NHL Breeze: Aug.29, Happy B-Day Niemi, MacArthur A Leaf, Khabibulin DUI

Joseph TrentonAnalyst IIIAugust 29, 2010

CHICAGO - JUNE 11: Bryan Bickell #29 and Antti Niemi #31 wave to the crowd during the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory parade and rally on June 11, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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NHL Breeze: Aug.29, Happy B-day to Niemi, Leafs add MacArthur, Khabibulin DUI


Happy birthdays to:

NHL player born today:

-          Martin Erat, 29, Nashville Predators

-          Antti Niemi, 27, unrestricted free agent

-          Dylan Reese, 26, New York Islanders


Today’s NHL news and notes:

-       Toronto Maple Leafs sign forward Clarke MacArthur to a 1-year deal worth $1.1mil.

-       Edmonton starting goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is convicted to 3 charges of DUI and speeding in Arizona. The goalie could face about 6 months in prison for his actions.

-       Despite report that Don Fehr is the new NHLPA boss, players association says “not so fast”

-       Canucks forward Bill Sweatt tweeted about his first trip to Vancouver. He trained with the staff here, and was reluctant to leave the city. He will be back in a couple of weeks.

-       Joel Quenville was at the WhiteSox pre-game for a ceremonial pitch Friday night.

-       Training camp opens up in a couple of weeks for many NHL teams, expect the current free agents who wants to play to agree to join clubs on pro tryouts

-       Ilya Kovalchuk and the NJ Devils submitted their latest and likely final proposal to the NHL. The league has 5 days to deem the contract valid or invalid. If things go according to plan, Kovy will play around 15-years for $100 million dollars. $6.66mil cap hit.

-       Toronto Maple Leafs traded for Matt Lashoff in exchange for Alex Berry and Stephano Giliati. Log jam on defense for the Leafs. Someone has to go…

-       Paul Kariya’s agent Don Baizley announced that Paul will not play this season.

-       National Hockey League’s participation in Olympics in question

-       In Pittsburgh, Jordan Staal’s surgically repaired right foot will be examined by doctors to see if he is ready for training camp.

-       Bill Guerin is told by the Penguins that they do not intend on bringing him back, Guerin is disappointed to hear this news.

-       Bobby Ryan wishes to remain a Duck as the Ducks want him back. Hold back is the discussions on term. Ryan wants a 3 year deal which brings him into UFA, but Ducks have offered 4 and 5 year deals thus far.

-       Nicklas Grossman signed a contract with Dallas Stars.



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