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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
We interrupt this column for a breaking news story:
Leafs skate! Leafs skate! Leafs skate!
Let’s go live to our reporter at the suburban arena where the Toronto Maple Leafs are staging an informal practice one month before the official opening of NHL training camps.
Reporter: “I am here at the Lakeshore Lions Arena, where the Toronto Maple Leafs are staging an informal practice.”
from Randy Schultz at NHL.com,
While Montreal was considered an outstanding baseball city, back in the 1950s, it always has been a Mecca for hockey.
And Lasorda was right in the middle of it.
“The Montreal Canadiens had a great, great team at that time, especially in the mid-50s,” recalled Lasorda, who managed the Los Angeles Dodgers for 20 seasons, leading them to eight divisional championships, four National League pennants and two World Series Championships. “I got to know a lot of the players who played for the Canadiens during that era.
“In fact, Butch Bouchard was the president of our baseball team during that time. I got to know Toe Blake, Doug Harvey, Rocket Richard, Boom Boom Geoffrion and Jacques Plante, among others.”
Hockey fans should always check the cap numbers before thinking of a trade or a signing.
I discuss a place to go for those numbers at my NHL.com blog today and also encourage women to take up the game!
E.J. Hradek of ESPN is doing a “Better or Worse” feature on all NHL teams. Today he features Atlanta…
This season will be a critical one for the Thrashers, who want to remain among the playoff class in the East. I get the sense that will be tough. If they get off to a bad start, Waddell might have to make an early decision about coach Bob Hartley.
At this point, I think they fall into the “worse” category.
read on and if you choose the month “August”, you will see his preview of the Ducks too. Something to keep an eye on all month long….
As Spector points out today, will Peca play for less than $1.5M and sign with the Rangers?
My feelings are Peca is shooting for a higher dollar amount than what teams have been offering him. Will he finally come down on his asking price or continue to shop for a team that will meet his $$$ demands?
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Andrew Raycroft spent his honeymoon in Tahiti, knowing he’d have to one day come back and patch up his marriage with Maple Leafs management and fans.
That task began in earnest yesterday at Lakeshore Lions Arena where the goaltender joined the first team workouts of the year, informal practices ahead of next month’s official training camp for 2007-08….
You don’t hear a lot about hockey in Tahiti,” said Raycroft, who married Erin in her native Boston in July and claimed to have steered clear of the sports pages since.
“All I can say is that I had good conversations with (general manager) John Ferguson and (coach) Paul Maurice and they’ve told me we now have two good goaltenders and that’s what it’s going to be (heading into camp).
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
Imagine a 1-2 punch that features Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza on one line and Daniel Alfredsson and Peter Forsberg on another.
Bryan Murray has—and acted on the thought.
The Senators GM said yesterday he’s been in contact with Forsberg’s representative, Don Baizley, and expressed a desire in talking contract with the Swedish star….
“There should be a number of reasons why we’d be one of the teams he may be interested in joining. I hope he thinks we have a good team, that we got to the final and we have a chance to do it again, and I think Daniel Alfredsson is his friend. I think there are things in our favour.”
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
“I tried to play but wasn’t strong enough,” the native of Toronto said. “It was tough. I tried but just didn’t have the health. I wasn’t ready. I hoped I could still play but couldn’t do it. With that, and other reasons, I decided to retire.”
The other reasons involved his family. He and his wife Beth, who is from Peterborough, have three children: Jade who is seven, four-year-old Mario and two-year-old Ella.
“My family is important,” he said. “It’s different now when you have three children seven and younger.”
He said they would continue to live in their current home in Haliburton, Ont., during the summer but move to San Jose during the winter. He said he intended to hook up with the Sharks, possibly in a player development role.
from ESPN SportsNation,
With that in mind, ESPN.com’s Gene Wojciechowski has come up with a list of the 32 greatest records in all of sports, matching them up against one another in a free-for-all bracket. He’s come up with his choice, but what do you think, SportsNation? Which of Nolan Ryan’s records is more impressive? Do Pistol Pete’s unreal college stats push him over the top? Do you favor individual streaks, or team efforts? Does Barry reign supreme, or does Aaron still hold the title?
read on and vote if you wish, but only Gretzky nominated. How about Scotty Bowmn Mr. Wojciechowski? Plus, I am sure KK readers can come up with more hockey types that should have been included.
via the Phoenix Coyotes,
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have signed goaltender Alex Auld to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
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