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from the OC Register,
Ducks general manager Brian Burke plans to meet with defenseman Scott Niedermayer today or Thursday to try to determine whether the team’s captain intends to retire or return for a 15th NHL season.
A similar meeting with right wing Teemu Selanne is likely follow in short order.
“Obviously, with (training) camp opening next week, we need to know what’s going on,” Burke said Tuesday.
While stories circulated in Canada last week suggesting that Niedermayer might have had a change of heart and be more likely to play another season, Burke’s latest telephone conversation with the four-time Stanley Cup winner included no such message.
via the Edmonton Oilers,
The Edmonton Oilers announced today forward Fernando Pisani will be out of the Oilers lineup indefinitely after being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC). Pisani is currently undergoing treatment.
Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe had the following comment. “We are very concerned about Fernando’s medical condition and we wish him nothing but a full and healthy recovery. Hockey will be secondary until he gets the care and treatment required. As a result, the Oilers will move into our training camp and pre-season and not have Fernando available for our lineup. I know the Edmonton Investors Group and all Oilers fans hope to see him recover quickly and be an active player with our team as soon as possible.”
Pisani commented on the situation, and said “I would like to thank everyone who has supported me through this difficult time, especially my wife and family. I appreciate all the wonderful words of encouragement I have received, including messages from my teammates. I look forward to returning to the Oilers.”
There’s a slideshow of the jerseys at the Calgary Flames website
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Joseph is ready to continue his NHL career (let’s be clear on that point) should circumstances change tomorrow or the next day or the day after that. But for the first time in a long time, Joseph’s life isn’t all about hockey, and in some ways, that means his life is richer.
“I’ve got a lot to look forward to,” he said. “I’m trying to be the best father I can, and that’s a pretty important role. Some would say it’s more important than stopping pucks.”
from the Detroit News,
More than four years after a near-fatal car crash put his hockey career on hold, Red Wings prospect Igor Grigorenko finally stepped onto the ice for his first informal workout with the team Tuesday at the Troy Sports Center.
More than a dozen of the Wings’ veteran players, including captain Nick Lidstrom and newly-acquired defenseman Brian Rafalski, were on the ice preparing for the start of training camp, which begins next week in Traverse City.
But all eyes were on Grigorenko, the 24-year-old Russian winger who was Detroit’s top pick in the 2001 entry draft. Wings general manager Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill and team vice president Steve Yzerman all were on hand observing Tuesday’s workout.
Pierre Turgeon, who scored 515 goals in 19 NHL seasons, has called a news conference for Wednesday at which he is expected to officially announce his retirement.
The 38-year-old is to meet with the media at agent Bob Sauve’s office in Laval, Que., north of Montreal.
Florida Panthers defenceman Jay Bouwmeester pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges in an Edmonton Provincial Court on Tuesday.
He was given a one-year driving probation and a $1,000 fine.
Bouwmeester was arrested on Aug. 12, 2006 near a Whyte Avenue bar in Edmonton’s nightclub area, and was charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of more than .08.
Jeremy Roenick is not retiring after all.
NHL sources tell TSN that the veteran centre has signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks for $500,000.
Roenick spent last season with the Phoenix Coyotes, recording 28 points in 70 games. He had suggested during the summer that he would likely retire.
Update 1:17pm ET
From the SJ Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Group III unrestricted free agent center Jeremy Roenick to a one-year contract.
“Jeremy Roenick is a tremendous competitor and he has a great love for the game of hockey,” said Wilson. “We feel he can add something to our talented group of players on our club and we feel that this is an environment where Jeremy can be successful.”
added 5:12pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
One would imagine Roenick is the last player Wilson or coach Ron Wilson (no relation) would want on board.
Where the Sharks are quietly confident and by the book, Roenick has often appeared bigger than the game and certainly bigger than his team and teammates.
Roenick insisted he will be “camouflaged” on this Sharks team, invisible to the outside eye while doing good in the dressing room and on the ice.
“He knows he’s coming here to play hockey. The other stuff is not what it’s all about,” Doug Wilson said. “We don’t expect any distractions.”
The Montreal Canadiens are the latest Canadian NHL team to release their new look jersey for the 2007-08 season, going with almost an identical look from their previous sweaters.
The usual current team colours of red, blue and white are there, as well as the classic horizontal stripes for their red home jerseys.
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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
In all, the Kings’ summer signings didn’t do much for me. The defense should be better, but it won’t show if the club doesn’t get consistent goaltending. Up front, I don’t know what to expect from Handzus, Nagy and Calder. The answer might be ... not much.
I think it’s pretty obvious the club’s future rests firmly in the hands of young vets like Mike Cammalleri, Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown, as well as top young prospects such as Anze Kopitar, Jack Johnson and Bernier. In time, as these players continue to mature, the Kings have a chance to be more competitive. For now, however, I don’t see them making more than a 10-point improvement in the tough Western Conference.
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