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from the CP via the Fort Frances Times,
The president of Steelback Brewery, based in Tiverton, Ont., has filed a $2-million lawsuit against an Ottawa-based blogger he claims repeatedly libeled him on his popular sports website.
Filed late last week in court in Newmarket, Ont., Frank D’Angelo alleges Neate Sager damaged his reputation and his image in comments posted on Sager’s blog between August, 2006 and January of this year.
The NHL Fanhouse has more information on this topic…
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Some of the buzz around the hockey world right now is whether the San Jose Sharks are finally willing to move one of their two top-notch netminders -
Evgeni Nabokov (who has a no-trade clause) or Vesa Toskala.
“It’s not up to us. It’s nothing we can control,” Toskala told CP from his off-season home in Tampere, Finland. “Of course I’d like to stay in San Jose, it’s a great organization to play. But I really don’t know what’s going to happen.
“We both can play as a No. 1 and I know we both want to play. But neither of us can control the situation. We just have to wait and see what’s going to happen.”
more on UFAs…
The Toronto Maple Leafs have agreed to a one-year deal with captain Mats Sundin for $5.5 million. It includes a no-trade clause.
An announcement is expected later today.
via the Tennessean,
Jim Balsillie has submitted a formal application to buy the Predators.
Balsillie’s lawyer, Toronto-based attorney Richard Rodier, said the application was sent to the NHL late Monday.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed that the league received the application Monday night.
The application, which includes a purchase agreement, is a step that’s necessary before the NHL’s Board of Governors would review Balsillie’s bid to purchase the Predators from current owner Craig Leipold.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
A study of the 20 players selected first overall between 1987 and 2006 allows one to make three encouraging predictions about the career of the next one to be so chosen:
1. The player will make it to the National Hockey League (19 out of 20*).
2. The player will play in the NHL for the team that drafted him (18 out of 20**).
3. The player will enjoy an extended and productive career.
These predictions may seem like common sense, but accurately forecasting the career paths of young men not even 20 years old is difficult, to say the least. Some of the 20 players selected with the top pick since Buffalo tagged Pierre Turgeon in 1987 played at least one season in a minor professional, major junior, or collegiate league after being drafted but before joining their NHL team.
from the Pioneer Press,
“There’s no doubt that’s a lot of money in goalies,” Risebrough said, “but at some point that will resolve itself.”
How? Either Manny Fernandez will play so well in tandem with Backstrom that the Wild won’t want to deal him, or he’ll play so well some desperate team “will come looking for (a goalie) and make an unbelievable offer.”
That’s sound thinking, but it assumes the Wild enter the 2007-08 season with Fernandez, and his $4.3 million cap hit, on the roster. Risebrough knows his offseason would be hamstrung with that money on the books and acknowledged the ideal time to trade Fernandez probably is during the NHL draft.
While the morning show debated whether they’d want their kid to be a professional athlete, Howard Simon invited two local Stanley Cup-winner-raising fathers to talk pros and cons Tuesday morning.
Clarence’s Ken Adams, father of 2006 Cup winner Kevyn, and Williamsville’s Peter Marchant, father of 2007 Cup winner Todd, shared similar sentiments regarding their sons rise to NHL glory.
“I never thought he’d become a professional athlete because it’s a long shot for almost any 10-, 11-year old boy,” Ken Adams said.
Now that the season’s over and done with, the real fun begins - the Inaugural Japers’ Rink UFA Pool…
The contest is easy enough - pick the teams with which you think the following players will sign. You’ll get one point for each correct answer, no points will be awarded for players whose intentions are known for certain prior to July 1st…
continue on to Japers’ Rink for more details…
I point to the Ducks bloggers in my NHL.com blog today. They are ecstatic and I am jealous.
The winner of the NHL Fathead Contest has also been selected…
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Manny Legace joked after a Monday morning workout in Kirkwood that his wife, Gigi, can finally see his abdominal muscles.
Well, muscle ... singular.
“I have one,” said Legace, who’s been fending off “chubby” jokes much of his NHL career.
Legace may have more abs showing by the time Blues training camp starts in September. He’s working out three times a week with club strength coach Nelson Ayotte, while skating once a week and taking shots from assistant coach Rick Wamsley.
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