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via Sports Business Daily (paid sub.),
NBC Sports Coordinating Producer Sam Flood today announced that former Islanders GM & coach Mike Milbury will join the net’s “NHL Game of the Week” as a studio analyst, replacing former NHLer Brett Hull, who has taken a front-office position with the Stars. The studio show, which originated from Rockefeller Plaza the past two seasons, will now be broadcast live on location from game sites and will be hosted by Pierre McGuire,
added 4:32pm, from TV Week,
“Mike is sometimes controversial, usually quotable and always interesting,” said Sam Flood, NBC Sports’ coordinating producer and NHL Producer. “As an ex-player, coach and GM, he brings a hat trick of perspective to his new role as a broadcaster. And taking the studio show inside the arena provides an immediacy and big event feel, while shining an even bigger spotlight on the ‘Game of the Week.’”
from Perry Lefko at Sportsnet,
As a leader in the dressing room and on the ice, Peca is an impact player.
As a player with a storied career, he certainly qualifies.
As a premier faceoff guy, he’s among the best.
But he’s also a guy coming off a serious knee injury, the second of his career. It usually takes an athlete at least a year and quite likely two to fully recover from a major knee operation. Even though athletes are in prime condition, there are fast-twitch muscles that need to mentally learn to fire at the same pace and frequency after an operation as before.
The Edmonton Oilers are back at it again, tendering a five year, $21.5 million offer sheet to Anaheim Ducks Group II restricted free agent Dustin Penner.
The Ducks will have the right to match Edmonton’s offer for Penner. The Oilers, meanwhile, will not comment on the offer until after Anaheim’s decision.
Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe signed Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek to a seven-year, $50 million offer sheet in early July. The Sabres matched the offer to retain Vanek.
Multiple award-winning Canadian sports journalist Pierre LeBrun joins the Hockeycentral panel and sportsnet.ca for the 2007-08 NHL season.
LeBrun, well known in Canadian sports circles for breaking big stories, will be part of the 2007-08 Hockeycentral team which features numerous hockey experts including host Daren Millard and regular analysts Nick Kypreos and Bill Watters.
“I’m thrilled to be on board with Rogers Sportsnet and look forward to breaking down what will be an interesting 2007-08 NHL season,” said LeBrun. “There’s a cool vibe at Sportsnet and I want to be part of that.”
note: thanks to PuckHound for noting this in the KK forums
via the Nashville Predators, Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile announced the signing of free-agent forward Martin Gelinas to a one-year contract this afternoon.
Milestones came and went in impressive fashion during the 2006-07 season as scored of players reached personal milestones during the course of the regular season.
NHL.com takes a look back at these special moments with video highlights marking the moments.
It’s a cool way to get through the dog days of summer!
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
As the NBA wrestles with what commissioner David Stern calls the worst crisis of his tenure, the Tim Donaghy mess in the Summer of Sports Scandal, it’s not gross misconduct to wonder: Can it happen in the NHL, too?
Of course it can ... in theory.
Instead of gloating about the NBA’s mess, and perhaps becoming overconfident because hockey is far less vulnerable to “fixing” or “shaving” issues than other sports, the NHL should react with heightened vigilance.
Among other things, the NHL must continue to try to get to the bottom of everything and everyone involved in the Rick Tocchet sports gambling ring to make sure it didn’t affect the actual integrity of the NHL’s own product.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
For Hull, the possessor of the most deadly one-timer in league history, bending his blade—along with the rules—was the difference between an average career and one for the ages.
“I had an illegal stick all the time and it wasn’t so much that I thought I was cheating, but, you know, I wouldn’t have got 300 goals in this league unless I’d had that stick that I used. I couldn’t shoot it without that curve.”
How prevalent is this offense? Go down the list of the league’s top snipers and many of them—including Ilya Kovalchuk, Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne—were nabbed last season with an illegal curve.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
via the Hamilton Spectator,
Jim Balsillie gave reporters the brush-off yesterday in the Pro-Am at the Canadian Open at Angus Glen Golf Club but he did give a fan a brief update on his quest to bring a National Hockey League team to Hamilton.
The billionaire co-owner of Research in Motion, who was playing with defending Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk, hit his drive in the rough just off the 18th fairway. When he got there a fan yelled out “you’ve got to get a team for Hamilton!”
Balsillie replied “I’m trying.”
via the Winnipeg Free Press,
NHL exile Alexei Yashin is returning to a place “where he’s looked at like a god,” his girlfriend, model and actress Carol Alt, says.
Yashin—who became an unrestricted free agent last month when the New York Islanders bought out the remaining four years of his 10-year, US$87.5-million contract—signed a one-year deal last week with Locomotiv Yaroslavi of the Russian League.
“I think he needs to go where people understood him and where he’s looked at like a god,” Alt said.
“He wants to come back (to the NHL), but I just think he needs to clear his head.”
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