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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
There is a riveting sideshow under way in Tampa these days, a Steinbrenner-ish quality to the way the Lightning conducts their business that comes mainly from their two new larger-than-life owners, Oren Koules and Len Barrie, who seem to know just enough about hockey to be both fascinating and a little dangerous at the same time.
Koules played junior hockey in Western Canada; Barrie was an NHLer for a short time, before both made small fortunes in film and real estate respectively – enough cash to cobble together an ownership group to buy a team that as recently as 2004 won the Stanley Cup, but four years later, was dead last in the NHL, a fall from grace so complete that it landed them the next great emerging talent, Steven Stamkos, in last week’s annual entry draft.
from the Ducks Blog at the Ducks website,
I’m not going to get into the other topic on the table in Ducks land, but I will say that the buzz around here is that we will be hearing word from Scott Niedermayer as early as tomorrow morning. And while it’s well-documented that I don’t have a good reputation with this sort of thing, you can book it: He’s coming back.
And with Scotty coming back, you’ve got to feel like No. 8 won’t be far behind. But let’s not count those chickens before they ... have a bird in the hand. Or something like that.
I will say that Brian Burke told season tickets holders at Select-a-Seat on Monday night that he feels that both players will come back.
via Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,
Pierre McGuire, on Mitch Melnick’s show this afternoon, says if the Canadiens have not signed Mats Sundin by July 1, he’s going to the Rangers.
The Montreal offer is attractive, McGuire says: two seasons, $7 million per. The fact Sundin has not jumped on it is significant.
“I don’t know at this point,’’ JM said when asked about bringing in some help come July 1. “Look at the people that we have. In order to get people we want, we would have to trade. It always depends. It’s not like last year where I felt we needed speed and character. That’s why we went free agency route and signed three players. Part of last year’s strategy was, we didn’t think we had too many people ready to step up. This year we do.’‘
-Jacques Martin at On Frozen Pond. Read more on the Panthers…
from Bill Clement at NBC Sports,
On July 1 the NHL’s shopping spree for unrestricted free agents begins and the big-ticket items – mega stars like Jaromir Jagr, Marian Hossa and Mats Sundin—will draw lucrative deals. But there will be some lesser names in the free-agent pool whose value to their teams will make their new salaries seem very cost effective. Here are my top six players who could fall into that category.
read on about Markus Naslund, Sean Avery, Ryan Malone and Mark Streit…
To former NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey, the charismatic and articulate [Barry] Melrose is the man who saved his playing career.
It was in the midst of that memorable ‘93 season that Melrose — named Tuesday as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning — rescued Hrudey from a two-month slump the netminder thought would spell the end of his professional career.
“It was my 10th year in the National Hockey League,” Hrudey, a Hockey Night in Canada analyst, told CBCSports.ca. “He did things that probably not a lot of people would have back then. It resurrected my career and got me back on track, and I ended up playing another five years.”
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
The Sharks are expected to announce this afternoon that three players have been re-signed: veteran forward Jeremy Roenick, back-up goalie Brian Boucher and center Joe Pavelski.
more on the Sharks including some Michal Rozsival talk…
Update 4:15pm ET: The SJ Sharks have informed us they are conducting a press conference call in a few minutes, confirming these signings.
via Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
The Coyotes on Wednesday traded a fifth-round pick in 2009 (acquired from Boston last season) to the Ottawa Senators for big right wing Brian McGrattan.
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
Question: Of course it’ll be up to the new coach, but does Lombardi REALLY see this team moving forward with LaBarbara in goal? And who would be the backup? Knowing DL, I highly doubt he expects Bernier to make the lineup next year, so what do the Kings intend to do? And are they planning on re-signing Ersberg? I could live with him starting in goal over LaBarbara.
Answer: The plan, at the moment, is to go with LaBarbera and Ersberg. That’s not to say that one of the young guys couldn’t surprise them in training camp, but the Kings don’t go into training camp counting on that to happen.
From George Richards at On Frozen Pond in the Miami Herald:
Speaking of Mats [Sundin], the City of Sunrise has agreed to change its name to “Sundin, Florida” if Mats decides to sign with the Panthers. “No one knows where we’re at anyway,’’ one Sunrise official lamented. “Some people like to call us ‘North Weston’ or ‘South Tamarac.’ It doesn’t matter.’‘
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