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Mtbrncofn
07-06-2007, 12:58 PM
Avs Sign Ryan Smyth!!

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2922952

5yr $31 Million.

Finally something for us Avs fans to cheer about this offseason

Dude, where have you been? That's old news, buddy.


Isles signed Billy Guerin and Mike Comrie last night.

Dukes
07-07-2007, 05:42 PM
Dude, where have you been? That's old news, buddy.


Isles signed Billy Guerin and Mike Comrie last night.

Just haven't been following the Avs offseason very closely. I assumed something big like that would have been easier to find on here ;D

Hercules Rockefeller
07-10-2007, 10:27 AM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07191/800623-100.stm

Sid the Kid signs a 5-year extension for about $9M per year

alkemical
07-10-2007, 10:51 AM
Sweet

24champ
07-18-2007, 04:35 PM
LOL

http://mas.scripps.com/DRMN/2007/07/17/435204121_o.jpg

By Marilyn Robinson, Special To The Rocky
July 18, 2007
A 27-year-old man who was posing as a woman when he was arrested by Denver police during a prostitution sting has been charged with prostitution with knowledge of being infected with HIV or AIDS.

Darren Garcia is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond on the felony charge.

If convicted, he could face up to three years in prison.

According to a police probable-cause statement, officers were running a sting Thursday night because of community complaints when an undercover officer stopped at East Colfax Avenue and Josephine Street. Garcia climbed into the officer's car and offered to perform a sex act for $30, police said.

Garcia had long hair and makeup and was wearing an Avalanche jersey, according to authorities.

He allegedly told detectives he was infected with AIDS after he was taken into custody, said Lynn Kimbrough of the Denver district attorney's office.

Authorities said they couldn't discuss Garcia's medical history or verify his statement.

Garcia has had five previous prostitution cases in Denver County Court.

Records show he was sentenced to 45 days in jail and fined $999 in 2005 after he pleaded guilty to prostitution.

In 2004, one prostitution case was dismissed but in another he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 50 days in jail.

In 2003, he pleaded guilty to prostitution and received 90 days in jail. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to prostitution and got 10 days in jail and a $500 fine, records show.

http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5633893,00.html

alkemical
07-18-2007, 04:45 PM
bwahahahaha!

Turf Shaman
07-19-2007, 03:48 AM
Oh man, was posting the pic necessary? At least I could avert my eyes to your avatar real quick.

SoCalBronco
07-22-2007, 05:36 PM
Balsillie group accuses Bettman of forcing Preds to break off talks
By Scott Burnside
ESPN.com
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Updated: July 21, 2007, 12:17 PM ET
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Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has accused NHL commissioner Gary Bettman of forcing the owner of the Nashville Predators to break off discussions about the sale of the team to Balsillie, ESPN.com has learned.



The Canadian ownership group also alleges Bettman directed Predators owner Craig Leipold to focus on closing a deal with William "Boots" Del Biaggio III, who is the front man for a group trying to bring an NHL team to Kansas City.



"We were advised by Mr. Leipold that the commissioner had found out about the existence of the negotiations and ordered him to immediately cease any further communications with us," Balsillie's legal representative, Richard Rodier, told ESPN.com this week.




AP Photo/Mark Humphrey

Craig Leipold confirmed in late May that he signed a letter of intent to sell the Preds to Jim Balsillie after losing $70 million in 10 years of ownership.

In a series of e-mails obtained by ESPN.com, Leipold and Rodier discuss Bettman's alleged involvement in the breaking off of negotiations between the two sides and the commissioner's uneasiness with the prospect of a deal being signed between the two parties.



Bettman declined to speak to ESPN.com directly, but denied the allegations through NHL spokesman Gary Meagher. Still, the accusations raise questions about whether the commissioner overstepped his bounds. The issue could lead to a showdown with the NHL's board of governors over whether Bettman acted appropriately and with the best interests of the league. The board is scheduled to meet next in September, likely in Chicago.



At the heart of the matter is a team whose sale will have repercussions for the NHL for years to come. The battle for ownership of the Nashville Predators might be the single-most important moment for the league in decades, even eclipsing in importance the lockout that scuttled the 2004-05 season.



On one side is Bettman, whose vision of the NHL continues to be one that includes teams scattered across America, even if many of those American markets are floundering. The failure of the Predators reflects badly on Bettman's vision. Their failure is his failure.



On the other side is Balsillie, who wishes to make the Predators the seventh Canadian team in a country whose love of the game seems to know no bounds. Balsillie has made it clear he would like to own an NHL team in Southern Ontario, specifically Hamilton, a blue-collar city west of Toronto. The six Canadian teams -- Montreal, Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver -- currently generate one-third of the 30-team league's revenues.



Many players have told ESPN.com they believe a new team in Hamilton would generate significantly more revenue than a team in Kansas City. Governors and GMs have told ESPN.com in the past year they believe a second team in Southern Ontario would be a surefire success. Phoenix Coyotes coach Wayne Gretzky, still one of hockey's most influential figures, recently said he thought a team in Hamilton would be a success.



In between these two solitudes sit Leipold and the Predators.



Leipold was sold on the league and the city of Nashville by Bettman a decade ago, but has since lost $70 million, $27 million in the two years since the end of the lockout. Even with one of the most active marketing departments in the NHL and one of the most exciting teams in the league, the Predators' average paid attendance last season was 13,815. After failing to find local investors to help shoulder the economic burden, Leipold decided to sell the team.



Enter Balsillie, the Canadian businessman who became wealthy beyond his wildest dreams by developing the BlackBerry personal technology device. A long-time hockey fan and player, it is Balsillie's dream not just to own an NHL team, but own a team in Canada.



Balsillie had been unanimously approved by the NHL's board of governors last winter as the new owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins. But when the league tried to enforce a number of last-minute stipulations on Balsillie's ownership, including restricting his ability to move the team and allowing for the league essentially to take control of the Penguins under certain circumstances, Balsillie walked away.



The Penguins, thanks to the intervention of Bettman and deputy NHL commissioner Bill Daly, ultimately were able to secure a new arena deal for owners Mario Lemieux et al. A short time later, unbeknownst to Bettman, Balsillie entered into discussions with Leipold to purchase the Predators.



In late April, the two sides were discussing the possible sale of the team to Balsillie at a price of $200 million. That figure was about $10 million more than the amount Del Biaggio's group was rumored to have been offering.



Contacted by The Sports Network of Canada hockey analyst Darren Dreger about the negotiations, Bettman denied there was any activity. According to Rodier, when Bettman found out they were on the verge of signing a letter of intent, he angrily called Leipold and told him to back off.



In e-mail communication during the first week of May, both Rodier and Leipold refer to the situation as Bettman's "cease and desist" order. In one communication dated May 4, Leipold writes, "I would say the cease and desist order is still in play."



When asked about the e-mail exchanges, Bettman would not answer ESPN.com directly. But in response to questions, NHL spokesman Gary Meagher said, "the commissioner never issued a cease and desist order to Mr. Leipold."



When pressed further about whether Bettman had ever asked Leipold to back off in his negotiations with Balsillie, Meagher said he "absolutely" did not, and further, "there is no e-mail properly read and understood that would indicate to the contrary."



But in another e-mail to Rodier on May 3, Leipold wrote that he needed time "to smooth things over" with Bettman. A few days later on May 6, Rodier asked Leipold in an e-mail: "Will you be talking to gary [sic] to calm him down some more??.[sic]"



The other issue is whether Bettman was trying to freeze Balsillie out of the purchase process.



On May 6, Rodier wrote to Leipold: "If we are to break off because Gary wants to kill any possible deal for a team in Hamilton, then let us know now … and we can move on and you can take the deal with the KC group which is inferior to ours in every way except one."



In response, Leipold wrote, "the 'cease and desist' analogy (my language not Gary's), applies to your situation because of the leak that generated from your side."



The response seems to suggest that Leipold was forbidden from speaking to Balsillie, but not any other parties.



Shortly after these e-mail exchanges, Balsillie elected to bump his bid to the current $238 million offer in an effort to keep the negotiations on track. Leipold reportedly went back to Bettman and said he couldn't afford to pass up an offer at that amount. Leipold later signed a letter of intent to sell the team to Balsillie.



Negotiations subsequently went off the rails in part after Balsillie secured a lease for Copps Coliseum in Hamilton and took 14,000 deposits for season tickets over a two-day period. Both activities received widespread media attention and prompted a number of NHL sources to complain Balsillie was being too brash. Others noted Balsillie's actions were an attempt to level the playing field with the other main contender in Kansas City, where an arena is ready and suites have been sold. That arena is operated by the Anschutz Entertainment Group. The Anschutz family owns the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.



Having an arena and proving that the market can support an NHL franchise are both requirements spelled out in the NHL's bylaws as requirements for applying to relocate an NHL franchise.



In a series of e-mails with ESPN.com this week, Leipold insisted the e-mails between him and Rodier do not tell the whole story and the full disclosure of communication between the two sides would tell a different story. But Leipold would not provide further information and described Rodier as a "rogue lawyer."



