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from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
And lastly - and this should excite you if you are a Lightning fan - I’ve heard from those in the know that Koules expects to be very active in the free agent market once July 1 hits. This has been speculated and general manager Jay Feaster has hinted at it, but I have been told directly that the team will be at the forefront of the free agent market, at least in terms of who they want to seek (no guarantee they will actually gain the services of those players on their hit list, but at least they are going to be aggressive).
more on the Bolts…
from Empty Netters,
Regardless, perception can be reality and that “reality” was enforced somewhat when Rendell had the above picture of himself released sporting a Red Wings jersey and sucking down some Faygo “pop.” No, Rendell didn’t have Darren Helm in his fantasy pool. He was actually paying up on a bet with Michigan Governor Jennifer Grandholm.
more with pic…
from the CBC,
“To get it on Canada Day is something special,” said Coombs. “It gives everyone a chance to share with Danny … [and] be able to be a part of the history that he made.”
The town was practically painted red and white during the NHL playoffs, with a massive banner hoisted across the legendary coastal boat the Kyle, which is moored in the town’s harbour.
from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,
Walz, the former Wild center who retired from the National Hockey League as a player in December, has been asked if he’s interested in becoming an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The conversation took place three weeks ago and is expected to continue this week if the Lightning’s ownership change is approved, as expected, Wednesday by the Board of Governors.
After Hollywood producer Oren Koules and former NHLer Len Barrie get the keys to the Lightning, former Los Angeles Kings coach and current ESPN analyst Barry Melrose is expected to be announced as head coach….
According to a source, the Lightning is also interested in Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet and San Jose Sharks scout and former goalie Cap Raeder to round out Melrose’s staff.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Today could be the first day of the rest of Glen Murray’s life - the one he will lead without the Bruins.
That’s not to say that Murray is definitely gone from Causeway Street, but it is to remind one and all that the NHL today begins its annual buyout period, and Murray’s 2007-08 season can be submitted to the jury as Exhibit A for why buyout relief has been part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement for decades.
continued and many NHL bits too…
from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,
It was nice to see the NHL borrow an idea from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science people – among other organizations – in coming up with a Lifetime Achievement Award….
Going forward, there are many worthy candidates for this award as the NHL closes in on its 100th year. Selecting anyone other than Mr. Hockey in Year 1 would have been a mistake. But in future seasons, Bobby Orr, Wayne Gretzky, Scotty Bowman and Jean Beliveau are just a few names we’ll be seeing win this award.
It’ll be interesting to see how the NHL handles the legacy of Ted Lindsay. Not only was ‘Terrible Ted’ one of the best players of all-time – he ranked No. 21 on The Hockey News’ 1997 list of the top 100 players – he was also the instigator of the grossly underpaid players’ attempt to form an association/union back in 1957.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
The waiting list also includes Doug Gilmour, Steve Larmer, Bobby Smith, Rick Middleton, Adam Oates and Dale Hunter, Russians led by Igor Larionov and Pavel Bure, pre-expansion NHLers who no longer have a veterans’ category and those dogged lobbyists for Paul Henderson, still fighting for him 36 years post-Summit Series.
The current selection committee, infused with some new blood this year, meets Tuesday to vote on up to four 2008 player inductees. After a few recent no-brainers, Ray Bourque, Patrick Roy, Scott Stevens, Al MacInnis, Mark Messier, this is what some call a “light” year, or a chance to address oversights.
from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,
Kings associate coach Mike Johnston has spoken twice with Dean Lombardi and Ron Hextall about the head-coaching job. There were a pair of 90-minute interviews, on Thursday and Saturday, but no hiring is imminent. In fact, Lombardi said the Kings will wait until after the draft—coming up Friday and Saturday—to conduct any more interviews.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Fighters are always the nicest guys. It is a common saying in hockey, and Ian Laperriere has done nothing but keep it true in his NHL career.
Need a player to give some time for a good cause? Call Lappy. Need a player to say a few words to a group of kids at a school? Call Lappy.
And when the American Diabetes Association and the Denver Father’s Day Council went looking for father of the year candidates, they called Lappy. This month, Laperriere was named one of the city’s four fathers of the year by the ADA.
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
A week that might be the most important in the franchise’s young history begins today. Trade discussions leading up to and during next weekend’s NHL draft will open an array of possibilities, and it’s time for the Blue Jackets to be bold and aggressive.
The conservative, maybe-our-young-guys-will-all-mature approach can be filed in the same trash can as the finish-last-and-stockpile-some-future-stars method. It’s time to act. Howson should be prepared to move anybody and everybody to get the franchise on track.
And yes, I said “anybody.” Pascal Leclaire … Rostislav Klesla … Jason Chimera … Fredrik Modin … even, gulp, Rick Nash.
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