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Habs Fans React To Komisarek Signing With Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

A few suggested that Habs heavyweight Georges Laraque should be instructed - ordered, even - to pummel Komisarek, that despicable traitor, during the new Leaf’s first shift against his old team.

A few deleted comments indelicately questioned the marital status of Komisarek’s parents upon his birth, or suggested that he engage in an activity that is anatomically impossible.

Loyalty to a hockey club is a nearly extinct species in this world of free-agency, with players often short- or medium-term mercenaries who lace up for the team writing the biggest cheque.

Many Montreal fans seem to believe it’s almost acceptable - almost - to leave the Canadiens and sign with most any other team when their status gives them occasion to freely test the market. Just don’t make that new team Toronto or, perhaps, Boston.

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  Tags: mike+komisarek

Some Hockey Players Not Experiencing The Tough Economic Times

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,

Tough times, maybe, but you can’t compare NHL life to an auto worker’s, especially if you’re talking salaries in Detroit. So, haven’t owners and GMs learned anything, especially that there’s a porven fall-off in production and play from players who score big money in the free-agent derby?

In a word: No.

The lure of easy money is certainly attractive to the players, and it seems to be something that owners sign off on as easily as a ticket price hike, but there’s a downside, and it seems to be at the expense of the second-, third- and even fourth-line players, the ones who can help a team win, but don’t share in the glory or wealth of their more expensive brothers.

Take for instance the case of Dominic Moore.

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Rangers In Need Of A Center And Power Play Point Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s far better for the Rangers to be patient while surveying an unimposing market that includes comparatively cheap, short-term alternatives such as Brendan Morrison, Robert Lang or Mike Comrie, should it come to that, than rush into a bad contract carrying a long-term commitment to, say, a Saku Koivu.

If Sather isn’t necessarily charged with obtaining a ready-made first-line center before camp commences please, no Mats (Inside Straight) Sundin—the general manager does have an obligation to address the situation at the power play point, also known as the black hole.

For if the Blueshirts are counting on either Michal Rozsival or Wade Redden to be dramatically better than they were last season (and, in Rozsival’s case, the year before last, as well), they are setting themselves up for disappointment and failure.

To that end, Sather is likely to check in on old buddy Sergei Zubov.

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Nash Contract Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

A source has told The Dispatch that the two sides “are not that far apart at all.” Hard to say, though, how difficult that ground will be to cover.

Word is that two contracts have been discussed—a seven-year deal that would pay between $8 million and $9 million per season, and a 10-year deal that would pay between $7.5 million and $8.5 million. Looks like a no-movement clause is part of the package, too.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Columbus Blue Jackets, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: rick+nash

Pronger Too Good To Pass Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

So what happened in three years to make the Flyers change Ed Snider’s philosophy and mortgage the future for soon-to-be-35-year-old Chris Pronger?...

“If it was just a normal veteran, we would not have given up youth for that,” Snider said the other night. “But it was Pronger.”

Snider, 76, said it with the reverence usually saved for a Sinatra, a Streep, or a Springsteen.

“He’s not a typical veteran,” Snider added. “He’s one of the greatest players of all time, and we could not turn it down because we needed him desperately.”

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  Tags: chris+pronger

Chicago Looking For A Big Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

This is Hawks GM Dale Tallon talking Thursday afternoon: “We’re looking for the right guy, maybe on the back end. We have a lot of assets we can trade.”

This is how I believe the Hawks are going to find that big, physical defenseman they are lacking, via a trade, and Tallon came about as close as he could to confirming it.

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Has Heatley’s Conduct Damaged The Senators?

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Ottawa Senators have paid a $4 million (all figures U.S.) bonus to the disgruntled winger, as per the July 1 deadline, but find themselves flummoxed by Heatley’s request to be traded and his reluctance to waive his no-trade clause.

The possibility exists, however, that the Senators could file some kind of grievance against their star player.

“They believe that his conduct has damaged the club,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Star in an email last night. “What, if anything, they decide to do is ultimately up to the Senators.”

If the threat is a pressure tactic to get Heatley to waive his no-trade, it is a flawed one, said NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. “The league is grasping at straws and would be on shaky legal ground if it pursued a grievance against Dany,” Kelly said.

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  Tags: dany+heatley

Worst 20 Adjusted +/-

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A while back I posted the top 20 adjusted +/- ratings using a counting stat method developed in the Hockey Compendium by Jeff Z. Klein and Karl-Eric Reif.

Here are the worst 20 players last season according to their adjusted +/- ratings.  This group is limited to players who played at least 50 games last season and played only for one team - that is necessary for the method to give good results.

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Do You Consider The Flames As The Favorite?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Say this about the hockey media. They like busy.

Many of the hockey-panel shows and instant analysts in the blogosphere were quick to anoint the Calgary Flames as the early winners in the NHL rearmament race after the Flames signed defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to a five-year, $33-million (all currency U.S.) contract. “I think he’s the best defenceman out there,” Jay Feaster, former general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, said on TSN. “They got him. I think they’re the best defence in the West right now.”

These would be the same Flames who were anointed Stanley Cup favourites by the same voices at the trade deadline when they picked up “big centre” Olli Jokinen and mobile defenceman Jordan Leopold. Former player Matthew Barnaby was one of the few to point out Jokinen’s liabilities; on TSN he called the Finnish centre a “cancer”. Many other talking heads glossed over Jokinen’s fabled lack of industry, however.

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Saku Koivu Signing In Minnesota Up In The Air

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants at the Star Tribune,

Last night, the Wild thought Saku Koivu would be signed, sealed and delivered by this morning.

Now, it appears as if it’s going nowhere, according to sources.

Agent Don Baizley said no decision is imminent and he’d reserve comment until “the situation is resolved.”

Koivu is expected to take some time and weigh his options, but he’s got a bunch of scenarios and many teams coming at him hard, and like I said, it appears the deal with the Wild is going south.

New Jersey is one team hot after Koivu, as well as the New York Rangers, who now that they traded Scott Gomez, really doesn’t have a center to get the puck to Marian Gaborik. Anaheim likes him, too.

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  Tags: saku+koivu

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