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Jay Feaster Now Asst. GM In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames Executive Vice President & General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today that Jay Feaster has been appointed Assistant General Manager.  Feaster joins the Flames organization to build on his decorated managerial career which includes a Stanley Cup Championship as General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2004 and a Calder Cup Championship as the President of the Hershey Bears (American Hockey League) in 1997.

“We have contemplated additional hockey management resources for sometime,” said Sutter. “We are pleased to have someone of Jay’s experience and track record become part of our executive group. He will make important contributions to our organization.”

Feaster joins Senior Vice President & Assistant General Manager Michael Holditch as central figures with the Flames hockey management group.

“I am very pleased to join such a first-class organization as the Flames, and I truly welcome the opportunity to work with Darryl and his entire hockey department staff,” said Feaster. “Having managed in the NHL, there were not many situations that would have been attractive in an AGM role; however, the minute Darryl phoned me I was ready to sign-on. My family and I look forward to making Calgary our new home.”

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It’s All About The Cap With Kovalchuk

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

... several GMs, governors and agents told ESPN.com over the past few months that they didn’t believe any team would be willing to pay Kovalchuk $10 million a year. You can’t pay anyone that amount of money and still expect to ice a competitive team around him under the salary cap. That’s a popular sentiment around the league.

But perhaps more intriguing is this rumor making the circles among owners and team executives—the league will fight for a lower salary cap (change the way the percentages are calculated in order to get a lower cap) in the next collective-bargaining agreement two years from now (the players will likely be led into the next labor talks by the battled-tested Donald Fehr and will certainly have a say in that.)

Whether the lower cap comes to fruition, the potential for it has clearly effected the way some teams are already thinking, including the Los Angeles Kings, the team Kovalchuk wants to sign with.

read on

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Lebda Wants Bigger Role In Toronto

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from Kevn McGran of the Toronto Star,

The defenceman essentially tutored under the likes of Nik Lidstrom, Chris Chelios and Brian Rafalski in his time with the Red Wings.

As great as it had been to play with them, and win a Cup, Lebda believes it’s time to fulfill the promise of his youth when he signed as a free agent out of Notre Dame.

In Detroit, ice time was limited for the slick, puck-moving defenceman, largely because the Wings had a great cast on the blue line. He played just about every game, but only about 15 minutes or so per game in his five seasons in Detroit.

He believes he’ll get his shot with the Toronto Maple Leafs after signing a two-year, $2.9 million contract.

read on

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Eric Fehr Re-Signs With Washington

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ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed right wing Eric Fehr to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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John Torchetti Named Associate Head Coach In Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

John Torchetti, who was a candidate for the Thrashers head coach position, was named associate head coach on Thursday. He will serve under Craig Ramsay, who was hired to coach the Thrashers last month.

Torchetti, 45, served as an assistant coach with Chicago the past three seasons, including helping the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup championship this season.

Torchetti joins a list of four former Blackhawks players obtained by the Thrashers this offseason. Torchetti and Thrashers general manager Rick Dudley worked together in Chicago, Florida and Tampa Bay.

“I’ve known John for several years and he is a highly-talented and extremely knowledgeable individual,” Dudley said in a statement. “He is an excellent coach who will strengthen Craig’s staff and we’re fortunate to have him as part of our organization.”


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Gagne Says NTC Not Waived

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via Sarah Baicker of CSNPhilly,

Flyers winger Simon Gagne has told media service RDS that he has not waived his no-trade clause.

This contradicts multiple reports last week that said Gagne had waived his no-trade clause with the Flyers looking to move him to another team.

“I have a no-trade clause and I didn’t waive it,” Gagne said Wednesday, speaking to reporters in French. “The Flyers have a salary cap problem, and I’m a player that is on the tail end of his contract, with still a year to complete. The next few days may help us to see what’s going to happen for me.”

I wrote earlier this week this whole story did not make sense and now Gagne comes out with the true story.

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What Probert Could Have Been

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Even in his post-hockey life, a period when he discovered the joys of family and the rewards of a solid marriage and a network of caring friends, one got the sense that Probert, a near perfect blend of size, speed, gifted touch and physical ability to play the game anyway you wanted to play it, was still mentally tortured by the conflict of who he was when measured against what others expected him to be.

It’s understandable. If one were looking for an appropriate inscription for the stone that should forever mark his spot it could easily be: “Peace at Last”.

But it could also be “He Could Have Been”...

And there lies both the tragedy and the reality of the life of Robert A. Probert.

read on

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There Is A Difference

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

I rag on NHL players a lot – and with good reason. Their boring nicknames roll off an assembly line, they’re far from the most worldly of individuals, and their union-maintaining abilities leave much to be desired.

But after witnessing the NBA’s orgy of egoism the last few weeks, I appreciate NHLers a little bit more than I used to.

Don’t get me wrong – this isn’t going to be one of the thinly veiled bigoted rants that often get tossed at NBA players. I covered the Toronto Raptors for a bunch of years – during the Vince Carter Era, mostly – and I found, in many aspects, basketball players and hockey players share the same experiences: the shortened childhoods; the temptations that come when the exuberance of youth and large sums of money are locked in the same room together; the drive to provide for families that sacrificed in the hope their prodigal sons would prosper.


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  Tags: nba

Carrying The Torch

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from Sammy Hudes of ShalomLife,

There have always been just a handful of ‘the chosen people’ playing in the National Hockey League, yet many have certainly made names for themselves over the years. From New York Islanders great Bob Nystrom to journeyman Mathieu Schneider, a defenseman who has amassed 743 points during his impressive career, there have been many recognizable names to play in the NHL who are of the Jewish faith. Schneider, 41 has played for 10 teams over his career but is without a contract for the 2010-11 season thus far. So is Jeff Halpern, a 34-year-old who last played for the Los Angeles Kings and once captained the Washington Capitals (who are now led by Alexander Ovechkin). The futures of both Schneider and Halpern are unclear, but will likely be known by August or September.

In the new era of the NHL, the leaders of the Jewish population include the likes of Mike Cammalleri, Eric Nystrom, Nicklas Grossman and Mike Brown.


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Bryan Trottier No Longer In Charge Of Player Development For Islanders

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from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Bryan Trottier will not return as Executive Director of Player Development for the franchise, a role he has held since 2006.

Trottier, the Hall of Fame center, Hart Trophy winner and member of the Islanders dynasty, was listed atop the team’s directory of hockey operations personnel above even assistant general manager Ryan Jankowski, who was told on Monday night that his contract would not be renewed.


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