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Salary Cap Not Helping All Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Because of the salary cap that Bettman imposed, the Lightning and Senators are toast for years to come. How is that good for the fans? More important, how is that good for the National Hockey League?

And there’s no guarantee that these two teams are the only ones that will be adversely affected. They’re just the first. The Pittsburgh Penguins, Philadelphia Flyers, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers, among others, could soon find themselves in the same boat.

The problem? Once your team stops producing despite high-priced players, you’re doomed. There’s no way out of it.

read on

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Sanford Clears Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Goaltender Curtis Sanford cleared waivers on Thursday and has been sent to Manitoba of the AHL

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: curtis+sanford

Dubielewicz Agrees To Terms With Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

The Islanders have reached an agreement with former goaltender Wade Dubielewicz on a contract for the rest of the season for the pro-rated portion of a $500,000 annual salary, according to an NHL source. The club has indicated plans to provide an update later today on the condition of starter Rick DiPietro, but the signing of Dubielewicz is a strong indicator that DiPietro might be done for the season because of continued swelling in his surgically repaired knee.

continued

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  Tags: wade+dubielewicz

Washington - Pittsburgh Chatter Continues

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Slava Malamud, contributing at Tarik El-Bashir’s blog in the Washington Post:

And here is what we could learn about the assorted feuds of the Alexes, the Kid and Malkin. You can believe me when I say that Russian journalists would much rather write about goals and wins, but since this story is apparently a gift that keeps on giving, we deemed appropriate to get further into it.

For one, Alex Ovechkin apparently speaks to Sidney Crosby. Loud and clear at that, to the point where all the teammates of both players and a couple of officials would like to gather around and partake in the exchange. And here is another thing: Alexander Semin also speaks to Crosby. At least, according to Evgeni Malkin, and that is a bit of a surprise, to say the least. And here is the third thing: Ovechkin and Malkin - nope, still not talking to each other, presumably, because both are so busy talking to Crosby.

Sheesh. This story is turning into some sort of odd Russian love triangle/feud, with a stray Canadian tossed into the mix.  Read on for quotes after last night’s Pens-Caps game.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+ovechkin, alex+semin, evgeni+malkin, sidney+crosby

Maurice Ready to Play the Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“The politically correct thing that most coaches would say is that it’s just like any other game. But it’s absolutely not.  It’s absolutely personal. You get fired, you want to see that team lose every game for the next ten years.”

Paul Maurice, coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, deliberately getting the Toronto media in a tizzy today [TSN; audio available here]

*hat-tip to Dave of Carolina on Ice and Barry Melrose Rocks

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple Leafs, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: paul+maurice

This Will Take Us To Full Capacity

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1223 with a reminder of Z’s stance back in ‘07, and the latest speculation (not from the Diggers, naturally) from the middle of last month at The Hockey News.
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Stress Train.  Boarding.  Now.

If you’ve seen this, sorry. I hadn’t until just now.  Looking over this Elliotte Friedman blog post, kinda grinning over the fact that the Pens are screwed due to the Cap…and I came to this.  I’m not grinning anymore.

Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa, Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler (restricted) are all up, and Zetterberg is testing the Red Wings’ limits. (They gave Hossa a one-year deal equal to Nicklas Lidstrom’s $7.45 million, and a 10-year, $75 million offer to Zetterberg has apparently been rejected.)

Continue Reading »

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Dallas Needs More From Their Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jean Jacques-Taylor of the Dallas Morning News,

You can’t win in professional sports when your highest-paid players don’t play to their contracts.

No exceptions. No excuses.

You want to know why the Stars have struggled all season, just follow the money.

Brad Richards earns $7.8 million. Marty Turco earns $5.7 million. Mike Ribeiro earns $5 million.

None of them has played to his immense ability this season.

Look at the numbers. They don’t lie.

continued

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Why Live Blogs Are Important To You And Your Families

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I found this comment from Voox last night to be especially appropriate.

Chief, if you think any contest will lead me to contribute anything of value, you don’t know me very well.

Could have been any one of you.

 

Continue Reading »

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OHL Hockey Helmet Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Will other leagues follow, including the NHL?

Watch a report from the CBC.

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Teams Really Interested In Vinny

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Elliotte Friedman of Blogs and Colums at CBC,

Ask yourself the following questions:

1) How many teams in the NHL can actually afford Lecavalier’s 11-year, $85 million contract?
2) How many of those teams historically would be willing to have anyone on their roster making anywhere near that kind of cash?
3) How many of those teams have the kind of cap flexibility to add him?

The last question is crucial, because this is not a situation where the Lightning want to take another team’s big contract in return. So, if, for argument’s sake, the Flyers were interested, it’s impossible to believe that Tampa would take Daniel Briere in exchange, because both deals are similarly front-loaded. (Please understand: I have no reason to believe this has been discussed. It’s just an example.)

So, how many teams are really in this race?

read on

Filed in: NHL Teams, Tampa Bay Lightning, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

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