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Mike Keenan and the Florida Panthers have found a way to part peacefully, although it took several days for the two sides to get to this point. ''I am pleased to report that I have resolved all outstanding issues with the Florida Panthers relating to my employment and my departure on an amicable basis,'' Keenan told TSN. The two sides have agreed on a settlement that satisfies the balance of his recently terminated contract.continued
from RDS (translated):
RDS learned that the Canadiens will retire the jerseys of Serge Savard (18) and Ken Dryden (29) this season. The whole will be confirmed in press conference Wednesday.continued
via the AP,
The Edmonton Oilers re-signed winger Joffrey Lupul for a contract worth about $6.9 million over three years.
from the New England Hockey Journal, In a recent interview, Walkom addressed the following issues:
YOUNGER AND OLDER REFEREES “Over time we gained an awful lot of experience with our four-man system. If there were complaints that the younger referees were overzealous calling penalties as opposed to the seasoned veteran referees, who were calling less penalties, I don’t know if there’s a real basis for such a claim. Sometimes we would have the under-calling of a game and other times we had over-calling of games. But I’m not splitting the referees up into groups.”many more topics...good read...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
Just because a television station runs a Three Stooges marathon doesn't mean the program director is a genius. It just means he has more Three Stooges tapes than he knows what to do with. And while we don't necessarily mean to draw a comparison between DiPietro and the comedic trio, there is certainly an element of the slapstick when it comes to this deal and this franchise. "It means the owner is a moron," one NHL executive told ESPN.com Tuesday. "It makes no sense. This is all about Charles Wang's ego." The most salient point in this tragic-comedy is that DiPietro simply isn't that good a goalie.more added 6:30pm, from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
Wouldn’t you like to be Rick DiPietro today? Or any day, for that matter, for the next 15 years. Whoosh! What a deal this 24-year-old (25 next week) goalkeeper has obtained from Islanders owner, Charles Wang. Starting when DP The Dauntless exhales, he will be cruising on a 15-year $67.5 million deal that should be able to pay his rent at $4.5 million a year – with some change for the chamber maid.continued
It was bound to happen. One NHL general manager taking advantage of another under the rules of a hard cap in the new NHL. Sources tell TSN the Philadelphia Flyers have signed 22-year old forward Ryan Kesler to an offer sheet worth $1.9 million for one year.update 6:14pm, The same link is now updated stating TSN has learned the Canucks will match the offer.
The Acid Queen points out...
In the wake of that announcement (Kaberle injury), a new addition was made to the training camp roster: Unsigned free agent Cale Hulse, late of the Calgary Flames and third husband of B-movie starlet and ex-Baywatch bimbette (not to mention Playboy centerfold) Gena Lee Nolin.
from the Sporting News,
Turco has been a mainstay in net for Dallas, but no one represents the team's struggle to maintain its efficiency in the playoffs as much as he does. So what's up, Marty? Do you have it in you? The starting job is yours, no question, because prospects are all the team has for now for backup. Play lights out in the 82? Great. Prove what you can do in a best-of-7 or two . . . or three . . . or four.read on
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The lawyer for Evgeni Malkin’s former team in Russia said he will use Russian labor law to try to keep Malkin from playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. In an interview with The Hockey News.com, Alexander Berkovich said Metallurg Magnitogorsk, which signed Malkin to a one-year contract before he left the team in August to sign with the Penguins, has pretty much given up on having Malkin return this season, but will do its best to ban him from playing for the Penguins.continued
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
The New York Islanders have agreed to an unprecedented $67.5-million (U.S.), 15-year contract for goaltender Rick DiPietro. DiPietro will earn $4.5 million annually. The Islanders scheduled an afternoon news conference to officially announce the contract that would keep DiPietro in the fold until 2022 when he would be 40. The deal is believed to be the longest in NHL history and second only in major North American pro sports to the $25-million, 25-year deal Magic Johnson signed with the NBA Lakers in 1981. "Clubs are free to make their own decisions within the confines laid out in the collective bargaining agreement and other applicable league rules," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Canadian Press. "Some decisions turn out well, others not so well. Time will tell whether this will be a good decision or a bad one for the Islanders."continued...the press conference is at 3pm... added 1:30pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Maybe the Islanders' hope is that the business of hockey will become so attractive and boom in such an unprecedented way that the average of the DiPietro contract - $4.5 million — will seem cheap by the time he hits his prime. That had to be the primary logic behind such a move, if logic is a word can ever be applied to the Islanders' decision-making.more
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