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Mark Messier's chosen to get into the "business of hockey," but he's not doing so in New York. Via NHL.com, the Edmonton Oilers website's Chris Wescott revealed that Messier's joining the Edmonton Oilers as an advisor:
Mark Messier spoke with the Edmonton media on Tuesday and confirmed that he serves in an advisory role with the Oilers organization.
“Advisor or consultant," Messier said. "I am available for anything that they need me to do or talk about. For example, just coming in today and lending some of my experiences as a captain with the coaches here and the organization. Any kind of way that I can help with the players, with the coaches and with decisions. I just told (Kevin Lowe) and (Craig MacTavish) that I would be available 24/7 for whatever they needed me to do. I am looking forward to taking this into the next generation of these kids and turning it around.”
Messier says he is there to help the management with anything they need. He understands the frustration considering where the team’s performance has fallen in the last several years. But Messier feels the right management is in place and now is the time to stay the course.
Continued, and the Oilers of course posted three Messier stores regarding Wayne Gretzky, the 1984 Oilers' battle with the Calgary Flames and the team's relationship with the community, a photo gallery, and there's a 39-minute video of Messier's "unveiling" ahead of the 20th anniversary of the Oilers' 1984 Cup win.
The NHL Officials at their training camp in Collingwood, Ont....
from Brett Crygalis of the New York Post,
“I think obviously goaltending was a big thing,” Tavares told The Post on Tuesday at an NHL event at a Newark High School, his team having signed starter Jaroslav Halak to a four-year, $18 million deal, and added established backup Chad Johnson on a two-year, $2.6 million deal.
“To have those two guys set and to know that our goaltending situation is settled there,” Tavares said, “it’s really the first time it’s been like that since I’ve been here.”
If that wasn’t enough to make Tavares happy, general manager Garth Snow also added some talent up front to skate alongside him, inking the former dynamic duo from the Maple Leafs in Mikhail Grabovski and Nikolai Kulemin, both to four-year deals worth a combined $36.75 million.
“They obviously played really well together,” Tavares said, noting that in the 2010-11 season, while playing on the same line in Toronto, they scored 29 and 30 goals, respectively. “They know each other well, and they have good chemistry.”
via Channel3000 (Madison Wi.),
Officials with University of Wisconsin Hockey have confirmed Bob Suter died of a heart attack at Capitol Ice Arena in Middleton Tuesday.
Suter, 57, was part of the Miracle On Ice team that competed in the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York. The team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, upset the Soviet Union and then went on to defeat Finland to win gold.
Suter's hockey career ended soon after the 1980 Olympics. He retired in 1982 having never played in an NHL game. He returned to Madison, and opened a sporting goods store, coached youth hockey, and later became a part-owner of Capitol Ice Arena.
Below is a video Bob Suter did with son Ryan Suter before the Sochi Olympics...
via the Buffalo Sabres PR department,
Kim and I are humbled and honored that the Wilson family has chosen us to be the second owner of the Buffalo Bills. Pending the NFL approval process, being the next owner of the Buffalo Bills would be a great privilege for our family. Ralph Wilson left an indelible mark on our community and we will strive every day to honor his legacy.
Our interest in owning the Bills has everything to do with the people of Western New York and our passion for football. We have knowledgeable, dedicated fans here and along with our ownership of the Buffalo Sabres, it is gratifying to reassure these great fans that two franchises so important to our region are both here to stay.
We are grateful to Senator Chuck Schumer and Governor Andrew Cuomo for their support and desire to keep our Bills in Western New York where they belong and to our team of professional advisors at Allen & Company and Sherrard, German & Kelly. We would also like to thank the staffs of the NFL and the Bills for helping to guide us through the sale process. We now look ahead to the NFL review process in accordance with League policy. If awarded final approval, we will be driven to achieve a singular goal: To win a Super Bowl for our fans.
Out of respect for the continuing sale process, until League approval is attained, we will have no further comment.”
from Katie Strang of ESPN,
In comparison to some of their competitors in the Western Conference -– the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings, the dominant Chicago Blackhawks, the surprising Colorado Avalanche, even the talented-yet-wayward San Jose Sharks -– the Arizona Coyotes never seem to warrant much attention.
But former Coyote Brad May thinks that may not be the worst thing for his old club, flying under the radar in an uber-competitive Pacific Division and Western Conference with hopes of getting back to the playoffs this season.
“Nobody really talks about them,” May told ESPN.com, “but I think they’re a much better team than people give them credit for.”
via the Toronto Star,
A New York TV station says several people have been arrested in connection with the death of New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard.
Boogaard died of an accidental drug overdose in 2011 while recovering from a concussion.
“Arrests have been made in connection with the overdose death of @NYRangers player Derek Boogaard,” MyFoxNY tweeted.
Boogaard’s brother Aaron was charged shortly after the enforcer’s death with giving his brother Oxycodone.
That charge was later dismissed.
Over/Under Point Totals (From highest to lowest)
Boston Bruins - 2014-2015 Regular Season Points
Chicago Blackhawks -2014-2015 Regular Season Points
Los Angeles Kings - 2014-2015 Regular Season Points
Anaheim Ducks - 2014-2015 Regular Season Points
Pittsburgh Penguins - 2014-2015 Regular Season Points
St Louis Blues - 2014-2015 Regular Season Points
San Jose Sharks - 2014-2015 Regular Season Points
"It's already an honor just to be in the conversation, but I know I have to step up and help lead this team no matter if there's a letter on this sweater or not. I feel like I'm ready for it. When Gorges and Gio were here, you don't want to step on any toes, you want the leaders to lead and want them to be able to do their thing. But now that they're gone, I think there's a big gap to fill right now. I hope to be able to do so. Whoever does have the 'C' on their sweater, he's going to have a lot of help. We know a lot of guys in the room that can lead, guys who have been on Stanley Cup teams. So I think whoever gets the letter, he'll get help."
-Max Pacioretty of the Montreal Canadians on his name being mentioned as one of the possibilites of being named captain. More from Pacioretty by Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.
Ron MacLean on the Sunday night hockey schedule for Sportsnet,
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