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The NHL is holding a press conference today at 2pm ET to announce the Winter Classic Game at Fenway Park. Representatives from the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers will be on hand and the press conference can be seen on the NHL Network and NHL.com will be streaming the event too.
Also, the schedule for the 2009-10 NHL season will be released later today.
added 10:59am, Schuyler Baehman is Twittering from Fenway and taking some cool pictures too!
Watch the press conference from Fenway Park below…
added 2:07pm, Bettman noted NBC/NHL contract extended for 2 more years.
note: original post was 10:04am this morning.
Picture via Schuyler Baehman of the NHL at twitpic where you can find more pictures from Fenway.
via Main Line Media News,
New Flyers goalie, Ray Emery, talks with Jabari Young on returning to the NHL, African-Americans in hockey, and even kicks a freestyle rap about helping the Flyers win a Stanley Cup.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
It’s mind-boggling that neither general manager Paul Holmgren nor the alleged cap expert within the Flyers organization—whomever that isn’t—understood that the seven-year Chris Pronger extension that begins in 2010-11 would be treated as an over-35 contract, applicable against the cap under essentially all circumstances as defined by the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.
And yet, Philadelphia likely will never suffer the consequences for the massive blunder in which management agreed to pay $33.4 million of the total $34.9 million within the first five years of the extension. And thus would be on the hook for a $4.921 million cap hit in 2015-16 and 2016-17, even with the defenseman in expected retirement.
The Flyers will not take the hit because the CBA will be long extinct by that time, with another round of rollbacks and amnesty buyouts expected to bridge the gap between the current labor agreement and whatever comes next.
continued and more NHL topics…
from Paul Lukas of ESPN Page 2,
After weeks of diligent research in this highly controlled environment, Uni Watch is proud to present the eight ‘80s-est uniforms of the ‘80s: some good, some bad, but all representative of their era. And since the ‘80s were also the decade of MTV, Uni Watch has provided an appropriate 1980s music video to accompany each uni design.
3. Philadelphia Flyers, 1982-83 and Hartford Whalers, 1982-83
Yes, Virginia, it’s true: For one very strange season, two NHL teams wore long pants. Officially known as Cooperalls, they looked sort of like snow pants. Hartford’s were striped; Philly’s were sometimes striped, sometimes not. Either way, they looked like crap and were banned by the league after two seasons.
7. Vancouver Canucks, 1978-85
Although officially unveiled in the late 1970s, this design really hit its stride in the ‘80s, as the Canucks reached their first Stanley Cup finals and could no longer be ignored by American hockey fans. Home or road, the overall effect was the same: It looked like the team was wearing orange safety vests.
more teams but these were the only NHL teams mentioned…
I know this was a hot topic on the web yesterday and now it looks like we have an answer…
Elliotte Friedman of HNIC and co-hosting Fan590 morning show this week contacted Bill Daly this morning. Daly said even if Pronger retires before his contract expires, his cap figure will remain on the books for the Flyers.
Check out Elliotte’s Twitter for a bit more…
The agent for Chris Pronger told Sportsnet that his client has signed a seven-year contract extension that will likely see the defenceman finish his career in Philadelphia.
The confirmation will come down later Tuesday.
The extension is front-loaded to lower the salary cap hit, and is rumoured to be worth $35 million, or five million per season.
from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The Flyers prefer to characterize the draft-day move as the opportunity to add a future Hall of Fame player who will solidify the back line for seasons to come. That might be exactly how it will turn out, too, but the stakes and the measuring stick for the Flyers remains as always: Cup or nothing.
And with that, the clock is ticking.
It is ticking because the Flyers paid an enormous price to acquire him, sending away two first-round picks, and - by including talented 19-year-old defenseman Luca Sbisa - the equivalent of a third first-rounder.
Three years from now, if the Pronger acquisition has not produced a Stanley Cup, the talent gap left by dealing those three top picks has the potential to leave some holes on the roster.
As it is, there are a few holes the Flyers will have to plug in the short term, too. Losing Joffrey Lupul in the trade and forward Mike Knuble because the team couldn’t afford to keep him will provide for some challenges on the scoring lines, particularly at right wing.
But those are the chances the Flyers have taken, with the future and with the present. And, for all the right reasons, those were the correct chances to take.
via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier Post,
There is an intriguing goal-scoring winger still waiting for a contract offer and his name is Brendan Shanahan. The Devils have not offered a contract to the 40-year-old winger and Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren is looking to add some more Stanley Cup experience to his club.
Holmgren’s other options include Chris Gratton and Mike Sillinger. Stay tuned.
Heck, a very slow news day so far, so why not watch Chris Pronger live today?
Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will meet with the media today at noon. The press conference will be streamed live here on philadelphiaflyers.com. Also taking part will be Ed Snider, Peter Luukko and Paul Holmgren.
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