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As Expected, Avery On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN Ice Chips,

The Stars placed exiled forward Sean Avery on waivers Monday. The team that claims him, likely the Rangers, would split the remainder of his four-year, $15.5 million contract with the Stars. If no team makes a claim, Dallas would likely return him to the minors.

I heard Bob McKenzie on one of the numerous radio shows today and he said the Rangers would have to clear some cap space in order to put Avery on their roster.

Update 3:30pm ET: More at TSN

The New York Rangers may well have cleared the way to allow Sean Avery to make his return to the Big Apple by assigning forward Mark Bell to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL on Monday.

Avery was placed on waivers by the Dallas Stars’ earlier in the day, with all signs pointing towards the Rangers willing to pick up the controversial forward for his second tour of duty in New York.  By sending Bell to the AHL, the team has freed up some space under the salary cap.

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How About Ryan Smyth To Vancouver?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The longer Ryan Smyth remains a Colorado Avalanche before Wednesday’s NHL trade deadline, the more plausible a case you can make for a trade to Vancouver. (Smyth has a no-trade clause, but hands up if you think “Captain Canada” would reject a back north).

Facing empty seats and a recession, Avalanche GM Francois Giguere needs to slash payroll, and Smyth is a huge ticket over the next three years: $16.5-million (all currency U.S.) with an annual cap hit of $6.25-million (read more on the Denver Post’s excellent Avs blog.

If Giguere requires pure return value for Smyth the Player, than there is no fit with the Canucks. But if Giguere just has to rid himself of Smyth the Contract, than Vancouver becomes a believable destination. (Smyth was traded from Edmonton exactly two years ago Wednesday. Since that deadline deal, the grass has not been greener.)

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  Tags: ryan+smyth

The Monday Morning Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

NHL GMs were hunkered down Monday morning as trade talks intensified.

“The phone lines are finally burning,” one GM told ESPN.com.

Let’s take a quick whirl around before we jump on a plane from Toronto to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn.

• Things were “moving along” in the Derek Morris trade talks in Phoenix. The veteran defenseman, an unrestricted free agent July 1 with a no-trade clause, gave the Coyotes a list of teams over the weekend—all in the Eastern Conference and described to us as “contenders.” As we suspected in our Saturday blog, Boston is among those teams talking to Phoenix, but they’ve got company.

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Smart Men Turn Stupid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

These are smart men. Most are former players. Most are well educated. And most have years of on-the-job experience.

Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson graduated from law school, while Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero grew up watching his father win championship after championship as the head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.

But on March 4, as GMs desperately rush to the market for some last minute purchases, most will seem to have forgotten their shopping lists at home as they impulsively add to their carts.

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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (March 2, 2009)—New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, Calgary Flames right wing Jarome Iginla and Atlanta Thrashers left wing Ilya Kovalchuk have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Mar. 1.

Continue Reading »

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Holding On To Escrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL is poised to keep more than $120 million in player escrow money at the end of this season, sources familiar with the league’s projections say.

The anticipated escrow return will be the largest ever made to the NHL and could deliver more than $4 million to each club’s bottom line at a time when the economy has softened and many have seen declines in single-game receipts.

It will be the second time since the league passed its current collective-bargaining agreement in 2005 that the NHL has kept a portion of the escrow money.

continued and thanks to SBJ for releasing the paid subscripition link to KK…

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Leonsis Talks Caps

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Home Ice XM204,

Capitals owner Ted Leonsis joined Scott Laughlin for his monthly appearance and they talked about the upcoming NHL Trade Deadline, playoff expectations, and Don Cherry’s controversial comments regarding Alexander Ovechkin.

Listen here...

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  Tags: ted+leonsis

Phoenix Recalls Turris

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled center Kyle Turris from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage. 

Turris, 19, has recorded 6-10-16 and 17 PIM in 50 games with the Coyotes this season.  He has also appeared in eight games with San Antonio, collecting 4-3-7. 

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What Lou Did Can Happen Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

What Lamoriello did was find a way to trade away a large contract to create room under the salary cap, which at the time was in its infancy. His trading partner, the San Jose Sharks, received the premium of a first-round draft pick for agreeing to use their room under the cap to take a multimillion-dollar contract off Lamoriello’s hands, which allowed him to sign a couple of important players.

At the time, some GMs thought this was circumventing the rules of the salary cap. But NHL commissioner Gary Bettman approved the deal and the complaints faded away.

Now, with the trade deadline approaching on Wednesday, some GMs think there may be a number of those deals made, which amount to one team leasing its spare cap room to another for a price. A rebuilding team with room to spare under the salary cap and no plans to spend a lot of money on free agents this summer will offer to take an expensive contract off another team’s hands, which will allow that other team to pursue a player who can help in the playoff drive.

read on

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No Day Like Deadline Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen via TSN,

You have just two days left to come up with your excuse to call in sick Wednesday. Here’s a tip: develop the early symptoms of a sore throat Monday, just to plant a seed with the boss. If still you look fresh and healthy when you leave the office Tuesday, it will be too obvious. C’mon, this is textbook trade deadline strategy!

Those of you who implement your plan successfully will spend the day on the couch in your boxers, with half a Cheeto hanging from your chin, getting exciting about seventh defencemen being traded for fifth-round draft picks, and occasionally drifting off into a fantasy that your Sens will get Zdeno Chara back. For Martin Gerber, straight up.

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