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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Nik Antropov could go from a nobody to No. 1 centre in less than a year.
The 6-foot-6 Kazakh is aware of the Maple Leafs’ proposed training camp experiment, and though he’s not practising ceremonial faceoffs while Mats Sundin is still in the mix, Antropov won’t turn down the chance to be the first line’s engine.
“It would take a while to get used to playing there again,” Antropov said yesterday. “I heard from my friends last week that (general manager Cliff Fletcher and coach Ron Wilson) were talking about me at centre. We’ll see. A lot can happen in camp with the forward lines.”
from Terry Foster of the Detroit News,
Former Red Wing Dino Ciccarelli didn’t understand all the fuss generated after free-agent forward Marian Hossa turned down multiple-year contracts to sign for one year with the Red Wings. Ciccarelli thought the criticism continuing to ring out at Hossa for turning down $40 million in guaranteed money to be silly….
“When you play this game you want to be successful as a team and you want to be successful individually,” said Ciccarelli, who lives in Shelby Township. “He’s got the best of both worlds. I don’t know who would knock him. Why wouldn’t a player want to come here? How the hell can you knock the guy?”
In the story you will also find a reference to a TSN column, but it is not the TSN we know as hockey fans. This is the 2nd Detroit media reference to the story from the other TSN and I am beginning to wonder if they know the difference? Foster writes Canadian columnists have accused Hossa… but the TSN story he is pointing out is US based and not really known for their hockey coverage.
from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,
There is no questioning what Jason Smith brings.
The only question is what Smith has left to give.
A traded captain of the Edmonton Oilers just a year ago and not a serious consideration to return with the rising Philadelphia Flyers, Smith will have to prove he is still the top four type of defenceman that Bryan Murray believes he is bringing to the Ottawa Senators.
“I’m really excited about what this club can do,” (Brian) Campbell said. “The main thing for me was going to a place that loves hockey and sells out their building and wants to win. I think the [Hawks] organization has proven that.
“This town is going to embrace us. I can’t wait for that [and] I can’t wait to show my personality to my teammates … to the fans and the media and get the excitement going in the city for the Blackhawks.”
via Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune
from the Universal Cynic,
Where the bloody (expletive) is the puck-moving defenceman that the Senators desperately require? Things with Meszaros have yet to be settled, and do you really want to put all your eggs in that basket? Same goes for Brian Lee—he’s just a kid and can’t be expected to shoulder that load. The lack of a definitive defensive system in Ottawa already puts Lee at high risk for stunted development. They need someone who’s fully developed with the skills and mindset to pick up from Redden’s massive regression, and move the team forward (both literally and figuratively) at the blueline.
from David Pollak at Working the Corners,
Confirming that Christian Ehrhoff has signed a new contract that will pay him $9.3 million over the next three years, including $2.75 million in the 2008-09 season. The official announcement is expected tomorrow (today)....
The Sharks like to present their re-signings in mini-packages for some reason, so it doesn’t surprise me that the team hasn’t made anything official yet. When it does become official, expect it to be packaged with a new deal for Ryane Clowe.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s a tossup which team is in the worst position vis-a-vis the salary cap in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings or the Anaheim Ducks.
The Kings are $12 million below the $40-million floor and they have been non-players in the free-agent market. They do have some restricted free agents like Jarret Stoll and Patrick O’Sullivan to sign, but they might be forced to overpay just to meet the minimum.
The Ducks are one of four teams that are currently above the $56.3-million cap. They have overspent by $2.4 million and it can’t all be Kevin Lowe’s fault. Other teams over the cap are the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and the Calgary Flames.
more NHL topics…
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
This year, starting with this week in Wilmington, both natives of La Belle Province (Bergeron hails from Quebec City, Fernandez from Montreal) are hoping 2008-09 will be scripted in a different fashion.
“It’s obviously going to be a step-by-step kind of thing,” said Fernandez, who skated with Bergeron and Providence assistant coach Rob Murray for approximately an hour yesterday. “It’s been a long time. But I want to get in there. I need to get in there.”...
Bergeron has been symptom-free all summer and has been working out six times a week, mimicking the workouts he has gone through during previous offseasons.
“It does feel like routine,” Bergeron said. “I’ve been working out like this every summer since I’ve been playing pro. The only thing that’s different is that I started a little bit earlier.”
from Damian Cristodero of the St. Peterburg Times,
Ollie Kolzig said he seriously considered retiring after leaving the Capitals as an unrestricted free agent; that is, before the Lightning presented him with a situation that “made sense.”
Now the 38-year-old goaltender, with a one-year, $1.5-million contract, is talking about proving, “I can still be a dominant goalie in the NHL,” and that last season “was more an aberration than anything.”
continued plus Andre Roy and Chris Gratton will not be back with the Bolts…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Here’s a look at where the teams in the Western Conference stack up after a week of free agency, which has left the cupboard bare with the exception of a handful of players… Check out our Eastern Conference trends here.
Tallon overpaid for both; but if the emerging Hawks become a playoff team, it will be worth every penny to a long-floundering Original Six team around whom there is now a palpable buzz. Now the pressure is on everyone from Campbell to Huet to coach Denis Savard not to screw it all up. Trending: Up
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