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If Kovalchuk Goes The UFA Route

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

With Phaneuf’s $6.5 million cap hit off the books in Calgary, the Flames have trimmed their 2010-11 payroll commitment to a shade over $43 million for seven forwards, five defenseman, and two netminders. If GM Darryl Sutter were to fill half the vacancies with cheap stocking stuffers, he might be able to make as much as an $8 million-a-year investment in a top-end free agent forward. Sweet music to Kovalchuk’s ears. The Kings ($46 million) and Canucks ($39 million) also will have the space necessary to accommodate Kovy, who is likely to net a new deal worth $8 million-$10 million a year.

more hockey notes…

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How Don Cherry Refers To Norris Trophy Winner Nick Lidstrom

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Don to Ron MacLean, “You know who it was, I don’t want to say it”, then goes on to compare statistics of Dion Phaneuf to Lidstrom.

That dialog begins around the 3:00 minute mark.

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Flames Not Happy With Hit On Bourque

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

No word on how badly Rene Bourque may be injured, how much time he’ll miss or what, exactly, is bothering him….

Bolts defenceman Kurtis Foster hopped out of the penalty box and slammed into Bourque from behind, leaving the Flames’ third-leading scorer dazed before heading to the locker-room.

“One, he’s an unsuspecting player. Two, it’s from behind. Make your own conclusion,” said Flames winger Jamal Mayers afterward.

“It’s gotta be a penalty.

“Any time you come out of the box, you can do that.”

continued

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Sunday Morning Hockey Notes

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Can Team Canada find a way to sneak Steven Stamkos on to the Olympic roster, if only to play the power play? He leads all NHL players with 13 power-play goals.

• With the Sedin brothers leading hockey’s dominant line, Henrik Lundqvist in goal, the steady influence of Niklas Lidstrom on defence and Daniel Alfredsson and Henrik Zetterberg getting healthy at the right time, why aren’t more people considering Sweden a real threat for hockey gold in Vancouver?

• Don Waddell said he wanted a top-six forward and a top-four defenceman and he came away with Niclas Bergfors and Johnny Oduya? And you wonder why the Thrashers have never won a playoff round.

a few more hockey notes…

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Florida Hopes To Be Buyer At Trade Deadline

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from Steve Sexton of the Sun-Sentinel,

Sexton said he’s been busy on the phone and has spoken more to GMs in the Western Conference than the Eastern Conference. That’s because with so much parity in the Eastern Conference, hardly any team has decided it will be a seller. As for teams talking possible deals with the Panthers, “there are a lot of [teams] out there with guns and masks.”

“If you’re going to acquire a player, what teams want from you in return is ridiculous,” Sexton said. “I don’t mind paying a fair price for a player we’re going to keep, but for some of the rental players that are out there, some of the prices being asked are ridiculous.”

Sexton said he’s prepared for the possibility that the Panthers will be sellers, but really believes they’ll be buyers at the March 3 deadline.

more

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Vokoun Won’t Be Dealt, Flyers Want To Extend Emery

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

• I’m told star goalie Tomas Vokoun, who has one year left on his deal at $6.3 million, will not be made available before March 3 regardless of where the Panthers are in the standings. That’s a situation the team will revisit come June.

• As I reported earlier this season, the Flyers are hoping to reach an extension with goalie Ray Emery before the end of the regular season. Because Emery signed a one-year deal this past summer, the team wasn’t allowed to approach his agent until January. That happened in Calgary last week, when Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and Emery’s agent, J.P. Barry, chatted briefly and only agreed they would commence preliminary talks after the Olympics.

more and note, some of the information was discussed on the HNIC Hotstove tonight…

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Late Saturday Night Rumor Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• The Bruins might be on the verge of trying to deal Vezina Trophy winner Tim Thomas.

While it would have been unthinkable when Thomas was signed to a four-year, $20-million (all terms US) contract extension last spring, two league executives confirmed to the Sun on Saturday that Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli has held talks with teams looking for goaltending help….

• The Blackhawks would love to add Montreal G Jaroslav Halak, but at this point, G Carey Price might be the one who gets moved by the Habs.

• Players are getting restless on the Island with coach Scott Gordon.

He could be on the hot seat because GM Garth Snow has given Gordon the tools to make the playoffs and the Islanders are currently on the outside looking in. The situation could be coming to a head and it wouldn’t surprise NHL insiders if there was a coaching change.

more talk…

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Hotstove Talk Centers Around Kovalchuk

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from Mihira Lakshman, of CBC Sports,

Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell got taken on the Ilya Kovalchuk deal, Hockey Night in Canada analyst Mike Milbury told the Hotstove segment on Saturday night.

Kovalchuk was dealt, along with Anssi Salmela, to the New Jersey Devils on Thursday for defenceman Johnny Oduya, rookie Niclas Bergfors, prospect Patrice Cormier and a first-round draft pick.

Milbury was highly critical of the Thrashers’ GM, and doesn’t believe Waddell got fair value in return for his star.

contniued or watch the video below, which has some trade talk, but nothing earth shattering.

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Colton Orr Puts Down Matt Carkner

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from James Gordon of Hockey Capital,

Scary moment for Ottawa Senators fans tonight after defenceman Matt Carkner was dropped by Toronto’s Colton Orr in a first period fight. The big defenceman made it back to his feet, but definitely looked woozy as the referees and trainers surrounded him and forced him into the dressing room to make sure he was fine.

continued

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  Tags: colton+orr, matt+carkner

Sam’s rule for outrageous salary demands, flying elbows, etc.

Blog: KK Members Blog By Samantha

I’m less than one week from finally learning all 87 rules in the NHL Rulebook. With the Olympics imminent and all the trade talk in the air, I’m moving on to the IIHF Rulebook and the business of hockey. On the latter, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry at the Kovalchuk trade. And don’t even start me on the elbow that Patrice Cormier put on Mikael Tam.

When you see things like the death of Brian Burke’s son or the loss of Ryan O’Byrne’s mother, it makes things like brain-damaging elbows and outrageous salary/trade demands even uglier.  Therefore, I propose my own addition to the current NHL Rulebook. Again, I don’t consider myself an expert just yet, so here is my admittedly amateur take on this whole circus:

1. I don’t know what’s more horrifying, Kovalchuk saying no to $101 million or the reason he did it. What have we come to in this world that anyone in any profession anywhere says no to a nine-figure salary offer AND still stays employed? Even more horrifying:

2. I read somewhere that acquiring Patrice Cormier in the deal was apparently a “must” for Waddell. Let me first say that I love a good clean hit. I love the sound of guys crashing into the glass and I firmly believe that fighting is one of the rules that was meant to be broken. But that hit on Tam was cowardly and unacceptable. If you’re good enough to get drafted into the NHL and be named captain of your World Junior team, you’re good enough to find a more honorable way to win.

3. That being said, I propose my own addition to the NHL Rulebook: Humility. Here it is: 88.1, Humility. Players are responsible at all times for understanding that the world does not revolve around them and that they are fortunate to be in the NHL at all. Players who do not endeavor to appreciate their good fortune and/or who try to pout their way to a higher salary or trade shall be subject to removal from the NHL and permanent reassignment to an ordinary day job in a windowless office with a salary cap of $60,000 a year before taxes.

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