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Cap Space Issues of the Top Teams

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Chen at Fox Sports,

There are a few teams we’ll know for certain to be buyers, though. Let’s look at the cap space situation for the league’s top eight teams. If you’re wondering where the East Coast love is, don’t blame me. Other than the Sens, no Eastern team has cracked 50 points.

1. Detroit: With a cap space of $5.4 million, the Wings have enough room to make probably one major move for a UFA (paying a portion of his salary for this year). However, between their big-name players, much of their cap is tied up for next year, so don’t anticipate the Wings getting someone who may have a year or two left on his contract. Besides, one glance at Detroit on the ice and the only thing they may actually need is a cup of coffee to make sure they keep running at this pace.

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Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: free+agents, trade+deadline

Wild in No Rush to Sign Bouchard

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,

“If somebody’s going to sign Butch to an offer sheet, I doubt it would be for 5 percent more than [his $2.6 million salary],” Lynn said. “In fact, that might be a favor for us. So let’s assume it would be a huge bonus to what he’s making this year. The field narrows pretty quickly, and then of those few, they’d have to be willing and able to do so.”

Of course, if Bouchard is in the Wild’s long-term plans, the team will eventually have to pony up anyway. After all, Bouchard can become an unrestricted free agent in July 2009.  So why not pay now?

“If oil’s $100 a barrel, would you rush out now and buy as much as you can if you know there’s a good chance it won’t get worse?” Lynn said. “Or, would you wait and see if it goes down to $70 or $80 a barrel? You could always spend $100 a barrel three months from now.”

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Minnesota Wild, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: contracts, pierre-marc+bouchard

Line Of The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bruins Blog,

“Even though it was a 1-0 game, in my mind, it wasn’t really a 1-0 game,” Julien said. “Carolina was by far the better team tonight. Sometimes you have to get embarrassed to react. Tonight is hopefully one of those nights we got embarrassed enough to react.”

Julien sent a message today, a 30 minute bag skate.  Not a puck to be seen on the ice.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: claude+julien

Modano’s Uncertain Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Heika at The Dallas Morning News,

The face of the franchise has led the team since the Minnesota North Stars drafted him first overall in 1988. But with Ribeiro, 27, signed up at $5 million a year, the career of Modano, 37, appears in flux.

“To tell you the truth, I’m not really sure what my role on the team is,” Modano said Tuesday before the Stars left town for tonight’s game in Chicago. “I think it’s changing.”

The Stars have pondered Modano’s transition for a few seasons. He could follow the pattern of Joe Niuewendyk and spend the last two years of his contract as the No. 2 center – complete with a gold watch and Conn Smythe Trophy.

But there’s a problem with that scenario.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mike+modano, mike+ribeiro

Top 10 Individual Seasons in NHL History

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From David Amber at ESPN,

10. Maurice “Rocket” Richard, Montreal Canadiens, 1944-45

Richard established an NHL benchmark for greatness during the 1944-45 season when he became the league’s first 50-goal scorer, accomplishing the feat in just a 50-game season. In a season in which Richard didn’t win a Stanley Cup ring or even the scoring title, the significance of 50 in 50 cannot be diminished. It would take another 16 years before anyone else would manage to score as many as 50 goals in a season (Bernie Geoffrion in a 64-game season). Not until Mike Bossy scored twice in the final five minutes of the Islanders’ 50th game in 1980-81 did another player match Richard’s feat of 50 goals in 50 games. For the Rocket, the 1944-45 season blasted him into iconic status, a superstar in the NHL and a living legend in his home province of Quebec. Considering this was the only season Richard would score 50 goals speaks volumes to how important that number was and still is today in hockey lore.

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Best Out Of Three

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

With the Devils’ Martin Brodeur, the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro and the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist all among the NHL’s elite, the debate over who’s the best hearkens back to the days of Willie, Mickey and the Duke.

continued

Filed in: NHL Teams, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Wings With Player Personnel Announcement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Red Wings Corner,

This was e-mailed out to the media this morning. Sounds like something significant, but who knows. This could just be something to hype the web site ...

RED WINGS TO MAKE PLAYER PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENT

The Detroit Red Wings will make a player personnel announcement today (Jan. 9) at 11:45 am via www.DetroitRedWings.com

added 10:55am, from the CP via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have signed goaltender Chris Osgood to a three-year contract extension.

Osgood is earning US$800,000 this season and was slated for unrestricted free agency July 1. His new deal will average close to $1.5 milliion a season, a source told The Canadian Press.

The team was expected to make it official later Wednesday.

Looks like the secret is out…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Broadcasting Across The League

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pete Maher at the Calgary Sun,

The best broadcast location I ever worked in was in the old Olympia in Detroit, but for only two seasons before it was replaced by the Joe Louis Arena.

The Saddledome now has the best broadcasting seat.

Our location is suspended from the roof just over the final row of seats in the lower bowl on the penalty-box side.

Broadcasters are also additionally stimulated by crowd response—when the Sea of Red is in prime form, nothing rivals the Saddledome.

The new location in San Jose is just below the roof.

more of the best and worst broadcast locations…

Filed in: NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Burke Speaks Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

“I think it’s a great idea to have player input, but the competition committee should report to the managers,” he said. “Which players are on the competition committee? Which group do they speak for? Sixty per cent of our league plays a certain kind of hockey, 10 per cent play a certain kind of hockey ... what’s the composition of that group, and what’s their goal? What are they trying to accomplish? Are they trying to do what’s best for their particular group?”

Currently, the players on the committee are Brendan Shanahan, Jarome Iginla, Trevor Linden, Marty Turco and Rob Blake. The GMs are David Poile (Nashville), Don Waddell (Atlanta), Bob Gainey (Montreal) and Burke’s arch-enemy, Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe. Philadelphia chairman Ed Snider rounds out the group.

“Players don’t vote for rule changes in any other sport,” said Burke. “So either we’re revolutionary, and it’s a great idea, or we’ve got it bass-ackwards. And I think we’ve got it bass-ackwards.”

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Filed in: NHL Teams, Anaheim Ducks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brian+burke

Bryzgalov Feels At Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sports Ticker via Yahoo,

“I think I found a home,” Bryzgalov said after stopping 30 shots in the Coyotes’ 3-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday. “I feel here it’s my best year in the NHL.

“I feel trust. I believe in the guys. The guys believe in me. I think we have a great future if we continue working hard and believe in ourselves.”...

Bryzgalov has started 22 of 24 games for his new team, posting a 13-8-1 record with a 2.15 goals-against average and .930 save percentage.

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Filed in: NHL Teams, d, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+bryzgalov

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