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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
The contract extension was critical on many fronts. For once, it didn’t take the Sabres an hour to make minute rice. The deal was done 18 days after they were eligible to begin negotiations. There were no lowball offers, no botching of tentative agreements, no animosity, no jerking around a star player, no distractions.
It was a grand departure from business practices that led to Chris Drury and Daniel Briere bolting, Brian Campbell getting traded and the franchise landing on its ear. By golly, maybe they’ve finally learned their lesson.
Miller wanted to remain here. The Sabres showed they were committed to keeping him. Everybody’s satisfied.
According to the Team 1260 Radio in Edmonton, Lupul has agreed to terms on a four-year extension with the Philadelphia Flyers. An announcement is expected to be made on Monday.
Last season, Lupul scored 20 goals and added 26 assists for 46 points in 56 games with the Flyers. He added four goals and six assists in 17 playoff games.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that center Jonathan Toews will serve as the team’s captain during the 2008-09 regular season, making him the third-youngest player to earn that distinction in the history of the National Hockey League.
Toews (20 years, 79 days) joins Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier as the one of the youngest players in professional hockey to captain his club. Crosby assumed his role at 19 years and 297 days, while Lecavalier took on the captaincy for the Lightning at 19 years and 330 days.
“Jonathan deserves this honor, he is a tremendous individual and a wonderful leader on and off the ice,” General Manager Dale Tallon said. “He has experience in captaining teams from his World Junior appearances and guys follow his lead in our locker room.”
But as Katz settles in as the NHL’s newest owner, he would be wise to remember the immortal words of Groucho Marx who said, “I don’t care to belong to a club that accepts people like me as members.” The NHL is filled with scoundrels, cheats and liars, all led by a pint-sized czar, a former lawyer no less. Some NHL owners seem to live by another of Marx’s rules: The secret of life is honesty and fair dealing. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
-Andy Holloway of Canadian Business
via Ted’s Take,
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from the Vernon Morning Star,
Supported by an awesome top-four defensive core and forwards who are committed to blocking shots and picking up their checks, Osgood noted one major difference from the ‘97 team he backstopped.
“They’re both great teams. Our team this year was just a tenacious team. We never really get rattled anymore. We played our game-plan and our style of play. This team could win games in different ways than other teams did. We could win in the trenches, 2-1 games, a tough, ugly game that we couldn’t before.
“That’s the difference. We were able to win the ugly games and the physical in-the-trenches games like maybe before we couldn’t. That’s why we won, we were capable of winning any way the other team wanted to play.”
more from Osgood as he prepares for a Cup visit next week…
“The Vancouver offer and the time that Mike (Gillis) has spent with Mats is important,” Barry told TSN. “But ultimately Mats has to decide to play and that is the first step here.”
via TSN where you can read more about Sundin…
People had him being traded and signing with a team after the first day of this year’s NHL Draft, but as you can read, he is still undecided if he even wants to play.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have agreed to terms with head coach Michel Therrien on a new three-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
The contract covers the 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.
“Michel has done a tremendous job with our team over the past two-and-a-half seasons, developing our young players while leading us to division and conference championships and the Stanley Cup finals,” Shero said. “He had one year remaining on his previous contract, and we could have simply talked about an extension. But we thought that, based on the success we’ve had together, it was time to negotiate a new deal, starting with an increase in compensation for the 2008-09 season.”
“I’m excited to have a new three-year contract with the Penguins and am looking forward to continued success here in Pittsburgh,” Therrien said. “It is a great hockey city with an outstanding fan base. All of our players comment on how much they love playing in Pittsburgh, and I can tell you that our coaches love coaching in Pittsburgh.
“We still have a lot of work to do, though, because we fell short of our biggest goal last season. Our goal is, and always will be, to win the Stanley Cup.”
added 3:48pm, More on the Therrien extension at Empty Netters plus an update on the ‘Student Rush’ tickets.
from Lord Stanley’s Blog,
When the Hurricanes take on the Red Wings in the second home game of the season, there’s a good chance only one team will be in red.
The Canes hope to unveil their new, NHL-approved alternate jerseys — expected to be black with the team’s secondary, waving-flag logo on the chest — at the Caniac Carnival in September and could wear them on the ice as early as Oct. 13 against Detroit.
from John Kreiser of NHL.com,
Here’s a look at some of the more interesting numbers for the upcoming season:
0 — Games scheduled on Oct. 26, the only non-holiday or All Star-related date in the season on which there are no games scheduled.
1 — Games on Feb. 23 (San Jose at Dallas) and March 2 (Colorado at New York Islanders) — the only dates on which only one game is scheduled.
2 — Games on Nov. 28, when the United States celebrates Thanksgiving — and neither involves a U.S.-based team.
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