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The Edmonton Oilers are back at it again, tendering a five year, $21.5 million offer sheet to Anaheim Ducks Group II restricted free agent Dustin Penner.
The Ducks will have the right to match Edmonton’s offer for Penner. The Oilers, meanwhile, will not comment on the offer until after Anaheim’s decision.
Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe signed Buffalo Sabres forward Thomas Vanek to a seven-year, $50 million offer sheet in early July. The Sabres matched the offer to retain Vanek.
Multiple award-winning Canadian sports journalist Pierre LeBrun joins the Hockeycentral panel and sportsnet.ca for the 2007-08 NHL season.
LeBrun, well known in Canadian sports circles for breaking big stories, will be part of the 2007-08 Hockeycentral team which features numerous hockey experts including host Daren Millard and regular analysts Nick Kypreos and Bill Watters.
“I’m thrilled to be on board with Rogers Sportsnet and look forward to breaking down what will be an interesting 2007-08 NHL season,” said LeBrun. “There’s a cool vibe at Sportsnet and I want to be part of that.”
note: thanks to PuckHound for noting this in the KK forums
via the Nashville Predators, Nashville Predators General Manager David Poile announced the signing of free-agent forward Martin Gelinas to a one-year contract this afternoon.
Milestones came and went in impressive fashion during the 2006-07 season as scored of players reached personal milestones during the course of the regular season.
NHL.com takes a look back at these special moments with video highlights marking the moments.
It’s a cool way to get through the dog days of summer!
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
As the NBA wrestles with what commissioner David Stern calls the worst crisis of his tenure, the Tim Donaghy mess in the Summer of Sports Scandal, it’s not gross misconduct to wonder: Can it happen in the NHL, too?
Of course it can ... in theory.
Instead of gloating about the NBA’s mess, and perhaps becoming overconfident because hockey is far less vulnerable to “fixing” or “shaving” issues than other sports, the NHL should react with heightened vigilance.
Among other things, the NHL must continue to try to get to the bottom of everything and everyone involved in the Rick Tocchet sports gambling ring to make sure it didn’t affect the actual integrity of the NHL’s own product.
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
For Hull, the possessor of the most deadly one-timer in league history, bending his blade—along with the rules—was the difference between an average career and one for the ages.
“I had an illegal stick all the time and it wasn’t so much that I thought I was cheating, but, you know, I wouldn’t have got 300 goals in this league unless I’d had that stick that I used. I couldn’t shoot it without that curve.”
How prevalent is this offense? Go down the list of the league’s top snipers and many of them—including Ilya Kovalchuk, Jaromir Jagr and Teemu Selanne—were nabbed last season with an illegal curve.
thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…
via the Hamilton Spectator,
Jim Balsillie gave reporters the brush-off yesterday in the Pro-Am at the Canadian Open at Angus Glen Golf Club but he did give a fan a brief update on his quest to bring a National Hockey League team to Hamilton.
The billionaire co-owner of Research in Motion, who was playing with defending Canadian Open champion Jim Furyk, hit his drive in the rough just off the 18th fairway. When he got there a fan yelled out “you’ve got to get a team for Hamilton!”
Balsillie replied “I’m trying.”
via the Winnipeg Free Press,
NHL exile Alexei Yashin is returning to a place “where he’s looked at like a god,” his girlfriend, model and actress Carol Alt, says.
Yashin—who became an unrestricted free agent last month when the New York Islanders bought out the remaining four years of his 10-year, US$87.5-million contract—signed a one-year deal last week with Locomotiv Yaroslavi of the Russian League.
“I think he needs to go where people understood him and where he’s looked at like a god,” Alt said.
“He wants to come back (to the NHL), but I just think he needs to clear his head.”
from Sun Media,
Needless to say the brothers, hockey royalty from Thunder Bay, will take some good-hearted ribbing at training camp this fall.
And perhaps even at the older Staal’s wedding next Friday in the Lakehead.
It all started out innocently enough as a day of golf and an evening of partying at the posh Lutsen Resort and Sea Villas on Lake Superior. But as the sun fell and the beer flowed, things became a little rowdier amongst the 20 young men in attendance.
“It was a bunch of Canadian boys going wild,” an employee at the resort, two hours south of Thunder Bay, joked last night. “It was a bachelor party that went awry.”
from Ray Slover at the Sporting News,
As Blackhawks GM, Tallon seems to have a solid plan for his team. And Wednesday’s signing of No. 1 overall pick Patrick Kane is the latest feel-good story to come out of the cavernous United Center.
Wow, a light at the end of the Blackhawks’ tunnel that isn’t attached to an elevated train.
There’s no guarantee Kane will make the team this year. He’s an 18-year-old kid, after all. There’s every reason for Blackhawks fans to hope he does.
Why? Because he will be surrounded by plenty of talent. Kane won’t have to be the bellwether player for a beleaguered team. He can grow with the nucleus and help it develop into something the Blackhawks haven’t been since Bill Wirtz was a philanthropist—a winner.
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