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TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were what a rising salary cap means for PK Subban's contract negotiations, the coaching situation with the New York Islanders, the Buffalo Sabres' search for a new general manager, what stories emerged from Tuesday's Board of Governors meetings and Jakob Chychrun, the son of former Flyers defenceman Jeff Chychrun.
Q: With the cap going over $71 million and climbing even higher, what does this mean to P.K. Subban and his contract talks?
LeBrun: It could mean a lot. In many ways, he could be the poster child for young, star free agents and future negotiations. For guys like Alex Pietrangelo and Erik Karlsson, they signed long term deals because they were looking for security and didn't know where the salary cap was headed. Well, P.K. Subban and his advisors from Newport Sports know where it's going and it's going way up, so the debate for Subban is, do I sign an eight-year deal like a lot of people are expecting me to, but then, the salary cap might be at $100 million by the end of the eight-year deal, maybe I'm better off taking a shorter term deal, three or four years. Of course, the Montreal Canadiens will be looking for some long-term security themselves, so a big decision for Subban because the cap is going way up.
McKenzie: The players and agents are wondering who's going to be the guy who breaks the bank; who's going to be the guy who gets closer to the 20 per cent maximum salary that's allowed. If the salary cap is $75 million or $80 million in a couple of years, that's potentially $15-16 million a year. What player might command that kind of money?
from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,
Two weeks ago, the guest on Hockey Night After Hours was Rob Blake, who recently moved from the NHL's department of player safety to the Los Angeles Kings as assistant general manager. Blake was asked what one rule he would change if he had the conch.
"The thing that I keep looking at is how to get the goals correct," he said. "We talked about replay.
"They experimented with different things. How to do it with every goal ... You would like to see that every goal that crosses the goal-line is a correct goal.
"How you do it? I don't know."
His words came not long after Vancouver Canucks head coach John Tortorella called for similar action after incidental contact by Daniel Sedin on goaltender Kari Lehtonen resulted in a disallowed goal in a 2-1 loss to the Dallas Stars.
"You go to football ... they want to make sure it's a score," Tortorella said. "If you can review that, I think you'll get the call right.
"But it's unreviewable. All the crap we review and they don't review an important thing like that."
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OVECHKIN’S 4 GOALS, BACKSTROM’S 5 POINTS POWER CAPITALS
Alex Ovechkin scored four goals, including the tying marker with 32.4 seconds remaining in regulation, and Nicklas Backstrom recorded 1-4—5 to help the Capitals erase an early three-goal deficit and pick up their fifth victory in their past six games.
* Ovechkin scored four goals for the third time in his career and first time since the 2007-08 season (Dec. 29 at Ottawa, Jan. 31 vs. Montreal). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other active players who have registered more than one four-goal game in the regular season are Marian Gaborik and Teemu Selanne, each with two such performances.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
“I’m not quite sure we have the personnel to play the type of game I’d like to play, which is more offensive-oriented,” the new coach said after the Blueshirts had been limited to one goal (or less) for the 12th time in 32 games. “It’s a challenge scoring goals — I’m not saying we won’t get there — but right now it’s a big challenge, so we have to be [more] defense-minded.
“My job is to coach, analyze the personnel we have and put a system in place that best suits them,” he said. “That’s what I’m trying to do now.”
The Rangers have no identifiable characteristic. Their work ethic was somewhat better in this one, but not exemplary.
“At the end of the day, the job wasn’t done,” said Rick Nash, who got the lone Rangers’ goal. “We all know what we have to do, but we need to do it with more desperation.
“We weren’t good enough to get the job done.”
They’re not especially skilled and they don’t have the size or strength to impose their physical will on anyone. Their search for a post-Tortorella identity has been fruitless thus far.
Ovechkin now has 26 goals in 31 games.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
On that issue, the league feels its relationship with the players continues to grow stronger.
“There’s no doubt our ongoing relationship with the players' association is more regular and uniform that it has been in my memory,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said Tuesday after the board meeting wrapped up. "We deal with them on all the issues associated with the game. We work through issues. Sometimes we don’t always agree, surprise, surprise. I think we have a strong working foundation and hopefully that will continue [to] improve in time.”
Then Bettman, standing next to Daly, said:
“I’d like to add to that that if you think that we went through a period where we had five different executive directors of the union in a relatively brief period of time. There is stability now in the union and that is a positive, not just for the players and the union; that’s a positive for us because you can’t build a strong working relationship based on trust when the cast of characters is changing every few months. So the strength and stability of the union, I think, is important as we try to accomplish the things we want to do moving forward.”
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Stepehn Whyno of the CP at Yahoo writes about the small-market teams...
Last night I posted the tribute video the Calgary Flames did for Jarome Iginla's return and here is how it unfolded on the ice.
added 10:29am, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Ottawa Senators defenseman Jared Cowen will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Wednesday for a hit on Buffalo Sabres center Zemgus Girgensons Tuesday night at First Niagara Center.
At 18:02 of the third period, Cowen came across the ice to hit Girgensons as he entered the Ottawa zone. No penalty was called on the play. Girgensons remained in the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Also via NHL.com,
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Richard Panik will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety Wednesday for a hit on Washington Capitals defenseman Karl Alzner Tuesday night at Verizon Center.
At 16:31 of the second period, Panik hit Alzner in the neutral zone, driving him into the boards. Alzner remained down briefly, but returned to the game in the third period. Panik was assessed a five-minute major for boarding on the play.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: boarding. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
Below, scroll to the 1:15 mark to see the Cowen hit (first video) and the 2nd video is the Panik hit...
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
Already down one of their top defensemen, the New York Rangers were dealt another colossal blow in Tuesday night's 4-1 loss to the Nashville Predators.
Captain Ryan Callahan left the game with a Grade 2 MCL sprain. He is expected to miss four to six weeks.
Callahan sustained the injury while attempting to deliver a hit in the first period and did not return to the game. This makes the third injury that has sidelined the gritty winger so far this season.
Callahan, 28, missed the season opener with a shoulder injury -- he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum over the summer -- and sat out seven games with a broken thumb suffered in mid-October.
Watch how Callahan suffered the injury..
via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
The Panthers put up what looked like a piece of plywood after a piece of plexiglass broke behind the Red Wings net in the third period.
The 'plywood' was actually a piece of plexiglass with its protective backing still affixed.
According to a Panthers spokesman, the original piece of replacement glass broke on its way to the ice and the 'third string' piece wasn't fully ready to go.
Another piece - minus the paper backing - was put up before the overtime.
This reminds me of a time long ago. I was watching on TV the Wings playing Chicago in the old Chicago Stadium probably sometime in the mid 1960s.
A piece of glass broke and the crew actually dropped two replacement pieces and then realized they were out of stock.
What to do? Well they took apart a chain link dog cage used to keep security dogs in, rigged it up to fit and boom, the game continues, after an hour and five minute delay.
Watch a video below of the covered plexiglass at the BB&T Center last night.
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