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from the Detroit News,
More than four years after a near-fatal car crash put his hockey career on hold, Red Wings prospect Igor Grigorenko finally stepped onto the ice for his first informal workout with the team Tuesday at the Troy Sports Center.
More than a dozen of the Wings’ veteran players, including captain Nick Lidstrom and newly-acquired defenseman Brian Rafalski, were on the ice preparing for the start of training camp, which begins next week in Traverse City.
But all eyes were on Grigorenko, the 24-year-old Russian winger who was Detroit’s top pick in the 2001 entry draft. Wings general manager Ken Holland, assistant GM Jim Nill and team vice president Steve Yzerman all were on hand observing Tuesday’s workout.
Pierre Turgeon, who scored 515 goals in 19 NHL seasons, has called a news conference for Wednesday at which he is expected to officially announce his retirement.
The 38-year-old is to meet with the media at agent Bob Sauve’s office in Laval, Que., north of Montreal.
Florida Panthers defenceman Jay Bouwmeester pleaded guilty to drunk driving charges in an Edmonton Provincial Court on Tuesday.
He was given a one-year driving probation and a $1,000 fine.
Bouwmeester was arrested on Aug. 12, 2006 near a Whyte Avenue bar in Edmonton’s nightclub area, and was charged with impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level of more than .08.
Jeremy Roenick is not retiring after all.
NHL sources tell TSN that the veteran centre has signed a one-year contract with the San Jose Sharks for $500,000.
Roenick spent last season with the Phoenix Coyotes, recording 28 points in 70 games. He had suggested during the summer that he would likely retire.
Update 1:17pm ET
From the SJ Sharks,
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Group III unrestricted free agent center Jeremy Roenick to a one-year contract.
“Jeremy Roenick is a tremendous competitor and he has a great love for the game of hockey,” said Wilson. “We feel he can add something to our talented group of players on our club and we feel that this is an environment where Jeremy can be successful.”
added 5:12pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
One would imagine Roenick is the last player Wilson or coach Ron Wilson (no relation) would want on board.
Where the Sharks are quietly confident and by the book, Roenick has often appeared bigger than the game and certainly bigger than his team and teammates.
Roenick insisted he will be “camouflaged” on this Sharks team, invisible to the outside eye while doing good in the dressing room and on the ice.
“He knows he’s coming here to play hockey. The other stuff is not what it’s all about,” Doug Wilson said. “We don’t expect any distractions.”
The Montreal Canadiens are the latest Canadian NHL team to release their new look jersey for the 2007-08 season, going with almost an identical look from their previous sweaters.
The usual current team colours of red, blue and white are there, as well as the classic horizontal stripes for their red home jerseys.
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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
In all, the Kings’ summer signings didn’t do much for me. The defense should be better, but it won’t show if the club doesn’t get consistent goaltending. Up front, I don’t know what to expect from Handzus, Nagy and Calder. The answer might be ... not much.
I think it’s pretty obvious the club’s future rests firmly in the hands of young vets like Mike Cammalleri, Alexander Frolov and Dustin Brown, as well as top young prospects such as Anze Kopitar, Jack Johnson and Bernier. In time, as these players continue to mature, the Kings have a chance to be more competitive. For now, however, I don’t see them making more than a 10-point improvement in the tough Western Conference.
from Liz Mullen at SportsBusiness Journal,
The executive committee of the NHLPA fired former union chief Bob Goodenow without legal authority, and it’s unclear whether a secret-ballot election of his successor, Ted Saskin, would have been upheld in court, said sources familiar with a report issued to the NHLPA membership last week.
The long-awaited report, written by Toronto lawyer Sheila Block and details of which were revealed by sources to SportsBusiness Journal, also found that Saskin “reported to Goodenow throughout negotiations” of a labor deal that ended the NHL lockout, and that also included a salary cap, which Goodenow opposed. But the summary of the report also said that “Saskin first suggested the concept of a payroll limit change to the league without discussing it with the players or having the authority to do so.”
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via SportsBusiness Journal (paid sub.),
The Flyers identified 352 seats for their all-you-can-eat ticket package in the northeast corner of the building’s fourth floor, known as the mezzanine level. Those seats are some of the last to sell for hockey, said Shawn Tilger, the team’s vice president of marketing and communication.
“We have always had a challenge selling those rows on the side where we shoot once,” Tilger said. “These are not season tickets or partials [and it is] more of a marketing campaign to sell single-game tickets.”
The seats, midway up the upper deck, are spread over four sections. They cost $47.50 last season without food and drink included. The new ticket price is $66 and covers the cost to eat hot dogs, popcorn, chips and salsa and soda. Alcohol is an additional cost.
When a Flyers patron buys a ticket at the box office, online or by phone, he gets a game ticket and a second ticket that is exchanged for a wristband at a concession stand designated for the all-you-can-eat seats, Tilger said.
from the Star-Telegram,
A chill blew through the American Airlines Center on Monday as arena workers finished laying the ice for the start of the Dallas Stars’ season.
It takes an eight-person team 36 hours to create the 1-inch sheet of ice, using 10,000 gallons of purified water. Workers also spend several hours painting the Stars’ logo and sponsor names that are embedded in the ice….
First, the concrete floor is chilled to 15 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, using a wand system, crews spray water on the floor, gradually building the ice up layer by layer.
Workers paint logos and use tape to mark the blue and red lines and faceoff circles on the ice. More layers of ice are laid on top of the painted layer with the arena’s two Zamboni machines.
While adding the final layers, crews fracture the ice in several places and then fill in those cracks to help reduce the stress on the ice during a hockey game.
from the Star Tribune,
During an interview with Gaborik last week, the Wild’s chief game-breaker used the word confident or a semblance of the word, such as confidence, no less than a dozen times.
He’s confident with the overhauled training program he engaged this offseason. He’s confident his abdominal muscles are as strong as they’ve ever been. He’s confident his groin problems are history. He’s confident he’ll be able to put in a full season and score 50 goals for the first time. And he’s confident he can guide the Wild during a long playoff run.
All this talk about Gaborik’s confidence has General Manager Doug Risebrough extremely confident.
When it comes to Gaborik avoiding his annual early-season groin injuries, Risebrough believes it has as much to do with Gaborik’s mind as it does with his body.
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