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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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Saturday Afternoon Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun at Slam,

• Burke won a Stanley Cup with a dominant defence of Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer, Francois Beauchemin, Sean O’Donnell, Kent Huskins and Joe DiPenta. Bob Murray’s defence in Anaheim as of Saturday: Lubomir Visnovsky, Toni Lydman and Sheldon Brookbank. Can you say Anaheim needs Kaberle, and badly?

• Even after the dubious signing of Alexei Ponikarovsky, the Los Angeles Kings are almost $13 million under the salary cap. This is a quality team that needs to be bold and has the money to do so. Being patient should no longer be the mantra for the Kings.

more hockey notes tossed in other sports talk…

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Another Company Surfaces To Purchase The Dallas Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

An NHL source confirmed today that the third bidder for the Dallas Stars is News Corp./Fox, which surfaced yesterday as a possible bidder on the Rangers.

The three bidders on the Stars right now are: Calgary Oilman Bill Gallacher, Vancouver businessman Tom Gaglardi and News Corp.

News Corp. owns Fox Sports, and the purchase of the Stars and Rangers would help guarantee contracts for FSN Southwest, as well as ensure future programming if they hope to expand their product.


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Report- Antti Niemi Awarded $2.75M

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune at Chicago Breaking Sports,

According to multiple reports Saturday, an arbitrator has awarded Blackhawks goaltender Antti Niemi $2.75 million for next season.

That figure appears low enough that the Hawks could work under the NHL’s salary cap to retain the netminder or there is still a possibility general manager Stan Bowman could trade him.

The Hawks have 48 hours to decide whether to accept the award or walk away from it, allowing Niemi to become a free agent. They could also accept the award and then trade Niemi and sign a veteran free agent at a lower salary.

It’s believed Niemi asked for more than $3 million for the one-year contract during Thursday’s arbitration hearing in Toronto and that the Hawks were seeking a deal of around $2 million.

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Devin Setoguchi Agrees To One Year Contract With Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

SAN JOSE –  San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group II restricted free agent forward Devin Setoguchi to a one-year contract.  Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

        The 23-year-old Setoguchi finished the 2009-10 campaign tied for fourth on the team in goals (20). He set a career-high with four game-winning goals and recorded 36 points in 70 games.

        During the postseason, he finished third on the team in goals (5), including the overtime game-winner in Game 2 of the Western Conference Quarter Finals vs. Colorado. He also chipped in with four assists and was a +3 in 15 games.

        “We’re happy to have Devin under contract for next season,” said Wilson.  “He is an important part of our team and we are looking forward to his on-going growth as a player.  We have very high expectations for him.”

added 1:56pm, via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Sharks Devin Setoguchi gets 1.8M on his deal.


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Penguins Name Todd Reirden Assistant Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Seidling of Penguins.com,

Penguins head coach Dan Bylsma looked far and wide as he searched to fill the Penguins’ vacant assistant coaching position. After an extensive search, Bylsma found the perfect candidate already existed within the Pittsburgh organization.

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton head coach Todd Reirden, who spent the previous year and a half coaching the Baby Penguins following Bylsma’s promotion to Pittsburgh on Feb. 15, 2009, was hired by Bylsma and general manager Ray Shero on Saturday to fill the void that opened earlier this summer when Mike Yeo left to become the head coach of the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.


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How Salary Arbitration Works

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHLPA.com,

The preparation work is getting ready for the 90 minutes each side has to make their case in front of the arbitrator. Comparables of similar NHL players are used as measuring sticks; with the contracts those players have signed used as a major point of discussion. If the player elected arbitration, his side goes first. If the club elected arbitration, its side goes first. Both sides plead their direct case and, after a short recess, rebuttals by both sides are then made and the arbitrator has the material he/she needs to make his or her decision, which must be made within a 48-hour window following the hearing, as per terms of the NHLPA/NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement.


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