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From AM570 News,
It was a very frank discussion in an exclusive interview with Jim Balsillie’s lawyer Richard Rodier on 570’s Prime Time Sports last night.
Rodier says Commissioner Gary Bettman is against having more teams in Canada, and believes his client Jim Balisille is being treated differently because of his desire to move the Nashville Predators to Hamilton.
During the interview Rodier says he believes a gag order has been put into place, covering the NHL’s Board of Governors regarding the deal.
from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,
Sorry, Sabres fans. Tough luck, ye followers of the benighted Fishsticks. I probably can’t stop you from draping yourselves in sackcloth and a thick coating of ashes while you curse the cruel fate of your underprivileged franchises. But I’m here to tell you that hockey fans should be rejoicing, no matter what their team affiliation.
Say what you want about the merits of competitive balance. It’s the presence of teams that are as rich in tradition as they are in talent that makes a sport compelling. And if these spending sprees allow another dynasty to rise up in a well-established market—New York or Philadelphia or Detroit or Toronto, for instance—then so much the better for the NHL.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Based on the tornado of hype that’s been rolling through the Philadelphia area the last couple weeks, one presumes the Philadelphia Flyers have been pre-approved to hoist the Stanley Cup next spring.
Hate to bear bleak news, but for as well as GM Paul Holmgren has done in quickly rebuilding the franchise from the Corey Haim-like depths it sunk to this past season, the Flyers still have a ways to go before they can be deemed a genuine championship contender.
The Islanders have acquired Edmonton’s second round pick in the 2008 NHL draft by trading depth defenseman Allan Rourke and a 2008 third round pick to the Oilers. The Islanders now have two second round picks in what is expected to be a deep draft in June, 2008.
“Although it may seem a relatively small deal from a players’ standpoint, this is very good news for us,” said Islanders assistant GM/Director of Amateur Scouting Ryan Jankowski. “Next year is expected to be a stronger and deeper draft than the past few years. In this draft, you can never have enough early picks.”
Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has named Brent Flahr as its director of hockey operations.
Flahr’s responsibilities include scouting operations, planning and day-to-day hockey administration. Flahr will also work closely with general manager Bryan Murray and assistant general manager Tim Murray on all daily departmental functions.
More from CP via TSN
Leafs Lunch reporting goaltender Kevin Weekes signs with New Jersey.
Updated 1:15pm ET:
From Tom Gulitti at Fire & Ice,
Intent on giving Martin Brodeur more rest in the upcoming season, the Devils have signed former Ranger Kevin Weekes to be Brodeur’s backup. Weekes did not play the last two months of the season after straining a quadriceps during practice in February. He played 14 games in 2006-07 with the Rangers, going 4-6 with a 3.39 goals-against average.
added 1:26pm, CP via TSN...
The Calgary Flames announced Thursday the signing of defenceman Anders Eriksson to a two-year contract.
added 2:21pm, Pens also signed Christensen via TSN...
from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,
Both Regehr and Iginla spoke Wednesday of the advantages of playing and living in this city. How they were deciding factors in them re-signing rather than waiting to play the open market.
To Kiprusoff, the intangibles may not be as persuasive.
Relative anonymity would seem to be something he craves, and can’t find here. This isn’t an athlete who requires constant ego-inflation, who plays the celebrity card, who strides into the glare of the spotlight and starts belting out Everything’s Coming Up Roses a la Ethel Merman.
According to the NHLPA site, Petr Prucha has signed for next season. Salary reported is $1.6M.
added 11:53am, 2yr deal worth $3.2M.
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