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from the News & Observer,
The 23-year-old goalie has shed more than 20 pounds and is eager to erase the memories of last season. Ward’s physical transformation drew double-takes from teammates as they trickled back into town for informal group workouts, and it has fueled his confidence in a bounce-back performance.
“I feel a lot more quicker, and it’s funny, because you joke around when you see guys working out with 20-pound vests,” Ward said. “Basically, I just took one of those 20-pound vests off my body.”
from Evan Weiner at the NY Sun,
NHL fans are about to find out just how powerful the owner of the Los Angeles Kings, Phil Anschutz, is. Anschutz — who is not a publicity hound and rarely gives interviews — now has a chance to orchestrate the league’s next expansion between now and 2009 by placing teams into arenas he has built or is building in Kansas City and Las Vegas….
The NHL’s expansion plans were solidified when Anschutz’s AEG entered into a partnership with Harrah’s to build an arena on Harrah’s property near the Las Vegas strip. The new building will be opened in 2010 and it appears that Las Vegas already has an owner in movie producer Jerry Bruckheimer, who has spoken with NHL officials about placing a team in Las Vegas.
Neither Kansas City nor Las Vegas is a big TV market. But if Anschutz wants teams in those markets, the odds are pretty good that his fellow NHL owners, along with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy commissioner Bill Daly, will see it his way.
from George Gross of the Toronto Sun,
The GM told me that while he is not planning on going into the free-agent market, if conditions become favourable he could be interested in Peter Forsberg, the often injured Swedish warrior.
“As it stands now, we won’t go into the free agent market,” said John Jr.
“But things could change. We could be interested in Peter Forsberg if conditions are right.
However, in that case, we would have to make room for him in view of the cap situation.”
from the Palladium Times,
During the 2005/2006 National Hockey League (NHL) season, Carolina Hurricane and Oswego Native Erik Cole, along with Cole’s wife, Emily, made a pledge to the Oswego Public Library Capital Campaign to donate $1,000 for every point Cole scored during the season.
When the season was complete, Cole had tallied 59 points, which in turn amounted to $59,000 towards the Oswego Public Library expansion and renovation project.
Cole fulfilled his donation recently at the second annual Erik Cole “Score for Oswego” Golf Tournament by presenting a check to the Oswego Public Library board of trustees, staff members, the donors that matched Erik’s challenge and various golf participants.
“Erik Cole has been a supporter of this project from the beginning,” said Mary Shanley, Oswego Public Library board of trustees president. “He has served as honorary campaign chairperson, made this generous pledge of $1,000 per (point), and took the lead last year with the first ‘Score for Oswego’ Golf Tournament. We appreciate his generosity to our project and his ability to score goals on the ice as well.”
Alanah at Canucks and Beyond is all over the release of the Canucks jersey today. Check in and get the official look, finally!
from the Vancouver Province,
UFA, Russia — Pfffft.
That’s Russian for the 2007 Super Series.
The eight-game series pitting Canadian junior hockey stars against their Russian counterparts in an attempt to commemorate the 1972 Summit Series just hasn’t generated much interest here.
That’s no surprise to the national Russian journalists, who are outnumbered by their Canadian counterparts in Ufa.
The games are being broadcast live on the country’s NTV-plus satellite system, which only has 560,000 subscribers. The games are then re-broadcast 35 hours later on a Russian national network.
continued and thanks to Jason Botchford of the Province who has delivered numerous stories on this series from Russia…
Hippy Dave in the KK Forums would like your opinion on Fantasy Hockey!
A good topic to discuss now and one I am sure others would be interested in too.
from the Hockey News,
The scaremongers of the hockey media have been out in full force this summer, reaching a frenzied peak in early July after Philadelphia threw $52 million at Daniel Briere and the Rangers backed up the Brinks truck to the homes of both Scott Gomez and Chris Drury.
This won’t continue. And that’s not guesswork, either.
First, let’s review the facts that back up all the fears.
added 1:40pm, Spector at his Soapbox has an interesting take on this topic and I tend to lean in the direction he is pointing out.
from This is London,
There are 25 bars, restaurants and cafés on the building’s main high street, Entertainment Avenue (which is the length and breadth of New Bond Street). The queues to the bar are bearable. The toilets clean and plentiful.
Not everyone will love the interior design, of course, which is basically Heidi goes to Vegas with lashings of extra kitsch. There are palm trees and Busby Berkeley staircases and sci-fi set pieces. But who cares? The night I saw Prince, 20,000 people got to their seats on time. No one lost their temper. It was the most chilled rock audience I’ve encountered in years.
It’s no wonder that after just three months the O2 is fast becoming Britain’s premier venue.
from E.J. Hradek at ESPN, ast summer,
I figured the Stars might be taking a step backward. Instead, despite significant injuries to stars Mike Modano and Brenden Morrow, the club nearly matched the 112 points it registered in 2005-06 by finishing with 107.
This season, I again expect the Stars to finish with fewer points. Not too many, though. I see them with about 100 points….
They won’t miss Nagy, who never fit in after coming over from the Coyotes. They will miss Sydor, who logged more than 20 minutes per game. Veterans Eric Lindros and Matthew Barnaby won’t be back, either. Barnaby announced his retirement in July, while Lindros is expected to call it a career over the coming weeks.
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