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Talking Marc Savard Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont at Bruins Blog,

An Internet report this afternoon (yesterday) had No. 1 Bruins center Marc Savard poised to extend his deal for another seven seasons, beginning in 2010-‘11, worth a total possibly as high as $39 million (about a $5.6 million cap hit).

According to a source familiar with the ongoing contract talks, the signing is not imminent and the total payout is not likely to be as high as reported today.

Savard, who will turn 33 years old next July, is closing in on a seven-year pact worth closer to $32 million (cap hit: approximately $4.7 million).

A typical payout for this kind of deal, made popular by the Red Wings and Flyers, would see Savard pull in, say, all but $3-4 million over the first five years.

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Time For Points, Not Excuses For The Ducks

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Hiller, who voiced displeasure after the Detroit game about his teammates allowing scoring chances, reiterated, along with Giguere and Carlyle, that it’s a group effort.

“Right now all we need is points,” Hiller said. “Goaltending can definitely (give you) a chance to win. That’s what we want to do and I think that’s what we try to do. But it’s not always that easy. It’s got to be the whole team.”

Tonight will mark the 20-game point of the season for the Ducks, who seem to carry an undercurrent of uneasiness after general manager Bob Murray’s recent comments that players will depart before Carlyle does if the losing continues.

Giguere bluntly stated that the feeling-out period is long over.

“We’re 20 games into the season,” he said. “If you don’t know the system, you’ve got to go and ask the coach. If you have any question about anything, you’ve to go ask (captain) Scotty (Niedermayer) or go ask the coaches. Right now there’s no more excuses.”

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At Peace With The Cup

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from Larry Wigge at the Sporting News,

It’s a warm and humid Saturday afternoon in early August 1997 in Toronto. The sky is cloudy. Weathermen are talking about the possibility of thunderstorms. But for Brendan Shanahan, it is the most peaceful time he has spent in months.

The fun-loving Red Wings left winger has relived the team’s first Stanley Cup since 1955 every day in some way since Detroit swept Philadelphia on June 7 that year. Each player gets to spend time with the Cup—and the loquacious Shanahan celebrates the championship with friends and acquaintances, raising it above his head in front of hundreds of people.

But that’s just window dressing. Shanahan saves a special time for himself, the Cup and his father, Donal, who died of Alzheimer’s disease in 1990. After arriving at his father’s grave Aug. 9, Shanahan chokes on his words, he’s so overcome with emotion:

“Dad, look what I’ve got.”

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Wilson Hit On Moreau - Clean Or Dirty?

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from David Staples of the Cult of Hockey,

The latest highlight reel illegal hit was handed out by Colorado defenceman Ryan Wilson, 22, a tough rookie defenceman trying to make his mark in the NHL. In Wednesday night’s game in Edmonton, Oiler forward Ethan Moreau charged for the puck, which sat near centre ice. Moreau kept his eyes on the puck, his head down, as he stretched to tip it forward into Colorado’s end.

He wasn’t watching as Wilson came in for a hit.

Now such a hit would have been borderline legal if Wilson hadn’t put up his elbow. It would have been nasty, no doubt, but Moreau also had a responsibility to keep his head up. This is the NHL, after all, a tough league, a violent world.

But if Wilson hadn’t put up his elbow, he also would have missed Moreau. His timing was a bit off, Moreau was a bit past him, so Wilson stuck up that elbow and caught the unsuspecting, fast-moving Moreau right in the jaw with a hard elbow. Moreau, an extremely tough player, left the game and did not return.

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Some Luxury Boxes Stay Empty At Leafs Games

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from Robert MacLeod of the Globe and Mail,

It appears the on-ice futility is finally starting to catch up with the Toronto Maple Leafs, cashbox kings of the NHL.

For the first time since moving into the Air Canada Centre 10 years ago, the NHL’s richest franchise confirms that it has been unable to lease an unspecified number of the facility’s 152 luxury suites for Leafs games this season.

Yet the team does not believe this is the first sign that fans are growing weary of the product.

“We’re certainly aware of the tipping point theory,” Richard Peddie, president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the team, said yesterday. “We have not experienced it. But listen, winning is the best thing you can possibly do. People want to be entertained, but they want to be entertained and win. We know we’ve got to turn things around, and we will.”

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An Unpleasant Reality

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I considered not pointing you to this today, because it feels like I’m just piling on.  But this is a post you need to see and it’s a discussion topic we’ve avoided here for far too long. 

On Frozen Blog

I’m not sure how much the NBA would miss the Pistons, the NFL the Lions, or Major League Baseball the Tigers, but I’m quite sure that the NHL would miss the Wings. They aren’t just an Original Six franchise, and the home away from home of Mr. Hockey, among numerous other hockey legends; in a very real sense the Wings are the flagship franchise of the league. But if a city is dying — and Detroit most assuredly is — how can anyone reasonably forecast a long-term future for any sports team there?

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Detroit Media: Zero Outrage.  Fedorov? Plenty

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not surprisingly, Detroit’s dailies offer nothing.  No opinion, no voice whatsoever.  Game recaps, references to the no-goal, but not a single inch of copy from a columnist calling this what it is: gross negligence.

But don’t fret.  The Free Press has some controversy for you.  Forget the kind that takes place a half-mile from your front door.  Let’s go to Russia instead.  Better yet, let’s go to the Russian media.

“I think we could have accomplished even more if it hadn’t been for the jealousy,” Fedorov said of the Russian Five.

Uh, what jealousy?

“On our own team!” Fedorov said. “We were playing great, but they were constantly holding us back by the trunks. They wouldn’t let us pull the trigger. Then, they totally broke up our five. ... I think we would have been able to do what needed to be done in the first two periods, and in the third you wouldn’t even really have to play.”

 

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Choosing Sides

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Now it gets interesting.  Now we see who piles on and who sees this for the travesty it is.  Now we get to see who the bloggers and media members with conviction are…and on the other side of the coin we see who is going to use this as a punchline. 

Wyshynski? You choose the camp he belongs to.  You’ve had suspicions before and it appears they’ve just been confirmed.

Puck Daddy

Beyond Detroit losing a goal, the worst thing about this situation is that it’ll provide further fodder for the tin foil hat society among Wings fans, who are convinced that Gary Bettman and the NHL and the Illuminati and the Stonecutters are all conspiring in some secret cabal to undermine their franchise. Because what business would want one of its most popular, ratings-driving, star-studded franchises to, you know, succeed?

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Well Gary? Your League Is A Joke

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

2-1 Dallas. Approximately thirteen minutes left in Detroit.  Wrist shot gets by Alex Auld, rests beyond the goal line, under his pads, nestled and a clear goal.  Referees Stephane Auger and Dennis LaRue?  No goal.  No whistle, no mention of the term “intent to blow”...just no goal. 

Oh, but good.  Toronto called.  They’d seen it and the voice of reason jumped in to save the day.

“There is no goal. The whistle was blown to kill the play.”

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Phaneuf And Sutter Don’t Say Much About Screaming Match

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from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

“Well, to be honest with you guys, what happens in our dressing room behind closed doors is our business, whether it’s coaches and players, players and players,” Phaneuf told reporters on Wednesday morning. “That’s all I’m going to say about that. That’s the bottom line.”

Sutter did not veer from the (Charlie Rich) company line, either.

“Things do get intense, but what happens behind closed doors inside the dressing room is between players and coaches,” said Sutter. “It’s no one else’s business. There’s always intensity and emotions in games — that’s what hockey is, that’s what it is about. All it is, is people showing their passion and their caring side. There’s not much more to say about that.”

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