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from the Detroit Free Press,
Red Wings general manager Ken Holland has a full lineup of player agent meetings scheduled over the next few days in an attempt to lock up most of his free agents before the market opens.
One player who will not be asked back, though, is center Robert Lang.
“I’ve contacted Petr Svoboda, and told him we will not be offering a contract to Robert Lang,” Holland said today.
from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
“Currently there isn’t a fully completed application before the board of governors,” Bettman said. “As a result I think people are getting a little bit ahead of themselves on this entire issue.
“It isn’t in any shape or form close to being ready for consideration as it relates to approval of an ownership change. I’m not exactly sure why people are focused on the Nashville Predators being anywhere other than in Nashville at this particular point in time.”
The board isn’t scheduled to meet again until the fall, so any deal likely won’t be approved before next season. The agreement between Leipold and Balsillie carried a June 30 deadline for completion, but that could be extended.
added 7:43pm, from the Kansas City Star,
Though expansion was not on the formal agenda, Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which will manage the $276 million arena scheduled to open in October, said at least a dozen team executives inquired about the market in the event the NHL expands in the next year or two.
“It’s the highest level of attention I’ve ever seen,” said Leiweke, who is governor of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and member of the league’s expansion committee.
“There are two or three prominent people within the league who have asked to come look at the arena. They want to see the building, they’ve heard rave reviews about it, and they want to get comfortable with the marketplace, because they’re not convinced the marketplace works….”
The National Hockey League’s Board of Governors today elected Jeremy Jacobs of the Boston Bruins as its chairman. Mr. Jacobs replaces Harley Hotchkiss of the Calgary Flames, who had served six consecutive two-year terms.
The Board also elected a Vice-Chair, voting Tom Hicks of the Dallas Stars to the position.
added 6:15pm, from the CP via Yahoo,
The board was also updated on the pending sale of the Nashville Predators to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie.
However, there will not be an actual vote on the transfer of ownership from Craig Leipold.
The board also rubber-stamped some minor rule changes and discussed next year’s salary cap, which is expected to fall between $48 and $50 million.
added 6:28pm, The minor rule changes…
All face-offs must be conducted at one of the nine face-off dots painted on the rink. Previously, there had been instances, such as when a puck left the playing surface, which caused the face-off to occur on unmarked ice, parallel to the dot nearest the place where the puck departed.
Referees were given discretion to assess a major penalty and a game misconduct when an injury results from an act of interference. Previously, only a minor penalty could be assessed for interference.
A player may be awarded a penalty shot if he is fouled on a clear breakaway outside his defensive zone (i.e., anywhere in the neutral zone or in the attacking zone). Previously, a penalty shot was awarded only when the player on a clear breakaway was fouled on the attacking side of the center line.
The term “Gross Misconduct” was eliminated from the rule book. Any act that would have been assessed a Gross Misconduct penalty will receive a Game Misconduct penalty. Accumulated Game Misconduct penalties can lead to fines or suspension.
“I haven’t spoken to anyone in the Leafs’ organization since the end of the regular season,” Mc-Cabe said from Long Island, N.Y. “I have absolutely no inkling that they would ask me to waive my no-trade clause. All of my [postseason] meetings with the club were positive; there was no indication that anyone on the team is unhappy with me….
Some believe the McCabes would waive the no-movement clause if the defenceman was to end up with the New York Islanders, as Roberta is from Long Island and the family spends its summers there.
“Oh, there’s nothing to that at all,” McCabe said. “Lots of husbands go to live where their wives are from in the off-season, just like the wives move to live where we play during the winter.”
more.. so all the folks who have emailed me about this when the damn rumor was started, just relax like I told you too…
from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,
On Friday and Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, the first-guessers (scouts and GMs) will complete more than a year of hard work. They won’t have the luxury of hindsight when making their selections.
With the Blackhawks on the clock, we second-guessers figured it would be a good time to look back at some of the best and worst selections in draft history.
Five best value picks (active players)
• Nicklas Lidstrom, D, Detroit, 1989 (53rd overall): In 1989, teams still were weary about European players. In that regard, Detroit’s management was on the cutting edge.
from the AP via the Globe and Mail,
Center Derek Roy was one of five players retained by the Buffalo Sabres after they were issued qualifying offers.
The moves, announced Wednesday, marked the first step by the Sabres to re-sign their restricted free agents. Players have the right to accept the one-year offers or negotiate new deals.
Also issued offers were forwards Daniel Paille, Andrew Peters and defenseman Nathan Paetsch.
from Mike Chen at Fox Sports,
The voice stops. Silence. Doug Wilson is at a loss for a word — not words, mind you, but a single word. The San Jose Sharks GM, normally one of the most articulate speakers in the game, can’t quite encapsulate his approach for next season in a single word.
During the course of the past 20 minutes, Wilson touches on many things in very thorough detail. His message is clear, and it’s one that Sharks fans have been hearing in different forms over the past month since San Jose was eliminated in a somewhat humiliating fashion: We will be better.
continued and great job Mike…
I know there a few bloggers, myself included, hoping for a face to face with Dwayne in a few days.
Another example of what he is all about when it comes to hockey bloggers.
If you are not aware of what Dwayne has done in the past, just check the “Filed in:” below this post…
via the Carolina Hurricanes,
Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has agreed to terms on a three-year contract with right wing Scott Walker. The contract will pay Walker $2.5 million per season.
“Keeping Scott in Carolina was one of our top priorities this offseason,” said Rutherford. “He brings skill and grit to our forward lines and he has become one of our team’s leaders on and off the ice.”
I am happy to report KK will be updating live from the 2007 NHL Draft in Columbus.
I will be arriving in Columbus on Thursday so start looking for updates from there late afternoon.
Alanah will be holding down the Kompound and who knows, we just may be having a bit of fun.
I am looking forward to meeting the MSM that I have frequently pointed to, spoke with and interviewed. The same holds true regarding many of the folks affiliated with all of the NHL teams.
As important, I anticipate meeting the large contingent of bloggers that are attending the event. Who has the first round?
It should be a great experience and we look forward to giving you an inside look at the NHL Draft.
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