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Rolston Could Be A Good Fit In Montreal

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from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

If the Canadiens end up blue-balled and spurned in their wooing of Mats Sundin, signing Brian Rolston would be a great consolation prize.

Rolston was in the final season of a three-year Minnesota Wild contract that paid him $2.432 million per. He’s probably available in the $4 million to $5 million range.

more on Rolston…

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Morning Line

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Were it not for the salary cap, we’re watching Crosby, Fleury and Malkin walk to the Rangers or Maple Leafs after six or seven seasons simply because of money. The Penguins would become like the Pirates and essentially operate as a glorified farm team for franchises with deeper pockets. It would be an endless cycle of drafting high, developing prospects and eventually dealing them to the Red Wings and Flyers for prospects or draft picks.

You might be feeling down seeing some of your favorite players leave town this way, but you should realize this is happening for reasons that are beneficial for teams like the Penguins. It’s just a little bit ironic as well.

more on the Penguins cap situation from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters…

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Sabres Looking For Hard Hitting Dman

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from John Vogl of Buffalo News,

“We’ll be above the midpoint,” Regier said. “How far above, we’ll wait and see. We have some room, not a lot of room.”

The midpoint is $48.7 million, so expect the Sabres to spend about $50 million. That gives them more than $10 million to play with. Some will go toward their five restricted free agents: Paul Gaustad, Daniel Paille, Steve Bernier, Clarke MacArthur and Mark Mancari. The Sabres also are interested in extending the contracts of goaltender Ryan Miller and captain Jason Pominville.

But if there’s an unrestricted free agent the Sabres want, they have the ability to pay for him.

So, who’s out there that fits the Sabres’ needs on the blue line and in goal? Orpik might top the list. The 6- foot-2, 219-pounder is the physical presence the Sabres lack. It helps that he grew up in East Amherst, where his family still lives.

more

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Will Wings Spend Their Money

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Their top three defensemen are locked up for at least two more seasons, 10 regulars up front are all signed, and starting goaltender Chris Osgood has been secured for another three years. In all, the Wings have 16 players signed for roughly $41 million, leaving them significantly below the $56.7-million salary cap for the next season.

“The cap is designed to spread the players around,” general manager Ken Holland said last week. “We won the Cup and for the most part, we’ll be able to keep our team together, which is pretty hard to do.”

read on

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Word Of The Day For Flyers - Creative

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from Wayne Fish at phillyBurbs,

He insists there are ways to be creative. But that’s basically GM-speak for possible salary dumps — either the trade of another veteran or getting another older player such as Derian Hatcher to join Sami Kapanen in retirement.

Even though Holmgren has added four defensemen in the past week (including Tuesday’s deal for Janne Niskala of Nashville), only one of those (Steve Eminger) has NHL experience.

So it’s pretty safe to guess that the Flyers would like to add another mobile defenseman with NHL time before the dust settles. For that to happen, Holmgren is going to have to be “very creative.”

more

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Tucker A Fit In Calgary

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Darcy Tucker, a Calgary Flame.

Love it or hate it, it might just be a perfect fit.

No, it hasn’t happened yet and, no, we’re not suggesting it absolutely will.

But you can bet it’s a possibility—an intriguing one—GM Darryl Sutter is looking into as he prepares for the start of the free agent freeze Tuesday.

After all, Sutter tried to trade for Tucker just a few years back.

continued

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Looking At Tuesday

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

A viewer’s guide to a few of the key free agents, factors at play, and some things we might see, or expect to see, when the bidding begins:

What’s up with Hossa? - At this point, it looks as if Slovakian right wing Marian Hossa will sleepwalk into offers of $8 million a year or more, and according to a variety of sources, he is leaning toward signing with a club that can be considered both a short- and long-term contender. In other words, welcome to Detroit. But don’t discount the Rangers or Canadiens trying to convince him they’re in the Cup hunt for keeps, too. Boston’s chances: slimmer than the teenage Gretzky.

much more

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The Nashville Plan

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

So if the Predators do choose to wade into free agency, it will probably be on a lesser scale. Nashville may go after a tough-guy style player to replace the departed Darcy Hordichuk, and may seek out a veteran third goalie who likely would spend most of his season in Milwaukee of the American Hockey League.

The Predators are more likely to execute a trade or two — because of the gluts they have at both the defense and forward positions — than they are to make waves with big signings.

more

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Cap Keeps Increasing

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If the cap increases approximately 7 to 10 percent annually, it will hit nearly $74M in 2011-12, which will be the final year of the CBA once the PA exercises its option to extend through that season.

In other words, no need to worry about signing players to long-term deals when there’s going to be a lockout and amnesty buyout period after four more seasons, anyway.

read on plus some UFA talk…

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Blue Jackets Looking For Blueline Help

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

They’re willing to spend $12 million to $15 million on the following pursuits: at least two defensemen and one, maybe two, forwards.

“I would expect us to have four or five serious conversations shortly after noon,” general manager Scott Howson said. “I know in my mind what we’re doing. We have a plan we’re ready to execute.”

Howson’s biggest pursuit will be defensemen, an area of weakness for the Blue Jackets since day one.

“There’s going to be significant money spent on the blue line,” Howson said. “That’s our biggest issue right now.”

read on

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