Kukla's Korner Hockey
My gut feeling is that Mats is going to retire and if he plays at all it might be back in Sweden. I do not have a deadline for this information.
-Joe Bowen… more on the Leafs from Joe’s blog at TorontoMapleLeafs.com….
Brandon Sugden‘s dream of getting one more shot at making it into the NHL has suddenly come crashing to a halt.
After scoring an invitation to attend training camp with the New York Islanders, all that was left in Sugden’s way was the approval of all 30 NHL teams. Because Sugden retired from hockey in December 2006 only to suit up in the LNAH months later, the league must grant Sudgen an unofficial reinstatement in the aforementioned form.
Unfortunately for “Sugar”, three different teams gave a thumbs down…
read on for more on why Sugden wanted to try one more time
From the San Jose Sharks:
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a four-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
“Marc-Edouard is one of the top young defenseman in the game and we are excited to have him in to fold for the next several years,” said Wilson. “He has a tremendous future with this franchise and we look forward to watching his continued development.”
From the Colorado Avalanche:
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract.
“I am happy to announce the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “Our entire organization is very excited to have Joe back for another season. As the only captain of the Avalanche, his record of achievement speaks for itself. Having him return is great for our franchise and community, but also for the game of hockey.”
“Ultimately it came down to the fact that I still enjoy playing and competing,” said Sakic. “I’m comfortable with my conditioning and my overall health. I’m ready for the start of camp and am looking forward to the upcoming season.”
Update 5:33pm ET:
According to Adrian Dater, Sakic’s one year deal is for $6 million.
From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,
It’s the dog days of hockey off-season and the ideas aren’t so easy. So I let the stomach do the thinking this time. Here are 10 hockey personalities who are making me hungry:
10. R.J. Umberger. With cheese and bacon please.
9. Per Djoos. Something healthy to wash down the Umberger.
From Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated:
But in looking at the two conferences, certain trends have become distinct over the last five years as the league moved to a heavier inter-divisional format. In general, the East boasts more young, dynamic offensive players, while the West is more about size, defense and proven veterans. Of course, there are exceptions to those stereotypes, but take this simple test:
When you think of the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Washington Capitals what is each team’s identity?
from E.J. Hradek’s Blog at ESPN,
While I continue to wait for this inevitable preseason player movement, I’ve decided to put a little list together. Everybody likes little lists, right? I’ll offer my thoughts on the best players in the history of each franchise. I’ve broken it down to best forward, best defenseman and best goalie. It’s a little summer exercise to get ready for training camp.
I’ll start with the Pacific Division teams:
Best forward: Teemu Selanne. The Finn’s second stint in Orange County pushes him past former linemate Paul Kariya.
read on and it looks like E.J. is confident Teemu will be back…
Interesting news tidbit from the LPGA, which announced this week it will require its players to have at least a cursory grasp of the English language by 2009 if they wish to play for that organization.
I wouldn’t demand a similar regulation be imposed on NHLers that forces them to change. But it would behoove the league and NHLPA to stress to its European players the importance of getting a firm handle on the primary language in which the game’s business is conducted.
-Adam Proteau of the Hockey News where you can read a little more and a warning- some Sundin talk too.
from Broadcaster Magazine,
The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council today released its decision concerning the broadcast of hockey fights during the sports news program Sportsnet Connected on specialty service Sportsnet East. The CBSC concluded that showing hockey fights during game highlights and updates did not promote or exploit violence.
This is a follow-up of this story from two weeks ago.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Disgraced former NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin is scheduled to testify tomorrow on behalf of the NHL and against the interests of the union he once represented, in an arbitration hearing that has critical implications for the Rangers, The Post has learned.
The issue at hand concerns the status of drafted European players who do not sign before June 2 of the second calendar year following their selections. Article 8.6 of the CBA states that clubs lose their rights to such players if they are not signed on or by that date.
continued and I thought I would also point this out from Brooks in the same story…
Contrary to falsehoods circulating on the Internet, the Rangers have never considered trading Scott Gomez to clear cap space for Sundin. Nor will they.
added 11:38am, from Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports,
Follow the bouncing B.S. ...
A hockey rumor “blogger,” whose hit-to-miss ratio rivals that of a visually impaired Imperial stormtrooper, reported that the New York Rangers are going to trade center Scott Gomez in order to open up cap space to sign free agent Mats Sundin. The Vancouver Canucks were named as the likely destination.
This naturally sent places like the HF Boards into a speculative tizzy, because really why else would they exist?
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