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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Along with Kaberle and Kubina, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Jason Blake, Jeff Finger and Vesa Toskala all could potentially be dealt. You know, for something more than nothing, the return for excising Darcy Tucker and Andrew Raycroft from the roster.
Nik Antropov, meanwhile, will be an unrestricted free agent in July and moving him by February sure seems more appealing than signing him to a lucrative, multi-year deal at $3 million to $4 million (U.S.) per season.
So Kaberle, primarily, and Antropov to a lesser extent, become the Leafs to watch this season, but mostly to see if they can enhance their value and thus their appeal on the trade market.
from David Shoalts and Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
One source said the bid for the 27-per-cent stake is for $20-million. In Del Biaggio’s bankruptcy filing, the share is said to be worth $23.5-million, and is his biggest single asset. Fritch declined to say how much the partners bid, but admitted it was at a discount to the stated value.
There is ample evidence, however, that Balsillie would not be afraid to make a much higher bid.
Before he was rejected as a potential owner by the NHL because he made no secret about his plans to move the Predators to Hamilton, Balsillie had agreed to pay Leipold $238-million for the team.
Fritch said the bankruptcy trustee may not be able to simply sell to the highest bidder. He said there are two complications: Balsillie’s bid would have to be approved first by the rest of the Predators’ owners, and then by the NHL’s board of governors.
added 6:33am, from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,
Could the league governors still reject Balsillie as an owner?
Well they could try, but presuming he meets their own rather loose standards (remember, the NHL leads all professional sports in the number of owners that have left in handcuffs), they would do so at the risk of legal action.
If Balsillie got his team, could they try to block him from moving it?
Well, again, they could try,...
from Greg Logan of Newsday,
If there’s a poster boy for the Islanders’ regime change this season, it’s forward Jeff Tambellini, whose performance (or lack thereof) was at the root of the split between general manager Garth Snow and former coach Ted Nolan. Tambellini tied for second in the AHL with 38 goals in 57 games at Bridgeport but managed only one goal in 31 appearances with the Isles.
It’s not that Snow considers Tambellini a surefire NHL sniper. It’s that Nolan’s refusal to give Tambellini prime minutes and power-play time never allowed the organization to find out what kind of player he can be at the NHL level.
from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star via the National Post,
After using the international stage of the playoffs to make a strong case for the title of the game’s best two-way player, Zetterberg feels he still has much more to accomplish.
“Ultimately what you want is to have as few as games as you can when you’re not so good,” said Zetterberg, who led the playoffs in scoring with 13 goals and 27 points in 22 games. “You want your lowest level as high as possible. If you have that, you know you will play good.
“I always want to play good.”
via the LA Kings,
The Los Angeles Kings have acquired defenseman Sean O’Donnell from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional draft selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
added 9:17pm, via Ducks Blog,
O’Donnell is due to make $1.25 million this season. The Ducks had been $1.22 million over the salary cap before the trade.
The conditional pick means that if O’Donnell is traded again before the deadline this season, the Ducks will receive the Kings’ third round pick. If the the Kings keep O’Donnell past the deadline, the Ducks would get nothing in return.
Red Fisher knew he wasn’t walking into the fabled Montreal Forum on March 17, 1955, to write about an ordinary hockey game.
The Hall of Fame newspaper columnist, who had begun his journalism career a year earlier with the Montreal Star, drew his first hockey assignment on St. Patrick’s Day, reporting on what would become the Richard Riot.
“You could feel the tension in the air with the Detroit Red Wings visiting that night,” said Fisher, a Montreal Gazette writer for the last 29 years. “Something was going to happen that would probably have nothing to do with the game itself.”
continued with more Montreal memories…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
“We’re weighing our options and we’ll decide in the next couple of days what we do,” Blackhawks GM Dave Tallon said via telephone Tuesday. “We’re under the cap, we’re fine. We don’t have a gun to our head. But we’ll decide in a few days what we’re doing.”
Khabibulin became expendable once the Hawks signed Cristobal Huet on July 1. Youngster Corey Crawford is ready for the NHL, as well.
The problem when trying to make a deal like this at this time of year is that everyone basically thinks they’re fine. The puck hasn’t dropped yet. Once the losses start piling up for a team that was supposed to be better, that’s when the trade talks start to heat up.
from the CP,
To get an idea of just how wide open the NHL’s Eastern Conference is this season, all you have to do is start asking those involved about their competition.
Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson expects Pittsburgh to be tough. Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury thinks Washington is poised for a breakthrough. Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau thinks Montreal might be the cream of the crop.
And on and on.
The varying opinions are fitting given that the East has seen seven different teams finish first in the conference during the past eight regular seasons.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The Blackhawks are trying to clear salary cap space by getting rid of Khabibulin and insiders say the player they’re targeting now is Washington Capitals center Michael Nylander, who has three years left on his contract with a salary cap hit of $4.875 million.
Sources say the Blackhawks have already made two serious offers to the Capitals for Nylander and believe he would be a good candidate to replace Robert Lang and play with oft-injured Martin Havlat.
more and some Luke Schenn discussion too.
added 12:32pm, as expected, via TSN,
Chicago Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin cleared waivers on Tuesday as speculation of a trade continues.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Neither Sid the Kid nor Super Mario is the biggest names in town. Last night, I was at an establishment enjoying a diet cola when none other than Adrian Grenier showed up with, well, his real-life entourage. The star of HBO’s “Entourage” was polite when our group asked him if he was going to this weekend’s Senators-Penguins game, saying he thought he’d be gone by then and that he’d never seen a hockey game before. C’mon, Adrian—you grew up in New York!
more on the Penguins in Stockholm…
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