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What To Pay Carey Price

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

So just how much should a 22-year-old, still-developing netminder with oodles of talent and a career stat line of 60-48-18, 2.73 and .912 for a team that’s finished eighth in the East twice in his three seasons get? I’ll betcha he’s thinking something in the range of $3.5 million. Here’s why.

First off, this is Montreal we’re talking about, home to the most intense fans in the world and a place where goaltenders are revered. And despite Halak taking over at season’s end, Price actually improved his numbers from the season prior. And let’s not forget, despite those numbers not being outstanding, he was playing for a team that just squeaked into the post-season and finished 26th in goals for.

Then, of course, there are the league-wide comparisons, everyone’s favorite. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne is five years older, has played 21 fewer NHL games and has a career save percentage of .914. Rinne’s price tag: $3.4 million. Anaheim’s Jonas Hiller is 28 and has just three more career wins than Price. Hiller makes $4.5 million.


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Watching The Sabres

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BUFFALO, NY (July 15, 2010) – The Buffalo Sabres announced today that the team has capped the number of season tickets for the 2010-2011 season at 14,825 and had a renewal rate of 98% from last year. In addition, there are currently over 1,600 members of the Blue and Gold Club which is comprised of individuals on a waiting list for season tickets. The team also unveiled their variable ticket pricing schedule and mini-pack prices for the 2010-2011 regular season.

“Our season ticket holders have been a crucial part of the business success of the Buffalo Sabres in recent years,” said Chief Operating Officer Dan DiPofi. “We are extremely grateful for their constant support and passion for our team. As the relationship between our fans and the organization continues to grow, we look forward to celebrating the 40th anniversary of Sabres hockey in Western New York with our community.”

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Colorado’s Poor Team Corsi

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Last year the Colorado Avalanche grabbed the final playoff spot in the West Conference with a 43-39 record (9 regulation tie points).  They did so largely by a strong start.  They had a 10-3 (2 regulation tie points) record at the end of October.  They did this despite a low team Corsi rating.  They allowed 699 more shots directed at their net (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) than they managed to direct at their opponent’s net in 5 on 5 situations.  This was the third worst in the NHL (only Edmonton and Florida were worse) and this shows that Colorado was not strong at puck possession.  In fact, the only team that had as high a Corsi as Colorado’s was negative was the Stanley Cup champions in Chicago.

How did Colorado manage a playoff berth with such poor puck possession?  Can they expect to repeat it in the future?

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Meech Still A Red Wing

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via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Derek Meech to a one-year contract worth $500,000.

Meech will compete for the No. 6 spot in training camp and the preseason, but if he doesn’t get it, he’ll likely be traded due to the team’s crowded roster.

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Morning Line

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.. we wanted to get into one of the top four sports, so we spent about five years looking for a team, and we were really close to buying the Tampa Bay Lightning in the NHL. I mean, really close. … But there was a little dissention in the family because we weren’t all 100 percent behind the deal. We didn’t feel comfortable with it. We didn’t understand hockey, as a sport, very well at the time. We understand it today a lot better and it’s a great sport. But we didn’t pursue it.

Just about a year later this opportunity with the (Sacramento) Kings came along, where we could buy controlling interest of the team, and we took it.

-George Maloof in an interview with John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Sun.

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Gagne May Be A Fit In Tampa

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning apparently has interest in acquiring Flyers left wing Simon Gagne. It’s tough to tell how serious it is because no one within the organization has said so publicly, but it would be naïve to believe otherwise.

Put another way, why wouldn’t Tampa Bay at least inquire about a proven goals and points producer who is being shopped by a team desperate to clear cap space? And to put it even ANOTHER way: Why wouldn’t general manager Steve Yzerman be salivating over the possibility of having his top two lines be (left to right) Gagne-Vinny Lecavalier-Marty St. Louis and Ryan Malone-Steven Stamkos-Steve Downie?

Acquiring Gagne, 30, who in the past three seasons in which he was healthy scored 47, 41 and 34 goals, would make the Lightning automatic playoff contenders. It would spike ticket sales. It would make Tampa Bay relevant again in a market where it has been the butt of jokes the past two years. And, besides, what’s the harm in a little short-term gain while Yzerman decides what direction to take the team in the future?


added 7:07am, from Dave Fuller of the Toronto Sun,

Still one of the most dangerous left wingers in the NHL — when healthy — Gagne, 30, has only a year left on his deal and could become an unrestricted free agent next July 1.

The Leafs, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings are thought to have the most interest in the explosive winger, though with a no-trade clause in his contract, Gagne retains the right to pick-and-choose. Unless the Flyers waive him, which seems unlikely.

So, what about Gagne joining the Leafs? Is general manager Brian Burke interested?

Well, he didn’t completely dismiss the notion when contacted Wednesday by e-mail.

“Not at this time,’ was his intriguing, though noncommittal response when asked about Gagne.

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Wings Stay In Touch With Maltby & Lilja

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Two weeks into free agency, the Detroit Red Wings are keeping in contact with unrestricted free agents Kirk Maltby and Andreas Lilja, while waiting for Mike Modano to decide on his future.

Maltby, the longtime Red Wing, is seeking a one-way contract on the open market.

If he doesn’t get it, the Red Wings will offer him a one-year, two-way contract (lower salary in the AHL). He would have to compete for a roster spot in training camp and the preseason and would be assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins if he doesn’t beat out somebody.

At this stage of his career, it seems unlikely that Maltby, 37, would be willing to play in the minors.


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All Scott Arniel

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from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Craig Custance: What’s your biggest challenge in taking over as coach of the Blue Jackets?

Scott Arniel: The biggest thing is we have to change the mindset here. We’ve got to learn how to win. You can only be a young team for so long. Now it’s a case of where the younger group has to start to mature and get better. We’ve seen it in the past with a team like L.A. They took a big step last year. Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington—it’s a case of young guys stepping up.


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Celebrate While You Can Chicago

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from Noah Love of PostedSports at the National Post,

Bowman likely won’t have a choice on Huet and Niemi. He’ll move Niemi’s RFA rights for (hopefully) NHL-ready prospects, and then one or two of Sharp/Bolland/Hossa for prospects and draft picks so he can fit a pile of cheap forwards and defencemen into the lineup next season.

The Hawks will lean on Toews, Kane, Keith and Seabrook like never before just to make it back to the playoffs, and Bowman will start putting the puzzle back together.

Enjoy the glow of Stanley Cup success this summer, Blackhawks fans. The next few seasons will probably feature a lot less Vince Vaughn.


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Zherdev Strives To Be A More Complete Player

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

It appears as though Nikolai Zherdev is determined to make his second NHL tour of duty a memorable one with the Philadelphia Flyers.

In his initial conference call with the media Wednesday after signing a one-year deal with the club July 9, Zherdev fielded questions regarding his return to the League following a one-year stint in the Kontinental Hockey League.

“I’m very happy to be back in the NHL,” Zherdev said via Russian translator Alexander Tyjnych. “I had some difficulty last season signing a contract in the NHL and I made the decision to stay one season in Russia. But basically my goal is to come to the NHL and be one of the best players, and play every night, and show everybody I’m ready. It’s a new team, new teammates, new coach, new organization, new city, but I’m a hockey player. I still have my tools and I like to show to everybody I’m still a good hockey player.”


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