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NHL Economics and the Canadian Dollar

The Associated Press contributes a story today on how the value of the Canadian dollar has changed the economics of Canadian teams in the NHL, as well as throughout the entire league.

Available via NHL.com.

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Waiver Time In Calgary

from TSN,

The Calgary Flames began their house cleaning on Thursday, placing defenceman Rhett Warrener and Anders Eriksson and forward Marcus Nilson on waivers.

Nilson, a nine-year veteran, signed a two-year, $2 million contract extension with the Flames last summer.

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Stars Plan

from Mike Heika at the Dallas Star Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

Les Jackson has confirmed the Stars will have an internal budget next season and will not spend to the cap. My guess is that number is close to $52-$53 million, so it’s not like they are that far off from the cap ($55-56 million). He said Tobias Stephan will be the team’s backup goalie, and that the team expects to allow its unrestricted free agents (including Niklas Hagman) to test the market.

My guess is Hagman, Antti Miettinen, Johan Holmqvist and Brad Winchester are gone.

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Viktor Kuzkin Dies in Accident

From the CP via the Globe & Mail,

Viktor Kuzkin, a three-time Olympic champion, has died after a diving accident earlier this week. He was 67.

Kuzkin won gold medals with the Soviet Union teams at three Winter Olympics from 1964 to ‘72, and eight world championships.

The Moscow-born defenceman played 169 times for the USSR, scoring 18 goals, and was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation’s Hall of Fame in 2005.

Kuzkin’s role in the famous 1972 Summit Series—in which he was captain of the Soviet squad—is noted here.  And Joe Pelletier has a few more details on Kuzkin’s career.

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Praise For Poile

from Edward Fraser at the Hockey News,

When I first heard about [Dan] Ellis’ new deal, I assumed the $3.5 million was his annual salary, not the two-year total. Even at $3.5 per, Ellis wouldn’t have been overpaid as a starting goalie.

So, in other words, at $1.5 million next season and $2 million in 2009-10, Ellis is a steal. And Poile, the only GM the Preds have ever known, should be applauded for the move.

The Ellis inking wasn’t the lone notch on Poile’s bedpost this off-season, either.

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Leafs Taking The Wrong Route

from James Deacon at AOL Sports Canada,

There will be more blood, it appears, and there should be. The Leafs are lousy and they have an empty minor-league larder, so for fans it’s vital that those managers stick to their commitment to rebuild, even though it’s going to be a hard road at first.

No one is saying anything publicly, but MLSE officials had to reel Fletcher in. Despite efforts to off-load salaries, Fletcher’s recent dealings make you wonder if the organization really has the stomach to do the right thing.

Does the purge mean Fletcher has been reminded that the team’s goal is a complete demolition? Or will the Leafs settle for their usual half-baked reno?

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Report- Straka Goes Home

the AP is reporting via the International Herald Tribune that Martin Straka will be playing in the Czech Republic next season.

update 11:37am, Now a denial from Straka’s agent.

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Helmet Design to Reduce Spinal Cord Injuries

From Kelly Sinoski at Canwest via Global,

The helmet, unveiled Tuesday by University of B.C. researchers, promises to lessen the direct impact to the neck by 56 per cent in a head-on crash. 

Designed for hard-hitting sports such as hockey, football, snowboarding, motorcycling and mountain biking, the helmet has an inner shell that will guide the head to tilt slightly forward or backward on impact. [...]

“It’s to reduce the load in the neck so we can prevent fractures and prevent spinal cord injuries,” said Peter Cripton, a professor in mechanical engineering at UBC and co-inventor of the so-called Pro-Neck-Tor helmet.

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A Look At The Atlantic

NHL.com has posted stories on every team in the Atlantic Division.  Make sure to check it out for the latest information!

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Peterson Has Had Enough

from the Portland Tribune,

Brent Peterson, who coached the Portland Winter Hawks to a Memorial Cup championship in 1998 and once captained the team, is tired of watching his favorite junior hockey franchise struggle….

Peterson decided awhile back to make an effort to do something about it. While he’s not leaving the Predators – he has a two-year contract in his pocket – he’s put together a formidable team of investors seeking to buy the team from Jim Goldsmith, Jack Donovan and John Bryant.

The group includes former Winter Hawks Brenden Morrow, Marian Hossa, Ray Ferraro and Scott Nichol (to name a few), along with PGA golfer and former Portland resident Peter Jacobsen, a longtime friend of Peterson.

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