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Just When You Thought It Couldn’t Get Any Worse

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Kevin Lowe, in a desperate attempt to make his hockey team better, managed to make everything even worse.
Shortly after Vanek signed a $50-million US, seven-year offer sheet as a restricted free agent with the Oilers, the Buffalo Sabres matched the offer.
Lowe, who couldn’t land an unrestricted free agent waving $18 million of budget money around in the air, just made himself a multitude of enemies around the league.

read on

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Sens Want To Avoid Emery Arbitration

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

After making $925,000 last season and helping the club reach the Stanley Cup final, Emery is going to have a strong arbitration case and Murray knows it. That’s why Murray doesn’t want to risk Emery scoring an award of $4.5 million in arbitration. Ideally, the Senators would like to ink Emery to something similiar to the three-year, $8-million deal that Cam Ward signed with the Hurricanes last summer.

more on the Sens including Gerber asks to be traded…

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Miscalculated The Market

from Jerry Sulivan of the Buffalo News,

“People ask why we didn’t negotiate with Thomas,” Quinn said. “We didn’t because we didn’t have a party that wanted to, because this was the route they were following. You can tell when discussions get to a certain point that someone has a different option.”
Quinn made it sound as if there had been a long history of talks with Vanek’s agent, Steve Bartlett. That wasn’t quite the case. Asked when he had begun talks with Bartlett, Regier said, “I’ve had a couple of conversations with him.”
Pressed for more details, Regier said he didn’t have an actual date. Finally, he said, “probably a general one a couple of weeks ago.”


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Nashville Still Attractive

from the Tennessean,

So when it was time to sign a new contract last month, Nichol had a difficult decision: Should he stay in Music City despite the uncertainty of the franchise’s situation following this season, or should he hit the open market and find a more stable destination?
In the end, he decided that sticking with a city, an organization and teammates he appreciated outweighed the fear of the unknown.

read on

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Sean Hill Finally Speaks Up

From Michael Russo at the Star-Tribune,

So desperate to prove his innocence and salvage his reputation, Sean Hill has taken a lie detector test and given blood at an independent lab.
The veteran NHL defenseman claims he has passed both tests and has no idea how boldenone, an anabolic steroid mostly used for treatment of horses, was found in his system following a Feb. 16 drug test.
Friday, minutes after signing a one-year contract with the Wild, the 37-year-old Duluth native talked for the first time about becoming the first player to test positive for a banned substance in the NHL’s performance- enhancing drug program.
“I had no idea what it even was when they called me,” said Hill, who has 19 games remaining on the 20-game suspension he received before the New York Islanders’ first-round playoff elimination game April 20. “I immediately asked to be retested, but they said they don’t do that. ... They said, ‘If we have the science, there’s not much you can do.’ “


*Previously on Kukla’s, the Minnesota Wild’s official statement

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Atlanta Thrashers and the New Salary Cap

From Tim Tucker at the AJC,

...the net result is that the average player salary will be higher next season than in the year before the lockout.
Who’d have predicted that? Not Thrashers general manager Don Waddell.
He discusses the swollen cap and its impact on the free-agent market and the Thrashers:
Q. Are you surprised the cap has risen so high so fast?
A. “Looking back at the lockout, I didn’t anticipate after two full seasons we’d be spending more money in the marketplace now than before the lockout. I am surprised about that. It’s encouraging, because the [salary cap] is based on revenues, but the unfortunate part of it is that it’s based on everybody’s revenues. And our revenues are not as high [as many teams’]...”


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All About J.R.

From Wes Goldstein at CBS Sports,

Five goals. Just five more goals over the course of an 18-year career and Jeremy Roenick would have had the credentials that automatically warrant Hall of Fame consideration.
A couple of passes off a defenseman’s skate here, a few less goalposts there, maybe a little better aim on an ice-long shot at an empty net somewhere down the line and boom, Roenick would have left the game with 500 goals.
Of course reaching that lofty plateau is no more a guarantee of Hall entry than falling short is of exclusion, and Roenick will certainly get votes by the time he is eligible three years from now. Yet, that milestone number on his résumé would’ve served as a fair reminder about a career that was among the most notable ever put together by an American-born player.


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War Of Words

from Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

“We always had an attitude here that we don’t do these things,” Quinn said at this afternoon’s news conference in HSBC Arena. “When it comes to the Edmonton Oilers, if there’s an opportunity to put an offer sheet on a player as long as we’re alive, we’ll be comfortable doing that. They can expect it if it’s in our best interest.”
Lowe wasn’t impressed.
“It’s quite a bold statement by that organization,” the seven-time NHL All-Star said. “I think it’s rather juvenile on their part.


added 9:35pm
, from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

This is what life has become for the Edmonton Oilers: They go after a restricted free agent from another small-market team, something they thought they’d never do; they offer a staggering seven-year contract worth $50-million (U.S.); they tick off the managing partner of the Buffalo Sabres, who vows revenge for “as long as we’re alive.” …
And still the Oilers don’t get their man.
What in the name of Michael Nylander is going on here? Did Chris Pronger’s wife put a hex on Rexall Place before she left town?


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Arbitration For Lundqvist

from Rangers Report,

The Rangers indeed elected to take Henrik Lundqvist to salary arbitration. No word on a hearing date yet, but there is still the hope the two parties will reach a settlement beforehand.

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Stars Decide to Sign Some Guys

From the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars GM Doug Armstrong announced Friday that the club has signed three players to one-year contracts for the 2007-08 season. The club agreed to terms with Brad Winchester on a one-year contract worth $475,000, while Toby Petersen and Trevor Byrne received two-way contracts for 2007-08.


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