Kukla's Korner Hockey
Entries with the tag: don meehan
The NHL's free agent "wining and dining" period has begun, but the Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Michael Russo reports that teams interested in some of the top UFA's-to-be will be sorely disappointed if they were hoping to speak with them in Philadelphia:
Last year, when bought-out Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier was seen in a New York hotel, reporters and TV stations camped out in the lobby. That’s why the agents of Vanek and Niskanen both say neither client will come to Philadelphia.
“The whole [interview period] isn’t working, at least from the player side, the way it was intended,” said agent Steve Bartlett, whose top two free agents this cycle are [Thomas] Vanek and Tampa Bay’s Ryan Callahan. “It handcuffs everybody when everybody’s sitting in Philly. The way this was envisioned was players could go into cities and see the schools, the neighborhoods, look at the facilities, go out to dinner. When someone has to make what often they feel is a pressure decision on July 1 or 2, they want to have a sense more than just what they might know from playing on a visiting team.”
It's believed that Callahan's close to re-signing with Tampa Bay...[edit: and while I was thinking out loud, I'm sure that the GM's and team officials know that these players won't be in Philly, and as such, they've probably already booked flights to the major agents' offices in Toronto, which are generally located in nondescript buildings near Lester B. Pearson International Airport]
Bartlett won’t bring any of his pending free agents to Philadelphia. Agent Don Meehan, whose agency, Newport Sports, represents pending free agents such as Jarome Iginla, Brad Richards, David Legwand and the Wild’s Matt Moulson, said he won’t either.
However, one agent who asked not to be named because he doesn’t want to create a distraction, said he might bring a “few of my lesser free agents.”
Russo continues, and while he simply says that Matt Niskanen won't be in Philadephia, either, it's intimated as his agent, Neil Sheehy, didn't comment per se [edit: Sheehy is based in the remote location of International Falls, Minnesota, so it's kind of hard to miss a GM taking a connecting flight to the border of Minnesota and Ontario at Minneapolis-St. Paul]; in his blog, Russo states that Bartlett will sell Vanek to clients based upon his body of regular-season work:
Filed in: | KK Hockey | Permalink
Tags: brad+richards, clayton+stoner, david+legwand, don+meehan, jarome+iginla, minnesota+wild, philadelphia+flyers, ryan+callahan, tampa+bay+lightning, thomas+vanek, vincent+lecavalier, willie+mitchell
The Boston Herald's Stephen Conroy ventured to Las Vegas to attend the NHL Awards, and he received an update of sorts on Jarome Iginla's situation--one hopeful, from Patrice Bergeron, and one literal, from Iginla's agent:
“He was a big part of our offense, a big part of our leadership as well last year,” said Bergeron, who is up for the Selke Award and the NHL Foundation Player Award tonight. “With the experience that he has and if you look at his stats and his numbers, he was so humble and he fit in right away with us as a great teammate and we definitely would like to have him back, but that's definitely not our decision. But hopefully it happens.”
In a text to the Herald, Iginla's agent Don Meehan wrote, “I will meet with Peter [Chiarelli] in Philly (the site of the NHL draft) in the next day or so.” He also wrote that Iginla will not be part of the meeting. Starting Wednesday, UFAs-to-be like Iginla can also being speaking to other teams, though deals cannot be signed until July 1. TSN's Darren Dreger reported that the Detroit Red Wings would be “in the mix” if Iginla hit the market. Another landing spot could be Colorado, where he could lend his experience to a promising group of youngsters.
from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,
Other than helping Alexander Mogilny overcome his fear of flying, what is the oddest duty you’ve had to perform in three decades of work?
Meehan Well, some of the issues that we contend with don’t really become public. There are issues that really relate to their personal lives, whether it be a marital issue, whether it be a family issue, whether it be economic issues, whether it be substance abuse issues that happen each and every day. The public really doesn’t have any idea of all of those issues, because the public really only hears about a contractual negotiation, or a trade, or a free-agency signing.
How did you feel when Alexander Ovechkin dropped you as his agent in 2006?
Meehan On the one hand, it was devastating, in that we had worked so hard for the family, in that we had been involved with the family for probably three years prior to the date he was drafted. We had left here on Christmas Day to go to Russia to be involved in tournaments, to see him, to spend time with him. Because he really thirsted for information in terms of North America, and he was really outstanding in his ambition to be involved in the NHL, and to know as much about it as he possibly could. We spent a great deal of time in terms of English classes and newspapers and periodicals and spending time with him and understanding what to do and what not to do when he came over … we always understand and respect the fact a player can make an independent decision as to his future. The only thing I regret is, probably, that the decision really wasn’t his decision. It was a family decision.
