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RALEIGH, NC – Ron Francis, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has hired Hockey Hall of Famer Joe Nieuwendyk to serve as a professional scout and advisor.
“Joe brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our organization,” said Francis. “He will be based in Dallas, and will be a major asset to the Hurricanes in player evaluations.”
Nieuwendyk, 47, served as the general manager for the Dallas Stars from 2009-2013, acquiring many of the players that formed the foundation of the Stars’ playoff team in 2014, including Alex Goligoski, Kari Lehtonen, Cody Eakin, Alex Chiasson, Ray Whitney, Antoine Roussel and Brenden Dillon. Prior to joining the Stars, Nieuwendyk served in advisory roles for the Maple Leafs and Panthers, and served as assistant general manager for Canada’s silver-medal-winning team at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship.
from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,
One of the many things that have taken place over the summer with the Vancouver Canucks has come about quietly, but once again it shows how much the ownership wants to bring a Stanley Cup to this town.
They have definitely gotten in their own way at times, but if you ever needed a more graphic demonstration of how much the Aquilini family wishes to succeed on the ice, you only have to look at the front office to see how they’re trying to push every advantage they might have as a high-revenue team.
Hamstrung in what they can spend by the salary cap, like the Toronto Maple Leafs and a few of the other high-revenue teams are doing, they have expanded the number of people in the front office looking for all the additional help they can find in unearthing ideas and players that one day might be the difference in winning it all.
Consider that former president and general manger Mike Gillis has essentially been replaced by four people. Trevor Linden and his hire Jim Benning have combined to become what will hopefully act as a two-headed president and general manager, although Gillis and Laurence Gilman essentially did that under the old regime.
But Gilman, Lorne Henning and Stan Smyl have all been wisely retained from that regime and two more guys have been added in the hockey-management department in VP of administration TC Carling and VP of player personnel John Weisbrod.
Add any more and the VP meetings, which include all the people from the other departments, will have to be held in the lower bowl of Rogers Arena.
Oh boy. Per the QMI News Agency:
Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby was arrested by Ottawa Police late Tuesday while driving a rented Porsche, sources have told QMI Agency.
Reasons of his arrest were unknown, but appear to be driving related.
Sources say Crosby was taken to the Ottawa police headquarters on Elgin street for fingerprinting and a mugshot.
It is unknown at this time why the NHL star was in Ottawa.
Ottawa Police have been unable to be reached for comment.
I hope he's okay and I hope that this isn't what I think it might be.
added 7:57am, via the CP and TSN,
Ottawa police are denying a published report that they arrested NHL superstar Sidney Crosby.
QMI Agency quoted sources as saying the Pittsburgh Penguins captain was arrested late Tuesday while driving a rented Porsche.
The report said the reason for the arrest was unknown but that it appeared to be "driving related."
The Ottawa police duty desk told The Canadian Press: "It never happened."
Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau also tweeted that the police "have had no dealings with Mr. Crosby."
The Penguins also confirmed to TSN that Crosby is in Vail, Colorado training for the start of the season. "Penguins confirm, Crosby is in Vail, Colorado training this week," tweeted TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger on Wednesday morning.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun's returned from his summer vacation, and LeBrun suggests that the juiciest story of early September involves the contract impasse between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Ryan Johansen:
Two sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com on Tuesday there’s been next to no dialogue for a while as both sides remain more than $3 million apart per season on a proposed two-year contract.
That’s a sizable gap to be sure.
The sense is that the Johansen camp is willing to go longer on term but the team at this point is more fixated on a two-year bridge deal.
There are different layers to this squabble. From 10,000 feet above, there’s the baggage that this organization carries and the danger of alienating a core fan base that has been so, so patient through all the down years. An ugly fight with perhaps the young star most popular with the fan base is not the kind of thing you want when you consider the history here with Rick Nash, etc.
LeBrun continues, offering an assessment of the "salary ask"...
The nuts and bolts: It’s believed the Johansen camp, led by veteran agent Kurt Overhardt, wants the 22-year-old paid like some of the higher-end, young centers in the league (I’m guessing north of $6 million a year) and why not after a 33-goal campaign. Not to mention the drop-off at center on this team if Johansen isn’t playing. There’s leverage there for the player to be sure.
And LeBrun concludes by suggesting that the Blue Jackets will try to work out a PK Subban-style "bridge deal," though he's not sure whether that will happen before training camps kick off late next week.
