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Former NHL'er alleges widespread steroid use in the NHL
Former NHL tough guy Andrei Nazarov said in an interview with a Russian newpaper that drug use is rampant in the NHL, espcecially within the enforcers. He also railed on the league for having a very ineffective drug testing policy. These comments come after WAPDA chief Dick Pound
made waves with his allegations last year and the near miraculous record the NHL put forth in its first year with drug testing - zero positive tests. The league was quick to rebuke Nazarov's comments and came back with its usual "everything's under control here" attitude.
What's up in Long Island?
Earlier this summer, the New York Islanders made a bunch of front office moves that on first glance, looked all good. Pat Lafontaine, Bryan Trottier, Neil Smith and Ted Nolan moved into new positions while Mike Milbury moved out of his long standing role. But now just 40 days after he was hired, the Islanders have fired general manager Neil Smith due to as owner Charles Wang said, "philosophical opposition to our business model". What gets even stranger though is that Islanders goalie Garth Snow has announced his retirement and will move into the all important GM role.
Yzerman calls it quits; Roy inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame
Steve Yzerman ended his 22-year career with the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL by announcing his retirement as a player. He ends his very distinguished career with three Stanley Cup rings and as the captain of the Red Wings for the last 20 years. Steve Yzerman
suffered through some injuries over the last couple of years, but had adapted his game with his abilities in the later years. His leadership is hard to quantify but it touched those who played with him. On the other hand, his 1755 career points put him 6th all-time in NHL scorine. Stevie Y should be a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Chris Pronger heading to Cali
The Chris Pronger saga began soon after the Edmonton Oilers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs. It has ended today with the Oilers dealing the former Hart and Norris trophy winner to the Anaheim Ducks. For sending Pronger to Anaheim, the Edmonton Oilers will receive forward Joffrey Lupul, top prospect defenseman Ladislav Smid, Anaheim's first-round pick in 2007, a conditional first-round pick and Anaheim's second-round pick in 2008.
Flurry of free agent signings
With the 2006-07 NHL salary cap expected to hit the $44 million mark, this free-agent season has started off with a band with some high priced talent signing on the dotted line. Zdeno Chara's four year $37.5 million deal with the Boston Bruins, Ed Jovanovski's five year $32.5 million contract with the Phoenix Coyotes and Patrick Elias' decision to stay in New Jersey for the next seven year for $42 million were probably the biggest signings. The Bruins also sured up their forwards by getting ex-Thrasher Marc Savard's name on a five year, $20 million contract.