Rodier told ESPN.com there was no other communication that would alter the perception of these e-mails.



What happens now is anyone's guess.



On Wednesday in New York, Bettman met with Leipold and a group of Nashville-area businessmen who would like to buy the team. But sources close to the talks say the local bid will be millions of dollars lower than even the Del Biaggio bid, which is said to be shrinking as this drama unfolds. Further, Del Biaggio is said to be more interested in a possible expansion franchise than trying to untangle the Predators' web and move the team to Kansas City.



Even local Nashville ownership hopefuls have acknowledged that simply hitting the 14,000-average paid attendance threshold needed for the coming season to keep the current lease alive isn't enough to secure the team's future in Music City. The Tennessean hockey writer John Glennon has reported that potential owners say the team would need to average 16,000 in paid attendance over 41 home dates to break even. The team has never approached that number since its inception.



Leipold has been seen as a model owner. He marketed the team aggressively, at least until this season when the marketing budget has been reduced, and hired top hockey people such as David Poile to manage and Barry Trotz to coach. The Predators drafted well and developed talent patiently. Still, it is almost certain to continue to be a financial failure for as long as the team remains in Nashville.



If that's the case, given Balsillie's claim of Bettman's alleged tampering in the sale process, it's hard to imagine a scenario under which Balsillie could become an NHL owner while Bettman is still NHL commissioner.



Ultimately, these will be issues decided by the league's board of governors.



Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2943692

24champ
07-30-2007, 10:10 PM
The NHL and ESPN are in discussions about bringing the league’s games back to ESPN2 as soon as the 2008-09 season.

Multiple sources described the conversations as preliminary. The two started talking the week of July 16 when the NHL approached ESPN about NBC’s nine-game regular-season schedule, plus the playoffs. NBC holds the rights to air the coming season as part of a revenue-sharing agreement, and the network holds a one-year option for the 2008-09 season.
A return to ESPN could boost the league’s
profile on the network’s news shows. Some
say coverage of the league by ESPN has fallen
considerably since the network’s contract expired.

It’s not certain that NBC would exercise that option, given the sport’s tepid ratings on the network. Regular-season ratings on NBC averaged a 0.9 during the 2006-07 season and a 1.0 during the 2007-08 season over nine telecasts.

The key to this whole scenario is Versus, which holds cable exclusivity to all of the league’s games through 2011 and is paying the league a rights fee in excess of $70 million annually. Sources close to the Comcast-owned network, however, indicated that Versus would be willing to waive that clause, but only if it gets something in return — either a lower rights fee, a stronger schedule or a deal extension.

Sources say the conversations are happening at the highest levels and include NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and ESPN executive vice president of content John Skipper.

The talks with ESPN mark a turnaround from three years ago, when Mark Shapiro, then-executive vice president of programming and production, publicly questioned the value of having the league on TV — remarks that still make league executives bristle. The arrival of Skipper in October 2005 could allow both sides to overcome that, as sources close to the league believe that Skipper values hockey more than Shapiro.

The NHL has faced immense criticism from hockey fans and media for its relationship with Versus, which is in about 71 million homes and sometimes difficult to locate. The first year of the NHL’s relationship with Versus was marked by complaints over the network’s limited distribution in markets such as Buffalo and Anaheim, as well as in hotels around the country.

Ever since, owners and team officials privately have pushed for a return to ESPN, which is in 92 million homes and a staple in bars, restaurants and hotels across the country, but few believed such a move would happen because of Versus’ cable exclusivity.

A return to ESPN could boost the league’s profile on the network’s news shows. According to an ESPN study of its 1 a.m. “SportsCenter” program, the show featured 29 fewer minutes of NHL coverage in March 2007 than in March 2004, the last year ESPN aired NHL games. That amounts to a 28 percent decline in hockey’s allotment of airtime, ESPN ombudsman Le Anne
Schreiber wrote in May.

The move would mark a change at Versus, as well, which is open to giving up its cable exclusivity if it can tap into ESPN’s marketing prowess. Over the past two years, Versus executives have complained privately that ESPN ignored their network. They are hoping for a situation that mirrors the NBA, where ESPN and TNT push viewers to each network’s games.

The league’s talks with ESPN come as it is negotiating with cable and satellite operators for carriage of its planned NHL Network and its out-of-market Center Ice package. Cable sources describe the negotiations as progressing smoothly, with the league taking a page from Major League Baseball by tying carriage of its planned channel with the renewal of Center Ice.

Some well-placed cable sources were skeptical that the league would be able to launch a 24-hour U.S. channel by this fall, given that the NHL hasn’t appointed anybody to run the channel yet and the NHL season begins in just three months.

Sources close to the league say that will not be a problem because it will rely heavily on an NHL Network that already exists — Canada’s version. The U.S. channel will have a look and feel similar to the Canadian one. The planned channel will have 50 live games in 2007-08. Most of the content will be identical to what appears in Canada, although it will be repackaged with some U.S.-based programming, sources said.

An internal team of five to seven people also has been assigned to work on the channel when it arrives in the U.S. The team will be led by Jody Shapiro, former vice president of business development at NBA TV, and Patti Fallick, group vice president of NHL Productions.

The league has hired Ascent Media Network Services to manage and distribute the channel. A subsidiary of publicly traded Ascent Media Group, the company has offices in Stamford, Conn., from which it will maintain the new network’s satellite signal, advertising insertions and other aspects of NHL Network. The company currently works with YES Network and the NFL Network.

The league wants the widest distribution possible for the new network and wants to stay away from sports tiers. It will continue to pursue the strategy used by MLB during its Extra Innings negotiations in hopes of avoiding sports-tier placement, but executives with several of the biggest cable operators have said they would only carry the NHL Network on a sports tier.

http://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=article.main&articleId=55770&requestTimeout=900

SoCalBronco
07-30-2007, 10:44 PM
Good news, thanks 24.

I hope they still use that same badass ESPN hockey intro music too.

24champ
07-31-2007, 02:50 AM
Good news, thanks 24.

I hope they still use that same badass ESPN hockey intro music too.

Concur, Along with bringing back NHL2NIGHT...

24champ
08-02-2007, 10:04 PM
Kings Cammalleri will get a two year contract...details of the contract to follow later...

Bronx33
08-06-2007, 08:52 PM
again and gets a world class beatdown from legit NHL bloggers..

http://sports.aol.com/fanhouse/2007/08/01/unmasked-and-anonymous-answering-the-ethical-questions-about-a/

The name Eklund has been well-known to the online hockey fan community since the lockout, when the "anonymous hockey blogger" burst onto the scene with a site that became a clearinghouse of hot stove innuendo and power-circle whispers. Now the lead blogger and man-without-a-face for HockeyBuzz.com, Eklund did something last month that he has not done since the early days of his extremely popular blog: He inserted himself into a major story. Eklund took up the fight for Nashville Predators fans in their staggering battle against relocation; flying in to attend a fan rally and getting up in front of the crowd -- in disguise, naturally -- to offer words of encouragement.

"I did it for a very specific reason, for the same reason I managed to get this thing going during the lockout," he told me in a phone interview on Monday. "I saw hockey being taken away from people who love it, and that's crossing the line. All the rumors in the world don't matter in comparison to those kids who go with their dad every Thursday night [to a game], and then it's gone."

This passionate show of partisan advocacy isn't something you'd expect to see from a professional hockey writer, and that's because Eklund isn't one. But he wants to be, according to Kevin Allen, USA TODAY hockey writer and president of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, who said Eklund has "made it clear he would like to be included" in the organization. The question is whether the PHWA is willing to overlook serious questions about his ethics, tactics and candor in accepting him; and whether Eklund is ready, for the first time in his blogging career, for a little transparency.

Because as Eklund's popularity and influence have grown -- with surging Web traffic, high-profile radio gigs and an on-air role during an NHL trade deadline television special -- so have serious charges about a fraudulent biography, his lack of journalistic ethics and some online behavior that historically has gotten professional reporters fired. During our hour-long conversation, the "anonymous hockey blogger" finally began to answer to them -- with some startling revelations.

Eklund began blogging during the NHL lockout, developing a site called Eklund's Hockey Rumors that provided nuggets of information from unnamed sources which were quickly devoured by hockey fans starving for positive news. With an unquestionable passion for all things hockey, Eklund -- the name came from Pelle Eklund, a former player with his favorite team the Philadelphia Flyers -- claimed to have sources inside the negotiations between the players and the owners, and would boldly (and falsely) predict milestones along the way towards labor peace.

