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from Spector’s Hockey,
Richard Labbe (La Presse) reports former Habs blueliner Francis Bouillon is expected to know the identity of his new team soon. The NY Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Pittsburgh Penguins are believed interested in Bouillon. He could have a new contract by the end of this week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was erroneously reported earlier this week he’d signed with the Rangers. The Blackhawks and Penguins are in the market for affordable blueline depth so they’d be good alternatives for Bouillon if the Rangers deal doesn’t go through.
more from Lyle on Theodore and Tanguay…
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If the Edmonton Oilers could get a do-over, would they move Matt Greene and Jarret Stoll for Lubomir Visnovsky?
Would they have felt the crushing need to get the pro’s pro Visnovsky from Los Angeles last summer if they knew that Denis Grebeshkov would evolve into a fine puck-mover in his own right, giving the Oilers a surplus of offensive guys on the back-end? enthusiasm, not to mention his ability to play the body.
In addition, they have yet to fill Stoll’s role on draws, as a right-hander. He wins 56 to 58 per cent of his faceoffs. He may never be the second-line centre they thought he would be in his early days with the Oilers, when he had 68 points one season, but he can (a) play the point on the power play, (b) shoot a ton and (c) check and win faceoffs, something the Oilers could always use more of.
from Eric Stephens at NHL.com,
...for the first time in years, there is excitement about hockey in Los Angeles—and it seems real and feels real. At the end of August, the Kings are looking to capitalize on that excitement with a three-day fan extravaganza called “Hockey Fest ‘09” that brings together the present-day team with the club’s stars from the past.
“When I first got here, not one player stayed here over the summer and worked out,” said Lombardi, who’s entering his fourth season as GM. “Here we were in the most beautiful place to play and not one player stayed, which is abnormal.
“This year, we had bunch of guys here at the end of June not only working out but pushing themselves, which is a huge step in building a culture here, building an identity.”
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
According to the National Hockey League, “there is no truth to the suggestion” that the Toronto Maple Leafs are blocking another team from moving into southern Ontario.
PSE Sports & Entertainment, the company Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie formed to pursue ownership of the Phoenix Coyotes, filed a document into bankruptcy court on Wednesday accusing the Leafs of exercising their territorial veto to prevent Balsillie of purchasing the Coyotes and then moving them to Hamilton….
“At no time has the Toronto franchise or any representative of the Toronto franchise voiced an opinion at a Board of Governors Meeting even remotely consistent with the allegation that is being made,” NHL deputy commissioner Billy Daly wrote in an e-mail to the National Post Thursday.
“In other words, its a total fabrication, that has no basis in fact or in law.”
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
Artyukhin more than covers that patch physically. He ’s known as a hard-hitting forward who is also fast, particularly for a man his size.
Murray didn’t speculate where he would ideally fit in, but Artyukhin will presumably be in the mix, along with Ryan Carter, Petteri Nokelainen and Mike Brown, to join Todd Marchant on the checking line.
Whether Artyukhin is defensibly responsible to Coach Randy Carlyle’s satisfaction remains to be seen. There is also some question about his hands and hockey sense.
Artyukhin’s wrecking ball style got him in trouble last season when he was suspended two games for a kneeing incident involving Florida Panthers defenseman Ville Peltonen.
But Murray likened this stage of Artyukhin’s career to former Duck Travis Moen in that Moen didn’t play much at first but carved a role as a tough, effective checking winger who could occasionally find the net.
The Lightning are making a trade today. They’ll be getting a player and a draft pick in return.
added 3:31pm, from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
The Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday picked up left wing Drew Miller and a third-round pick in next year’s draft in exchange for wing Evgeny Artyukhin.
added 4:57pm, Damain was just on The Bill Watters Show on 640am in Toronto and said the move clears up a little cap room for the Bolts. Tanguay still in the mix, although Damian has heard he has at least one offer for more money than what Tampa wants to pay.
Bolts may be offering a 1yr deal to Alex and it Damian feels it may be a good deal for him.
from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,
At a point in history where image and optics trump truth nine times out of 10, it is paramount not only to be able to walk the talk, but to talk with sufficient verve to make people want to stick around and see if you can walk it.
Rarely has that been more apparent than in today’s NHL, which has a number of teams clearly struggling to mold messages for their fan base – and consequently, taking consistent and predictable public relations poundings because of it.
Where some GMs – Detroit’s Ken Holland and San Jose’s Doug Wilson, to name two – speak freely and easily, offering insight into their organization without divulging crucial inside information, others labor through each and every interaction with the media, speaking as if each word was a massive boulder carried slowly off their tongues and out of their mouths, the way ancient Egyptians moved giant rocks as they built pyramids.
from MaxGiese of SharksPage,
The 2009-10 season will be Mike Potenza’s third year as the Sharks strength and conditioning coordinator. He is responsible for the team’s overall strength and conditioning programs, including the creation of individualized postseason workout programs and assistance in the rehabilitation efforts for all injured players….
Max Giese: Who are some of the players that have spent the majority of their summers with you in San Jose?
Mike Potenza: Some of the guys like Evgeni Nabokov, Patrick Marleau, and Jonathan Cheechoo live out here and stay throughout the summer. Then there are guys like Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, and Torrey Mitchell who have made the commitment to spend their time here this summer. I actually wanted to talk to those three young players about spending the summer here in San Jose, but all three took the initiative and grabbed me first and asked me if they could train with me in San Jose during the summer. Which is just awesome.
The Hockey News has been doing a countdown on where teams in each conference will finish in the standings. Today, they start listing their playoff teams.
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