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from Lightning Strikes,
The rumor from Canada’s TSN: Defenseman Dan Boyle could be trade bait this summer in order to free up some salary cap space.
Melrose said it was a case of the Canadian media trying to “make” the news, and added, “Danny Boyle is the guy I’m counting on to play 25 minutes a night.”
Asked about the rumor, Koules said, “I’ll answer anything that’s important” and proceeded not to answer.
From Kevin Dupont at Bruins Blog,
Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman, in line for a big pay boost as a restricted free agent, has filed for salary arbitration, which could affect how the club conducts business around the upcoming free agency period that begins Tuesday.
The action by Wideman, confirmed this afternoon by a source with first-hand knowledge of the on-going negotiations between the Bruins and the defenseman, allows the club not to be concerned about buying out players prior to Monday’s deadline.
continued… with more Bruins personnel updates
From Scott Cullen at TSN,
While the unrestricted free agent market garners most of the attention, this summer could finally present the time for NHL general managers to actually put the collective bargaining agreement to work, using offer sheets to acquire restricted free agent talent.
Yes, the Edmonton Oilers took a lot of heat for making such offers last year—falling prey to that all-too-common hockey mishap of not knowing “The Code”—it’s about time NHL general managers played with some competitive fire when assembling their teams; the kind of fire that fans expect from the team on the ice.
Includes a chart clarifying RFA compensation dollar amounts, and a look at potential targets for offer sheets around the league.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Things sure changed in a hurry – and you wonder if the hard salary cap of $42.5 million offered by the players association just before commissioner Gary Bettman pulled the plug on the 2004-05 season wouldn’t look good to half-a-dozen teams, who now see the gap between haves and have-nots rising again every day.
In four years, the ceiling has grown from $39 million to $44 million to $50.3 million to $56.7 million, the figure jointly announced by the NHL and the players association Thursday. Not many teams want to disclose their bottom lines, but you can be sure based on all those empty seats in Phoenix and Nashville and elsewhere in the southern United States, a lot of teams in non-traditional markets are still operating in the red, even though they achieved their much-vaunted “cost certainty” in the bitter negotiations that characterized this current labor agreement.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
This summer represents a conundrum for NHL GMs as the free-agent talent pool is especially thin compared to the past two summers. But with the salary cap rising to as much as $56 million, up from last season’s $50 million, it’s entirely likely that GMs will be forced to overpay for those free agents.
Here’s a look at the top forwards who could be available July 1:
Vancouver GM Mike Gillis will be looking to bolster the Canucks’ anemic offense with a winger that can play with the Sedin twins, and Hossa would be a nice fit there.
Sources tell TSN that for the 2008-09 season, the salary cap will rise to a maximum of $56.7-million. That is a $6.4-million increase from this past season when the cap was set at $50.3-million.
The lower limit also rose to $40.7 million, the minimum each of the 30 teams must spend on player salaries.
The most an NHL player can earn in a new contract next season is $11.34 million a year.
added 2:43pm, NEW YORK/TORONTO (June 26, 2008) – The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2008-09 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $40.7 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $48.7 million and an Upper Limit of $56.7 million.
from the CP via the Miramichi Leader,
The Anaheim Ducks star defenceman will honour the final year of his contract after once again contemplating retirement.
“Scott met with (Ducks GM) Brian Burke today and made it official,” Niedermayer’s agent Kevin Epp of Titan Sports Management told The Canadian Press. “He is coming back.”
From Darren Dreger at TSN:
Sources tell TSN the Maple Leafs approached [Bryan] McCabe’s agent, Ian Pulver before the NHL Entry Draft hoping to encourage the veteran defenceman to waive his no-movement clause to open the door for a trade.
However, this time, whether intended or not, Toronto turned up the heat and according to sources, hinted McCabe may be asked to stay home, rather than join his teammates for training camp if he wasn’t willing to change his mind.
Those close to McCabe say he will not be strong-armed and if attempts are made to force him out, a grievance will be filed with the NHL Players’ Association.
Maple Leafs assistant general manager Jeff Jackson contends there have been no threats. “Neither Cliff nor I have threatened anything,” Jackson told TSN. “We’ve had discussions with Ian Pulver about Bryan’s future in Toronto.”
from Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,
Contract talks between the Avalanche and Jose Theodore haven’t necessarily broken down, but the parties have hit a snag in their discussions.
Theodore’s agent, Don Meehan, said Thursday that the 31-year-old goalie probably would enter the NHL’s open market on July 1 as an unrestricted free agent.
The Associated Press contributes a story today on how the value of the Canadian dollar has changed the economics of Canadian teams in the NHL, as well as throughout the entire league.
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