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Why Not Don

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

But what Cherry should be wondering—and what we should be wondering—is why he has not yet been recognized by the Hall. Like him or hate him, there is no disputing the impact Cherry has had on hockey.

In a country that is all about hockey, he owns the loudest voice and the most recognized face.

more and other NHL bits…

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SoCal Teams Have Work To Do

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from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

Burke could find out about Niedermayer’s status today, as to whether he will play next season or retire. “His wife had a baby yesterday,” Burke said. “I’m pretty sure talking to me is not high on his list of things to do.”

Then there’s the other veteran defenseman in Southern California, captain Rob Blake. Kings’ GM Dean Lombardi says he already has met with the 38-year-old Blake and will have additional discussions with him this week.

Blake will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, as will another former Kings’ defenseman, Brad Stuart, who was sent to the Stanley Cup champion Red Wings at the trade deadline in February.

The Kings can’t say whether they would make a run at Stuart yet because of tampering rules, but he was considered a good fit in the dressing room.


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No Red Flags

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from Brad Schrade of the Tennessean,

The Predators’ situation is the first of its kind involving a minority ownership. In the other cases, bankruptcy trustees worked with the NHL to find a replacement owner, relying on the league to help with leads to potential buyers.

It’s unclear whether Del Biaggio underwent the tough scrutiny of a background check in 2002 when he bought a small stake in the San Jose Sharks. The league confirmed that he underwent a background check for the Predators purchase.

“You do all the things you can do to verify certain things,” said Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner. “You go through the checks. The bottom line is, no red flags came up.”

much more...

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No Action Yet

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Thirteen trades were made involving 15 teams on Friday and among the players moved were Cammalleri, Umberger, Jokinen and Alex Tanguay. Another 14 deals were made Friday, most of which, admittedly, involved draft picks.

And the Canucks weren’t involved in any of them.

“I’ve said from the outset we want to win as quickly as possible but it’s tough to get those players,” said Gillis. “We’re working on a bunch of different things and we’ll have an opportunity on July 1 (when the market opens for unrestricted free agents). If you can’t get it done this way you can get it done another way.”

But a lot of things were done in Ottawa this weekend. They just weren’t done by the Canucks.


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Lecavalier’s Value

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Now, the tea leaves. Given that only a small percentage of players work beyond their late 30s, a man of Lecavalier’s age, and riches already banked, is probably looking at no more than an eight-year extension, bringing him to age 37. The league soon will announce that a max deal, based on leaguewide revenues and the salary-cap figure, will be pegged around $11 million a year.

Exposed in the free agent market next summer, Lecavalier likely would entice at least a couple of suitors (are you listening, Montreal?) to offer him a max deal. To remain in Tampa, where many of his extended family members have moved in recent years, he probably would lock in around eight years at $80 million.

more NHL talk…

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Jackets Need An Identity

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

We’ve come a long way in Columbus. The annual draft, a time of rebirth and promise, has turned into another opportunity to rip management. That is practically Canadian.

Fans understand that franchise sustenance depends largely on drafting well and stocking the farm system. But after eight spotty drafts and seven losing seasons, the Jackets remain a nondescript team, and nobody cares how many quality fifth-round picks and third-line forwards they have.

The Jackets need players.

read on

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Wooing Sundin

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

While Gainey usually wears a poker face whenever prodded to reveal such plans, a source close to the Habs GM suggested he might wing across the Atlantic for a face-to-face chat with Sundin as early as Wednesday.

Whatever Gainey does, this much is certain: The two teams do have a deal in place in the event Sundin signs with Montreal. There is speculation that Toronto might receive a 2009 first-round pick in return, but that, to this point, is merely draft-floor speculation.

About 15 minutes before Gainey had his chat with the hordes of reporters at Scotiabank Place yesterday, Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher was being peppered with Sundin queries of his own.

“I talked (to Mats),” Fletcher said. “I just have to do my job and do what’s best for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is what it is.


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  Tags: mats+sundin

Hands On Owners

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Maybe Oren Koules and Len Barrie are going to be a two-headed version of Mark Cuban. Maybe, as some in the hockey industry suggest, they’re going to turn the Tampa Bay Lightning upside down with their idiosyncratic notions of ownership activism….

Stories of Barrie and Koules calling other NHL teams directly to discuss player moves, with Lightning GM Jay Feaster left to figure out the details, are already popular gossip topics in hockey circles.


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Dolan Challenges Bettman

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This threat to take the Rangers New York Rangers away from Jim Dolan isn’t about legalities. This isn’t even about the Garden suing the NHL. Not really. Rather, this is about Dolan and the Garden challenging the despotic reign of Gary Bettman just the way Bob Goodenow had the temerity to do so.

And we all know what ultimately happened to Goodenow.

continued and some UFA/trade talk too…

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Sather Talks Jagr & Avery

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from John Dellapina of the NY Daily News,

Glen Sather yet again pledged his affection for Jaromir Jagr Saturday. And with just 10 days remaining until Jagr can hit the NHL’s open market, the Rangers’ general manager is at least exploring ways to keep him from getting there.

“I know that Jaromir would like to come back,” Sather said. “I’ve met with his agent two or three times now. I met with him here the other day. He told me he wants to come back. I’ve said that I want to have him back. And that’s where it is.”


Also from Dellapina at the NY Daily News,

Rangers GM Glen Sather spent the entire, 30-minute seventh round of the NHL draft sitting with Avery’s agent Pat Morris Saturday. And after Morris made his pitch, complete with a folder full of statistical evidence, he emerged all but convinced that Avery won’t be re-signed before becoming an unrestricted free agent at noon on July 1.

“We had an interesting dialogue, and there appears to be disagreement over what Sean’s value is to the New York Rangers,” Morris said.

read on

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