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Why Not Canada

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from TSN,

It is the topic of some of the most heated debates in Canadian sport: Why shouldn’t there be another NHL franchise in Canada? In a joint venture between TSN and The Globe and Mail, the investigative series WHY NOT CANADA? makes definite conclusions regarding the possibility of the addition of an NHL franchise in a Canadian market.

continued and watch the series which recently completed if you wish and I have also embedded the last part of the series which is basically a wrap up..

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All The Devils Can Do Is Wait

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from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Regardless of what the Devils might be willing to do, it seems Kovalchuk is trying very hard to sign with the Kings. Lombardi has already turned down two proposals from Grossman.

One of the proposals apparently asked that Kovalchuk be paid a low salary with a high bonus in 2012-13 because that has the potential to be a lost season because of a work stoppage when the current collective-bargaining agreement expires.

Whatever happens with Kovalchuk could have an impact on what the Devils can offer Zach Parise, who enters the final season on his contract.

Lamoriello said there is a chance the team will look to sign Parise to an extension this summer.

“We’ll see,” he said. “We’ll certainly try to get that done as quickly as possible.”

Lamoriello said he has kept Parise’s next contract in mind while dealing with Kovalchuk.


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Sharks Still Looking For A Defenseman

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from David Pollak of Working The Corners,

“We appreciate Niklas’s interest in coming to San Jose and we respect this process as it has unfolded,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said.  “We will continue preparing our team as we head toward the startof the 2010-11 season.”

In other words, the Sharks are still looking to improve the blue line (and maybe other areas as well) and if the right deal is out there, Wilson isn’t afraid to make it happen. Emphasis on it needing to be the right deal as he sees it — like the term and dollars on the Hjalmarsson offer.

“We made an offer based on what we thought was fair dollars and fair compensation based on what the system has defined,” Wilson said.

He wouldn’t, of course, go into what other players moved up a notch on the Sharks’ wish list in their effort to make up for the loss of Rob Blake — it’d be tampering even to mention the Rangers’ Marc Staal, for example, because the qualifying offer he received keeps him Rangers’ property even though he’s an RFA.


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Evening Line

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“The teams that are talking (trade) the most are trying to create a market I’m not really sure is there.”

-Blues GM Doug Armstrong via a Hockey News tweet.

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  Tags: doug+armstrong

The Dustin Brown Line

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from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

Kings captain Dustin Brown will be the guest of honor tonight at the House of Blues in Anaheim at the launching of Combat Sports’ new DLo23 line of hockey sticks, which he plans to use next season.

The sticks and a planned apparel line will be manufactured in North America, and the company’s offices are in Ottawa and Kent, Wash. Brown is the company’s lone NHL endorser, according to his agent, Scott Norton.

Norton also provided an explanation for the name DLo23, beyond the obvious inclusion of Brown’s uniform number.


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  Tags: dustin+brown

Bettman’s Salary Released - How Does Around $7M Sound?

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from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

Tripp Mickle of Sports Business Journal looked at the NHL’s most recent tax filing and dug up some absolute gold—or at least enough financial information to make you scowl slightly harder when purchasing a $30 officially licensed hat.

Mickle reports that the NHL saw its legal fees rise 48.6 percent during the fiscal year of July 2008-June 2009, to $3.94 million. There was evidently some sort of small-claims court case in Glendale, Ariz. that affected that budget. Something about petty larceny we hear.

The other news concerns what the NHL’s power brokers pull down in annual salary, including Commissioner Gary Bettman:


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  Tags: gary+bettman

Frolov May Head To KHL If Not Signed This Week

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

If UFA winger Alexander Frolov doesn’t land with an NHL team this week, don’t be surprised if he ends up going to the KHL, where there’s interest. He’s only 28 years old and is a two-time 30-goal scorer. Sure, he only scored 19 goals last season amid a benching from the Kings, but those 19 goals were scored from a third-line role. If I was an NHL GM needing some offense, I’d be all over this guy.

more hockey notes…

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  Tags: alexander+frolov

Will Donald Fehr Take The NHLPA Job?

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from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail,

The ball is clearly in Donald Fehr’s court.

A number of NHL players threw their support behind Fehr on the eve of meetings for the NHLPA’s executive board. Speaking at the union’s charity golf tournament on Monday afternoon, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek said he was “crossing his fingers” that Fehr would accept a leadership position with the union.

“He’d be a huge asset for the NHLPA,” said Komisarek. “To have him come in and lead this union, to round up and gather 700 guys and get them on the same page would be great.”


added 4:27pm, more on this topic from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail…

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  Tags: donald+fehr

Ramage’s Request For New Trial Is Denied

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from the CP at TSN,

Former NHL player Rob Ramage has lost a bid for a new trial on impaired driving charges in a car crash that killed another ex-NHL player.

Ramage was convicted in 2007 of four charges including impaired driving causing death in the crash that killed his friend Keith Magnuson.

He was sentenced to four years in prison and a five-year driving ban, but has been out on bail and living in the United States.

But his lawyers argued his Charter rights were violated when he was required to give a urine sample while in hospital with a head injury and on morphine.


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  Tags: keith+magnuson, rob+ramage

Chicago Will Match Offer Sheet For Hjalmarsson

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via NHL Blackhawks tweet,

Breaking news: Blackhawks WILL match San Jose’s offer sheet for Hjalmarsson.

added 3:54pm, GM Stan Bowman talks about matching the offer sheet.  Watch the video below…

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  Tags: niklas+hjalmarsson

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