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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins were hopeful that Carl Soderberg, whom they obtained in last summer’s swap with St. Louis for Hannu Toivonen, also would be part of the forward mix. But the 6-foot-3-inch, 200-pound center notified Chiarelli some 10 days ago that he has opted to remain in Sweden for one more season. A few months earlier, Soderberg said he would be here in September, and was willing to assume the risk that he could be assigned to Providence.
“It’s disappointing, but we had a good talk,” said Chiarelli. “At least he was persuasive in what he said - he doesn’t want to come to North America and be a marginal player. ‘When I get there, I want to contribute,’ is what he told me.
“And, hey, the fact is, he is only 22 - the age of maybe a college senior - and it wasn’t until the playoffs over there last year that he really had his game going. He wants that one more year over there.”
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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
As usual, there are more questions than answers before training camp, even more so this fall because head coach Craig MacTavish has a healthy lineup and only so many roster spots.
Here are 11 scenarios to ponder:
Q: Will left winger Dustin Penner be shuttled off the No. 1 line with the arrival of Erik Cole from the Carolina Hurricanes for defenceman Joni Pitkanen?
A: Possibly. Penner led the Oilers with 23 goals last year, but only 10 came even-strength, which has to improve. Cole, who turns 30 in November, has more of a pedigree as a scorer and is faster, plus he can be a nasty piece of business when he wants to go to the net. Penner was much better as the season wore on at a lighter weight than the 245 pounds he brought into camp last year. But he still might wind up on the third line.
Also from Matheson,
Sources say former Edmonton Oilers tough guy Marty McSorley is in the running to replace Ray Ferraro on the team’s SportsNet broadcasts.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Free-agent center Mats Sundin has declared his interest in playing for the Rangers this season, well-connected sources have told The Post.
J.P. Barry, who represents the elite, 37-year-old former Toronto pivot, has been in constant communication with Rangers front-office personnel this week, The Post has learned, though the conversations have not reached the stage of a contract negotiation.
There have been no numbers exchanged between Sundin and the Rangers, who have approximately $2 million of cap space to spend on the 2008-09 roster.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Marian Gaborik doesn’t need to play in another city to be among the top scorers in the NHL.
That was the message Wild management delivered to Gaborik during a four-hour dinner meeting last week in Trencin, Slovakia—the first step in a journey the Wild hopes ends in a long-term extension to Gaborik’s contract before next season….
“We showed him a lot more info than any player has ever seen before—how we scout, how we measure players statistically,” Lynn said. “We also listened to his opinions.
“We just talked about the team, how we operate and where we are going, and then his performance and place in the future. So I would say it was a good meeting in that (a) it happened, and (b) Marian had good input, observations and understanding.”
I do hope you are not falling for all of the Gaborik trade talk these days. Just a little bit of advice, it is all made up, trying to attract people to visit a website, you know, for the ‘hits’.
from Ken Berger of Newsday,
Speculation has been simmering for weeks that the Dolan family business, Cablevision, might be willing to sell Madison Square Garden, the Knicks, and Rangers, as a way to placate shareholders and investors unhappy with the company’s flagging stock price. Knicks fans, unhappy with Dolan for reasons related to his flat-lining basketball team, no doubt rejoiced upon hearing the news.
Not so fast, though. Dolan’s gesture to investors—allowing them to voice concerns during a “listening tour” last week—seems to have been little more than a head fake. People knowledgeable about MSG in particular, and the sale of sports franchises in general, tell Newsday that it’s premature to run out onto Seventh Avenue traffic and celebrate Dolan’s departure from the Garden of Ills.
“I would say the most likely buyer is probably some group headed by Jim Dolan, personally, because Jim seems to get a lot of pleasure out of those particular assets,” an expert in the field of sports and media transactions told Newsday.
For the last three years, I’ve lived in Prague during the offseason. I consider it to be the most beautiful city in the world, and hockey is the most popular sport here. The best part about having the summers off is that I can see my family and spend quality time with my wife, driving through Prague to enjoy the sights.
On a typical day during the offseason, I get up at 7:30 a.m. and eat some breakfast before I workout. This summer, I’ve been training with Martin Havlat of the Blackhawks and Roman Hamrlik of the Canadiens.
After lunch, I get in another workout that can include the bikes, or other sports like tennis, squash or soccer. I have dinner with my wife, and before I know it, the days are usually over.
read on for the answer…
from Contact Music,
Actress/singer Hilary Duff has sparked rumours she’s taking her relationship with hockey star Mike Comrie to the next level, after she was snapped wearing a ring on her wedding finger.
The 20-year-old star was spotted leaving Hollywood’s Il Sole restaurant with National Hockey League (NHL) star Comrie on Friday night (15Aug08) when she flashed her left hand to reveal a ring.
more with pics…
from the Lansing State Journal,
“It’s a great to be back on the ice and it’s a good week to go through organized practices that help all of us get ready for training camp,’’ said former Spartan captain Shawn Horcoff, who recently signed a five-year contract extension with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.
“Plus, it’s great to see all the guys, relive old stories and to get to know the new players. We’re all Spartans and part of a great family.’‘...
Other players at the camp included goaltender Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, forwards Adam Hall (Tampa Bay), Jim Slater (Atlanta), David Booth (Florida), Drew Miller (Anaheim), and Justin Abdelkader (Detroit), defensemen Mike Weaver (St. Louis) and Andrew Hutchinson (Tampa Bay)....
Ryan Miller is entering his seventh season as a pro and fourth with the Sabres. He recently signed a five-year extension with the Sabres, ending speculation he might let his contract expire and test the market as an unrestricted free agent.
“This week has been challenging because it’s our first real tests five days in a row and two hours on the ice,’’ said Miller, 28, who still makes his offseason home in East Lansing. “With regimented drills, you can focus a little more - for me, on my balance….”
Craig Custance takes a look at Glen Wesley, Carolina’s new Director of Defensemen Development, at Sporting News Today.
The Hurricanes are building on tradition and are following the example set by Compuware youth hockey, started by owner Peter Karmanos.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
(Ryan) Whitney, whose point total dropped from 59 in 2006-07 to 40 last season, underwent surgery to correct a left-foot misalignment Friday in Charlotte. Full recovery from the procedure, an osteotomy, usually takes three to five months.
“I just couldn’t live on one healthy foot anymore, let alone try to skate,” Whitney said Thursday, on the eve of his surgery. “We’ve tried everything to avoid surgery because we knew it would mean missing a chunk of the season. But nothing worked.”
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
added 9:22am, Ray Shero comments on the surgery,
“Ryan has been bothered by this condition in his foot for some time,” Shero said. “He consulted with a number of specialists in an effort to correct the problem without surgery, but it was ultimately determined that surgery was the best path to take – for his general well-being, and for his career.
“Obviously, he will miss the start of the 2008-09 season, but the doctors tell us he will be able to play pain-free when he returns to the lineup this season.”
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