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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
One team, the Flyers: boldly fixed on the future, determined by the dint of strong ownership and a big bag of cash to reclaim its long-standing place among the NHL elite.
The other, the Predators: adrift in a sea of uncertainty, needing desperately to appeal to fans in Nashville, but instead driving them away because of an ownership vacuum, a vacuum that saw the team trade away the signing rights to top free agents Kimmo Timonen, the team’s best player and captain, and emerging two-way forward Scott Hartnell to the Flyers.
That’ll have them busting down the doors at the Nashville Arena.
from Dave Pagnotta at NBC Sports,
Smyth, who will become an unrestricted free agent in less than two weeks, has averaged 30.5 goals and 63.5 points per season over the last four years, reached the 70-point plateau, and won Olympic gold.
If Hartnell’s worth $4.2 million, you can be sure the Smyth camp will be asking for more than $6 million on the open market.
Smyth, 31, had spent all 11 of his NHL seasons with the Edmonton Oilers before being traded to the New York Islanders on February 27. Just prior to the move, Smyth turned down a five-year, $27 million contract from the Oilers, which prompted the team into dealing him.
Had he accepted the offer, Smyth would have made $5.4 million, per season.
from Boston Bruins.com,
Jacobs, like Chiarelli and Bruins fans in general, want the club to be harder to play against.
“We are not going to take anything but a winning season,” said the Executive VP. “We are not going to accept anything else.
“We need a pair of gentlemen who will take us to the Promised Land.”
Asked, as an executive, what kind of team he envisions, Charlie was quick to answer “a winning team” but beyond that reiterated that he, like all fans of the Black & Gold, expected that Bruins tradition be upheld.
“We…should be grittier,” said Jacobs. “We’ve heard that word a lot today (in terms of) being tougher to play against.
“The Bruins, last year, were a bit of an easy team to play against. Opposing teams would come in here and say ‘This’ll be an easy night.’
But I’m not so sure about poor Joe Sakic. Why isn’t he wearing a helmet like the others? Does the toy company really believe that The Hair can withstand scrutiny better than with the Crosby and Ovechkin figures?
Sakic’s action figure was just released today, incidentally, and they’re a Limited Edition - just 1,500 home jerseys, 500 road. To order, you can go here and click on Joe. If anyone buys one, maybe put a helmet on him…
via ESPN Page 2,
It’s Occasionally Sunny In Philadelphia
This spin-off of FX’s quirky hit show follows a down-on-its-luck hockey team as it tries to rebound from having the worst record in the NHL. The two main characters, Kimmo and Scott, learn life lessons the hard way—getting booed every night in the City of Brotherly Love while trying to earn their huge salaries. Episodes blacked out in most markets.
from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,
Speaking of Souray, the Canadiens chances of re-signing him went from possible to unlikely after the Philadelphia Flyers secured the rights to Nashville defenceman Kimmo Timonen and signed him to a six-year deal worth an average of $6.3 million U.S. a season.
Souray’s history of injuries might discourage a team from offering him a six-year contract, but he should command the same kind of money as Timonen. Souray is a year younger, has a definite edge in size and is more of a force on the power play.
more hockey talk…
from the Rocky Mount Telegram,
On Friday, the Hurricanes will pick 11th overall in the NHL Entry Draft and should look for a defenseman or checking-line center. This is a weak draft, however, where no instant-impact players exist.
Instead, president and general manager Jim Rutherford, one year removed from his coronation as Executive of the Year, will have to re-energize this team on the fly. There is little salary cap room to sign impact free agents, so any new additions will likely come from a trade that U-Hauls out of town a familiar face.
The right move will send the fan base, an area defined as from Rocky Mount to Greensboro, clamoring for tickets and trinkets. If not, the Hurricanes are destined to become a yearly outsight.
from the Philly News,
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren was putting the final touches to dual 6-year contracts yesterday afternoon that will pay Timonen $38 million and Hartnell $25.2 million.
“The principals of the trade were laid in place last Friday,” Holmgren explained yesterday. “There was a certain deal for both players. If we were able to move forward with both players, there were different parts to it. So what we did was we traded the 23rd pick in the draft for the rights to both players.
“We did some negotiating with them over the weekend and we’re extremely close to getting it done with both guys, and I would assume it will get done.”
more...inlcuding player reaction…
from the Maven,
• One possible destination for Alexei Yashin could be Washington. Yash would be a nice fit with fellow countryman Alexander Ovechkin. Of course, that’s contingent on Yash passing the puck!
• Detroit will only bring back Todd Bertuzzi if the price is right. Big Bert must regain his form next season if he’s to make the big bucks. Speaking of the Wings, rumor has it that management thinks Valterri Filppula is ready for a second-line center role, which would mean Robert Lang becomes trade bait.
more from Stan… and yes, Lang is a UFA…
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Murray is going to begin his search for a coach over the next few weeks and here are some likely candidates:
Senators assistant coach John Paddock, regarded by many as the top candidate, will be on Murray’s list. He worked with the club’s prospects in Binghamton and has a strong relationship with centre Jason Spezza as a result.
Former Senators captain Randy Cunneyworth, one of the AHL’s most highly touted coaching prospects, has been with the Rochester Americans and is ready for an NHL job.
Former Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn will get consideration. He has kept in touch with Murray since being fired by Toronto last year and turned down a chance to coach the Bruins last summer because he wants a more established team. Ottawa might be the perfect fit for Quinn.
Former New Jersey coach Pat Burns, who led the Devils to the Stanley Cup in 2003, is also ready to return to coaching after going on a hiatus because of a bout with cancer
added 7:11am, from the Ottawa Citizen,
If the call hasn’t already been placed, expect new Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray to begin his search for his own successor by dialing the 519 area code to find former NHLer Dale Hunter in London, Ont.
Whether Hunter answers Murray’s call is another matter.
Hunter, who turns 47 next month, was one of Murray’s favourites with the Washington Capitals after being acquired in 1987-1988 from the Quebec Nordiques for a draft pick that was eventually used to select Joe Sakic.
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