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Joe Thornton Wants To Stay In San Jose

from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,

Joe Thornton has fallen hard for the San Jose lifestyle. And that’s funny considering he didn’t even think it was possible for him to be here in the first place….

Thornton, 31, has had preliminary talks about extending his contract with the Sharks—which ends after this season—and makes it abundantly clear that he wants to stay with the organization.

When it comes to the South Bay, Thornton sounds like a man ready to sign a lifetime contract. He and wife Tabea are building a new home in the Los Gatos-Saratoga area. He has a farmhouse in St. Thomas, Ontario, where he grew up, and the couple has an apartment in Tabea’s native Switzerland.

But, he added, “This is where the Thornton family has put down roots.”


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Stempniak Staying In Phoenix

via Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Unrestricted free agent Lee Stempniak signed a two-year contract Sunday night, according to league sources.

The deal reportedly is worth $1.75 million per year and officially will be announced Monday.

added 1:23pm,

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed right wing Lee Stempniak to a two-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have signed Lee to a two-year contract,” said Maloney. “He played a key offensive role with our team down the stretch last season. He is just entering the prime of his career and we look forward to him having continued success with our organization.”

Stempniak, 27, split last season between Toronto and Phoenix, recording 28-20-48 and 26 PIM in a total of 80 games. His 28 goals on the season represented a new career-high for the six-year veteran. After collecting 14-16-30 in 62 games with the Maple Leafs, Stempniak was acquired by the Coyotes on Mar. 3, 2010 in exchange for defenseman Matt Jones, a fourth round choice and a seventh round choice in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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Oilers Reach A Two Year Agreement With Gagner

via Oilers.com,

Sam Gagner and the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms on a two-year deal. Details to follow.

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Senators Team Doctor In Critical Condition After Motorcycle Accident

from Tony Spears of the Ottawa Sun,

A motorcyclist is fighting for his life after a two-vehicle collision on Fisher Ave. Saturday afternoon.

Reports Sunday are the man is Ottawa Senators team doctor Donald Chow, but Ottawa police would not confirm that when asked Sunday morning by the Sun.

Dr. Chow is an orthopaedic surgeon in Ottawa.

It appears the 53-year-old motorcyclist T-boned a car driven by an elderly woman at Kintyre Pt. at about 3 p.m.


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Is The NHL System Working?

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Last season, the Avalanche’s Matt Duchene — the No. 3 choice in the 2009 draft — made $900,000 in salary and his cap hit, because of potential bonuses, was $3.4 million. It’s a bit tricky because the NHL draft age is 18 (oversimplifying), and only the very elite step right into the NHL rather than remaining in major junior hockey or heading to college for a year or four.

That kind of “reasonable” deal makes the NFL jealous, not so much because of the dollar figure (everyone knows the NFL figures would be multiplied many-fold), but the concept of making rookies, even the most accomplished and highly prized, wait their turns.

There isn’t a lot of cross-ownership in the NBA and NHL, but I’m surprised that Stan Kroenke and Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, for example, haven’t more forcefully said in NBA meetings: “You know, the hockey system is working. It’s relatively simple, it has held up, and it makes sense for everybody.” Now Kroenke can go into NFL meetings and say the same things.

The horses are out of the barns in some ways. The football and basketball players associations aren’t going to just say: “Sure!”

But the NHL has a system that’s working.


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New Jersey Will Have To Clear Salary If Kovalchuk Is Indeed A Devil

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

It is believed Lamoriello already has some moves ready to make should the Kovalchuk contract be accepted. Sources said important defenseman Bryce Salvador ($2.9 million) was on the market, and that Dallas might be a possible destination. Dainius Zubrus is another with a significant cap hit ($3.4 million) who may be outbound, both Salvador and Zubrus are vulnerable because they lack no-trade clauses.

Patrik Elias (no-movement), Colin White, Jamie Langenbrunner, Jason Arnott, Brian Rolston, Martin Brodeur, Johan Hedberg and Anton Volchenkov all have no-trade deals, though each could agree to a trade.


Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey has an opinion on this plus some other NHL talk…

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Keep The ‘C’ Roberto

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

He’s said he likes being captain. If he doesn’t now, what has changed? And if nothing has changed, then is he not being pressured by the media or the club to give up his ‘C’? A ready-made excuse for a poor year.

Wouldn’t it be better if Luongo had a huge motivation to carry with him every time he woke up this season? Would it be better to have a world and Olympic champion goalie motivated to ram this captaincy controversy right up the media’s backside by winning a Cup or at least performing brilliantly while wea ring a ‘C’?

Wouldn’t trying to become the first goaltender captain in NHL history ever to win a Cup be a nice little extra goal to shoot for? Isn’t that preferable to him standing in front of the cameras and saying, “It was my decision and my decision alone to give up the captaincy.”

Nobody believes that. Why start the season with a farce nobody is buying?


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Hitchcock Still Under Contract With Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

The best chance for Hitchcock to be hired as a coach now - even he admits this - is during the 2010-11 season, when, inevitably, an NHL team fires its coach after a slow start.

But the Blue Jackets won’t wait that long. Priest and Howson have had general discussions about Hitchcock in recent weeks, and they plan to begin hammering out details of his new job when Hitchcock returns to Columbus late this week.

It’s a matter they want settled before training camp opens Sept. 17, Howson said. Many are treading lightly on the subject.

“As long as he’s under contract with us, we’ll find something for him to do that brings value to our organization,” Priest said.

But nobody’s quite sure what that will entail, though there are at least a handful of possibilities.

“I’ll wait for Mike or Scott to come tell me,” Hitchcock said. “I have my own plans of what I would like to do, but I don’t want to step on anybody’s toes or be in the way.”


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Hockey Notes On The Last Sunday In August

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Strange stuff: Steve Yzerman never made the cover of Sports Illustrated, but his teammate, Kirk Maltby, did.

• If the Ilya Kovalchuk saga is, in fact, coming to a conclusion, it means the New Jersey Devils are $3 million US over the salary cap and have just more than a month to get their financial business in shape. Also over the cap: Vancouver, Boston and Calgary.

• Can’t you just feel that Maple Leafs excitement building: Matt Lashoff on Friday. Clarke MacArthur on Saturday. What’s next? Wayne Primeau resigning?

a few more hockey notes tossed in with other sports talk…

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Pointing At Dale Tallon

from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily Herald,

Dale Tallon should get all the credit for finding and drafting the talent that brought a Cup to Chicago, and for that we should be grateful.

But the dismantling of the team also is on the shoulders of Tallon, who was incapable of looking into the future and seeing what he was doing to the payroll, when it was so painfully obvious to the rest of the league.

And only those slurping Kool-Aid by the tanker-full during the Tallon era didn’t see the incompetence, unwilling to admit there was no plan in place.

That’s right. There was no plan in place, a staggering failure to properly manage a team, and the consequence of overspending was a difficult summer of watching so many players sent away or set free.


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  Tags: dale+tallon

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