Mon Aug 30 02:02pm EDT
Here are your Puck Headlines: a glorious collection of news and views collected from the greatest blogosphere in sports and the few, the proud, the mainstream hockey media.
• Joe Thornton(notes) got married, became a father, is building a house in California and his brother/slash agent says his brother/client loves living in San Jose. So yeah, he might be working out a contract extension with the San Jose Sharks, so calm all that Thornton-to-Team-X talk for next summer. (We're looking at you, Toronto.) So will Slappy's salary count against the cap? [Mercury News]
• Buffalo Sabres castoff Tim Kennedy(notes) signs with the New York Rangers. From Andrew Gross: "The Rangers are projecting Kennedy more as a center so he'll get a chance to earn a roster spot in the middle. As an organization, the Rangers' greatest depth need is at center. This is sort of like pitching, the Rangers figure they cannot have enough centers." [Rangers Rants]
• Meanwhile, James Murphy of ESPN reports that the Boston Bruins are still actively shopping Marc Savard(notes) but that the NHL's investigation into his contract might be limiting their options. [@MurphysLaw74]
• Bruce Dowbiggin cuts right to the heart of the NHL Olympic debate: "Sources say NBC - the NHL's U.S. network TV partner - has prepared two bids for the TV rights to Sochi: one with the NHL participating, the other without it." [Globe & Mail]
• Breaking news out of Phoenix on a "mystery bidder" for the Coyotes: "Details of the new ownership group are very limited, though Glendale and the NHL could announce details and developments soon, according to sources familiar with the situation. The ownership group has asked for the city and league to keep negotiations private. The new buyer would keep the Coyotes in Glendale and is not a household name. In addition, sources say progress on the purchase is serious and substantial." Any guesses? Besides Boots Del Biaggio? [Biz Journal]
• You know, by the third month of the next work stoppage, these clever "Fehr=fear" headlines will have really worn out their welcome. [Sports Network]
• From Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News, passing along a Jeff Francoeur on Donald Fehr: "When we used to have our meetings Don always used to talk about how the hockey players are basically getting screwed." [Blueshirts Blog]
• We love when the headlines tell the story: "Six NHLPA, CBA and Olympic-related comments taken out of agenda-pushing context." [Snapshots]
• Good piece by Terry Frei on the NHL's system and whether it's working. [Denver Post]
• In honor of the Devils Mount Puckmore and Pierre Turgeon's birthday last Saturday, a classic image from the 1987 Draft. [Getty]
• For the stat-geeks: a great look at faceoff stats since the lockout. [Copper and Blue]
• From last week, but worth a read: Lepore breaks down the "right and wrong" of the VERSUS and NBC schedules. From PTM: "Is it just me, or wouldn't you have liked to see VERSUS use more original productions on the added games? Especially with an event like the Heritage Classic. I know, the CBC probably would run circles around VERSUS at covering this, but I'd still like to see VERSUS take a shot at it." [Puck The Media]
• Prior to Wednesday's Cincinnati Reds game, Wednesday's game, Jared Boll, Derick Brassard, Derek Dorsett, Mathieu Garon, John Moore and Kris Russell of the Columbus Blue Jackets will shag fly balls in the outfield. Which is a pretty large investment of trust that Boll's got the hands for such a task. [Blue Jackets]
• Finally, a 15-minute promotional video for the Central Hockey League. Look, just because you have Final Cut Pro, a CD of 90s techno songs and access to highlights doesn't mean you should use any of them.