Monday, August 31, 2009

Sergei Federov Awarded $60 Million

Here’s something from Yahoo! Sports, my Twitter account, and the Red Wings site….

DETROIT (AP)—A Michigan judge says former Detroit Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov(notes) is entitled to $60 million from a man accused of failing to meet a loan obligation to the hockey player.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Kathleen MacDonald made the ruling Friday and her clerk confirmed the decision Monday.

Fedorov says Joseph Zada of Grosse Pointe Shores swindled him out $43 million during the past 11 years. He allegedly promised to repay the former player $60 million by April 20.

Zada’s attorney, Benjamin Aloia, said his client should have more time to respond to the lawsuit. Peter Alter, one of Fedorov’s attorneys, told the Detroit Free Press that the judgment “is an important and necessary step” in the case.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

NHL Free Agent Defensemen

According to the NHL Network, here are some the unrestricted free agent defenseman, in no particular order:

Bret Hedican ANA
Kyle McLaren SJ
Alexei Semenov SJ
Brett Warrener CGY
Chris Chelios DET
Marc Andre Bergeron MIN
Jason Cullimore FLA
Steve Eminger
Marek Malek TB
Darryl Sydor DAL
Philippe Boucher PIT
Matthew Dandenault MTL
Denis Gauthier LA
Matthew Schneider MTL

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Sad Day in Chicago...

Patrick Kane got drunk and beat up a cabbie. I hope they (CHI) cans his butt.

Patrick Kane Belongs in Jail from Yahoo Sports!

by Colin Linneweber (Columnist) Written on August 10, 2009
Colin Linneweber


Chicago Blackhawks superstar Patrick Kane was arrested early Sunday morning after he allegedly assaulted a cab driver in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y.

According to a police report, Kane, 20, and his cousin, James Kane, 21, were pinched by the fuzz at approximately 5:00 AM after a physical dispute erupted between the kin and the cabbie over a measly 20 cents in change.

The driver was reportedly given $15 for his fare.

However, once the driver informed the obvious drunks that he didn’t have exact change, he was repeatedly punched in the face by the cheap duo before they stole the money back.

“They broke my glasses, they ripped my clothes…all over 20 cents,” cab driver Jan Radecki recounted.

Radecki, whose nose was broken in the brazen attack, said the first overall selection in the 2007 NHL Draft and the winner of the 2008 Calder Trophy bragged about his stature while he proceeded to beat him.

“Patrick punched me in the head. He says, ‘You don’t know who you’re fucking with! You don’t know who you’re fucking with!’ And he kept pounding and pounding on me.”

A witness saw the attack while it occurred in “The City of Good Neighbors” downtown nightclub district and called police.

Both violent members of the Kane clan were charged with felony robbery and misdemeanor counts of theft of services and criminal mischief.

“What are you doing about it?” Radecki, a cab driver for nearly 30 years, asked rhetorically. “They’re hitting a 60-year-old man.”

The puny right wing, who could earn up to $3.725 million annually with bonuses, was hailed as a “hometown hero” by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown just last Thursday after he partook in a ceremony announcing the funding of a local ice rink.

“Today is special for me,” Kane said at the ceremony at Timothy J. Burvid Ice Rink in South Buffalo. “This is where I grew up playing hockey. This is the first rink I probably skated in when I was six years old.”

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Jeremy Roenick Career Statistics

The end of a 20 year career has just ended. Jeremy Roenick just completed his press conference announcing his retirement. I will miss watching him play, personally.

He regaled a story about how, as a kid, he went to watch the Hartford Whalers play. He loved Gordie Howe play with his sons Marty and Mark. As Jeremy, 6 years old at the time, Gordie scooped up a hockey stick full of snow from the surface. He skated by Roenick and dropped it on his head. As he skated away and then skated back to Roenick , Gordie winked at him. That individual attention made a lifelong impression. It was a wonderful story to hear.

Here are some Jeremy Roenick stats:

20 NHL seasons, 1988-2009
5 teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Los Angeles Kings, San Jose Sharks, Phoenix Coyotes
Philadelphia Flyers

3 - 100 point seasons with CHI
8th draft pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, 1988

1,363 Games
1,216 Points
trails only Mike Modano (543) and Phil Housely (525) for American born players.
703 Assists
513 Goals, 36th all time goal scorer

9 time NHL All Star

2002 Olympic Silver Medal
Two time Olympic medalist (1998 and 2002)
1988, 1989 and 1991 World Championship
1991 Canada Cup

All time scorer in World Junior Championship

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NHL Hockey Updates, as of 08/06/09

According to the NHL Network, the following are Unrestricted Free Agent Left Wings:

Mark Bell NYR
Rob Niedermayer ANA
Taylor Pyatt VAN
Kyle Calder LA
Boyd Devereaux TOR
Brad May TOR
Alex Tanguay MTL
Andrew Peters BUF
Peter Schaeffer BOS
Andy Hilbert NYI
Vaclav Prospal TB
Dan Fritsche MIN
Dean McCammond NYI
Matt Pettinger TB
Nickolai Zherdev VAN
Ryan Bayda CAR

Tony Granato has been named Assistant Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins
Jannik Hanson has signed an undisclosed contract with the Vancouver Canucks
Jason Williams has signed a one year contract with the Detroit Red Wings

Jeremy Roenick is expected to announce his retirement during a press conference scheduled
for today at 2pm EST.