before free agency?
A: We stressed over and over the fact that we wanted to be here. There were a lot of issues: that we were part of the community, that we had friends outside the game, that I knew my role in the dressing room and on the ice. Those things ... I don’t know how many times I said I wanted to be here. That part about it is frustrating….
more including some NHLPA talk…
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
Every time Luongo would have a game in which he wasn’t miraculous, out would come the usual charges that he’s never won anything, never committed to any organization, didn’t or might not like the city, wants to be dealt to Montreal or isn’t good enough.
Further, there is the Ken Holland strategy always lurking in the background whereby because Detroit has had the mainstay of their resources tied up in defenceman Nick Lidstrom, who is utterly dominant at his position, that a team might not be able to win with a goaltender being highly paid and the dominant player on a roster.
We’ll see how the Wings and this view of the world make out when Lidstrom retires.
And every time one of these skeletons would come out, it had to bother Luongo, who is sufficiently passionate about playing the game that he was named captain of the Canucks even though it was somewhat inconvenient for the team to do it.
from John McGourty of NHL.com,
Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Michalek, 26, led the NHL last season with 271 blocked shots, yet he played in all 82 games. In four seasons, he’s missed only seven games, all at the start of the 2007-08 season, with a broken hand. Michalek also is the average ice-time leader among the top 10 shotblockers with 22:46 minutes per game.
“I think that most of the players in the NHL play through bumps and bruises, it’s part of the game,” Michalek said. “I’ve been hurt and played through injuries. That’s the life of a hockey player.”
Michalek said shotblocking is instinctive and reactive, opportunities develop quickly and don’t lend themselves to analysis and preparation.
“Actually, it’s not too bad,” Michalek said. “I was lucky last season, nothing really hurt me and I didn’t break any bones. Of course, it hurts to get hit in a bad spot, but that’s part of hockey, a physical game. I’m guessing that I place my pads really well. I don’t know why for certain, but it may come from when I was young and my older brother and I played street hockey. I was the goalie and he was shooting at me.”
read on and a list of the top shot blockers in the game today…
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Veteran goaltender Dan Cloutier, out of hockey last season, will attend the Detroit Red Wings’ training camp (Sept. 13-15) on a tryout.
Cloutier, 33, who contacted the club and asked for the tryout, hasn’t played since appearing in nine games with the Los Angeles Kings in 2007-08. He has been bothered by a series of ailments, including a season-ending hip injury midway through 2006-07.
from Don Martin of CamWest Services via the National Post,
Canada’s six NHLteams are scrambling to find alternative travel arrangements south of the border after the U.S. Department of Transportation banned Air Canada’s charter fleet from flying between U.S. cities.
In a furious exchange with the Obama administration over the mid-August ruling, Canada has launched its own investigation and will soon close its skies to U.S. sports team charters in retaliation, warns Transport Minister John Baird.
The sticking point is an eight-year-old exemption that had allowed sports and celebrity charters to make several pit stops in American cities. Under existing open skies agreements, regular Canadian airline flights can only visit one U.S. city before returning.
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly warns the charter ban will create a complicated “patchwork” of travel that could “wreck havoc” with the oncoming hockey schedule, including early league games in Europe, as teams scramble to book flights under the new rules.
“It’s potentially a very significant impact,” Daly said Friday. “It’s crazy and very destabilizing to our business. We’re operating on a long-standing interpretation and for it to change overnight on the eve of our season is creating a huge problem for us.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners at the Mercury News,
Add Dan Hinote’s name to the list of players about to compete for a spot on the Sharks’ revamped third and fourth lines.
The initial phase of training camp gets under way at 2 p.m. Saturday — and, yes, I’m advised the session is open to the public — when rookies skate for the first time. Veterans won’t be out there until a week from Sunday and that’s when the 32-year-old Hinote will begin trying to make San Jose the third stop in his NHL career.
That was the word from a source at Sharks Ice today, though I couldn’t pin down whether Hinote would be coming with a contract in hand or as a tryout, an arrangement along the lines of Jeff Friesen’s unsuccessful effort a year ago.
ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Steve Eminger to a two-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
“Steve Eminger brings a physical presence to our blueline and is very capable offensively,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Being only 25 years old, we expect him to continue improving as a player and make a solid contribution this season.”
via Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
Rob Schremp has signed a one-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers, The Journal has learned.
Schremp’s new contract is a two-way deal, meaning Schremp will command $715,000 if he makes the NHL club, but less than $75,000 if he is sent down to the Oilers’ American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass.
It also means that Schremp will have to clear waivers if he’s sent down to the minors because he has now played three full seasons in the AHL.
“I’m going to start the season and we’ll see how things go, how I feel, if I make a decision halfway through the year or if I decide to wait until next summer, we’ll have to wait and see. I’m in no rush really to make a decision on how long I’m going to he playing or what I’m going to be doing after this season.’‘
-Nick Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings discussing his future in hockey. His contract expires at the end of this season. Quote is via Ansar Khan of Mlive.
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