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via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils have avoided Friday’s arbitration hearing and re-signed restricted free agent center Travis Zajac to a multi-year contract.
Zajac, 24, is coming off a breakout season in which he posted career-highs with 20 goals, 42 assists, 62 points and a team-best plus-33 defensive rating.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Here’s an interesting take on the vacant Florida GM slot from a high NHL exec: Since the draft and major free agency picks have been completed, it’s quite possible that assistant GM Randy Sexton simply will inherit Jacques Martin’s chair for the 2009-2010 season.
Look at it this way: Sexton has plenty of experience (Ottawa and Florida) and will save a financially strapped franchise some extra bucks. Plus, between overseer Bill Torrey and Sexton, the Panthers’ braintrust is as good as any around.
more hockey notes from Stan…
from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,
Jeremy Roenick has his happy ending. The Coyotes are still working on theirs.
Roenick will leave the game with his dignity, his milestone and his name in lights. And though he hasn’t announced his retirement just yet, it sounds as though the hard-checking star finally is checking out.
“I’m really not on the fence,” Roenick said. “I really know what I’m doing. I’m just not going to announce it yet.”
For 20 seasons, Roenick gave the NHL what it sorely needs: a marketable American with huge personality. He was flashy, on ice and off. He said lots of interesting things. He will leave as one of the better American-born players of all time.
continue for Roenick’s thoughts on the Phoenix situation and J.R. says Chelios wants to play for the Rangers…
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
It has been five years since he was drafted 90th overall by the Toronto Maple Leafs, and more than three years since he backstopped Canada to a gold medal victory at the world junior championship. And after a disastrous NHL debut, it has been months since anyone within the franchise referred to the 23-year-old as the franchise’s goaltender of the future.
Instead, with the team having recently signed Swedish free agent Jonas Gustavsson to challenge for the Leafs’ No. 1 spot—and with prospect James Reimer expected to start the season for the Toronto Marlies—Pogge is now in danger of being the goaltender who is simply forgotten.
“Justin Pogge is basically comparable to a child actor, who’s had success at a young age and just can’t handle it mentally,” said Steve McKichan, who was the Leafs’ goaltending coach from 2005-06 through 2007-08.
from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,
These days, it seems, the hockey never stops. The Red Wings, just off the awesome disappointment of losing the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals, are engaged in work integral to their future.
It is obvious even from a distance that one of those supervising the earnest wanna-bes towers over everyone else. It is a vision of what might have been: a huge defenseman, gliding easily along the ice with purpose and poise. His overwhelming size and evident self-possession set him apart from the rest.
But Jiri Fischer wears the gray sweats, this summer, at camps for prospects and youths—not a red-and-white jersey bearing the number “2.” And he skates with a whistle, not shoulder pads, around his neck.
Alex Kovalev, newly signed with the Ottawa Senators, hopes that whiny winger Dany Heatley remains with the team.
That way, Kovalev might look a little less like a floater.
-Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
A source close to the situation confirmed new Hawks winger Marian Hossa has a shoulder or rotator cuff injury.
The severity of the injury is not known, although it is possible Hossa might need surgery, which could put him out of the Hawks lineup until December.
The Hawks are monitoring Hossa while he rehabs the injury, believed to have been suffered during the playoffs.
from Cycle Like The Sedins,
With the first pick in the NHL Re-Draft, Kent/Calgary selects ...
The Calgary Flames select: Alex Ovechkin- Cap Hit: $9,538,462
read on to get the whole picture…
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
During the 2007-‘08 season, Tomas Plekanec scored 29 goals, added 40 assists and was plus-15. His salary was $1.4 million – which made those breakout numbers a bargain.
In 2008-09, Plekanec scored 20 goals and had 19 assists. He was minus-9. The second year of a two-year contract paid him $1.8 million.
Plekanec’s new one-year contract is for $2.75 million.
So after a season when his goals declined by 31 per cent, his assists by 53 per cent and his plus/minus by 24, Pleks gets a 50 per cent raise.
read on for a look at the Canadiens cap numbers and how a trade with San Jose doesn’t look possible.
from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
Islanders president Chris Dey last week told radio announcers Chris King and Steve Mears their contracts will not be renewed for the coming season. Madison Square Garden Network made television announcers Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe available for a radio simulcast, so Dey chose to cut payroll by letting King and Mears go.
King, 48, has been part of every Islanders radio broadcast for the past 15 years, including the last 11 years on a full-time basis as analyst and color commentator. Mears, 29, has handled the radio play-by-play duties for the past three seasons.
Although Rose and Jaffe are a superb television team, their style is tailored to that medium, describing instant replays, diagramming plays and conversing about the game. A radio broadcast is more detailed and more wordy in terms of play-by-play description, while the TV crew relies more heavily on the pictures to tell the story.
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