Although his rumors' hit-to-miss ratio would have made him the world's worst Battleship player, his blog blew up; Eklund was being interviewed by the likes of ESPN's Darren Rovell and was going ahead with a plan to create HockeyBuzz, a site with blogs from professional writers and NHL players, along with his own daily scuttlebutt. Since Sept. 2005, HockeyBuzz has expanded dramatically: including fan blogs, podcasts and a subscription service for added access and "exclusive" rumors from the man himself. Eklund has landed several regular radio gigs, including one with XM. He also was a featured "insider" on Sportsnet Canada's Trade Deadline TV Special earlier this year -- an appearance that was viciously panned by both The Toronto Star ("More food is delivered to the Sportsnet set. It isn't clear whether Eklund had predicted the arrival of more pizza.") and the Globe and Mail ("Eklund reported that Smyth had signed a new contract with Edmonton. That was wrong, too." ) Eklund said he isn't sure what Sportsnet's plans are for next deadline; he's leaning towards not having a second go-round, and instead concentrating on breaking news on his blog.

Despite that success, Eklund's reputation has taken more hits than Eric Lindros's cerebellum. The mere mention of his name on sites like the HF Boards draws more jeers than cheers. While there should be no question about the legitimacy of many of his informants, he has been known to cultivate his rumors from such solid sources as Carolina Hurricanes fans on Internet message boards and callers to WFAN in New York. And following that great advice about keeping your enemies closer, Eklund has also offered jobs to his toughest critics, as FanHouse's own Jes Golbez found out first hand.

One of the most controversial aspects of the Eklund legend is his biography. The background he had given to ESPN was in direct contrast with the fanciful origin story he gave FanHouse's Eric McErlain in an early (and must-read) interview in 2005. Self-aggrandizing aside -- I still love the part about having written a book that sold so well he no longer had to work full-time -- the fact was that the official bio on his Web site changed significantly after he began attracting a larger audience.

My theory had always been that Eklund kept his anonymity partly because the public confirmation of his real name -- Google "dwayne" and "klessel" and "eklund," but you ain't heard that from me -- would solidify the contradictions in his biography. And we're talking George O'Leary-level contradictions: Saying he worked for the NHL in one bio and saying he had nothing to do with hockey after college in the other. In the context of the PHWA and professional journalism in general, biographical pissings aren't taken too lightly. "In most cases, if he made up a resume, he'd be fired," said Allen.

So how does Eklund explain the dueling bios? He's given the answer to the writers on his site, to some members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association and to NHL officials. And while he wouldn't confirm it on the record with me -- please note he would not deny it, either -- here is that answer:

Eklund worked for the NHL under both John Ziegler and Gary Bettman. Eklund interned with the Quebec Nordiques. Eklund wrote for the Hockey News. Eklund did all of these things, even though Eklund also had nothing to do with hockey after graduating from college. This is because Eklund -- at least in the pre-HockeyBuzz, rocket-to-lockout-stardom days -- wasn't a person.

"He" was a committee.

Eklund was the byline, but the information about high-level ownership meetings and inside scoops from the NHLPA came from a consortium of plugged-in individuals that wanted to break through the spin machine and speak directly to the fans. The biography on the site was crafted together from different members of this League of Extraordinary Eklunds.

It is my belief that the "blogger by committee" apparently ended when HockeyBuzz started, although Eklund would neither confirm or deny that. Eklund said, on the record, that he writes every blog that appears under his shadowy picture -- and next to what is the "correct" biography for the current incarnation of the anonymous hockey blogger.

But close one door and another opens: McErlain told me that original interview wasn't conducted in the third-person, although that's what Eklund now claims. More importantly, Eklund -- pictured below at this year's NHL Draft in Columbus -- began offering an "insider" service for a subscription fee to readers on his old blog; how many were hoodwinked by what's now clearly just a fairy tale instead of one maverick fan who "personified the passion and ache so many of us felt in that sorry solitude?"

His biography wasn't the only issue in conflict with professional standards. Eklund has long been accused of coming to his own defense under different names -- including "Susan" and "Flyguy31" -- on critical blogs like that of Paul Kukla, an NHL.com columnist and founder of the popular hockey news site Kukla's Korner. "I have him dead to rights," Kukla said. "I've got his IP [address] from the damn arena in Edmonton and from his hotel in North Carolina." Another instance was recorded by a Hurricanes blogger named The Acid Queen, who claimed she tracked a pro-Eklund commenter under the name "ESPN HOCKEY GUY" back to a Philadelphia IP address. "ESPN HOCKEY GUY" also made an appearance on a post critical of Eklund on Fox Sports contributor Mike Chen's blog. The Acid Queen also published what she said was a contentious Instant Messenger conversation between she and Eklund, who told me it wasn't his AIM account and that it was someone claiming to be him -- a common problem for him all over the Web, he said.

There have also been cases in which bloggers critical of Eklund have received anonymous e-mails regarding their posts, either defending him or attacking them. FanHouse's J.P. was one of those bloggers; Eklund would follow up with an e-mail claiming he had nothing to do with the insulting original message to Japers' Rink.

Allen said he and the PHWA are aware of these accusations, which from a journalistic standpoint are quite serious: Not even a Pulitzer Prize could save L.A. Times columnist Michael Hiltzik from punishment for message board sock-puppetry, while Lancaster Intelligencer Journal reporter Justin Quinn's anonymous comments got him canned.

But Eklund made it crystal clear to me: He's never gone on someone else's message board under (another) pseudonym to defend himself, and he's never sent an anonymous e-mail to another blogger. "I don't even know how to send an anonymous e-mails, even though they're sent to me."

He said he didn't want to get into a pissing match with Kukla over his claims because he avoids this kind of "he said, she said" on his blog. But Eklund said Kukla never sent him "the proof" about the IP address situation, and sees it as part of a larger disinformation campaign that specifically targets him. While he had his theories about how the IP addresses may have in fact been spoofed, he refused to go on the record with them. "I'm not a computer guy like [Kukla] is, so I don't know how that's even done."

He may not be a computer guy, but for the PHWA he's been the voice of hockey blogging. Eklund was invited to speak to the PHWA in Dallas during the NHL All-Star Game festivities; introducing himself with his real name, he was involved in a discussion about credentials for hockey bloggers. "It didn't go particularly well," said Allen, "but I bear some of the responsibility for that because of where he was placed on the agenda. It was late."

Much of the internal debate about bloggers in the PHWA has centered around issues of accountability. "Bloggers are a one-man band. If you're unhappy with how a blogger is conducting his or herself, the only recourse is to go to the blogger," said Allen.

Eklund, who considers himself a "de facto" member of the PHWA, said his blog has plenty of accountability, including liability insurance and having to answer to his investors and advertisers. "I think I've proven myself accountable. I think the greatest accountability is to your readers and to your advertisers," he said. "There's no one protecting me. If I want to maintain my relationship with the NHL, I can't be a jerk."

When asked about the editorial accountability many PHWA members have, he said the best thing about bloggers is that they don't have editors to answer to. "With their chain of command, there are pluses and minuses. There are a lot of writers who would rather be blogging for me right now then their newspapers because their newspapers don't get a lot of traffic," he said.

Eklund has received a chilly reception from some PHWA members off the record and behind the scenes. "Every writer that I talked to at that draft, 99% of them absolutely hate the guy [because] they have to go and chase stories," said Kukla. The fact is that HockeyBuzz is a gossip site with destination readership and a catapult for innuendo, with the mainstream media trying to keep up despite the shackles of professional conduct; forcing hockey writers like Michael Russo of the Star Tribune to chase down ghosts.

There's no denying that Eklund now has legitimate sources; if not with NHL franchises themselves, then with player agents and even within the top brass of the NHL, including a relationship with commissioner Gary Bettman. Yet he continues to mix the occasional breaking news with dozens of false leads, bad information and outlandish proposals. Allen said when it comes to the PHWA, there are plenty of different kinds of writers under the tent -- from columnists and rumor-mongers to feature writers -- so Eklund's chosen form of hockey writing isn't an issue. In the end, and even before questions about his ethics would even be addressed, there's only one primary reason why Eklund will not be admitted into the PHWA.

It's the very thing that's brought Eklund both fame and infamy: his anonymity.

"In order to be a part of our organization, you have to have your name out there so you have the accountability for who you are," said Allen. "Eklund is sort of a shtick, with his anonymity being part of his entertainment value, and we are simply not going to admit him because of that. It's a deal-killer, and he's aware of that. Most people know who he is. But on his Web site he doesn't identify himself, and because of that we will not admit him."

The PHWA has decided over the course of its last two meetings to maintain its existing policy on bloggers -- which is to let local chapters decide on local membership applications. "What we're saying is that local chapters know their area and know what's best," said Allen. "In Philadelphia [where Eklund is located], it's up to the local chairperson, Tim Panaccio, to make the decision about local bloggers." Panaccio, the Flyers beat writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, was one of the first professional journalists to blog on HockeyBuzz for Eklund. Allen said Panaccio's status as both the local PHWA chair and a paid HockeyBuzz columnist isn't a conflict of interest when it comes to Eklund; just like with the national association, Eklund's anonymity prohibits his joining the local chapter as well. Allen also said that while the PHWA may question Eklund's standards and ethics, he has no problem with PHWA members like Panaccio writing for the blogger's site.

In fact, Allen said "a couple of [HockeyBuzz] writers could get in" before Eklund could. So the obvious question is: Why keep up the charade? Why not publish under a real byline, with a real bio, offering the kind of transparency that would answer Eklund's critics and give him PHWA membership?

