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Thinking Out Loud

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Pierre LeBrun mentioned on Saturday night the Toronto Maple Leafs received an offer for Kris Versteeg and it appears it made some sense to them.

So the Leafs put the word out, seeing if they could get a better offer than the one that was made.

Now let’s look at this from as a Detroit/Toronto scenerio.  Leafs need help at center, Wings could using some scoring on the wing.

How does Valtteri Filppula for Kris Versteeg sound? 

Filppula is 26 years old, makes $3M per year and is signed through the 2012-13 season while Versteeg is 24, earns just over $3M and is signed through the 2011-12 season

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Monday Thoughts

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Jim Rutherford - a huge fan of Alexander Ovechkin’s - believes Ovechkin is making a conscious effort to save himself for the playoffs. The Great 8 denies it, but Rutherford isn’t the only one who feels that way. One of the reasons I think the Hurricane GM may be right: when asked about his lower goal totals, the Russian forward said, “It can change like that” and snapped his fingers. It would be foolish to write him off.

• Okay, let’s do some non-Winter Classic stuff: The aftermath in Calgary is really ugly. Sounds like Darryl Sutter wanted to fire brother Brent as head coach, but ownership decided to remove him instead. Scott Oake reported that, as of Saturday, Darryl had refused to talk to Brent or replacement Jay Feaster. Jarome Iginla did have a brief conversation with the former GM.

• Quietly, the NHL cleared Paul Devorski of any wrongdoing in last week’s weird Columbus incident. From what I understand, there was an acknowledgement that he did laugh at the taunting, but no errant finger. “He’d get fired if he did that,” I was told.

more plus the Caps trapping?

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Why Leighton Was Waived

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from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Holmgren talked to the media today about waiving Leighton.

“We thought about it the last few days. At the end of the day, I think that this is a move that is in the best interest of the Flyers and the best interest of Michael Leighton,” Holmgren said. “We need to get him playing at a higher level. More than anything, he is probably still iis n training-camp mode.”

Holmgren was asked if Leighton was waived based on the Kings’ game. “We probably all believed he’d be a little rusty,” Holmgren said. “This is more to do with how the other guys have played. At the end of the day, it’s best for the organization.”

On interest in Leighton around the league?

“I’d be very disappointed if he were claimed, because that means we’d be losing a goalie for nothing,” Holmgren said.


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How About The Winter Classic In Columbus?

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from Derek Zona of SBNation,

If the NHL is dedicated to the expansion markets, as Gary Bettman has said time and time again during interviews, then the league should use the Winter Classic to solidify the Columbus market.  The league would be hard-pressed to find a better venue than Ohio State’s venerable Ohio Stadium, a.k.a. The Horseshoe, a 102,329-seat college football stadium filled with history, lore and beauty.

Columbus would give the league a Western Conference host, yet the city isn’t far from the Eastern media, and it’s within driving distance of a number of NHL markets who would help Columbus fill the enormous Horseshoe. The Blue Jackets could certainly use the revenue, the media attention and the raised profile within hockey.The NHL needs the city and fans to see hockey on the second-biggest stage the league can offer and hopefully drive more hips through the turnstiles.

The league could pit Columbus against the defending Stanley Cup Champion (unless it’s a Canadian team), Detroit or Pittsburgh (both cities are a short drive away from Columbus and would bring plenty of fans), or New York or Philadelphia (if television ratings are the overriding concern).


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Brodeur On Sharing The Goaltending Spot In New Jersey

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

The unthinkable has taken place with the Devils. Martin Brodeur may share the goaltending duties with Johan Hedberg for the remainder of this season.

“I don’t deserve to be in there when you don’t win,” Brodeur said today after staying on the ice long after practice to work on his mechanics.

Does Brodeur feel he’s reached that point in his career where he will share the goaltending?

“I think in a season like this probably. In a different season, maybe not,” Brodeur said. “We’ll see how it goes.

“I like to play a lot and that will never change. But it’s got to be fun for me to play hockey. Not winning is not fun. So if we get back to winning I’ll play more. I don’t deserve to be in there when you don’t win. That’s the bottom line. I’ve been winning all my career and now it’s been a little tougher. So it’s normal. If this works, good. It helps out the team.”

read on

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Trouble In Ottawa

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via Steve Simmons of the Simmons Sports Zone,

There is all kinds of talk about the Ottawa Senators here at the World Junior tournament and none of it is good.

But this story is making the rounds with hockey pool: Word is, general manager Bryan Murray tried to fire coach Cory Clouston about a month ago. The Senators owner, Eugene Melynyk, wouldn’t let it happen. That story came to light in the wake of Ottawa’s 5-1 home defeat to the dreadful Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night. Normally, after those kind of games, coaches get fired. But to date, no coach firing in Ottawa.

And there probably won’t be one until the end of the season.

The story going around is that Melynyk told Murray and if Clouston goes, he might as well go with him. Murray has already been through a bevy of coaches, including Craig Hartsburg andJohn Paddock. Apparently, Clouston will be his last coach. Unless Melynyk had a change of heart.

But expect this: Murray and Clouston both gone at the end of the season.

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Video- The Detroit Red Wings Are A Very Competitive Team

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Teams Below The Salary Floor

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The NHL has a salary floor of $43.4 million, yet a simple look at capgeek shows that three teams project to be below that number.  They are the New York Islanders, Atlanta Thrashers and Colorado Avalanche The Islanders project to $40.3 million, the Thrashers $41.4 million and the Avs $42.6 million. 

This is possible because in any year that could be the final year of the CBA (such as this one) all bonuses are included in a team’s salary cap hit until it becomes clear they cannot be reached.  The Islanders (for example) have over $5 million in potential bonuses, most of which will not be hit.  Bonuses for all but impossible events, like Kyle Okposo winning the scoring title this year are in the bonus cushion.  When the season is complete, the New York Islanders and Atlanta Thrashers are highly unlikely to make the salary floor.  Most likely Colorado will, as enough of their bonuses should be met, but if things fall apart it is possible they too could fail to make the salary floor.

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Watching The Winter Classic

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NEW YORK – Jan. 2, 2011 – The 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, broadcast on New Year’s Day by NBC Sports in primetime due to a weather delay, was the most-watched Winter Classic ever, up 22 percent vs. last year’s game and the most-watched NHL regular-season game in 36 years, according to fast national data provided by Nielsen Media Research. In four years the NHL Winter Classic, which Newsday called “a holiday tradition” and the New York Times said “has stolen New Year’s Day,” has averaged 4.1 million viewers on NBC. Saturday’s game was seen by 4.5 million viewers, up 22 percent vs. last year (3.7 million), and earned a 2.3 national rating and 4 share (8-11 p.m. ET), up 10 percent vs. last year (2.1/4, 1-4 p.m. ET).

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (January 3, 2011)—Washington Capitals goaltender Semyon Varlamov, Phoenix Coyotes right wing Shane Doan and Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 2.

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