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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Have no fear, says Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi, the Kings will make it to the NHL’s salary “floor” of $40.7 million in player payroll before opening night.
However, the financial formula will not include, contrary to rumors in recent weeks, taking high-priced goalie Nikolai Khabibulin off Chicago’s hands, or dealing away budding superstar forward Anze Kopitar.
“Some of the stuff that goes around is just crazy,” said Lombardi. “Like Kopitar. We’re going to trade our best young player to get to the floor? If the people who start that stuff would put just two cents worth of brains into thinking about it first . . .
“But that’s the kind of stuff that gets out there, and then we had to respond to it, just to quell the masses.”
continued with numerous NHL topics discussed too…
I do find it laughable when Lombardi says he has to respond to trade rumors to quell the masses. The knowledgeable NHL fan knows the vast majority of trade rumors are made up and don’t have any chance of happening. But it only takes a few people, yes, even those who claim to be have trusted sources, to stir the pot and take advantage of those fans who will believe everything they read.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
In a stunning turn of events, the Kontinental Hockey League and International Ice Hockey Federation appear to have extended an olive branch to the NHL, which may ultimately lead to a thaw in the frigid relations between the KHL and the NHL.
“We have gone with an open hand to the NHL,” KHL president Alexander Medvedev told thn.com in a telephone interview Saturday. “We are hoping to get a positive reaction from the NHL.”
added 5:35pm, Ken Campbell has adjusted the story from above, adding a comment from Bill Daly.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said in the Radulov case, the IIHF, “lacked the courage and conviction to do what’s right,” by not ordering Radulov to fulfill the final year of his contract with the Nashville Predators. Despite still being under contract to the Predators, Radulov signed a three-year deal worth $13 million with Salavat Ufa of the KHL and has already appeared in several games.
“The facts couldn’t be more clear,” Daly said in an email to thn.com. “But instead of revealing what (the IIHF’s) investigation actually found – which is that Radulov is under contract to Nashville and should be playing there this season - they pulled the chute and took the easy way out. Very, very disappointing. Its seems that the KHL is making decisions for the IIHF these days.”
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
Olaf Kolzig may be the only Tampa Bay player submitting multiple ticket requests for the team’s exhibition game at the Eisbaren Berlin on Sept. 28.
“My cousin lives in Berlin and I have a ton of uncles and aunts that live in Hamburg,” Kolzig told NHL.com. “Within an hour drive, I have a handful of relatives.”
The Lightning’s newest goalie was born in South Africa and grew up in Canada, but his passport says Germany and that’s the country he considers to be his homeland. He has represented Germany on the international stage, twice in the Olympics.
from the IIHF,
The meeting agreed that the unsolved case of Alexander Radulov will go to an applicable court or – if all included parties agree – to arbitration, whose verdict can not be overruled.
The KHL furthermore informed that the league is disputing the signings of the following players by the NHL:
Andrei Loktionov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Vyacheslav Voinov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Traktor Chelyabinsk
Andrei Mayorov – signed by NHL club Columbus from KHL club Ak Bars Kazan
read on including the lifting of five suspensions…
from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,
If you haven’t heard, Broph (Mike Brophy) is leaving us at the end of next week to join Rogers full-time. He’ll be doing more TV work for Sportsnet, hosting a radio program two days a week and, ahem, writing for a competitor’s website….
At the same time, our brand name gives us the ability, and credibility, to attract established writers and hockey personalities to lend their voices to our mix.
And that’s where you come in. We’d like to know whose work you’d like to read in the pages of The Hockey News and web pages of thn.com.
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
In 2003 and 2004, he was the goaltender for N.C. State’s club hockey team. From there, it was on to countless minor-league tryouts—the first with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
“Just my luck,” he said, smiling. “It was the year of the [NHL] lockout, so 11 goalies were there. But one of the things the Marine Corps taught me was to keep going after my goals, to keep plugging away, plugging away.”
The last few years have been a blur of different locales, leagues and hockey sweaters—the FireAntz, Asheville Aces, Twin City Cyclones, Greenville Grrrowl, Charlotte Checkers, Pensacola Ice Pilots, Florida Everglades.
“They call me ‘The Suitcase,’ ” Alves joked.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
As he fought back his emotions at the heartwarming reception, the long-time Leafs captain broke into a big smile.
“Perfect,” he said as he doffed his helmet to the crowd.
Are we to read into his reaction that this was the “perfect” way to say farewell to his days as a Leaf—or, as the case may be, his professional hockey career? Sundin has not said as much, but it sure looked that way.
A quick update for those of you who are interested in the new look KK.
We are getting much closer to the ‘new face’ KK and it should be happening within the month of September.
You may be seeing some minor glitches and tweaks in the coming days but in the end, the 3rd version of KK will only enhance your visits to Kukla’s Korner.
from David Pollak of Working the Corners,
Kyle McLaren got back on the ice this week — skating, checking, shooting — for the first time since leaving Game 5 of the Sharks’ opening round playoff series against Calgary with a groin injury.
The good news is that McLaren says he feels very comfortable on the ice, that a summer divided between rest and working out had the desired effect of getting him back into shape for the coming season.
The big question, however, is whether his NHL future is with the Sharks or elsewhere.
from Emirates Business 24/7,
Roman Abramovich, the Russian billionaire, has ploughed £578m into Chelsea and seen the Stamford Bridge club rise to the top echelons of the game since bankrolling them five years ago.
Skepticism surrounded the 41-year-old’s takeover, but Brady believes significant investment in the Premier League will prove beneficial to the competition.
“When Abramovich came in, everybody said it would kill the Premier League,” he says. “But what it did was raise the bar and other billionaires – including the Al Nahyan family behind the Adug – have come in to challenge him. “What we’ll have in 10 or 15 years is something similar to the NHL, where all the clubs are owned by billionaires and are still making money. There is virtually an inexhaustible supply of these people that want to break into football because the one thing you can never get away from is that football’s the world’s game.”
more, but it is all soccer (football) talk, but I am wondering if they are referring to the National Hockey League in the quote above. The only other NHL I know of is the National Hurling League. Maybe they meant NFL, I just don’t know.
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