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from George Richards of the Miami Herald,
After a month on crutches, Luongo began his rehabilitation and returned to the ice Aug. 5 -- and hasn't come off since.
Although Luongo said if the season started Thursday, he probably wouldn't be able to start, he says he is feeling good and plans to be in net when the Panthers actually do open their season Oct. 13 at BB&T Center against the Devils.
"I'm excited, hopeful to be where I want to be when everything gets going," Luongo said after an informal workout Wednesday morning at the IceDen in Coral Springs.
"I started skating Aug. 5 and there has been slow progression but we've ramped it up here the past week or so and it has been good.
"I'm not 100 percent; it's a five month rehab. But I'm feeling better than I thought I would. I thought it would be a slower progression, especially on the ice. It has gone fairly quickly and I'm happy about that. If the season were to start tomorrow, I probably wouldn't be able to go. But I feel good where I'm at and I'm excited about it."
from the CP at Sportsnet,
In advance of the World Cup, the 68-year-old sat down with The Canadian Press to discuss next month’s tournament and other issues in the game, including fighting, future lockouts and European expansion....
CP: How does the cycle of lockouts get broken?
Fehr: The general sense I've had is that for a very long time now in all the salary-cap sports, every single one of them, there is a lockout in every single negotiation. The NFL even locked out its referees for God's sake. I mean, give me a break. Why do they do that? Because the way the agreements are structured (the owners) basically think they've got a free shot at the players. How do you break that? You hope you end up in a circumstance in which everybody is persuaded that an agreement, mutually acceptable, acceptable to both sides, can be reached without having to go through that. Baseball is not a cap sport. It's the only one which does not have, over the last 20 years, a history of stoppages by lockout or by strike. It took the battle royale, 94/95 (MLB players strike during which Fehr was head of the union), to persuade the owners that they didn't fight over those issues anymore ... My advice to the players is given the history, when you go into negotiation, what you do is you hope for the best and prepare for the worst.
CP: So is the answer to stopping the cycle no cap? And is that something you would ever push to get back?
Fehr: The answer is the players make those decisions as you get there. And we're a long way from there. And people talk about what the decision is -- Is it cap or no cap? Is it this or is it that or something else? -- that's not the decision you make.
from Ryan Pyette of the London Free Press,
The London Knights are being sued for fraud over a Mitch Marner jersey.
Scott Galbraith, a Londoner and die-hard fan of the reigning Memorial Cup champs, alleges the black No. 93 sweater he paid nearly $4,000 for after winning a Canadian Hockey League-run online auction in May is a fake and not the one the Maple Leafs first-round draft pick donned during the 2015-16 season, as promised, in a statement of claim filed Tuesday.
The Knights, the CHL and the Hockey Hall of Fame — which received Marner’s Memorial Cup game-worn jersey as an artifact after the final game — are named as defendants in the $100,00 claim, $80,000 of which is for aggravated and punitive damages.
Galbraith is a longtime collector who has owned more than 250 game-worn hockey jerseys ranging in value from $250 to $10,000. There is plenty of fraud in his hobby, so he has learned over the years what to look for in identifying genuine articles.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Given the choice, Jamie Benn has decided to focus on silver and not gold right now.
The Stars captain has decided to the skip possibility of a gold medal at the prestigious World Cup of Hockey tournament in order to completely heal from summer surgery so that he can be 100 percent healthy for the start of the Stars season -- a campaign in which Benn and his teammates are fully focused on the shiny silver Stanley Cup.
"Giving everything I have to this organization is my main job, and I want to be ready to go when the season starts," Benn said. "I'm 100 percent committed to the Stars. That's why we made the decision."
from Dave Stubbs of NHL.com,
For his poise in the heat of action, Udvari was assigned by Voss to many of the NHL's toughest games between the League's fiercest rivals, powder-keg contests that were in constant danger of explosion.
"Guys in the game today have no idea how tough players were in those days, like Rocket Richard and Lindsay," Udvari told Irvin. "In the warmup, Lindsay would tell guys on the other team he was going to cut their (expletive) head off. I mean, he was mad already, and the game hadn't even started. The ferociousness and the way they focused on the game was unbelievable."
There were light moments -- sort of. Udvari recalled once giving the Red Wings five consecutive penalties and having the great Howe skate over to sneer at the No. 1 on his referee's back, saying that Udvari still was only second-best. Asked who was best, Mr. Hockey replied, "Everybody else is tied."
“It’s kind of up in the air right now. I’ve just been training, pretty much for 4-5 months, getting my body to where I need to be. I’m feeling good.”
“To be honest, I’ve never been one for Plan B’s. I’ve been telling everybody (who asks about my future), it’s probably going to be The Show or no.”
-UFA Raffi Torres. John Matisz of the Vancouver Province has more.
OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators (@Senators) general manager Pierre Dorion announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenceman Cody Ceci to a two-year contract which will run through the end of the 2017-18 National Hockey League season. The average annual value of the contract is $2.8 million ($2.25M, $3.35M).
Ceci, 22, established new NHL career highs in goals (10), points (26) and penalty minutes (18) while matching his career high for assists (16) over 75 games with the Senators during the 2015-16 season. Upon the conclusion of the season, he also skated with Team Canada at the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Moscow/St. Petersburg, Russia. In 10 games with Team Canada, he scored one goal and earned five assists while helping the team to a gold medal.
from Jonas Siegel of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
A new wrinkle in advance of the next Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, centres around out-of-pocket payments the International Olympic Committee and International Ice Hockey Federation have covered, a practice the IOC has suggested stopping under president Thomas Bach.
Adding additional costs is viewed as a potential bridge too far for both the league and the union.
“It’s not good to shut down, the question is whether or not it’s worth it to go to the Olympics,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told The Canadian Press in a recent interview. “You need to satisfy yourself that it’s worth it.”
Bettman said a variety of factors had to be taken into account, from the players’ desire to attend to the location of the Olympics to the “opportunities that come from it.”
NHLPA president Donald Fehr reiterated in a separate interview that the players want to continue attending the Olympics, depending on the circumstances.
from Scott Soshnick of Bloomberg,
As it prepares to inaugurate a team in Las Vegas, the National Hockey League has hired a monitor to watch for suspicious gambling activity, which can be an early warning of cheating in the sport.
Financial terms of the contract with sports data company Sportradar AG weren’t disclosed.
It’s the latest U.S. sports deal for Sportradar, which is part owned by the National Football League. The Swiss company is also close to a six-year, $250 million contract with the National Basketball Association that would provide the league’s data to global betting houses. When that deal is complete, Sportradar will be in business with three of the four major U.S. sports leagues.
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