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Teams Will Work To Keep Their Own

from the Edmonton Journal,

“If the Ducks called today to negotiate an extension for Ryan Getzlaf, we would definitely return that phone call. When you see (fellow Group II players) Zach Parise just sign an extension a year before his contract is up and Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh do the same, I see teams trying to take care of their restricted players earlier. I see that happening more (than offer sheets),” said Johannson.
“Most players want to sign with their current team, but in the old days, the team had leverage over a Group II restricted free agent. The variable now is the offer sheet, and I see teams revising their ideas about what’s fair to keep their own players.”


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A “Kinder” Arbitration Process Needed

from the Ottawa Citizen,

No doubt arbitration is a gamble for both sides and in more than just salary. If Avery’s play falters in the upcoming season, the Rangers will be kicking themselves, especially as they’ll be paying him almost $2 million.
Perhaps the Rangers should suggest to the NHL and its Players’ Association that the arbitration system needs to be revamped in order to make it a less painful process - one in which the clubs don’t come out swinging at their own players and then try to kiss and make up when it’s over. That never helps team spirit, especially when word leaks out as it did in Avery’s case.


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Small Market Teams Still Struggle

from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

...two seasons after its historymaking and image-fracturing lockout, the NHL is in some ways right back where it started. The average salary will top $2 million this coming season, compared to $1.8 million pre-lockout, even though salaries were reduced by 24 percent at the start of the new collective bargaining agreement. Small-market franchises are still struggling with financial issues and feeling like they’re being bullied by their mightier brethren. In-fighting has arisen among front offices with differing outlooks on running their clubs. The business model has changed but the gripes remain the same.

read on

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Lowe Not The “Bad Guy”

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke has already gone on record describing Lowe, his Edmonton Oilers counterpart, as desperate, classless, even gutless. And what did Lowe do that was so overtly wrong, so low and downright cowardly?
He didn’t call Burke to say the Oilers were extending a five-year, $21.25-million (all currency U.S.) offer sheet to restricted free-agent forward Dustin Penner, an offer the Ducks declined to match yesterday.
For that great crime against hockey, Lowe has been tarred and feathered as though he’d swindled old folks out of their retirement money.

read on

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Leafs Lunch Moving To Drive Time

Ir you are like me and listen to Leafs Lunch on a regular basis, here is a bit of news- Leafs Lunch wll be moving to afternoon drive-time beginning next Tuesday.  Leafs Lunch will still be on at noon, but for only one hour.
Read all about it at the Toronto Star...

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Blue Jackets About To Announce Voracek Signing

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a three-year, entry-level contract with first-round draft pick Jakub Voracek, The Dispatch has learned.
An announcement is expected today.
General manager Scott Howson would not comment when reached last night.
Voracek, a right winger who was the seventh overall pick in June, will make $875,000 in each of his first three NHL seasons under terms set by the league’s collective bargaining agreement.
The contract won’t start until Voracek spends at least 10 games in the NHL, or until the 2009-10 season.
He’ll be given a chance to make the Blue Jackets at training camp in September but is likely to return to the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for one more season of junior hockey.


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Stajan Rumors Shot Down & Nothing New With Peca & Leafs

John Ferguson Jr. discussed the Penner deal and talked about the Leafs to this point.  This was also mentioned…
from Slam Sports,

John Ferguson Jr. said there was nothing new to report in the ongoing negotiations with veteran centre Mike Peca, except that he owed Peca’s agent Don Meehan a phone call. He also admitted there was no truth to the rumours surrounding the interest expressed from other teams regarding Leafs centre Matt Stajan.

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Cammalleri Will Get Two Year Contract

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

The only real news of the day is that Cammalleri will get a two-year contract, regardless of how much it’s worth.

more and I believe Rich has had enough of the Raycroft to the Kings talk too…

added 9:37pm, More from Rich at the same blog, Inside the Kings,

If the Kings accept the contract, they will have Cammalleri under contract through 2008-09, after which he would become an unrestricted free agent. As for the question of trading him, I don’t know why they request a two-year contract if they had any thoughts of trading him. Plus, I didn’t get the feeling that it was even a possibility.

Make sure to check this out, very insightful and quotes from Lombardi…

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Humidity Drops In The ACC

from the Toronto Star,

A huge weight has been added to the Air Canada Centre that may take a load off the backs of the building’s chief occupant, the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The second of two gigantic dehumidifiers, each weighing 56,000 pounds, was lifted by an equally monstrous crane through and opening in the roof Thursday into the attic of the sports palace.
The units will be fully functional by the time the ice goes in on Sept. 9 so when the Leafs play their first pre-season game against the Phoenix Coyotes on Sept. 20, the fans should find the environment more comfortable and the players should have no reason to complain about the quality of the ice.


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Burke Reacts To Losing Penner

from the AP via the Santa Barbara News-Press,

Anaheim had a week to match Edmonton’s offer and waited until Thursday’s deadline had passed before announcing it was letting Penner go.
‘‘We don’t believe these salaries make sense,’’ Anaheim general manager Brian Burke said on a conference call. ‘‘If I believe these salaries don’t make sense and I match then I’m just as dumb as the team that extended the offer.’‘
Burke was incensed by the terms and amount of last week’s offer, and at the time he had especially harsh words for Edmonton GM Kevin Lowe, saying, ‘‘Edmonton has offered a mostly inflated salary for a player, and I think it’s an act of desperation for a general manager who is fighting to keep his job.’‘
Burke’s feelings about Lowe didn’t change as the Ducks decided over the last week whether to match the offer sheet.
‘‘It’s certainly not a priority for me to mend this fence,’’ he said.


Listen to the Oilers press conference with Kevin Lowe and Dustin Penner…

Update 7:54pm ET:
A video of Brian Burke meeting with the press this afternoon, explaining his decision. (Go here, then click the link on that page.)

added 8:23pm, from TSN & the CP,

Lowe didn’t feel the need to make any apologies.
“There’s almost some insinuation from managers that because we’re friends we shouldn’t be doing this to one another,” he said. “I think our responsibility is not to one another, but is to our fan base and our ownership.”

more... coverage of both sides, completing the day!

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