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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Imagine, if you will, a press conference with the current NHLPA leadership assembled near the podium. Then imagine one of the players – say, Eric Lindros or Robyn Regehr – stepping to the microphone and making a speech like this:
Beginning today, the NHLPA is rededicating its commitment to the sport of hockey and to the fans who support the game. In doing so, we’re taking measures no professional athlete union has taken before.
Firstly, we’re instituting our own program to test for steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs. Our members have agreed to random, multiple blood and urine tests; the program will be implemented by an independent firm, and testing will occur throughout the regular season, playoffs, and off-season.
from the Standard Freeholder,
After watching on from the front office for the past couple of years, Hawerchuk has decided to make the leap behind the bench this season as head coach of the Orangeville Crushers of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.
The hockey great - who is also part-owner, president and director of hockey operations of the Crushers - said he felt he could offer something more to the team and the players by taking over coaching duties.
“I enjoy working with the kids. That’s the biggest reason why (I decided to become coach),” Hawerchuk said.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
A 24-year-old who will make $5 million from the Senators this season, Spezza says he has chatted with Heatley this summer and that both of them—while realizing the financial windfalls that await—are more concerned with consistently performing at a high level for a number of years.
Spezza also says he has not dwelled on the offer sheets presented Vanek and Penner, or the chance he could be getting one at some point during the dog days of 2008.
via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“Agents always hear criticisms of their clients during negotiations but are able to filter that dialogue before it reaches the players,” Morris said. “In arbitration, there’s no filter.
“But as far as this specific case, business is over and now it’s time for Sean to put this behind him and do whatever he can next season for the Rangers.
“Sean is a professional,” Morris added. “There’s no reason to expect this to have any effect at all on his performance.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
If the Anaheim Ducks decide today that Penner, who’s a very large No. 17 there, won’t be one of their biggest ducklings any longer because the Oilers’ $21.25-million US offer sheet is too rich for their blood, the 24-year-old forward can probably have just about any number he wants here. We know No. 71 is available, with Petr Sykora flying the coop for Pittsburgh.
Ducks general manager Brian Burke, who was steamed at Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe last week for making the raid on Penner, has until today to make up his mind.
If Burke decides to match the offer sheet, he notifies the NHL, the NHLPA and the player or his agent that he’s staying in Anaheim for the Oilers’ offer of $4.25 million a year through the 2012-13 season.
Burke can also call Lowe. Or not.
If he decides Penner is too big a financial gulp for his owners, then Burke presumably lets the deadline pass and the Oilers have a kid who scored 29 goals in his first full NHL season last year.
What do you think, does Penner remain a Duck or move on to Edmonton?
from Ansar Khan at Mlive,
Wings GM Ken Holland said yesterday that he spoke to the agent for defenseman Danny Markov a week ago but nothing is happening.
“He told me what he’s looking for; we’re not even close to that,’’ Holland said. “Right now, we’re satisfied with our defense. We’d like to have Danny back, but if he signs somewhere else, we’re comfortable.’‘
He said he’d like to add some depth on defense, but only at the right price. He offered Markov a two-year deal at the draft in June, apparently at around the same $2.5 million-a-year salary he earned last season.
“He told me the salary range he’s looking for. We don’t have any interest in that salary range,’’ Holland said.
more on the Wings…
William Houston at the Globe & Mail (Thursday’s edition),
TSN is moving closer to reaching a contract extension with the NHL. A new agreement for national cable rights is expected to be completed in a few weeks. “They’re focusing on it getting done before the start of the season,” a source said.
Highlights to look for:
* More games involving Canadian teams, including more Toronto Maple Leafs games;
* The opportunity for a Canadian match-up in the playoffs;
* Broadband streaming rights to games televised on TSN.
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
One thing is clear: Burke is making Lowe sweat. He’s taking the full week to decide.
But both these guys are going through a case of Tums and another of Mennen Speed Stick. Most likely, Lowe is the cooler customer right now. He’s in the proverbial catbird seat, and his biggest concern is how Penner’s five-year, $21.25 million offer will affect his team’s future salary situation….
I say no, Burke won’t match. I say yes, Lowe will get his man and have to live with the consequences.
Key to Burke’s decision, in addition to sticking to his guns on the Ducks’ salary structure, is a need for draft picks. Getting the Oilers’ first-, second- and third-round picks next June will be a benefit for the team’s development. And you can bet Burke will be hoping Lowe’s Oilers fall flat on their faces to increase the value of those picks.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
A source close to the negotiations told ESPN.com that Leipold wants to remain in the NHL and that plans are in the works for him to step into an ownership role with the Minnesota Wild after cutting ties with the Preds and when current Wild owner Robert O. Naegele Jr. decides to step away from the business.
Both Leipold and Naegele declined to speak to ESPN.com about their future plans and Leipold did not respond to a specific e-mail query about his plans with the Wild.
Fair enough. But if such a plan is in the works, it would go a long way in explaining Leipold’s reticence to do anything to tick off Bettman, who continues to rule the board of governors with an iron fist, threatening millions of dollars in fines if team officials speak on the record about the ownership debacle unfolding in Nashville.
from Canadian Business Online,
Canadian Business Online put the NHL to the test to find the players who offer the best mix of high performance and low cost. These are the best value players. They’re not necessarily the hockey elite, but they get the job done at the best price. It’s the dream team for bean counters — and cash-strapped owners.
And for those who want a peek at the worst of the worst, we’ve also assembled what would be a dream team only in Seinfeld’s “bizarro world” — players who cost a lot but don’t do much on the ice.
check out this very interactive site and thanks to a KK reader for the heads-up.
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