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Theodore Will Follow The Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

Keep in mind a couple things: 1, I don’t know what the Avs’ exact offer was/is to Theodore before talks broke off and 2, it’s pro sports, where everybody wants the most money they can get while they can get it - and I’m sure I’d be the same way if I was a pro athlete.

But, let’s face it: If the Avs made anywhere near a fair, market-value offer to retain his services, but Theodore turned it down thinking he could get a little more from someone else, then my attitude if I was Francois Giguere would be: don’t let the door hit your padded backside on the way out, Jose.

more...

You have to wonder if there is a market for Theodore right now.

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  Tags: jose+theodore

Would Hossa Go West, Can Emery Land In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Morrison at Sun Media,

There has been speculation the Oilers might make a big pitch for unrestricted free agent Marian Hossa. The question is, would he want to go west and endure the travel, or stay east where life is more comfortable? ... Now that Ray Emery has been bought out, a team will take a chance on the former Senators goaltender. Every team thinks it can turn the talented but enigmatic Emery’s career around. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended up in Detroit.

more NHL bits…

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Only Early Talks Regarding Zetterberg Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Kahn of Mlive,

Don’t expect Henrik Zetterberg to sign a long-term extension on July 1 like San Jose’s Joe Thornton did last year. Zetterberg has one year remaining on a contract that averages $2.65 million a season, but Holland doesn’t anticipate a quick signing. He said he has had only preliminary talks with Zetterberg’s agent and that no figures have been exchanged yet. His new deal is expected to be in the $7 million-a-year range.

“Over the course of the summer and as we get into camp I’d like to ramp things up,” Holland said. “Free agency is getting more difficult. They got more and more options. It’s going to take a long time.”

much more on the Wings including Drake may retire and Stuart’ shoulder is ok…

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

Jagr Could See Big Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

A reliable third party source yesterday told The Post that his connections in the Czech Republic believe that Jagr has recently received a three-year contract offer for the equivalent of $35M after-tax US dollars from Omsk of the Russian Super League. The captain is believed to have received the formal offer this week from Omsk GM Anatoly Bardin after months of conversations.

Jagr, who will become an unrestricted free agent on Tuesday, has said that his first choice is to sign a new deal with the Rangers New York Rangers . But Sather yesterday told The Post that he has not heard from No. 68 despite repeatedly telling Jagr’s North American agent Pat Brisson, that he wants Jagr to return.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr

Boyle Rumor Put to Rest

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

The rumor from Canada’s TSN: Defenseman Dan Boyle could be trade bait this summer in order to free up some salary cap space.

Melrose said it was a case of the Canadian media trying to “make” the news, and added, “Danny Boyle is the guy I’m counting on to play 25 minutes a night.”

Asked about the rumor, Koules said, “I’ll answer anything that’s important” and proceeded not to answer.

more

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Cap Raised.  Lockout Accomplished Nothing.  Listen To Malik.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

1. I’m not backing down from my Darcy Tucker stance.  I may be a village of 1 but I’m sticking to my guns. I like the fact that people don’t like him.  I like that he can score. And considering my original suggestion of 4/year was way inflated and, frankly, stupid. I like it even more.

2. The Cap’s been raised up to 56 and change. 

And George Malik has something to say about it. 

Don’t blame the players when the NHL’s sycophants tell you that it’s player greed that’s driving the cap up—it’s league-wide revenues, which are rising largely because teams are charging fans more and more money for tickets, something that Gary Bettman swore up and down would be stopped in its tracks by a capped CBA.

More from George.

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Wideman Files for Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Kevin Dupont at Bruins Blog,

Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman, in line for a big pay boost as a restricted free agent, has filed for salary arbitration, which could affect how the club conducts business around the upcoming free agency period that begins Tuesday.

The action by Wideman, confirmed this afternoon by a source with first-hand knowledge of the on-going negotiations between the Bruins and the defenseman, allows the club not to be concerned about buying out players prior to Monday’s deadline.

continued… with more Bruins personnel updates

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  Tags: arbitration, dennis+wideman

Acquiring Restricted Free Agents

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Scott Cullen at TSN,

While the unrestricted free agent market garners most of the attention, this summer could finally present the time for NHL general managers to actually put the collective bargaining agreement to work, using offer sheets to acquire restricted free agent talent.

Yes, the Edmonton Oilers took a lot of heat for making such offers last year—falling prey to that all-too-common hockey mishap of not knowing “The Code”—it’s about time NHL general managers played with some competitive fire when assembling their teams; the kind of fire that fans expect from the team on the ice.

continued…

Includes a chart clarifying RFA compensation dollar amounts, and a look at potential targets for offer sheets around the league.

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  Tags: free+agency, rfa

Up And Up It Goes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Things sure changed in a hurry – and you wonder if the hard salary cap of $42.5 million offered by the players association just before commissioner Gary Bettman pulled the plug on the 2004-05 season wouldn’t look good to half-a-dozen teams, who now see the gap between haves and have-nots rising again every day.

In four years, the ceiling has grown from $39 million to $44 million to $50.3 million to $56.7 million, the figure jointly announced by the NHL and the players association Thursday. Not many teams want to disclose their bottom lines, but you can be sure based on all those empty seats in Phoenix and Nashville and elsewhere in the southern United States, a lot of teams in non-traditional markets are still operating in the red, even though they achieved their much-vaunted “cost certainty” in the bitter negotiations that characterized this current labor agreement.

more

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Top UFA Forwards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

This summer represents a conundrum for NHL GMs as the free-agent talent pool is especially thin compared to the past two summers. But with the salary cap rising to as much as $56 million, up from last season’s $50 million, it’s entirely likely that GMs will be forced to overpay for those free agents.

Here’s a look at the top forwards who could be available July 1:

Marian Hossa

Vancouver GM Mike Gillis will be looking to bolster the Canucks’ anemic offense with a winger that can play with the Sedin twins, and Hossa would be a nice fit there.

much more

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