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Does Montreal Have One More Deal In Them?

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

I called general manager Bob Gainey Monday and received the usual message:

“Hi, this is Bob Gainey. I’m not in. You can leave a message, but don’t expect a call back until I do something.”

There’s no reason to expect a call from Gainey, who was busy last month. He said goodbye to 10 unrestricted free agents and brought in seven new bodies.

So why are there all the rumours about an impending trade and some expensive, big-name players?

Perhaps, it’s because Gainey himself left the door open on July 1 when he announced the first wave of acquisitions and said he had until October to find the elusive big centre.

Or maybe it’s because the salary cap and Dany Heatley’s desire to be traded have set forces in motion.

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Talking Corsi Numbers

from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

So I agree with the author that Corsi numbers have use, which is why I often refer to them in my ratings of players, but that value is somewhat uncertain and it might well be wise not to attach too much weight to the Corsi plus/minus of any individual player.

Simply put, Corsi plus/minus is one useful factor to consider about a player, but it’s not definitive. It is best used as possible indicator, as opposed to the last word, on any given player.


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Rangers Ready To Walk Away From Zherdev Contract

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Glen Sather is taking all of his allotted 48-hour time period to announce whether he is accepting or renouncing Nikolai Zherdev’s $3.9 million arbitration award.

But when the Rangers general manager makes the call this morning to cut bait, and he will, it won’t be so much the Rangers walking away from Zherdev as the winger successfully having plotted his own path to unrestricted free agency and an exit from New York.

Zherdev could have rejected the Rangers’ $3.25 million qualifier and signed in Russia. Had he done that though, the Blueshirts still would have owned his NHL rights for one more season. He could have accepted the qualifying offer, and become eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.


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  Tags: nikolai+zherdev

What Are You Watching On A Monday Night?

The Kings recently held tryouts for the 2nd edition of the METAL Ice Crew. Meet Carrlyn, who is trying out with the hopes to return for a 2nd season!

Also, her father, Frank Bathe, used to play for the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers.  Watch (below) Bathe fight Lindy Ruff.

Continue Reading »

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Leafs Interested In Zherdev?

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

That’s the word in hockey circles in Toronto, where rumors bounce up and around in a major media echo chamber. Rangers are not confirming anything, not even whether a decision on whether to sign or reject the right winger’s $3.9-million arbitration award is coming today.

Do the whispers make sense?

Perhaps. Leafs czar Brian Burke needs scoring and has an excess of defensemen. Zherdev can put up 25-plus on the first line. although the press scrutiny will be intense.


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Who Could Be The Next ‘Super Joe’

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Two of Sakic’s peers—Steve Yzerman and Joe Nieuwendyk—fall into that category as well. All three were pivots that could put the puck in the net, yet they were also equal parts puck distributors. With all three recently retired, it got me to musing about today’s top scoring threats in the middle amongst the younger players. Who are the pure scoring pivots that don’t sacrifice on assists to get theirs? Are there any pure shooters in today’s game to carry the mantle in the middle of legitimate threats to score from distance?

That last qualifier is an important distinction when considering a Sakic-type threat versus, say, a Sidney Crosby-dynamo who scores his goals through hard work and diligence in getting to the net rather than looking off a defender, getting to a spot and ripping a shot past the goaltender.

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Leak Of Confidential Information Upsets Reinsdorf

from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

One of the most high-profile bidders for the Phoenix Coyotes is threatening to yank his offer from U.S. Bankruptcy Court over an extraordinary leak of confidential information.

The leak on Friday outraged Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf, who along with other investors has offered $148 million for the team, and sent officials with Glendale and the NHL scrambling over the weekend to repair relations with one of the few potential buyers wanting to keep the Coyotes in the Valley.

The confidential information was posted publicly through the court’s Web site by attorneys for Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes.

The document described proposals Reinsdorf has made during negotiations with Glendale on how to raise millions in yearly team revenue. The team has lost as much as $30 million each season.


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Afternoon Line

note:  quote is translated from Swedish to English…

“He told me he didn’t think I was good enough. That’s pretty straight-forward to me.” [Ed. Note: Ice Warrior translated the same line as “He has told me that I am not good enough. A pretty clear message.”]

-Michael Nylander of the Washington Capitals talking about coach Bruce Boudreau.  More from Nylander at Japers’ Rink.

added 7:37pm, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

I didn’t speak to Boudreau directly—he’s running his Golden Horseshoe hockey school in St. Catherines, Ont., this week—but he issued a brief statement through a team spokesman.

“I do not have any recollection of saying that to Michael,” Boudreau said. “That is not my style, and not something I would say.”

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The Bolts Cap Hit

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

It’s been like pulling teeth trying to find out what the Tampa Bay Lightning gave Mattias Ohlund as a free agent, but the numbers have finally dribbled out. The total is $25.25 million over seven years and breaks down like this:

$4 million next season and 2010-11; $5.5 million in 2011-12; $5 million in 2012-13; $3.75 million in 2013-14; $2 million in 2014-15; and $1 million in 2015-16. That works out to a cap hit of $3.607 per season.

So, now that we know the contracts for all players under one-way deals, let’s see how the Lightning’s payroll breaks down.


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Would You Bet On Hockey If You Could?

from Art Spander at RealClearSports,

Legalized sports gambling is coming. Bet on it. There’s opposition from the leaders of the pro and college leagues. You already know that. It doesn’t matter.

This isn’t an issue of being pure and saintly, it’s an issue of reality, an issue where already one state, Delaware, said it will allow wagering on NFL games and a gubernatorial candidate from another, Christy Mihos of Massachusetts, would hope his state follows the lead.

The worry is games will be rigged, that organized crime will call the shots, that when gambling becomes legit in other places, as it is in Nevada, sports will lose their integrity, and without that there’s no reason to play because there’s no reason to believe.


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