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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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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

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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Report Surfaces Kovalev Will Remain In Montreal

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via Kevin Mio of Habs Inside/Out,

RDS reports that russian newspaper Soviet Sport says Alex Kovalev has already met with the Molson brothers, the new owners of the Canadiens, and new head coach Jacques Martin.

According to the newspaper, they have assured him he would be back with the Canadiens next season.

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  Tags: alexei+kovalev

Entry Draft Notes

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MONTREAL (June 27, 2009)—The 2009 NHL Entry Draft concluded this afternoon with a total of 210 players selected from 11 countries. Following is a breakdown of 2009 Entry Draft selections by birthplace:

Canada         102
United States   55
Sweden         24
Finland       10
Russia         7
Slovakia       5
Czech Republic   3
Belarus       1
Denmark       1
Germany       1
United Kingdom   1
Total         210


Continue Reading »

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  Tags: nhl+entry+draft

Teams Interested In Hossa

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Detroit Red Wings got a query or two this weekend from other teams looking to acquire the rights to pending unrestricted free-agent forward Marian Hossa.

“Yeah, I have been approached about acquiring his rights,” Wings GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com on Saturday as the NHL draft wrapped up.

But for now, the answer is no as Holland keeps trying to re-sign the star winger.

“But obviously if it appears that we can’t get anything done in the next 48 hours, then ... you’d rather get something than nothing,” said Holland. “So right now, I’m just in a holding pattern.”

read on for more Wings and other NHL teams too…

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  Tags: marian+hossa

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