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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
“I have one year left on my contract. That’s all I’m thinking about. I’m going to leave everything out there, work hard and enjoy it. And I’m going to try the best I can to help the team win this year like I’ve done always.”
Told that sounds like he has decided to play out the final year of his contract and leave as a free agent, Gaborik said, “I’m not saying I’m leaving. I’m not saying I’m staying. I’m saying I have one year left on my contract. I’m leaving it up to the Wild and my agent to discuss it. But I want to be left out of it.
“I like it here. Of course, it’s been great times and experiences here. But I still have one more year on my contract. I want to be respected that I still have one year left, and I want to just focus on this year and just try to play the best I can. That’s how it is. I don’t want to think about my contract right now, and I don’t want to be put in a position where I have to talk about it.”
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the National Post,
The Montreal Canadiens have included a 2009 game at Olympic Stadium as one of their centennial projects, though the match is far from being confirmed….
“A game (at the Big O) is a project that we’ve discussed with the RIO,” Canadiens vice-president Donald Beauchamp said Wednesday of talks the club has had with the stadium’s provincial-government landlord. “That’s as far as the project has gone.”
From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated:
Dallas Stars: Cup contenders or kidding themselves?
Heading into last season, the obvious question was, “Can this team compete for a playoff spot?” At the time, it was touch and go. The core was graying and burdened by a legacy of recent postseason failures that suggested their best days were a decade behind them.
read on for more questions—and answers—on the Pacific Division
from the Boston Bruins,
Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed center Stephane Yelle to a contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
from the Buffalo Sabres,
Buffalo Sabres owner B. Thomas Golisano announced today that Larry Quinn, Sabres Managing Partner, and Dan DiPofi, Chief Operating Officer, have been granted minority ownership in the Buffalo Sabres and their related companies.
Golisano stated “this announcement marks the culmination of a process that really goes back to my original acquisition of the franchise in 2003. Both Larry and Dan were instrumental with regard to my purchase of the Sabres and continue to be an important part of the organizations success today”.
From the Tampa Bay Lightning, this statement:
Former Lightning goalie Pat Jablonski suffered two broken vertebrae in a body surfing accident off Anna Maria Island this past Sunday. Jablonski was airlifted to Tampa General Hospital on Monday evening and underwent surgery on Tuesday to relieve pressure on a pinched spinal cord. The post-surgical prognosis is very good and Jablonski hopes to return home later this week. In fact, he has already been walking this morning.[...]
“I want to thank everyone for their well wishes, thoughts and prayers during what has been perhaps the scariest time of my life,” Jablonski said
More from Eric Erlendsson at Bolts Report.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
Well, four divisions down and just two to go. Today, I’ll take a look at the Northeast….
Best forward: Jean Beliveau. So many choices! I’ll take the great Beliveau over Rocket Richard
more and sorry E.J., I have to go with the ‘Rocket’.
Newsday.com published a story last night in which a former associate of NY Islanders’ owner Charles Wang alleges that Wang “personally directed improper accounting” at Computer Associates (CA) Inc., going back to 1987.
It’s a complicated story at first glance but fortunately Eric McErlain explains the background a bit clearer at AOL Fanhouse:
You could be excused these days if it seems to take something of a scorecard to determine just how many NHL owners might be in trouble with the law. Now it’s time for New York Islanders owner Charles Wang to reluctantly step into the spotlight.
Though many have forgotten, Wang didn’t buy the Islanders by himself in 2000. Rather, he did it with Sanjay Kumar, the protege that succeeded him as CEO of Computer Associates (CA) that same year. But the happy times didn’t last.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
When the Stanley Cup arrives at Scotty Bowman’s comfortable home outside Buffalo, the greatest coach of all time is in the shower after an early-morning round of golf with his son, Stan….
Apart from the passing of Bowman’s beloved yellow Labrador retriever, Chumley, little has changed in the backyard—the hammock in the same place; the table on which the Cup will rest for much of the day is the same.
If the Cup were able to speak, it might offer a sigh of relief and say, “Ah, it’s good to be home.”
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
And if you are anything like me, these three teams are worth keeping an eye on:
Los Angeles Kings
Maybe it’s because I believe GM Dean Lombardi is on the right track, but I just hope ownership in Los Angeles has patience and allows Lombardi to follow through on building a team I believe is very close to being a competitor.
read on and the other teams are Edmonton and Phoenix…
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