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via the Winnipeg Free Press,
NHL exile Alexei Yashin is returning to a place “where he’s looked at like a god,” his girlfriend, model and actress Carol Alt, says.
Yashin—who became an unrestricted free agent last month when the New York Islanders bought out the remaining four years of his 10-year, US$87.5-million contract—signed a one-year deal last week with Locomotiv Yaroslavi of the Russian League.
“I think he needs to go where people understood him and where he’s looked at like a god,” Alt said.
“He wants to come back (to the NHL), but I just think he needs to clear his head.”
from Sun Media,
Needless to say the brothers, hockey royalty from Thunder Bay, will take some good-hearted ribbing at training camp this fall.
And perhaps even at the older Staal’s wedding next Friday in the Lakehead.
It all started out innocently enough as a day of golf and an evening of partying at the posh Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas on Lake Superior. But as the sun fell and the beer flowed, things became a little rowdier amongst the 20 young men in attendance.
“It was a bunch of Canadian boys going wild,” an employee at the resort, two hours south of Thunder Bay, joked last night. “It was a bachelor party that went awry.”
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
As Blackhawks GM, Tallon seems to have a solid plan for his team. And Wednesday’s signing of No. 1 overall pick Patrick Kane is the latest feel-good story to come out of the cavernous United Center.
Wow, a light at the end of the Blackhawks’ tunnel that isn’t attached to an elevated train.
There’s no guarantee Kane will make the team this year. He’s an 18-year-old kid, after all. There’s every reason for Blackhawks fans to hope he does.
Why? Because he will be surrounded by plenty of talent. Kane won’t have to be the bellwether player for a beleaguered team. He can grow with the nucleus and help it develop into something the Blackhawks haven’t been since Bill Wirtz was a philanthropist—a winner.
Just somethng to keep an eye on…
from the Commercial Property News,
As part of the city’s efforts to ensure that the Las Vegas market is able to meet the demands of its growing population and tourism base from a sports and entertainment standpoint, the Las Vegas City Council approved REI Neon’s plans to build a 22,000-seat arena in downtown Las Vegas as part of the company’s $9.5 billion dollar mixed-use development, Project Pulse….
Construction is slated to commence in the third quarter of 2008. Arena construction is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2010 in time for the 2010-2011 fall sports season. REI received its entitlements to move forward with the development of Project Pulse on June 20.
more, but nothing hockey related, just some general news…
from the CP via Yahoo,
The search committee, comprised of Michael Cammalleri of the Los Angeles Kings, Chris Chelios of the Detroit Red Wings, Shawn Horcoff of the Edmonton Oilers, free agent Eric Lindros and Robyn Regehr of the Calgary Flames, interviewed a number of search firms across North America before settling on the Chicago outfit.
“The members of the committee are very pleased to be taking the next step towards hiring a new executive director,” Lindros said in a statement. “We continue to do our due diligence in order to find a leader that can further advance the interests of all NHLPA members and the game of hockey.”
From the CP via TSN,
The Los Angeles Kings and leading scorer Mike Cammalleri appear headed for a showdown in salary arbitration next week.
‘‘The Kings have yet to make me an offer,’’ Cammalleri said Wednesday during the NHL Players’ Association annual charity golf tournament. ‘‘There hasn’t been all that much communication. For me, I guess I can only take that as an indication of where I stand right now.’‘
Kings GM Dean Lombardi confirmed he wasn’t any close to re-signing the restricted free agent.
‘‘To be honest, we’re pretty far apart,’’ Lombardi told The Canadian Press from his Los Angeles office.
via Russo’s Rants,
I know this doesn’t affect those in Minnesota, but Florida Panthers owner Alan Cohen asked me to put this on my blog regarding the Hockeybuzz.com report that he’s meeting today with a group looking to purchase the Panthers.
“I am in the front row at Saratoga today watching the races and I am not selling the Panthers now or ever.”
Geez Dwayne, what kind of spin will you put on this one?
from the New Jersey Devils,
The Devils completed their coaching staff, naming Larry Robinson, John MacLean, and Tommy Albelin as assistant coaches, and Jacques Caron as goaltending coach.
They will join recently-appointed Head Coach Brent Sutter’s staff. The announcement was made by Devils’ CEO/President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.
“Brent’s additions of Larry, John, Tommy, and Jacques as assistant coaches gives our organization a staff that has tremendous knowledge, experience, and success,” said Lamoriello. “We are all looking forward to the start of training camp.”
from the CP via TSN,
“I’m going to help somebody next year, wherever it’s going to be,’’ Peca said Wednesday during the NHL Players’ Association annual charity golf tournament.
One of those options remains the Toronto Maple Leafs, for whom he played 35 games last season before his season was cut short by a serious leg injury.
‘‘Right from the end of the season it’s been `We want you back, we’d like to re-sign you,’‘’ the 33-year-old centre said of his communication with the Leafs. ‘‘But they’ve had some cap issues that they’re trying to resolve. And that’s basically where it’s at.
‘‘I know (Leafs GM) John (Ferguson) had contacted (Peca’s agent) Don Meehan about a week and a half ago just reiterating the same thing.’‘
Centre Brooks Laich was awarded a US$725,000, one-year contract from an arbitrator Wednesday.
The Washington Capitals accepted the award and re-signed Laich, whose arbitration hearing was Monday in Toronto. The 24-year-old Wawota, Sask., native had 18 points (8-10), a minus-2 rating and 29 penalty minutes in 73 games last season while earning $606,100.
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