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from the New England Hockey Journal:
A new era in player-owner marketing relations appears on the horizon. If current plans jell, NHLPA members will be hustling The Game as never before. Launched this summer, the program features one “marketing” player per team who’ll orchestrate the idea. The player-league promotion already has received a big play in Street & Smith’s SportsBusiness Journal and is being talked up by the likes of Marty Turco. “It’s part of an effort to generate awareness in the dressing room of how critical it is for players to promote the on-ice product,” writes SSSBJ’s Allan Kreda. It all sounds good but we won’t believe the program will work until the season starts and players deliver on their promise. They should start off by making themselves more available to the media for postgame interviews.He always has to add some sort of insult when he's talking about the PA... more from Fischy...
from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
A Russian panel has delayed a decision on whether Evgeni Malkin breached his contract with a team in that country by signing to play for the Penguins. The three-member board, known as the arbitration committee of the Russian Hockey Federation, postponed a hearing on Malkin's case until Sept. 15. Tuesday, however, it ruled that two other players, Alexei Mikhonov and Andrei Taratukhin violated their contracts with Lokomotiv Yaroslavl by signing with Edmonton and Calgary, and said those two cannot play in the NHL until their Lokomotiv deals expire.
Once again I will be appearing on "Hockey This Morning" on XM radio station 204 tomorrow (Thursday) morning. I am scheduled to be on around 7:25am EDT so have a listen if you have the chance.
Spector once again tells his Fox Sports readers why a Gomez or Gianta trade to Calgary will not happen.
Add up the facts, and any talk of Gomez or Gionta going to Calgary equals pure fiction. Which is why it's today's Stupid NHL Rumor of the Day!He has been busy this summer, putting out numerous "rumors" and deserves some recognition for it. Some hockey fans still don't get it.
from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Yahoo,
Centre Jason Allison remains without a new home with NHL training camps set to open next week. "Teams have shown some interest but we're just not there yet," agent Matthew Oates said Wednesday from Chicago. "It's a bit of a waiting game. "We've talked to teams in both (conferences)," the agent said. "A lot of it has to do with Jason and what he likes and where he wants to be. "We're looking for good fits. This will be a one-year deal and Jason wants it that way so he can go out and prove himself, but there's a few teams who are interested."a little more mentioning other UFAs and nothing new on Leetch...
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL came back moderately well in 2005-06, thanks to some pro-active rule changes and a new partnership between players and owners, but to come all the way back, it surely needs to see its major-market franchises resurrected. The Blackhawks have been such a laughing-stock (out of the playoffs in seven of the past eight seasons) that NBC, the national rights holder, won't go near their games. The Kings have been less dreadful, but they too failed to build on the cachet that Gretzky's presence created, becoming a niche sport in the Los Angeles market, to the extent that the L.A. Times, one of America's most influential newspapers, won't bother covering them on the road this seasonmore
Dave Lewis and Peter Chiarelli held a tele-conference today.
Q. Obviously upgraded up front with Savard and on defense with Chara. How do you feel about your goaltending? Some might wonder whether there's enough experience there with both Toivonen and Thomas? DAVE LEWIS: I feel really good about them. I think they complement each other. I was talking with Bob Essensa, the goaltender coach. He's high on both of them. They're very compatible. They work well together. They work hard. I think they're excited about having the team that's now going to be in front of them. The younger of the two is only going to get better. Timmy Thomas, he works hard day in and day out to prove he's a National Hockey League goaltender. PETER CHIARELLI: I feel the same way. Hannu has always been projected as a bona fide goaltender. He doesn't have the experience we would all feel a little more comfortable with. Nothing's changed in the projections. Tim is a battler who has faced a lot of adversity. He's come into his own. He can go back and pick three or four teams with goaltenders of limited experience that have done very well. I feel comfortable with that.
from the CP via TSN,
Goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov, who assumed the role of Anaheim's No.1 goaltender for the NHL playoffs last spring, has re-signed with the Ducks for US$2.36 million over two years. The 26-year-old Russian will earn $1 million this season and $1,362,500 in 2007-08, a raise over the $465,000 he made last season.
Thought I would take a brief visit to StubHub and search for tickets for January 2nd. The game against the Ducks is also the Yzerman retirement ceremony. Individual tickets range from $875 to almost $1700 per ticket. These tickets might become the hottest tickets in years for any Detroit sporting event. I also see the Fox Theater is "dark" that day. Wonder if the Wings will use it as an overflow for fans wanting to watch. If not, I may have just given them an idea.
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
• Is time running out on a Brian Leetch return for his 19th NHL season? At least one league exec thinks so. “If Brian isn’t signed by now,” The Man says, “it’s not likely he will be signed. It depends on how badly he wants to play and whether Leetch will sign for $500,000.” • The Flames have a tough decision ahead; rebuild the 22-year-old Saddledome or start fresh with a brand new building. Club boss Ken King says that both options are being studied. Which reminds us, does anyone remember the Stampede Corral? And wasn’t that a dandy rink!more
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