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from the Edmonton Journal,
While young, inexperienced National Hockey Leaguers take advantage of exorbitant offers—Dustin Penner and Thomas Vanek easily come to mind—other veteran athletes are taking their talents overseas in an attempt to continue making an honest living.
Germany has become a solid market for former NHLers not quite ready to hang up their blades and no longer interested in battling for positions in the minor leagues or experiencing lengthy bus trips across North America.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Now comes Daryl Katz’s latest pitch to buy the Edmonton Oilers: a $170-million (all currency U.S.) offer that includes his promise to spend to the salary-cap limit every season while helping lead the charge for a new downtown arena in the city where he lives and does business.
Will the third time be the charm? Will the Edmonton Investors Group, which will meet today to vote on Katz’s bid, take his money and run happily to the bank?
Don’t count on it. Not yet, that is….
If it’s true that everyone and everything has its price, then bet that the Oilers owners vote no today and that Katz regroups for yet another pitch.
Dean Lombardi conference call transcript via Inside the Kings,
Q: Is it fair to say that it was significantly closer to your figure than his figure?
Lombardi: Yeah, that’s fair to say. What I don’t want to do here is… nobody wins at these things. I think it is safe to say that it came out closer to our end, but these situations aren’t for winning and losing. The L.A. Kings and Cammalleri have got to be on the same team. So that’s the danger of saying, `Well, it was closer to us,’ is that you have to connotation of winning and losing, and that’s not what this is all about.
from All Things Avs by Adrian Dater,
I do know for a fact the Red Wings are sniffing around Forsberg’s corner, and I think you can add Anaheim, Buffalo, Nashville, Edmonton, the Islanders, Pittsburgh and, yes, the Avalanche to that list.
One person with intimate knowledge of Forsberg’s situation is that his agent, Don Baizley, wants to get one last good-sized contract for him. Let’s be clear about one thing: those who think Forsberg will take a hometown discount to return to the Avs are forgetting one big thing: he’s never done that before.
Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings has been doing a great job following this ruling and will be releasing the numbers soon. If they are correct, the ruling came in lower than people expected.
added 8:46pm, per Rich Hammond,
$3.1 million next season and $3.6 million in ‘08-‘09 for Cammalleri. Those are the numbers I have, and I have them from a very good source who is confident that they are correct.
added 9:43pm, OK Kings fans, enough of “is something up” questions on this ruling.
On the LA Kings homepage... The Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent Michael Cammalleri.
You should also trust what your beat writer is saying, forget the other stuff, it is all fluff!
added 9:48pm, from Rich Hammond,
As for the range, the Kings came in at $2.6 million and Cammalleri came in at $6 million.
more... looks like the Cammalleri was shooting for the moon…
via the Anaheim Ducks,
Jean-Sebastien Giguere underwent successful surgery this morning to correct a sports hernia injury. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bill Meyer at Durham Regional Hospital in Durham, North Carolina.
Giguere is expected to return to the ice during training camp, possibly as early as the club’s first on-ice practice on Sept. 10.
fro the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,
Peter Chiarelli has heard that Stanislav Chistov might sign with Salavat Yulayev Ufa of the Russian Super League for the upcoming season.
But the GM has not heard definitively of the winger’s plans.
“A couple of people have mentioned that to me,” Chiarelli said of Chistov’s possible departure. “I don’t know one way or another. I have a call into his agent. We’ll see where it goes.”
In an online video posted by Hockey Player Magazine, former Sharks defenseman Al Iafrate discusses his role with Warrior Hockey in equipment research and development, product development, grassroots and pro services, and how Warrior stick technology can enhance a player’s game.
Iafrate was previously involved with the design and development of Black Beauty Custom Hockey Sticks, and he just finished a series of summer shooting clinics for warriorhockeycamps.com in Michigan.
read on... pretty informative video…
Ryan Craig of the Tampa Bay Lightning was awarded one-year, $850,000 contract by an arbitrator after his hearing on Friday.
Craig was seeking a one-year, $1.2 million contract while the Lightning were asking the arbitrator for a one-year, $650,000 deal.
‘‘We appreciate the fact that the Arbitrator weighed all the evidence presented and awarded what we believe is a very reasonable contract for this player,’’ said Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said. ‘‘We had consistently discussed a negotiated arrangement with Ryan that always had us starting at the $750,000 mark and we believe the award in this case is consistent with our thinking. The good news is that Ryan will now be under contract for the 2007-08 season and the amount of the award will not force our hand in terms of having to move the player.’‘
from the Thrashers Blog,
First, let’s address the Marian Hossa trade rumors. Despite rumors to the contrary floating around the internet, I want to stress that the Thrashers are much more interested in signing Hoss to a contract extension than trading him. There are no serious trade talks as of right now, and I don’t anticipate that changing any time soon.
So rather than fan those flames any more than we already have, let’s start a new debate. Who do you think the Thrashers are going to miss the most off of last year’s team?
continued... much more Atlanta talk…
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