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One Final Payment For Mario

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The Penguins have settled with the final creditor from their bankruptcy of the late 1990s.

He also happens to be the most celebrated player in franchise history and one of the team’s primary owners.

Mario Lemieux, who was owed $32 million in deferred compensation on the contract in effect when he retired as a player in 1997, will receive $21 million in the wake of a periodic refinancing of the team’s debt earlier this week.

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  Tags: mario+lemieux, pittsburgh+penguins

Causing A Stir In Sabre Land

Check out the video at Sportsnet, then go to Sabres Edge for the story…

Update 4:33pm ET:

In case you’re having problems viewing the video at Sportsnet, the YouTube version is now included below:

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, media

Top Milestones

from David Amber at ESPN,

A perfect time for “10 Degrees” to count down, in reverse order, the Top 10 all-time NHL milestones and records.

10. Martin Brodeur: 11 consecutive 30-plus-win seasons

After breaking the single-season wins record with 48 victories in 2006-07, Martin Brodeur should extend his NHL record of 11 straight 30-plus win seasons in 2007-08. Brodeur, just like Patrick Roy, wants to leave the NHL as the game’s winningest goalie, and he will.

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Worst Trades in NHL History

Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

When asked recently during a radio interview if the Roberto Luongo trade to Vancouver prior to the 2006-07 season was the worst in the history of the sport, Florida Panthers coach and general manager Jacques Martin answered “True.”

Maybe this is a stretch. After all, the Montreal Canadiens handed Colorado what amounted to three Stanley Cups when they traded goalie Patrick Roy to the Avalanche in December 1995.

continued… *a look at a few other “worst ever” trades around the NHL, plus a closer look at what’s happened in Florida

 

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  Tags: florida+panthers

Applications for Thrashers’ Coaching Job

From Scott J. Powers at the Daily Herald,

John Anderson has been waiting his entire coaching career for a shot at the NHL.  With the firing of Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley on Wednesday, that shot may arrive for the 10-year Chicago Wolves coach.

“I would hope so,” said the 50-year-old Anderson. “It’s not a good thing that someone gets fired, but someone has to pick up the pieces. If I don’t, someone else will. If there’s an opportunity in Atlanta, I’d like a whack at it. I think I could fill the job.”

Anderson has done everything else. He starred in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1970s and ‘80s. As a coach, he has succeeded at nearly every minor-league level. Since becoming the Wolves coach in 1997, he has won two Turner Cups and one Calder Cup, and he made the playoffs eight times and has had a winning record every year.

“If I’m not ready now, I’ll never be,” he said. “I’ve coached teams that have won championships. I’ve played in the National (Hockey) League. I’ve played on Team Canada. I’m ready. I’m ready for that job.”

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*Previous ‘applicant’ today, Pat Quinn

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, john+anderson

Kovalev Says Media Twisted Words

from TSN,

Following Tuesday’s loss to the Panthers, the Canadiens associate captain voiced his frustration with the tactics that were used in the dying moments that allowed Florida to tie the game.

“In the last two minutes, we knew they were going to put a lot of pressure on us,” Kovalev told the TEAM 990 in Montreal. “It was just my idea that we could have taken a timeout, get organized and get the right people on the ice. Maybe it could have been better. That’s what I saw from the bench.”...

On Thursday, Kovalev was critical of the media for creating a story where there was none.

“Everybody knows nothing is going on and everything is good between me and Carbo,” Kovalev told reporters. “It’s just you guys try to have a competition between each other and try to twist words, who twisted words better.”

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  Tags: alex+kovalev, media, montreal+canadiens

AO vs. Crosby

from

ESPN

(sorry, my fault) NHL.com,

In this week’s Head-To-Head, NHL.com’s Evan Grossman and Adam Kimelman debate which superstar is the best all-around player, Washington’s Alex Ovechkin or Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby.

It’s Ovechkin, no contest!
By Evan Grossman | NHL.com Staff Writer

Sidney Crosby and Wayne Gretzky are compared to each other at each and every opportunity. But here’s one you probably haven’t heard before: They are both not the best players of their respective generations.
No disrespect to either guy, but there’s something you people need to wrap your minds around. Gretzky, despite his total rewriting of the record book, was not as good as Mario Lemieux was—just like Crosby, despite his trophy-case first two years in the NHL, is not as good as Alexander Ovechkin….

Sid the Kid is The Man!

By Adam Kimelman | NHL.com Staff Writer

What’s the old saying? Don’t believe the hype?

Take a look at Sidney Crosby. It’s not hype; it’s gospel truth. “Sid the Kid” can’t buy a beer yet, but he’s got a chance to sip something out of that big silver mug the NHL gives away each June….

read on

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby, washington+capitals

Flames Talking Contract Extension With Kiprusoff

from the Calgary Herald,

While GM Darryl Sutter was critical of the recent play of his goalie on Wednesday, the Flames still see him as a linchpin in the lineup. And despite the jibes of Sutter and coach Mike Keenan about a slow start, Kiprusoff continues to be bullish on Calgary. (It’s just one Kumbaya short of a love-in.)

As for anything imminent to announce from said discussions, however . . . do not hold your breath. Kiprusoff remains firm about being paid like the top goalie in the NHL—that would be in the $6.75-million US range being enjoyed by Roberto Luongo in Vancouver. And he’s looking for recognition that he’s equally as important to the Flames as is captain Jarome Iginla. He of the five-year, $7-million-per-year payday.

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  Tags: calgary+flames, goalies, miikka+kiprusoff

Tanguay Plans On Staying In Calgary

from the Calgary Sun,

Tanguay yesterday found himself having to discuss a report on the French-language station RDS that said the Flames might be considering a deal with the Montreal Canadiens that would bring Alexei Kovalev to the Stampede City. Kovalev won a Stanley Cup with Keenan in New York.

Tanguay said he had no intentions on following it.

“I’m not planning on wasting any time on that at all,” he said. “I’m here with the Flames, and I think when they brought me here they wanted me to help the team, and as far as I know, it’s still the plan.”

more, plus Spector covers this in greater detail and has some more signing and trade talk too…

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  Tags: alex+tanguay, calgary+flames, montreal+canadiens

A Look At Mike Sullivan

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Tortorella said he wants Sullivan, 39, to take even more responsibility, lead team meetings and be a presence in the locker room, when necessary, to keep the message fresh.

“I’m tired of hearing myself talk, really,” Tortorella said. “The evolution of this team right now is to hear a different voice and a man with different ideas who is willing to challenge to get his ideas across. Sully has the strength to handle that.”

read on

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  Tags: mike+sullivan, tampa+bay+lightning

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