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from Loose Change of the Hockey News,
The European leg of this thing is going to take longer than usual this time around. Sweden alone is going to take three weeks – four if we’re slowed by any more caribou herds. Everyone is blonde here, even the redheads are just blondes with freckles.
I think we’re going to some festival tomorrow celebrating some sort of ancient Viking thing…or it could be a strip club. It might even be an ancient Viking strip club. I’m also really hoping I get to see where ABBA is buried.
Well, last stop on the tour is Henrik Zetterberg’s house. I still think it’s a stupid idea that I have to visit the players in alphabetical order, but who listens to trophies anymore?
via the OC Register,
The Ducks plan to announce Friday the signing of veteran defenseman Steve Montador to a one-year contract worth approximately $800,000.
Montador, 28, notched a career-high eight goals and 15 assists, along with 73 penalty minutes and a plus-1 mark, in 73 games for the Florida Panthers last season.
The addition of Montador gives the Ducks seven established NHL defensemen and increases the likelihood of one being traded. The most likely candidate to be on the move is veteran Mathieu Schneider, whose $5.625 million salary-cap hit is probably unworkable given that the Ducks will pay standouts Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger a combined $19 million in 2008-09.
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
While the Canucks were trading for Bernier and chasing Sundin, every other team in the Western Conference was also making significant changes. You can argue about the merit of a lot of those changes. But you can’t argue the West won’t be vastly different next season, which raises the question: Have the Canucks done enough to stay competitive?
Decide for yourself.
The Ducks’ big move was adding old pal Morrison, who’ll try to recreate the Andy McDonald role on the second line. They also had four of the first 43 picks in the amateur draft.
from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,
“Alex Ovechkin just called me to say we have a great group of guys,” Théodore said during his introductory news conference yesterday at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. “We like to have fun, win and work hard. When he said that, I knew I made the right choice.”
Théodore also revealed that he delayed re-signing with the Colorado Avalanche because he suspected that Cristobal Huet might not return to Washington. When Huet bolted to the Chicago Blackhawks, Theodore quickly agreed to a two-year, $9 million contract on July 1.
from Sam Adams of the Rocky Mountain News,
After Sakic and I made a 572-yard walk together up the 18th fairway at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course on Thursday, he didn’t have an answer for me.
“I wish I had an answer to give. At the end of the day, it’s how I feel, if I want to do another year or not,” the Avalanche captain said during his round of play in the celebrity tourney….
I came here believing Sakic would call it a career. But being around him briefly Thursday, and hearing him use the term “we” several times, it sounded as if Sakic has more than a Favre-like itch to return.
“Camp is not until Sept. 18, so I still have a little time to figure it out,” he said. “I’ve talked to (Avalanche general manager) Francois (Giguere) a couple of times, and we’re all good.
“Now it’s weighing the options. I just want to make sure the decision is 100 percent and you don’t go back on it. The good thing is, I still have two months….”
from Rich Hammond of the LA Daily News,
The owners of the Kings have talked with several parties, including the ownership group of the Boston Celtics, about buying a minority share of the hockey franchise, the Daily News has learned.
Sources indicated that no deal is imminent and that in any scenario, Anschutz Entertainment Group will not relinquish operating control of the Kings franchise, which it has owned since October 1995.
In a phone interview Thursday, Kings governor and AEG president Tim Leiweke confirmed that he has spoken to the ownership group of the Celtics, led by Wycliffe “Wyc” Grousbeck, about a “partnership.”
from Jessica Hopp of the Tennessean,
Sullivan was on the ice for workouts Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. He plans to be back skating today. He said most workouts contain significant breaks so he can remain on the ice as long as possible before succumbing to the exhaustion that comes from being out of skating shape.
“We are still testing how much I can take,” Sullivan said. “It’s more a fatigue factor than a pain factor.”
Still, there is no specific date set for his return to the Predators lineup. Training camp … November … next year … all were thrown out as possibilities for Sullivan, who is under contract with the Predators until the end of next season.
from Sport-Express (English version),
Despite this contract expires in a year, Alexander decided to swap more than successful career in NHL for a comeback to Russia.
“Salavat Yulaev has been trying to sign me for two years already”, said Radulov to Sport Express. “The club general manager Oleg Gross has been keeping in touch with my agent, so I was aware they wanted to see me wear their uniform.”
“Ufa team offered me a good contract and I decided to put my signature under the contract.”
“I had a brilliant season in Nashville, so I don’t see any reasons to regret that I didn’t move to Ufa last summer.”
added 10:50am, Puck Daddy has more on this…
from David Pollak at Working the Corners,
According to the G.M., he and (Ryane) Clowe sat down and talked about the future during the big left wing’s rehab period from that serious knee injury. The conversation took place before Clowe returned to action and at that time, they shook hands on a two-year deal at a mutually agreed-upon salary.
Wilson thought the handshake settled things, but apparently not. Which, of course, raises questions about what advice Clowe may now be getting from his agent. I tried to find that out today, but the agent, Paul Cobeil, chose not to comment — because “we don’t have a deal right now.”
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
Brian Burke says he will abide by the NHL’s request to end his criticism of Kevin Lowe and the Edmonton Oilers, but the Anaheim Ducks general manager still had plenty to say Thursday.
In a careful, measured statement, Burke said he had no intention of defying the league but did address some of Lowe’s recent stinging comments about three of his players and his hockey market.
“There is no question in our mind or defiance about the league’s authority here,” Burke said in the statement first read to Ducks beat writers on a conference call and then posted on the NHL club’s website. “We accept their authority to stop this and we intend to stop it.
“However, several things were said last Friday that I believe need to be addressed.”
added 10:45pm, from Eric Stephens from the LA Times,
Any action taken against the Oilers isn’t likely. Bill Daly, the league’s No. 2 official, said there is no current investigation into Burke’s charge of “tampering” or the circumstances surrounding the Niedermayer signing.
Speaking generally, Daly said tampering penalties can range from moderate to very large fines and can include the loss of draft picks.
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