It's actually something Eklund has been considering.

"I've thought about it. It is a pain in the ass. I don't have the need for the quote-unquote fame of it all. During the lockout, it was really important to be anonymous. But that was a whole different Eklund, too," he said. "I could always do it. But to me, it's more entertaining this way. If I was to give up the anonymity, the Web site might not be as much fun. There really aren't that many people who care about who Eklund is. The truth is that it's such a tiny group."

When it comes to the PHWA, Eklund said he'd be honored to be a member but understands that remaining anonymous is, as Allen said, a deal-killer. "I have never applied to be a member because I would not want to put people in that uncomfortable position, and I frankly do not believe I should be a member," he said. "I appreciate Kevin Allen having me join in the meetings, as they are very educational, and if I can help clear up any Internet questions I will."

The truth is that Eklund doesn't need the PHWA -- he's been embraced by the NHL to the point where access isn't an issue. He said he's working with the organization for the benefit of other bloggers. "There are some great writers out there, and they should be recognized," he said, adding that he one day hopes to have a better relationship with many of the bloggers who are critical of him.

So if he never becomes a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, does Eklund consider himself a journalist, a blogger or both?

"Probably more like an entertainer," he said.

Bronx33
08-06-2007, 09:10 PM
You got Brisebois back..................ouch~!


http://www.canadiens.com/eng/news/redirect.cfm?sectionID=habsNewsDetails.cfm&newsItemID=6042

Back in the Canadiens’ dressing room under the familiar bright lights of Montreal’s media glare, a refreshed Brisebois admitted to already counting the days until he can start coughing up the puck on listless ill advised passes across the zone.

:approve:

Bronx33
08-06-2007, 09:23 PM
Anybody else think this is a mistake by burke, i thought this kid showed glimmers of a serious hockey stud down the road.

http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=335583

The Anaheim Ducks have announced that they have not matched the offer sheet tendered last week by the Edmonton Oilers for winger Dustin Penner. As a result, Penner becomes property of the Oilers.

The Ducks had until 11:05 a.m. Pacific today to match the offer of $21.25 million over five years made seven days ago by the Oilers.

The Ducks will receive the Oilers' first-, second- and third-round picks in the NHL Entry Draft as compensation.

The 24-year-old Penner was second on the Ducks with 29 goals in 2006-07, adding 16 assists for 45 points in 82 games. He had three goals and five assists in 21 playoff games during the Ducks' run to the Stanley Cup title.

24champ
08-06-2007, 09:26 PM
Anybody else think this is a mistake by burke, i thought this kid showed glimmers of a serious hockey stud down the road.

http://ducks.nhl.com/team/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=335583

The Anaheim Ducks have announced that they have not matched the offer sheet tendered last week by the Edmonton Oilers for winger Dustin Penner. As a result, Penner becomes property of the Oilers.

The Ducks had until 11:05 a.m. Pacific today to match the offer of $21.25 million over five years made seven days ago by the Oilers.

The Ducks will receive the Oilers' first-, second- and third-round picks in the NHL Entry Draft as compensation.

The 24-year-old Penner was second on the Ducks with 29 goals in 2006-07, adding 16 assists for 45 points in 82 games. He had three goals and five assists in 21 playoff games during the Ducks' run to the Stanley Cup title.

45 point player for 4 million plus? Pass.

Burke made a good move and got some draft picks in return, Oilers will suck next year so Burke and the Ducks will probably get a nice pick in the first round along with 2 more picks in a deep draft. As much as I bag on the Ducks, it's a good move.

Bronx33
08-06-2007, 09:38 PM
45 point player for 4 million plus? Pass.

Burke made a good move and got some draft picks in return, Oilers will suck next year so Burke and the Ducks will probably get a nice pick in the first round along with 2 more picks in a deep draft. As much as I bag on the Ducks, it's a good move.



Penner would have taken 2 mil.

24champ
08-06-2007, 09:59 PM
Kings Cammalleri will get a two year contract...details of the contract to follow later...

According to an insider, Cammy gets awarded 3.1 million and 3.6 million for the second year by an arbitrator.


VERY VERY GOOD NEWS FOR KING FANS! :strong:

Bronx33
08-22-2007, 12:57 AM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=216522&hubname=nhl

The Colorado Avalanche signed defeneman Wes O'Neill and centre Wyatt Smith to one-year contracts on Monday.

Both players were free agents.

"These players provide us additional organizational depth," said Avalanche assistant GM Greg Sherman. "We have the ability now with our affiliates to sign and develop players with our own staff and philosophy."

O'Neill, 21, played four years at Notre Dame University. He finished second among Irish defensemen in points last season with 21. The native of Essex, Ont., was originally drafted by the New York Islanders in 2004.

The 30-year-old Smith has appeared in 186 NHL games with Minnesota, Nashville, Phoenix and the Islanders. He played a career-high 61 games with the Wild last season and registered six points (3-3).

SoCalBronco
08-22-2007, 12:59 AM
It's almost time for another season of exciting NHL action. :)

Bronx33
08-22-2007, 10:06 PM
... and what it all means

Just a real good write up on the confusing salary game.

http://mirtle.blogspot.com/2007/08/collective-bargaining-agreement-nhls.html

24champ
08-23-2007, 08:10 PM
KINGS SIGN FREE AGENT DEFENSEMAN

DREW BAGNALL

TO A MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT



LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed free agent defenseman Drew Bagnall to a multi-year entry-level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

Bagnall, 23, a first-team All America, ECACHL Player of the Year, ECACHL Outstanding Defensive Defenseman award winner and Hobey Baker award finalist, recorded 25 points (6-19=25), a team-leading 74 penalty minutes and a plus-10 rating in 39 games with St. Lawrence University this past season. In addition, the 6-3, 220-pound native of Oakbank, Manitoba, led all club defensemen in goals, assists and points.

Bagnall served as captain of the Saints, who won the 2006-07 ECACHL regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Northeast Regional semifinals. He also closed his amateur career at St. Lawrence University by earning ECACHL All-Academic honors for the third straight season.

In 2005-06, Bagnall recorded 10 points (1-9=10) and 32 penalty minutes even though he appeared in only 24 games because of an injury. In 2004-05, he recorded 19 points – including seven goals to lead all team blue-liners – in 37 games and his 68 penalty minutes led the team. In 2003-04, he was named the Saints Rookie of the Year after compiling 18 points (5-13=18) and 61 penalty minutes in 40 games.

Prior to his four seasons with the Saints, Bagnall was named the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Top Defenseman in 2002-03 after recording 64 points (17-47=64) and 252 penalty minutes in 59 games with Battlefords North Stars.

Bagnall, a teammate of Kings forward John Zeiler for three seasons at St. Lawrence University (2003-06), was originally selected by Dallas in the sixth-round (195th overall) in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. His rights were later traded to Florida during the 2003-04 season.


Deano building the pipeline everyday! :notworthy

SoCalBronco
08-24-2007, 11:17 PM
PIT trying to sign Danny Markov to a 2 yr. deal for anywhere between 5M and 5.4M. Not sure if he will take it or go to Russia instead.

24champ
08-27-2007, 11:30 PM
RBK just launched a Sidney Crosby clothing line. "SC87"

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Pittsburgh/2007/08/22/4437786-sun.html

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Gallery/Hockey/2007/08/21/sid_11.jpg

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Gallery/Hockey/2007/08/21/sidney_.jpg

24champ
08-27-2007, 11:43 PM
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Gallery/Hockey/2007/08/24/pch103-08-24-07.jpg


Bernier at a practice with Team Canada on friday. Is slated to start Game 2 of the Russia vs Canada Super Series. Canada won game one 4-2.


Also Kings 4th overall pick Thomas Hickey is playing as well for Team Canada.

24champ
08-28-2007, 07:21 PM
The Los Angeles Kings have named Dave Lewis as Assistant Coach and have promoted Jamie Kompon to Assistant Coach and Director of Amateur Development, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi and Kings Head Coach Marc Crawford announced Tuesday. Lewis joins Mike Johnston (Associate Coach), Kompon, Nelson Emerson (Assistant Coach), Bill Ranford (Goaltending Coach) and Chad Smith (Strength and Conditioning Coach) on Crawford’s coaching staff.

Lewis, 54, has served as a head coach and an assistant coach in the NHL for the past 20 years following a 15-year playing career in the NHL, which included three seasons with the Kings (1979-83). This past season, he served as Boston’s Head Coach and compiled a 35-41-6 record. Previously he worked as a head coach (2002-04), associate coach (1996-02) and assistant coach (1988-96) with Detroit where he won three Stanley Cup championships in 1997, 1998 and 2002.

“This is a perfect fit for our staff as we were interested in Dave taking a similar role with the Kings last summer before he accepted the head coaching job with Boston,” said Crawford. “Dave brings to our coaching staff and to our hockey club a great deal of success and a tremendous amount of experience. He is a member of three Stanley Cup championship clubs as a coach and he played in more than 1,000 career games in the National Hockey League. Dave commands respect because he deserves respect, and he is really anxious to help get this team to be the best it can be. We’re excited to have Dave on board because as a former captain of the Kings, he’ll help us develop a strong tradition of Kings hockey.”

