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Hey Mats, Head To Detroit

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Canucks remain hopeful that Mats Sundin will take the two-year, $20 million deal they’ve left on the table. Great spot, Vancouver, but the Canucks aren’t winning the Cup with Sundin, this year or next. If he wants to win, his only real option is to sign with the Red Wings, and take the kind of “championship discount” Marian Hossa accepted ($7.45 million per year). “Marian made it clear that he wanted to be with an elite team,” said one of the 29 NHL general managers who didn’t land the elite right wing. “And right now, it looks like there is only one elite team in the league.”

many more NHL topics…

Ken Holland has stated the Wings are not on Sundin’s radar, just in case you are asking.

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Del Biaggio Had Plans For Preds

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from Brad Schrade of the Tennessean,

As Metro officials considered whether to give millions of additional tax dollars to the Nashville Predators’ new owners earlier this year, at least one part-owner was already selling the idea that the team would fail here and could be moved to another city.

William J. “Boots” Del Biaggio III, a California businessman who has filed for bankruptcy and has been accused of fraud by several lenders, was signaling to potential investors that the team had “portability value,” according to a confidential document obtained by The Tennessean.

continued

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Morning Line

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Expect revenue sharing to be front and center on the table the next time around, but expect it to be on the Board of Governors’ table so that the owners can confront one another over it before approaching the union.

- read more from Larry Brooks on this revenue sharing topic…

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Checking In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Morning.  Vacation has taken me away from hockey, but only for two more days.  In case you’re wondering what could possibly distract me? 

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Sens Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

“As far as I know Bouwmeester is not the guy that Jacques Martin is offering up,” said a league executive yesterday. “Bouwmeester is the guy they’ve got to build that team around. I haven’t heard his name being offered around in a trade, not even once.”

Instead, the group of blueliners Martin is trying to deal is a lot less attractive to NHL GMs. The indications are anybody can have Florida defenceman Mike Van Ryn, who is scheduled to make $3.35 million the next two seasons, for just a draft pick…

The Senators held brief discussions with C Jason Williams, but are studying other options for a Top 6 forward.

more on the Sens…

added 10:31am, via Bruce Garrioch at Off The Posts,

I took plenty of calls from people asking me Saturday if the Senators had signed Jason Williams.
The quick answer: No.
The reality: They held one brief conversation with Williams and decided to go in another direction. The Senators simply can’t afford to sign anybody to a contract at the moment….

Antoine Vermette’s agent Allan Walsh has denied his client has asked for a trade and wants to work out a long term deal.

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Lecavalier Contract Details

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from TSN,

Vincent Lecavalier’s new deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning will carry him close to his 40th birthday.

The 28-year-old franchise centre signed an 11-year, $85-million contract extension with the Lightning that will kick in for the 2009-2010 season and run through the 2019-2020 campaign.

Lecavalier will earn $10-million per season in salary and bonuses for the first six seasons of the deal, before dropping to $8.5-million in 2016-2017, $4-million in 2017-2018, $1.5-million in 2018-2019 and $1-million and 2019-2020.

continued

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KHL President Not Backing Down

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from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,

KHL president Alexander Medvedev said yesterday that the “existing gentleman’s agreement” worked out between the NHL, KHL and IIHF in Zurich on Thursday “is not backed by documents,” allowing Alexander Radulov to leave his Nashville contract and go to Salavat Yulaev Ufa because no international agreement had yet been signed when Radulov made his move.

Mevedev said the agreement would be signed “in two or three days, probably Monday,” and that once it is signed, it will “not be retroactive.” Radulov’s move to Salavat is “a situation not subject to dispute,” said Medvedev, who represented the KHL at the Zurich meeting.

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Brylin Has Not Signed With KHL Team

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Although it’s been reported that Sergei Brylin has signed with SKA-St. Petersburg of the Russian Continental League, I received a message from Sergei this morning saying that he “hasn’t signed a contract for next season.”

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Quick Spurts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

Summertime. Attention span short. Too many distractions…umm…outside window. Here’s blog, in spurts:

For the second consecutive summer, the Nashville Predators have an ownership mess, underscored by a dearth of activity in free agency (as in zero this year).

While GM David Poile, head coach Barry Trotz and their staffs deserve heaps of credit for prevailing under difficult circumstances, the constant franchise turmoil is unseemly and telling.

While there is a faction of concentrated, good fans in the region, NHL hockey still isn’t working in Music City.

more spurts…

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Signing Talk

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from Spector,

SPORT-EXPRESS.RU: reports former NY Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan has apparently received an offer from an unnamed KHL team, believed to be SKA St. Petersburg, the same club that signed former New Jersey Devils forward Sergei Brylin earlier this week. They have a spot for a foreign player and the team is coached by Barry Smith who used to work for the Detroit Red Wings when Shanahan played there.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Little news has been heard about Shanahan since the UFA market opened nearly two weeks ago, and it remains to be seen if he’d consider playing in Russia if he fails to land an NHL contract.

more signing talk…

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