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A very slow NHL news day, so this thread is for you. Feel free to leave a comment, rant, question, etc... Keep it hockey related! Also an update on the next few weeks. Many of you know I will be cutting back to re-charge my batteries. KK will also undergo some minor tweaks and changes. A hockey related forum will be added, membership (free) will be an option too. I have always stated 99.9% of the comments made on KK have been informative and done without the name calling many of us have experienced on other sites. I would like to think the same will hold true when the forum opens up. It is refreshing and true testament to you that we can talk hockey without all of the childish chatter.

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Poti Not In Rangers Plans

from the Journal News,

Tom Poti will eventually sign somewhere. But the veteran defenseman, an unrestricted free agent and the Rangers' longest-tenured player, won't be coming back to the team. "He made it clear to us that he wanted to move on," Rangers assistant general manager Don Maloney said yesterday. "We wanted to explore whether we were a consideration but, for all considered, he needs to move on to somewhere else. So the answer is, no, he's not on our radar screen."
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So True

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun had a one-on-one interview with Ottawa GM John Muckler. One answer from Muckler seems to repeating itself throughout many of the NHL teams...

SUN: Do you think you still have enough elite players that you're going to be a good team. MUCKLER: Yes, but the trick is how are you going to be able to keep these guys beyond this year? I would just like to see the message sent for the general public to understand what is happening: I don't think people understand that cap system dictates change and trades are going to be done in a different manner now. You are not going to see teams receive the compensation that you think they should receive. Sometimes you're not going to trade players because you want to trade players, it's because you have to trade players because you can't afford (their contract) and you have to remove that from your payroll. All those things are going to happen and at the same time you want to keep the best players you can.
read on for the rest of the intervew...

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Explanation Of A Salary Situation

Many Detroit fans have emailed me asking for an explanation to the following. As we all know, Jiri Fischer is not playing right now, and there has not been any recent news if he will play again. The question many KK readers have is why is his salary still counting against the cap? Isn't there some type of relief or consideration for a situation like this? I sent an email to Bill Daly, Deputy Commissioner of the NHL and he was kind enough to respond.

Right now, the player is being paid, and thus his salary counts against the cap as required by the CBA. But the situation is being reviewed internally as to whether he can/should receive some other treatment by agreement with the PA
It is good to see this situation is being reviewed and when I get an update on this I will inform KK readers. added Saturday July 8th 11:18am, via the Detroit News,
But NHL rules allow a team to put a player on a long-term injury list and replace the value of his salary. However, the Wings might wait until they're at the cap before putting Fischer on LTI to allow them to exceed the cap by as much as his $1.4 million salary.
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Players Still Out There

from the CP via 680 News,

Close to 100 free agents have been signed since the market opened last Saturday, the six-day flurry giving way to some peace and quiet Friday as NHL teams regrouped. But while there weren't any signings of magnitude Friday, some intriguing names remained available, including Danny Markov, one of the top defencemen still left after a massive run on blue-liners this week. The former Toronto Maple Leaf most likely won't be returning to Nashville after putting up 11 assists, 62 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating with the Predators last season while earning $2.35 million US. Veteran winger Brendan Shanahan, who had 40 goals last season with the Red Wings, has narrowed down his options to two teams, Detroit and another unnamed team, a source said Friday. Boston and St. Louis are no longer in the running. Shanahan, 37, will mull it over this weekend and likely make a decision early next week.
read on

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No Calls For Manny

from the CP via TSN,

The question to Manny Legace seemed innocent enough. Where will he sign? "Good question, I have no idea," Legace said Friday. "No calls, nothing at this point." The unrestricted free-agent goaltender hasn't got a sniff since the free-agent market opened last Saturday. And he's stunned. "It's just mind-boggling," he said from Detroit. "I thought for sure there'd be interest from somebody after the year I had. But nothing. I don't know what to think. And I don't know what teams are thinking."
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Wamsley Named Assitant/Goaltendting Coach For Blues

from the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has named former Blues’ goaltender Rick Wamsley as an Assistant Coach/Goaltending Coach. “We are pleased to add former Blues' goaltender Rick Wamsley to our staff as Assistant Coach and Goaltender Coach,” said Davidson. "He is very familiar with Mike Kitchen, having played for and coached with him in Toronto. He will enhance our coaching staff and work well with our young goalies in our system."

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Is Atlanta At A Disadvantage

from the AP via ESPN,

The Maryland judge who last month ruled Steve Belkin is entitled to buy the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers from his former co-owners added a new twist to the ongoing feud Thursday. Montgomery County (Md.) Circuit Court Judge Eric Johnson ruled the current ownership and management team should retain control while the appeals are heard. But the good news for the Atlanta Spirit group also included the judge's stipulation that will prevent the Hawks or Thrashers from signing a free agent to a contract longer than one year.
continued... I emailed the Thrashers earlier today, hoping they would respond to this, but so far no word from them...

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Erik Johnson Goes College Route

from the AP via ESPN,

Erik Johnson, who was the top overall pick in last month's NHL draft, announced he will attend the University of Minnesota this fall. Johnson and his family said Friday that the 18-year-old will enroll in the university rather than joining the St. Louis Blues for the upcoming season.

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So No To Eddie

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

The Wings gave Ed Belfour a physical and are considering signing him as their goaltender. With Chris Osgood already signed, the addition of Belfour would give Detroit a goalie tandem with a combined age of 74 and 28 NHL seasons between them. Yes, experience in goal is key, but when talking about Belfour, the experience that the Red Wings should be noting is the experience he has had with back injury. ...So what is the upside to signing Belfour in Hockeytown? What will that press release say? "In a division with the Blue Jackets, Blackhawks and Blues, we feel he will be good enough for second place. And we are the Red Wings, so don't rule out the President's Trophy. The crest alone counts for 30 victories. Doesn't it?"
read on...FYI, Kara was on an extended 8 week leave in case you were wondering...

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