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Canucks Clinch Northwest Division

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

With their

shootout

OT victory today, the Vancouver Canucks win their division.

Also, the top five seedings in the West are set:

1. San Jose
2. Detroit
3. Vancouver
4. Chicago
5. Calgary

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Will Hossa Buy-In?

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from Damien Cox of The Spin,

So Johan Franzen gets his $43.5 million and the Red Wings get the cap number they want, $3.95 million for the next 11 years.

Starts at $5 million per, ends at $2 million, $1 million and $1 million for the last three years. If The Mule can’t play by then, he’ll be making his money in Grand Rapids.

But the real question the Franzen deal produces is this; can the Wings now still sign Marian Hossa and keep their core of star forwards together?

The answer is its up to Hossa.

Basically, the Wings can now give him a contract that produces a cap number between $5 million and $5.5 million.

If he’s looking to average the $7.45 million he’s making over a long term deal - and his production probably warrants it - it won’t be in Detroit.

continued

added 5:21pm, from Set Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Just glancing at NHLNumbers.com, it looks like Detroit will have approximately $7-8 million of cap space next season. In addition to Hossa, forward Mikael Samuelsson and goaltender Ty Conklin are scheduled to become free agents this offseason. Neither player is irreplaceable, but they have been significant parts of Detroit’s success this season. And stalwarts Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom will become a free agents after the 2009-10 season. When you consider the fact that the salary cap could come down due to the malaise of the economy, it doesn’t seem the Red Wings will have the type of money available that Hossa, even at a reduced rate, would command.

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Peca Not In The Lineup Tonight

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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Veteran center Michael Peca will not play on fan appreciation night against the Wild.

“Day off,” coach Ken Hitchcock said when asked why Peca was out of the lineup.

Is he injured?

“Day off,” Hitchcock responded.

Are you happy with the way Peca is playing?

“Day off,” Hitchcock said.

There’s two ways to view it. Hitchcock is trying to hide an injury or he’s sending a message to his 35-year-old alternate captain. Interesting.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Live Blog?  Sure.  And Here’s My Entry…

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

...stay healthy. That’s it and that’s all.

And for your enjoyment, an image from our man Guralnick.

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Legal Shootout Goal?

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from Curtis Zupke of the Ducks Blog,

On the Ducks’ fourth shootout attempt, Teemu Selanne skated in, came to a stop and lifted the puck over Turco, who was on his side and did a two-pad stack to no avail.

  It ended up as the game winner.

  NHL rules regarding shootouts have dictated that if either the player or the puck is continually moving forward then the play is legal.

  Turco gave Selanne credit for the move, but he wondered if the rule should get a closer look.

  “It didn’t really surprise me,” Turco said of the move. “There was nothing I could do once you get off your skates. But they should freshen the rules on dead stops, which is not right. It’s not legal, I guess, if that’s the right word. It doesn’t have any effect on our season but certainly (it did) theirs. It’s a good play. It’s legal.”

continued and watch the shootout goal below…

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  Tags: marty+turco, teemu+selanne

Two Down:  Franzen For The Next Nine Or Ten

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Gotta hand it to Tick Tock.  He doesn’t mess around when he gets the guys he wants. And it’s looking like another hometown discount.

TSN

Sources say the deal is believed to be a long one, upwards of nine or 10 years in order to keep the salary cap hit to a manageable level for the Red Wings.

More as we get it.

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Franzen Has A Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Johan Franzen and the Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a long-term contract extension.

Sources say the deal is believed to be a long one, upwards of nine or 10 years in order to keep the salary cap hit to a manageable level for the Red Wings.

updated 1:42pm, from Todd Beam at DetroitRedWings.com,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has signed forward Johan Franzen to an 11-year contract.

In keeping with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 11-year pact represents the second longest deal in club history, just behind the twelve-year contract signed by teammate Henrik Zetterberg in January.

“We are thrilled that Johan will remain a member of the Detroit Red Wings” Holland said. “His production over the past year and a half, both regular season and playoffs, has been remarkable and we feel, at 29 years old, that he is just now entering the prime of his career.  We look forward to having him as a part of our core unit in Detroit moving forward.”

more

added 2:20pm, via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings have signed forward Johan Franzen to an 11-year contract extension that averages $3.9 million a season.

It’s a front-loaded deal that includes a no-trade clause for the first five or six years.

“He’s a guy who’s a 30- to 35-goal scorer now it appears,’’ general manager Ken Holland said. “We get a good player at a good cap number. In return we’ve given up term and security.’‘

Holland said he will resume negotiations with the agent for Marian Hossa after the playoffs. He is still hoping to sign Hossa.

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Keenan Expects More From Top Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

So much for a mellow Mike Keenan.

Without naming names, the Calgary Flames head coach lambasted his stars Friday after a dismal 5-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in a game that meant nothing—absolutely nothing—to the hosts.

“I expected more out of our best players,” Iron Mike snarled in the bowels of Rexall Place. “We were missing the net or we weren’t bearing down and we didn’t have the instinct to bury it.”

Indeed. The Flames missed the net 29 times compared to eight wayward shots for Edmonton.

“They’ve got to come out with a lot more determination about that part of their game, Keenan snapped.

continued

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Ducks Do Their Best - Make The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The Ducks play their regular-season finale tonight in Phoenix and can end up seeded sixth, seventh or eighth. Ending up in the playoffs was all that mattered to them Friday.

This is the fourth straight season they’ve made the playoffs, a franchise record. Their route wasn’t easy. Too many penalties, not enough scoring and porous goaltending dropped them to 12th in the West on March 15 and appeared to put them out of the playoff picture.

“Maybe in some ways that took a little pressure off us,” defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. “There was nothing left to do at that point but just try to do your best.”

That was good enough for a 9-2 surge that carried them to Friday’s game

more from the Ducks after their victory over Dallas last night…

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Where Will The Leafs Be Next Year At This Time?

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

He rises every day by around 5:30 a.m., works hard and lives hard, creating the impression he’s plotting 24 hours a day how to beat the other guy.

How much of the Burke image is reality, and how much is perception, depends on whom you talk to.

But there’s this palpable sense of momentum, of pushing, of aggression, that is undeniable.

With the Maple Leafs wrapping up their season tonight, it’s as though Burke began next season several weeks ago. Right now, he’s calculating ways to move up in the June entry draft, chasing highly touted U.S. collegiate defenceman Matt Gilroy and sending reverberations throughout the Swedish Elite League with his urgent pursuit of 24-year-old Farjestad goaltender Jonas Gustavsson.

It’s not at all clear that the Leafs will be a better hockey team next season, or that in April 2010 they’ll play their first Stanley Cup playoff game in six years.

But Burke and his lieutenants sure create the perception that they’re striving to improve, and that ultimately they will compete with the best teams in the league.

read on

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