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Fans of teams other than the Wings- What do you think of the Bertuzzi to the Wings, Part 2 edition?
DETROIT—The Red Wings announced today that the club has signed free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.
NHLPA head Paul Kelly discusses the NHLPA donation to the Goals & Dreams Program from USA Hockey Camp in Woodridge, IL.
from Gene Warner of the Buffalo News,
Hockey star Patrick Kane and his cousin are expected to avoid criminal charges in a plea deal being hammered out, after both men are expected to be indicted this week on misdemeanor criminal charges, law enforcement sources said Monday.
Those sources also said the most likely plea deal would involve the Kanes either pleading guilty to a violation — maybe harassment or disorderly conduct — or being granted an adjournment that could have the charges later dropped.
Neither of those scenarios likely would involve any jail time for the two cousins.
from NHL This Morning at NHL Home Ice,
Team USA hopeful Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs joined Scott Laughlin from the USA Olympic orientation camp in Chicago. Mike talked about representing his country and joining the Maple Leafs this off-season
from George James Malik of SnapShots at Mlive,
And then comes The Hockey News’s annual stupidity regarding the Red Wings as washed up, due for a fall, etc. etc.:
As usual, THN’s preview does as much feather-ruffling as anything else. If it were to make sensible predictions and not constantly predict a changing of the guard, they’d end a long, storied tradition of essentially cobbling together controversial suggestions for the sake of selling as many $10 yearbooks as humanly possible.
via Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,
Boy, Alex Tanguay must be one rotten guy. Not one NHL team wants him? Among those free agents still unsigned, the most interesting names are Maxim Afinogenov, Manny Malhotra, Taylor Pyatt, Francis Bouillon and Dennis Seidenberg. Fellows of some credentials with nowhere to go include Mike Comrie, Radek Bonk, Mike Peca, Robert Lang, Dominic Moore, Rob Niedermayer, Martin Skoula and Mathieu Schneider and Todd Bertuzzi.
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
The Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team wants no part of any Dany Heatley distraction.
That’s why Hockey Canada’s officials hope to talk to Heatley’s agents, J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpine, during the next day or two, asking the disgruntled Ottawa Senators star to clear the air before the Olympic team’s summer orientation camp opens Monday in his hometown of Calgary.
“We would obviously prefer to get this out of the way as quickly as possible,” André Brin, Hockey Canada’s manager of communications, said Monday. “We’ll see what happens over the next couple of days, but once the camp starts, we want to worry about the camp. At some point, (Heatley) has to be available.”
from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,
No, you can’t flip on HBO and watch “The Larry Sanders Show” while it’s still in its prime. Sorry, but O.J. Simpson is not on trial for double homicide. And you’ll be extremely disappointed if you turn on your radio and expect to hear “Gangsta’s Paradise” by Coolio in heavy rotation.
You can’t blame Devils fans for any of these transgressions, because for the past two offseasons, their favorite team has partied like it’s 1995.
Picture it—Newark, 2008. Lou Lamoriello gave free-agent contracts to Brian Rolston and Bobby Holik, two veterans who were fresh-faced kids on the Devils’ first Stanley Cup winner in 1995. Holik was a disappointment last season, and Rolston’s numbers were limited by a lingering high-ankle sprain.
Fast-forward to this offseason, and it’s like Lamoriello fired up the time machine again.
from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,
He spent six seasons with the Panthers, who were eventually forced to deal his negotiating rights to Calgary when it became apparent he wasn’t going to re-sign in Florida.
The Panthers were keen on keeping Bowmeester on their blue line, but his decision to leave was more than financially motivated. As was his desire to play in Calgary.
“It’s different, only because hockey is more of a focus here,” he said. “In Florida it’s sometimes a battle to get people out to the games and it’s something that’s not really natural down there.”
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
For now, after logging three NHL seasons, Kessel is waiting to see where his career path leads, along with his pay scale. He remains an unsigned restricted free agent, the sole Boston regular still not to have a deal in place with the season opener (Oct. 1) only six weeks on the horizon.
Kessel, noting the possibility that his next NHL game may not be with the Black and Gold, said he fully expects to have a new contract in place before the start of the season. And although he categorized his negotiations with Boston at a “stalemate,’’ he also said he was not disappointed by the talks between his agent, Wade Arnott, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.
“Because, obviously, it is a business, too, for [the Bruins],’’ he said. “It’s kind of like we are at a standstill and I don’t now what is going to happen, to tell you the truth. I think it can go either way at this point.’’
Asked how he would like to see it resolved, he said, “Obviously, you would like to stay, but you don’t know if it is going to work out in the end. My only thing is, you want it to go sooner [rather] than later . . . you know, if you are not going to be there, [or] if you are . . . it is easier on you [to know] where I am and where to go.’’
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