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The Hockey Hall of Fame will make the announcement of the 2014 Inductees on Monday, June 23rd at 3:00pm ET.
from Mike Brophy of CBC,
Only members of the Hockey Hall of Fame's selection committee may submit nominations for election. I am not a member, but I have a few suggestions for those who are.
Here are four players and a coach who have been overlooked.
Yes, Claude Lemieux. Hockey is not all about goals and assists, although the case could be made that Lemieux was a handy scorer in his 1,215-game big-league career, during which he scored 379 goals and 786 points. Lemieux was like Larmer -- a complete player who tormented his opponents with a physical game that at times crossed the line. But hey, Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Mark Messier crossed the line at times, too.
What Lemieux did to Detroit's Kris Draper in 1996 was indeed despicable. Lemieux hit the Red Wings grinder from behind into the boards, breaking Draper's jaw and shattering his cheek and orbital bone. But that does not define his career. Lemieux saved his best hockey for the post-season, helping Montreal (1986), New Jersey (1995) and Colorado (1996) win Stanley Cups. In 1995 Lemieux scored 13 playoff goals and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP.
"I don't know if he's going to retire or not but I know he went home to think about it. I just felt we had younger players coming along that we had to move into the lineup. I thought it was best for this organization that we move forward a little bit.
"It was just time for me. And that [Koivu] was the hardest decision of the three, as you can well imagine. Again, Jonas did so much for us. But we have pretty good kids there, so the writing was on the wall there.
"But Saku, I had to do a lot of soul-searching on that one."
-Bob Murray, GM of the Anaheim Ducks when announcing Saku Koivu, along with Jonas Hiller and Daniel Winnik, would not be re-signed by the Ducks. More from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times.
from Michael Russo of Russo's Rants at the Star Tribune,
The NHL has implemented a significant change from last year regarding the free-agent interview period that begins next Wednesday.
In a memo sent yesterday to all teams and subsequently forwarded by the NHL Players’ Association to all agents, the league will now allow clubs and agents to discuss general parameters of a potential contract for a pending restricted and unrestricted free agent....
In the June 18 memo (read over the phone to me by an agent), the league states, “After discussions with a number of general managers, we have revised and hopefully clarified with regard to last summer the permissible parameters of player contract and communication during the applicable interview periods.
“Please be advised that clubs are permitted to discuss the potential interest in as well as general parameters of a potential future contractual relationship with another club’s pending RFA or UFA during the applicable interview periods. The clubs may not enter any agreements or make any binding offers, promises, … oral or written concerning the terms of a potential SPC (standard players contract) with another club’s pending RFA or UFA.”
from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday he is “real close” to choosing the team's next head coach.
“The process is coming to an end,” said Rutherford, who has made a decision on one of eight candidates. “I'm still checking a few points with the lead candidate, but a decision is coming real soon.”
Rutherford declined to provide specifics regarding candidates or his choice. An announcement could be made within days provided details of a contract can be worked out.
Team and league sources said Rutherford's candidates included: former NHL coaches Ron Wilson and Marc Crawford; assistants Ulf Samuelsson (New York Rangers) and Bill Peters (Detroit); and Willie Desjardins, coach of Dallas' AHL affiliate.
Sportsnet's Hockey Central at Noon looked at the teams with open coaching positions...
from James A. Conley of Shnarped,
The Sharks have posted franchise valuation increases in every season since 2006 and hold the league’s second-longest playoff appearance streak at 10 seasons and counting.
The hockey is good in San Jose, and the fans are good as well — better than 97 percent attendance in 2013-14 for a franchise that is among hockey’s newest in a market that is one of its most unproven.
Like Pittsburgh, San Jose has a good product on the ice (if one that doesn’t always live up to expectations). But now, like Pittsburgh, the Sharks could be entering a period of turmoil off the ice.
It took a few years of viable hockey to turn Pittsburgh’s business model into a good one. Over the last decade, few teams can match the Sharks’ level of sustained success.
So if the on-ice product in San Jose is good (and it is), why are the Sharks suddenly in danger of being swept up by the NHL’s business undertow?
Certainly, a poorly negotiated television deal can’t be the straw that’s breaking the Sharks’ back?
from Scott Cullen of TSN,
If the Rangers return most of the same roster, with Martin St. Louis, Rick Nash, Derek Stepan, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Derick Brassard and Carl Hagelin as the forward core, the Rangers will likely be a playoff team next year, but there are enough free agents that it can't be assumed the Rangers will have the same roster. Mix in a buyout of Brad Richards, and potential free agent departures of defenceman Anton Stralman along with forwards Benoit Pouliot, Brian Boyle, Dominic Moore and others and that will present an opportunity to make some changes.
Additionally, the Rangers are known for being big-game hunters and, in a summer in which many big names are already being floated in trade rumours, it would come as no surprise if at least one of those big names found its way to Broadway.
NEW YORK (June 19, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today the order of selection for the 2014 NHL Draft, June 27-28 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. The first round will be conducted on Friday, June 27 and broadcast live by NBCSN in the United States and TSN and RDS in Canada, beginning at 7 p.m., ET. Rounds 2-7 will be held on Saturday, June 28, beginning at 10 a.m., ET, with NHL Network providing live coverage to viewers throughout North America.
Visit NHL.com/draft for comprehensive Draft coverage, including prospect profiles, scouting reports, rankings and video.
Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray spoke with the media this morning and updated them on all things Sens, including Jason Spezza.
Watch 10 minutes of Bryan Murray below...
from Arden Zwelling of Sportsnte,
“With Marian, there’s a little bit of Teemu Selanne there. Selanne, when he finally won [a Stanley Cup]—he went to another level,” Lombardi said. “When you experience something like this, you realize sometimes there’s things more important than stats. So we’re certainly hoping he stays.”
What Lombardi is referring to as being more important than stats is Gaborik’s personality off the ice, where he’s been able to fit in seamlessly with the Kings roster, even living with Carter for a spell when he first came to Los Angeles. Lombardi knows it’s hard to find players who fit in so well so quickly, which is something he places value in.
But in order to keep Gaborik, he may have to say goodbye to Richards, and let go of a player he thinks is also an integral part of that organizational makeup. That decision won’t be easy. But it never is.
“One thing that you learn from the last Cup is, you have to prepare for July 1 in a hurry,” Lombardi said. “Because we know Phoenix is gonna be back. San Jose and Anaheim are great teams. Obviously, there’s Chicago and St. Louis. It’s a war in this conference.”
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