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from the Windsor Star,
A memorial service scheduled Saturday for the late John Ferguson Sr. is likely to attract a who’s who of the hockey world to pay tribute to the Montreal Canadiens tough guy who made the Windsor area his home.
Ferguson, 68, the father of Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr., succumbed to prostate cancer Saturday.
There will be no private service, Ferguson’s daughter Christina Ruhl said Monday, but they are anticipating a strong turnout from the hockey fraternity for the Saturday memorial.
“My brother (John Jr.) has been receiving quite a few phone calls,” said Ruhl.
“A lot of people have said they want to come and it’s just a question of getting flights and everything. We put it later in the week to give people time to get here.”
added 6:49am, from the Ottawa Citizen,
Hull respected Ferguson for his work as an NHL enforcer, although it might have cost Hull’s Blackhawks a Stanley Cup. In the 1960s and ‘70s, the Canadiens and Blackhawks met three times in the final, and Montreal won all three.
But in that ‘65 meeting, it was a beating put on Eric Nesterenko by Ferguson that swung the series. Whether accidentally or with a purpose, Nesterenko brought his stick down on Ferguson’s head in Game 5 of the series - and paid for it with three vicious rights to the face by Ferguson.
Bleeding profusely, Nesterenko went off for “repairs,” and did return, but sheepishly. Montreal won the game 6-0, and though the Blackhawks pushed the series to the limit, their will was gone. Chicago fell meekly in Game 7, 4-0.
from the Courier Post,
Signed to a one-year, $875,000 contract last week—“not bad since I was negotiating from a stretcher”—Fedoruk believes the Flyers need to find someone who can help Ben Eager take on the NHL’s most powerful punchers.
“I don’t know who they’re going to pick,” said Fedoruk, who continues to work out at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. “Eags did a good job last year. He saw a lot of heavyweights and I think he’s very capable of fighting the heavyweights in this league.
“But I think at his age he does need a veteran heavyweight or maybe a young up-and-comer.”
from the Calgary Sun,
Last season’s surprise forward was David Moss.
Well, he was to everybody but Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter, who expected the big winger to challenge for a full-time role at training camp last fall.
This year, it could be Dustin Boyd, Andrei Taratukhin, Tomi Maki, Eric Nystrom, or maybe even Kris Chucko who carve out names for themselves in the NHL.
The latter would certainly be tracing Moss’ footsteps should he find his way into the senior Flames lineup after just one pro season following a couple of years in the U.S. college system.
from the News & Observer,
Ten years after the team arrived in North Carolina from Connecticut, the Triangle is starting to become a destination for many current and former NHL players, attracting free agents to sign with the Hurricanes and retaining those who played here.
(Aaron) Ward signed with the New York Rangers after the Hurricanes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run and was traded to the Boston Bruins in midseason.
He kept his house in Cary and this summer moved to North Carolina for good from suburban Detroit.
Ron Francis is the most notable, but he’s joined by current NHL players such as Ward and Toronto Maple Leafs forward Bates Battaglia, who owns the Glenwood South bar Lucky B’s.
Former Hurricanes Steve Halko and Robert Kron chose to settle in the Triangle after completing their NHL careers, and Tom Barrasso, who played only five months for the Hurricanes during the 2001-02 season, has looked into buying a house here.
London’s Brian MacDonald, a former Colorado Avalanche assistant GM, said the Siskinds Sports Management (SSM) team will forge ahead despite the NHL declaring that the 16-year-old Oshawa Generals scoring star must wait until 2009 to be selected by a big league team.
“It’s not (a setback that the NHL stands by the rule) and it’s only the beginning of the process,” MacDonald said yesterday at the Western Fair Sports Centre where Tavares and a host of other clients are skating in an SSM-led summer camp this week. “We still have an interest in pursuing this issue.”
Today Wayne Gretzky and Janet Jones-Gretzky celebrate their 19th wedding anniversary.
To read more about the wedding and actually see a video of the day, check out the CBC archives.
TSN puts it all in a nice package for us.
The dates for each player’s hearing…
from the CP via TSN,
The second wave is ready and waiting.
After a flurry of activity in the first two weeks of NHL free agency, where the bigger names all found new homes with rich, long-term contracts, a number of unrestricted free agents are now hoping to get their names on deals….
Now that the first wave of free agents has come and gone like a blur, the league as a whole takes a deep breath and regroups for the second wave.
The signings will come in dribs and drabs over the rest of the summer.
“The first week of free agency is 100 miles per hour,” said agent Pat Brisson, who got Daniel Briere a big payday with Philadelphia on July 1. “After that you see a little decline. Things slow down a little. Some GMs may wait a little on some needs, see if the price comes down. On the flip side as a player, you have to be patient.
“And sometimes that pays off.”
From The Hockey News,
Contrary to an earlier report, Phoenix Coyotes center Jeremy Roenick has not decided to retire from the NHL.
According to a statement issued Monday to The Hockey News.com by his agent, Neil Abbott, Roenick “is considering all of his options, including retirement, (but) has made no final decision.”
Abbott added that a formal announcement regarding Roenick’s final decision will be made in the next few weeks.
The recent death of Roenick’s father-in-law played a factor in the famously personable NHL star’s reticence to confirm a Philadelphia Inquirer story that he was ending his 18-year playing career immediately.
*Frankly, we always thought it was a little strange that so many were reporting Roenick’s retirement like it was a ‘done deal’ based on nothing more than a text message.
from the CP via TSN,
The New York Islanders signed defenceman Chris Campoli to a three-year contract on Monday.
“Signing Chris Campoli to a long-term contract was a priority of ours this off-season,” Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a statement. “He’s one of the most skilled young defenceman in the NHL and we’re thrilled that he’ll continue his development in an Islanders uniform.”
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