Following the 2002 season, Lewis was named as the Red Wings’ head coach following the retirement of Scotty Bowman and he led the club to two 48-win and 100-plus point seasons, and two Central Division titles. The Red Wings also captured the Presidents’ Trophy in 2003-04 with the League’s top record at 48-21-11-2 (109 points), and in 2005-06 he worked for the team as a professional scout. In all, Lewis has a career head coaching record of 131-82-33 (21 ties).

Prior to coaching, Lewis enjoyed a successful NHL career as a defenseman from 1973-88. He played for the Kings for three seasons and served as the club’s captain from 1981-83. He played in his 1,000th career game on April 1, 1987, while with Detroit and he retired on November 6, 1987, and then joined that team’s coaching staff.


!Booya! Good pickup Deano!

Bronx33
09-02-2007, 08:19 PM
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Toronto/2007/08/30/4457512-sun.html
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Toronto/2007/08/30/forsberg250.jpg


The Toronto Maple Leafs may have a Swedish MAP line next season if everything works out well.

That is a line of Mats, Alex and Peter, as in Sundin, Steen and Forsberg.

Now, this is not set in stone with hieroglyphs into the walls of the ACC, but it is still within the realm of possibilities.

Not to stretch your interest too far, here is how I found out about this little gem. I wandered into the offices of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. and asked to see John Ferguson Jr., the resident general manager of the hockey team.

I was then ushered into young John's (he is 40 years old) private boardroom, a neatly furnished private boudoir adjacent to his office.



On the wall is a six-foot by four-foot photograph of the 1967 Stanley Cup winning Leaf team with autographs of the still-living players.

The GM told me that while he is not planning on going into the free-agent market, if conditions become favourable he could be interested in Peter Forsberg, the often injured Swedish warrior.

"As it stands now, we won't go into the free agent market," said John Jr.

"But things could change. We could be interested in Peter Forsberg if conditions are right.

However, in that case, we would have to make room for him in view of the cap situation."

THE OPTIMIST

With, or without the MAP Line, the Leafs GM is cautiously optimistic about the upcoming season.

As he says: "Our team has the necessary depth, but our players would have to show improvement in two areas -- offence and reduce the goals against statistics."

Ferguson is not concerned about the criticism he receives in certain areas.

It doesn't bother him. But it bothers his 10-year-old daughter Emily, his son Johnny, who'll be nine years old next month, and four-year-old daughter Grace.

His five-months-old boy Nicolas couldn't care less about what certain scribes dump on paper.

That's because other children at school needle the Ferguson youngsters that their father's contract is running out and they'd have to move to another city.

The MLSEL management could put an end to it by extending Fergie's contract.

Bronx33
09-03-2007, 01:23 PM
With NHL training camps soon opening and the start of the 2007-08 season mere weeks away, here's a look at the players from each team whose names could appear in this season's trade-rumor mill.

We'll first look at the Eastern Conference teams and follow up on Wednesday with the Western Conference teams.

Atlanta Thrashers: Marian Hossa. GM Don Waddell hopes to re-sign Hossa, who's become an elite player since the club acquired him two years ago from the Ottawa Senators. He's eligible for UFA status next summer, and the longer Hossa goes unsigned by the February trade deadline the more he'll be mentioned as possible trade bait.

Boston Bruins: P.J. Axelsson. It's believed the Bruins tried to shop him to the Minnesota Wild as part of the deal for goaltender Manny Fernandez. Glen Murray's name is oft-mentioned as trade bait but his age, declining production and expensive contract makes him a tougher sell than Axelsson, a reliable two-way forward whose $1.85 million per season salary would be easier to move should the Bruins need to free up some cap space.

Buffalo Sabres: Jaroslav Spacek. His 2006-07 regular season numbers (6 goals, 21 points) were down significantly from the 43 points he had the previous season split between Chicago and Edmonton, and he generated no points in this year's playoffs. If his offensive numbers fail to improve the Sabres might consider shopping him.

Carolina Hurricanes: Erik Cole. GM Jim Rutherford denied a report during the draft weekend that had Cole as part of a potential three-way trade between the Hurricanes, Philadelphia Flyers and Edmonton Oilers. Rutherford claims Cole isn't available but that's not likely to keep the right winger's name out of the rumor mill, especially if the Hurricanes struggle as they did last season.

Florida Panthers: Olli Jokinen. For some reason Jokinen's name keeps popping up in trade speculation despite his stated happiness playing for the Panthers and their obvious desire to retain him. The underrated Jokinen is the Panthers' franchise player and a quiet leader who prefers to let his play do the talking. The Panthers won't move him, but that's not likely to silence the rumormongers.

Montreal Canadiens: Michael Ryder. Coming off consecutive 30-goal seasons, Ryder and the Habs avoided arbitration this summer when he agreed to a one-year contract for this season. He's eligible for unrestricted free agency in July and it's believed he could be shopped by the trade deadline if the Canadiens are out of the playoff race by that point.

New Jersey Devils: Patrik Elias. His name appeared early this summer in cyberspace trade chatter, but considering Elias last summer signed a lengthy and expensive contract with the Devils, he's probably not going anywhere. Still, if the Devils struggle this season, don't be surprised if his name crops up again in Internet trade speculation.

New York Islanders: Trent Hunter. He was awarded a one-year contract via arbitration this summer and is eligible for UFA status in July. Players who go through arbitration usually end up testing the free-agent market and Hunter, a two time 20-goal scorer, could do the same, especially if he should have a career season. That could provide incentive for the Isles to shop him later this season.

New York Rangers: Sean Avery. He was reportedly very upset during his arbitration hearing over the Rangers evaluation of his performance last season, which doesn't bode well for the temperamental Avery remaining a Blueshirt when next summer's UFA market opens. If the Rangers should struggle this season Avery might become trade bait.

Ottawa Senators: Wade Redden. The Senators tried to trade him during the draft weekend but Redden exercised his no-trade clause to prevent it. He's since spoken like a player who has no intention of letting the Senators move him, but that's not likely to keep his name out of the trade rumors this upcoming season.

Philadelphia Flyers: Denis Gauthier and R.J. Umberger. Their names were mentioned as potential trade bait amid rampant speculation the Flyers might try to bring back Peter Forsberg later this season. Even if Forsberg doesn't return to Philadelphia, expect Gauthier and Umberger to be frequently mentioned this season in any Flyers trade rumors.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Ryan Malone. He's been a fixture in the rumor mill for the past two seasons, but GM Ray Shero stuck by Malone last season in hopes he'd regain his scoring touch. Injuries hampered Malone's production last year and if he stays healthy could be on pace for his best season to date. If he struggles, however, he'll be considered a potential trade candidate.

Tampa Bay Lightning: Marc Denis. Forget the ridiculous trade rumors involving Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis and Brad Richards. The guy to watch this season in Tampa Bay is Denis, who was acquired from Columbus last season to be the Lightning's starting goaltender but struggled throughout and lost his job to backup Johan Holmqvist. GM Jay Feaster recently said Denis would either play himself this season into the starter's role, into the minors or into a trade.



Toronto Maple Leafs: Mats Sundin. His name appeared in trade rumors midway through last season when it became apparent the Leafs might not make the playoffs. Sundin claims he wants to finish his career in Toronto but the local media seems to feel he would welcome a trade to a Cup contender should the Leafs fall out of the playoff race by February. The fact he's on a one-year contract this season should keep Sundin's name in the rumor mill.

Washington Capitals: Olaf Kolzig. It seems unthinkable that this long-time Capitals netminder might be dealt, but he's in the final year of his current contract and that's likely to lead to trade speculation, particularly if the Caps aren't in playoff contention by mid-season. For playoff-bound teams seeking an experienced goaltender, Kolzig could look pretty good by the February trade deadline.

SoCalBronco
09-03-2007, 03:44 PM
The Sporting News picked Pittsburgh to beat Detroit in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.

That's pushing it with our defense, but I do expect the team to get to the Eastern Conference Finals and at the very least, win a playoff series and get to the second round.

Bronx33
09-03-2007, 10:31 PM
The Sporting News picked Pittsburgh to beat Detroit in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals.

That's pushing it with our defense, but I do expect the team to get to the Eastern Conference Finals and at the very least, win a playoff series and get to the second round.


Was bill williamson the writer? :wave:

24champ
09-04-2007, 10:17 PM
mms://a846.l3156036845.c31560.g.lm.akamaistream.net/D/846/31560/v0001/reflector:36845|036845|6akc


Russia vs Canada Super Series, just copy and paste and you get the game.

Bronx33
09-06-2007, 08:12 PM
San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed Group III unrestricted free agent center Jeremy Roenick to a one-year contract.

“Jeremy Roenick is a tremendous competitor and he has a great love for the game of hockey,” said Wilson. “We feel he can add something to our talented group of players on our club and we feel that this is an environment where Jeremy can be successful.”

