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via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The Blues re-signed forward Lee Stempniak to a multi-year contract today.
Terms of the deal haven’t been released.
Stempniak, 24, led the Blues with 27 goals and had 52 points in 2006-07, when he played all 82 games. In 139 NHL games, he has posted 41 goals and 79 points.
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Both players returned from Africa changed men forever. They visited orphanages and schools in some of Tanzania’s poorest areas where Right To Play has set up programs to try and help the poorest of the poor, many of them infected with HIV or AIDS and most of them without any parents.
“I didn’t have my bag for the first three days,” Montador said Tuesday. “But not having a change of underwear or socks for three days, big deal. I never even thought about it when I was hanging out with those kids and realized they were wearing the same ripped shirt for the past week.
“And some didn’t have any shoes. It absolutely put things in perspective.”
from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
With so many goalies moving this offseason, facemask artists can bank on a backlog of work based on redesigns. The turnover hasn’t precisely been from A-to-Z but from Aebischer to Weekes comes pretty close.
While there hasn’t been a blockbuster deal like last year’s Roberto Luongo from Florida to Vancouver heist, several teams have tried to shore up their number one status. Not coincidentally, the Panthers helped themselves the most by pilfering Tomas Vokoun from the payroll-letting Nashville Predators and, in the process, moved themselves into the mix as a team capable of becoming the Southeast Division’s fourth different champion in four seasons.
On CFRN radio (Team 1260) in Edmonton, the host just read off a press release with a direct statement from billionaire Darryl Katz. He makes clear his intentions to try and buy the Edmonton Oilers and spend to the salary cap every season; he also claims to have also entered into negotiations with the University of Alberta to build a “world class” hockey training facility on that campus. The statement reinforces that Katz wants to maintain the Oiler’s “traditions” and has no intention of moving the team.
Text of the full statement below:
The Ottawa Senators have avoided arbitration with defenseman/forward Christoph Schubert as the two sides have agreed on a three-year deal. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from the San Jose Sharks,
The new San Jose Sharks Primary Crest, joined by eight supporting marks, is both a reimagination and a tribute to the original triangle logo used since the team’s inception in 1991. The updated crest incorporates more Pacific Teal, the primary color of the Sharks, and emphasizes speed, strength and determination. Smith, the designer of the original Sharks logo, created the new marks over an 18-month period in conjunction with Sharks players and front office.
New York Post blogger wants to eliminate ten NHL teams,
I’d lose the following ten clubs (despite three of them accounting for the last three Stanley Cups won):
Minnesota (and move the Stars back north)
his reasoning, read on...
Darren Dreger of TSN reports on Ottawa radio that Emery has signed right before his arbitration hearing- 3 years, $9.5 million.
added 9:15am, TSN link now available…
from the Windsor Star,
“The whistle is getting a rest, but the golf clubs are getting a real workout,” said O’Halloran, who is still a frequent visitor to his hometown.
“At least no one is hollering at me on the golf course. It’s a refreshing change for the summer.”
more on NHL ref Dan O’Halloran…
thanks to Snapshots for the pointer…
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