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Assume The Salary

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via Adam Proteau’s Blog at the Hockey News,

“I guarantee you there are at least 10-12 GMs in this league who are infuriated over the CBA,” the agent said. “I definitely think you’ll see alterations or adjustments to it this summer, at least to allow teams to assume a portion of the salary of the player they trade away. As long as you’re under the (salary) cap, why should it matter?”
Good question.

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Leading Belarus

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from the KYIV Post,

More than one Westerner caught in a career rut back home has headed off to Eastern Europe in search of a new start.
And 49-year-old Ohio native Curt Fraser might seem typical if it weren’t for his impressive past as a hockey pro.
Only a few years ago, Fraser was head coach for the Atlanta Thrashers, following 12 years as a left winger for the Vancouver Canucks, Chicago Black Hawks and then Minnesota North Stars.
But at the end of 2002, he was dismissed by the Thrashers, and his job prospects looked dim – at least until he was offered the chance to take charge of the Belarusian national hockey team, the darling of Europe’s last dictator, Alexander Lukashenko.

read on

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Inside Info

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning troopers. As Paul pointed out, I’ll be back on a regular posting schedule starting Saturday morning.  But for now, I noticed something interesting and thought I’d share.

You all followed the “Implosion” and “No, really…they’re going to implode soon” stories out of Klessel’s Boy Band Tribute Page.  Young Andy Strickland intimated that he had a “source” in the Wing organ-I-zation feeding him quality info pointing to disfunction in the Wing room.

Ok.  We disputed that, then shot it to hell thanks to help from our DD’s.

Here’s a little more evidence that it was crap.  Today Strickland posted a long manifesto on potential trades, showcasing the fact that he’s not just a Detroit insider, but that his ear is to the ground in a plethora of NHL cities. 

So, it struck me as odd that as he discussed Phoenix, Columbus, Boston and Edmonton (in addition to St. Louis) he made no mention of his adopted Red Wings.

Don’t you think that the same “insider” feeding him nuggets regarding the Implosion would also have a bit to say about trade talk in Hockeytown?

Back on Saturday.  See you then. 

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Which Goalie For Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

Trotz has always maintained that Vokoun is the No. 1 goalie, but the coach has nonetheless found himself in an interesting situation ever since Vokoun returned from more than six weeks on injured reserve.
Vokoun had established himself as one of the league’s elite goalies over the past few seasons, but was predictably rusty and is still playing with a small plastic support on his left thumb.
Then there’s Mason, who made a better showing than anyone could have predicted filling in for Vokoun — starting 21 consecutive games, posting a 14-6-1 record and producing the league’s best save percentage at .928.

read on

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Mirtle’s Magic Number Chart

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from James Mirtle,

It’s all based on the premise that, if you get 95 points in the standings, you’ll make the playoffs. There’s a chance you can sneak in with 93, maybe even 92, but beyond that, it’s going to be pretty unlikely under the NHL’s kooky everybody-gets-a-point system.

read on

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Get Your Hot Dogs

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from NJ.com,

This is how hard it’s become for the Philadelphia Flyers to attract walk-up ticket sales.
Taking a page from the Phillies, the Flyers will hold a Dollar Hot Dog Night on Monday, Feb. 19, against the Boston Bruins.
Yes, the Flyers, normally one of the toughest tickets in town, are having trouble filling the Wachovia Center. It seems the team’s die-hard fans, who are year-in and year-out the most passionate group in the NHL, aren’t too thrilled with watching a squad that is currently a whopping 11 points behind any other in the entire NHL and is a putrid 3-15-6 at home.

continued

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The Brothers Johnson

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Today would have been another chance for the brothers Johnson to catch up. Last summer, Greg signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings, who will face the Blues tonight at 7:05. But a heart condition, detected during a preseason physical, forced Greg to retire from the NHL at age 35. Today, he lives with his family in Detroit.
“With Greg in the league, I always felt like he was there looking over me,” Ryan said. “This year, it almost felt weird the first couple of months not having him there. I’ve definitely felt like I’ve been playing a little bit for him this year just because I know how much he loved the game. I feel like I’m carrying a little bit of extra something with me this year.”

read on

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Bettman Won’t Back Down

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from Ed Willis of the Vancouver Province,

Bettman remains impervious to any criticism of his administration or the game’s direction, as the commissioner again demonstrated during a 40-minute presser in which he said absolutely nothing of interest.
He would, in fact, tell you the male-enhancement product is a natural for the NHL because it represents, er, growth ... and strength ... and upward mobility.
Actually, when asked about the NHL’s relationship with Versus, Bettman said: “We like the treatment we’re getting from Versus. They’re very NHL-focused in terms of their telecast. Their intermissions are about us, not about everything else in sports.”

more

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What Teams May Do

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The NHL’s 30 general managers will travel to Naples—Florida, not Italy—in 10 days to play the Deal or No Deal game with the clock ticking on the Feb. 27 trade deadline.
Who’s buying? Who’s selling?
Here’s a quick look at the NHL field, and what teams might do…
ANAHEIM DUCKS
They’re looking for a big rental winger (they like Fred Modin) to presumably play with Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald and a No. 4 or No. 5 defensive-type blue-liner. Their problem: they have no draft picks in the first round (the Oilers have it) or the second round.

read on

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Talk Heating Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Trade talk is heating up and Spector is on it today…
Early mornings and late nights will be his M.O. for the next 19 days…

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