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Watch Pronger

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Heck, a very slow news day so far, so why not watch Chris Pronger live today?

via PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

Flyers defenseman Chris Pronger will meet with the media today at noon. The press conference will be streamed live here on philadelphiaflyers.com. Also taking part will be Ed Snider, Peter Luukko and Paul Holmgren.

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Chicago’s RFA Mistake

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The Chicago Blackhawks appear to have made a very big procedural mistake.  Six of their players, Cam Barker, Troy Brouwer, Ben Eager, Colin Fraser, Aaron Johnson and Kris Versteeg (many reports have called this group the Chicago Five - it is unclear if that means one of these six is not involved), may have not received qualifying offers correctly.  If this is the case, these players would become unrestricted free agents.  Apparently, these players had their qualifying offers mailed to them on June 29th.  The deadline for players to receive their qualifying offers is 4PM ET on June 29th (early stories incorrectly listed July 1st as a deadline).  Usually, qualifying offers are sent by courier or by fax to the player’s agent, but this was not done in these cases.

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Twenty NHLers File For Salary Arbitration

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from TSN,

Wingers Nikolai Zherdev and Ryan Callahan of the New York Rangers were among 20 players who elected to take their teams to salary arbitration, the NHL Players’ Association said Sunday.

The only other club to have two players go that route were the Phoenix Coyotes, who are set to have hearings with forwards Nigel Dawes and Daniel Winnik.

continue for a list of players who have filed for arbitration…

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These UFA Signings Look Good

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from Sam McCaig of The Hockey News,

Here are five UFA contracts that should work out well for the player’s new team:

Mikael Samuelsson, Vancouver (3 years, $7.5 million)
For $2.5 million per season, the Canucks have added a two-way winger with a lethal, heavy shot. He loves to shoot the puck and has quick, accurate release….

Hal Gill, Montreal (2 years, $4.5 million)
A 6-foot-7 defenseman who has some mobility, plays physical and is a penalty-killing demon. All for the low, low price of $2.25 million per season. That’s pretty good bang for the buck, as long as Habs fans don’t look at the gargantuan Gill and start upsizing their expectations….


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Questioning The Ohlund Contract

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from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

He’ll be 33 by the time training camp finishes this fall and when his agent began with an opening salvo of $5 million per for five years, Vancouver quickly determined he was too rich for their blood. It wasn’t fair to everyone else on his own team to pay that much.

But not Tampa. Not a team that sells $10 tickets and each year begs for NHL revenue sharing so that Vancouver fans, who so generously contribute to the fund, can shell out for such a team to take their better players. And take them at numbers which are so staggering, you’re left wondering about this league and the fairness of the collective bargaining agreement.

Ohlund’s deal begins with him making $4 million in the first two years, which is great, perhaps just about bang on where he should be, although the $2 million paid in signing bonus seems a bit over the top.

But then it turns into a pyramid, and Matty is mighty grateful to the Egyptians for conceiving of such a structure. At age 35, he’ll begin the third year at a cool $5.5 million and follow that up at 36 with another $5 million….

But here’s the kicker. How the hell do you agree to a contract structured so bizarrely 15 minutes into free agency without any tampering going on?


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Wearing #15 In Ottawa

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from Bruce Deachman of the Ottawa Citizen,

I decided to buy one of these semi-precious Heatley jerseys—now a mere $99.99 plus tax—and wear it on Ottawa’s streets and in its sports bars to see what hockey fans had to say.

No sooner had I taken one off the rack when a customer in his early 50s commented: “You might get beaten up wearing that.”

A young woman looking at non-Heatley sweaters for youngsters, meanwhile, added, “You’re gonna get pelted.”

And as I left the store in the jersey, I heard a third customer, a teenager, call out: “You’re a brave man.”

more plus a chance to win that Heatley sweater…

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How Did Chicago Get In This Mess?

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from Josh Mora of CSNChicago,

How bout some fireworks from the Hawks for the 4th of July?  Late on Friday, TSN in Canada reported that the Blackhawks had misfiled the qualifying offers to their restricted free agents….

I was also informed by a separate source closer to the league that while clerical errors such as this are not common, they do happen more than occasionally.  So clearly, because this looks worse to the general public than to those more familiar with league operations, someone is trying to embarrass Dale Tallon by letting this leak out.  What are the possible scenarios and motivations for that to happen?

A) It could be an agent who was recently burned by the Blackhawks.
I find this scenario unlikely, because agents have to deal with teams all the time.  So even if, say, Allan Walsh is upset with what happened in Marty Havlat’s situation, he has other clients who may become Blackhawks in the future.  If he embarrasses a front office he does so at his own peril.

B) It could be an agent of one of the affected RFA’s. 
I could buy into this….

read on

thanks to The Third Man In for the pointer…

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Chicago Stronger - Detroit Weaker

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

In signing Hossa and Kopecky, the Hawks weakened their biggest Western Conference rival, the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings took another blow Friday when winger Mikael Samuelsson signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Vancouver Canucks. They also lost backup goaltender Ty Conklin, who signed with the St. Louis Blues. All the Wings have done in free agency is re-sign winger Johan Franzen.

In short, the Hawks got stronger and—perhaps just as important—the Wings got weaker.

‘‘I never thought of that,’’ Tallon said, stifling a grin. ‘‘Really, we just wanted to make ourselves better—and Detroit’s an elite team. Why wouldn’t you want to emulate what they do?’‘

Sooner or later, the Hawks will have to beat the Red Wings to win their first Stanley Cup since 1961. But for that to happen, Tallon has a bit more work to do.


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Nash Now A Part Of Columbus

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from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

It’s intriguing to contemplate where the eight-year, $62.4 million contract Rick Nash signed with the Blue Jackets leads.

Nash is an excellent player, obviously, or he couldn’t have commanded those kinds of numbers. He is the team captain, an NHL All-Star and, hopefully, a major piece of a championship puzzle. In the near term and long term, this hockey marriage bodes well.

Nash has given the team and this city the kind of celebrity endorsement every business covets. When NHL free agents and Blue Jackets draft picks try to decide where to spend their futures, there is no stronger signal than the one the strapping winger gave with this signing. The signal is an emphatic thumbs-up, both for the franchise and the city.

But hockey is only part of it. Nash is about to become the kind of athlete we’ve never had here, one who spends most or all of his athletic career in the city, playing for a local team.


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Brashear Should Not Be Part Of The Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Let’s get this straight. The decision to sign free agent Washington thug Donald Brashear—who appeared to spend an inordinate amount of time since the end of lockout attempting to injure Rangers before finally succeeding with the Game 6 blindside blow to Blair Betts’ head that knocked him out of the playoffs with a broken orbital bone and concussion—represents an indelible stain on the family concept preached by head coach John Tortorella….

Obviously neither Tortorella nor GM Glen Sather thinks so, but it’s our belief the signing of Brashear breaks a bond with the team’s fan-base as well as with the team’s players. It shouldn’t matter whether Betts is here or not. This should not have been done.

more and other NHL notes…

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