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from Spector's blog at Fox Sports,
Toronto Globe and Mail reporter James Mirtle recently posted a roster on his blog consisting of the remaining available unrestricted free agents, which he jokingly calls, "The Team of the Unwanted." Mirtle does point out that those players could become more attractive to teams with limited cap space still seeking to bolster their rosters with veteran help before the start of the 2006-07 season. Peter Bondra: Scored 21 goals in 60 games with the Atlanta Thrashers last season but missed considerable time to a groin injury. There's some talk the 38-year-old winger might retire but it's possible a team seeking offensive depth might offer up a one-year contract.read on for the rest...
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The National Hockey League is keenly interested in bringing live broadband streaming of game telecasts into the Canadian market for the coming season. "It's an opportunity we're looking at seriously," said Doug Perlman, the league's senior vice-president of television and media ventures. Perlman said the league would need to clear the carriage of Internet game broadcasts with national and regional television rights holders as well as the distributors of the NHL Centre Ice pay-per-view package. "You have to be mindful and respectful of our relationship with our partners," he said. "But against that backdrop, we're looking at how we can provide a streaming product that makes sense."continued
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Daly confirmed yesterday that they were moving ahead without Russia on board with the other European countries that signed the transfer agreement last summer. "There is no longer a possibility of an agreement this year that will involve the Russian Federation joining our existing player transfer agreement," Daly said. But, Daly added, that does not necessarily mean that Russian players cannot come to the NHL. "If the player can secure his own release, either pursuant to the terms of his existing Russian contract or pursuant to applicable Russian law, NHL clubs will be free to sign such player, and the resulting NHL contract will be registered and approved as valid for play in the NHL," Daly said.read on...Malkin will start talks with Pens... added 7:13am, from the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators are quickly losing hope of having Alexei Kaigorodov in the lineup this season. However, stalled player transfer negotiations between the Russian Hockey Federation and the NHL means it's starting to look like Kaigorodov -- Ottawa's second-round pick in 2002 -- will have to remain in his homeland for at least one more year.more
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from the RIA,
Russia will not join the IIHF-NHL hockey agreement that regulates transfers between European clubs and the American league, the head of the Russian Hockey Federation (RHF) said Wednesday. "At the talks with the IIHF [International Ice Hockey Federation] and the NHL [National Hockey League]... we failed to take into full account the interests of Russian clubs, which have players that interest the NHL," Vladislav Tretyak, who was elected the head of the RHF in April, said.continued update 3:46pm, from Reuters,
Russia's Sports Minister and former hockey great Vyacheslav Fetisov said on Wednesday he would only approve a 'fair deal'. Asked if he wanted Russia to join the agreement with the NHL, the former captain of the Soviet national team said: "Yes, only if it's a fair deal, but I'm opposed to the one that they (NHL) are forcing us to comply with at this time."
Buffalo Sabres forward J.P. Dumont has been awarded a one-year, $2.9 million contract in arbitration, according to reports. Dumont made $1.596 million last season, scoring 20 goals and 40 points in 54 games.
I thought I would share some of the emails I received yesterday after my first blog post appeared on NHL.com. Paul, we tee-off at 8:30am on Wed. You'll be there right?-Tiger Put er der! Thumbs up. -D.C. Please report any income from your website. You now fall under the NHL/NHLPA umbrella and income will go into the revenue pool. -Bill & Ted What is a website? -Mike I. I'd like to start a blog, either in Canada, the USA or any country that will accept me. Any hints would be appreciated. -J.R. Just a tip, be careful when mentioning Brian Burke.- L.B. I am interested in advertising on KK. What are your rates? -Sid Do you know any hockey players? -Elisha & Rachel You seem technically advanced, Can you fix my typewriter? -Stan
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
The NHL's 10 most embarrassing moments since the 1967 expansion? You're kidding, right? The NHL doesn't usually do embarrassing, unless it's merely a quick stop to pick up a latte en route to full-blown humiliating. This is an old-school league, if only because in its inappropriate moments it most resembles Frank the Tank. There is no professional sports league -- so endearing, so goofy (and we'll get back to that word later) -- that finds itself in so many Jeff Van Gundy-wrapped-around-a-leg situations, on and off the ice.continued Maybe we can break it down to a team level!
from the Tillsonburg News,
National Hockey League Hall of Fame goalie Lorne ‘Gump’ Worsley opened his 1975 autobiography with a question. What makes a good goalie? In typical humorous fashion, he answered, “If you want to be a good goaltender, it helps to be a little crazy. Not all goaltenders are nuts, you understand; only about 90 per cent of them.”continued...and a nice write-up on goalie masks...
from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,
The sports channel has installed a program on its Sportsnet.ca website that simply makes TSN go away. Sportsnet.ca gives registered visitors access to a discussion forum in which sports fans can ask questions and exchange information. But TSN and the names of its on-air personalities rank among the unmentionables. Sportsnet.ca removes all references to TSN. At least one weblog has noted that if you type in TSN in the context of a statement or question, it's removed and replaced with three stars. If you type in the name of TSN announcer Rod Black, the stars also appear.more
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