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Sad Day For Detroit Hockey Fans

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings owners Mike and Marian Ilitch issued the following statement regarding Steve Yzerman’s hiring by the Tampa Bay Lightning:

“Today is a difficult day for us, just as we know it is for Red Wings fans everywhere. It’s hard to imagine Steve Yzerman in anything other than the red and white Winged Wheel as he has been synonymous with the Red Wings and Hockeytown for as long as most of us can remember! We want to congratulate Steve on his new position with the Tampa Bay Lightning. This is an exciting and well-deserved opportunity for him and his family, and we know he will do a terrific job in this next chapter of his life.


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  Tags: mike+ilitch, steve+yzerman

Contract Can Wait For Halak

from the CP at the Glob and Mail,

Montreal Canadiens goaltender and playoff hero Jaroslav Halak says he wants to take some time away from the game before thinking about his future.

Halak will be a restricted free agent on July 1 with the right to go to salary arbitration if he and the Canadiens are unable to come to a contract agreement.

“Right now, don’t think about it,” Halak said Tuesday when asked what his priorities are when it comes to his contract status. “This is not going to happen today or tomorrow, it’s going to happen over the summer.

“It’s a good question, but right now I just want to go on vacation and put aside hockey and not think about it.”


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  Tags: jaroslav+halak

Avs Re-Sign Foote

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed captain Adam Foote to a one-year contract for the upcoming 2010-11 season.

“Adam’s veteran leadership has been and will continue to be a big part of our success,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “He provided stability last season and set an example for our young players right from the start of training camp. We are pleased to have our captain back for another year.”

“This organization is definitely heading in the right direction and I am excited to be a part of it,” said Foote.  “Having a young group like we did last year come together and compete at a high level was very special.  We’re looking to carry that momentum into next season.”

Foote, who turns 39 on July 10, will be embarking on his 19th season in the NHL, his 17th with the Avalanche/Nordiques franchise.  Foote has played in 1,107 career games, tallying 300 points (66g/234a) and 1,501 penalty minutes.  The veteran blueliner is a combined +108 throughout his career.  Foote has also appeared in 170 career playoff games and was a member of Colorado’s 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup championship teams.

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A Winning Hire In Tampa

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

As the new general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Yzerman, now 45, will be able to walk into the room and get his players attention because they know, if nothing else, he has been there and done that.

“I think right away Steve brings instant credibility to the Tampa Bay organization,” says Kris Draper, Yzerman’s longtime teammate with the Detroit Red Wings. “It is a big loss for the Red Wings. He was very influential as a player and always had a positive presence as an executive for the Wings. He did a great job with Team Canada and will bring that enthusiasm to Tampa Bay.”

Yzerman, as you probably know, was a terrific player for 21 years, captaining the Red Wings to three Stanley Cups and winning another as an executive. Early in his career he was regarded as a gifted offensive star, but there were questions about his ability to lead and to win. Under the guidance of Scotty Bowman, however, Yzerman transformed himself into a solid two-way player who put more of an emphasis on team results as to personal stats.

That is when he became a winner.


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  Tags: steve+yzerman

Tampa Bay Lightning Press Conference Introducing Steve Yzerman As GM

The press conference is scheduled to start at 3:00pm ET, watch it below…

added 3:35pm, Conference is over.

Continue Reading »

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Ready For The Stanley Cup Final

Who wins and get ready fans for the on-ice action.

Read about it in my NHL.com blog today.

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Blackhawk Mobile

From a 1991 Dodge Spirit to the Blackhawk Mobile.

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Morning Line

“It was a tough decision for Steve, that’s why it took such a long time.  It’s not easy leaving Detroit for somebody like Steve. He’s been with us for 27 years. He came as an 18-year-old and just recently celebrated his 45th birthday. So it was not an easy decision for him to make.”

-Jimmy Devellano of the Detroit Red Wings talking about Steve Yzerman becoming the new GM for Tampa.  More from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News.

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  Tags: steve+yzerman

The Price Of Purchasing A Half-Interest In The Carolina Hurricanes

from Michael K. Ozanian of Forbes,

Peter Karmanos is looking to sell 50% of the Carolina Hurricanes. Despite playing in a great building (RBC Center) I believe he will only get about $85 million for half the club.


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Lightning Have Their GM

via a tweet from Jeff Marek,

Tampa Bay Lightening to introduce new GM this afternoon at 3ET

via a tweet from Erik Erlendsson,

no confirmation on who it is, but have been told a big name? Yzerman is biggest name out there

added 9:11am, Pierre LeBrun tweets-in,

I believe Yzerman will be named GM of Lightning today but working to confirm that 100 per cent right now.. Stay tuned

added 9:15am, Nick Kypreos tweets,

Tampa Bay will announce at 3pm Steve Yzerman as the new GM of the hockey club. Many believe he will become the highest paid GM in league

As does Elliotte Friedman,

Yzerman in Tampa

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