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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
Despite loud promises of impending change, tomorrow is starting to look an awful lot like yesterday in San Jose. That's not sitting too well with the Sharks' fired-up fans, but once they get past their anger and frustration, they just might realize that stability isn't the worst thing.
Granted, the team isn't getting the rebuild the fans were promised by GM Doug Wilson in the aftermath of the team's opening round meltdown against the Kings.
The culture that many saw as a problem remains virtually unchanged.
The big free-agent signing of the summer has been John “Fifth Line” Scott.
San Jose chose not to re-sign Drew Remenda, one of the best analysts in the game.
And yes, the team has crossed the moral line for a small but vocal group of fans who are offended by the idea of adding cheerleaders to the game presentation.
from Jake Becker of The Fischler Report,
HOW SOON DO YOU THINK TORTS WILL RETURN TO THE NHL?
I think time heals all wounds. I don’t think for a minute that Torts was anything other than what people knew he was. I think Mike Gillis knew the issues, the positives and the negatives. In my mind the issue really came down to that infamous day when he decided to try to get in the locker room when [Calgary head coach] Bob Hartley was antagonizing.
Bob is the godfather to my son Ryan, and I consider Torts to be one of my best friends, too. It was ironic, but I believe that John will get back. General managers in the league know he’s a good coach, and you take the good with the bad. Part of what makes him a good coach is that he does not have the political correctness gene. He is not worried about what you or me or what anybody else thinks about him – he’s going to do what he thinks is right. I think some time away, so time to decompress, I think that’ll be good for him.
I don’t have any doubt that at some point in time, a team is going to be struggling and a team is going to need some discipline, some structure, and a general manager is going to say, “This is a guy that can provide it.”
via the Toronto Maple Leafs,
David Nonis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday the hockey club has signed forward Daniel Winnik to a one-year contract.
Winnik, 29, played 76 games for the Anaheim Ducks in 2013-14, registering career highs in assists (24) and points (30) while adding six goals, 23 penalty minutes and a plus-six rating. He also posted an assist and two penalty minutes in nine playoff games with the Ducks last season.
The 6-2, 207-pound centreman has accumulated 150 career NHL points (49 goals, 101 assists) and 226 penalty minutes in 490 games with Phoenix, Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim. A native of Toronto, Ontario, Winnik was originally selected by Phoenix in the ninth round, 265th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft.
I am back but really nothing to report from the hockey world.
Last night I lost power around 6:15pm after a major storm.
Power came back around 1:15am and when I woke up this morning, Comcast internet was down.
Just came back up and hopefully the bad weather is behind us.
With things being so slow, I just may have to find Pavel and join him...
During yesterday night's severe storms, Paul lost power, so it may be a quieter-than-usual day at KK. I'll do my best to lend a hand but have some must-get-done tasks away from the home office. We'll both attempt to get ourselves online, Paul literally and me figuratively. At least it's late July?
Per The Score's Ian McLaren, Fear the Fin's Ann Fraizer graced the interweb with a brilliant video summarizing the NHL's evolution since its inception in 1917--team locations and logos included--set to "Brass Bonanza":
It's a great reminder that the "Original Six" weren't all "original" NHL teams, but were instead the ones that survived the Second World War.
Nadel is the broadcaster for the Texas Rangers and during his speech today at the Baseball Hall of Fame, made a reference back to his calling of minor league hockey games.
You can scroll to the 2:40 mark of the video to watch that part.
from Phil Rogers of MLB.com,
from Rick Westhead of TSN,
Canada's largest private-sector union, which is trying to organize major junior hockey players across the country, is scheduled to meet on Monday with Ontario's minister of labour to discuss the working conditions faced in the Canadian Hockey League by its 1,700 mostly teenaged players.
Jerry Dias, Unifor's president, said he plans to ask Ontario Labour Minister Kevin Flynn to establish a task force charged with scrutinizing the business of junior hockey.
Dias told TSN that when he met with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne three weeks ago at Queen's Park, Wynne brought up the issue of working conditions in junior hockey with him. Dias said Wynne told him she is interested in learning more about whether players get a fair share of the game's profits.
Flynn's spokesman Craig MacBride declined to comment.
Wynne's spokeswoman Zita Astravas said both the premier and Flynn have already met with Dias.
"Discussions covered a wide range of topics," she said. "Unifor is an important partner and our government looks forward to a positive relationship with labour."
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
On Oct. 8, when San Jose opens the 2014-15 season against Los Angeles, it’s possible John Scott, Mike Brown, and Micheal Haley could be in uniform. The Sharks re-signed Brown, acquired from Edmonton last season, to a two-year extension. They locked up Scott and Haley on the free market.
Scott is the most dangerous fighter in the league. Brown totaled 94 PIMs between San Jose and Edmonton. Haley, who once busted short-term Bruin Chris Clark’s nose in a preseason fight, recorded 131 PIMs in the AHL last season.
“As we integrate more younger players to our team, John’s presence alone can act as a deterrent and help keep teams and opposing players honest,” GM Doug Wilson said in a statement after signing Scott.
That’s a whole lot of toughness to fill a mythical position — the player who keeps his teammates safe.
In theory, Dustin Brown wouldn’t have wrecked Tomas Hertl’s knee last year had one of the musclemen been present. The fear of Scott caving in his face would have discouraged Brown from targeting Hertl.
more plus other hockey topics including a look at the job Brendan Shanahan is doing in Toronto....
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