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from the Nashville City Paper,
Nashville Predators fans will be seeing more of Pete Weber and Terry Crisp, but for much of the 2006-07 season, they’ll hear less of them on radio. The City Paper has learned renowned broadcaster Eli Gold, best known as the voice of University of Alabama football and for his work on NASCAR’s Motor Racing Network, will be the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the games which are televised.more
from the Calgary Sun,
Darryl Sutter is no longer the head coach of the Calgary Flames this morning. Sutter will remain the team's general manager but will hand the bench-boss reins to Jim Playfair, according to several sources. Sutter is expected to announce these changes at a press conference scheduled for this morning.continued
from the Chicago Daily Herald,
When asked at the news conference to introduce newly acquired winger Martin Havlat if it was a must for the Hawks to make the playoffs next season, Wirtz made his answer quite clear. “It’s not an option,” Wirtz said. “If you look at our record since the playoffs began, the Blackhawks have always been in the playoffs. The last six or seven years, we have not been in the playoffs except once, and that is not acceptable.” When the Hawks missed the playoffs last spring, it was the seventh time in eight seasons they had failed to qualify. In one of his rare sessions with reporters, Wirtz said the Hawks lost $19 million last season and projected a loss of $20 million in 2006-07. Wirtz blamed losses on sagging attendance at the United Center and missing sponsorships following the lockout that wiped out the entire 2004-05 NHL season.more
from the Florida Panthers,
Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with RW Nathan Horton. “Nathan is a talented player with whom we are pleased to have reached a contract agreement,” said Keenan. “He is a very skilled and hard working offensive player that will play an important role in our club’s success next season.”
from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
A Maryland court this afternoon lifted the ban that it last week placed on the Hawks and Thrashers signing players to multi-year contracts. The teams now are free to conduct their business under less stringent restrictions from the court.continued (reg. req.)
from the CP via TSN,
There will soon be a new president of the NHL Players' Association. Trevor Linden announced Tuesday at the NHLPA's summer meeting that he will not seek re-election for the position he has held since June 1998. The NHLPA's new executive committee is expected to be announced Wednesday.
from the Courier Post,
Flyers star center Peter Forsberg learned today that he will not require reconstructive surgery on his left foot. The Flyers have scheduled a 5 p.m. conference call to map out Forsberg's rehabilitation schedule. With no need for a second surgery, it is possible Forsberg could return to the Flyers' lineup as early as November.Thanks to a KK reader for passing this on.
from Radio-Canada (translated),
“One is already returned in the plan D, affirms Gainey. The number of players whom we covet was restricted, but several teams had the fight to obtain them.” In spite of a rich person tradition of hockey, Montreal does not seem to represent the destination number one. Do the high tax rate and the pressure to thread the tricolour pullover complicate the work of Gainey? “Our situation is not different from the other teams, explains Gainey. A player can decide to continue his career in Los Angeles, but it will have to compose with an infernal motor vehicle traffic. It will also run the chance to fall to the sea.” A small bit of irony to explain the situation of the Canadian. Since July first, several formations put the package to attract the coveted player. “There were the very heavy ones and very long contracts granted to certain players, affirms he. We would like to obtain a player, but the good player. If not, one is taken with for several seasons.”read on Thanks to a regular KK reader for the pointer... added 6:38pm, Basically the same story now on the Montreal Canadiens website...
from the AP via TSN,
Vesa Toskala has nothing but great things to say about the San Jose Sharks, his GM Doug Wilson, and his fellow goaltender Evgeni Nabokov. But he's adamant he doesn't want to head into training camp next season still battling for playing time in goal with his buddy Nabokov. ''I really hope that doesn't happen,'' Toskala said Tuesday from his native Tampere, Finland. ''That's not good for me, or for Nabby. And I don't think it's good for the team either, sitting one of us on the bench. I really hope there's a trade.''continued
Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Glen Wesley and his wife, Barb, announced today that they will spend part of their day with the Stanley Cup visiting Marines at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina on Thursday. The Wesley family will take the fabled trophy to the "Wounded Warriors" barracks to share it with Marines wounded in combat. They are scheduled to arrive at Camp Lejeune with the Cup around 1 p.m. The Injured Support Unit barracks at Camp Lejeune were dedicated on Nov. 15, 2005 to answer the growing need for accessible housing for Marines wounded in combat. Existing barracks were renovated to create the special housing. Fourteen first-floor rooms were made accessible with ramps and grab bars, two rooms made wheelchair accessible and ramp access was added to the building.
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