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from the News & Observer,
The Hurricanes are trying to make a swap of defensemen, and general manager Jim Rutherford confirmed Monday that the deal is being delayed while a Carolina player decides whether to waive his no-trade clause….
Wallin, Mike Commodore, Tim Gleason and Dennis Seidenberg would be the players likely to be involved in any trade to bring in a puck-moving defenseman, but only Wallin has a no-trade clause.
At 32, with three years left on his contract at an affordable $1.725 million, Wallin would be an attractive pickup for any team.
The Philadelphia Flyers may be the most likely trade partner, with 23-year-old Joni Pitkanen, the fourth pick in the 2002 draft, on the trading block. Pitkanen, a restricted free agent, is headed for arbitration if he remains with the Flyers.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Impending free agent Jed Ortmeyer appears on his way to being a former Ranger. “No progress,” Ortmeyer’s agent, Mark Witkin, told The Post. “Either they’re playing it cool or they don’t want him.”
Lamoriello said he has no timetable for announcing the team’s next head coach. The Post has learned that the GM has spoken with Brian Sutter, but it is not known whether he is a candidate.
Lamoriello stated the team’s Newark arena will open on time in October, but added, “We’ll play on the road for the first month.”
read the meat of the article regarding the Rangers draft picks…
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
Possibly paving the way for a complaint to be filed with the Law Society of Upper Canada, the NHL Players’ Association’s executive board will consider this week whether to release an internal report that alleges former executive Ted Saskin directed a colleague to covertly access the email accounts of as many as 66 NHL players and union employees.
The report, which has not been widely distributed to NHL players, alleges that under a program called “Big Brother,” Saskin directed former NHLPA marketing executive Ken Kim to go so far as to retrieve confidential records about which players voted against the NHL’s current labour contract.
by George James Malik
I spotted a familiar author’s name while looking at Sport-Express.ru’s hockey page. Igor Larin, who’s basically Russia’s Garrioch, Brooks, and Cox combined, wrote an article suggesting that the Russians have “won” the battle to keep their mid-range players from the clutches of the mean and dirty NHL by not signing a transfer agreement, as proven in the draft, and Larin (who’s such a proponent of the Superleague’s superiority to the NHL that it’s not funny) made some more interesting suggestions.
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
By all indications, the Wings will sign Dominik Hasek later in the week. They’ll end up paying a little more than they anticipated, probably a base salary around $2.5 million, with another $1 million-plus in bonuses, but it’ll be worth it.
more on the Wings…
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
This summer, the NHL and National Basketball Association plan to formulate their own policies for bloggers.
Frank Brown, the vice-president of media relations for the NHL, said the league wants to set boundaries without inhibiting coverage.
“We are incredibly respectful of the voraciousness with which the digital consumers participate in NHL dialogue,” he said. “At the same time, we have to be equally protective of entities that are entitled to protection. You have to serve several masters.”
read on about the blogger debate going on in all sports…
The New RBK Washington Capitals Premier (replica) Home Jersey has appeared on Shop.NHL.com. Looks like a 12-14 week waiting period before it ships.
Read on for more details and the jerseys are available for a few other teams too.
from the Sports Network via the Hockey News,
The Florida Panthers agreed to terms on a two-year deal with goaltender Craig Anderson.
“Craig played very well in his back-up role for our club during the later part of last season and we felt that he was most deserving of a NHL contract,” said Florida general manager and head coach Jacques Martin said. “He is a diligent, focused and high character player who works hard to stay prepared night in and night out. We are confident both Craig and Tomas Vokoun will work well together and bring success to the organization.”
The Panthers also tendered qualifying offers to forwards Rob Globke, Kamil Kreps, Janis Sprukts, Stephen Weiss and defensemen Steve Montador and Noah Welch. Florida chose not to extend offers to goaltender Alex Auld, forwards Juraj Kolnik, Greg Jacina, Dustin Johner and defensemen Alexei Semenov and Jeremy Swanson.
from The Maven at Game On (yes, another website for Stan),
Although the NHL Players’ Association fired its boss, Ted Saskin, the union still has to do business with the league. Gary Bettman tells us that one of the triumvirate – at least temporarily – running the Association is none other than onetime enforcer, Stu Grimson. Grimson‘s partner is Ian Penny.
a few more NHL bits from Stan…
from the New York Islanders,
In their continued efforts to make New York Islanders games the premier destination for Long Island families, the Islanders are offering a season ticket for young fans that will cost just $10 a game.
“The NYI365 KIDS SEASON PASS came about after (owner) Charles Wang made it clear to us in our off-season meetings that our organization has three primary goals,” said Chris Dey, Islanders Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations. “Our goals are for Islanders games to be the number one entertainment option for Long Island families, to pack the Coliseum for every game and - it goes without saying - to bring the Stanley Cup back to Long Island.”
continued... Other teams should take note…
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