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One Reason Why The NHL Travels To Europe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

But when you get e-mails like these, you realize why the league’s presence on the other side of the Atlantic is necessary:

“It’s amazing that they crossed halfway across the world for a couple of games. It was a lifetime experience and I really enjoyed being able to watch my Pens live.”

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Re-Entry Waivers Prediction

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The NHL has had re-entry waivers as part of the CBA since the lockout occurred.  Re-entry waivers are when a player who makes more than $100,000 a year in the AHL (this number goes up over time) is recalled to the NHL.  He must clear waivers before he joins his current NHL team.  If a player is claimed on waivers, his original team gets him for half his remaining salary and half his remaining salary cap hit.  The prevailing wisdom is that if one team thinks a player is worth recalling, so will another team in the league if he is available at half price.  Therefore, you are highly unlikely to get any player through re-entry waivers successfully, so don’t even try.  This led to the Los Angeles Kings leaving Jason LaBarbera in the minors for the entire 2006/07 season, even though he was playing very well and won the Baz Bastien Trophy for top AHL goalie, while the Kings were struggling to find NHL goaltending.  They would up using re-tread Sean Burke and minor league never-will-bes in Barry Brust and Yutaka Fukufuji instead.  I oppose this rule because it is an artificial construct that keeps some NHL talent out of the league.  I have written about this several times in the past including here.

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Top 25 Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The National Post lists their top 25 NHL players…

23. Henrik Lundqvist

24. Martin St. Louis

25. Miikka Kiprusoff

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Shanahan Close to Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

On Leafs Lunch at AM640, Darren Dreger commented a few moments ago that Brendan Shanahan’s re-signing in New York is “imminent”, suggesting it could happen even later today. 

added 1:08pm, from Rangers Report,

According to Rick Curran, Brendan Shanahan’s agent, the right wing’s return to New York is still very much a possibility after speaking with Glen Sather this week.

The possible hold up? You guessed it. The Rangers have virtually no money under the salary cap.

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Dwindling Dollar May Force Hockey Fans Into Tough Decisions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

It was fitting that the NHL opened its season with four games overseas last week, because with the U.S. economy being what it is, the league may need every koruna, krona and euro it can get its hands on.

“The big fear is that if the economy continues to fall, fans will simply have to make a choice as to not only how they pay their bills, but which bills actually get paid,” said an NHL insider who spoke to SI.com on the condition of anonymity. “If it gets to that point, entertainment costs—and let’s face it, we’re in the entertainment business—are going to take a hit. A lot of us are going to take a big hit.”

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All John McDonough

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from Bryan Gruley of the Wall Street Journal,

As the NHL season gets underway, Mr. McDonough discussed his plan to get the Blackhawks back on top.

WSJ: Do you have a benchmark in mind? The Detroit Red Wings?

Mr. McDonough: I really don’t want to talk about other elite franchises. At the end of last season, when we missed the playoffs by three points, we gathered the hockey team and the front office together over a luncheon. The message I sent was, we are no longer going to have a hockey operation and a business operation. There is going to be one Chicago Blackhawks. There is going to be a certain type of player that is going to play.

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All Steve Tambellini

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

There was a changing of the guard over the summer, with 50-year-old Steve Tambellini stepping into Kevin Lowe’s shoes as the Edmonton Oilers general manager….

Q: Your last NHL playing days were in Vancouver. How did you get into management?

A: At the time, I was going back and forth between playing in Europe and if I was quitting, I thought I’d end up in private business, because the opportunities in the National Hockey League or pro sport are very limited. But (Canucks GM) Pat Quinn called me and asked if I’d join the club.

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Just Like Sutter Likes It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

And if the pre-season is any indication of how well Mike Cammalleri, Todd Bertuzzi, Curtis Glencross and Rene Bourque will fit into the lineup, Sutter may just have remedied the club’s biggest ailment last year.

“The biggest two gaps in our team last year was the (inconsistent) performance of some of those skilled players and what we got out of our third and fourth line guys who play nine to 12 minutes,” said Sutter, who has totally reloaded his third and fourth lines to include some scorers. “They were warriors but scored two or three goals. All these guys here can score 10 or 12 goals. It makes a big difference.”

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Two Hats For John Shannon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Broadcaster Magazine,

Rick Brace, President, Revenue, Business Planning and Sports, CTV Inc., and John Collins, Chief Operating Officer, NHL, announced today the appointment of John Shannon as Executive In Charge of Programming and Production for NHL Network.

Shannon will continue to serve in his current role as Executive Vice President of Programming and Production for the National Hockey League.

In his additional responsibility, Shannon will oversee programming and production for NHL Network in both Canada and the United States.

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Rays Or Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bolts Report,

...the Carolina Hurricanes have turned down the Lightning’s request to move the start time, so Saturday’s game will start at 7:30 p.m. as scheduled. Because Carolina plays at home on Friday, and Saturday’s start time falls within the same 24-hour period, the Hurricanes have to agree to the time change. They haven’t, so it’s status quo.

As far as my feelings on that, well, at some point Carolina might be asking the Lightning for a similar favor and all I can say is, what comes around goes around.

more on the Lightning and the Tampa Bay Rays playing at the same time on Saturday…

added 12:07pm, from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes said no, and it’s hard to blame them. With a home game Friday night — the opener against the Florida Panthers — the Canes would be at a huge competitive disadvantage playing earlier.

But there’s a subtext here. In the summer of 2006, the Lightning added an ice-level club to their arena and closed off the tunnel that connected the visiting locker room to the visiting bench.

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