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from the AP via Fox Sports,
Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell agreed to give up an opportunity at securing a free-agent contract windfall to accept a trade from Nashville to Philadelphia, hoping to play a part in transforming the Flyers from the worst team in the National Hockey League to a playoff contender next season.
“I really feel we’re a playoff team,” Timonen said on Tuesday. “If we can add a couple more players, a first-line center, maybe some experience, we’re going to be even better.”
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
The Sabres retained the rights to forward Thomas Vanek by issuing a qualifying offer to their leading goal scorer.
It will take more than a one-year, $942,000 deal—the offer matching Vanek’s salary last season—to keep him playing in Buffalo.
The move, announced by Vanek’s agent, Stephen Bartlett, on Tuesday, is considered only the first step for the Sabres, who are expected to attempt negotiating a long-term contract with Vanek to prevent other teams from luring him away.
from the Ottawa Citizen,
Seeing Gary Roberts in an Ottawa Senators uniform might not be a long shot after all….
Last February, when the Florida Panthers were shopping him before the trade deadline, Roberts indicated a preference for Ottawa or Toronto, since that would put him close to his 17-year-old daughter Jordan, who attends a boarding school in Toronto.
It’s believed Roberts would still like to play in Ottawa, but Curran wouldn’t offer a commitment.
“A number of people have speculated about Ottawa and they’re entitled to their opinions,” he said.
“But we haven’t committed to anything, whether we’re able to get something done in Pittsburgh at this late date or whether we’ll wait until July 1 to see what’s available.”
Is Japers’ Rink onto something regarding the Capitals new jersey?
from the Ahwatukee Foothills News,
Ed Kastelic is Ahwatukee Foothills’ version of Arnold Schwarzenegger, constantly reinventing his career.
But instead of becoming a bodybuilder turned actor turned politician, Kastelic has gone from professional hockey tough guy to fitness expert, and now from fitness expert to entrepreneur.
Six months ago, Kastelic received a patent for a new brand of exercise equipment he invented, called Eskalation, which consists of multi-tiered blocks that can be adjusted in seconds during a workout and used for specific movements….
During 220 career games in the National Hockey League with the Washington Capitals and Hartford Whalers, Kastelic racked up 719 penalty minutes. He played in an era during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s when the NHL may have been at its roughest, and Kastelic personified the style.
Kastelic was suspended numerous times during his career and has duked it out with some of the game’s most famous fighters from the last two decades. He even knocked out legendary brawler Bob Probert during a junior league game in the early ‘80s.
from the Barrie Advance,
While admitting Raycroft did have some bad moments, Tucker believes Raycroft may have been a little overworked, and needs to get a solid backup – someone who has the confidence of his teammates and who can fill in without the quality of the team’s performance suffering.
“I think obviously you’ve got to find somebody that can jump in and win us some hockey games when Andrew’s not in the lineup. When he’s in there, we need him to be great. Every team needs good goaltending. We had it for the most part last year, but there’s games where Andrew could be better, as well as a lot of the rest of us who could have been better,” said Tucker.
“I don’t think you can ever create good chemistry on a team if you’re blowing it up constantly. And I think that our team needs that sort of chemistry to be a good hockey team, especially in the City of Toronto,” he asserted. “We’ve got a good group of guys, and if we can augment that with some good young guys and some free agents, I think we’re fine.”
Many of you know the long hours I put in at KK, but this is not a complaint. I love what I am doing but thought I would be able to get a little break.
Not… see my NHL blog today.
from the CP via TSN,
‘‘Scott has indicated that he’s thinking about retirement,’’ Ducks GM Brian Burke told The Canadian Press on Tuesday.
The Conn Smythe Trophy winner as playoff MVP informed Burke of the possibility during the players’ exit interviews a few days after Anaheim won its championship.
Niedermayer confirmed the rumours of his possible retirement in an ESPN.com story Monday and said he wasn’t leaning either way.
‘‘I think every player, as they get older, begins to think about how much longer they’re going to play,’’ Niedermayer told the website. ‘‘I know I think about it.’‘
more... this should not come as any shock to regular KK readers, this was discussed on June 8th…
added 4:22pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
If the Ducks lose Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne, who is also considering retirement, and if goaltender J.S. Giguere departs as an unrestricted free agent, then they could be just a shadow of themselves when the season resumes again in October….
Once upon a time, it was only the losers that paid this sort of heavy price. Now, even the winners and the teams that come close can’t dwell too long on their successes. Next year is just around the corner and depending upon what Niedermayer and Selanne decide to do about their futures, things could be anything but ducky for the defending Stanley Cup champions when September comes.
At Sportsnet, Alan Adams decides “it’s time for something whacky to happen” in hockey.
The NHL desperately needs something to break the ice, to lighten things up after a week in which two coaches (Calgary’s Jim Playfair and Dave Lewis in Boston) were relieved of their duties and the classy John Muckler was forced to walk the plank in Ottawa after the GM took the Senators to their first so-called modern day appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.
Here’s a list of things that could and maybe should happen before the 2008-09 season opens:
5. Nashville signs Hayley Wickenheiser: After dumping players to stop the financial bleeding, the Nashville Predators sign Hayley Wickenheiser to a one-way contract in an effort to put fannies in the seats in the home of country music before the team moves to Hamilton. The plan works and attendance soars to 3,500 a game.
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
One team, the Flyers: boldly fixed on the future, determined by the dint of strong ownership and a big bag of cash to reclaim its long-standing place among the NHL elite.
The other, the Predators: adrift in a sea of uncertainty, needing desperately to appeal to fans in Nashville, but instead driving them away because of an ownership vacuum, a vacuum that saw the team trade away the signing rights to top free agents Kimmo Timonen, the team’s best player and captain, and emerging two-way forward Scott Hartnell to the Flyers.
That’ll have them busting down the doors at the Nashville Arena.
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