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Cap News

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHL players union has voted to trigger the 5-percent escalator on the 2009-10 salary cap, The Post has learned.

This means that the 2009-10 cap will remain within a couple of hundred thousand dollars of last season’s figure of $56.7 million.

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Could Kaberle Be Moved?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs have received what the team considers to be a significant offer for defenceman Tomas Kaberle.

There are few details available, however the offer arrived unexpectedly Thursday afternoon and is believed to be from one of the teams who may have been in the hunt, trying to acquire the negotiating rights to Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester.

continued

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  Tags: tomas+kaberle

Report- LA Offer For Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo’s Twitter,

Appears L.A. Kings team to beat for Heatley; Alex Frolov, another & the fifth overall pick I’m hearing.

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Canes Trying To Sign Cole & LaRose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

Based on what was said at the conclusion of the season, it seemed as though Erik Cole and Chad LaRose, the team’s top two internal priorities, would be back in the fold with time to spare. However, there is still some considerable ground to make up before that happens.

“It doesn’t look like it now,” said Rutherford when asked if he expected to sign Cole and LaRose before they can shop their services freely to other teams. “We’re not making a lot of progress with any guys at this point. I do have some meetings set up this week, so I’ll have a better idea when I get back to the office on Monday as to where we are on these contracts.”

Although those players could still be signed by Carolina after July 1, Rutherford said that he viewed that day as a hard deadline, making it unlikely that those players would return if talks don’t move forward rather quickly..

read on

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Holland On The Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Holland was just on NHL Live, here is a recap.

Until the Wings know what the cap figure is, they really cannot make any moves.

Regarding Hossa, he has talked with Hossa’s agent this week, and believes the Wings are Hossa’s first choice.  If he can get a cap number that satisfies both parties, then they will sign it.  No official offer has been made, waiting for the hard cap number.

Regarding the draft, Wings will take a skater that fits into the Wings philosophy.  The person they draft is probably 4-5 years away from the NHL and they are looking at the skill of the player.

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The Asking Price For Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The LA Kings are Twittering from the draft,

Just spoke with Hexy about what OTT is asking for in exchange for Heatley. He said “1 or 2 players and our fifth pick.”

Also, SENShobo is updating thru twitter at his blog on KK.

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  Tags: dany+heatley

All Uncle Mike

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

He was ours first. That’s all I’m saying.  Well, he was Anaheim’s first, but…you get the idea.

Canada’s got a new golden boy and his name’s Babcock.  Feature stories are all over the place, and this one is better than most.

NHL.com

“We’re real fortunate in Detroit. We have a good family here with the Red Wings people. That’s what we’re about here. We have great people. We try to acquire great people and to me, that’s what it’s all about. It’s about integrity and trust. And if you have good people around you, you can get things done.”

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Same Colors, Different Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

He’s used to coaching teams wearing red and white, and Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was officially installed as coach for Team Canada’s entry in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman made the announcement Thursday, stealing some of the spotlight from the festivities surround the NHL’s entry draft….

One of Canada’s challenges will be shutting down the top stars from other countries. Some of those stars – Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk, and Sweden’s Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom – play for Babcock’s Wings.

“Nobody knows them better,” Wings GM Ken Holland said of Babcock.

more

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  Tags: team+canada

The Reviews Are In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Now that the 2008-09 season is over, it’s time for a developing Screen Shots tradition: the year-end column in which, with the aid of RottenTomatoes.com, we decide on a real-life movie title for each NHL team’s season, as well as a genuine review of that film that also works as commentary on their fortunes. (For scrolling’s sake, we’ll do the Eastern Conference this week and the Western side seven days from now.)

WASHINGTON
Movie: I Love You, Man
Summary: The Capitals take another step forward in their team evolution. Still, the focus remains on No. 8. Who doesn’t love the hot stick-touching, “I-SWEAR-A-GAWD”-uttering, commercial-jingle-warbling Alex Ovechkin? (Besides Sidney Crosby.)
Real Review: “Great for men, excellent for women and perfect for a metrosexual man-date.” – Colin Newton, Courier Mail

read on

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People Are Talking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The Florida Panthers are closing in on dealing star defenceman Jay Bouwmeester’s negotiating rights.

Five teams remain in the mix with the asking price just to talk to Bouwmeester, according to source, believed to be a third round draft pick.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks are in discussions with a couple of teams, with Sharks forward Ryan Clowe the centre of trade talks.

read on

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