Sports Business Journal has pronounced the top 20 most influential sports agents working today and includes the ubiquitous Don Meehan in 13th spot—
Meehan, who started representing hockey players nearly 30 years ago, has dominated the NHL agent business for years. His Ontario-based firm represents more than 110 NHL players, including Nicklas Lidstrom, Jarome Iginla, Chris Pronger, Wade Redden, Henrik Lundqvist and Dion Phaneuf. This year, Meehan’s Newport Sports represented nine first-round draft selections, including five of the first six players taken. He also represented No. 1 overall pick Steven Stamkos. Meehan did, however, suffer a loss in the last two years, when superstar Alex Ovechkin fired him in late 2006.
Check out the rest of the list.
Earlier today were reports on AM 640 in Toronto, citing a Swedish newspaper which stated Jonas Frogren had been signed by the Maple Leafs. But during the noon hour, Frogren himself gave an interview to FAN 590 and made no mention there was any contract in place yet. (Which is why we didn’t post the news on KK before now.)
Now this from TSN:
The Toronto Maple Leafs had hoped to announce the signing of Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren on Wednesday but the contract was rejected by the NHL’s head office.
“We are working with the NHL Players’ Association to resolve the matter,” said Don Meehan of Newport Sports, Frogren’s agent. “We remain hopeful it will get resolved.”
The league determined Frogren, 28, must be signed to an entry-level contract as a first-year NHL player despite his pro experience in Europe. The Leafs had signed Frogren to a standard contract.
From Joe Starkey at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
“If people are going to chastise professional athletes who are making a lot of money, they need to look at the deal we are probably going to end up signing,” [Jeremy] Roenick said.
As if the players would be forced to subsist on food stamps and ramen noodles.
Now look: Thomas Vanek makes $10 million, and the average salary has officially cracked $1.9 million, passing the pre-lockout figure of $1.83 million.
A crushing loss for the players?
“If there were those who viewed it in the words you use,” says player agent Don Meehan, “I don’t know how they could view it that way now.”
from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,
On the eve of a player agent meeting in Toronto tomorrow, the NHL Players’ Association has given to at least one veteran player copies of dozens of emails exchanged between disgraced former union executive director Ted Saskin and Don Meehan, hockey’s pre-eminent player agent.
Player agent Neil Sheehy and several other agents rebuffed in repeated attempts over the past months to obtain the emails from the union are scrambling to obtain the Meehan-Saskin emails hoping that they’ll reveal whether Meehan played an undisclosed role either in helping Saskin maintain his grip on his job, or in helping Saskin oust his predecessor, Bob Goodenow.
from the Calgary Sun,
According to an eastern-based columnist, rising star defenceman Dion Phaneuf and his agent had rejected a contract proposal from the Flames.
Only one problem, said Phaneuf’s agent Don Meehan.
“We have never discussed a number,” he said yesterday.
from the Calgary Sun,
Hot on the heels of a six-year extension for goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, there’s talk in Calgary the Flames might be a small step closer to signing Dion Phaneuf to a long-term contract.
The 22-year-old defenceman’s agent, Don Meehan, was in town last week, and it’s believed he spent time meeting with Flames general manager Darryl Sutter about a possible extension.
Sources say talks were informal and could help lead to a deal but no dollars were discussed.
Phaneuf’s entry-level contract expires at the end of this season, and as a restricted free agent, he’d be a prime candidate for an offer sheet from another team.
Lawyers representing Toronto-based player agent Don Meehan have issued ‘‘notices of libel’’ against Detroit Red Wing player Chris Chelios and an unspecified number of media outlets.
‘‘We have sent out notices alleging libel to Mr. Chelios and various media,’’ said Meehan’s lawyer, Graham Smith of Goodman’s law firm in Toronto.
added 6:08pm, from the Hockey News,
Chelios said after learning the news Tuesday afternoon that he was misquoted and has “accused Don Meehan of nothing.
“It was always, ‘If he undermined the union’ and ‘If he acted inappropriately,’ ” Chelios said. “If there was any miscommunication in my quotes…I haven’t accused him of anything and I spoke to (the reporter) from the Free Press about it. He hasn’t been accused of anything by me.”