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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
It’s not clear whether the Maple Leafs will ever get around to hiring somebody to fill the role of “senior consultant” to the club’s hockey department.
But they’re sure kicking the tires of a veritable Who’s Who of the sport.
In fact, you can now add long-time Boston Bruins executive Harry Sinden to the list of possible candidates for the job that officially doesn’t yet exist….
So far, it’s believed the contact between the Leafs and Sinden has been limited to so-called “backchannel” discussions, which likely means friends of Sinden’s are talking to people with influence at the Leaf board of directors, which in the bizarre Leaf world could mean anyone from Larry Tanenbaum to Tie Domi. Sinden’s assistant with Team Canada ‘72 was, of course, John Ferguson Sr., whose son is now GM of the Leafs.
from the Pioneer Press,
Thursday night, about two dozen players ages 12-18 paid $50 apiece to learn from the Boogeyman and his protégé, Aaron, his youngest brother and a former Wild prospect now under contract to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The kids learned how to leverage their strength when decking an opponent, protect themselves against punches from various angles and condition their bodies for the physical play that is the cause of, and solution to, the NHL’s identity crisis.
The second “Derek Boogaard Fighting Camp,” which includes T-shirts splotched with blood-red dye, was staged inside a stuffy miniature rink with boards, glass and plastic ice.
added 12:07pm, from Russo’s Rants,
Trevor Lakness, who runs Puckmasters and first had the idea for the Boogaard’s to run the camp, has received several complaints from parents about the Boogaard’s teaching children how to fight.
The Drew Remenda Show on CJME has also received calls from angry parents referring to it as a “Goon School.”
Boogaard, however, says he’s not trying to teach kids how to fight or “hurt people.” He feels fighting is inevitable in hockey and he’s trying to teach these children how to defend themselves and not to get hurt.
from the News & Observer,
The New York Rangers had been trying to trade Cullen to clear salary-cap room, ostensibly to sign Souray. But when the free-agent defenseman signed a five-year, $27 million deal with the Oilers on Thursday, the Rangers’ cap problems became considerably less pressing.
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford, who has declined to comment about any potential Cullen trade, said Friday he continues to pursue a third-line center without success.
from the CP via TSN,
Gerard Gallant and former QMJHL head coach John Chabot have joined the New York Islanders as assistant coaches.
They will join assistant Dan Lacroix on Ted Nolan’s staff.
‘‘I’ve always had the utmost respect for Gerard and John both as players and coaches,’’ Nolan said in a statement on Friday. ‘‘We have a coaching staff with a ton of experience, both playing in the NHL and coaching and that will be a huge asset to our players.’‘
continued... Two ex-Wings and good to see Gallant land on his feet…
from Bill Clement at MSNBC.
Enough already! It’s time for much stricter enforcement of the rule that penalizes players for diving.
Policing those who make a habit of pretending to get fouled has always been on the league’s radar, specifically that of the competition committee and Colin Campbell, the executive in charge of how NHL hockey is officiated.
Comments from Montreal fans at Habs Inside/Out are coming in fast and furious regarding the departure of Sheldon Souray to Edmonton.
added 5:02pm, from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
So why did it take so long to sign the big, handsome, popular player?
It’s a question I asked a general manager friend of mine a few days ago when Souray appeared to be twirling in the wind awaiting an offer?
“He’s a good guy,” was the reply. “He’s a risk. Obviously, he’s very good offensively (an NHL record 19 power-play goals among the 26 he scored in 81 games last season), but …”
What he was really saying was that there were glitches in the scouting report on Sheldon, which go like this:
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
There is something of the tragic-comic hero in Gary Bettman and his manipulation of the sale—or nonsale, as is currently the case—of the Nashville Predators.
So determined is Bettman to prove that his vision of the NHL as a great American sporting presence is unassailable, so determined is he that his handiwork shall be his living monument to himself and the sport, that Bettman has painted himself into a tiny, uncomfortable corner.
How he emerges from this corner—if at all—will say much about his legacy and, indeed, the look and health of the NHL for years to come.
from Devin Gordon at Newsweek,
Throughout July, ESPN’s award-winning flagship news hour “SportsCenter” is devoting a chunk of every broadcast to a segment called “Who’s Now.” It’s an elimination tournament, purely theoretical, to determine which current athlete is the most “now”—although two weeks into the competition, it’s still anyone’s guess what exactly “now” means. A panel of experts, including ex-NFL diva Keyshawn Johnson, debate whether, say, the NBA’s Dwyane Wade or snowboarder Shaun White is more “now.” Viewers vote online, and the winner moves on to face Tiger Woods in the next round. And so on. Everything about the segment is so artificial, from concept to execution, that watching it is like chewing Styrofoam.
What does this have to do with hockey, not much, except to point out hockey fans in general don’t fit the mold of the average ESPN viewer. We don’t need to be spoon fed little bits and pieces about our game. We just want reporting, fair and square, but if you read the whole article, that doesn’t happen very often at ESPN.
The New Jersey Devils today named Brent Sutter to the position of head coach. The announcement was made by Devils’ CEO/President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.
“We are fortunate to have someone with Brent Sutter’s character, knowledge, energy, enthusiasm, and experience join our organization,” said Lamoriello. “He has been successful at every level and we look forward to him continuing that success in the National Hockey League.”
The Washington Capitals won three 2007 Golden Matrix awards from the Information and Display and Entertainment Association (IDEA) at the association’s 25th annual conference hosted July 8-11, 2007. The Caps’ Game Presentation department took home the association’s Best Music Video award for their Alex Ovechkin as Superman in-game video, as well as the 2007 Best Overall Video Display awards for the subdivision of hockey and the overall contest.
The Best Music Video Award recognizes excellence in pre-produced video segments that have been edited to music and where music is central to the creative impact of the piece. Washington’s Ovechkin as Superman video depicted the team’s superstar as the comic book superhero.
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