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Will Sundin Leave Money On The Table

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

If Mats Sundin truly wants to play for one of the teams with a better shot at winning a Stanley Cup, he will have to leave a wad of money on the table.

Currently, the three teams that seem like the most logical fit for Sundin would be the Anaheim Ducks, New York Rangers and Montreal Canadiens and none of those teams have any significant room under the salary cap.

The Rangers and Ducks essentially have no room, and the Canadiens have approximately $1 million.

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Rangers Want A Compensation Pick

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers are seeking a compensatory selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft for the loss of Alexei Cherepanov, The Post has learned.

Glen Sather raised the issue at the general managers’ meeting in Chicago two weeks ago, citing CBA Article 8.3 (b) that stipulates that compensatory picks be awarded to teams unable to sign first-round draft picks.

Sather is submitting that the Rangers should receive the 17th selection in the second round of June’s draft as compensation for losing Cherepanov, the 17th overall selection in the 2006 Draft who died in Russia on Oct. 13 while playing for Omsk.

“At this point, the league has taken no position on the Rangers’ request,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Post. “The matter is in front of the league’s general managers, who will address the subject at their next meeting in March.

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Injuries And Buyouts

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Hockey is a rough game.  Anyone who plays regularly for many years will have a sore shoulder, knee, back or some other body part.  This would be a recurring injury or a degenerative condition. This is especially true at the NHL level.

In the current CBA, teams can buyout players during a period in the summer.  Generally, underperforming players get their contracts bought out.  Teams save money in this process.  They pay out 2/3 of the remaining money on the contract to a player over a time period of two times the remaining time on the contract.  This reduces the annual salary cap hit to 1/3 of what it otherwise would have been and allows teams (with this salary cap penalty) to use the remaining salary cap room to pay for other players.  Problems can come in this arrangement when players are injured.  Injured players cannot be bought out - although they can be placed on long term injury exemption lists to free up salary cap space.  The problem is most players who have had lengthy careers will have recurring or degenerative injury conditions and can use these to claim that they are injured and cannot be bought out, if they believe they will not get another NHL contract.

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Could The New Shootout Goalie Cheat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Now I don’t expect a goalie will slip some netting between his pads or anything like Tony Esposito was alleged to have done way back when, but is it outside the realm of consideration to think a netminder might have an equipment guy go back and get that “favourite” glove or blocker, the one that wasn’t quite up to stuff at the start of the season when measurements were made?

Who’s to determine whether the incoming goalie’s stick is extra long or has a paddle that is just a shade wider than the league allows (after all, poke checking is less of an art and more of an advantage if the stick is longer than the rules allow)?

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Can The Leafs Continue To Improve

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at NBC Sports,

Toronto is off to a surprisingly good start. Who would have figured the Leafs to get 14 of their first 26 possible points? Who would have figured that in the first week of November they would be eighth in the Eastern Conference standings after finishing 12th last season? Not many people, maybe not anyone.

Toronto coming out of the gate this impressively raises the very interesting question of can the Maple Leafs keep it up? Can they exceed expectations and most importantly to their faithful, can they end their playoff drought?

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The biggest thing I want the players to know is that it’s really not acceptable last night to come out with a point against that team.  I don’t know that it was in the past, but it definitely isn’t in the present. ... That was a team that was down, and we have to recognize that and develop more of a killer instinct. To their credit, they did what they had to do, but it shouldn’t sneak up on you.”

-Tampa GM Brian Lawton after the Bolts lost to New Jersey last night.  More at Lightning Strikes…

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Therrien Responds To Semin Remarks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Kasan at PittsburghPenguins.com,

Washington Capitals forward Alexander Semin has gotten a lot of attention from the media following his comments about Penguins star Sidney Crosby.

The drama continued today when Pittsburgh head coach Michel Therrien was asked about Semin’s comments. Therrien, who has never shied away from giving his opinion, laughed and then responded:

“Is he talking about the youngest guy to get 100 points in the history of the National Hockey League? Is he talking about the youngest guy to win the Hart Trophy and lead the league in scoring? Is he talking about the youngest captain in the National Hockey League to bring his team to the Stanley Cup Final? That’s all I have to say.”

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Savard Can Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

In the pressbox at the Calgary Saddledome a week ago, longtime Flames followers were astonished by the play of Bruins [team stats] center Marc Savard, reacting with true incredulity.

“Did you see that?” one asked. “Marc Savard just hit someone.”

“He’s on the penalty-kill,” another said in amazement.

“He’s actually back-checking,” added a third.

The times they are a changin’ for Savard, who in his early 30s has evolved into a far more honest and complete player than he was in his first several seasons in the NHL.

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Brodeur Surgery Successful

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur underwent surgery Thursday to repair the distal bicep in his left elbow.

“According to the doctors, his surgery was 100 percent successful,” Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said in a statement. “The timetable for his return remains three to four months.”

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Welcome Igor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

He stills remembers the Soviet system, which he calls “unacceptable,” and he’s outspoken in his praise of the people who allowed him to escape that system for the NHL.

The type of hockey that he and his teammates played was so effective that much of it was adopted by the NHL and for that, we all owe him our thanks. The game is a much more attractive spectacle today than it used to be and Larionov’s contributions in that regard would be hard to eclipse.

The Hockey Hall of Fame has no shortage of worthy inductees, but it’s hard to think of a guy who is more worthy — in a number of ways — than Igor Larionov.

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