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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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  Tags: tomas+kaberle

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.

continued

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  Tags: tod+leiweke

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) won’t carry shoulder pads of a vet?? Bad move bro!!!

All I’m saying with Bryant is pay your dues!! We all did!! Guys will hate him or at least in hockey would have got the crapped beat in!!

-from a couple of tweets from Matthew Barnaby.

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dez+bryant

Wheeler Headed To Arbitration

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from James Murphy of ESPN Boston,

The Bruins and restricted free agent Blake Wheeler have apparently reached an impasse in contract negotiations and it appears that the matter will have to be solved in the winger’s scheduled arbitration hearing tomorrow in Toronto.

Wheeler’s agent Matt Keator, e-mailing from Toronto on Monday morning, told ESPNBoston.com that Wheeler will be meeting him there later in the day to prepare for a hearing.

“I am in Toronto and Blake is flying in today,” Keator said. “I am anticipating arbitration tomorrow.”

continued

Do remember, teams will be waiting to see how some of the arbitrations go. Teams may just walk away, allowing the player to become an unrestricted free agent. 

So if you are expecting some trades this week they may not happen.  I feel teams will still be quiet until the arbitration hearings are completed.

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  Tags: blake+wheeler

Islanders Now Affiliated With The Kalamazoo Wings

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via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders have signed an affiliation agreement with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. Kalamazoo will join the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, of the American Hockey League as the primary affiliates of the Islanders.

“Having a strong ECHL affiliate is crucial to our organization’s future,” Islanders General Manager, Garth Snow said. “The Kalamazoo Wings have a rich history, and I’m confident that they’ll provide the necessary resources to properly develop our prospects and provide a stepping stone to the AHL and NHL.”

“We are excited about being the ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders,” Kalamazoo President Paul L. Pickard said. “The Islander organization is full of young and talented prospects that will bring energy and a strong work ethics to the K-Wings organization. As part of the Islander family, we will do our part to help them be successful both on and off the ice.”

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  Tags: kalamazoo+wings

Raymond & Vancouver Reach Contract Agreement

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via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Van news. Mason Raymond…. Hearing settled. 2 years. 2.5/2.6M

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  Tags: mason+raymond

Coaches Sharing Information

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An interesting note from a recent coaches’ conference…

from Gregg Drinnan of the Kamloops Daily News,

(Guy) Charron said that (Ken) Hitchcock, a former Blazers head coach, shared an interesting story regarding his involvement as an assistant coach with Team Canada at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.

It seems that when the coaching staff — head coach Mike Babcock and assistants Jacques Lemaire, Lindy Ruff and Hitchcock — there was a reluctance to share information. It wasn’t until Babcock opened up that the ice was broken.

Hitchcock “said they were there for four days and the first two days, no one would share information,” Charron related. “Babcock eventually had flip-chart paper everywhere in the room where they were meeting and it was all about what the Detroit Red Wings do. That kind of lightened up the atmosphere and then everybody got sharing their info.

“After that, everybody relaxed and shared what they had learned over their careers.”

more on the conference…

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Avs Still Below The Cap Floor

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

What’s the latest news on the Avs? Do you think they will sign anybody else besides Peter Mueller and Chris Stewart? Would Raffi Torres be a good fit?

It’s July 25 as I write this, and Muller, Stewart or Torres has yet to be signed by the Avs. Mueller and Stewart will be signed at some point, I still believe, because the Avs want them and they still have to spend nearly $8 million just to get to the cap floor of $43.8 million.

Sometimes things just take time. Obviously, there is a difference between the parties right now, and there are never any guarantees what will happen when it comes to contracts. But I believe things will be ironed out before too long.

read on for more Q & A…

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Kovalchuk Grievance Expected By 5:00pm Today

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The NHL Players’ Association has until 5 p.m. Monday to file a grievance on behalf of Ilya Kovalchuk for the NHL rejecting his 17-year, $102 million contract with the Devils for salary cap circumvention.

All indications are that the NHLPA will file the grievance before Monday’s deadline after its lawyers conducted a thorough study of the facts, including interviewing all the parties involved in the contract negotiations. The delay the last two days was likely due to the union waiting through the weekend before officially filing the paperwork.

After the grievance is filed, the NHL and the NHLPA must hire a “system” arbitrator to rule on the case.  Both sides must agree on the arbitrator. I was among those who speculated that the process could take weeks, but the NHLPA will want to expedite the search so that Kovalchuk will not be in limbo too much longer as far as where he will play in 2010-11. So, if the NHL drags its feet, it will be quite obvious.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

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