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Only An Arbitrator Can Stop Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHL’s effort to disallow front-loaded, long- terms deals that are permitted by the collective bargaining agreement through arbitration is an attempt to legislate from the bench.

Commissioner Gary Bettman and the league are using this circumvention case against Ilya Kovalchuk and the Devils to try and gain the right to inflict arbitrary term-limits on contracts through the finding of an arbitrator after failing to gain that power through the 2004-05 collective bargaining process that created the current CBA.

“They absolutely tried to get the right to limit contract length,” one of the NHLPA’s prime negotiators into and throughout the lockout told Slap Shots. “It was another cap they wanted to impose, but we were able to win that one.”...


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You Had Me at Draft Picks Four and Five

Blog: KK Members Blog By Samantha

Greetings from Portland, Oregon, temporary home of eight picks from the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. That includes the 4th and 5th overall picks, Ryan Johansen and Nino Niederreiter. It wasn’t always this way. Last year at this time, the Portland Winterhawks were very nearly the worst team in the WHL, we hadn’t made it into the second round of the playoffs and we certainly weren’t home to a small minivan full of NHL prospects.

What a difference a year, a new owner and a few well-chosen prospects makes. Today, I paid out the second of several installments on Winterhawks season tickets.  It’s the first time I’ve ever owned season tickets to anything, even hockey. This is in addition to my cable package with the NHL Network and the NHL Center Ice Package.

Since I’m investing in hockey the equivalent of a down payment on a small car, it got me to thinking about why we even watch the game in the first place. It’s violent, loud, bloody, smelly, vulgar and ruthless. No place for a respectable girl, my grandmother would say. Why, then, do I love the NHL Network, bobbleheads, fatheads, beer and shameless use of profanity? No clue about the fatheads and the bobbleheads, but I do know this: 

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Plenty Of Unsigned Talent Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“You could probably make a pretty good team with the talent that’s left available,” said a league executive. “People are still trying to juggle money and find out where they stand.

“Now that the arbitration period has ended, that might spur some signings. Teams know what they’re going to have to spend on certain players. There could be a sense of urgency again.”

Plenty of teams have money to spend, including the New York Islanders, Colorado, Atlanta, St. Louis, Nashville, Dallas, Anaheim, Carolina and even Los Angeles.

After taking a forced break from signing players, one player agent hopes the executive is correct.

“If I’d known there wasn’t going to be any signings between July 15 and Aug. 1, I would have just taken these two weeks off. The last couple of weeks have been a little frustrating.”

Another agent said older players are being squeezed by clubs giving younger prospects a chance.

more with possible destinations of some of the players…

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Deslauriers Comes To Terms With Oilers

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

(Edmonton) -

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with goaltender Jeff Deslauriers on a one-year deal.

Deslauriers, 26, played in his second National Hockey League season last year appearing in 48 games sporting a 16-28-4 record with a 3.26 GAA and .901 save percentage.

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Maltby Belongs In Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit News,

Ken Holland is in Vernon, British Columbia, sandwiched between Okanagan and Kalamalka lakes. And you can bet his Blackberry is perpetually on. Kirk Maltby’s agent, Anton Thun, is in his office in Markham, Ontario, near Toronto, working the phone.

Thun and Holland are missing each other, and that should be no surprise. Once a grinder, always a grinder and it looks like the process that could lead to Maltby playing a 15th year for the Red Wings is a matter of grinding it out, too.

“We are certainly still talking,” Thun said. “It’s been phone tag. At this point, Kirk’s preference is clearly to play for the Wings.”


Asked if he has talked to other teams, Thun said, simply, “Kirk wants to play with the Wings, and we think something will work out, eventually.”

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The NHL really needs to get on board to acknowledge the birthplace of ice hockey in Canada, other cities that claim to be the birthplace of ice hockey in Canada are using various methods to justify their claim.”

=Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly Member, Norman Yakeleya.  Darril & George Fosty at Boxscore News have a very lengthy article on hockey being played at the Northwest Passage in 1825.

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High Time Nikolai Got His Antro-Props!! A Thrashers Fan’s Voice

Blog: KK Members Blog By j_barty_party

If somebody walked up to me and asked, “So, how do you fancy having Nik Antropov on your team?”, I would probably exclaim “Very nice!” with my hands giving the double thumbs-up sign like Kazakhstan’s most famous commercial “product”, Borat. But for those of us who reside here in Thrasherville, we know full well that Sacha Baron Cohen’s kooky Kazakh character plays a close second to the most accomplished export from the former Soviet state, Nikolai Antropov. The imposing and skillful hockey player from Ust-Kamenogorsk has already made an indelible impression on the fans of the Atlanta Thrashers for his hard work, quiet leadership and adroit use of a hockey stick. Our only complaint? We just wish he would shoot the puck more!



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Blackhawks Will Be Counting Every Dollar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

In order to fit in Niemi’s cap hit, the Hawks might have as many as nine players making less that $900,000.

Those nine players could turn out to be defensemen John Scott, Jordan Hendry and Jassen Cullimore; forwards Bryan Bickell, Jack Skille, Jake Dowell, Jeff Taffe and Viktor Stalberg; and goalie Hannu Toivonen.

On a team that needs to watch every dollar, Toivonen’s cap hit of $500,000 could hand him the backup job over Corey Crawford, whose hit is $800,000.

Combined those nine players would earn about $5.178 million.

Add that to the $53.9 million including bonuses for Toews, Niemi, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Dave Bolland, Tomas Kopecky, Troy Brouwer, Brian Campbell, Brent Seabrook, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Niklas Hjalmarsson, and it’s roughly $59.078 million - leaving approximately $246,000 of wiggle room under the $59.4 million cap.


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Montreal Signs Alexandre Picard

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

MONTREAL— Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier announced today the signing of defenseman Alexandre Picard to a one-year, two-way contract (2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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Taking The Fans Temperature At The Chicago Fan Convention

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune,

I came looking for fan backlash from the double whammy of the Hawks losing eight players since the Cup championship because of the NHL salary cap combined with Friday’s Tribune reporting that the Hawks lost money last year.

I left still looking.

I got the sense you could fit into a penalty box the number of Hawks fans truly worried about the mass player exodus taking the team out of Cup contention next season. Even fewer are worried about Chairman Rocky Wirtz making ends meet.

The majority of fans believe the Hawks, still Chicago’s team closest to a championship, can do no wrong. The Hawks may not be able to afford any more players under the salary cap but they have earned the benefit of the doubt. The glare of the 35-pound silver chalice you have seen all over Chicago has blinded many from seeing reasons to criticize.


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