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from Brendan Savage of the Flint Journal,
With all the distractions of daily life — especially for an athlete who has a spouse and kids — it isn’t difficult to get sidetracked during a long season and lose focus on the task at hand.
With that in mind, the Flint Generals have hired Flint’s John Tomlinson as their hypnotherapist in an effort to gain an advantage on the other five teams in the International Hockey League.
The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Shaone Morrisonn to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Morrisonn, 25, played his third full season with the Capitals in 2007-08, recording 10 points (one goal, nine assists) and 63 penalty minutes in 76 games. He had a +4 plus/minus rating, including a +14 mark in the 55 games under head coach Bruce Boudreau. Morrisonn finished fourth on the team with an average of 20:16 of ice time per game. Morrisonn played in all seven Capitals playoff games, despite suffering a broken jaw, and recorded one assist.
added 3:44pm, via Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
The arbitration case for Washington Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn has been ruled and he was awarded $1.975 million, for a one-year deal.
The Boston Bruins announced on Saturday that they have bought out the final year of right winger Glen Murray’s contract.
Following the buyout, Murray becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any other NHL team.
I say his asking price is $2M for the year.
Henrik Zetterberg will be 28 years old come late October and Ken Holland recently mentioned he hopes to begin contract negotiations with his agent when training camp rolls around.
Holland stresses Zetterberg is a priority signing for the Wings and hopes Henrik will take a little less money to remain a Wing before he achieves UFA status on July 1, 2009.
The magic salary number seems to be $7.45 million a year for the Wings, that is the amount Nick Lidstrom makes and the Wings want him to remain the highest paid player on the team.
Will Zetterberg buy into the Wings system or better yet, what would you want your GM to offer Zetterberg to come play for your team? With salary numbers like $10 million for Sundin, $9 million for Hossa and $8.5 million for Gaborik kicking around, is Zetterberg worth that much to your team, or maybe even a little more?
from the Guelph Mercury,
Barr said he realized that day had arrived when he saw his peers Craig Hartsburg and Peter DeBoer moving on to NHL head coaching jobs earlier this summer.
“That was a lightning rod for me. I realized I had to get my name out there,” said Barr, who stuck around to the end of the month with the Storm to make sure player contracts were all signed, sealed and delivered.
With his children a little older, it made it a little easier on the home front.
Barr said the biggest adjustment in coming to Guelph after 20 years playing and coaching professionally was the off-ice responsibilities.
from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
Whatever the case – and we understand the reasons vary from athlete to athlete – the impact in a salary cap world is undeniable: it messes with team budgets and personnel decision-making.
A club hoping to land, let’s say Sundin, earmarks X-million for him, then is forced to decide whether to save that cash and cap space on a “what if” or pursue another player. Those who hesitate could lose out on Plan B.
Moreover, the uncertainty messes with fans and their emotional investments in their local favorites…
from SportsStuff at the Orlando Sentinel,
Upper Deck’s top NHL brand of the year—The Cup Hockey—has hit hobby shops and it packs plenty for its $350 per pack price.
Each four-card tin includes a base card serial-numbered to 249 copies, two autographed patch cards and at least one chase card. Some packs will contain a total of five or six cards as a bonus, but every one includes an autographed rookie patch card of top guys such as Carey Price, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and others to go along with some of the legends provided by Upper Deck…
continued with pictures…
added 8:50am, I have found a few of these cards on ebay if interested. If KK readers buy about 10,000 of these cards, we here at KK could retire!
from the Daily Record,
Ex-pat Gordie Clark enjoyed an emotional reunion in Glasgow on his first trip back to Scotland since his family emigrated in the 1950s.
Gordie, 56, is the director of player personnel with NHL giants the New York Rangers.
The Record revealed last month how he was heading back to Scotland to trace the family he lost contact with after a devastating tragedy in Canada in 1978.
The former Boston Bruins star lost seven members of his family - including his parents, brother and sister - in a blaze at their home in St John, New Brunswick.
from the Kingston Whig-Standard,
The youngster referred to the goalie as a “famous Canadian,” which might be a stretch but not in the north country. In this neck of the woods, Smith is a bona fide star, a local puckster who learned his trade in the shivering confines of the nearby tin-walled shinny barn in Piccadilly and now performs in grand arenas of North America, with and against the finest players on the planet.
Make no mistake, these are indeed heady days for Ron and Ingrid’s strapping son, the 161st player drafted in the 2001 NHL draft. Traded from the Dallas Stars to the Tampa Bay Lightning midway through last season, Smith recently inked a two-year, $4.4-million contract extension. More importantly, he now has an opportunity to become a No. 1 goaltender, something he would not have had in Texas as long as good friend and all-star netminder Marty Turco was turning aside pucks.
“It goes without saying that Mike has a bright future in the Lightning organization,” said the team’s vice-president of hockey operations, Brian Lawton.
from the Pioneer Press,
After losing offensive weapons Brian Rolston and Pavol Demitra through free agency during the offseason, the Wild made sure that they’d have playmaking whiz Pierre-Marc Bouchard around for the next two seasons at least.
The Wild and Bouchard agreed late Friday night to a five-year, $20.4 million contract that includes, according to assistant general manager Tom Lynn, a commitment by general manager Doug Risebrough not to trade Bouchard for at least two years.
thanks to KK member PuckHound61 for posting the signing in the KK Forum very early this morning. I went to the Chicago/Detroit ballgame last night with plans to update KK when I got home. Well, things didn’t turn out so well for the Tigers so I spent some extra time crying in my beer.
added 10:43am, Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a five-year, $20.4 million contract.
“Pierre-Marc is just 24 years old and the best years of his career are ahead of him,” said Risebrough. “He is a good example of how drafting and developing your own players leads to team success. This is why the Wild was willing to make such a substantial and long-term commitment to him.”
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