Saturday, July 12, 2014

Why didn't Green return to Portland? . . . NHL gets another Reinhart

The moon rises over the South Thompson River just east of Kamloops
on Saturday evening.

F Mark Santorelli (Chilliwack, 2006-08) signed a one-year contract with Villach (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, with Bolzano (Italy, Erste Bank Liga), he had a team-high 45 points, 14 of them goals, in 54 games. . . .
F Sean Ringrose (Medicine Hat, 2007-09) has signed a one-year contract with Villach (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). Last season, with U of Alberta (CIS), he had 36 points, 15 of them goals, in 27 games. He was the team captain and a second-team All-Canadian. He also led his team in scoring and finished third in his conference.

1. Perhaps you’re wondering why Travis Green chose to remain as head coach of the AHL’s Utica Comets, rather than return to Portland as the Winterhawks’ general manager and head coach. . . . He has told TEAM1040, a Vancouver radio station, that it came down to a couple of things. For starters, he feels his road to the NHL goes through the AHL. There also was the matter of loyalty and the contract he had signed with the NHL’s Vancouver Canucks. . . . There’s a whole lot more right here.

2. The Buffalo Sabres have signed F Sam Reinhart, the second overall selection in the NHL’s 2014 draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. Reinhart is the Sabres’ highest draft pick since they took F Pierre Turgeon first overall in 1987. . . . Reinhart has played four seasons with the Kootenay Ice and is coming off a season in which he was named the WHL’s player of the year and most sportsmanlike player. . . . Last season, he had 105 points, including 36 goals, in 60 games. In his career, he has 254 points, 101 of them goals, in 203 games. . . . Reinhart, who turns 19 on Nov. 6, will play next season with the Sabres or the Ice. . . . Sam is the fourth member of his family to sign an NHL contract. Max, a forward, is in the Calgary Flames' organization, while Griffin, a defenceman, is with the New York Islanders. Their father, Paul, played 648 regular-season NHL games, split between the Atlanta Flames, Calgary and the Vancouver Canucks. . . . Amy Moritz of the Buffalo News has more right here.

3. In a piece headlined ‘Why I’m frustrated with sports media,’ author/journalist Jeff Pearlman sounds off. It’s short, to the point and hits a nail right on the head. . . . That piece is right here.

4. ESPN’s Wright Thompson has been in Brazil covering the World Cup. Or, rather, he’s been covering around the World Cup. In this piece right here, he writes about what’s in the water, and it isn’t pretty. He also writes about the Rio de Janeiro that the officials don’t want us to see. It isn’t pretty, either.

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