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The Value Of Z

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Henrik Zetterberg will be 28 years old come late October and Ken Holland recently mentioned he hopes to begin contract negotiations with his agent when training camp rolls around. 

Holland stresses Zetterberg is a priority signing for the Wings and hopes Henrik will take a little less money to remain a Wing before he achieves UFA status on July 1, 2009.

The magic salary number seems to be $7.45 million a year for the Wings, that is the amount Nick Lidstrom makes and the Wings want him to remain the highest paid player on the team.

Will Zetterberg buy into the Wings system or better yet, what would you want your GM to offer Zetterberg to come play for your team?  With salary numbers like $10 million for Sundin, $9 million for Hossa and $8.5 million for Gaborik kicking around, is Zetterberg worth that much to your team, or maybe even a little more?

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Dave Barr Ready For His Move To Colorado

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from the Guelph Mercury,

Barr said he realized that day had arrived when he saw his peers Craig Hartsburg and Peter DeBoer moving on to NHL head coaching jobs earlier this summer.

“That was a lightning rod for me. I realized I had to get my name out there,” said Barr, who stuck around to the end of the month with the Storm to make sure player contracts were all signed, sealed and delivered.

With his children a little older, it made it a little easier on the home front.

Barr said the biggest adjustment in coming to Guelph after 20 years playing and coaching professionally was the off-ice responsibilities.

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Waiting For That Star To Decide

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from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

Whatever the case – and we understand the reasons vary from athlete to athlete – the impact in a salary cap world is undeniable: it messes with team budgets and personnel decision-making.

A club hoping to land, let’s say Sundin, earmarks X-million for him, then is forced to decide whether to save that cash and cap space on a “what if” or pursue another player. Those who hesitate could lose out on Plan B.

Moreover, the uncertainty messes with fans and their emotional investments in their local favorites…

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$350 For A Pack Of Hockey Cards & No Bubble Gum

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from SportsStuff at the Orlando Sentinel,

Upper Deck’s top NHL brand of the year—The Cup Hockey—has hit hobby shops and it packs plenty for its $350 per pack price.

Each four-card tin includes a base card serial-numbered to 249 copies, two autographed patch cards and at least one chase card. Some packs will contain a total of five or six cards as a bonus, but every one includes an autographed rookie patch card of top guys such as Carey Price, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and others to go along with some of the legends provided by Upper Deck…

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added 8:50am, I have found a few of these cards on ebay if interested.  If KK readers buy about 10,000 of these cards, we here at KK could retire!

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Finding His Family

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from the Daily Record,

Ex-pat Gordie Clark enjoyed an emotional reunion in Glasgow on his first trip back to Scotland since his family emigrated in the 1950s.

Gordie, 56, is the director of player personnel with NHL giants the New York Rangers.

The Record revealed last month how he was heading back to Scotland to trace the family he lost contact with after a devastating tragedy in Canada in 1978.

The former Boston Bruins star lost seven members of his family - including his parents, brother and sister - in a blaze at their home in St John, New Brunswick.

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Ingrid’s Son A Star

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from the Kingston Whig-Standard,

The youngster referred to the goalie as a “famous Canadian,” which might be a stretch but not in the north country. In this neck of the woods, Smith is a bona fide star, a local puckster who learned his trade in the shivering confines of the nearby tin-walled shinny barn in Piccadilly and now performs in grand arenas of North America, with and against the finest players on the planet.

Make no mistake, these are indeed heady days for Ron and Ingrid’s strapping son, the 161st player drafted in the 2001 NHL draft. Traded from the Dallas Stars to the Tampa Bay Lightning midway through last season, Smith recently inked a two-year, $4.4-million contract extension. More importantly, he now has an opportunity to become a No. 1 goaltender, something he would not have had in Texas as long as good friend and all-star netminder Marty Turco was turning aside pucks.

“It goes without saying that Mike has a bright future in the Lightning organization,” said the team’s vice-president of hockey operations, Brian Lawton.

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Wild Sign Bouchard for 5 Years

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from the Pioneer Press,

After losing offensive weapons Brian Rolston and Pavol Demitra through free agency during the offseason, the Wild made sure that they’d have playmaking whiz Pierre-Marc Bouchard around for the next two seasons at least.

The Wild and Bouchard agreed late Friday night to a five-year, $20.4 million contract that includes, according to assistant general manager Tom Lynn, a commitment by general manager Doug Risebrough not to trade Bouchard for at least two years.

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thanks to KK member PuckHound61 for posting the signing in the KK Forum very early this morning.  I went to the Chicago/Detroit ballgame last night with plans to update KK when I got home.  Well, things didn’t turn out so well for the Tigers so I spent some extra time crying in my beer.

added 10:43am, Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard to a five-year, $20.4 million contract.

  “Pierre-Marc is just 24 years old and the best years of his career are ahead of him,” said Risebrough. “He is a good example of how drafting and developing your own players leads to team success. This is why the Wild was willing to make such a substantial and long-term commitment to him.”

 

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Bouwmeester Has Issues With Panthers

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Have spoken to a number of folks within the organization (none of whom own the initials J.M.) and even a couple of players. Not one thinks Jay signs a long-term deal here before his hearing, and only one said he expects Jay to be here come the start of the 2009-10 season. It appears to me that there isn’t just one reason why Jay isn’t a big fan of the Panthers; there are quite a few issues here.

Jay’s agent told our Barry Jackson that he rejected the Panthers most recent offer (I have heard almost $6 million per for six years but cannot get that confirmed by the agent nor JM) and they are preparing for arbitration. Which is their right. And, I’ve been told, the Panthers will give Jay whatever the arbiter rules he’s worth for the coming season and roll the dice hoping to keep him.

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Boudreau Goes To Work To Save Money

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Saturday morning, Boudreau will put 48 hockey players through their paces in something called the Hockey Resume Free Agent Camp in Niagara Falls, Ont. Now, the Hockey Resume Free Agent Camp and, let’s say, the first round of the NHL draft should not be confused. Hockey Resume is a company that tries to find jobs in the minor leagues, often the low minors, for players who don’t have contracts….

“I’m basically doing it so my son doesn’t have to pay,” Boudreau said. “They wanted something like 400 bucks (actually $325) for the camp and I said I’d help out with a practice and give their camp some validity if my son could attend for free. I did the same thing at the Roger Neilson Hockey Camp last week for my other son.”

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Putting The Myths To Rest

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from Tom Lynn at Hockey Ops Blog,

Myth #1: Expansion has diluted the level of talent in the NHL

This is the popular fable of the myopic scribes who cover hockey in some of the oldest markets. As the story goes, in the “Original Six” NHL (there were actually eight teams originally, but this fact was somehow lost on them) there were so few spots available on the teams, the level of play was extremely high. This was their “Golden Age” of hockey, with so many (per capita) of the League’s players achieving legend status and enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. In 1951, the top five scorers in the NHL all ended up in the Hall of Fame (Howe, Richard, Bentley, Abel, and Schmidt). Later, so the fable goes, with the NHL expanding more and more, anyone who could lace up a pair of skates was eligible for an NHL roster spot. This reached its lowest point after the last expansion, to 30 teams, when the Wild and Columbus took to the NHL ice with players that offended the high sensibilities of the Fourth Estate and older columnists.

Like many myths, this one is based on a reasonable premise, but has the unfortunate quality of being completely false.

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