THE MacBETH REPORT:
D Tomas Slovak (Kelowna, 2001-03) signed a one-year contract extension with Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (Russia KHL). He had two goals and four assists in 51 games last season. . . .
D Joel Kwiatkowski (Tacoma/Kelowna, Prince George, 1994-98) signed a one-year contract with Bern (Switzerland NL A). He had seven goals and 12 assists in 50 games for SKA St. Petersburg (Russia KHL) last season.
The Chilliwack Bruins have signed D Keegan Kanzig to a WHL contract. The 6-foot-5, 205-pound Kanzig was the seventh overall pick in the 2010 bantam draft. He played last season for bantam AAA Fort Saskatchewan Rangers, totalling 26 points and 56 penalty minutes in 33 games.
F Matt Fraser, who is preparing for his 20-year-old season, will attend a Vancouver Canucks’ prospect camp early in July. Fraser, who is from Red Deer, has played three seasons with the Kootenay Ice. He had 56 points, including 32 goals, and 117 penalty minutes in 65 games last season.
F Nathan Green (Brandon, Red Deer, 2006-10) and F Jacob Dietrich (Moose Jaw, Lethbridge, Portland, 2004-08) will attend Acadia University and play for the Axemen in the fall. . . . Dietrich, the son of former Brandon D Don Dietrich, was at Acadia last season but sat out the season because he had played professionally before going to school. . . . Green started last season with the Wheat Kings but caught up in the 20-year-old game and ended up being dealt to the Rebels.
I got a chuckle out of this on Wednesday night. It’s from Len Berman, at The Huffington Post:
“Tonight at midnight, LeBron James becomes a free agent. An unnamed NBA executive says he's going to sign with Chicago. A well known NBA writer, Stephen A. Smith, says it's a done deal in Miami. The New York Post says, of the New York teams, the Nets have the edge. There you have it Knicks fans. Have a great summer.”
And then there’s this, from George McPhee, the GM of the Washington Capitals, in conversation with The Globe and Mail: ““I never know what to expect in free agency – will people blow their brains out, or be smart? Because you get five desperate teams every year and they do desperate things. You’re almost always better off sitting back and being smart about it. Almost all of us have experienced that signing where you sign the guy and six months later, you’re going, ‘Why did we do that?’ So . . . I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Today, of course, we find out what’s going to happen.
And TSN is going to give us ONLY six hours of coverage!
THE COACHING GAME:
The ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors have named Dean Stork as their head coach. Stork, 34, was born in Edmonton and grew up in Penticton. He spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach with the ECHL’s Cincinnati Cyclones, who won the Kelly Cup in the spring.
And, yes, the Spokane Chiefs introduced Don Nachbaur as their new head coach, the 11th in franchise history, on Wednesday afternoon. He is ninth on the WHL’s all-time list of coaching victories. . . . Nachbaur, who signed a five-year contract, replaces Hardy Sauter, the head coach for the last two seasons. The Chiefs not to pick up the option on Sauter’s contract after the season. . . . Nachbaur, a former WHL and NHL player, spent six seasons as head coach of the Tri-City Americans before signing last season with the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and coaching their AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators. . . . He has 431 WHL victories as a head coach. He also spent six seasons with the Seattle Thunderbirds and has twice been saluted as the WHL’s coach of the year.