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from Ryan Dixon of Sportsnet,
Now it’s time for Montreal to forgo the gamesmanship and pay.
Because of the aforementioned tough-love approach the coaching staff has taken with Subban at times and because his last negotiation resulted in a brief holdout before a team-friendly, two-year deal was signed, there’s always a seed of doubt when assessing No. 76’s future in Montreal.
That no deal has been struck yet makes speculation easier to spread, though Habs GM Marc Bergevin could well just be doing his due diligence in trying to ink Subban for as palatable a number as possible. When push comes to shove, however, does anybody doubt the best outcome for Montreal is a maximum-term deal that locks up the young superstar?
Of course, that can’t come at any cost, but even if Subban’s demands push up to $9 million per on an eight-year pact, aren’t the financially flush Habs better off shelling out than scrounging around for a doomed plan to replace their best skater?
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
The Devils have signed defenseman Andy Greene to a "long-term" contract extension, team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello announced during a media conference call this afternoon.
Terms of the contract were not released.
Greene, who will turn 32 on Oct. 30, is entering the final season of a four-year contract that pays $3.5 million in 2014-15 ($3 million salary cap hit). He would have been eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2015.
from Thomas Drance at The Score,
On Tuesday afternoon, Linden co-hosted the mid-day show on Team 1040 sports talk radio in Vancouver for two hours alongside regular host Matt Sekeres. During the show, Linden was asked about his stance on fighting in hockey and responded thoughtfully and at length. Here's are his comments via Dimitri Filipovic of canucksarmy.com (full disclosure, I am a contributor at canucksarmy.com):
I think that our game is such a great one. It's built around speed, and skill, and hard-hitting, not unlike the NFL.
Can you imagine an NFL game where a linebacker puts a good lick on a running back and the linemen get in there and drop their helmets and start bareknuckle punching each other in the face. It seems rather odd. And you can see why there are some fans in the States that have a tough time with that. They say 'I watch the NFL on Sundays and they hit hard, play hard, and pop up after hits and run back in the huddle'. That's part of the game.
Hockey has a different culture, of course. I think there are a lot of fans that don't care for the needless fighting. The staged "I'm supposed to fight, you're supposed to fight, so let's fight. We're not really mad at each other, but that's our job" type of thing. I tend to agree with (that).
I think the NHL (is) moving forward - whether it be a Steve Yzerman or various others - have come out and had significant stances (against fighting).
MONTRÉAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin, announced Wednesday the appointment of Rob Ramage as player development coach with the Club.
“We welcome Rob Ramage as part of our hockey personnel. Rob is a dedicated and competent hockey person who will contribute to our player development group. Our entire organization, and particularly our young defensemen will benefit from his experience and his knowledge”, said Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin.
My own problems with Yzerman started as a result of him mistreating my teammates. He was abusive to linesmen, and it made my protective instincts kick in and tell him off in no uncertain terms. The spark was lit after he belittled and verbally abused longtime linesman Mark Pare on an icing call in Detroit. It went way beyond simply yelling about a blown call. He treated Mark and other officials like they didn't even belong on the same ice as he did.
My next run-in with Yzerman came as a result of a disallowed goal in Minnesota. The dialogue won't be repeated on a family-friendly blog but suffice to say he wasn't a big fan of my style nor I of his. He made it personal and then escalated it when he elected to gripe to the media about me.
Retired NHL referee Paul Stewart. Read more from Stewart at the Huffington Post.
His scheduled arbitration date was this Friday.
from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
Hartnell is happy to be here only because he believes the Blue Jackets have a chance to be good for several years, and he sees himself playing a key role in that. That starts with beating a Pittsburgh team that knocked the Jackets out of the playoffs.
“The Pens are not my favorite team, probably by far,” he said. “I think they’re only a couple hours drive from Columbus, so I’m excited to stir that pot a little bit and get under Crosby’s and Malkin’s skin and frustrate them like I usually do.”
More than two months before the start of the season, the trade of R.J. Umberger to the Flyers for Hartnell looks like a home run.
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec isn’t very well-liked or well-respected within the B’s dressing room, and a national hockey audience got a taste of why when he repeatedly snapped his head back in embellishment during phantom high stick encounters against the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The blatant play-acting even spawned the hash tag #Plekanecing on twitter where fans snapped selfies in mock pain and head-snapping embellishment.
During the 2014 Phoenix House Champs for Change dinner in Halifax, Marchand was asked by AHL President Dave Andrews during a panel discussion which NHL player irritates him the most. Surely it’s a long list with an agitator like Marchand, but there wasn’t much hesitation in his answer (YouTube video).
“There are a few guys out there that really irritate,” said Marchand, who it should be noted has authored his own adventures in embellishment over the years. “Tomas Plekanec from Montreal…I hate him. I can’t stand him. No, I probably shouldn’t say that. I dislike him very much. Now somebody is going to call and get mad at me tomorrow.”
This isn't blockbuster news, but Chad LaRose basically disappeared off the hockey map for a year (kind of like what Ian White's done now), and this evening, it appears that LaRose is going to attempt to make an NHL comeback the old-fashioned way, via an AHL deal with the Hurricanes' developmental affiliate. Per the Charlotte Checkers:
The Charlotte Checkers have signed former Hurricanes right wing Chad LaRose to an AHL deal. LaRose, 32, spent parts of three seasons in the ECHL and AHL before breaking into the NHL and becoming part of the Stanley Cup-winning team in 2006. The 5-foot-10, 181-pound LaRose has played 508 games in his NHL career over eight seasons, all with the Hurricanes, accumulating 180 points (85g, 95a) and 286 penalty minutes.
The undrafted Michigan native has also appeared in 125 career AHL games with the Lowell Lock Monsters, most recently in the 2005-06 season, totaling 83 points (41g, 42a) and 71 penalty minutes. LaRose has not played at any level since posting four points in 35 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season.
“For us, he’ll be a top player," Checkers coach Jeff Daniels told CarolinaHurricanes.com. "He’s a guy that has scored at the NHL level. I think we’re getting a hungry player. We’ve got a guy who’s going to play with a purpose and show not only Carolina, but all of the NHL, that he’s still a young guy and still has a lot of hockey left in him. He’s going to need to prove that he still has it, and I’m sure it will take some time to get the timing in game situations back, but he’s a guy that competes. He’s hungry, and he wants to get back to the next level.”
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