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A Useful Waiver Pickup?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

During the salary capped era, many of the bigger named players placed on waivers are waived because they have a bad contract.  That contract is what prevents them from being claimed by any other team (at least until they hit re-entry waivers). 

This was seen when the Anaheim Ducks waived Mathieu Schneider.  Schneider is clearly a talented defenceman.  In fact, he was ranked in the 2007 Hockey News top 50 players list.  He is coming off of a season where he scored 39 points in 65 games; despite the fact the Ducks did not give him frontline playing time.  Schneider cleared waivers.  Eventually he was traded to the Atlanta Thrashers for Ken Klee, Brad Larson and Chad Painchaud.  Atlanta would only take Schneider and his $5.625 million salary cap hit, if Anaheim took some salary in return.

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Blackhawks Targeting Nylander

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Blackhawks are trying to clear salary cap space by getting rid of Khabibulin and insiders say the player they’re targeting now is Washington Capitals center Michael Nylander, who has three years left on his contract with a salary cap hit of $4.875 million.

Sources say the Blackhawks have already made two serious offers to the Capitals for Nylander and believe he would be a good candidate to replace Robert Lang and play with oft-injured Martin Havlat.

more and some Luke Schenn discussion too.

added 12:32pm, as expected, via TSN,

Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin cleared waivers on Tuesday as speculation of a trade continues.

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Bigger Names In Stockholm

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Neither Sid the Kid nor Super Mario is the biggest names in town. Last night, I was at an establishment enjoying a diet cola when none other than Adrian Grenier showed up with, well, his real-life entourage. The star of HBO’s “Entourage” was polite when our group asked him if he was going to this weekend’s Senators-Penguins game, saying he thought he’d be gone by then and that he’d never seen a hockey game before. C’mon, Adrian—you grew up in New York!

more on the Penguins in Stockholm…

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Comeback Over For O’Neill

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Jeff O’Neill has decided to end his comeback try with the Hurricanes, the team said today.

O’Neill, a former Canes star, came to training camp as an unsigned free agent. The forward did not play in the NHL last season but hoped to win a roster spot with the Hurricanes.

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Gaustad Out 3-4 Weeks With Thumb Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Buffalo Sabres,

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced that forward Paul Gaustad had a torn ligament in his right thumb surgically repaired today. He is expected to be out a minimum of 3-4 weeks.

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“A Long, Big Undertaking”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Weinman of the Journal News,

No one understands the enormity of the trip better than the Rangers’ equipment staff, led by Acacio Marques. The Harrison resident already works marathon days shuttling the team’s gear between the MSG Training Center in Greenburgh, Madison Square Garden and various road sites. But Europe has been an entirely different endeavor, beginning with something as simple as incompatible electrical outlets for essentials such as skate-sharpening machines and video equipment.

Other challenges have run the gamut from hot to cold - literally.

In the NHL, teams rely on heated rooms to make sure players’ sweaty gear has dried from one skate to the next. At the rinks in both Bern and Prague, there’s no such thing, so the Rangers have been forced to bring over their own space heaters. On the other end of the spectrum, when Marques asked both rinks for 300 pounds of ice a day for the team, he was met with a quizzical response.

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You Wanted Juvenile?  Oh, I’ll Give You Juvenile

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I turn forty this year, real frigging soon. So, you know, I figure I’ll grow up then.

But not yet.  PensBlog asked me to preview the Dynasty.  I was happy to oblige.  A taste?

The core of Detroit forwards was talented before, as you’re all fully and horrifically aware. But with the addition of your boy, it creates the strong possibility that Detroit will average somewhere around 19 goals/game. Just from the two top lines. Offensively, I could make a case that this could be one of the greatest teams ever assembled.

As usual, I elected understatement as my literary device of choice.  Read the rest here, and thanks to Adam, Derek and Charlie for the opportunity to ruffle some feathers.

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Bounty Placed On A Win

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes,

Eric Assimakopoulos always has been generous with his employees. The owner of the HC Slovan hockey team, which faces the Lightning tonight in Bratislava, Slovakia, said he is trying to become the first league owner here to offer his players workman’s compensation. He has bought thousands of dollars in equipment for local kids, and he said his team was the first in Slovakia to give its players championship rings.

Now, Assimakopoulos, 38, a native New Yorker and real estate investor who said he still dreams of owning the Rangers,  told the St. Petersburg Times that if HC Slovan beats Tampa Bay, he will give each of his players a 10,000 Euros bonus. That is roughly $15,000.

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added 10:24am, According to Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes, today’s game will be streamed at osporte.sk.  The game is scheduled to begin at 1pm ET today.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I think he’s a little bit on a mission himself. Here’s a guy who got [83] points two years ago and then he gets hurt and he misses the last half of the year and the team succeeds without him. He’s come in here and said, ‘I am a good hockey player. I am one of the elite guys in the NHL,’ and he was two years ago when we signed him.”

-Washington coach Bruce Boudreau on Michael Nylander via the Washington Times.

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Goaltending Situation In LA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

The job is LaBarbera’s for now. If he can’t decisively claim it, the Kings—for so long so inept at grooming young goalies—have several good alternatives and won’t hesitate to use them.

Unlike last season, when Bernier was stuck with his junior team after the Kings returned him in mid-October, he can be summoned from Manchester any time. General Manager Dean Lombardi tends to be too cautious with his young players but is doing the right thing in letting Bernier regain his timing and rhythm in a low-pressure setting.

“It’s the best place for his development. I’m convinced it’s the best thing for him and the franchise,” Lombardi said.

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