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From CP via Globe & Mail,
Ottawa Senators owner Eugene Melnyk got a surprise when he opened the newspaper Wednesday morning and read about the pending sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The team is one of his favourite organizations in the NHL and he wasn’t expecting an ownership change.
Melnyk says he’s not sure why some owners are deciding to get out of the hockey business.
“I don’t know what’s going on,” he said. “It’s very interesting. I think what’s happening is that people have gone through seven, eight, nine, 10 years of ownership. I don’t know whether age is a factor or whether they’ve moved or what personal issues they have and why they’re selling. Maybe it’s for the money. A lot of these teams were worth half of what they’re selling for four years ago. Some people might simply be cashing in.”
from the Atlanta Thrashers,
The Atlanta Thrashers have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Karel Pilar and forward Milan Bartovic, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Terms of the deals were not disclosed.
via the Bruins Blog,
NESN announced today that Milbury, the former Islanders executive, will serve as a studio analyst this season. Milbury will be part of NESN’s pre-game, intermission, and post-game analysis.
“I’m very happy to be joining the NESN team,” Milbury said in a statement. “This opportunity is giving me a chance to be connected once again with the organization that I cheered for growing up and broke into the league with both as a player and a coach.”
From the AP via TSN,
Carolina Hurricanes star Eric Staal and his brother Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins have been offered plea deals stemming from their arrests at Eric Staal’s bachelor party in Minnesota last month.
Paul Krepelka, the agent who represents both players, said the prosecutor in Cook County, Minn., offered to settle the case by having the Staals plead guilty to a petty misdemeanour for disorderly conduct. Charges of obstructing the legal process are to be dropped against both players, Krepelka said.
Ten of the 14 young men charged after complaints of screaming, yelling and loud music appeared in court and accepted the same deal Wednesday, Krepelka said.
via the Pittsburgh Penguins,
The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Mike Weaver to a one-year, two-way contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.
Weaver, 29, spent the 2006-07 season with the Los Angeles Kings scoring nine points (three goals, six assists) in 39 games played. He scored his first NHL goal on February 6th vs. Tampa Bay. Weaver also spent the 2005-06 season with Los Angeles recording nine points (nine assists) in 53 games. Previously, he played parts of three seasons with the Atlanta Thrashers registering a total of six points (six assists) in 57 games.
from Market Wire via Yahoo,
Shaw Communications Inc. announced that it will offer the NHL Centre Ice package to its Shaw Digital Cable and Star Choice Direct-to-Home satellite customers beginning with the 2007/08 hockey season.
continued... I know this has been an issue for some hockey fans in Canada…
THE NHL AND CANADA’S LEADING DIGITAL TELEVISION SERVICE RENEW AGREEMENT TO DISTRIBUTE NHL CENTRE ICE IN CANADA
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
In his introductory news conference as Bolts co-owner, MacLean did not disappoint those who’ve become accustomed to his endless array of excuses why his teams have shown a remarkable ability to reek like dirty diapers year after year.
“I had the 28th (lowest) payroll in the league last year in Columbus,” MacLean said. “I didn’t like it.”
However, as intrepid Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline points out, the Blue Jackets actually had the 24th-lowest payroll in the league in 2006-07, were just $4 million under the salary cap, and three of the six teams that spent less qualified for the playoffs.
read on... and if you want to see the video of the “monkey” story Adam referrers to…
from the South Side Journal,
Polizzi, 17, a junior-to-be at CBC, was awarded the Bryce Salvador/Jamal Mayers Hockey Dedication Award and has trained with several NHL players over the summer, as part of the Hockey Academy of St. Louis’ Impact Hockey Training Project.
St. Louis Blues teammates, Salvador and Mayers have sponsored Polizzi through this summer’s 12-week program of vigorous workouts, skills training and nutrition counseling.
Beginning every weekday morning at 8:30 a.m., Polizzi joins Mayers and Salvador, along with Reed Lowe (St. Louis Blues), Neil Komadoski (Ottawa Senators), Greg Mauldin (Columbus Blue Jackets), Travis Turnbull (Michigan University) and Tom Fortney (University of New Hampshire), at the gym for a 2-hour workout.
And, according to Polizzi, it’s not your normal workout. After all, he’s training with pros.
NEW YORK (August 8, 2007) – Sales of NHL-licensed product on Shop.NHL.com for July increased 49% compared to the same period last year, the National Hockey League (NHL) today announced. July marks the 11th consecutive month that sales of NHL licensed product have increased online.
Twenty-four of the 30 teams increased their Shop.NHL.com sales in July, with 12 teams experiencing a triple-digit increase. Buffalo Sabres merchandise remains among the most popular, experiencing a 746% increase in sales year-over-year. Other teams that experienced noteworthy sales for July were the Nashville Predators (425%), Washington Capitals (228%), Florida Panthers (225%) and Pittsburgh Penguins (196%).
The Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks showed significant gains for the second consecutive month, up 190% over last July. New faces in new places helped contribute to the growth, as the second- and third-top-selling jerseys were of notable free agent acquisitions.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Oleg Saprykin, the winger acquired by Ottawa at the trade deadline, recently signed a three-year deal with CSKA Moscow of the Russian League.
That news doesn’t exactly break the heart of new Senators general manager Bryan Murray, who is glad to get out from under the $1.064-million U.S. qualifying offer tendered to Saprykin by GM John Muckler, prior to his firing in June
more on the Senators…
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