TSN says RDS reports that the Lightning have agreed to the terms of a contract with Alex Tanguay, pending a physical. The deals is supposed to be fore 1 year at $2.5 million. Negotiation had apparently been going on since July, but it was only after being contacted from both Lecavalier and St. Louis that he decided to sign the the Lightning.
I am back from my trip to Illinois. It was a couple of days spent at a small university town and then a couple of days in Chicago. And now I come back to hear that Paris Hilton has invaded Vancouver and supposedly wants both Taylor Lautner and Robert Pattinson from Twilight. Puke. She's here filming an episode for Supernatural where she plays a shapeshifter who shapeshifts into....Paris Hilton! Who wrote that? Chicago was great. Love the city. Love the food; deep dish pizza, great Italian, cinnamon rolls at Ann Sather, pecan rolls, biscuits, fried fish sandwiches. Yum.
Thunderstorms and tornado warnings? Not so much.
I've never seen a Wal-Mart so large in my life before. I should have taken a picture of it since I took a picture of almost everything else.
Such as the bean:
And Wrigley Field:
But now I'm back, and hockey is just around the corner.
The Lightning announced today, via twitter, that they have traded Evgeny Artyukin to the Anaheim Ducks for Drew Miller and a 3rd round draft pick in 2010. Even though Artyukin was a bit of a fan favorite in Tampa, this is a great trade for the Lightning.
Didn't really see much of Miller as a Duck, he only played 27 games last season and 53 career total, but he had 4 goals and 6 assists. He also was part of the 2007 Stanley Cup winning team. Oh, and he's the brother of Buffalo's Ryan Miller, not as famous but he, unlike his brother has a cup.
Len Barrie has repaid Oren Koules the 3 million that he owed, and I can assume that this will help smooth out their friendship.
I can't stand owing money to people. Even when I owe people $20 bucks for covering dinner or something I try to pay people back as fast as possible because I hate the feeling of owing money.
Imagine if you owed someone 3 million? I wonder how you bring that up... "Hey Oren, so buddy, I'm gonna need for you to cover my side of the payment to the NHL about the team that is currently loosing buckets of money....how much you ask? Well...just spot me 3 million..."
That conversation must have sucked. But now it has been confirmed, by text no less to Damian Cristodero that the sum has been paid back. It's nice to know that the beat reporter is on constant texting basis with Koules. Is this a cost cutting measure by the newspaper or are they just chummy? Will DC not get to go on the road with the team and instead just text the owner? It just seems to weird to confirm the information by referencing your text that you received from the owner. I guess I can be ok with texting as long as he doesn't reference twitter as a 'source' in the future. I will draw the line.
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