Roenick spent the 2006-07 season with the Phoenix Coyotes, where he was tied-for-fifth on the team in scoring with 28 points (11 goals, 17 assists).

“I’m very thankful for this opportunity to play for the San Jose Sharks,” said Roenick. “They have a great team and I look forward to helping this group compete for the Stanley Cup.”

The nine-time NHL All-Star enters the 2007-08 season just five goals shy of 500 and would become just the third U.S.-born player to achieve the feat (Joe Mullen and Mike Modano).

In 1252 NHL games with Chicago, Phoenix, Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Roenick has posted 1170 points (495 goals, 675 assists), along with 1413 penalty minutes and a +162 plus/minus rating.

Among all players in NHL history, Roenick ranks in the top 50 in goals (41st) and points (T-44th) and is 51st in assists.

All-time among all U.S.-born players, Roenick ranks third in points, third in goals and fifth in assists. He is the only player in NHL history to lead his team in goals, assists, points and penalty minutes in two different seasons (1999-00, 2000-01 with Phoenix).

Roenick, 37, was originally selected in the first round (8th overall) in 1988 NHL Entry Draft by Chicago.

24champ
09-06-2007, 08:52 PM
Roenick is a piece of crap.

Bronx33
09-08-2007, 03:26 PM
And describe him as a people person with credibility ?

The Carolina Hurricanes named the former all-star netminder director of goaltender development Friday, a role that will see the 42-year-old Barrasso work with all of the goalies in the team's minor-league system.

"Tom brings instant credibility to his new position, and is somebody that the goaltenders in our system will be able to respect and learn from," Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford said in a statement. "He has re-located his family to Raleigh and we are happy that he has chosen to continue his life in hockey with our organization."

Barrasso retired from hockey in 2003 after an 18-year NHL career. He was 369-277-86 with a 3.24 goals-against average and 38 shutouts with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Ottawa, Carolina, Toronto and St. Louis. He captured two Stanley Cups with the Penguins in 1991 and '92.

Bronx33
09-08-2007, 03:29 PM
Great move...

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=217727&hubname=nhl

''Ian has been an instrumental part of this club's success on and off the ice,'' said Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Francois Giguere. ''As an assistant captain, he provides a strong quality of leadership to our team.''

The 33-year-old Laperriere is coming off a 29-point season (8 goals, 21 assists) a year ago, his second-best point tally behind his first season in Colorado when he recorded career-highs in goals (21), assists (24) and points (45). During the 2006-07 campaign, Laperriere led all Avs forwards in hits (85) while leading the club in fighting majors (17), tied for second in the NHL.

During his two year stint in Colorado, Laperriere has missed only one game.

Bronx33
09-08-2007, 03:36 PM
Gets a HNC show...

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/LAC.20070908.TRUTH08/TPStory/TPSports/Television/

Afternoon radio was given a shakeup yesterday with the announcement that the CBC is launching a Hockey Night in Canada show on Sirius Satellite Radio.

Radio personality Jeff Marek is jumping from AM 640 Toronto to be the host of HNIC Radio, which will air from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern), beginning Oct. 1.

Pendejo
09-11-2007, 09:25 PM
Great move...

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=217727&hubname=nhl

''Ian has been an instrumental part of this club's success on and off the ice,'' said Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Francois Giguere. ''As an assistant captain, he provides a strong quality of leadership to our team.''

The 33-year-old Laperriere is coming off a 29-point season (8 goals, 21 assists) a year ago, his second-best point tally behind his first season in Colorado when he recorded career-highs in goals (21), assists (24) and points (45). During the 2006-07 campaign, Laperriere led all Avs forwards in hits (85) while leading the club in fighting majors (17), tied for second in the NHL.

During his two year stint in Colorado, Laperriere has missed only one game.

Hopefully they keep someone else on the roster who will drop the gloves. I thought that Lappy's role as the team's de facto tough guy really affected his offensive output.

A really great signing.

alkemical
09-11-2007, 09:40 PM
Hopefully they keep someone else on the roster who will drop the gloves. I thought that Lappy's role as the team's de facto tough guy really affected his offensive output.

A really great signing.

**** the pens got some guy to fight, and he tried to be a skill player....

Pendejo
09-12-2007, 02:31 AM
**** the pens got some guy to fight, and he tried to be a skill player....

I'll trade Scott Parker for Georges Laraque any time. Laraque can skate a regular shift, and many regard him to be the NHL's reigning heavyweight champion.

Here's his impressive fight card from last season.

http://hockeyfights.com/players/110/fightcard/reg2007

alkemical
09-12-2007, 02:49 AM
I'll trade Scott Parker for Georges Laraque any time. Laraque can skate a regular shift, and many regard him to be the NHL's reigning heavyweight champion.

Here's his impressive fight card from last season.

http://hockeyfights.com/players/110/fightcard/reg2007


i'm telling you- he didn't do much as far as dropping the gloves for the pens

Pendejo
09-12-2007, 03:02 AM
i'm telling you- he didn't do much as far as dropping the gloves for the pens

He didn't play in very many games for the Pens last year either. You might not think much of him, but guys like Crosby, Malkin, and Staal will be thankful he's on the roster for an entire season. There's still a place for tough guys in the NHL, and Laraque is the best.

Who would you rather have looking out for the Pens' young studs?

alkemical
09-12-2007, 03:12 AM
He didn't play in very many games for the Pens last year either. You might not think much of him, but guys like Crosby, Malkin, and Staal will be thankful he's on the roster for an entire season. There's still a place for tough guys in the NHL, and Laraque is the best.

Who would you rather have looking out for the Pens' young studs?

Someone that would have done more than like dropping the glove 3 times - he got scratched cuz he wasn't doing what he was to do. Brooks was more of an enforcer (not the fighting part, just f'ing everyone else up) than Georgie was.

Bronx33
09-12-2007, 05:29 PM
Hopefully they keep someone else on the roster who will drop the gloves. I thought that Lappy's role as the team's de facto tough guy really affected his offensive output.

A really great signing.

We picked up scott parker..

Bronx33
09-12-2007, 08:23 PM
http://mas.scripps.com/DRMN/2007/09/12/091207jersey_n.jpg

Avalanche defenseman John-Michael Liles models a a new home jersey during a news conference this morning at the Pepsi Center. "From a performance standpoint, players will definitely notice an improvement," Liles said of the sleeker, more form-fitting jerseys. "In the later stages of a game, especially, the uniforms will help keep players fresh."

Slideshow (http://cfapp2.rockymountainnews.com/photos/slideshow_splash.cfm?xml=http://cfapp2.rockymountainnews.com/photos/slideshows/091207jersey/091207jersey.xml&slideShowType=default&slideShowName=091207jersey&dateCreated=09/12/07)

Pendejo
09-13-2007, 01:58 AM
We picked up scott parker..

I know. They traded for him after Lappy's what...14th or 15th fight? I think if you go far enough back on this thread you'll see I was one poster who thought it was a great trade for the Avs in bringing him back.

However, for a tough guy "The Sheriff" is hurt a lot...ergo...I was explaining to Pens fan that I'd gladly trade Parker for Laraque...as Pens fan apparently doesn't think Laraque is tough enough.

alkemical
09-13-2007, 11:20 AM
I know. They traded for him after Lappy's what...14th or 15th fight? I think if you go far enough back on this thread you'll see I was one poster who thought it was a great trade for the Avs in bringing him back.

However, for a tough guy "The Sheriff" is hurt a lot...ergo...I was explaining to Pens fan that I'd gladly trade Parker for Laraque...as Pens fan apparently doesn't think Laraque is tough enough.

that's not what i said you jackass. I said laraque didn't fight as much as he could have when crosby, et all were getting the snot kicked out of 'em. That's why he got scratched. Get your facts straight before running your mouth.

bronco militia
09-13-2007, 11:26 AM
avs new and old Uni's

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/6673/avsnewunisyj0.jpg

Pendejo
09-14-2007, 04:39 AM
that's not what i said you jackass. I said laraque didn't fight as much as he could have when crosby, et all were getting the snot kicked out of 'em. That's why he got scratched. Get your facts straight before running your mouth.

Cram it with walnuts you sniveling queen.

alkemical
09-14-2007, 01:48 PM
Cram it with walnuts you sniveling queen.

Hey, get your facts straight and you won't look like a dumbass.

Bronx33
09-18-2007, 10:58 PM
Colorado 0 3 0 1-4

Phoenix 0 2 1 0-3

First Period-None.

Second Period-1, Phoenix, Morris 1 (Hanzal, Vrbata), 2:48 (pp). 2, Colorado, Svatos 1 (Hlinka, Cumiskey), 5:26. 3, Colorado, Stastny 1 (Hlinka), 7:27. 4, Phoenix, Tjarnqvist 1 (Morris, Zigomanis), 13:11. 5, Colorado, Wolski 1 (Cumiskey), 15:03.

Third Period-6, Phoenix, Jovanovski 1 (York, Reinprecht), 19:59.

