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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,
Vyacheslav “Slava” Kozlov is stronger today than when he first broke into the League as a 19-year-old rookie almost two decades ago.
And he has the numbers to prove it.
In his first eight full seasons in the League with the Detroit Red Wings, Kozlov averaged 73 games and 51 points. During his past six campaigns with the Atlanta Thrashers, the Russian winger has averaged 80 games and 65 points.
Surprised? You shouldn’t be.
via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• I give up, why was Jason Spezza’s wedding covered on the national news?
• Dominic Moore turns 29 tomorrow and still is a handy man looking for a contract. Word around is he will end up re-signing in Buffalo.
• Keep hearing Doug Risebrough, Mike O’Connell and Pierre McGuire’s names as the finalists for the Florida Panthers GM job, if the Panthers ever getting around to changing owners and hiring a hockey boss.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
The Bruins, deep in discussions about the sweater they’ll wear for the Winter Classic, are hoping to create a jersey that can catch a piece of the magic the Penguins created two years ago. For the 2008 outdoor game at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Penguins went retro, pulling their 1968-69 jersey design out of mothballs. Today, the powder blue sweater - the Penguins switched to black and gold in 1979-80, following in the footsteps of the Steelers and Pirates - remains one of the league’s top-selling items.
“That worked,’’ said Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs, “because they’re not necessarily their team colors. There’s no black or gold. It’s a powder blue jersey, and that made it unique. It’s certainly recognized in their market. It’s not like the Pirates, Steelers, or anything else. It’s unique.’’
Jacobs hopes that by the end of August, the Bruins, in conjunction with Reebok and the NHL, will settle on a design that will serve multiple purposes: capture the Bruins’ heritage, stand out as a unique item for the New Year’s Day game against the Flyers at Fenway Park, and convince fans to hand over their money.
more plus additional NHL talk…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So we’re o believe the NHL conducted an investigation of the Red Wings’ 12-year, $73 million contract with Henrik Zetterberg—under which the winger is due to receive $71 million in the first 10 years and $2 million over the final two seasons—and found no evidence of skullduggery in the negotiations, but is now concerned with Marian Hossa’s similarly structured front-loaded deal with the Blackhawks and Chris Pronger’s pact with the Flyers?
As if the authorities expect Zetterberg to play for $1 million in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 at the ages of 38 and 39 while the Red Wings are hit with an annual $6.083 million cap charge, but have questions whether Hossa and Pronger actually will be toiling for minimum wage in their senior years.
Who conducted this initial investigation of the Red Wings, Omar Minaya?
continued plus other hockey topics…
from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,
You’re probably wondering what the Sharks have to give up for Heatley. The Oilers’ aborted attempt might provide a clue. It was widely reported that the Edmontons offered Ottawa a package of three players — Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid. This would be the rough equivalent to the Sharks offering up Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. One report in the Canadian media had Wilson dangling Cheechoo and Christian Ehrhoff for Heatley. Must not have been enough.
What would be? That brings us to Patrick Marleau, the Sharks’ captain. He also has a no-trade clause, with just one season left on his contract. He took a ton of heat, from me and others, for the playoff loss. Marleau said last month that he could accept the loss of the “C” on his sweater if it helped the team. But he has not mentioned whether he would drop his no-trade rights.
The precise reality is hard to pin down. But surveying the landscape, this is what the situation appears to be:
via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,
So what’s this about the Panthers allowing fans to sit in the radio booth with Randy Moller this season?
Fans who pay $2,500 will get to sit with Moller, appear on air for one minute during an intermission, give Moller a favorite movie line or catch phrase to use on broadcasts (790 listeners can do this for free); get four lower-bowl tickets, a jersey, compact disc of the broadcast, VIP parking, a pre-game dinner and autographs from a favorite Panthers player.
But no, they will not be allowed to interject commentary.
With Bill Lindsay moving to television to replace Denis Potvin, the Panthers will have Moller work alone.
from Brad Oswald of the Winnipeg Free Press,
U.S. cable’s pre-eminent sports network, ESPN, is marking its 30th anniversary later this year with an ambitious and fascinating documentary series, 30 for 30, that will see a very interesting and unusual collection of directors—some Academy-Award winners, some first-time film-makers—contributing docs that explore some of the most important (but, in some cases, unexpected) sports stories of the past three decades….
Football-inclined film-maker Peter Berg (the guy behind both the big-screen and TV-series versions of Friday Night Lights) is making a documentary that’s simply titled #99—despite his gridiron inclinations, it turns out that Berg has always been a big hockey fan, and he has chosen to make a film about the impact of the 1988 trade that made Wayne Gretzky a member of the Los Angeles Kings.
Berg was an L.A. resident and a huge Kings fan when the trade happened, and he readily admits that the news of the trade rocked his world in the most dizzyingly positive of ways.
Greats from the Chicago Blackhawks, Stan Mikita, Tony Esposito and Denis Savard in a Chicago furniture TV ad.
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,
With about six weeks left before National Hockey League training camps open, dozens of players are still looking for jobs. Their agents are busy these days, sending out résumés and calling general managers.
Some players will be lucky, but many won’t.
It is part of the price they paid to end the season-long, 2004-05 lockout. Of course, it wasn’t clear initially this would be a byproduct of the new collective bargaining agreement.
But the introduction of the salary cap, which was NHL commissioner Bettman’s price for peace, ultimately brought with it a vicious, mid-summer scramble for jobs.
Those left without work after teams reached the salary-cap limit would be out of luck, like the loser in a real-life game of musical chairs.
“Even toward the end of her beautiful life she would constantly ask about other people. Made sure they were tended to and taken care of, even though she was the one lying in the bed, more or less fighting for her life. Fight she did. My mother was no quitter. A courageous lady filled with deep faith and optimism ...
“She left this world with peace and dignity, which was the way she lived it.”
-Nick Foligno of the Ottawa Senators. More on Nick’s mother Janis and coverage of the funeral from the Sudbury Star.
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