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from the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team will honor longtime defenseman Glen Wesley prior to and during its game on Tuesday, Feb. 17 against the Boston Bruins. The team will formally retire Wesley’s No. 2 jersey during a pre-game ceremony, and honor the Hurricanes’ all-time games-played leader throughout the evening.
“Glen played the most games as a Hurricanes player, and did so at a high level,” said Rutherford. “We are honored to have been a part of his distinguished playing career and look forward to paying tribute to his accomplishments.”
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Fedor Fedorov made it clear this morning that he didn’t sign with the Devils to play in Lowell this season. “That’s the only reason I’m here,” he said. “(Otherwise) there’s no point in me being here.”
Fedorov, 27, said he signed a one-way deal, meaning he’ll receive the same salary even if he’s in the AHL. It’s a one-year contract for $500,000.
Fedorov, the younger brother of Capitals center Sergei Fedorov, also stated firmly that the he is no longer under contract with Moscow Dynamo, the Russian team he played for last season, and doesn’t understand why he’s been suspended from international play by the International Ice Hockey Federation.
more on the Devils…
From the Detroit Free Press:
Representatives from the National Hockey League, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Blackhawks, the Detroit Red Wings and the National Hockey Players’ Association gathered this morning atop the third-base dugout of Wrigley Field, the Cubs’ historic home, to talk about the upcoming NHL Winter Classic 2009. They were joined by Blackhawks Hall of Famers Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita and Tony Esposito, along with the exciting young Chicago forward tandem of Pat Kane and Jonathan Toews.
The 701st all-time meeting of the clubs – no NHL opponents have played more regular-season games against each other – will begin at the memorably unique venue at 1 p.m. on Jan. 1.
“The NHL is delighted to bring its most historic rivalry to one of the most historic venues in sports,” said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. “We thank Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough for their vision. We thank Mike Ilitch and the Red Wings for their cooperation. We also thank the entire Cubs organization and Mayor Daley, in advance, for the warm welcome we know the City of Chicago will extend to our newest tradition.”
Update 3:15pm ET: NHL.com was featuring a photo of Wrigley Field on their front page this afternoon, giving an idea of the ice placement. I’ve added it below.
From the NY Islanders:
New York Islanders legend Mike Bossy will appear on Fox Business News’ morning show “Money For Breakfast” with host Alexis Glick on Wednesday from 7:00 AM – 9:00 am. Bossy will discuss the Islanders Business Club, the state of the Islanders corporate sponsorship and the NHL’s footprint in the business world.
“Talking to Alexis is going to be a fun time on Wednesday,” said Bossy. “It’s a great opportunity to tell the world about the Islanders Business Club and to talk about the state of the Islanders business affairs. I’m looking forward to it.”
Interview will be posted in the Fox Business video library, shortly after it appears on air.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,
One of the most beloved and yet most controversial figure on the Stars, Mike Modano certainly inspires strong opinions.
He recently turned 38, and recently told The Ticket he wants to play both of the remaining years of his contract. That’s quite a switch from not being sure he wanted to play even one more season, but that is the way of Modano. He is a great player who actually loves the game of hockey, but doesn’t love the grind of the season.
So how do the Stars take advantage of that? In my opinion, I think they need to give him forced vacations.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Scott Niedermayer is getting his money back ... all of it ... every single cent of the $490,909.08 he was improperly fined by the NHL for missing Anaheim’s training camp last season, The Post has learned.
As originally reported by The Post on April 20, the former Devil had been fined under Article 15.3 (f) of the collective-bargaining agreement even though he had been granted permission by GM Brian Burke to take an unpaid leave of absence in the wake of Anaheim’s 2007 Stanley Cup victory, the fourth championship of the defenseman’s career.
Two days later, TSN.ca leaped to the defense of the league - shocker, there - by contending that the fine was mandatory despite the unambiguous wording of the CBA that a penalty should be imposed only if a player refuses to report without his club’s permission.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Jimmy Howard hasn’t been lost in the shuffle. The Red Wings signed Howard to a three-year, $2.15 million contract Monday and still view their top draft pick from 2003 as the heir apparent to Chris Osgood.
“We’re banking on him being one of our goalies of the future,’’ Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “Chris Osgood has three years left on his contract and in those three years we hope Jimmy Howard is pushing Chris Osgood for the starting job.’‘...
Nill said the club is close to signing its last two restricted free agents, forward Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Kyle Quincey. Filppula’s deal will range from between two and five years and Quincey’s from one to three years, Nill said.
“We’re making good progress (with Filppula),’’ Nill said. “We think we’ll be able to avoid arbitration (on Aug. 1).’‘
more on the Wings…
The Boston Bruins and defenceman Dennis Wideman have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing on a new four-year deal worth $15.75 million, Sportsnet has learned.
The 25-year-old, Kitchener, ON native made $600,000 last season.
from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
Our NHL coach of the year is being recognized for what we believe is an underrated turnaround.
John Stevens’ Flyers went from last overall in the NHL in 2006-07, to sixth in their conference, posting a points improvement of 39.
The only coach who came close to matching the feat in 2007-08 was Washington’s Bruce Boudreau (plus-24). That the Flyers toppled the Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, then upset the No. 1-seeded Canadiens in Round 2, carried significant weight in our decision….
Our executive of the year, Red Wings GM Ken Holland, is quick to reference some of his best decisions have been about team-building…in the front office.
He is surrounded by an elite staff of advisors, including assistant GM Jim Nill, vice-presidents Jimmy Devellano and Steve Yzerman, consultant Scotty Bowman, Euro super-scout Hakan Andersson and an exceptional coach in Mike Babcock.
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs will celebrate the achievements of two of their all-time greats in special ceremonies during the 2008-09 NHL season. Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour, perhaps the two most beloved Toronto Maple Leafs over the course of the past 25 years, will have banners raised to honour their extraordinary contributions to the Original Six franchise.
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