Thanks to Bovada for this...
Odds to win the 2015 Stanley Cup
Odds on 7/9/14 Current Odds
Chicago Blackhawks 7/1 13/2
Los Angeles Kings 9/1 9/1
Boston Bruins 10/1 10/1
Anaheim Ducks 12/1 12/1
Pittsburgh Penguins 12/1 12/1
St. Louis Blues 12/1 12/1
San Jose Sharks 14/1 14/1
Minnesota Wild 18/1 16/1
New York Rangers 16/1 16/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 18/1 16/1
Colorado Avalanche 18/1 18/1
Montreal Canadiens 20/1 18/1
Dallas Stars 18/1 20/1
Detroit Red Wings 22/1 22/1
from Mac Faulkner of Shnarped,
Recently Shnarped had the chance to speak at length with Matt as he reflected back on his journey from a 9th round pick in the bantam draft to an overtime hero in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. In part one of a three-part series, we explore his thoughts on playing in Boston and what it was like scoring the overtime winning goal in his NHL playoff debut.
Is there anyone on the Bruins that you want to model your game after or just respect the way they prepare and carry themselves?
It’s hard not to go into that dressing room and respect the guys that put on that jersey because they’re there for a reason and they all believe in a common goal of winning the Stanley Cup. You have to respect the guys like (Shawn) Thornton, (Milan) Lucic and (Zdeno) Chara. You look at a guy like (Jarome) Iginla and he’s done so much for his career, in the NHL and on an international level, that it’s a no brainer.
You need to watch those guys because you want to see how they prepare and how they carry themselves in the dressing room, during the game and after the game with the media. You see why they’re so successful because they know how to be a professional. All those guys are so professional and they’re there because they want to win. Ultimately if you didn’t want to win and didn’t want to prepare yourself then you wouldn’t be there.
In my early years as a blogger I could be quite nasty toward journalists I disagree with. I received e-mails from a few of them taking me to task, not for questioning their work, but for personally attacking them. Rather than simply disagreeing with them or offering a counterpoint, I often mocked their work, personalities and even their appearance.
In short, I was acting like an *#$%@&.
Most bloggers I’ve followed over the years don’t behave like this toward the hockey punditry, but there’s several who do. It’s little wonder some in the MSM get testy when they’re criticized by these folks.
I’ve also encountered several bloggers dismissive of the mainstream media, considering themselves part of the “new media” poised to change hockey coverage forever. These same folks, however, rely heavily on the MSM for source material. They didn’t want to admit it, but they need the mainstream media. Without them, many bloggers would have little, if anything, to write about.
It’s easy to consider bloggers, especially influential ones, as “keeping the media honest”. That implies, however, the hockey media as a whole are misleading their readers with lazy reportage. That’s simply not true. Having worked alongside hockey beat writers at various NHL events over the years, I have considerable respect for what they do.
Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey where you can read more on this topic.
from Andrew Gross of The Record,
To repeat as conference champs, bigger-than-expected contributions have to come from unexpected places.
Look, given a choice between a roster with Brian Boyle (Lightning), Stralman, Pouliot and Brad Richards (Blackhawks) or Matthew Lombardi, Lee Stempniak, Tanner Glass and Dan Boyle, I’ll take the first grouping.
But Dan Boyle, at 38, should be equal to, if not better than Stralman, at least for the short term. And the Rangers have other options up front besides Lombardi, Stempniak and Glass.
Kreider’s former Boston College teammate, Kevin Hayes, has the potential to develop into a very strong off-season signing, even if it’s more likely he’ll need some seasoning at Hartford (AHL), as Kreider did.
J.T. Miller, at 21, could be facing a pivotal season in his development within the organization as he enters the last season of his entry-level deal. But it’s way too early to forget that he was the 15th overall pick in the 2011 draft and is talented, if still maturing.
Jesper Fast, Oscar Lindberg and Danny Kristo are among the other forward prospects who will be given a chance to crack the top 12.
So, in many respects, the 2014-15 Rangers enter training camp – which starts on Sept. 18 – in the same shape as last season’s model.
Not much happening today in the hockey world and I refuse to post just to attract readers for something they probably don't have an interest in.
So with that, if I see anything throughout the day I feel you would be interested in, I will post.
If not, enjoy the holiday and news will start to pick up very soon.
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