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from the CP,.
A year ago Igor Larionov ended up the odd man out when the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee had to consider a once-in-a-generation class of candidates.
With only four spots for five superstars, Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens each got the nod over the Russian great, whose accomplishments off the ice in breaking the barriers Soviet Union players faced in going to the NHL were just as significant as his artistry on the ice.
On Tuesday, the hall will unveil its class of 2008 and Larionov should be at the top of the list. Often described as the Wayne Gretzky of Russia, it would be a fitting honour for one of the game’s trailblazers, and ease the sting he felt at being left out last year.
from Russo’s Rants,
It looks like Calgary’s re-signed Langkow already at four years, $20 million — which the Wild wouldn’t have offered anyway. The Flames just can’t announce the deal until July 1 because it puts them over the $50.3 million cap, and the cap doesn’t go up until July 1 (like why the Wild and Bruins had to hold off on the Manny Fernandez trade at last year’s Draft; the trade put the Bruins over the cap until July 1).
This isn’t written in stone. It just appears this way because reporters in Calgary keep referring to Langkow like he’s already signed.
– As for Olli Jokinen, the Flames have bigtime interest in reuniting the Florida captain with Mike Keenan, but they would have to dump a giant salary to get him — probably Alex Tanguay.
more and some other NHL bits…
from the Atlanta Thrashers,
The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed goaltender Johan Hedberg to a multi-year contract, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
from On Frozen Pond,
For those who asked, both JM and DeBoer were asked if anything changed with Olli Jokinen’s situation. These are paraphrases…
JM: “I don’t think anything has changed. We don’t have many untouchables on our roster. If we see a chance to improve our team, we will.’‘
DeB: “Those are decisions that are best left up to Jacques. My plan is to come here in September and go to training camp with whatever team I’m given.’‘
more on the introduction of DeBoer as the Panthers head coach…
via Capitals Insider,
“If someone puts an offer sheet in front of one of our players,” McPhee said during a news conference in Arlington to preview this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft, “we’ll match it - probably in less than 10 minutes.”
McPhee’a comments come a few days after a source told me that (Mike) Green’s camp - which is unhappy with the offers it has received to this point - plans to take negotiations to July 1 in the hopes of attracting an offer sheet.
Kukla’s Korner will be covering the NHL Entry Draft live again this year, this time with the help of two great hockey writers, Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams. They’ll be providing exclusive interviews from Ottawa, liveblogging the gossip, and posting whatever else they find going on behind the scenes.
More details available here.
P.S. My endless gratitude to Patrick and Erin for undertaking this project with me for KK readers—it should be a lot of fun!
From the CP via TSN,
Russian ice hockey player Maxim Mamin was banned for two years Monday following a positive doping test at the world junior hockey championship.
Mamin was 19 when he tested positive for a metabolite of nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, after a game in Pardubice, the Czech Republic, in January. His test result was almost three times the reporting threshold under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The Predators and defenseman Ryan Suter have agreed to terms on a four-year, $14 million contract, which will be announced later this afternoon.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
This coming week, there are no fewer than four pivotal events on the docket, each one of them with the potential for far-reaching impact:
• Monday and Tuesday, the NHL Players’ Association will meet in Colorado Springs and each player who shows up gets a free laptop. The usual procedural things will be on the agenda, but sources say a rather interesting situation is forming between the league and its union.
First of all, the players will address the possibility of terminating the collective bargaining agreement in September 2009. Not a chance this will happen because a CBA in which the players were supposedly taking a kick to the groin is turning out to be another huge win for them.
from Alan Adams of AOL Canada,
This is one of those read the book, seen the movie scenarios that has become all too common in NHL folklore.
The price of doing business is about to go up again, for a third straight year.
The average NHL salary this season was $1.9 million US, a hike of 11 per cent over last season and a whopping 28 per cent higher than it was when the NHL resumed business following the 2004-05 lockout.
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