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First off, I am glad to report that IwoCPO is back in the homeland. Now go read his editorial...
but I was distracted. For instance on the 4th of July I stood on a balcony in one of Saddam’s former palaces and watched nearly six hundred servicemembers re-enlist, the largest mass re-up in history. While their countrymen on the left and right (a great majority of whom have never set foot in Iraq) continue to sling arrows at one another over whether our presence there is just, the warriors who actually live and fight there made the biggest statement of all. Given a choice between going home or staying there to finish a job they believe in, they raised their right hands again.more
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
There still will be some give-and-take, some offers and counter-proposals—maybe even a few snags—before an agreement is reached, but agent Pat Brisson likes the way Sidney Crosby’s contract negotiations have moved along so far.
“They’re going in the right direction,” Brisson said last evening.
He declined to elaborate on the talks, which will resume today unless Brisson, who is based in Los Angeles, managed to hook up with Penguins general manager Ray Shero last night.
from the Montreal Gazette,
With his girlfriend, Montrealer Lindsay Rosen, and his father up from Long Island with a few pals, Komisarek arrived at the Big O with a T-shirt over his proud Polish heart, unsure what awaited him in the stadium.
Madness, as it turned out.
“By the end of the game, I was wearing a jersey and waving a flag, people just giving me this stuff off their backs,” Komisarek said, still amazed. “We were taking pictures, I was signing autographs. My dad was overwhelmed, he couldn’t believe it.”
Roman Komisarek’s 25-year-old son is a hockey star in this town. He’s a huge favourite of Montreal’s Polish community.
But quicker than you can say Grzegorz Krychowiak, who scored the game’s lone goal, Komisarek’s hero status soared higher still in a Polska cheering section, where fans enveloped him and, for a few hours at least, made him one of their own.
added 9:05am, for more on this with some great pictures, check out Habs Inside/Out...
Wow, the slowest day regarding hockey talk in a long time.
Nothing out there today folks, nada, zip…
Signings and trade talk may filter in here and there, but I have a feeling the next three weeks or so may be slow.
We will be around and will report anything hockey related.
In the meantime, stay cool! 92 degrees here in the Detroit area at 8:30pm!
from the Chicago Tribune,
“We’re getting quite deep at all positions,” Tallon said. “The challenges and fights for jobs is what makes a team successful. When people know there are other people in line for their jobs, they start to compete hard.
“We’re very, very excited about the future, and the foundation is being put together very solidly.”
Though they were merely scrimmages during a July prospects camp, Kane and Toews showed they may be ready to take their acts to the NHL. Each scored two goals and added four assists while creating scoring chances—both with their passing and shooting skills—nearly every shift.
from the Buffalo News,
“For the record, Darcy Regier did call Pat Brisson in January,” Quinn said Friday. “There was no offer back to us about any kind of discount or anything. So I think we ought to make the record clear on that. If there had been and everybody came together and said, ‘Let’s all chip in,’ we would have tried to figure out a way.”
According to Brisson, the Sabres never called his office at any point during the season. In fact, he hadn’t heard from them since last summer, the day before Briere was awarded a one-year contract worth $5 million. Brisson at the time was pressing the Sabres to sign Briere to a fiveyear deal worth $25 million, which the Sabres rejected.
from Larry Felser of the Buffalo News,
I know we’re all supposed to buy the theory that Buffalo’s management is wholly to blame for the departure of the two stars, but I find it difficult to believe that the players’ agents weren’t aware that there would be several pots of gold being stirred by rich and desperate franchises at the end of the season.
I also don’t buy the theory that the departure of Briere is the end of civilization as we know it. Danny is a terrific little player, fun to watch. He’s probably worth the $5 million the Sabres were paying him and another million or so they were prepared to pay him in a new contract. I don’t think he would have been a wise buy at the $10 million the Flyers are going to pay him next season and $52 million overall, especially considering the contract is for eight years.
from Joe Posnanski of the Kansas City Star,
Still, the first home game was a magical night. There were almost 15,000 people in the stands. Before the game, the winless Scouts were given a long standing ovation.
And they played their guts out that game and outshot a star-studded Chicago Blackhawks team (that team had Hall of Famers Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita and star goaltender Tony Esposito). The Scouts lost 4-3, but when it ended there was another standing ovation for the Kansas City players.
“What an amazing crowd,” Scouts coach Bep Guidolin said. He was called Bep because his mother spoke English with a thick accent, and she called her youngest son “Beppy” instead of “Baby.” The nickname was shortened to Bep. He, too, may have been hired for his name.
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• Poile, the Nashville Predators veteran general manager, was all prepared to talk to the Leafs about a senior position that may have included becoming general manager, when his owner, Craig Leipold, revoked the permission.
• So Scotty Bowman has finally admitted he turned down the Maple Leafs after first lying about it. What he hasn’t admitted is he had a general manager (or assistant) ready to take over. He had Igor Larionov ready to become coach, Craig Ramsay ready to assist him, and he had spoken to other well-known NHL names about taking front office positions with the team.
more hockey talk scattered about…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Had Lowe - whose team is questionable in nets - gone after Lundqvist at $9 million, the Rangers would not have been able to sign Brendan Shanahan. They might have found themselves forced to walk away from Sean Avery’s salary arbitration. They might have been required to move Petr Prucha at $1.6 million.
But Lowe didn’t go after the best player on the market and he didn’t go after the most cap-vulnerable franchise in the NHL. He didn’t do that because of his longtime friendship with Glen Sather, that’s why he didn’t do it, and everyone knows it. His decision to attempt to raid Buffalo for a winger rather than the Rangers for a franchise goaltender had nothing to do with winning and nothing to do with business and everything to do with personal.
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