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from Mark Brooky of the Grand Haven Tribune,
The Grand Haven native brought the Stanley Cup, the prize for winning the NHL championship, to the city’s Municipal Marina.
Bylsma is head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins, who won the Cup by beating the Detroit Red Wings in seven games in June.
He took it fishing on Lake Michigan this morning aboard the Tammy Too III, then hoisted it from the back of the boat down the Grand Haven channel to the marina. The NHL Eastern Conference trophy followed in another charter boat.
The line to view the trophy up close began forming around 11 a.m. — and, by the time Bylsma carried the trophy from the charter boat docks to the marina lawn at noon, it wound east of the Chinook Pier buildings.
continued with a cool video too…
from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
The cab driver, who has his own share of problems that include a drunken driving conviction and revelations that he was driving Kane and a cousin with a suspended New York State drivers license, will likely support his lawyer’s claim that the entire incident was “blown out of proportion.” IN addition, the cab driver may concede that he may have actually contributed to the situation by not having the proper change necessary to accommodate the fare the Kane cousin offered and that he might have accelerated the incident by locking the doors of his cab with the two young men inside.
There might even be “photo op” showing the 20-year-old hockey player and the 62-year-old cab driver shaking hands and making a statement designed to show the youth of Buffalo that reasonable people can settle disagreements like men truly should, without the need to resort to violence or harsh words.
added 2:40pm, from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
Kane deserves a break, as does Radecki. Kane deserves his day in court, and not the court of public opinion. Radecki deserves a modicum of privacy concerning his past – although he did open himself to criticism by doing that TV interview and his lawyer’s assertion that something can be ‘worked out’ doesn’t help.
But please, people, remember that Kane and Radecki are people, too. Just like you and me. And I’m sure we’d all hope everyone wouldn’t jump to conclusions at the first reports of something being amiss in our lives. I know I would.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If you’re wondering why the Edmonton Oilers haven’t filled an obvious hole and signed free-agent centre Blair Betts, it’s all numbers.
Not Betts’s numbers.
The team’s salary cap numbers….
The Oilers could certainly use Betts, a 29-year-old Edmonton product who was played a huge role on the NHL’s best penalty-killing unit with the New York Rangers last season. He’s also a big, energetic body—six-foot-three, 200 pounds—which is something the Oilers could use.
But the Oilers have 22 players who saw NHL action last season already signed and 14 of those are forwards. They still have to sign centre Gilbert Brule and defenceman Ladislav Smid.
They have a shade more than $55 million US committed this upcoming season. About $2.5 million will likely be going to Smid and Brule when they sign shortly. Brule will be given a shot at the fourth-line centre spot.
Fantasy Hockey Scouts asked bloggers from the 30 NHL teams to pick two breakout players from their teams…
Written by Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page,
If you look at Fabian Brunnstrom’s numbers from last season, they weren’t too bad. He picked up 17 goals and 12 assists in his rookie season and his first in North America. Those numbers are better when you consider he played in just 55 games and averaged only about 11 minutes per game. It was an up and down season for Brunnstrom. He scored three goals in his first game, but struggled with his play away from the puck, found himself a healthy scratch at times and had some injury issues too.
from Aaron Besecker of the Buffalo News,
The city cab driver who has accused National Hockey League star Patrick Kane and his cousin of robbing and attacking him Sunday morning has two drunken driving convictions and had no valid driver’s license at the time of the incident, The Buffalo News has learned.
Jan Radecki, 62, of Lombard Street, has had a cab license in the City of Buffalo since May 1996 and became licensed with the city for a Chrysler minivan in 2003. Radecki’s driver’s license, however, was revoked in December 1998 after he refused to submit to a chemical test, according to state Department of Motor Vehicle records. He was issued a conditional license by the agency after the incident.
from Robbi Pickeral of the News & Observer,
Talk about a bad rap.
The Carolina Hurricanes and hip-hop artist Tyrone Banks are suing each other over the use of a tune that the Raleigh resident produced and named after the team in 2007.
In federal lawsuits filed Friday, Banks claims the team breached a contract and infringed on the copyright of his song when it used the song “Carolina Hurricanes” in commercials and on the team Web site without his permission. Meanwhile, the team accused the artist of misusing trademarks by referring to the rap as “the official Carolina Hurricanes song” and by wearing a Canes jersey in promotional material.
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Detroit coach Mike Babcock thinks about the challenge every time he reaches for another pen and starts jotting down line combinations.
“I’m wrecking lots of napkins this summer putting people all over the place,” Babcock told NHL.com.
A year ago, Babcock spoke about the challenge of overcoming the Stanley Cup hangover. This year, as the Red Wings prepare for training camp after losing Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, he is facing an even greater challenge—getting his team to the Final for a third straight season.
Not since the Edmonton Oilers in 1985 has a team gone to the Cup Final three straight seasons, but those Oilers didn’t have the obstacles in front of them that the Wings are staring at.
from the CP via TSN,
Jim Balsillie wants the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to allow him to probe the rationale behind the NHL owners’ overwhelming rejection of him as a potential owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.
The Canadian billionaire, in a court filing on Monday, also contends that Judge Redfield T. Baum has the authority under bankruptcy law to award the bid to Balsillie despite the actions by NHL owners.
Craig Custance of the Sporting News has a statement from Patrick Kane’s agent, Pat Brisson, basically stating Kane will be cleared of all charges.
But what if he isn’t?
from Craig Custance of the The Sporting News,
John McDonough wasn’t talking specifically about Blackhawks players when he said it. Chicago was in the middle of its surprising playoff run when McDonough met with a group of reporters at the United Center.
He was gracious with his time. Even ordered some pizza for a small group of writers working a long shift. And during the long conversation, he shared his philosophy as team president of the Blackhawks.
There’s a Blackhawks Way, he said, and if one of his employees doesn’t get it, they’re out.
“I’m not really patient and have a tendency to call people on things because, to me, once is a trend,” McDonough said at the time.
Now, we’ll see if that trend includes star forwards.
via Greg Bauch of WGR550,
WGR 550 has learned that the Sabres have signed forward Mike Grier. The free agent played with Buffalo for the two seasons surrounding the NHL lockout in 2004.
BUFFALO, NY (August 10, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with unrestricted free agent forward Mike Grier, who previously played in Buffalo from 2004-06.
Grier (1/5/1975, 6’1”, 225 lbs.) had 23 points (10+13) in 62 games for San Jose last season. He was third on the Sharks in hits with 147, and was tied for 12th in the NHL with four SH points. Grier missed 20 games with a knee injury last season, after averaging 77 games played during his first 11 NHL seasons. He has played at least 81 games in a season five times during his career.
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