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from Victor Chi of the Sporting News via Yahoo,
The Sharks should be able to offer Campbell the two most important enticements for a free agent: Money and success. They have the salary-cap space to accommodate him, and the team is positioned to be competitive for several seasons—- Joe Thornton and Jonathan Cheechoo are signed through 2011.
San Jose’s ace, though, might be the Ottawa connection. Campbell and GM Doug Wilson both played junior hockey under legendary Ottawa 67s coach Brian Kilrea. Wilson often cites Kilrea as one of the most important influences in his life, and the alumni network of 67s is tight. He believes in the way Kilrea develops hockey skills and character, and his track record with the Sharks is a reflection of that.
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
The Washington Capitals demonstrated three goaltenders do not fit in front of two nets.
Newly acquired Cristobal Huet presided at one end of the rink Thursday during his first practice with the team. Longtime face-of-the-franchise Olie Kolzig was at the other end.
As for reliable backup Brent Johnson? All he could do was watch from the bench.
“I think everybody realizes how weird it is in here right now,” Kolzig said.
added 7:37pm, Kolzig’s agent talks about this move at Capitals Insider...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The Tampa Bay general manager called Brad Richards on Tuesday morning to tell the former Conn Smythe Trophy winner he had been traded to Dallas. Feaster, Richards and Richards’ agent, Pat Morris, had been talking about the potential move for days, so the news was hardly surprising. Still, Feaster had to hang up the phone.
“I phoned Brad and I couldn’t finish the conversation. I broke down and I couldn’t finish talking to him,” Feaster told ESPN.com a day after he sent Richards to Dallas along with backup netminder Johan Holmqvist for goalie Mike Smith, forwards Jussi Jokinen and Jeff Halpern and a 2009 fourth-round pick.
“It was the weirdest day of my life,” Richards told ESPN.com shortly after his first practice with the Stars.
The Los Angeles Kings have activated defenseman Rob Blake from the injured reserve list, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is on the airwaves from 4-5 p.m. ET today for the NHL Hour on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com.
NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, including Commissioner Bettman, Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and Senior Executive VP of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. The show is co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement.
**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.
from Internet Retailer,
NHL.com does not disclose its sales, but Cooper says they are up 35% over last year, and the conversion rate is up 23%. Cooper says most of those increases come from an improved product configurator introduced on the site last summer that makes it easier for customers to add a name and number to a team jersey, and to see what the jersey will look like. Team jerseys account for 40% of the site’s sales.
from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Here’s a question for Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk: Could you possibly have screwed this season up even worse?
What’s that? You fired your coach and replaced him with your general manager, the one you elevated from the coaching ranks after you fired the general manger who got you to the Stanley Cup final for the first time in franchise history?
What in the name of Phil Esposito were you thinking?
via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
(Marian) Hossa said he heard whispers about landing in Boston, where he would have been reunited with fellow Slovakian Zdeno Chara, former Atlanta teammates Marc Savard and Glen Metropolit, and ex-Senators Peter Schaefer and Shane Hnidy.
“I heard news about Boston too, but it never happened,” said Hossa. “I always enjoy playing with Big Z. Maybe one day again. We’ll see.”
Hockey fans are all whiners who bitch and moan, never go to actual games, and sit around in a little circle of fellow bitchers and moaners who complain all day long.
How do I know this? Jamie Samuelssen told me, in a nice little 9:23 rant that’s available for your listening pleasure on WDFN.
Samuelssen claims that Red Wings fans and all hockey fans—with enough “you people” references to usually merit a lawsuit—are negative Nancies, each and every one, and he feels that the trade deadline brings out the worst in what hockey fans are.
from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,
While the Sharks’ general manager was making a big splash with his acquisition of all-star defenceman Brian Campbell from the Buffalo Sabres, Malcolm Bordelon, the executive vice-president of business operations, was working behind the scenes to set in motion a marketing strategy for the team’s newest prized asset.
Within hours, the team had replica jerseys in its store and was ready with a few T-shirts and player pucks, Bordelon said between meetings after the big trade.
The team website also featured a photo montage of Campbell in action (as a Sabre and an all-star), as well as backup goaltender Brian Boucher, the team’s less illustrious acquisition on trade day.
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