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Not Much Going On In Columbus

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The big news of the sleepy summer of 2010 is the Anton Stralman arbitration hearing. Yowza.

“There’s not much going on,” Howson said yesterday. “We’re going to get through this Stralman arbitration, get that settled and see where we are. We’ve had a few conversations with teams (about trades), but there’s nothing imminent. But the market is pretty dry, and pretty slow.”

It is true that the market has slowed considerably over the past three weeks. What is more, from a local perspective, there isn’t much the Jackets are willing to do right now. They have about $50 million tied up in the current roster. The salary cap for next season is $59.4 million. The Jackets are a “budget” team; they spend to a budget, not the cap. If they are to do anything, it will be a trade that fits their budget.

Indirectly, that injects some interest into the Stralman arbitration. The hearing is set for Wednesday morning. Speculation is that the sides are about $1 million apart in annual salary. The Jackets have elected to offer a one-year deal, which means they will have the option to walk away if they are not satisfied with the arbitration ruling.

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Evening Line

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“No one is going to be able to prove circumvention until one of these guys retires and by then we’ll be in a new CBA. But I’m comfortable that a number of these players are, in fact, going to walk.

“I don’t believe these players are going to play in their mid-40s. And I don’t believe they’re going to play for what they’re making in those final years. So it defies logic. It may not defy the CBA. But it defies logic to think that players are going to serve the term of all these contracts. So that’s why we don’t do them. And a number of teams don’t do them. If the league thinks that this is one that they need to look into, then we support that.”

-Brian Burke on what he calls “back-diving deals”.  More from Michael Traikos of the National Post.

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Kevin Constantine May Coach In the UK

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from Bob Westerdale of The Star (UK),

If the business group are successful in acquiring the club off Bob Phillips they will try and bring over American Kevin Constantine to run their bench.

Constantine, 51, would become the most experienced and decorated coach ever to ply his trade in the UK after coaching NHL giants Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks and New Jersey Devils, between 1993-2002.

More recently he has been head coach at Houston Aeros in the AHL.

In April, Constantine’s contract was ended there after the Aeros failed to make the playoffs.

Former Sheffield official Dave Simms worked with Constantine at a UK coaching clinic and explained: “We initially made contact with Kevin to see if he could help us attract a coach to the Steelers should the new consortium be successful in taking over.

“After chatting for half an hour, Kevin asked ‘What about me?’

read on

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Train With A Pro

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TORONTO, Ont. – Every hockey fan dreams of playing alongside their favourite athlete and BioSteel Sports and The Fourth Period are giving one lucky winner (age 7-65) from across the country the opportunity to participate in a one-day training session with Michael Cammalleri and Team BioSteel.

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Report- Frolov Signing With The Rangers

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Thanks to a Jay Gold tweet, I found this translated report from SovSport stating Alexander Frolov is signing with the New York Rangers.

Of course, most of us have dealt with Russian reports before, so let’s wait to see where this goes.

added 6:11pm, via Craig Custance tweet,

Was told Rangers and Alexander Frolov are “in discussions” but deal isn’t done just yet.

added 6:43pm, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The New York Rangers are on the verge of signing unrestricted free agent winger Alexander Frolov, a source close to the situation told ESPN.com Monday evening.

The two sides were close to a deal Monday evening with the term of the contract still yet to be agreed upon by the two sides, the source said.

Frolov made $4 million last season and his salary cap hit was $2.9 million.

continued

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Predators Sign Ryan Parent

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Nashville, Tenn. (July 26, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed defenseman Ryan Parent to a two-year, $1.85 million contract. He will make $850,000 in 2010-11 and $1 million in 2011-12.

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Your 2011 ASG Logo

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from Terrell Williams of Hurricanes.com,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today revealed the logo for the 2011 NHL All-Star Game, to be held Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at the RBC Center. The team also announced that the tallest building in Raleigh, the RBC Plaza on Fayetteville St., will display a 5,000 square-foot window treatment promoting All-Star Weekend.

The 2011 All-Star Game logo was designed and created by the NHL and is property of the NHL. Here is the league’s description of its design:

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NHLPA Files Grievance Regarding Kovalchuk Contract

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via the NHLPA,

“The NHLPA has filed a grievance disputing the NHL’s rejection of the Standard Player Contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk. Under the terms of the CBA, the NHLPA and Mr. Kovalchuk are entitled to an expedited resolution of this matter. The NHLPA will have no further comment until this matter has been resolved by an Arbitrator.”


added 3:23pm
, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The NHL quickly responded with a statement from Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

“We have received formal notice that the NHLPA is grieving the league’s rejection of Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract with the New Jersey Devils,” Daly said in the statement.  “Although there is no defined timetable at this point, we intend to work with the players’ association to ensure an expeditious resolution of this dispute.  The league looks forward to the opportunity to establish its position before the arbitrator.  We will have no further public comment pending completion of the process.”

more on this topic…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Get Your Offers In For Kaberle

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from TSN,

While teams continue to make inquiries about the availability of defenceman Tomas Kaberle, the Toronto Maple Leafs say that all is quiet at the moment.

It is believed that the Leafs will once again turn up the heat on dealing their blueliner around August 1st when they will contact the teams who have already tabled offers.

At that time the message will be “improve the offers, otherwise Kaberle will be taken off the market.”

continued

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Report- Tod Leiweke Appears To Be the New CEO Of The Lightning

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via Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Tampa Bay Lightning apparently is preparing to announce that Tod Leiweke, the long-time Chief executive officer of the NFL’s Seahawks, will be the Lightning’s new CEO. Leiweke could not immediately be reached for comment and the Lightning declined comment.

More to come ...

added 2:43pm, from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

Tod Leiweke has been named Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment and its subsidiaries, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the St. Pete Times Forum, Chairman and Governor Jeff Vinik announced this afternoon. Leiweke will also become an Alternate Governor to the National Hockey League’s Board of Governors for the Lightning and, subject to approval by the NHL, will acquire an ownership stake in Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment.

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