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from Bob McKenzie at TSN,
The Philadelphia Flyers have dipped into the free agent market a little early, thanks to the Nashville Predators.
Because of Nashville’s uncertain ownership future and an expected tight budget in the coming year, sources tell TSN the Predators arranged with the Flyers to give them exclusive negotiating rights to two coveted free agents - defenceman Kimmo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell.
Sources tell TSN the Flyers have now signed both Hartnell and Timonen to long-term contracts.
From Two Minutes for Blogging,
So I’ve been doing some research about the NHL’s CBA and how the salary cap is attached to league revenues. From a fan’s perspective, I must say that there is a lot of unreliable information about there about the CBA. And along the same lines, and more interestingly, there is mixed information about what comprises league revenue.
So when I start putting together an Excel sheet of “% increase/decrease in NHL revenues from the previous season,” and I see that the NHL just experienced the highest percentage of growth (approximately 6.7%) since 01/02 (then 11.5%), I can’t help but wonder how the NHL is growing and how it plans to sustain its growth.
continued… (*deals with some interesting issues like “What does the league consider revenue?” and “How will the league sustain the revenue growth?”)
There has been some talk Fedorov may be bought out… via the Edmonton Journal,
There’s a possibility the Jackets might buy out centre Sergei Fedorov’s last year (two thirds of $6 million, spread over two years for cap purposes), but they’ll probably bring back captain Adam Foote ($4 million) on the back-end, even though his best days are behind him.
Do you want him and what would you pay him?
Bryan Murray will be the GM, John Muckler will pursue other opportunities…
More as news beaks…
added 1:06pm, Murray hopes to have a coach with 1-2 weeks.
added 1:32pm, from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,
Now no one will admit this, but Muckler’s age also has a hand in this. Reports are he’s 73, but there’s no record of that given that the hall of records in the town he was born, Paris, Ontario, burned down many years ago and anyone officially checking on Muckler’s true age was simply out of luck. There are reasons to believe he’s considerably older than 73 and though that shouldn’t matter, it’s likely that it does….
Though Murray left open the possibility that he might remain as coach, the betting is that he will find his replacement before the start of next season.
That’s the way it goes in the hockey business. It’s ruthless, cutthroat and, at times, even unfair, but before you shed a tear for a longtime hockey man who was shown the door because he didn’t win the big prize even though there are NHL franchise who haven’t been to the Cup final in most people’s lifetime, understand this.
New York (June 18, 2007) – The 2007 Stanley Cup Hot Market sales period, beginning at the culmination of the Stanley Cup Final and including the seven days following it, produced a 48% increase from last year’s Stanley Cup Hot Market period and the highest sales numbers on Shop.NHL.com since the Detroit Red Wings won the Cup in 2002. The “Locker Room Hat” and “Locker Room Tee,” the two top-selling items on Shop.NHL.com, generated sales increases of 32% and 84%, respectively, over last year’s models.
Sales of NHL-licensed product increased on Shop.NHL.com for the ninth consecutive month, creating 22% sales growth for May 2007 compared to the same period last year. Fourteen NHL teams increased online merchandise sales for May 2007; the Ottawa Senators led the pack with an increase of 459% in comparison to May 2006. Other teams who more than doubled their May sales year-over-year: the Detroit Red Wings (135%), Anaheim Ducks (119%) and Buffalo Sabres (115%).
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators’ cloudy front-office situation should be cleared up early this afternoon. Amid rampant speculation about major changes coming to the front office of the Stanley Cup finalists, the Senators have announced a 1 p.m. press conference at Scotiabank Place. It’s expected the team will lay out the new structure of its front office and coaching staff, and the changes are expected to be significant.
Not only is the future of GM John Muckler in doubt, sources also say president Roy Mlakar’s position is being examined by owner Eugene Melnyk.
Mlakar likely doesn’t agree with the decision to remove Muckler from the GM’s job. If he’s let go, chief operating officer Cyril Leeder is considered a top candidate for the job.
from The Maven,
This is the time of year when Lou Lamoriello completes his head-coach search. With the Entry Draft coming up, it would not surprise if Double L announces his new bench leader any day now….
I’m guessing it’ll be Brian Sutter, who has experience, savvy and toughness. I was tempted to call this coaching scenario “The Meadowlands Melodrama” until I realized that Lou just moved his offices from East Rutherford to Newark.
more hockey talk, including the Bruins, the Senators and the Predators situation…
from the Tennessean,
Youth hockey is a key grass-roots element to generating and growing interest in the sport as well as support for the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators. The question is whether the Predators will be around Nashville long enough to reap the benefits.
Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has submitted an application to buy the Predators. He’s also laying the groundwork to move them to Ontario. If the Predators depart Nashville, it would take away the most visible source of motivation for youngsters to start playing hockey in the first place.
from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,
Everywhere he’s been in the NHL, people say Keenan has changed; he’s mellowed; he’s a new Mike. And then he gets into a feud and a good player (Hull, Wayne Gretzky, Trevor Linden) leaves town. At 57, is Keenan really that different than he was with the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, etc.?
“Like good wine, you age and get better,” Keenan said. “Maturation brings changes. The experiences, both positive and negative, you learn from those. Hopefully, everyone changes. I’ve changed and if I hadn’t I wouldn’t have lasted or coached in the league as long as I did.
“It’s important to take stock of what you’ve done and where you’re headed.”
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
-If Ryan Smyth is smart and gets the same sort of money to sign in either Detroit or Colorado, it’s a no-brainer. He should take the Wings.
They’re always in the playoff hunt and he talks about winning being important. It should be at 31. Plus, does Smytty want to play for the Avs, which means playing against the Oilers eight times a year in the Northwest Division? That might be a little uncomfortable.
-Chris Pronger apparently offered up $5,000 to any Ducks’ player who got the winning goal the night he was suspended in the finals against Ottawa. Dustin Penner was the lucky recipient.
much more NHL talk…
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