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from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,
“I knew that Bryan had talked to a few teams at the draft, but it surprised me at the time,” Redden told Sportsnet.ca from Kelowna, B.C. “He never came to (my agent) Donnie Meehan or myself and asked if I wanted to be moved.”...
“We’ll see what happens as the year goes. I know (Murray) has some decisions to be made with the free agents that will be coming up on our team,” he said….
“One thing that remains though, is that I have a no movement clause in my contract,” he continued. “So if he wanted to move me, I would have to okay it. I am happy there and am looking forward to this season. Especially after getting to the finals last year, I feel we can get there again.
from the Daily Pilot,
Mark Smith, the center for the San Jose Sharks, stood on the stage in a dark corner of the Blue Beet Café, strumming an acoustic guitar and belting out lyrics in a demented, nasal whine.
“I’m drowning in my own self-loathing,” he sneered over a pulsating beat provided by his two-man band. “But it feels so good/Just like it should.”
In his black T-shirt and jeans, the lead singer of the Vinyl Trees was barely recognizable as a hockey player. Two of his friends — Dustin Penner of the Anaheim Ducks and Joffrey Lupul of the Philadelphia Flyers — blended with the crowd in plain clothes. The Blue Beet was populated Thursday night with superstar athletes, but the night was about camaraderie, not competition….
Penner, who has spent numerous seasons facing Smith on the court(?), came to the show as an admiring fan. During the summer months it became easier to relax with the opposition.
from the Long Island Business News,
If you want a Bossy-autographed hockey stick, it will run you about $520 through sports memorabilia giant Steiner Sports, where an autographed puck will cost about $90. But if you want an autographed skate, you can’t get it at any price. “I never signed skates,” the great shooter said.
But you can get one for free, if you’re one of the 100 lucky Long Island businesses that recently received an autographed skate and a letter from Bossy requesting a meeting to discuss Islander advertising opportunities. The skates have gone “to the top businesses on Long Island who currently don’t have a relationship with us,” said Islander spokesman Chris Botta, listing such Island powerhouses as Sbarro, Sleepy’s, Riverhead Building Supply and Harbor Footwear.
Bossy characterized the promotion “as a stab in the dark.”
from John Ryan at the Mercury News,
Gary Bettman, the commissioner of the only major sport* not in crisis, gives a seminar on Managing From The Top. Attendees: Bud Selig, Roger Goodell and David Stern.
(*It was major once.)
OK, listen up, dillweeds, because I don’t have all day. I have a league to run, not a penal colony or a chemistry class. And it ain’t easy making this NHL thing do what it do.
As I see it, y’all have one big problem: ESPN. I turn on that network and what do I see? Baseball Tonight. NFL Live. NBA Shootaround. Every day! That’s a lot of time to fill. They have to obsess over everything, good and bad.
from Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun,
Don Cherry has jumped over the boards and taken the gloves off in defence of the Staal brothers, saying the media coverage of their arrest was “unfair” and “ridiculous.”
And the coach is throwing some of his punches at us at the Sun, for which he has traded in his usual thumbs up into a definite two thumbs down.
“I am very disappointed in the Sun because I always thought of it as very fair and not a trash tabloid,” he said last night from his cottage near Kingston. “But what you did to those kids by putting their mug shots on the front of the paper was really low.”
via the LA Times (reg. req.),
One of the most enduring and respected figures in the Kings’ organization, Dave Taylor, will no longer be with the franchise.
Taylor’s contract expired June 30, and it is expected he is going to be hired by the Dallas Stars in a front-office capacity, according to a source familiar with the Kings, though nothing has been finalized.
Taylor, who played 17 seasons for the Kings and served as general manager for nine more until April 2006, on Thursday called his three-decade tenure with the team “very rewarding” and said he was “looking to a new challenge.”
This past season, Taylor served as the team’s director of amateur development and it appeared as though the Kings were poised to increase his role.
from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,
Of all the GMs in the league the one Lowe is probably closest to is Burke. They talk almost daily.
I find it difficult to believe that there wouldn’t be conversation, lots of conversation, before this happened.
As interesting as this may be from an Oilers perspective with Lowe having been unable to spend anywhere near his $45-million US budget, particularly to get a forward and specifically a left winger, its far more interesting from a Ducks perspective. Burke was on the record prior to the July 1 free agent frenzy saying if anybody went after Penner, he’d match.
Would he be first in NHL history not to match?
There’s a reason for him to take a pass.
Guy enters Ralph Wilson Stadium to check out his Buffalo Bills season ticket seats.
Has video camera with him, spots mock-up ice rink on field…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
So there’s little-to-no chance the NHL could corral the average Vegas tourist’s disposable income. That leaves the locals. And does anyone really think that, in a city where there is more competition for one’s entertainment budget than practically anywhere else on the planet, the locals are going to opt for blocked slapshots and scrums along the boards?
Is the NHL arrogant enough to believe that – in the midst of exotic animal exhibitions, sins of the flesh and oxygen-fueled gambling – the Average Joe is going to shell out to watch the likes of Lou Lamoriello’s Trap-tacular Extravaganza?
Isn’t the idea of the defense-first NHL in Vegas very much like dropping Chastity the Abstinence Clown into the middle of Amsterdam’s red-light district and expecting bonzo box office to follow?
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
While the Ducks certainly want to keep Penner, the lucrative financial packaged tendered by Edmonton presents something of a challenge given the NHL’s $50.3 million salary cap per team. Including the $6.75 million due team captain Scott Niedermayer if he does not retire, the Ducks were looking at a salary-cap figure of at least $48.8 million before signing Penner.
Teams may go 10 percent above the salary cap during the offseason, but must be at or below the figure when the regular season begins. The Ducks’ projected player-payroll budget for 2007-08 had been in the $42 million to $44 million range before the club signed free-agent defenseman Mathieu Schneider to a two-year, $11.25 contract and free-agent right wing Todd Bertuzzi to a two-year, $8 million deal early this month.
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