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Signing Talk

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from Spector’s Hockey,

The latest on the Blackhawks contract talks with Martin Havlat, the Senators talks with Chris Neil, the Flyers with Mike Knuble, the Hurricanes with Dennis Seidenberg, the Penguins with Rob Scuderi, plus an update on the Buffalo Sabres….

Dave Molinari reports Penguins GM Ray Shero, with roughly $46 million committed to next season’s payroll, won’t be able to re-sign all his free agents. Shero hopes to re-sign defenseman Rob Scuderi, whose strong playoff performance bolstered his stock and could command at least $2.5 million per season on the open market, which could make him a long shot to stay. Molinari reports most indications suggest Scuderi could test the market although he points out Brooks Orpik did the same a year ago before re-signing with the Penguins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Scuderi gets offers of $2.5 million per season or more that’ll likely price him out of the Penguins price range.

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Is Chelios A Fit In Chicago?

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from Steve Rosenbloom of RosenBlog at the Chicago Tribune,

Chris Chelios won’t be back with the dreaded Detroit Red Wings after 10 years and two Stanley Cups.

So, it’s a gimme he’ll be back with the Blackhawks.

Question is, in which role?

First, would hockey guru Scotty Bowman approve the 47-year-old’s inclusion on the roster?

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What Brent Sutter Brings

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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

The Sutter colonization of Calgary continues. Brent Sutter, to no one’s faint-dead-away surprise, will be unveiled today as the new head coach of the Flames.

The intrinsic qualities he’ll bring to the job sound eerily familiar. Stylistically, your thoughts drift back to those hard but prosperous days before Mike Keenan or Jim Playfair held the reins.

“I know he demands a lot of his players,’’ says New Jersey Devils’ checking centreman John Madden, speaking on his cellphone from New Jersey. “A lot.

“He’s not afraid to call out individuals, in private, in the room or in the front of the press. So a lot depends on your personnel. If you’ve got players who are soft, easily hurt, who take things personally instead of objectively, there’s certainly the potential for problems. If you’ve got the kind of personnel who, when he says something, it sticks, who are receptive, not sensitive, then things are going to run a lot smoother.

“He’s very clear about what he expects of people.’’

read on

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Bill Daly On The Phoenix Situation

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from NHL.com,

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly met with reporters Monday in Phoenix after the latest U.S. Bankruptcy Court hearings regarding the Coyotes franchise. In that hearing, Judge Redfield T. Baum approved an accelerated schedule for an auction sale among local bidders who would keep the team in Glendale, Ariz. The local bidder deadline would be Aug. 5. Baum also set Sept. 10 as a fallback date for a relocation auction. Here is an edited transcript of Daly’s conversation with the media.

Daly: We’re pleased that the judge adopted the two-tiered approach to the auction, and we’re confident – we’ve said all along we’re confident – there’s a viable offer that will make this team viable in Glendale, and now we’ll let that process play out.

Q: How important was it for you guys to go first?

A: I think it’s important. It was very important. That’s what we’ve preached all along, and our objective all along has been to find a local owner who will make the team viable in Glendale and will generate enough cash to pay the creditors. That’s what our objective has been.

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Talking Heatley

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Dany Heatley has told the Senators where he wants to go. But if the Senators can’t trade him before a $4-million (all terms US) bonus kicks in on July 1, they may tell him where to go.

Senators GM Bryan Murray expects talks will heat up this week at the NHL draft in Montreal as several league sources confirmed Heatley’s agents have given the club a wishlist of up to 10 teams. But there could be some flexibility — he may agree to go somwehere not listed.

Sources told Sun Media the Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, Detroit Red Wings, Chicago Blackhawks, Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins were among the teams submitted to Murray by Heatley’s agents J.P. Barry and Stacey McAlpine.

While the Wings and Bruins would likely have a difficult time making a move under the $56.7-million salary cap, it’s believed discussions have been held with the Kings, Rangers, Sharks and Canucks. Sources say Minnesota, Colorado, Edmonton and St. Louis are taking a serious look, too.

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Report- Your Team Canada Coach

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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Hockey Canada and everyone involved has been tight-lipped about the appointment, but a source confirmed last night that Yzerman will announce Babcock as the coach most likely on Thursday in a press conference to take place a few blocks from Montreal’s McGill University, where Babcock played defence….

The only part of Yzerman’s announcement that will be a surprise will be the assistant coaches. Babcock’s assistants are expected to come from a group that includes Ken Hitchcock (Columbus Blue Jackets), Claude Julien (Boston Bruins), Lindy Ruff (Buffalo Sabres), Barry Trotz (Nashville Predators) and Randy Carlyle (Ducks).

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NHL Shakeup

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via David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

John Shannon, the NHL’s senior vice-president of broadcasting and one of its most respected executives, is parting ways with the NHL at the end of the month.

The departure, which Shannon said was by mutual agreement, is not connected to the firing of 20 employees from the NHL’s head office, which became known yesterday.

“I saw that I didn’t fit into what they were trying to do and they agreed,” Shannon said. He added that he has no immediate plans except to “enjoy the summer.”

On a side note, I talked to John about this during the SCF amid rumors that he was fired two months ago.  John was aware of the Twitter rumor of his firing and mentioned to me he was leaving by mutual agreement and was not fired.

Knowing Mr. Shannon a bit, I say he still keeps his hands on the pulse of hockey broadcasting and wish him well.

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Best Dmen Post Orr Era

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

In the post-Bobby Orr Era, we have 12 all-time defensemen: Leetch, Stevens, MacInnis, Denis Potvin, Larry Robinson, Ray Bourque, Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Scott Niedermayer, Paul Coffey, Borje Salming and Rob Blake.

Our first-team defense features Potvin, Robinson, Bourque, Stevens, Lidstrom and Leetch. Our second team includes Chelios, Coffey, Niedermayer, Salming, MacInnis and Blake.

read on for more on Leetch on HHOF announcement day…

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Post Season Award Voting and Elite Goalies

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One of the more controversial comments I made is when I claimed during the semifinals of the playoffs that there were no elite goalies left in the playoffs.  At that time, Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Nikolai Khabibulin of the Chicago Blackhawks, Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings and Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes remained as the playoff goaltenders.  Were there elite goalies in the bunch, it stands to reason that they would have been among the leaders in the voting for the Vezina Trophy and post season all star teams.  Assuming they are injury-free, it certainly stands to reason that any elite goalies in the league should get strong support for these awards and possibly even win them.

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Party Flight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Andrew’s Dallas Stars Page has posted some never released video of the Stars flight back from Buffalo after defeating the Sabres to win the Stanley Cup in 1999.

Just the joy on the faces of the players makes it worth watching.

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