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The State Of The NHL- Jacob’s Views

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

(Jeremy) Jacobs is considered an owner who will continue to fight for Bettman against more liberal members of the NHL. Last week, he spoke on a variety of topics that are important to the NHL.
Q: It seems the price of free agency, regardless of the cap, is going up. It’s possible for clubs to spend well over the cap during any given year if contracts are front-loaded because all contracts are averaged. Are you worried about this becoming a trend?
A: This is what I [mean] when I say people are learning this agreement. Sure, you are going to see some of this. We may have to turn around and change that going forward. But you [have] got to live with what you got right now in this agreement.

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Peca Can’t Be Held Hostage

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Michael Peca is on Fan590 in Toronto (Hockey Central Show) and said he can’t be held hostage by the Leafs.  It is in their court to sign him but Peca would love to play with a very good friend of his, Jason Blake.

added 12:34pm, Peca feels disappointed the Leafs haven’t shown much interest in him as of today.  Can’t really pinpoint what the problem is.
added 12:36pm, Hasn’t heard from the Sabres, but Buffalo is a great city and still a good team.
added 12:42pm, (from Alanah)  Darren Dreger on ‘Leafs Lunch’ basically said that signing Peca is a cap problem (obviously) and Toronto wouldn’t consider it for over $1.5mil

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We Keep On Clicking

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Anyone else have sore fingers?
Maybe we should move the UFA period back a week.
Read about it at my NHL.com blog...

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Don’t Believe It

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In response to your emails, Hasek is not going to LA and Raycroft is not coming to Detroit.

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Oilers Aren’t Talking About Nylander

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Despite rumours and an erroneous radio report and the allegedly waiting all day for returned paperwork, Michael Nylander did not become an Edmonton Oiler yesterday.
So upset at whatever transpired when the Washington Capitals announced they’d signed the free agent to a four year deal yesterday afternoon, Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe was said to be so livid he refused to talk about it, even to a Sun Media reporter parked outside the team officies for two hours.

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Habs Made The Right Move Signing Markov

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Many people thought general manager Bob Gainey overpaid for Markov’s services, although Markov’s agent, Don Meehan, said he thought the player would have commanded more on the market.
After two days of frenzied bargaining for free agents, it’s obvious that Gainey and Meehan were both right and the Canadiens got a bargain in Markov.
Yesterday, the Canadiens had to fork out $22 million over four years to veteran defenceman Roman Hamrlik, who is older, and you can make a case that Gainey did pay too much in this instance.

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The same can be said with the Wings, when they locked-up Datsyuk for $46.9M for 7 years… Any others?

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Poile’s Hands Are Tied

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from the Tennessean,

“I was holding out hope until we talked to (Predators General Manager David Poile) four or five days before free agency,’’ Poile said. “He said there was nothing he could do. His hands were tied.
“With the ownership situation there and so much uncertainty to where the team is going to be and what was going to go on, we had to take a look and see what was out there.’‘
Kariya said he thought about signing a one-year contract with the Predators, secure in the knowledge the team would definitely be in Nashville this coming season. But the 32-year-old left wing wasn’t comfortable with the uncertainty that might follow.

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Looking For Size

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Wings fans are always looking for players with “size”.  We need to get bigger, tougher, stronger.  Ever since Probert and Kocur departed, the Wings have always needed to “get bigger”!
Well, if your team needs to get bigger too, KK member Jdunc lists the UFA players that are “bigger”.
You can find them in this post at Abel to Yzerman (in the comments, 25 down).
Just remember, bigger doesn’t always equal grit or tough…

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Rangers Talking Shanny & Lundqvist

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from the NY Daily News,

But on the day the Rangers presented their two newest stars to the media, it remained clear that summer jobs at least as important as the dual Sunday signings of Gomez and Drury remained on Sather’s list. Fortunately for the Rangers’ GM, franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist and heart-and-soul winger Brendan Shanahan were heartened by the big-money acquisitions that make their re-signings a bit more tricky.
“Certainly, I’ve had enough people talking to me over the last 24 hours trying to pry me away or ask me if I’m done there,” Shanahan said. “But my feeling is: ‘No, this is just what I wanted.’

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thanks to Rangers Report for the pointer…

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Kozlov- Destination Unknown

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from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,

Now back to Kozlov. Bertuzzi signing with Anaheim is an interesting development in that if the Wings got Bertuzzi done at a decent price, they probably wouldn’t have a need for Kozlov. Now suddenly the Red Wings might be back in the picture. Dallas also remains a team closely connected to the Kozlov negotiations. If the price is right, teams like Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Ottawa might be interested, but not for anything in the Kariya, Nylander price range.

 

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