Overtime-7, Colorado, Stastny 2 (Cumiskey), 4:13.

Shots on Goal-Colorado, 4-9-4-3-20. Phoenix, 12-14-12-6-44.

Goalies-Colorado, Budaj, Weiman. Phoenix, Tellqvist, LeNeveu. A-NA. T-2:20.

Bronx33
09-18-2007, 11:00 PM
Preseason is here! (http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app/?service=page&page=NewsPage&articleid=335902)

Bronx33
09-19-2007, 09:00 PM
Dang i thought the monsters were going to go with this logo on the jerseys

http://lakeeriemonsters.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Countdown/ONcountdown.jpg

But this is what hits the ice..

http://lakeeriemonsters.com.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/Multimedia/jerseys_400x275.jpg

24champ
09-21-2007, 02:42 PM
TSN has learned that the Los Angeles Kings have placed goaltender Dan Cloutier on waivers Friday.

The Kings had hoped that Cloutier would be the answer between the pipes when they acquired him in July of 2006 for a pair of draft picks. However Cloutier struggled with injuries last season, missing 44 games with a hip injury. He finished the season with a record of 6-14-2 with an .860 save percentage.

The former Canucks netminder was expected to challenge for the number one goaltender spot this season with the Kings but has been outplayed in the pre-season by junior eligible netminder Johnathan Bernier who shone for Canada at the Summit Series.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=218857&hubname=nhl


Hey Socal...LOL

Bronx33
09-21-2007, 10:17 PM
One year over due IMO i guess the youngsters played well enough to send clouts packin i think bernier sunk the last dagger in the final decision, Salary cap was probably a major factor as well.

Bronx33
09-22-2007, 03:29 PM
Boogaard is starting early lol.

http://www.twincities.com/sports/ci_6965907?nclick_check=1

CHICAGO - Derek Boogaard is listed as day to day after taking a puck to the head during Friday morning's practice at United Center. It opened a gash that required about 20 stitches and left a wound not disimilar to the one Boris Karloff wore in "Frankenstein."

Asked what hurts worse, a fist or a puck, Boogaard didn't have to think.

"They both hurt," he said.

Ask a stupid question, get an honest answer.

Boogaard said the gash won't keep him from fighting, but it likely will keep him out of Monday's game against Buffalo at Grand Forks, N.D. Wild assistant general manager Tom Lynn said Boogaard is day to day, but the reality is you don't want to send your enforcer out with a big gash waiting to be reopened.

And then there are the details.

"I haven't really tried to put on a helmet yet," Boogaard said. "I don't know how that will go."

Boogaard was hit during a drill Friday at United Center; a shot on goal traveled up Nick Schultz's stick and hit Boogaard just above the left eye. He was taken to the trainer's room and stitched up, given an ice pack and attended to by a doctor.

"There's no head injury or anything like that," Lynn said.

Some players might wear a visor, or even a cage, with such an injury. What about Boogaard?

"Uh, no," he said. "When the doctor looked at me, he said, 'You might need to wear a visor,' and I was like, 'No, that's not going to happen.' "

More injuries: Eric Belanger's upper lip was a little less swollen

Bronx33
09-22-2007, 05:01 PM
POINTS



NAME GP G A PTS
*Hensick, T.J., Colo 3 3 3 6
Stastny, Paul, Colo 2 4 2 6
Armstrong, Derek, L.A. 3 2 3 5
Calder, Kyle, L.A. 2 3 2 5
*Foligno, Nick, Ott. 2 2 3 5
Hlinka, Jaroslav, Colo 3 0 5 5
Kariya, Paul, St.L 2 1 4 5
Willsie, Brian, L.A. 3 2 3 5
Brodziak, Kyle, Edm. 2 2 2 4
Brunette, Andrew, Colo 1 1 3 4
Chimera, Jason, ClBJ 2 2 2 4
*Cumiskey, Kyle, Colo 3 1 3 4
Jokinen, Jussi, Dal. 2 0 4 4
Liles, John-Michael, Colo 2 0 4 4
*Stuart, Colin, Atl. 3 1 3 4
Vrbata, Radim, Pho. 3 1 3 4
*Wirtanen, Petteri, Ana. 4 2 2 4
30 tied


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24champ
09-22-2007, 07:58 PM
One year over due IMO i guess the youngsters played well enough to send clouts packin i think bernier sunk the last dagger in the final decision, Salary cap was probably a major factor as well.

not exactly.



I think, in looking at it, the thing we've come to realize is that the only way... If you take this in steps, he didn't have a good year last year, with the combination of injuries or whatever. He did go back and he got completely healthy. He was really good this summer in terms of doing all the goalie camps and working with our goaltending people to get his game back technically. So, physically he repaired himself. Technically, he did everything that was asked and he looked a lot better.

But it still comes down to playing. The way we're looking at it is, the reality is that he hasn't played in three years. The only way he's going to totally get his confidence is, first you've got to get physically healthy, and then in order to get his rhythm back, the only way to do that is to play. We were kind of looking at it and seeing where his game was at, and we just felt this was the best thing for him. It will give him a much better base with which to come back and try to be the goaltender he was before we got him.

We were talking about it as we were going through it, and watching his game and seeing where he was mentally and things, and it just reminded me of some pitchers in baseball who you see this happen to. They might lose an inch off their fastball or curveball and (teams) send them down for an assignment to get their game back. So, this guy is coming back from an injury and this is the best way, we think, to handle it and give him the best shot, in terms of when he comes back, to be ready mentally and physically. That mental part isn't really going to turn the corner unless he sees a lot of pucks. That gets his rhythm back. The best place to do that is in the minors. And that's basically it.

http://www.insidesocal.com/kings/2007/09/lombardi_on_cloutier_3.html#more

Bronx33
09-22-2007, 08:28 PM
Clouts was due 3.5 mil this year (just sayin)

Bronx33
09-22-2007, 08:34 PM
Don’t read too much into the Los Angeles Kings’ decision put goaltender Dan Cloutier on waivers today, other than he’ll almost certainly start the season in the minors this season. Considering the NHL’s goalie glut (and the two years left on Cloutier’s contract at $3.1 million per season), there is virtually no chance that anyone would put in a claim for his rights at that price, at this time of year.

No, mostly the decision to waive Cloutier was made to give the Kings some options, should they decide to keep 19-year-old Jonathan Bernier for at least the start of the season, something that became increasingly more likely today.
Cloutier missed most of the past two seasons as a result of injuries – to his right knee and then to his left hip - and he played the previous year in Austria at a comparatively low level.

“The reality is, he hasn’t played for three years,” said Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi. “The only way to really get his rhythm back and to get him where he needs to be is to get him to play. You see this in baseball all the time, where established pitchers have to do a form of rehab assignments if they lose their fastballs and the only way to get it back – to get totally confident – is to go back to the minors and do it.

“Obviously, we gave this a lot of thought. The bottom line is, we thought this was the only way we could get him back to where he was comfortable. Physically, he’s totally healthy. But as we all know with goaltending, a lot of it has to do with his confidence and his state of mind. The only way he was going to get it all together was to play and to play a lot and not have to do it at this level.”

Kings’ coach Marc Crawford indicated the other day that Bernier’s play in the exhibition season – he’s played well in two 30-minute appearances thus far – turned the competition in goal from a three- to a four-man race: Bernier, Cloutier, Jason LaBarbera and J.S. Aubin.

Bernier is their future, something even Cloutier knows. To keep him on the roster all year would represent something of a gamble, however, given the fact that Bernier’s probably miles ahead of everyone else, after playing in the Junior Summit series for Canada.

However, they could easily start the season with him on the roster to see how he adjusts. If Bernier falters once the pace of NHL play picks up, they could always return him to junior before he plays his 11th game, after which his contract will kick in for the full year.

That, in turn, would give Cloutier time to regain his form in the minors. There is a small gamble involved in bringing Cloutier back once the season begins because, as part of the re-entry waiver process, any NHL team could pick him up for half the price of his contract, with the Kings getting nicked for the other half – both the cash and the salary-cap hit. Cloutier, at half the cost of his contract, might be worth the gamble for a team looking for a back-up (and not willing to run the risk on deploying a kid). Calgary is one team that comes to mind.

24champ
09-22-2007, 09:13 PM
Whoever wrote that article has the Bernier situation backwards. Bernier can play 9 games and on the 10th game his pro contract kicks in not on the 11th. I expect Bernier to be given a couple games to see how he does at the NHL level and unless he plays lights out then he is going back to the Juniors.


Well, we'll see how these guys perform. I don't think that this anoints anybody, as far as the other three, but obviously we've got to trim this down. We thought this was the way to do it and hopefully to get Cloutier back to where he's capable. It doesn't really mean anything for the other three, other than, keep playing and you've got to take the job.

On the Bernier situation-

Well, I think you know how I feel, in terms of how careful you've got to be. I think you let it go day to day. At the minimum, in his case, he's getting valuable experience , and it's experience you can't get in junior hockey, and that's the way we're approaching it. It's like, you watch practice today, and he gets to face NHL shooters and then he gets a half-hour of practice a NHL goalie coach. That's the way we're approaching it.

