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The Cushion Clause

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Don’t look now, but the rules on signing some unrestricted free agents and the accounting principles associated with the salary cap have changed significantly for the coming season and it could make life a lot more difficult for some teams, as in not having as much salary cap room as they perhaps first thought….

...there is a clause in the CBA that says in the final year of the contract - this one coming up - there is no provision permitted for the Performance Bonus Cushion.

And what exactly does that mean and why should we care?

Basically, the performance bonus “cushion” allows teams to exceed the salary cap number if it’s on earned performance bonuses and defer it against the next year’s salary cap. Now, this season, that cannot happen.


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More Huet Updates & Green Too

from Capitals Insider,

Huet and the Caps, in fact, aren’t that far apart, I’m told. But, as you know, a deal isn’t a deal until it’s signed. If a deal is finalized, look for it to be three-years, as previously reported, in the neighborhood of $5 million per. That’s a lot of money, but the Caps are comfortable with Huet and vice versa.

Green, meantime, has been presented with multiple scenarios, including both long and short-term offers, and his camp is mulling them.

more on the Caps…

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Dumb Hockey Rumors

From Puck Daddy at Yahoo! Sports,

The last two weeks have seen rumors surface just about every day about every single free agent, just like they have at every trade deadline and summer free-agent frenzy in recent memory. Here are some of the best of the worst rumors we, as hockey fans, have had to digest and regurgitate over the last several years:

read the list for some entertainingly-bogus rumors

Incidentally, that list reminded me of that “Ryan Smyth signs with Edmonton” deal erroneously reported on Sportsnet in 2007.  Quite the screw-up that was, so here’s a flashback of the day from Chris Zelkovich in the Toronto Star:


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  Tags: hockey+rumors, trade+deadline

Possible UFA Moves For The Avalanche

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

If I were Giguere, I’d really look hard for a third-line center, a guy who can play some defense, a guy with speed. Is Mike Peca a little long in the tooth for such a role? Perhaps. But he’s a guy I might think about pretty hard. He played in the Cup Finals just two years ago with the Oilers, and he’s got talent. The problem is, he’s getting older and he’s hurt a lot.

But I definitely think the time has come to dump Tyler Arnason from a third-line role, and just get a guy in there who wants to check and play good defense. The Avs need a shutdown, checking line, period.

Stephane Yelle is also going to be available. Does Yeller still have something left in the tank? I think he could give the Avs a good year, for sure.

more on the Avs…

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Panthers Sign Olesz to 6-Year Deal

From TSN,

The Florida Panthers have signed forward Rostilav Olesz to a multi-year contract.

Sources says it’s a six-year, $18.75 million deal with an annual salary cap hit of $3.125 million.

read on

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  Tags: free+agents, rostilav+olesz

Flyers Waive Denis Gauthier

via TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers have put defenceman Denis Gauthier Jr. on waivers for the purpose of buying him out.

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Huet & Laich Updates

from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

Free agent signings will come fast and furious tomorrow, but where do some of the Caps’ key figures stand today? I will try to update this each time I find an agent willing to talk to me. First up this morning was Cristobal Huet’s representation, Stephen Bartlett.


Bartlett: Nothing new really – I haven’t talked to the Caps in a while. I may give them a call today or vice versa. If tomorrow comes, the Capitals are still very much in our thoughts.


Bartlett: You have to wait until Christmas morning to find out what is under the tree.

more on Huet and Brooks Laich too…

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Morning Line

Kevin Allen on the Fan590 this morning…  Wings are laying in the weeds and will either sign Brian Rolston or Mats Sundin.

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Get to Know the Central Division

NHL.com provides a a selection of articles rounding up all the latest happenings in the Central Division. Articles posted today include:


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Free Agent Tracker

To keep track of all the free agent signings, TSN has a handy tracker set up. 


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  Tags: free+agents, tsn

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