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from the Mercury News,
Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson knows that a segment of the fan base is frustrated because he hasn’t signed any free agents this month.
He can live with that.
“I love it when people are talking hockey. They should,” Wilson said this week. “And I think that it’s wonderful that they care about their team.”
Does he share their frustration, often vented on the Sharks’ Web site?
“No, not at all,” he said. “This hockey team is poised to be a very good hockey team for a long period of time.”
from Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
The Devils have scheduled a 1 p.m. news conference in Newark on Friday to introduce Brent Sutter as their next head coach.
from the Dallas Stars,
Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has signed center Mike Ribeiro to a one-year contract worth $2,800,000 for the 2007-08 season, and center Joel Lundqvist to a two-year, $1,450,000 contract ($700,000 this season and $750,000 for 2008-09).
“We are very pleased to have reached agreements on new contracts with Mike Ribeiro and Joel Lundqvist,” said Armstrong. “Mike brought a great deal of playmaking and offensive ability in his first year with our club and we look forward to his continued contributions. Joel’s rookie season was a positive one and we envision his role increasing as he gains more experience in the NHL.”
Sportsnet.ca’s Livetracker is reporting that Sheldon Souray has signed with the Edmonton Oilers.
Update 4:08pm ET:
Linked on Sportsnet.ca,
Sportsnet has learned that free agent defenceman Montreal Sheldon Souray has signed with the Edmonton Oilers.
Update 4:15pm ET:
Sheldon Souray is on his way to Edmonton as the Oilers and the free agent blueliner agreed on a contract.
The Elk Point, Alberta native appeared in 81 games with the Montreal Canadiens in 2006-07 and had a career year with 26 goals and 64 points. Nineteen of his 26 goals came on the power play, which set an NHL record for defencemen.
Update 5:08pm ET: From RDS (link is in French), the terms are a 5 year deal for $27 million.
fromm Shawn P. Roarke at NHL.com,
Daniel Briere was handed his new No. 48 Philadelphia Flyers jersey late in Thursday’s press conference at the Flyers Skate Zone practice facility here. Smiling proudly, he held it up for the obligatory welcome-to-your-new-team press-conference photo.
“Finally,” he said with a heartfelt sigh before pulling it over his head for the first time to officially begin life as the centerpiece of the Philadelphia Flyers’ latest renaissance.
Briere, one of the most coveted prizes in this summer’s free-agency class, signed a big-money, eight-year deal with the Flyers just hours after the free-agent market opened 11 days ago. Since agreeing to that deal, he has been waiting eagerly to pull on his new franchise’s cherished black-and-orange sweater.
fromm the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Colby Armstrong to a two-year contract, it was announced Thursday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
“Colby is another young guy who plays with passion, gives us versatility up front and brings an added physical dimension to our team,” Shero said. “We are confident he’ll continue to grow as a player and benefit from experiences like having played for Team Canada at the World Championships.”
from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,
If there is any doubt about the one-sided nature of this “partnership,” consider the recent statement by Ducks GM Brian Burke. Speaking to Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal, Burke insisted that the recent spate of big contracts didn’t mean that the owners had returned to their pre-lockout ways.
“We’re not back to where we were before the lockout because there is a cap and there’s a 20 percent cap on individual players you sign,” said Burke. “And if the money for players can’t be sustained by the industry, we’ll all get a rebate.”
Translation: First of all, we’ve put a limit on what we can pay any single “partner.” But even if we screw up and pay too much, the escrow amount will rise and the players, not the owners, get the bill.
That’s the NHL partnership. The owners spend. The players pay.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
So, here are 20 random things that have been on my mind over the last little while. Feel free to submit any or all of them to your local shrink for further discussion and analysis. I know I have.
- Jeremy Jacobs as the new Chairman of the NHL’s Board Of Governors still boggles my mind, and I’ve got a couple analogies I’d just can’t let fade away: Electing Jeremy Jacobs as the Chairman of the NHL’s Board of Governors is like The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame appointing Pat Boone head of the voting committee. Electing Jeremy Jacobs as the Chairman of the NHL’s Board of Governors is like Maxim Magazine naming Lou Lamoriello Editor-In-Chief. There, I feel better.
read on for more thoughts, most are hockey related…
from Brad Polik at MSG Network,
For Pete’s sake, If you do a GOOGLE search for ‘England’ and ‘hockey’ you get all these sites about field hockey. It takes some heavy research to find any valuable information about Great Britain and “ice hockey.”
Not only is having the game in England a bad idea, but California hockey fans are going to have to get up at 9:00 a.m. to watch the game. It’s tough enough to get people from Cali to watch hockey, now you’re going to tell them to catch the season opener at the breakfast table.
What a bad idea.
I must disagree. When the announcement came out about these games, I received hundreds of emails from fans all across Europe, asking for ticket details.
These games will draw the NHL Euro fans who don’t get the opportunity to actually see a game in person. I am looking forward to seeing the multiple national flags waving in the crowd and expect it to be quite an event.
from a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial,
As money is fungible, it is no stretch to say Mr. Crosby’s financial fortune is partly guaranteed by taxpayers. They’ll receive less property-tax “relief” so the teenage hockey phenom can be magnificently paid….
So, sure, we’ll join the chorus and praise the young star for being a team player. He appears to be mature beyond his years for taking less money now in hopes of keeping the nucleus of a hot team together and on the road to another Stanley Cup.
But none of this would be possible without taxpayers. And that remains a sad commentary considering Greater Pittsburgh’s far more pressing needs.
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