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You can get the stream by visiting their site and it may be a good time to hear Don talk some hockey!
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed left wing Ryane Clowe to a one-year contract. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Clowe, 25, was limited to 15 games due to a knee injury he suffered in Columbus on Oct. 29. He returned to the line-up with only four games remaining in the regular season and finished with eight points (three goals, five assists).
In the 2008 playoffs, Clowe finished tied for the teams goal scoring lead (five) and his nine points was ranked second on the Sharks.
—via press release
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
On the premise that it would be excessively presumptuous to rank them 1 through 30—after all, we’re not talking about uniforms—the rankings are done in groups. They are also purely subjective.
The Elite ...
... or the men who get the most out of their rosters, regardless of how good (or otherwise) those rosters are.
Mike Babcock, Detroit
He could become, if he hasn’t already, the prototype for the modern-era coach. Babcock didn’t play in the NHL, but he has a broad coaching background on the major-junior, Canadian college (briefly) and American Hockey League levels before stepping up, and up to the challenge. Yes, he’s been blessed to be in organizations with considerable talent, but he has proven to be adaptive in the evolving NHL—and that might be the most important quality for a coach in this era.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The International Ice Hockey Federation plans to determine the status of Predators forward Alexander Radulov by mid-August, an IIHF spokesman said Monday….
The IIHF said it would investigate the Radulov matter, as well as the transfer of five other players between the NHL and KHL. The IIHF had requested that all involved parties submit relevant information to the organization by last Thursday.
“We are in the process of investigating the submitted documentation,’’ IIHF spokesman Szymon Szemberg said via e-mail. “It is our ambition to have something to communicate in mid-August.’’
from Mike Brophy of the Hockey News,
I am worried for Bettman’s future. My understanding is he didn’t have the full support of the owners prior to the lockout, but he bought himself some more time by kicking the players’ butts in collective bargaining agreement negotiations.
Now, with the Nashville ownership fiasco unfolding, I think Bettman’s support of William Del Biaggio and his shady dealings concerning Canadian bazillionaire Jim Balsillie could be the beginning of the end for the commish. They provide jumping-off points for anybody hoping to see him take a hike.
But I hope things don’t unfold like that.
So what can Bettman do to get back into people’s good books? Well, if I am his P.R. guy, I say:
• Do away with this phrase: In keeping with club policy, terms of the agreement will not be made public. Gary, tell your dopey GMs we live in a salary cap world and contract information must be made public.
from David Boclair of the Daily News Journal,
Thus the best compromise is for the Predators to allow him (Radulov) to walk with the understanding that his contract with them, which has one year remaining at $984,200, will be frozen. If or when he decides to return to the NHL, it will be with Nashville under the terms of that remaining year.
Such a move would create some much-needed goodwill with the player, protect the franchise’s investment in that player and eliminate an unwelcome distraction from both the locker room and the board room.
Of course, that assumes both sides are willing to compromise — and at this time, that’s assuming a lot.
I wish every hockey fan could have at least one conversation about hockey with Scotty Bowman. I’m telling you, there is absolutely nothing like it. It’s like you are talking to the actual NHL itself - if it could be humanized - when you do. He’s done it all, he’s seen it all, and he remembers it all.
-Adrian Dater of All Things Avs where you can read more about Scotty and Stan Bowman…
from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
The consensus among Canadiens fans is that if Sundin signs, the Habs will be holding a parade in June. Detroit, Schmeetroit. Who cares if the Red Wings were already the best team in hockey before they inked Marian Hossa? In the unrealistic way of fans everywhere, they see the equation this way: good regular-season team adds Alex Tanguay, Georges Laraque and Sundin, great playoff team wins the Stanley Cup.
Uh-huh. I’ll believe that when Sidney Crosby checks into an ashram and Henrik Zetterberg decides he’d rather play backgammon for a living. Even with the additions, the Canadiens aren’t a slam dunk to win anything - but with or without Sundin, Bob Gainey has already molded the Habs into one of those quality organizations that will have a chance to win it all. Like Dallas, Detroit, Anaheim, San Jose and Pittsburgh.
Even without Sundin, the Canadiens are, on paper, one of the top five or six teams in the league - and they do need another impact forward to get over the hump and stage another parade.
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Sidney Crosby’s offseason training gets serious Monday when he hits the ice. The only day he plans to take off between then and Sept. 17—the opening of Penguins’ training camp—is Thursday, his 21st birthday.
Yep, Sid’s days as a Kid are numbered. He will celebrate with some junior hockey friends at a barbecue at his home in Nova Scotia….
Q: So what adult beverage does “Sid the Kid” drink?
A: Jack Daniels or Crown Royal.
Q: Of what you have yet to accomplish before your 21st birthday, what stands out most?
A: Not finishing the deal. It’s hard not to think about it. Everybody I see brings it up. I’m reminded by it everywhere. You always see things on TV where guys had the Cup in their hometown. It’s a constant reminder. The memory of losing is not something that just goes away.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Slap Shots has been told by a well-placed individual familiar with the thinking on Sixth Avenue that the NHL will look into the circumstances behind the loan from AEG to Del Baggio, and loans of up to $20 million to Del Baggio from outgoing Nashville owner and current Minnesota owner Craig Leipold.
Think of it. Had Del Baggio remained a part of the group purchasing Nashville, the Kings and the Wild would have had a financial investment in the Predators, and apparently without the knowledge of Gary Bettman or any other member of the Board of Governors.
Reporters from The Tennessean have done a remarkable job in uncovering details of the entangling financial alliances among those invested in the sale of the Predators, one of the NHL’s chronic problem franchises.
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