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Under the Radar

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Wes Goldstein at CBS Sports,

High-profile names and big-buck contracts are usually the attention grabbers when the free-agent market opens, but many teams help themselves with signings that go under the radar.

Here’s a look at a dozen of those deals:

Ty Conklin, Detroit: With so much focus on Detroit’s stunning signing of Marian Hossa, the other player the champs grabbed from Pittsburgh has been all but forgotten. But getting the former Penguins backup goalie for a one-year, $750,000 deal is a coup for Detroit.

read on for more on Conklin, plus 11 other deals that deserve some extra attention

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: free+agents, ty+conklin

The Lightning Plan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Are you like me? At a certain point — probably around Tuesday, when they signed Brandon Bochenski, did you finally and completely lose count of how many player transactions the Tampa Bay Lightning had completed in the past three weeks? And further, did you wonder if they were planning to play four forwards and one defenceman most shifts under new coach Barry Melrose since it seemed as if every one of those new faces played up front (or did until Andrew Hutchinson signed the other day).

continued and more NHL topics…

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Understanding Roster Limits

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jay Levin at the Nashville Predators site:

Teams have four different “roster” limits to balance under the league’s regulations; a 20-player “dressed list” for games, a 23-player active NHL roster, a 50-contract maximum, and a 90-player maximum reserve list.

Starting with the largest and working our way down, teams are only allowed to have up to 90 players on its reserve list, whether signed to a standard player contract (SPC) or unsigned. From there teams are only allowed to have up to 50 players signed to contracts for any given season, including those for the players on the active roster and injured reserve lists.

read on for a very comprehensive explanation of how roster limits work.

Note: Levin’s article is part of a series he recently started, looking the business side of the game. His previous entry addressed the basic question of What is the CBA?

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, rosters

VandenBussche: a “Non-Insane Automaton”? Verdict Pending

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Canadian Press:

A former NHL enforcer is expected to find out Friday whether he’ll be jailed in connection with a brawl outside a southern Ontario hotel in 2006 that resulted in him being Tasered three times and pepper sprayed.

Ryan VandenBussche faces three charges of assaulting police and one charge of uttering a death threat.

His lawyer claimed he could not be held responsible for his actions because of a head injury that legally rendered him a “non-insane automaton.”

The verdict will be made public shortly and we’ll add it to this post.

Update 2:34pm ET: The charges against VandenBussche have been dismissed.

Below is a video compilation of some of VandenBussche’s work.

Continue Reading »

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: criminal+behavior, fighting, ryan+vandenbussche

The CBA Screw-Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Jonas Frogren contract imbroglio has the Toronto Maple Leafs in the peculiar position of aligning themselves with the NHL Players’ Association against the NHL.

While it could have far-reaching effects when it comes to signing older European players, the whole thing arose out of an honest mistake both sides made when they drafted the last collective bargaining agreement.

“Nobody should blame the Leafs for this. This is not their screw-up,” said a source close to the situation. “The screw-up was in the drafting of the CBA. But it’s not surprising that in a 500-page document, that two provisions would conflict each other.”

continued

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Hockey Wife is an Inventor

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageFrom Stacy Dallman’s press release:

Stacy Dallman created an ingenious solution for “disappearing pacifiers”, when she and her husband, NHL Defensemen Kevin Dallman of the Los Angeles Kings, found themselves at wits end over constantly searching for their toddler daughters missing pacifiers. The Paci-Plushies™ story started after the birth of the couple’s second child. Dallman recalls being frustrated with the, “frequent tantrums that would wake the newborn” thrown by her daughter when a pacifier could not be located. [...]

With the support and encouragement of her husband and fellow LA Kings Hockey Wives, Dallman spent the entire 2007-2008 hockey season researching and developing the Paci-Plushies™.

Kevin Dallman is currently still on the free agents list

Any nominees for the NHL player best suited as the spokesman for a baby pacifier invention? (No GMs allowed;  too obvious!)

 

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  Tags: kevin+dallman, stacy+dallman

Running Out of Money

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun,

That means Ottawa only has $9.8 million left to sign winger Antoine Vermette and defenceman Andrej Meszaros while it searches for a second-line winger and a puck-moving defenceman.

The Senators usually like to keep $1 million for injuries or a possible move at the trade deadline, so Murray is in a bit of a pickle as he awaits Vermette’s arbitration case.

A league executive predicted yesterday that based on Vermette’s 24 goals and 29 assists last season, he’ll probably be awarded around $3.5 million in arbitration. The executive said the $3.75-million average salary R.J. Umberger, who had 13 goals and 37 assists last season, recently signed for with Columbus is a good comparison.

more

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  Tags: andrej+meszaros, antoine+vermette, arbitration, salary+cap

Feaster Done In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We all expected this…

vis TSN,

The Tampa Bay Lightning and general manager Jay Feaster have parted ways. Sources tell TSN that club has negotiated a settlement on the remaining three years of his contract.

added 1:06pm, from Lightning Strikes,

Feaster said he will not be available to the media Friday, but had two extensive quotes in a team release.

“For the past two weeks I have watched from the sidelines as Brian Lawton, Len Barrie and Oren Koules executed to perfection the game-plan they shared with us prior to the NHL Draft in Ottawa,” Feaster said. “During that time it became apparent to me that this new ownership group did not need my advice or expertise, and I came to the conclusion that it was time to move on. When I expressed that sentiment to Oren and Len they immediately agreed to honor my contract and accept my resignation. I thank them for working with me through a difficult time and I wish them every continued success.”

more

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  Tags: jay+feaster

All Ryan Malone

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Erin Chenderlin at the Tampa Bay Lightning website,

TBL.com: The Penguins, in just three seasons, went from last in the East in 05-06 to Conference champions this past season. Do you feel the Lightning are on the brink of doing something similar?

RM: I think the East is so close, if you really have a top power play and your special teams are good, those are some big things that can really carry your team. Obviously you need solid goaltending and I think [Mike] Smith and [Olaf] Kolzig are great goaltenders. Like I said earlier, those big pieces are there and they’re bringing in experienced players, so it’s not quite like Pittsburgh where they’re starting out young, but they’re bringing in guys that know how to win and want to win.

more

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  Tags: ryan+malone

Stanley Talks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Loose Change of the Hockey News,

The European leg of this thing is going to take longer than usual this time around. Sweden alone is going to take three weeks – four if we’re slowed by any more caribou herds. Everyone is blonde here, even the redheads are just blondes with freckles.

I think we’re going to some festival tomorrow celebrating some sort of ancient Viking thing…or it could be a strip club. It might even be an ancient Viking strip club. I’m also really hoping I get to see where ABBA is buried.

Well, last stop on the tour is Henrik Zetterberg’s house. I still think it’s a stupid idea that I have to visit the players in alphabetical order, but who listens to trophies anymore?

more

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