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from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,
The gems may have all been claimed in the first few days of the summer, but that doesn’t mean the shelves are completely bare. It might be bargain-basement outlet shopping at this point and not Rodeo Drive, but there are still plenty of guys out there that can help your favorite team.
In this edition of Gross Misconduct, we break down the best of what remains, and exactly what these leftovers bring to the table. In some cases, there’s still a lot these guys can bring, provided there are teams still interested in their services.
As you’ll see, clubs would be crazy to let some of these guys sit around much longer.
RDS (not translated) is reporting Patrice Brisebois has signed with the Canadiens for the upcoming season.
added 4:32pm, via TSN,
Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
“Patrice is a seasoned veteran who brings a vast experience at the NHL level. His presence adds depth to our group of defensemen,” said Bob Gainey.
On Friday, an arbitrator awarded New York Islanders winger Trent Hunter $1,550,000 for the 2007-08 season.
from On Frozen Blog,
My impression is that the game is in the spirit of NFL Street, though with cyborg players and without any NHL licensing. In other words: simplified gameplay and rules, with an emphasis on big hits, blazing speed, and ludicrously muscled and armored players. Up to ten gamers can compete simultaneously, though Gravity recommends 3-on-3 as optimal.
from the AP via NJ.com,
A former state trooper who admitted to running a sports betting ring with a retired hockey star was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison.
While retired NHL player Rick Tocchet was the big name in the case, the trooper, James Harney, was the biggest catch for authorities….
Harney met Tocchet in the 1990s when Tocchet was playing for the Philadelphia Flyers and Harney tended bar at a hotel frequented by athletes.
After retiring in 2002, Tocchet became Gretzky’s top assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes but was placed on indefinite leave from his job after he was charged.
Under state law, he could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison. But, as his lawyer emphasized, the crimes he pleaded guilty to usually do not result in incarceration for people who have had no other brushes with the law.
Authorities would not say whether they would request jail time when he is sentenced on Aug. 17.
from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,
Citing an unnamed source, ESPN.com reported that “plans are in the works for [Leipold] to step into an ownership role with the Minnesota Wild after cutting ties with the Preds and when current Wild owner Robert O. Naegele Jr. decides to step away from the business.”
Naegele declined to comment to the Star Tribune through a team spokesman. A source close to Naegele said he’d be shocked if Naegele, the lead investor of an ownership group with 21 principals, would sell all his shares to Leipold.
The source said there have been no meetings to discuss ownership changes.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
It was a fine whine all right, reminiscent of the moaning and groaning Burke emitted from his Vancouver pulpit when the Sedins were apparently treated poorly by nasty foes and myopic refs a while ago. He uncorked another bottle when Todd Bertuzzi did his thug thing on Steve Moore and was duly suspended.
But Burke simply couldn’t do the math with Penner at $4.25 million and now he must make do with Bertuzzi, who was originally tagged to replace Teemu
Selanne’s goals on the wing. Now Bert will have to stay out of the penalty box, the infirmary and the commissioner’s doghouse long enough to score 29 for Penner too. Good luck, Duck.
If Burke isn’t on the phone at this moment begging Selanne and Scott Niedermayer to stave off retirement for one more year, he ought to be getting a call from his bosses.
more on the signing of Penner…
added 9:42am, from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Frankly, I’ve had enough of you, Mr. Crankypants.
Brian Burke makes Ebenezer Scrooge look like Tony Robbins, eating a tub of ice cream. What the heck does it take for you to get – and stay – happy?
We can forgive your irascible early years. You were young and it was the Hartford Whalers after all. Smiles were not in their budget.
from the Edmonton Journal,
“If the Ducks called today to negotiate an extension for Ryan Getzlaf, we would definitely return that phone call. When you see (fellow Group II players) Zach Parise just sign an extension a year before his contract is up and Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh do the same, I see teams trying to take care of their restricted players earlier. I see that happening more (than offer sheets),” said Johannson.
“Most players want to sign with their current team, but in the old days, the team had leverage over a Group II restricted free agent. The variable now is the offer sheet, and I see teams revising their ideas about what’s fair to keep their own players.”
from the Ottawa Citizen,
No doubt arbitration is a gamble for both sides and in more than just salary. If Avery’s play falters in the upcoming season, the Rangers will be kicking themselves, especially as they’ll be paying him almost $2 million.
Perhaps the Rangers should suggest to the NHL and its Players’ Association that the arbitration system needs to be revamped in order to make it a less painful process - one in which the clubs don’t come out swinging at their own players and then try to kiss and make up when it’s over. That never helps team spirit, especially when word leaks out as it did in Avery’s case.
from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,
...two seasons after its historymaking and image-fracturing lockout, the NHL is in some ways right back where it started. The average salary will top $2 million this coming season, compared to $1.8 million pre-lockout, even though salaries were reduced by 24 percent at the start of the new collective bargaining agreement. Small-market franchises are still struggling with financial issues and feeling like they’re being bullied by their mightier brethren. In-fighting has arisen among front offices with differing outlooks on running their clubs. The business model has changed but the gripes remain the same.
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