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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
Brian Burke came to Anaheim with a plan and he wasn't going to scrap it when the Mighty Ducks' locker-room chemistry was slow to develop or when the rest of the West seemed to be sprinting away. The Duck general manager says he believes in his team and his strategy as strongly today, with the Ducks in fifth place in the conference, as he did on Jan. 13, when the team hit a low point of eight points out of the eighth and final playoff spot. "The blueprint that we're following is not a new blueprint," he said. "I did the same thing in Vancouver.read on (reg. req.)...plus more informantion on the NHLPA and Saskin...
As mentioned last night, Jason Allison is out with a broken hand and will lose some money because of it...Keep in mind he has 17G-43A-60PTS from the Toronto Star,
The Leafs signed Allison Aug.5 to a one-year deal with a base salary of $1.5 million (all figures U.S.) plus bonus clauses that would take the total value of the contract to $4.5 million. The bonuses clicked in at 70 points and 75 games, and would have totalled $3 million. Allison started earning $222,222 at 35 games, with that figure growing incrementally every five games. In addition, Allison would have had to hit the target of .65 points per game in order to collect. At the 75-game plateau, he would have collected $2 million. The 70-point plateau was worth $1 million. Unfortunately for Allison, he had been on pace to easily reach the bonus plateaus in his contract.
from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,
-Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago that Pierre (The Mouth) McGuire was dissing the Lightning’s chances. Something about John Tortorella not getting along with John Grahame. We’ve got news for McGuire: Goalie and coach don’t have to get along as long as Grahame stops pucks and Tampa keeps winning! -There’s one aspect of the refs-linesmen new deal that bugs us. Starting next season, helmets will be mandatory for all on-ice officials. That means we won’t be able to see Kerry Fraser’s well-coiffed mane; and that will be missed! By the way, visors will be mandatory for all incoming refs and linesmen in 2007-2008.much more
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
When the wreckage of this season finally settles in the next three weeks, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson will canvass his most trusted advisers for their advice on next season. However, my schedule during National Hockey League playoffs is uncertain at this point, so I'll offer my advice to Ferguson now, just in case I won't be available that week. In general terms, Ferguson has to look at three things: upgrading the forwards as a group, but, most of all, finding at least one winger who can play with Mats Sundin; signing at least one big-name free-agent defenceman so that the Leafs' good young blueline prospects will have veteran leadership to lean on; and settling the goaltending situation.continued
via the AP,
Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Allison is out indefinitely because of a broken bone in his hand, the team said Monday. Allison, injured Saturday night against Montreal, has 17 goals and 43 assists in 66 games this season. Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina left the Lightning's game Monday night against the Carolina Hurricanes because of a lower-body injury. His absence left the Lightning even more short-handed on the blue line because Dan Boyle didn't even dress. He hurt his right ankle Saturday night against the New York Rangers, and is listed as day to day.
via the NHL,
Nashville Predators forward Darcy Hordichuk has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of an altercation during NHL game #1057 against the Los Angeles Kings on March 25. Hordichuk was assessed a minor penalty for roughing and a misconduct for an incident that occurred at 5:08 of the second period when he initiated an altercation with the Kings' George Parros. Hordichuk will miss games at Phoenix March 28, versus Detroit March 30 and versus St. Louis April 1. He will be eligible to return April 3 against Columbus.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
It's possible the free-agency period will be delayed more than a week from July 1 to allow the NHL Players' Association to discuss the merits of having the salary cap grow to about $46 million or to stay around $43 million to expose players to fewer losses if revenues don't keep pace with salaries. League sources told ESPN.com that it's believed the NHL will agree to extend the start of the free-agency period to somewhere around July 12 to allow players to fully discuss the issue.read on
from Soo Today,
One of Sault Ste. Marie’s most treasured landmarks, the Memorial Gardens, is scheduled to be torn down in the coming months, and fans are being offered one last chance to purchase a piece of local history. Sault Ste. Marie hockey fans and the sentimental alike will appreciate news that preparations are being made to sell the Memorial Gardens seats, offering an opportunity to permanently own a piece of the landmark.continued
via The Dallas Stars,
The Dallas Stars extended the contract of Head Coach Dave Tippett today, locking up their bench boss through the 2007-08 season. His contract was set to expire on June 30, 2007. In addition, the Stars also announced that Associate Coach Rick Wilson, Assistant Coach Mark Lamb, and Assistant/Goaltending Coach Andy Moog have all signed two-year extensions through the 2007-08 season. Each of the current contracts of the Stars' associate/assistant coaches were due to expire on June 30, 2006.
from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,
The recent decisions in Los Angeles, with the firing of head coach Andy Murray, and in Boston, with the dismissal of GM Mike O'Connell, underscore hope for change, yet in different contexts. Murray's ouster is an in-the-moment shock-the-system move that reeks of desperation. O'Connell's pink slip was an organization 'fessing up and finally waving the white flag for its previous errant decisions.continued
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