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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail:
“Even though we will see bigger names hit the unrestricted free-agent market every summer, I don’t believe that free agency will play a bigger role than under the previous [non salary cap collective agreement],” one National Hockey League GM said.
“Maybe, if the cap continues to increase, we’ll see some of the bigger market clubs gain an advantage because we’ll begin to see some teams set their own team payroll cap.”
“There are different formulas for building winning franchises in a salary-cap world,” another club executive said. “But I think we’re more like junior hockey now, in the sense that a successful junior team keeps steady numbers of 17, 18 and 19-year-olds.
from the Arizona Republic,
The Phoenix Coyotes are seeing red this season. Lots of it.
CEO Jeff Shumway said Friday that the hockey franchise is expected to hemorrhage about $30 million this year, compounding severe financial losses the team has suffered in recent years.
But Shumway added that team owner Jerry Moyes knew the organization was in dire fiscal straits when he took majority control of it a year ago. And Moyes has remained committed to seeing the Coyotes succeed both on and off the ice.
I have limited the NHLPA stories, but this one summarizes what is known…
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The truth may be revealed by Sunday night, when two members of the NHLPA executive — Mike Gartner, director of hockey affairs, and Stu Grimson, associate counsel — convene a conference call for the 30 player representatives (known as the executive council), plus the seven members of the interim executive board, to investigate the matter and decide what happens next.
A small sampling of agents all came to the same basic conclusion regarding Saskin’s future. “He’s done,” said one. Another described Saskin as a “dead man walking.”
read on plus some NHL player talk…
from the Iceman Bloggeth,
A while back I wrote: “… do I think [Keith Tkachuk] is some kind of “missing piece” that completes this team? Uh, no.”
Let me take this opportunity to say: I take it back. Completely and unreservedly. I take it back with humble apologies.
Over the past five games we have seen first-hand how a big-time NHL player plays
from the Chilliwack Progress,
In the land of dingos, didgeridoos and dunnys (toilets) hockey is an afterthought, if it even ranks that high. The big sports are soccer, cricket and rugby, followed by a myriad of outdoor sports. A sport which is so thoroughly woven into the fabric of Canadian culture is an insignificant blip on the radar screen of Australian athletics.
“There’s nothing going on in Australia,” Sonter says matter-of-factly. “Ask almost anyone on the street and they’ll tell you ice hockey doesn’t exist. Tell me where the frozen ponds are in Australia and we’ll go have a skate on them.”
The Toronto Maple Leafs received some good news as All-Star defenceman Tomas Kaberle rode a stationary bike Friday, the first physical exertion Kabele has been able to do since being leveled by Devils enforcer Cam Janssen.
Head Coach Paul Maurice says Kaberle felt good afterwards and if he experiences no headaches or other setback, could return to the ice for practice in a week’s time.
from the Edomonton Sun,
Rod Groening and Tracey Hunt—a couple of staunch Edmonton Oilers fans—will hold their hockey-themed nuptials next Friday at the downtown arena, with more than 150 friends and family cheering them on.
“Everything will be done in Oilers colours,” Hunt, 28, told Sun Media yesterday, adding that their post-ceremony reception will follow at an MTS Centre restaurant.
“And our seating plan is done like an Oilers sort-of ice rink, with everyone at a player’s table—so they’ll sit at the Raffi Torres table, or with Steve Staios or whoever’s table they have been put at.”
via TSN Breaking News,
New York Islanders forward Chris Simon has been suspended indefinitely for slashing New York Rangers forward Ryan Hellweg in the face
more… I am sure a hearing will soon be taking place to determine the length of the suspension.
added 1:00pm, via Bloomberg,
“Supplementary discipline will be assessed’’ when NHL officials meet with the 13-year veteran before the team plays its next game tomorrow, at home against the Washington Capitals, NHL spokesman Frank Brown said in an e-mail.
added 1:38pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Campbell, the NHL’s chief disciplinarian, spent Friday, trying to schedule a face-to-face meeting with Simon to review the play, either in New York or Toronto.
The suspicion is that Simon would receive a significant penalty, perhaps in the 12-to-15-game range, for the attack.
added 3:22pm, from WCBS,
A stick-swinging hit by New York Islanders forward Chris Simon during an NHL game against the New York Rangers is being reviewed for possible criminal prosecution.
A spokesman for Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said today that prosecutors are going to review the tape.
added 4:16pm, via Newday, Hearing is Saturday and Simon suffered a concussion from the hit by Hollweg.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
Here’s a look at how the playoff goaltending shapes up, taking into consideration the 19 teams (realistically) still in the running. Disclaimers: (a) Prioritizing playoff goaltending situations isn’t necessarily the same thing as rating the goaltenders themselves, or rating the teams’ playoff chances; (b) playoff experience comes into play; and (c) offer void where prohibited.
2. Anaheim Ducks
Not only are the Ducks back on track, not only will they be able to withstand the temporary loss (again) of Pronger, but they have an ideal situation. Both Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Ilya Bryzgalov have been terrific in the playoffs; Bryzgalov, at least, for that amazing short-term run last postseason, and Giguere seems back on track.
from the Montreal Gazette,
Last season, on the few occasions in which he was a healthy scratch, Ribeiro could be found in the Bell Centre press box, entertaining himself.
“I was probably not interested in the gym and working out as much as they would have liked,” Ribeiro said.
“But the bottom line is that when I played, I tried my hardest and tried to help the team win.
“I think I was treated unfairly in Montreal. They just wanted to get rid of me, and they did it. They probably had their reasons.”
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