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from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,
Kings fans have grown restless about their club’s inactivity thus far in the off-season, but there’s plenty of time for GM Dean Lombardi to make some moves.
That being said, Lombardi has suggested he’s not about to pursue any expensive signings this summer, preferring instead to build with young, affordable talent.
Internet-based rumors have suggested Lombardi is interested in Chicago Blackhawks netminder Nikolai Khabibulin, whose $6.75 million contract would certainly push the Kings closer to the minimum, but those sources also predicted former Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery would be in a Kings uniform.
more NHL talk like the above…
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
The two-year marriage of inconvenience between Islanders general manager Garth Snow and coach Ted Nolan ended Monday. Irreconcilable differences over the direction of the franchise led to a mutual decision by Snow and Nolan, who met earlier Monday morning at Nassau Coliseum, to part ways.
added 1:05pm, More on this at the Islanders website.
via TampaBay 10,
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goaltender Mike Smith to a two-year contact extension today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Wilson and I drifted away from Toskala as the topic of conversation and turned to his thoughts on a few different hockey-related issues. Below are the highlights….
On the need to keep himself and his new team grounded in the face of the usual Toronto hype:
“I’m around (Toronto) now, and I go into a store to buy something; you go in other places and everybody knows who you are, but in this particular store, the guy asked what I did, I told him I was coach of the Leafs. And he says, ‘oh, the hockey team?’ and you’re shocked – there’s people here in Toronto who don’t know about the hockey team! But that’s cool with me, too. The guy was all apologetic, and I told him, ‘hey, you don’t have anything to be sorry about.’
from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
The 2008-09 season, which happens to be his ninth in Edmonton, MacTavish has greater expectations.
“I can’t remember a period of time over the last 15 years where we’ve been so excited heading into training camp,” he said. “We say that every year, mind you, but this year we actually mean it.”
MacTavish is especially thrilled to have defenseman Lubomir Visnovksy, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings, in the mix. He’s also looking forward to working with the Oilers’ other recent additions, including left wing Erik Cole and centers Ryan Potulny and Gilbert Brule.
from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings for the first time will broadcast the club’s annual Development Camp team scrimmage on LAKings.com.. The game on Monday, July 14, is set to begin at 3 p.m.PT.
more with the link to watch the game…
from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,
Craig Conroy has a theory, and it’s likely to make Flames fans giddy with anticipation.
“We’re not in the offensive mode like we were with Juice (Kristian Huselius) and Tangs (Alex Tanguay), but we’re kind of like getting back to the team of ‘04 with grit,” said the veteran Flames centre.
“We’ll make it really uncomfortable to play against. Do you really want those guys like (Todd) Bertuzzi and Iggy coming at you and those young guys flying at you, too? I’m starting to see a lot more similarities.”
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
If Pavol Demitra is the answer for the Vancouver Canucks then the question was a lot easier than anyone suspected.
Demitra, at best, is a complementary offensive player. He turns 34 in November. Over his last four NHL seasons he’s recorded 58, 62, 64 and 54 points and he’s six years removed from his most productive campaign with the Blues.
This doesn’t mean he isn’t a useful player. But, as of this writing, the Canucks’ offseason rebuilding plan is based on Demitra and Steve Bernier.
more on the Canucks…
from the Winnipeg Free Press,
Meech quietly took the Stanley Cup to Children’s Hospital early Sunday afternoon, where he spent two hours with kids facing far greater challenges than the Pittsburgh Penguins.
“My mom passed away when I was 11, of cancer,” Meech said.
“A lot of these kids were pretty sick. It definitely brought some smiles,” he said later as he signed photos and jerseys and kept a steady grin through hundreds of photos of kids and parents and the cup.
It was Meech’s idea to go to Children’s Hospital, said proud dad Dennis Meech. “He wanted to remember his mom, in tribute to her.”
What active player on your team has the most points for your franchise? For the Rangers it is Michal Rozsival, which I would have never guessed.
Check out Empty Netters for a list for every NHL team.
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