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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
...But the ensuing three weeks got to be so frenzied, so hectic, so exhausting, it’s amazing Lawton’s wavy brown mane hasn’t frizzled as if he actually was struck by a lightning bolt.
“It’s been kind of like the movie ‘Gladiator,’,” said the 43-year-old Lawton, reached in his office just before midnight earlier this week. “The gates open, and you’ve got to be ready for anything and make sure you’re not killed.”
In fact, Lawton has been the one doing the trampling. Since his June 25 hiring by owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie, the NHL’s biggest daily headlines typically come out of Florida’s Gulf Coast.
from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal via the National Post,
By design or not, the Oilers front-office begins to resemble the gold standard, that of the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings.
In Detroit, single owner Mike Ilitch has an all-star hockey department, led by GM Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill, vice-president and GM-in-training Steve Yzerman, with longtime hockey man Jim Devellano in the mix as senior vice-president.
Ilitch also has a shelf full of recent Stanley Cups.
In urging Lowe to beef up the hockey operations side, Katz is demonstrating he will do what is required to try to make that happen in Edmonton again.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
With the depth of talent in the NHL’s 2008 unrestricted free agent pool pretty much tapped, now seems as good a time as any for a look ahead at key players currently eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.
This article will analyze the key UFA players of 15 NHL teams (ranked alphabetically). We’ll look at the other 15 clubs in the next article.
D Francois Beauchemin, C Brendan Morrison, D Scott Niedermayer, C Samuel Pahlsson, D Mathieu Schneider
Schneider is expected to be traded, perhaps prior to the start of the upcoming season and Niedermayer could retire next summer.
“When he got to Detroit, we had a lot of talented players,” said Red Wings GM Ken Holland. “He took us from being a talented team to being a championship team. He got (Slava) Fetisov and (Igor) Larionov to come here and he put The Russian Five (Sergei Fedorov, Larionov, Slava Kozlov, Fetisov and Vladimir Konstantinov) together. He’s the one who transformed Steve Yzerman from a great offensive player to a great two-way player.”
more on Bowman from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News...
One of my favorite Scotty moments while with the Wings.
From Rory Boylen at The Hockey News:
Here are a few generalizations I take exception to and write off as storytelling myth.
1. The Detroit Red Wings win with the neutral zone trap
Bogus. There is a rather large difference between the trap and a puck possession style of game, but it’s really easy to explain: For one you don’t have the puck; the other, you do.
read on for more myth-busting from Boylen
From the Edmonton Oilers:
Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe will be announcing important changes to the Edmonton Oilers Hockey Operations Department at 11:30 p.m. MDT. Follow the link below to listen to the press conference LIVE via 630 CHED and check back for reaction, including audio, video and exclusive interviews.
The press conference can be heard live at this link at 1:30pm ET.
Update 1:36pm ET: From the Oilers’ announcement—
Kevin Lowe will be the new President of Hockey Operations.
New General Manager, Steve Tambellini
New Assistant General Manager, Kevin Prendergast
More at the Oilers website.
Watch Mike Babcock as he hosts the Stanley Cup and in case you missed part 1, it can be viewed here.
View part 2 below…
From Steve Zipay at Blue Notes in Newsday:
Thirty-six-year old Czech center Petr Nedved, who played 478 games with the Rangers in three stints between 1992-93 and 2003-04, is coming to training camp to try to land a job.
“He has spoken with Tom and Glen and passed up some other offers in Europe, wanting to come to camp with the opportunity to earn a job here,” a Rangers spokesman confirmed a few moments ago. “There is no commitment on our end.”
From Sabina Lam at The Hockey News,
Jim Kyte was like any other tough guy in the NHL – big, tough and intimidating – except for one thing; he was legally deaf.
When Kyte entered the league in 1982-83, he became the first legally deaf player to suit up in the NHL. He was also the first player to wear hearing aids while playing and required a special helmet to protect them.
Kyte was born with perfect hearing, but discovered he was hearing impaired when he was three years old because of a hereditary hearing deficiency that cause his audio nerve to degenerate.
from a press release by the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks will introduce Scotty Bowman as Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations at a 3pm ET press conference today.
added 1:01pm, The Blackhawks will be streaming the press conference today.. I have pointed you to their homepage where you can get more information.
added 2:36pm, Scotty Bowman, more than anyone in hockey today, embodies the traits we are integrating into this organization in order to bring a Stanley Cup to Chicago. He symbolizes excellence, performance, work ethic and delivering results. So do we,” said W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz, Chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks.
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