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from Gare Joyce of ESPN the Magazine,
Akim Aliu is trying to figure out what those guys are saying about him. He doesn’t know their names, and he can’t make out exactly what it is they’re muttering about, but he can tell it’s not good.
Aliu, in a navy, pin-striped suit, is killing time in the basement of Toronto’s Park Plaza hotel, waiting for his next interview with an NHL team at the combine. He’s watching other prospects go through their physical testing, the tests he went through this morning. He sees scouts milling around, glancing at him, then turning and talking in low voices.
from the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
“I’m very happy that I’ll be staying with this organization for a long time,” said Visnovsky from his off-season home in Slovakia. “I love Los Angeles and I want to play in the playoffs with the Kings.”
Alexei Yashin, according to his agent Mark Gandler, is not happy with the contract offers he has received from NHL teams.
‘‘We are still talking to some teams. So far the offers we have received we are not happy with,’’ Gandler said in an interview with CKNW Radio in Vancouver. ‘‘If we are not going to get what we are looking for than he (Yashin) will definitely go to Russia.’‘
‘‘I think that what’s making an impression on the teams is the fact that he received this huge buyout. I don’t know what else is weighing on them.’‘
I happen to know the movie “Transformers” is pretty popular now, but to be truthful, that is all I know about it. Reading this just confused me even more…
from LCS Hockey,
Optimus Prime: He’s the leader of the Autobots and arguably the best Transformer. Sidney Crosby would be the first name that comes to mind, but Sid’s kind of young. Optimus Prime is more of a veteran leader. Mario Lemieux would have made the prefect Optimus. Or Steve Yzerman. Ron Francis. Of current NHLers, though, I’d say Joe Sakic is the closest.
Bumblebee: In the cartoons, Bumblebee was always the scrappy little guy trying to prove his worth to the older Autobots. Now that’s Crosby. But in winning the Art Ross, Hart, and Lester Pearson last season, Sid may have gone from Bumblebee to Optimus Prime.
Ratchet: Ratchet’s an ambulance. No doubt, he’s Peter Forsberg
The NHL will release its 2007-08 schedule this afternoon on NHL.com at approximately 2 p.m. ET
from the New York Daily News,
...an announcement could come as early as this morning that Lundqvist has agreed to a one-year contract worth approximately $2.5 million. The deal is essentially a bridge to next season and beyond that will enable Lundqvist and the club to avoid their scheduled July 24 salary arbitration case while keeping the Rangers from having to unload players to get under this season’s $50.3 million salary cap.
The 25-year-old goaltender will get his big-money, long-term deal soon enough. After Jan. 1, 2008, the Rangers can sign Lundqvist to a lucrative and lengthy extension for 2008-09 and beyond without affecting their ‘07-08 salary-cap situation. And they almost certainly will do so.
more on Lundqvist & Shanahan…
update 11:00am, from the New York Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
added 12:03pm, $4.25M for 1yr per TSN...
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Mansions? Flashy cars? Gaudy jewelry?
Crosby is content being a renter at Mario Lemieux’s house and driving a vehicle that’s good in the snow and gets him to and from work. And the only piece of bling in which he seems interested is one that can’t be bought in a store: A Stanley Cup ring.
That’s why he accepted a deal that’s worth an average of $8.7 million per season, below the maximum allowed by the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement.
from the Philly News,
On another note, Holmgren said he has heard the rumors that Ducks sniper Teemu Selanne was considering seeking employment with the Flyers to play with Finnish friends Sami Kapanen and Kimmo Timonen, but said he hasn’t had any contact with either his agent or Selanne.
“I think this is one rumor where there is smoke and no fire,” Holmgren said.
more on the Flyers and what Hartnell had to say at his official introduction…
added 10:29am, Spector has more on this plus all the UFA and trade talk…
from the News & Observer,
Erik Cole is home now in upstate New York, training camp still two months away, the Carolina Hurricanes’ last game three months in the past.
But no matter how far he gets away from hockey, it’s still a pain in his neck.
Sixteen months after Cole suffered a compression fracture of the C5 vertebra in his neck after a hit from behind, he’s still feeling the effects. He continues to strengthen his back and neck muscles to build stability in his neck, and he wonders if he’ll ever regain the flexibility he once had.
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