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from James Deacon at AOL Sports Canada,
There will be more blood, it appears, and there should be. The Leafs are lousy and they have an empty minor-league larder, so for fans it’s vital that those managers stick to their commitment to rebuild, even though it’s going to be a hard road at first.
No one is saying anything publicly, but MLSE officials had to reel Fletcher in. Despite efforts to off-load salaries, Fletcher’s recent dealings make you wonder if the organization really has the stomach to do the right thing.
Does the purge mean Fletcher has been reminded that the team’s goal is a complete demolition? Or will the Leafs settle for their usual half-baked reno?
the AP is reporting via the International Herald Tribune that Martin Straka will be playing in the Czech Republic next season.
update 11:37am, Now a denial from Straka’s agent.
From Kelly Sinoski at Canwest via Global,
The helmet, unveiled Tuesday by University of B.C. researchers, promises to lessen the direct impact to the neck by 56 per cent in a head-on crash.
Designed for hard-hitting sports such as hockey, football, snowboarding, motorcycling and mountain biking, the helmet has an inner shell that will guide the head to tilt slightly forward or backward on impact. [...]
“It’s to reduce the load in the neck so we can prevent fractures and prevent spinal cord injuries,” said Peter Cripton, a professor in mechanical engineering at UBC and co-inventor of the so-called Pro-Neck-Tor helmet.
NHL.com has posted stories on every team in the Atlantic Division. Make sure to check it out for the latest information!
from the Portland Tribune,
Brent Peterson, who coached the Portland Winter Hawks to a Memorial Cup championship in 1998 and once captained the team, is tired of watching his favorite junior hockey franchise struggle….
Peterson decided awhile back to make an effort to do something about it. While he’s not leaving the Predators – he has a two-year contract in his pocket – he’s put together a formidable team of investors seeking to buy the team from Jim Goldsmith, Jack Donovan and John Bryant.
The group includes former Winter Hawks Brenden Morrow, Marian Hossa, Ray Ferraro and Scott Nichol (to name a few), along with PGA golfer and former Portland resident Peter Jacobsen, a longtime friend of Peterson.
from Spector’s Hockey,
Rick Sadowski reports the Colorado Avalanche confirmed Wednesday contract talks between them and Jose Theodore are continuing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Avs will re-sign Theodore by July 1st. He wants to stay, they want to keep him, both sides understand he won’t get the same contract ($5.5 mil per season) as his previous one so it’s just working out a fair term and value.
many more rumor and signing bits….
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The Hawks still need to get a lot better if they hope to make the playoffs, and it would be a huge disappointment if Tallon fails to land one of the difference makers on the market.
The belief is the Hawks will seriously pursue defenseman Brian Campbell and left wing Marian Hossa. That’s the good news. The bad news is there’s a long list of teams that also want them.
from Steve Conroy of the Boston Herald,
“I’m going to have to be in position to do it, if I’m going to get the player or players that I want,” Chiarelli said in a conference call yesterday. “I have to at least set the table. In a perfect world, if you want to do it that way, you’d like to move the money first and then get the player, but it doesn’t always happen that way. It may be that you get the player and you move the money at some point in the summer or the season.”
Chiarelli said that, if push came to shove and he really wanted to make a move to free up spending money, he feels he could do so. The B’s could use the buyout option on winger Glen Murray’s current or go the trade route.
more on the Bruins…
“I was happy Detroit won the (Stanley) Cup and out of everyone, I felt so good for Chris Osgood,” Bertuzzi said. “For him to get in there and play like he did for the Red Wings after all he’s been through there and in other places, I thought that was great. He’s one of the best people I know. I had a lot of fun with that guy and him winning it again was special to see.”
more at the London Free Press from NHL players who played in Steve Rucchin’s Facing Off Fore Charity golf tournament.
from Terry Lefton of Sports Business Journal via the Sporting News,
“I have never been more bullish on the league,” an ebullient commissioner Gary Bettman told the audience of about 75 partners. Bettman has been commissioner since 1993, so that’s quite a statement.
Using vernacular familiar to any sports fan, John Collins, the NHL’s senior executive vice president of business and media, said: “We’ve got the mojo; now we’ve got to show we can do something with it. Pepsi knows how to sell soda, we need to convince people we know how to sell hockey on a national basis, and I think we are starting to do that.”
more and some Winter Classic talk too…
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