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from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,
Meanwhile, the next time the NHL and the NHLPA go to the mattresses, the board of governors would do well to instruct Gary Bettman to forget the salary cap and cap the calendar instead. Fifteen years for Rick DiPietro, eight years for Briere, seven years for Gomez - it’s absurd.
Go back to the NHL record books seven or eight years ago and look at the number of players who were stars then, but are half-forgotten now.
Like to have Pavel Bure, anyone? Alexander Mogilny? Donald Audette? Jeremy Roenick? Michael Peca? Owen Nolan? Jose Theodore?
Put it this way: Signing free agents is a crapshoot and the longer the deal, the more crap in the chute.
much more... and note to Jack, there is hockey talk in the States, you just have to know where to find it.
from the LA Times,
But that didn’t stop Schneider, a fine defenseman in his own right, from taking his own stab at persuading Scott Niedermayer to put off retirement for another run at the Stanley Cup.
“I think if Scotty’s there, we’re a better team,” Schneider said after signing a two-year, $11.25-million deal Sunday. “If he’s not there, then it’s going be a bigger role for me to fill.
“I hope he decides not to retire. If he does, more power to him. Either way, I’m just excited about the opportunity and the possibilities. I think we have a tremendous chance to defend the Stanley Cup.”
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PJ at Sharkspage sent me an email late last night notifying me of this…
The San Francisco Chronicle laid off Sharks beat writer Ross McKeon, who has been covering the team since 1991. Also, Sharks beat writer Victor Chi is on the list of 31 San Jose Mercury News employees who were laid off on Monday.
click to Sharkspage to read more on this. As many of us know, the newspaper industry is struggling these days and many papers are making these types of tough decisions…
Spector points out the Devils and Souray talk plus other UFA bits including Kozlov in the Lone Star state…
from the Buffalo News,
The Buffalo Sabres don’t like the arbitration process. They want it changed.
They also may have to go through it again this summer.
The deadline for restricted free agents to file for arbitration is 5 p.m. Thursday, and Sabres center Derek Roy plans to be on the list.
“We haven’t had any discussions yet with the club, so we’ll no doubt be filing for arbitration,” Roy’s agent, Larry Kelly, said Tuesday from his office in Ottawa.
From the Stephen Harris at the Boston Herald,
One day deeper into the NHL free agent market, the Bruins [team stats] again remained on the sidelines.
B’s general manager Peter Chiarelli said unequivocally he will try to sign additional free agent talent only if he can dump salaries off his current payroll. Myriad sources say he has tried for some time to find a team willing to take veteran winger Glen Murray and the $8.3 million he is owed over the next two years.
From Steve Keating at Reuters,
With most of the top players signed, sealed and delivered, teams continued to pick the bones of the NHL free agent market on Tuesday.
After two furious days of signings that included $50 million deals for Daniel Briere (to Philadelphia Flyers $52 million for eight years) and Scott Gomez (New York Rangers $51 million for seven years) teams were left scouring for bargains and scraps.
Most of the action on day three of the free agency period involved teams looking to plug holes left by the loss of their own unrestricted free agents.
From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail (Wednesday’s edition),
The Nashville Predators have a third party officially involved in what has become a turtle race to purchase the struggling National Hockey League franchise.
A local group, headed by health-care executives David Freeman and Herb Fritch and containing nearly 30 investors, put forth its bid to buy the Predators and keep them in Nashville.
The group’s spokesperson, lawyer Chase Cole, and Predators’ senior vice-president of communications Gerry Helper would not confirm the local syndicate’s proposal to team owner Craig Leipold, but a source connected with the group answered in the affirmative.
From Darren Dreger at TSN,
Based on the free spending and length of contracts handed out this week, can you imagine the chaos that would erupt with Sidney Crosby available in unrestricted free agency?
Crosby isn’t eligible until 2012, but he is entering the final year of his entry level contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Discussions between the Penguins and Crosby’s agent Pat Brisson are ongoing with the expectation an extension will be announced soon.
However, this negotiation isn’t as simple as Mario Lemeiux writing a cheque.
*Here is an earlier KK link from yesterday, regarding Crosby’s negotiations, etc.
from the Detroit Free Press via the Santa Barbara News,
On defense, the team will miss Schneider’s power-play acumen, but his replacement, Brian Rafalski, is four years younger and a better all-around player.
It may be tempting the fates to write this, but Niklas Kronwall, whose long history of fluky injuries hints at some sort of curse, is due to play a full season. There’s no question he has the skills of a top defenseman, and maybe this is the year we’ll see them displayed continually….
Once Dominik Hasek re-signs, the Wings will have an elite NHL goaltender, a five-time Norris Trophy winner, two superstar forwards and good surrounding players, many of whom are young. They’re no longer able to keep everyone every summer, but a look at their roster shows they’ll remain among the NHL’s contenders.
more on the Wings outlook for next season…
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