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from Michael K Ozanian of Forbes,
The NHL’s salary cap, which became law with the league’s new collective bargaining agreement following the cancellation of the 2004-05 season, is coming back to haunt the owners….
The WHA folded after seven seasons but forced NHL teams to significantly boost their payrolls to keep their best players. The CHL is going to do the same thing and crush the profit margins of some teams unless the NHL’s owners are smart enough to revise the CBA. One possibility: only the signing bonus portion of a players’ contract counts against the salary cap if a player retires or cannot play the majority of a season.
from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,
In the last 20 years, there have been few, if any, athletes to pass through Ottawa possessing more character, grit and toughness than Zenon Konopka.
And yet this week he was able to repeatedly drive along the 417, right by the Senators’ front door—an unrestricted free agent who would have jumped at an invite inside—before finally leaving town as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
What an absolute shame.
But no indignity, real or rumoured, compares with what Draper’s newborn daughter Kamryn – diaperless – did to the Cup in June.
“A week after we won it, I had my newborn daughter in there and she pooped in the Cup,” said Draper. “That was something. We had a pretty good laugh.
“It was, well, clean it out. I still drank out of it that night, so no worries.”
more on Draper with the Cup in Toronto by Kevin McGrath of the Toronto Star…
Another Morning Line added 7:17am...
via Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
As for smaller market teams being forced to spend US$40-million to reach the salary cap floor when they’ve traditionally capped expenditures in the mid-to-low 30s, Nill offers one simple question.
“Isn’t that what revenue sharing is for?” Nill said. “Some teams that normally spent about $32-million are getting an additional $10 to $12 million in revenue sharing. That gets them to the $40-million.”
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
The Ducks on Friday announced the signing of Montador to a one-year contract worth $800,000.
“I thought Anaheim was the best place for me, based on the team that’s already there, the opportunity for winning, and the history and reputation that Anaheim has started,” Montador said. “I am super excited to be a part of it.”...
“I think it was in part getting better as a player, and also getting more of an opportunity,” Montador said. “There was an opportunity to go back to Florida, but I chose not to. I felt the opportunity for me as a player, for minutes played and the role they discussed, I had more interest in coming to the Ducks.”
more on the Ducks…
Which companies get the most bang for their buck advertising through the NBA or NHL? The answer, according to a study by Baylor University and iThink: beer, insurance and office supply businesses. We awarded NBA and NHL point totals to indicate how much “lift” a brand gets in distinction, loyalty and purchase behavior from sports fans over and above non-sports fans. [...]
Here are the top 10, with NBA scores weighted 3.5 times more heavily than NHL scores to reflect its superior reach.
Here are the Top-10 most effective sports advertisers. (NHL fans like beer. A lot. Go figure. They also seem especially fond of office supplies…).
And Tom Van Riper has written a complete story on the subject here.
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile issued the following statement regarding reports that Alexander Radulov has signed a contract to play in Russia…
“Alex is under contract with the Nashville Predators through the 2008-09 season. We are looking forward to him being here for training camp and being a part of this franchise’s success for years to come.”
NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement in response to questions regarding the Alexander Radulov reports:
“It is our understanding, based on the representations made both at our meeting yesterday, but also at an earlier meeting with Mr. Medvedev in May, that the Russian League will not allow a player to play in violation of his contractual obligations in the NHL.”
*More on the Radulov signing earlier today on KK
According to the Sportsnet trade tracker, Chris Gratton has been signed this afternoon for 1 year by the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Note: It was reported only three days ago that Gratton would not be back with the Bolts.
Update 5:00pm ET: From the Tampa Bay Lightning—
The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed center Chris Gratton to a one-year contract today, owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced.
“We are extremely excited to have Chris back in the fold for next season,” vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said. “He is a true professional that fits in perfectly with our plan to be a tough team to play against. We look forward to having a healthy Chris Gratton on the ice next season.”
From Jeff Z. Klein at Slapshot:
The Russian sports Web site championat.ru is reporting that Sergei Brylin, the longtime Devils forward, has signed a contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the Russian Continental Hockey League.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The Hawks would line up with Jonathan Toews, Robert Lang, Dave Bolland and Adam Burish down the middle if the season opened today.
“(Patrick) Sharp is another center, too, but for me not to put him in that position with those two kids, it would be tough for me to take him away from that,” Savard said, referring to a top line of Toews, Patrick Kane and Sharp. “They played so well together.”
more on the Blackhawks…
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
The new agreement between the NHL and International Ice Hockey Federation to not poach players under contract hasn’t even been put into writing yet, but it has already received its first test with reports that Alexander Radulov has signed with Salavat Ufa of the Continental Hockey League.
IIHF spokesman Szymon Szemberg said neither the IIHF nor the NHL has received any official documentation concerning the Radulov signing and all his organization has to rely on are media reports. But he also said if it is true that Radulov has signed a contract in Russia, it is, “a flagrant breach of the agreement.”
Updated 2:51pm ET (Alanah): Updates to the above story:
The agent for Alexander Radulov wouldn’t say whether or not he approves of his client’s decision to sign a three-year contract with Salavat Ufa in Russia, but he did acknowledge that the Continental Hockey League team offered so much money that it put Radulov in an almost untenable situation.
*note: original post-time was 11:59am ET
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