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Tarnstrom Decision Due Today

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Dick Tarnstrom will find out today how much money he stands to earn during the season. And it might not be long after that when he learns whether he'll be cashing his paychecks in Pittsburgh. Tarnstrom had a salary-arbitration hearing in Toronto yesterday and, if the Penguins are unhappy with the contract he is awarded, they almost certainly will try to trade him. They might even exercise their right to "walk away" from the award within 48 hours of when it's handed down, making Tarnstrom an unrestricted free agent.

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Is The Heavyweight Done

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Playing under a salary cap for the first time and with the promise of an obstruction crackdown and a more wide-open style of play, many managers have abandoned the old template for team-building. Gone is the so-called "ghost roster" that included at least one forward line devoted to pluggers, muckers and pure fighters and at least two hulking defensemen. Instead, many GMs are focusing on skill, speed and hockey smarts throughout their lineups. "You're still going to need toughness. But if you can find players with toughness who can play, that's a very, very valuable commodity," said Detroit GM Ken Holland, whose Red Wings have been the model for combining grit and skill with the likes of Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper and Brendan Shanahan.

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Same Old Bruins

from Fox Sports,

Suddenly, Boston Bruins owner Jeremy Jacobs is a big spender. After years of playing it close to the vest and keeping salaries reined in, Jacobs has allowed his general manager, Mike O'Connell, to tread very close to the $39 million salary cap dictated by the recently ratified CBA. For a man that has spent the better part of a decade being vilified by fans for his penurious ways and absentee landlordship of one of the sport's marquee franchises, Jacobs believes this mere fact entitles him to a huge round of applause from the club's supporters. He wants the fans to forget that he is merely playing by the rules he himself brought into being. Because, let's not forget, Jacobs was one of the biggest hawks among the owners, insisting that salaries be brought under control across the National Hockey League — no matter the cost. After more than 300 days of NHL darkness, the owners achieved their goal of having a revenue-based salary cap in place to limit the cost of obtaining and holding onto players.

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Malkin Staying In Russia

from TSN,

According to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, highly-touted Russian centre Evgeni Malkin is not expected to play for the Pittsburgh Penguins before 2006. Malkin, the 19 year-old selected by the Penguins second overall in the 2004 NHL Draft, is under contract to his hometown team, Metallurg Magnitogorsk, in the Russian Super League until 2008 and he's made it known that he intends to play there this winter. "My feeling is that Evgeni will want to graduate to the NHL next year," Malkin's agent Pat Brisson told the paper. "It makes a lot of sense for him to next year graduate to the NHL." While he admitted that the chance to win with a powerful Magnitogorsk team and play for the Russian national team weighed heavily in his decision, Malkin also indicated another influence in his own interview posted on RusHockey.com, telling the site, "Actually, I was ready to compete with Alexander (Ovehckin) and Sidney (Crosby) for the Calder Trophy. But my agents told me that it'd be easier to win the trophy in a year."

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Kronwall Signing Reported

Swedish media reporting Kronwall signed by the Wings for 2 years, $1 million per year. I am working on verification. update 8:52am, If anyone can translate, let me know, from dn.se, Kronwall, som skrapade ihop 20 NHL-matcher med Detroit säsongen 2003/04, är den sjätte svensken som kontrakterats av klubben och kontraktet är värt 15 miljoner kronor. - Niklas dubblar lönen. Han får två miljoner dollar för två säsonger, säger hans agent Claes Elefalk till Aftonbladet. Övriga svenskar med kontrakt i Detroit är Nicklas Lidström och Tomas Holmström samt de nya Johan Franzén och Andreas Lilja. Henrik Zetterberg ligger i förhandlingar om en fortsättning. Very rough translation: NHL - matches with Detroit season 2003/04, is the sixth Swede as contracts of club and agreement of purchase and sale is been 15 millions chronology. Niklas double the wage. He sheep two millions dollar for two season , says his agent Claes Elephant to Aftonbladet. Övriga Swede with contract in Detroit is Nod Lidström and Tomato Holmström and also they nya Johan Stamp and Second Lily. Henrik Zetterberg am laying in negotiations if a continuation.

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Luongo Arbitration Could Have Been Avoided

from the Miami Herald,

Less than an hour after the arbitrator's decision came down Thursday, Gilles Lupien, agent for Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, said everybody should ask the Panthers, ``What did you win?'' Good question -- for both sides. The Panthers won on the numbers, getting Luongo at $3.2 million for this year, an amount much closer to what they wanted than to what he wanted. In the process, they needlessly two-handed The Franchise, a guy who was found home and marital happiness in South Florida while maturing into one of the best goalies in the world. He's the face of the Panthers off the ice, the backbone of the Panthers on it and takes both roles willingly. Now, they could easily lose Luongo after two years. Luongo won the freedom to play Free Agency Lotto after the 2006-07 season. In the process, he lost a bucketload of guaranteed money, $25 million over five seasons, and stability. A pity that all this could've been avoided.

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Datsyuk Wants A Contract By September 1st

from the Russian Hockey Digest,

In our negotiations we came to the finish line. I announced to the Detroit’s General Manager Ken Holland that he needs to make up his mind relatively to Datsyuk by September 1st. Pavel is willing to play in the NHL. Red Wings’ first priority right now is to sign a contract with Datsyuk. As you can see, we have the same goal. September 5th is a deadline to get players on a roster in Russian Super League. It’s clear that Datsyuk can’t wait the entire month in uncertainty. He would play in Dynamo. What salary is Datsyuk expecting? I and Mr. Holland decided not to announce any numbers. But it’s well-known that Detroit signed 18 players already for 31 million dollars. So, there is a room, especially that each club may have an over-budget of the cap of 39 million dollars until October 1st.

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Korolyuk To Play in Russia

from TSN,

Despite an arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday, Sharks winger Alex Korolyuk has decided to spend the 2005-06 season playing in his native Russia instead of returning to the NHL. The arbitration hearing will move forward as scheduled. ''I'd like to thank Alex and (agent) Brian Lawton for notifying us of Alex's decision prior to the arbitration hearing tomorrow in Toronto,'' said Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson.
...and I wonder if Wings fans are thinking Datsyuk may do the same....

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Andreychuck Re-Signs With Bolts

The 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed unrestricted free agent left wing Dave Andreychuk to a two-year contract, Executive Vice President & General Manager Jay Feaster announced today. In accordance with club policy, financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. TSN Tracker for all of the day's transactions.

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Ryan Smyth for Zetterberg- No

I have had quite a few emails today regarding a rumor of a Smyth for Zetterberg deal in the works. My reply was the same to all, it is not going to happen, never even brought up by either side. Now this from the Herald-Tribune,

Oiler fans may be squirming a bit with longest-serving Oiler Smyth still not signed, but Lowe said whether it's a short-term or long-term contract, the Banff product will be in Oiler silks when the puck drops Oct. 5 at home against the Colorado Avalanche. "I think there seems to be some mixed messages or misconceptions about Ryan. We'll get Ryan signed, it's just a question of whether he's long-term because next year he becomes an unrestricted free agent," said Lowe. "I guess the worst-case scenario would be if we had to put him on a one-year deal. Not that Ryan needs motivation, but he'd be highly motivated and have a great year, which is good for the Oilers. "But our expectations and hopes are that we can get him a long-term deal, but we'll see what happens. Rest assured he'll play for the Oilers this year."

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