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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
The departure of the Thrashers' former director of player personnel indicates how tenuous general manager Don Waddell's tenure is with training camp looming less than a month away. Waddell, the only general manager in franchise history (since June 1998), has not gotten the Thrashers into the playoffs in six seasons, the longest current drought in the NHL. In fact, Waddell, whose contract was recently extended through the 2007-08 season, is the only member of the team's front office whose deal does not expire at the end of this season — including coach Bob Hartley. "You know the situation with Bob right now," Waddell said of Hartley. "Because Bob can't get a multiyear contract and we're on very good terms [that puts me in an awkward position]." Waddell was asked if he thinks ownership could make wholesale changes if the team does not perform up to expectations this season. "Absolutely, we're all under the microscope," he said...more (reg. req.)
from the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets and restricted free agent Nikolai Zherdev remain entrenched in their negotiating positions and, unless one side budges, Zherdev will play next season in Russia. What’s new is that a decision might be coming sooner rather than later. "If we don’t have a deal by next week, he’s playing in Russia," Zherdev’s agent, Rolland Hedges, said yesterday. So there’s a deadline? "Our deadline is Oct. 5," Hedges said, "but we’ve been told (by the Blue Jackets) that we need to get a deal done within the next week. To me, that’s a deadline. In fairness to the team, they want to know where things stand so they can prepare. I can understand that."continued
With the fall season approaching, I begin to shudder about the dreaded leaf raking- You too? Maybe this will motivate you to get the job done!
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
Penguins television play-by-play announcer Paul Steigerwald believes that having Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin together is going to be like having Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky on the same team. "That's a bold statement, but I don't throw that stuff around lightly," Steigerwald said Friday, the day after Malkin appeared in Los Angeles. "I don't compare every guy with good reach to Mario, but after seeing video, (Malkin) reminds me a lot of Mario ... And he's more physical than Mario was at that age. He runs over people, makes long saucer passes and makes it looks like he's going to pass then shoot, shoot then pass."more
from Reuters via TVNZ,
Spain's Francis Valera shot five-under-par 67 to move into a three-way tie for the lead after two rounds at the Russian Open on Saturday. Valera joined fellow Spaniard Carlos Rodiles and overnight leader David Drysdale at 12-under-par 132. NHL All-Star Alexei Kovalev, making his European Tour debut as one of only four amateurs in the 111-strong field, came dead last at 19 over par. The Montreal Canadiens right wing, who captained Russia's ice hockey team at this year's Turin Olympics, was nevertheless satisfied with his performance. "I think I did just fine considering it was my first tournament of such a high calibre. Making the cut here would practically be equivalent to winning a Stanley Cup," Kovalev, who lifted hockey's biggest prize with the New York Rangers in 1994, told Reuters.
from Thunder Bay's Source,
This year was pretty amazing for you. What was the point when you realized it was really going to happen for your team? Coming into the year we didn’t have the highest expectations, but I think as training camp went forward we knew we had a good group and continued to build as we went on. Once we got to the playoffs, anything could happen. We had great goaltending and when that happens you know you have a good chance. We just continued to push and ended up getting it done. It was a pretty awesome playoff run. Other than lifting the cup over your head, what were some of your favourite moments? I think the goal against New Jersey when I scored to tie it up with three seconds left That was pretty neat…that was a big game, took the wind out of their sails and took the series over from there. Personally the overtime goal in the third game against Montreal in the first round was great, just to get us back on the board.read on
from the St. Louis Blues,
St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has signed defenseman Jamie Rivers. “We signed a veteran NHL defenseman who will add depth to our defensive corps,” said Davidson. “Jamie is a quality defenseman who is familiar with our organization and we are excited to have him back in St. Louis.”
via the AP,
Cory Stillman - one of the Carolina Hurricanes' top scorers in the run to their first Stanley Cup - had surgery on his right shoulder Friday and could miss the start of the regular season. Stillman is expected to take up to four months to recover from the operation to correct a lingering injury, team president and general manager Jim Rutherford said. Specific information about the injury was not immediately available.added 2:32pm, Canes press release...
It is Friday afternoon and I came across a Q & A from Sports Bladet, talking to a hockey expert. Some of the answers translated with Systran can be very comical but it does add a nice international touch to the game. Asked who could win the Cup this year... Tomas's are rowed says: Carolina can certainly defend the gold. But in new NHL believes I that around 16 NHL-lag has the opportunity. The applies to have a mould tip when one makeacommitmentto in the finals. FÃ¤rjestad has well also the opportunity. but I do not believe on vÃ¤rmlÃ¤nningarna this winter. Feels little Jurassic Park-varning over the team. What was his favorite arena to visit... Tomas's are rowed says: Old Chicago arena that had pc small river place long up in the arena. Remembers how the audience actually hated Loob in the finals against Calgary 1989. That arena takes the price for the charm. Otherwise, I say Phoenix arena. BrynÃ¤s's new arena feels delicious - the has among other thing rolling stairs. Fresh. What Swedes will play in the NHL All-Star game... Tomas's are rowed says: Henrik Lundqvist Peter Forsberg Markus NÃ¤slund Alexander Steen Nicklas LidstrÃ¶m and perhaps Mats Sundin. What GM job would you like to have... Tomas's are rowed says: I willed want to have Mike Barnetts jobs that GM for Phoenix. Then, I willed sit and to eat crisps with Gretzky each evening and to speak hockey. You can read the full interview at Sports Bladet (not translated).
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