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from Spector's Blog at Fox Sports,
It's been a while since I've had to highlight a ridiculous trade rumor, but the latest sent in to me by a reader from a supposed NHL "insider" nearly had me spitting my morning coffee on my monitor. This doozy claims that Pittsburgh Penguins rookie Evgeny Malkin isn't happy playing in the supposed shadow of Sidney Crosby, that he doesn't want to play second-fiddle to Crosby and he's used to being the number one guy on any team he's played for.continued... I also recall the trade rumor involving Malkin a few months ago, what ever happened to that one?
from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,
"The pressure in your marketplace to have your payroll start with a 'four' is tremendous," Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke says. "It doesn't matter what market you are in. The media and fans, say, 'OK, maybe you can't spend $44 million, but you can spend $40 million.' " NHL Players Association executive director Ted Saskin says opening-day payrolls are up 19% from last season, the highest increase in 15 years. He views the spending as a positive for the league.more
from the Pittsburgh Business Times,
The Pittsburgh Gaming Task Force has thrown its support for the city's slots license to Isle of Capri Casinos Inc. The task force did not formally endorse Isle of Capri, which has proposed a slots casino in the Hill District and would partner with the Penguins to build a new arena for the NHL team should it win the license to operate a casino. But is it seen as influential, and the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has said it would consider the task force's recommendations before awarding a license, expected by year-end.continued
I received my first daily stats sheet from Hockey-Recap.com today. A free email subscription, it looks like it could develop into a handy reference first thing in the morning as you contemplate all the events of the previous day:
Hockey-Recap produces a 1-page report (for free) on a daily basis which includes the previous day's statistics, leaders and other important elements such as standings, transactions, injuries and quite a bit more. You can subscribe to the site and receive a copy of the report in your email each day or you can simply visit the site. There will be enhancements to the site every week and we'll soon have player pages with historical stats.Today's stats here...
from the Philadelphia Flyers,
The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have recalled 6’3”, 225-pound left wing Ben Eager, 6’0”, 200-pound right wing Stefan Ruzicka and 6’2”, 220-pound defenseman Alexandre Picard from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, according to General Manager Bob Clarke.continued
from David Amber at ESPN,
Before he was the "Finnish Flash," Teemu Selanne was a school teacher who dreamed of playing professional hockey. In this edition of Facing Off, one of the NHL's craftiest snipers tells David Amber why he's not a threat to Brad Pitt's sexiest man alive title, where he came up with the nickname for best friend Paul Kariya and how he ruined his twin brother's hockey career. Question from David Amber: Before you came to the NHL, you taught kindergarten for three years. How did that happen? Answer from Teemu Selanne: When I started with the Army Service in Finland, I didn't want to start studying for a little while. So I thought it was a good idea to start working in the kindergarten. It was a fun time. We played all sorts of games. I wasn't a tough teacher. I tried to be a fun teacher.continued
from Marcie Garcia of NHL.com,
A self-described cook, Malhotra would rather stay in his kitchen than visit the trendiest restaurants in town. Though as natural a talent as his knack for winning faceoffs (he finished sixth, winning 56.3 percent of his faceoffs last season), cooking was something Malhotra inherited and nurtured through his parents. Manny's mother is French Canadian and his father is from Punjab, India. Though Malhotra insists his family, including brothers, Sanjeev and Mandeep, and sister Sapna, had regular fare every evening, some favorite French Canadian dishes like Shepard's pie, and Indian food, such as chapati and curry chickpeas, were also the norm.more
from the Toronto Sun:
Would Mike Danton be in prison today had the National Hockey League Players' Association properly protected his interests by never certifying David Frost as an agent? Would the former NHL player have found himself the central figure in a clumsy murder-for-hire plot involving Frost had his agent never been certified to be his agent? These questions linger unanswered -- still being asked by Danton's parents, still being wondered about by those within hockey circles -- while Danton remains behind bars in Fort Dix, N.J., serving a 7 1/2-year sentence while Frost awaits trial on numerous sexual exploitation charges in Ontario.continued, and the CBC has archived its groundbreaking "Fifth Estate" reports online...
According to the translation from a story that appeared in Sport-Express, Yotes assistant coach Barry Smith has talked to Igor Larionov about a return to the NHL. Larionov expects to give an answer by the end of the week but mentioned he would need a month to prepare... Translation...
"I’m trying to send a message that a performance like that will not be tolerated. More important‚ when a team is playing as bad as we are‚ how do you evaluate new talent when you can't evaluate old talent? The whole damn team stinks,” Snider told reporters. We are going through an evolution," Snider said. Snider was specifically asked the current team's lack of physical play. His response seemed to harken back to the era of The Broad Street Bullies. "This may be the new NHL, but the old Flyers are going to come back," he said.added 10:13am, Comcast-Spectacor Chairman Ed Snider on Wednesday sat down with Comcast-SportsNet’s Michael Barkann for an interview regarding the state of the Philadelphia Flyers. Listen to the interview... about 4 minutes long. Just a note folks, I thought I was over the flu, but last night was a night NOT to remember. So posts today will be sporadic at best. I need some rest and will grab it whenever I can.
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