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from the Blueshirts Blog,
In short, the puck remains on Glen Sather’s stick and the Rangers’ GM has yet to decide whether to shoot or pass.
“He is thinking about it,” was agent Don Meehan’s response tonight when I asked him if any progress had been made in his discussions with Sather.
Meehan insisted that, though he anticipates no problem working out a contract, no conditional agreement has been reached that would be consummated if and when Sather decides he wants Peca to join the Rangers.
from The Maven at MSG Network,
The first is that I’m tickled that Martin is returning to New Jersey. The second is that Paul sits precisely where Nieder sat—in the far right corner of the Devs’ dressing room. The third is that Martin—like it or not—is the new Niedermayer in New Jersey….
Whatever the case, Martin now has the opportunity to prove a point that his agent made when Lou Lamoriello signed Paul in the first place.
The rep said that Martin—then a complete unknown—will eventually remind Devils fans of Niedermayer.
It seemed a preposterous claim at the time.
It sounds less so now.
more... and notice no mention of Martin being traded…
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
It’s early, or the equivalent of it still being before the Iowa caucuses. But it’s not too early to look ahead at who might have trophy seasons in 2007-08. The “contenders” are divided by conference.
East: Brian Campbell, Sabres; Brian Rafalski, Devils; Chris Phillips, Senators.
West: Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Ducks; Dion Phaneuf, Flames.
The torch is about to be passed, either way. A long shot comes in: Phillips.
read on if you wish…
update 5:39pm, As a KK reader noted in the comments, Rafalski just got replaced by Dan Boyle.
from the New York Rangers,
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Anders Hedberg has been added to the club’s scouting staff as the Head Professional European Scout. Hedberg will be responsible for assessing free agent talent playing in Europe.
Hedberg, 56, joins the team after working with the Ottawa Senators organization for the past five seasons. Hedberg served as Ottawa’s Director of Player Personnel from 2002 to 2006 and spent the 2006-07 season as the team’s North American and European Hockey Coordinator.
from The Bellowing Moose at NBC Sports,
With Tiger’s wife off the market for quite some time now, the world’s (ok, the hockey world’s) most sought after Swede is Peter Forsberg, whose feet remain firmly planted back in Sweden—albeit in a cast.
And yet, despite the latest surgery to remedy his mysterious foot ailment, and despite not playing in more than 60 games in any of his last three NHL seasons, there are more than a few teams lining up to hand Forsberg as much money as their cap space will allow.
Why back up the Brinks truck for a player who makes Eric Lindros look durable? Because even with all the injuries, Forsberg—unlike Lindros—has been a remarkably productive player. Despite the foot problems that caused him to limp through last season, Forsberg was still a point-a-game player for Nashville and Philadelphia.
A team rolling the dice on his health could win big if it knows a good podiatrist.
continued... Wings fans- Foppa alert!!!
from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,
When Sam Pollock became general manager of the Montreal Canadiens in 1964, the Habs were in the middle of a four-year Stanley Cup drought. At that time, that was unheard of in the hockey-mad metropolis – especially after the club had won five straight titles from 1956-1960.
As a result, it was not the easiest time to be at the helm and certainly not the easiest city to be running hockey operations.
This, of course, was the same city where, as the legendary Tom Johnson, a member of those Montreal dynasty teams told NHL.com, “If you lost two games in a row, you had to walk the back streets.”
continued... Read it, even if you are 15 or 85, we have lost a part of the game and he must be remembered.
from the Mining Gazette,
Legendary Michigan Tech hockey coach John MacInnes got what he always wished for Wednesday, even if he was not alive to see it. Twenty-five years after retiring from coaching and 24 years after his death, MacInnes will be inducted into the hallowed halls of the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame.
“This is one I didn’t think would ever happen, I’m glad I’ve lived long enough to see it,” said Jerry MacInnes, John’s widow, in a conference call held Wednesday. “Before John died, he said he didn’t know if he’d ever be inducted, but he wanted to have it happen for his grandkids.”
continued... great story!
via Ducks TV, Selanne has a party in Finland (wmp video)...
The Hockey Hall of Fame has a nice write up too…
Teemu met the Stanley Cup in Helsinki, Finland on Friday, August 3, and like the Energizer Bunny, he kept going and going and going…. Selanne was determined to squeeze every second of enjoyment out of his time with the Stanley Cup. Who knows, it may be the only time Teemu gets this opportunity!
from John Bishop at BostonBruins.com,
“I look at our team on paper and it looks pretty solid,” said a suddenly serious Savard, his trademark grin drawing short. “We’re pretty deep, so we’re excited for that.
“We picked up a great goalie (in Manny Fernandez)—I got to play to against him a bit more being out west with Calgary.
“And obviously Peter Schaefer, a great solid veteran forward for many years,” he said.
That being said, Savard knows that in order for the B’s to progress toward a playoff berth, he and the other Bruins returnees need to play their best.
“I’ve gotten in great shape this summer,” added Savard. “I feel very strong, and now that I am getting older, I have to be like that…but I just want to contribute every night and our goal at the end of the road is just to get into the playoffs.
more & it looks like Savard has a little more golf in him too…
via the NJ Devils,
The Devils have announced the re-signing of defenseman Paul Martin to a multi-year contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
thanks to a KK reader for the tip…
added 12:26pm, Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice says Martin will be expected to carry a bigger load with the loss of Rafalski…
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