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Billy Jaffe Out As Islanders TV Analyst

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Botto of NYI Point Blank,

Bob Raissman reports in today’s print edition of the Daily News that color commentator Billy Jaffe will not have his contract renewed. Jaffe lasted four seasons and built a strong reputation around the NHL and with fans, adding work with VERSUS and appearing on the popular “NHL Live” on XM/Sirius that was simulcast on NHL Network.

The Islanders, by letter of their broadcast contract, give their blessing (or lack thereof) to all announcers. Although MSG Network hires and pays the broadcasters, the Islanders - like most teams - have the ultimate say. In recent seasons, the franchise has been notorious in insisting their broadcasts do not contain the slightest bit of criticism.

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The Renovation Of Maple Leaf Gardens

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elizabeth Church of the Globe and Mail,

With eight months left in the $60-million Ryerson University renovation of the upper portion of Maple Leaf Gardens, new sketches of the plans show an effort to keep the spirit of the former hockey shrine in the new, scaled-down rink. Ryerson, which is sharing the building with its new owner, Loblaw Cos. Ltd., is planning a student athletic centre for the building’s new second storey, with the rink on the floor above. “People will say, wow, this is very familiar, even though it really is a different place,” university president Sheldon Levy said. A look at the latest drawing for the rink:

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Brunnstrom Looking For A One-Way Arbitration Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Fabian Brunnstrom will seek a “one-way” contract when he takes the Stars to arbitration today in Toronto.

The Stars winger received a qualifying offer of $826,875, but that money would only be paid at the NHL level. If Brunnstrom was sent to the minors, he would have received $65,000 if he had signed the qualifying offer.

Brunnstrom instead opted for arbitration, asking for guaranteed money no matter where he plays.

Brunnstrom, 25, had 17 goals and 12 assists as a rookie in 2008-09. Last season, under new coach Marc Crawford, he was a healthy scratch for much of the season and had two goals and nine assists.

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A Lost Season for “Cost Certainty”

Blog: KK Members Blog By @TheDailyBites

In light of the recent debacle, known as the Ilya Kovalchuk contract saga, and listening to and reading wide ranging opinions on various radio stations and print media, I can’t help but thinking back to the lockout and lost season of 2004-2005.

The main issue of the CBA negotiations was the idea of creating “cost certainty” for the owners.  Gary Bettman wanted to ensure that player salaries were linked to league revenues.  After a lost season, Bettman and the owners were able to get the salary cap or “cost certainty” that they desired.  Player’s salaries are now guaranteed to be 54% of league revenues and teams must meet a salary cap floor.

The salary cap for the 2005-2006 season was set at $39 million with a salary cap floor just over $21 million.  In comparison, the current salary cap for the 2010-2011 season is set at $59.4 million with a cap floor of $43.4 million.  The salary cap has increased by over 40% in its first five seasons of existence and the cap floor has more than doubled!  That is a pretty impressive growth rate considering that returns in the stock market and most people’s pensions have shrunk.  What is even more perplexing is that the salary cap floor is now more than 10% higher than the original salary cap.

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  Tags: bettman, cba, kovalchuk

Homer, What Are You Doing?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

George Malik tweeted a link to some pictures that appear to be part of some sort of tradition/ceremony during Zetterberg’s wedding.

At least I hope so.

Hopefully someone can explain.

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  Tags: tomas+holmstrom

What Vancouver Would Want To Send Bieksa To Anaheim

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from Ben Kuzma of the White Towel at the Vancouver Province,

The Anaheim Ducks are doing more than kicking the tires on Kevin Bieksa. They’re checking the sticker price.

If the Ducks are willing to part with a draft pick and a prospect, that could send the Vancouver Canucks defenceman and the $3.75 million US remaining on his salary to a team in need of back-end help. It would also ease salary cap concerns for the Canucks, who added $825,000 to the mix Thursday in Jannik Hansen’s arbitration settlement that puts the the club more than $1 million over the $59.4 million ceiling.

After trading defenceman Steve Eminger to the New York Rangers — and losing Scott Niedermayer to retirement — the Ducks are down to Lumobir Visnovsky, Sheldon Brookbank, Tony Lydman and Danny Syvret as roster veterans and have yet to sign restricted free agent James Wisniewski.

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  Tags: kevin+bieksa

The Real Heroes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Hoffman at the Washington Examiner,

Today, he is encouraging other soldiers to turn to the sport to help them recover. Bowser is not only an NHL ambassador for disabled hockey, he is also a member of the Warriors Hockey Team, a hockey team comprised of soldiers from Walter Reed who were injured in Iraq or Afghanistan. He told me that by coming back to hockey, (he played before he was a soldier,) he was able to turn his health around.

“After I got wounded, I spent two and a half years at Walter Reed. I was in a wheelchair for a long period of time and started gaining weight. Once I got out their (on the ice) and really playing hard, the pounds I just started sweating them off,” says Bowser.

As Bowser was able to lose his wheelchair and use a prosthetic legs, he credits playing hockey, with getting his lower exterminates back into strength and his body back into health.

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Whitney And Coyotes A Good Match

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Morgan of FSArizona,

“When we started looking at free agents, we identified two players in our price range that could come in and play a top-six forward role and help our power play,” Coyotes general manager Don Maloney said. “When we talked to Ray, we knew he had a relationship with Phoenix because he belongs to a golf club here and has spent time here, so we thought there was a chance he’d be attracted to us.”

It was more than a chance. While other clubs were offering one-year deals based on Whitney’s age, Phoenix offered him two years and about $6 million.

“I had some other offers and I believe some more were coming,” Whitney said. “I probably could have gotten two years from other teams, but I would have had to squabble and haggle over it. What’s the point? Phoenix came first, they were sincere, and I got a chance to go play with one of the top 10 teams in the league last season. I was really comfortable with the decision.”

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  Tags: ray+whitney

NHL Gets A ‘Near Investment Grade’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Van Riper of Forbes,

How well is the sports industry navigating the turbulent economy? Pretty well, according to Standard & Poor’s. The biggest threat on the horizon: the new collective bargaining agreements that must be negotiated in all four major North American sports leagues over the next couple of years.

At this year’s Sports Executive Leadership Conference at the posh Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, attendees were chewing over the latest risk assessment and outlook note for the industry by S&P managing director John Bilardello. His take: Despite economic woes that have curtailed sponsorships and knocked ticket prices down for many clubs, strong league oversight through salary caps, revenue sharing and luxury taxes has played a big role in controlling costs (i.e. payrolls) and limiting damage to weaker franchises….

S&P’s debt ratings for the NFL, NBA and Major League Baseball remain investment grade, with the NHL “near investment grade.”

read on if you are interested in the business side of sports…

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Florida/Chicago Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has acquired C Marty Reasoner from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for C Jeff Taffe.

“We are very pleased to have acquired Marty,” said Tallon. “He is a hard working, veteran center who is good on face-offs and can be counted upon to play in all game situations. We look forward to his contributions to our club.”

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  Tags: jeff+taffe, marty+reasoner

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