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from the StarPhoenix,
In 1984, to hit the big time with the Philadelphia Flyers, he walked away from a secure gig at the University of Toronto.
“I built a cottage knowing that there’s movement in this industry . . . and I’d like to have some kind of roots,” says Keenan. “Right from the beginning, I recognized that. That was one of my priorities—to build a place that would be constant. And I still have it.
“I wasn’t naive enough to think that I was going to stay somewhere for 20 years. It doesn’t happen.”
This became another one of those summers.
By his estimation, he’ll have flown into Calgary at least five times when he returns from helping his father Ted get his cabin prepped for winter.
By MasterCPL. MartinForgues at the Edmonton Sun,
A concrete deck, complete with wooden boards and of proportional dimensions, is the theatre of some of Kandahar’s most gruesome fighting between members of our own little ball hockey league. A good tease prior to the NHL’s season start, which we all anticipate and which should be exciting from here, with clashes between rival team’s fans promising to reach epic levels. Some local employees and members of the Afghan National Police expressed much curiosity about hockey, watching us play on the grey concrete rink. We thought about doing a cultural exchange with them, but plans for transforming our helipad into a buzkashi field have been shelved for some reason.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
It’s been obvious since the lockout ended two years ago that the PA was in serious need of internal housecleaning. Constitutional changes allowing the players more input into PA decisions, especially in labor negotiations, appear to be a positive step.
But it’ll take more than changing the constitution for the NHLPA to move forward.
The priority will have to be on not only healing the rifts within the PA ranks, but also to ensure there is more interest in PA business by its membership in the coming years.
Recently there’s been some media concern that the PA, under a new executive director, could bring the current CBA to an end in 2009 by exercising its right to re-open labor talks with the league if the membership believes the CBA is no longer working for them.
Possible, but highly unlikely.
from the Patriot Ledger,
The second of Hockey Hall of Famer/Bruins icon Ray Bourque’s three kids and the older of two boys, Chris heads to Washington’s camp hoping to jump from the American Hockey League to the NHL. Given the state of the Capitals - 27th in the NHL last year, next-to-last in the East - and the fact that they didn’t make mind-blowing additions via free agency (forwards Michael Nylander and Viktor Kozlov, plus defenseman Tom Poti were added), Bourque seems on the verge of the best opportunity of a career entering its third pro season.
‘‘I’ve had a pretty good meeting with the coach (Glen Hanlon) and I’ve talked to the GM (George McPhee),’’ said Bourque, who spent the summer skating in pro leagues in Bridgewater and Hingham. ‘‘It seems like I’m going to get a pretty good shot this year to earn a spot.’’
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
The farmyard rink is pretty much gone now. The chain-link fencing that kept stray pucks in play and the wooden poles that held the outdoor lights have been taken down. Only a few rotten boards remain on the rich northwestern Ontario soil that lies near the slope of Candy Mountain.
“There’s really nothing there,” Linda Staal says of the rink her husband built. Besides, she has a couple of sick boys at home. Sore throats. “Let’s go somewhere else for a coffee,” she suggests.
And with that, Henry and Linda Staal, parents to a Stanley Cup champion, two world champions, a two-time world junior champion and a promising forward in the Ontario Hockey League, sit down with a reporter in a setting so suited to their lifestyle it could be put to canvas and entitled Canadian Gothic.
From the Minnesota Wild team website
The Minnesota Wild announced a new, yet familiar look on Friday when it unveiled its 2007 version of the RBK Edge uniforms. While all 30 National Hockey League teams will be playing with newly-designed uniforms, some have made drastic changes. The Wild has remained true to its original design with several minor changes.
The most notable change appears on the team’s Iron Range Red home sweater, which will move up in status from the “third” jersey to become the team’s primary home sweater, replacing the green from years past. That change comes in the form of a new wheat-colored shoulder yolk and the removal of the forest green striping at the waist.
Well Bob Duff of the Windsor Star tells you what I have been saying since the end of last season…
According to an NHL source familiar with the situation, the Wings lost season-ticket renewals in droves and are desperate to put fans in the seats. If you or your friends have longed to purchase Red Wings season tickets, now is the time. Believe it when they tell you good seats are available.
The Wings lack of a sincere marketing effort is catching up to them. Their attitude of not even acknowledging hockey bloggers exist is catching up with them but Jimmy D. still tells us there is a waiting list of 6000 people for season tickets. Ha, where is that list now?
from Loose Change of the Hockey News,
What this Russian team needs is some of what that 1972 Russian team had.
They could use their passion and their determination.
They could use Boris Mikhailov’s wizardry with the puck.
They could use Aleksandr Gusev’s stellar defense.
They could use Valery Kharlamov’s incredible scoring ability.
Not metaphorically, I mean right now. Those guys.
I know one of them is dead and the other two are, what, in their 90s?
It certainly can’t hurt.
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
The Canadiens’ summer moves, and there have been several of them, seem like a wash to me. Still, I think they’ll be a little better than the 90-point, non-playoff team they were last season because of their group of goaltenders….
The Canadiens added veteran center Bryan Smolinski and 28-year-old role player Tom Kostopoulos. The team also signed 6-foot-2, 196-pound Janne Lahti, 24, from the Finnish League. Those three players will have a chance to replace ex-Habs Radek Bonk, Mike Johnson and Alexander Perezhogin.
Gainey and Co. wanted to make a bigger splash during the summer. It didn’t happen. Still, I think their goaltending depth gives them a chance to exceed expectations in the new season.
from Red Wings Corner,
General manager Ken Holland said Friday that there will be a couple of veteran defensemen coming to the Red Wings’ main training in Traverse City next week. Holland said that he has tentative agreements, but declined to name with whom until the players’ involvement is secured.
One source in the organization said that Brent Sopel is one of the blue-liners who will come to camp as a free agent. Sopel is 30 years old and split time last season between Los Angeles and Vancouver. The unrestricted free agent has spent parts of nine seasons in the NHL, scoring 10 goals (six on the power play) in 2003-04 for the Canucks.
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