We still have time, under the rules, to see this through and give him experience. He's accomplished a lot in junior hockey and now we're trying to train him at the next level and we'll see. But to say that anything has been decided on that front, no.


So in other words the job is still wide open, Bernier has been doing good lately. It's pre-season, once the regular season comes around it is a different ballgame. We'll see...stay tuned.

Bronx33
09-22-2007, 11:57 PM
A little insight from the stars game from lappy (god i love that guy)


Laperriere’s face was marked with bruises and cuts, courtesy of the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Fedoruk’s sledgehammer-like fists.

"He’s a train and he went over me," Laperriere said. "That’s all right. What can you do?"

With five minutes remaining, Laperriere said, Fedoruk told him before a faceoff he planned to fight defenseman Kurt Sauer, who is 6-4 and 220 pounds but hardly is a fighter.

"(Fedoruk) said, ‘I have to do something, I haven’t done anything. I have to go after somebody,’" Laperriere said. "Well, he won’t go past me."

Laperriere wasn’t penalized after the altercation, but he was given the heave-ho during the Avalanche’s ensuing power play for high-sticking and cross-checking Stars forward Jussi Jokinen.

"I thought it was a stupid move by Fedoruk," Laperriere said. "I told their bench, ‘The next time I’m out there, I’ll do something stupid.’ It was a clean, stupid thing, I guess."

Bronx33
09-23-2007, 12:21 AM
Dallas - On a night when the Avalanche allowed many of its heavy lifters the chance to rest, a group of players proved a couple of things.

One, there are a ton of great battles for roster spots on this team.

And two, the Lake Erie Monsters could have a heck of an expansion year.

If the Avalanche's new American Hockey League affiliate is stocked with some of the players who excelled Thursday in a 6-3 preseason win over the Dallas Stars, then there should be plenty of talent to go around.

Winger Eric Healey had two goals and an assist, center T.J. Hensick had a goal and two assists, and center Jaroslav Hlinka had two assists in a fight-filled game in which the Avalanche gave Joe Sakic, Ryan
Colorado Avalanche

Smyth, Scott Hannan, Andrew Brunette, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk the night off.

And while coaches in Cleveland might be salivating at the opportunity to get their hands on players like Healey, Hensick and Hlinka, they'll have to wait to see if any of the trio make the parent club.

"We've got a lot of decisions to make," Avalanche coach Joel Quenneville said. "We're deeper, we're stronger. As an organization, our depth has been picking up, and we're in a good position to start the year."

Healey, 32, is a career minor- leaguer who played two games with the Boston Bruins in 2005-06. But he had 27 goals among 75 points at Springfield last season in the AHL and is hoping to force Colorado into a tough decision.

That won't be easy. Hlinka, 30, is coming over after leading his Czech Republic league in scoring. He showed Wednesday that he and Hensick have good chemistry no matter what the combination. Both can play center or wing. Hensick, 21, continues to impress in his first training camp.

"His speed catches your eye," Quenneville said. "I think overall, he's had a really strong camp. We've tried him at center and right wing, and that's a nice option to have."

When asked if it would be too much to ask Hensick to jump straight from the University of Michigan into the Avalanche's lineup, Quenneville replied: "I look back at Wooly (Wojtek Wolski) ... and then Paul Stastny last year," Quenneville said. "You think he's going to need time in the minors, and then you watch him play and he steps right up to bat."

But by having their own affiliate, the coaches say they'll feel confident no matter where the players land. The Avalanche has shared an affiliate the past two seasons in Albany, but it now feels ready to take control of its destiny in that department.

"When you have success the way this organization did, you have to give up some of your future, and we did that in the past. But, over the last few years, we have rebuilt some of that, and now those players are coming into the system," GM Francois Giguere said. "Now we're ready to accommodate those players. We probably have more depth than we've ever had with our 14th and 15th forward and our eighth or ninth D."

Bronx33
09-25-2007, 11:22 PM
if larger nets were ever introduced

http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?articleid=338335&page=NewsPage&service=page



There is no plan to do so but there was a lot of talk about it a couple of years ago during symposiums open to any ideas to enhance offence in the league.

Taller nets, wider nets, curved posts - some of the suggestions were wild.

Luongo, the star goaltender for the Vancouver Canucks, says he'd have no desire to play if nets were larger than the current size of six feet by four feet. During a conference call Tuesday, he was asked how he'd react if bigger nets were mandated.

"If that day comes, I don't think you'd see me in the NHL," he replied.

He'd rather retire, he added.

Luongo appeared in a franchise-record 76 games and posted a 47-22-6 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and five shutouts last season. He was second in the league in victories, falling one short of the NHL record posted by Martin Brodeur. Luongo was so good that he finished second to Sidney Crosby in MVP voting.

He helped the Canucks, who hadn't qualified for the playoffs the season before his arrival, take first place in the tough Northwest Division. They knocked off Dallas in a first-round playoff series that went the seven-game max and were eliminated in five games by eventual champion Anaheim.

Luongo sees good things happening again this season.

"I see us starting a step ahead of last year," he said. "We've made a few key acquisitions up front as far as depth goes with a couple of guys who can put the puck in the net."

He's well aware that expectations of the fans rise with success.

"We want to take it to the next level," Luongo said. "We were proud of what we accomplished last season.
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"Not a lot of people put us (atop the division in pre-season predictions). There's a lot of hard work to be done. We're in a tough division, but we have the character and talent to do it again."

As for himself, getting into playoff games for the first time since 2000 with the New York Islanders' farm team in Lowell, Mass., was a thrill.

"The excitement you have when you're in the playoffs, it gets you more revved up to have a good year and make sure you're part of it again," he said.

It is hard to imagine that he could top last season's heroic performances, but he'll give it a try. The heavy workload he carries might wear him down later in his career but, at age 28, he's just approaching his prime.

"You have to listen to your body," he said. "Sometimes you feel like you need a rest, a day off, and you have to listen to your body."

Oh, "Eat well and get some good sleep," he added.

He stuck to a rigid conditioning program throughout the summer.

"The workouts have got more intense the last few years so I can be in the best possible shape when training camp rolls around," he said.

His return to a hockey-mad Canadian market from south Florida has been a boon to Luongo's career. There was added pressure but he handled it with ease. He loves the game-to-game challenges.

"It went pretty easy," he said of the change of scenery. "It wasn't a big adjustment at all.

"Hockey-wise, the main thing is to learn about the shooters in the West, guys I didn't get to see too often."

Luongo was asked for the umpteenth time to explain why he was late rejoining his teammates for the first overtime period of the team's last playoff game last May. Backup Dany Sabourin handled the first 3:34 when Luongo wasn't available. Sabourin made five saves before there was a stoppage in action and Luongo returned to the crease. The Ducks won 2-1 with a goal at 4:30 of the second overtime.

"It's already out there what happened," Luongo said. "I was a little bit sick so I couldn't come out for the start of overtime.

"It was a pretty intense game. It happened and, thank God, they didn't score on us (while he was missing in action) or else it would have been devastating for me."

It's water under the bridge now.

A new season is about to begin and he's looking ahead. Looking way ahead, he'd look great on Canada's Olympic team in 2010 stopping Russian, American and Czech pucks in his home NHL rink. That would be something.

But leave those nets alone.

24champ
09-25-2007, 11:34 PM
if larger nets were ever introduced


I think implementing an international hockey rink instead of the smaller one we have now in the NHL would be a lot better for the brand of hockey. Not making nets bigger. Obviously we can't make the rinks international size because of all the new arenas already built so that ship sailed. Don't make the nets bigger, the league has bigger problems to focus on Bettman.

Bronx33
09-25-2007, 11:35 PM
http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=Recap&gameNumber=1000&season=20072008&gameType=1

Salzburg? wth did i miss? lol

24champ
09-25-2007, 11:49 PM
http://www.nhl.com/nhl/app?service=page&page=Recap&gameNumber=1000&season=20072008&gameType=1

Salzburg? wth did i miss? lol

Playing in the Red Bull tournament as a warmup to the opening games this weekend. Keep in mind the Kings didn't play in a NHL regulation sized rink, though our Goalies are not impressing at the moment. Bernier looks more and more like the guy to start the season.

SoCalBronco
09-26-2007, 12:57 AM
Playing in the Red Bull tournament as a warmup to the opening games this weekend. Keep in mind the Kings didn't play in a NHL regulation sized rink, though our Goalies are not impressing at the moment. Bernier looks more and more like the guy to start the season.

JMFJ should be in goal, he'd prolly have a save percentage of around .950 even though he has never played the position. It's JMFJ after all. He's more powerful than Hixon and Mustard....combined.

24champ
09-26-2007, 11:40 PM
The Kings have won the Gold Balls trophy from the Red Bull Tournament in Austria...THE KINGS WON SOMETHING! WHOOOHOO! ROFL!

http://cdn.nhl.com/kings/images/upload/2007/09/kopitar_blake_092607_AP.jpg