Gill Signs with Colorado

Former Red Wings defenseman Todd Gill signed as a free agent with the Stanley Cup Chamion Colorado Avalanche on Tuesday.

Gill, who started the 2000-2001 season with Cincinatti of the AHL, filled in well for Detroit when Chris Chelios went down with a knee injury and was kept on the team after Chelios’ return.

The signing, Colorado’s first since retaining Joe Sakic, Rob Blake and Patrick Roy, will help the Avalanche fill a gap in their defensive corps caused by Ray Bourque’s retirement and the loss of Jon Klemm to free agency.

Gill has had two tours with Detroit, as well as playing with Toronto, San Jose, St. Louis and Phoenix.

British Report of Fedorov-Kournikova Marriage False?

The Sun, a tabloid newspaper out of London, reported Monday that Red Wings star Sergei Fedorov had wed tennis phenom Anna Kournikova in Moscow several weeks ago. The article included a quote from Fedorov’s mother.

Kournikova’s father and her spokesperson and Fedorov’s brother and his agent say otherwise.

Who to believe?

Fedorov and Kournikova were reportedly wed between June 25 and July 9 in Moscow. Mike Luit, Fedorov’s agent, did not know if Fedorov had been in the Russian capital at all earlier this summer.

“No, it’s not true,” said Lindsey Evans, a spokeswoman for Kournikova’s management company, Octagon. “She’s not married.”

“She hasn’t been in Moscow since last year’s Kremlin Cup in November,” Kournikova’s father stated.

Rumors have surrounded Fedorov and Kournikova since 1997, when Anna rode with Sergei in the Stanley Cup parade. Kournikova was also briefly engaged to Russian hockey star Pavel Bure.

Fedorov Reportedly Weds Kournikova

The London Sun has reported that Red Wings superstar Sergei Fedorov has wed Russian tennis phenom Anna Kournikova in a private ceremony in Moscow.

There has been no independent confirmation of the Sun’s report. “I can’t confirm that. I don’t have any information about that. I have to admit you’ve piqued my interest,” said Mike Luit, Fedorov’s agent.

The wedding supposedly took place between June 25 and July 9, while Kournikova was nursing an ankle injury that caused her to miss Wimbledon.

Fedorov’s mother, Natalia, refused to confirm the wedding, while his brother, Fedor, said the wedding had not taken place.

Natalia Fedorov had earlier been quoted as saying, “It was a lovely wedding. I am very happy to be Anna’s mother-in-law. Anna and Sergei did not take a honeymoon. They both work hard. After the wedding, they went home to Miami and are practicing their sports.”

Kournikova has been involved with Fedorov since she was fifteen and was also reportedly involved with Russian hockey star Pavel Bure.

Hasek Released from Czech Hospital

Red Wings goalie Dominik Hasek was released from a hospital in his hometown of Pardubice, Czech Republic, after a two-week stay caused by a mystery viral infection.

Hasek reportedly feels “excellent” dispite the fact that the cause of his ailments was never determined. He will continue treatment as an outpatient for the next several weeks.

Hasek does not doubt that he will be back in shape in time for the Red Wings training camp in September. “I believe this year will now be as I had imagined it would be,” Hasek said.

Hasek in Czech Hospital with Virus

Red Wings superstar goaltender Dominik Hasek has been hospitalized in the Czech Republic, suffering from an unknown virus.

Hasek reportedly showed signs of being ill upon his return to his homeland following a trip to the United States to speak to the press about his recent trade to the Red Wings.

“He came down with a bug and they couldn’t identify it,” Rich Winter, Hasek’s agent, said. “They’ve done all the necessary tests and there doesn’t appear to be anything seriously wrong with Dominik.”

“They’re being very careful with it. We don’t expect any ongoing problem. He’s in good spirits.”

2001-2002 NHL Schedule Released

The National Hockey League released it’s schedule for the 2001-2002 season on Wednesday.

The Red Wings will start the season in San Jose on October 4. Detroit’s home opener will be on October 10 against Calgary.

Early in the season, the Red Wings will host the Buffalo Sabres (October 12) and Los Angeles Kings (October 20). The Wings aquired Vezina-winning goaltender Dominik Hasek from the Sabres for Slava Kozlov and a draft pick, and signed former-King Luc Robitaille as a free agent.

The Red Wings will play their first game against Aaron Ward and his new team in Carolina on October 30.

Detroit’s only matchup with the Boston Bruins, with whom former Red Wing Martin Lapointe signed as a free agent, is March 16 in Boston.

The first meeting between the Wings and arch-rival Colorado will take place on December 5 in Detroit.

The season ends with what could be a crucial home-and-home series against division rival St. Louis on April 13 and 14.

Ward Dealt to ‘Canes

Restricted free-agent defenseman Aaron Ward was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for a second-round draft pick on Monday.

Ward, who fell out of favor with Red Wings coach Scotty Bowman, had requested a trade after being a healthy scratch for all six of Detroit’s playoff games. “It’s a good situation for me,” said Ward. “It gives me an opportunity to come in and prove myself.”

Carolina had shown interest in Ward previously, and will now use him to replace defensemen Dave Karpa and Kevin Hatcher, who the team lost through free agency.

Wings Sign Luc, Lose Lapointe

Detroit lost one forward and signed another Tuesday, almost overshadowing Dominik Hasek‘s first appearance as a Red Wing.

Ten year Red Wing Martin Lapointe signed a reported five-year, $20 million deal with the Boston Bruins. Lapointe, a Group V (unrestricted) free agent, was one of the most sought after free agents of the summer, and was highly unlikely to return to the Detroit team with which he won two Stanley Cups.

Luc Robitaille, a fifteen season NHL veteran, signed a two year, $9 million deal with Detroit, the team he helped eliminate from the playoffs last spring.

Robitaille joins Hasek and defenseman Fredrik Olausson as the only offseason aquistions of the Red Wings.

Hasek Headed to Hockeytown

Dominik Hasek, the Vezina-winning goalie for six of the past eight seasons, has been traded to the Detroit Red Wings.

In return for the future hall-of-famer, the Red Wings sent slumping forward Vyacheslav Kozlov, a first round draft pick in 2002, and future considerations to the Sabres.

Hasek is added to a Detroit goaltender corps that already includes Chris Osgood and Manny Legace.

The Sabres have scheduled a press conference to address the trade for later today.