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Day After The Draft Talk

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

If the Canadiens can’t swing a deal for Tampa C Vincent Lecavalier, Flyers C Daniel Briere could be the prize behind door No. 2.

While Flyers GM Paul Holmgren didn’t get any bites as he shopped around his high-priced centre at the draft, it doesn’t mean he struck out.

Habs GM Bob Gainey could turn his attention to landing Briere, if his bid for Lecavalier fails.

Sources say the Flyers would also like to trade W Simon Gagne.

Chicago GM Dale Tallon told Sun Media he’s still trying to sign Martin Havlat before the winger becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. “We’re trying to get something done. We want him to be a part of the team. We’re looking at several different options. We have until (Wednesday) and we’re hopeful,” said Tallon.

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What Meeting?

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Attendance at the union meetings in Las Vegas was so limited, it seemed as if one had wandered into a game in Glendale. Fact is, the PA did not have enough player reps at its own meeting to tally the vote on the critical issue of voting on the 5-percent cap escalator clause that eventually was adopted through e-mail tally.

Much worse, and perhaps scandalous, is that a number of players went to Las Vegas on the union’s dime, partied, and never bothered to actually, you know, attend the meetings. Wait until the summer meetings in Rome.

The close vote on the escalator indicates executive director Paul Kelly and director of player affairs Glenn Healy do not have the union’s attention. For both these gentlemen understood the critical importance of not allowing the cap to fall by the $2.64 million it would have if the vote had gone the other way.

Slap Shots has learned that the escrow withholding figure for last season has been calculated at a staggering 15.9 percent. That means, for example, that Alex Ovechkin will wind up losing $1.431M of the $9M he thought he was earning last year for the Caps.

more & additional hockey topics too…

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Brett Hull’s Hall Of Fame Case

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The second of the players among this year’s Hall of Fame inductions that I will make the case for his induction is Brett Hull.  Here is my write-up for Steve Yzerman and here are my basic Hall of Fame standards. 

I think one of the best methods to look at potential Hall of Famers is Bill James 15 questions he asks about potential baseball Hall of Famers.

Here they are:

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One Owner May Have To Go

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from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

Lightning coach Rick Tocchet did not want to say much about the squabbles between co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.

“All teams go through stuff,” he said while watching the draft from the Bell Centre floor.

That said, it was noteworthy Tocchet mentioned conversations in which his bosses admitted failing to provide promised stability at the top. “They’ve apologized to me,” Tocchet said.

Making peace with the coach is one thing. Making peace with each other is another.


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How’s Your Math Skills?

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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

The Flames now have $45.618 million committed to 16 players.

The NHL’s salary cap is $56.8 million.

Certainly, people are wondering how Bouwmeester — who figures to command Dion Phaneuf-type money ($6.5 million) — can fit into the Flames’ pay grid?

“It’s really not that hard,” Sutter told a Calgary radio station. “If they got even past Grade 10 in math, they should be able to figure it out.”

As soon as possible, the Flames will try to woo Bouwmeester with bucks and term and a chance to play alongside premier defenders such as Robyn Regehr and Phaneuf.

“He’s a good enough player, he understands what type of team we have and the type of defence we have,” Sutter told the radio station. “To be able to play with guys like Dion and Robyn for a long time . . . that, to me, is pretty significant.”


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Sather Actually Talks

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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

Maybe this is the summer Glen Sather finally wises up.

He chatted with a small group of reporters between rounds of the NHL draft yesterday, a rare public appearance for the city’s most elusive general manager, and said what everyone who follows the Rangers has known since the lockout ended.

“We have to get younger, for a lot of reasons,” Sather said. “We have to make some room for some of these young guys.

“There are going to be opportunities.”


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Lawton Done Commenting On Lecavalier

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes at the St. Petersburg Times,

Lawton, who has been consistent saying he has never shopped the four-time all-star center, said he did not field any calls about Lecavalier all weekend, and he ended the brief conversation with, “You know what? No more comments from me about Vinny. I’m leaving it alone.”

Though Lecavalier’s agent Kent Hughes said Saturday he had not spoken to Lawton, he welcomed the sentiment he has been trying to get out of Tampa Bay for a while.

“It takes a lot of pressure off in terms of the cloud of uncertainty that has been around Vinny,” Hughes said. “Now he can focus on the Tampa Bay Lightning, and restoring them to the quality team they should be in the league.”


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Breaking Down The Draft

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Bob Duff of the Windsor Star is also a contributor at NBC Sports and provides us with a team-by-team breakdown of the draft.  For example…

Anaheim Ducks
Once captain and defenseman Scott Niedermayer had told the team he’d be back next season, the Ducks moved Chris Pronger to Philadelphia for the No. 21 pick, which they then flipped to Columbus for No. 26. The Ducks used their own top pick, No. 15, in questionable fashion to grab Guelph (OHL) center Peter Holland, who has plenty of skill, but has shown a reluctance to play with grit and go into the dirty areas on the ice….


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“Cruder” Leafs On Their Way

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from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

Ever since he was hired by the Leafs last December, Burke has made it his mission to make the team bigger, meaner and tougher. This weekend, he took a step towards that goal by ignoring skilled Europeans and selecting North Americans with equal parts of “pugnacity, testosterone, truculence and belligerence.”

“This won’t address our immediate need for size and toughness. We’ll do that later in the summer,” said Burke, who added that most of the drafted players are three to four years away from potentially playing in the NHL.

“But I think people should read into it that we are not just talking the talk about this. We’re going to be bigger and cruder.”


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Bad Time For Trades

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from the CP via the Sporting News,

It’s looking more and more like Heatley picked a bad time to demand a trade.

Murray was unable to find a deal that made sense and it’s not necessarily going to happen soon given that Heatley is owed $7.5 million in each of the next five seasons. Murray didn’t sound confident.

“There’ll be a little further discussions,” Murray said. “I don’t know how much. We’re certainly going to, I guess, attempt to accommodate (his request). ...

“I would think we’ll have a little further discussions and see what happens.”

That’s the same game plan Brian Burke has elected to take with Kaberle. He’s only going to move the smooth-skating defenseman if someone “blows his doors off” in the coming few weeks.


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