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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Bob Goodenow was dismissed by a unanimous vote of the NHLPA executive board in Toronto on July 21, and informed as much just prior to the press conference announcing PA ratification of the CBA that afternoon, union sources have told The Post. Three individuals involved with the process made the disclosure to The Post under condition of anonymity in the wake of recent allegations by dissidents that Goodenow's dismissal was a result of an unconstitutional power play by PA president Trevor Linden and a minority of executive board members. "Bob had told us he was willing to serve out the remainder of his term, but it didn't seem appropriate with him being so against the deal and having nothing to do with negotiating it," one member said. "So we had a meeting that morning. And the vote was 7-0 in favor of terminating Bob." Linden is joined on the NHLPA executive board by Bill Guerin, Daniel Alfredsson, Bob Boughner, Arturs Irbe, Trent Klatt and Vincent Damphousse. Brendan Shanahan, who joined the PA negotiating committee in late May, sat in on the meeting but did not have a vote. Goodenow, who declined to respond to a Post inquiry, is under contract through the end of the 2007 calendar year, with a sum of $8.475M remaining on his deal. Two sources told The Post that, contrary to reports, a severance agreement has not been reached with Goodenow by the Players' Assn. "It remains to be negotiated," one individual said.
Mark Parrish was not on the Islanders' chartered plane that arrived here last night, but the veteran winger was believed to be en route from his home in Minnesota. Parrish has accepted a one-year, $1.9-million contract and will be on the ice with his teammates for this morning's first practice.
from Shawn Roarke of Fox Sports,
Mark Messier announced his retirement Monday, formally ending a Hall of Fame-worthy career that featured six Stanley Cup titles and enough big-game moments to cement his legacy as one of the sport's best "money" players. That being said, Monday's announcement is at least a couple, if not several, years too late. Before the howls of protest begin, let's make it very clear that No. 11 was a good player every day of his career up until the day he skated off the ice for the final time March 31, 2004. There can be no arguing that. But, Mark Messier was never a player meant for goodness; he was a larger-than-life hero only comfortable in the glow of greatness. Unfortunately, that glow — almost blinding for the first 15 years — dimmed significantly in the twilight of Messier's career. It's an undeniable fact that he either could not, or would not, acknowledge. Until Monday
from the Florida Panthers, Keenan announced today that D Jay Bouwmeester has agreed to terms on a one-year contract, completing the Panthers 2005 training camp roster.
from Spector of Fox Sports,
As the respective training camps of all 30 NHL clubs beginning this week, and with the start of the NHL season just over two weeks away, here's a look at which players from each club in the Eastern Conference could become potential trade candidates throughout the 2005-06 season. I'll have a review of the Western Conference teams on Wednesday.
from the CP via TSN,
It takes a lot to upset Joe Sakic but talk of a rift among NHL players over executive director Ted Saskin and president Trevor Linden has the Colorado Avalanche star steamed. "Everybody on our team supports Ted Saskin and Trevor Linden, there's no issue whatsoever," Sakic said on the phone Monday. "All the guys I talk to are happy with Ted. I can't believe this is even an issue. It's crazy. Here in Colorado, the focus is on training camp, where it should be."
from the Calgary Flames,
The team was revved and ready to begin training camp Monday, as the first day of fitness testing and medical examinations began for the veteran players at the Talisman Centre. Among those players was Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who was glad to have completed the intense fitness tests by the early afternoon and, along with others, anticipated the teams return to the ice the following day. "It was tough (fitness tests); it always is," Iginla told the media huddled around him. "It's sure good to be done, but it's nice to be back preparing for a season, that's for sure." According to Iginla, after having a year off, he decided to change his off-season routine slightly in order to better prepare himself for what the season would bring. In order to do this, the forward concentrated more on his speed and power, which would in turn help quicken him on and off the ice.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Oh, there'll be cobwebs on the dressing room doors and rust on the skates, but hockey's back. Sixteen months after the last meaningful NHL games were played and almost exactly a year after the start of the lockout, training camps open across the NHL this week. Many teams started Sunday with team meetings, followed by physicals and a battery of physical tests that will assess players' physical preparedness. On-ice sessions begin Tuesday for most teams. With new coaches in seven NHL cities (eight if you count Larry Robinson reprising his role in New Jersey while Pat Burns recovers from cancer) and an unprecedented movement of players during this offseason, there is no shortage of story lines to carry the league through training camp into opening night Oct. 5. Here's a look at some of those story lines for the Eastern Conference. We'll break down the West on Tuesday:
from Buffalo Business First,
The NHL and XM Satellite Radio have partnered a 10-year, $100 million agreement for broadcast of more than 1,000 games each season including the Stanley Cup playoffs. XM will designate a specific channel for coverage beginning with the 2005-2006 season beginning on Oct. 5.
from the Atlantal Journal-Constitution,
Free agent right wing Peter Bondra is en route to Atlanta where he expects to complete a contract with the Thrashers, if not by the end of the day then by sometime on Tuesday, Bondra's agent Ritch Winter said. Bondra, 37, has 477 goals in 984 career games and while he has slowed down a bit, he has still managed to score an average of almost 32 goals over the last three NHL seasons, which is probably plenty more than the Thrashers would expect from him. "We're working on details," Winter said. "But I can confirm we're getting very, very close to finalizing it."
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