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No Red Flags

from Brad Schrade of the Tennessean,

The Predators’ situation is the first of its kind involving a minority ownership. In the other cases, bankruptcy trustees worked with the NHL to find a replacement owner, relying on the league to help with leads to potential buyers.

It’s unclear whether Del Biaggio underwent the tough scrutiny of a background check in 2002 when he bought a small stake in the San Jose Sharks. The league confirmed that he underwent a background check for the Predators purchase.

“You do all the things you can do to verify certain things,” said Bill Daly, NHL deputy commissioner. “You go through the checks. The bottom line is, no red flags came up.”

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No Action Yet

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Thirteen trades were made involving 15 teams on Friday and among the players moved were Cammalleri, Umberger, Jokinen and Alex Tanguay. Another 14 deals were made Friday, most of which, admittedly, involved draft picks.

And the Canucks weren’t involved in any of them.

“I’ve said from the outset we want to win as quickly as possible but it’s tough to get those players,” said Gillis. “We’re working on a bunch of different things and we’ll have an opportunity on July 1 (when the market opens for unrestricted free agents). If you can’t get it done this way you can get it done another way.”

But a lot of things were done in Ottawa this weekend. They just weren’t done by the Canucks.

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Lecavalier’s Value

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Now, the tea leaves. Given that only a small percentage of players work beyond their late 30s, a man of Lecavalier’s age, and riches already banked, is probably looking at no more than an eight-year extension, bringing him to age 37. The league soon will announce that a max deal, based on leaguewide revenues and the salary-cap figure, will be pegged around $11 million a year.

Exposed in the free agent market next summer, Lecavalier likely would entice at least a couple of suitors (are you listening, Montreal?) to offer him a max deal. To remain in Tampa, where many of his extended family members have moved in recent years, he probably would lock in around eight years at $80 million.

more NHL talk…

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Jackets Need An Identity

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

We’ve come a long way in Columbus. The annual draft, a time of rebirth and promise, has turned into another opportunity to rip management. That is practically Canadian.

Fans understand that franchise sustenance depends largely on drafting well and stocking the farm system. But after eight spotty drafts and seven losing seasons, the Jackets remain a nondescript team, and nobody cares how many quality fifth-round picks and third-line forwards they have.

The Jackets need players.

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Wooing Sundin

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

While Gainey usually wears a poker face whenever prodded to reveal such plans, a source close to the Habs GM suggested he might wing across the Atlantic for a face-to-face chat with Sundin as early as Wednesday.

Whatever Gainey does, this much is certain: The two teams do have a deal in place in the event Sundin signs with Montreal. There is speculation that Toronto might receive a 2009 first-round pick in return, but that, to this point, is merely draft-floor speculation.

About 15 minutes before Gainey had his chat with the hordes of reporters at Scotiabank Place yesterday, Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher was being peppered with Sundin queries of his own.

“I talked (to Mats),” Fletcher said. “I just have to do my job and do what’s best for the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is what it is.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Hands On Owners

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Maybe Oren Koules and Len Barrie are going to be a two-headed version of Mark Cuban. Maybe, as some in the hockey industry suggest, they’re going to turn the Tampa Bay Lightning upside down with their idiosyncratic notions of ownership activism….

Stories of Barrie and Koules calling other NHL teams directly to discuss player moves, with Lightning GM Jay Feaster left to figure out the details, are already popular gossip topics in hockey circles.

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Dolan Challenges Bettman

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

This threat to take the Rangers New York Rangers away from Jim Dolan isn’t about legalities. This isn’t even about the Garden suing the NHL. Not really. Rather, this is about Dolan and the Garden challenging the despotic reign of Gary Bettman just the way Bob Goodenow had the temerity to do so.

And we all know what ultimately happened to Goodenow.

continued and some UFA/trade talk too…

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Sather Talks Jagr & Avery

from John Dellapina of the NY Daily News,

Glen Sather yet again pledged his affection for Jaromir Jagr Saturday. And with just 10 days remaining until Jagr can hit the NHL’s open market, the Rangers’ general manager is at least exploring ways to keep him from getting there.

“I know that Jaromir would like to come back,” Sather said. “I’ve met with his agent two or three times now. I met with him here the other day. He told me he wants to come back. I’ve said that I want to have him back. And that’s where it is.”

continued

Also from Dellapina at the NY Daily News,

Rangers GM Glen Sather spent the entire, 30-minute seventh round of the NHL draft sitting with Avery’s agent Pat Morris Saturday. And after Morris made his pitch, complete with a folder full of statistical evidence, he emerged all but convinced that Avery won’t be re-signed before becoming an unrestricted free agent at noon on July 1.

“We had an interesting dialogue, and there appears to be disagreement over what Sean’s value is to the New York Rangers,” Morris said.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, sean+avery

Thoughts On Re-opening The CBA

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

If the NHLPA decides to reopen the CBA for tweaks, it must notify the league by May 18, 2009. The players may also extend the CBA through the 2011-12 season, which gives them options at both ends of the spectrum.

“It’s early in the process,” Kelly said. “We’re going to roll it out to all the teams in the fall tour. We’ll discuss if we’re going to reopen, what are some of the issues we’d like to revisit. On the flip side, we’ll provide a laundry list of things the owners might like to revisit.

“At this point, it’s too early. We’ll do it in a very thoughtful way and give people the opportunity to think about it.”

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Wrapping Up The Draft

NHL.com has a great section for all of the stories that came out of the draft in Ottawa.

KK now looks forward to the crazy period of the NHL off-season. The talk will start heating up and we hope to provide you with all the latest and greatest news.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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