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Proteau's Blog: Moves and movies

• Never let it be said NHL GMs aren't taking every opportunity to tinker with their teams – even during a scorching-hot weekend in the middle of August.

First, Islanders main brain Garth Snow made his blueline considerably larger and more menacing with the addition of now-former unrestricted free agent Andy Sutton, signing the 6-foot-6 behemoth to a three-year, $9-million contract.

Sutton won't be a candidate for the Norris Trophy this or any other year, but he'll improve the Isles' blocked shots numbers and provide them with more of an edge on the back end. Getting him for less money – and for two fewer years – than the Calgary Flames gave Cory Sarich this summer represents a minor coup for Snow.

As well, the Blackhawks and Coyotes, two of the NHL's most underachieving franchises in recent memory, finalized a deal Saturday that sent winger Radim Vrbata from the Windy City to Phoenix for defensive center Kevyn Adams.

Although it isn't likely to propel either the Hawks or ‘Yotes into the post-season, I like this deal for both sides. In Adams, Chicago gets a penalty-kill presence, Stanley Cup championship experience, and one of the best locker room influences in the league; In Vrbata, Phoenix gets a 26-year-old who will help their anemic offense. Nice work by Messrs. Tallon and Maloney.

• Wanna be a movie star? Know how to play hockey? Going to be in Toronto in the next few weeks? Haven't gotten sick of Mike Myers-type zaniness? If you answered ‘yes” to all four questions, you may want to contact Aimee McDaniel. I'll let her tell you the rest:

I work for a company called The Sports Studio and our business is choreographing sports action for TV (One Tree Hill, Gatorade commercials) and Film (Miracle, Invincible, Longest Yard, Coach Carter, etc.).

We are currently in Toronto seeking experienced male hockey players for a new Paramount Pictures film starring Mike Myers, titled Love Guru. We are having an open tryout mid-August to help us find hockey players for this movie.

We are also looking for a specific hockey player type - African American, 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11, between 160-180 pounds, and a great hockey player.

If you're interested, Aimee can be reached at Break a leg! (Not you, Mike Peca.)


Re: The movie opportunity part of your blog. I guess we know what Anson Carter will be doing this fall! :)

- Cory McCrindle


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