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All The Talk

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

The Montreal Canadiens had hoped to sign Mats Sundin by Tuesday but that appears unlikely. Habs GM Bob Gainey exchanged e-mails with the 37-year-old star centre again over the weekend but to no avail.

“After thinking about things for quite a long time, and after listening to what Bob had to say, Mats still has not made a decision on whether he will play next season,” Sundin’s agent J.P. Barry told The Canadian Press on Monday. “He knows that there was a wonderful opportunity in Montreal and he’s very appreciative of the way that Bob handled the discussions over the past week.”

So Sundin, still unsure about his playing future, hits the unrestricted free-agent market Tuesday with Detroit and the New York Rangers among the teams expected to chase him along with Montreal.

“Mats has not closed any doors and will simply listen to all the options that are presented to him over the next while,” added Barry.

read on for the latest update on all the talk today…

As I stated last week, Mats decides to go the UFA route.  Nothing earth shattering, but I am one for one, so I am quitting while ahead of the game!

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Long Term Contracts Set Up Future Trouble

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

Many of those deals will be for terms that were once unfathomable - with seven to 10 years the going rate for a star player in the prime of his career. One thing that obviously hasn’t changed under the new system is the mentality of GMs to get the player now and damn the cost to the franchise later.

Which brings us to the question, what exactly is going to happen to all these long-term deals once the current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2011-12 season?

read on

 

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  Tags: free+agents, nhl+contracts

Cleary in Newfoundland

imageFrom the CP (via Slam),

Hockey’s greatest prize arrived in Canada’s youngest province on Monday, greeted by the first man from Newfoundland and Labrador to have his name engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Newfoundland hockey hero Dan Cleary and a mob of fans welcomed the Cup on its arrival at the St. John’s airport. Cleary became the first Newfoundland-born player to win the Cup when the Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL finals earlier this month.

“You don’t forget where you came from,” Cleary said.

We’ve had a ton of email requests from KK readers for more info on Dan Cleary’s time with the Stanley Cup (who knew you all loved Newfies so much?!) so let me send you off to Puck Daddy, who has a great selection of photos.

Update 4:22pm ET: Check out MLive for video of today’s activities.

Update 5:10pm ET: Kenn Oliver at The Telegram has a story up.

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  Tags: dan+cleary, newfoundland, stanley+cup

Niskala Off To Tampa

from Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning announced it traded for Flyers minor league defenseman Janne Niskala, and sent the Flyers a sixth-round 2009 draft pick.

Niskala, 26, was acquired by Philadelphia on June 25 from Nashville for forward Triston Grant and a seventh-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

more

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  Tags: janne+niskala

Columbus Targets

from Puck-rakers,

I’ve been told that the Blue Jackets will be in hot pursuit of “four or five” players as of 12:00:01 Tuesday. First is the phone calls, then out go the faxes with offers. My guess—Redden, Morrison, Brooks Orpik, Kristian Huselius, Radim Vrbata. Maybe Niklas Hagman. Maybe Mike Commodore. Wait, that’s seven.

more

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Will History Repeat

from Spector at Fox Sports,

History, however, has shown that a major free-agent signing can sometimes turn into a disastrous move.

Mark Messier was already a living legend when the Vancouver Canucks signed him in 1997 to a three-year, $20 million contract, expecting his leadership, skills and experience to lift them into Cup contention.

Alas, Messier by then was becoming a spent force no longer capable of carrying a team as he’d done with the Edmonton Oilers and New York Rangers. The Canucks missed the playoffs in each of his three seasons with them.

read on for more examples…

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Rolston Update

from Lightning Strikes,

Perhaps it was just posturing. Perhaps he just didn’t want to give anything away. Or maybe Brian Rolston is so committed to exploring his worth on the open market, the Lightning is going to have to work like crazy to get him signed.

Whatever the motivations, Rolston’s agent Stephen Bartlett played it close to the vest Monday afternoon when asked how negotiations were going with Tampa Bay.

“We’ve had some discussions,” he said.

continued

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  Tags: brian+rolston

The Cushion Clause

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Don’t look now, but the rules on signing some unrestricted free agents and the accounting principles associated with the salary cap have changed significantly for the coming season and it could make life a lot more difficult for some teams, as in not having as much salary cap room as they perhaps first thought….

...there is a clause in the CBA that says in the final year of the contract - this one coming up - there is no provision permitted for the Performance Bonus Cushion.

And what exactly does that mean and why should we care?

Basically, the performance bonus “cushion” allows teams to exceed the salary cap number if it’s on earned performance bonuses and defer it against the next year’s salary cap. Now, this season, that cannot happen.

more

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More Huet Updates & Green Too

from Capitals Insider,

Huet and the Caps, in fact, aren’t that far apart, I’m told. But, as you know, a deal isn’t a deal until it’s signed. If a deal is finalized, look for it to be three-years, as previously reported, in the neighborhood of $5 million per. That’s a lot of money, but the Caps are comfortable with Huet and vice versa.

Green, meantime, has been presented with multiple scenarios, including both long and short-term offers, and his camp is mulling them.

more on the Caps…

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Dumb Hockey Rumors

From Puck Daddy at Yahoo! Sports,

The last two weeks have seen rumors surface just about every day about every single free agent, just like they have at every trade deadline and summer free-agent frenzy in recent memory. Here are some of the best of the worst rumors we, as hockey fans, have had to digest and regurgitate over the last several years:

read the list for some entertainingly-bogus rumors

Incidentally, that list reminded me of that “Ryan Smyth signs with Edmonton” deal erroneously reported on Sportsnet in 2007.  Quite the screw-up that was, so here’s a flashback of the day from Chris Zelkovich in the Toronto Star:

 

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  Tags: hockey+rumors, trade+deadline

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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