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from the Toronto Sun,
Ron Ellis had a special speaking engagement yesterday afternoon and the former NHL player knew exactly what he was going to say.
Ellis, who wore Canada’s colours in the 1972 Summit Series against Russia, was scheduled to address the Canadian juniors yesterday afternoon before the team departed for Moscow. The times have changed, but for Ellis, the message he was given nearly four decades ago remains the same.
“Back then it was the big bad Russians, communism versus our way of life, and now a number of Russian kids play in the (Canadian Hockey League and NHL),” Ellis said. “These are all top players and goal-scorers, and somebody is going to have to do some backchecking. That’s what happened with our club. We had to take on different roles.
via the Blueshirts Blog,
Michael Peca will not be a Ranger this season.
Agent Don Meehan confirmed moments ago that the Rangers did not make Peca a contract offer.
Meehan said that he expected to complete negotiation on a one-year deal for the 33-year-old center within a couple of hours. Columbus appears to be the city where the former Islanders captain will be playing his home games this season.
added 9:06pm, On the front page of the Columbus Dispatch but no link yet- Peca expected to sign
added 9:08pm, Link now working,
Michael Peca is likely to sign a contract with the Blue Jackets either late tonight or early Wednesday.
It’s a one-year contract with incentives, according to a source.
As of 8:45 p.m., Peca’s agent, Don Meehan, was negotiating with Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson over the final details.
added 10:57pm,, The same link from the Dispatch now stating Peca has agreed to terms with Columbus.
from the Vancouver Canucks,
Call off the investigations and put away your detective hats. After almost four months of questions and predictions, Trevor Linden re-signs and will return in a Canucks uniform for the 2007-08 season.
Linden’s excited to re-join his team of 15 years (going into his 16th) and is positive about the changes made over the summer.
Like all of the fans, he’s hoping for more in the coming season and is confident of the team that will enter GM Place in October.
read on for Q & A with Linden…
J.D. says (wmp video) they will do whatever it takes…
Read about the Blues new marketing campaign.
from the San Jose Sharks,
The San Jose Sharks announced today that the club has added former Sharks players Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment to the San Jose hockey department staff.
Ricci will serve as Advisor to Hockey Operations while Marchment has been named Scout and Player Development.
“Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment are two of the fiercest competitors to play in the National Hockey League,” said Wilson. “We have always said that we will look at all ways to improve our organization on and off-the-ice and having these two leaders work with our current and future players is a fantastic opportunity for our club. We are very excited to welcome them back to the San Jose Sharks.”
Can you keep up with my off-ice workout?
from James Fitzpatrick at About Hockey,
In light of this summer’s many scandals - Michael Vick, Tim Donaghy, the Tour de France - a CBC Radio show invited a sports reporter to take calls from listeners last week. Simon Dingley, who works for the CBC, used the opportunity to take several shots at his profession.
He began by telling how a prominent NHL agent took several members of the hockey media on a junket to Scotland a few years ago, all expenses paid. Of course, the hopeless conflict of interest got no mention in any of their stories.
Hokej.cz (not translated) is reporting Milan Michalek re-signing with the San Jose Sharks for 6 years, $26M.
added 9:19am, from CTK.cz, a little translation follows (thanks to Roman)...
“A long contract was the wish of Milan as well as San Jose. Milan is happy and calls the Sharks his club” said his Czech manager Josef Machala.
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