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Friday, May 25, 2012

TTM: Carey Price

  A priority for the Montreal Canadiens this offseason will be resigning their all-star goalie Carey Price.  Price, a three time all-star, will be a Restricted Free Agent.  So it's not so much a question of if he'll resign, but at how much.  Price made 2.75 million last season.  In the meantime, Price is spending his summer participating in another sport, steer roping.  I sent Mr. Price 2 cards and 2 copies of a picture, one for him to keep.  He returned one card and both copies of the picture signed.  I can't remember which card he kept.

Monday, May 14, 2012

TTM: Mike Rogers

Mike Rogers played 13 combined seasons in the WHA and NHL.  His best years coming right after the WHA-NHL merger, when he scored 100+ points for three consecutive seasons.  Roger's NHL rights were own by the Vancouver Canucks.  The Canucks didn't exercise their rights to Rogers since, Harry Neale, Rogers' former coach in the WHA, didn't think Rogers was a NHL caliber player.  Rogers finished his North American hockey career with the same team he started with, the Edmonton Oilers.  After retiring, he played one season overseas in the Swiss league.  Mike Rogers is currently the colour commentator for the Calgary Flames on the radio.  Mr. Rogers signed 3 of 3.  

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

TTM: Pierre Larouche

Pierre Larouche was the first NHL player to score 50 goals with two different teams.  He scored 53 in 1975-76 with the Pittsburgh Penguins and 50 with the 1979-80 Montreal Canadiens.  Larouche won two Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens.  In 1983-84, Larouche scored 48 goals for the New York Rangers, two shy of becoming the only NHLer to score 50 goals with 3 or more teams.  In QMJHL, he scored 251 points in one season, a total only bested by Mario Lemieux's 282.  Back injuries shorted Larouche's career, as he retired at the age of 32.  Pierre signed 3 of 3, c/o home.  
He added his jersey number to the Rangers and Penguins card, but did not on the Canadiens card.  After searching the internet, it seems Mr. Larouche will always add his number to Penguins and Rangers cards but never to Canadiens or Whalers cards.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

TTM: Claude Loiselle

Claude Loiselle played 616 games over 13 seasons.  He played on two of the more surprising underdogs stories of the NHL play-offs during his career, the 1988 New jersey Devils and the 1993 New York Islanders.  Loiselle was a  fringe player with the Detroit Red Wings, starting in 1981, until the 1985-86 season when he had a career high of 14 fighting majors and 2.96 PIM per game.  Mr. Loiselle signed 4 cards for me, including an extra Pro Set which I had offered for him to keep.  He then added a 4x6 signed picture.  Unfortunately, he had to fold it in half to fit it in the SASE I sent.  Even  though bent, I was very happy to receive the extra picture.  I sent the request to the Toronto Maple Leafs, where Loiselle works as an assistant general manager.