Kukla's Korner Hockey
Kevin Lowe has stated he’s not likely to consider doing business in the future with the new Canucks GM, given their previous run-in as agent-vs-GM last summer over Michael Nylander. But not everyone has sympathy for Lowe’s position.
From Jason Botchford at The Province:
“I am horrified that someone’s integrity is called into question for something they didn’t do and by someone who did something much worse than Mike Gillis could ever be accused of,” agent Rich Winter said. “It’s an embarrassment to the game that Kevin Lowe would use the news media to make these accusations given what he’s done.”
In December 2003, Lowe was shopping Mike Comrie, Winter’s client, and found a taker in then-Ducks GM Bryan Murray. The pair agreed to a deal that would send young Anaheim forward, and future Stanley Cup champion, Corey Perry and a first-round pick to Edmonton for Comrie and a second-round pick.
Murray was worried he would lose Comrie to free agency if he made the deal. To appease Murray, Lowe authorized the Ducks’ general manager to begin negotiations with Comrie. Anaheim then signed the forward to an extension and, in its view, the deal was done.
But “not so fast,” says Botchford. The rest of the story…
from Eric Stephens of the LA Times,
Corey Perry’s future is also high on their agenda. Perry, 23, can be a restricted free agent July 1 and he figures to command a salary in excess of $4 million after leading the Ducks with 29 goals this season despite missing time because of a severed tendon in his right leg.
Burke said he’s aware the longer Perry remains unsigned, the more the right wing could be the target of a pricey offer sheet like the one Dustin Penner received from Edmonton last summer, which the Ducks ultimately didn’t match.
“There’s no more pressing issue for this hockey club than to get him re-signed,” Burke said.
more on the Ducks…
from Alanah McGinley at Yahoo,
I’m not sure I’m the perfect person to eulogize the Anaheim Ducks with snarky little cracks—after all, I’m a Vancouver Canucks fan, and clearly Canucks’ fans have no business trashing anyone these days. But I can still enjoy their demise just a little bit (err… a lot) and Ducks fans can take heart by just reminding me how your guys dismantled my team a year ago, alrighty? Alright then.
read on and a great job by Alanah. I just hope her next ‘obit’ is for another team west of the Mississippi!
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Brian Burke very much wanted to talk to the Maple Leafs about their opening for a new hockey boss.
But his bosses with the Anaheim Ducks said no chance.
That, in short, is what happened yesterday, just 24 hours after Burke said he didn’t know if he’d be back with the Ducks next season. Burke will now have to grit his teeth and fulfill the fourth and final year of his existing contract next season knowing he could have had the Leaf job.
Update 12:59pm ET—(alanah) Jim Kelly at Sportsnet.ca shares another perspective:
But there is another version making the rounds in the NHL, and though it’s clearly still in the rumor stage now, it also makes a great deal of sense: The NHL said no go.
It makes sense on several levels, the most important being that, to the best of anyone’s knowledge (and I’ve polled a few long-time hockey people on this), no GM under contract to a team and in good standing with ownership has ever jumped to another club while the contract was in force.
And Marty Henwood at Hockey.com points out that maybe Burke just didn’t want to go to Toronto. (And could you blame him?!?)
via the Anaheim Ducks,
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke will remain with the team through at least the 2008-09 season, which is the last under his current four-year contract. Negotiations between the club and Burke on a contract extension will continue.
“I work for the best owners in sports,” said Burke. “After meeting with Mike (Chief Executive Officer Michael Schulman) this morning, we’ve decided to end all unnecessary media speculation and commit to working together for at least one more year while continuing to discuss my long-term future with the Ducks.”
“Brian Burke is the best general manager in the NHL and we always expected him to return,” said Ducks Owner Henry Samueli. “Our goal is to sign him to a long-term agreement beyond next season.”
“I met with Brian this morning to discuss his future,” said Schulman. “We agreed to move forward, as planned, under his existing contract while working toward a contract extension.”
added 6:30pm, link to Ducks website now available….
from the AP via the International Herald Tribune,
Anaheim Ducks general manager Brian Burke stopped short of confirming he will still be on the job when training camp opens in September.
“I don’t know,” he said Tuesday.
Burke has one year remaining on the four-year deal he signed with the Ducks in 2005.
“No NHL club has asked permission to speak with me at this time. Not one team has asked. Nor have I asked for permission to speak to any NHL team at this point in time,” Burke said. “So unless and until those two things change, or unless and until I arrive at terms for a contract extension here in Anaheim, I have no intention of further discussing my situation.”
from Eric Stephens of the LA Times,
The Ducks are having talks with General Manager Brian Burke about a contract extension amid increasing speculation that the Toronto Maple Leafs have targeted him for the same job in their organization.
Michael Schulman, the Ducks’ chief executive, would not say whether there have been formal discussions to extend Burke’s contract, which runs through next season.
The Ducks’ bid to repeat as Stanley Cup champions ended Sunday.
“We talk probably every day,” Schulman said. “We’ve got a good relationship. We’re very happy obviously with his performance.”
Schulman denied a report in the Toronto-based Globe and Mail that an extension is on the table and the Ducks are awaiting Burke’s signature.
From the Canadian Press,
The Anaheim Ducks star defenceman already lost about US$2 million in wages from his $6.75-million salary for missing the first two months of the season. He was suspended without pay until he returned in mid-December. But in addition, as revealed by the New York Post over the weekend, Niedermayer’s salary was also reduced by $500,000 for missing all of training camp, as mandated by a clause in the collective bargaining agreement.
However, multiple sources told The Canadian Press on Monday that the NHL and NHL Players’ Association are working towards a resolution that would see Niedermayer recoup most, if not all, of the $500,000 and also clarify what implications this has on the Ducks’ salary cap.
Note: Larry Brooks New York Post story yesterday, linked previously on KK
Update 9:00pm ET: Bob McKenzie at TSN says that everyone has the story wrong:
As the New York Post reported on Sunday, Niedermayer has indeed been fined $500,000 because he missed training camp, but the fine was levied not by the NHL but the Ducks themselves. And according to the CBA, it is the Ducks who are mandated to fine Niedermayer for his decision to temporarily retire and miss training camp.
Confused? Continue reading for a complete understanding of the CBA issues at play
from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,
One moment, they were the defending Stanley Cup champions.
The next, just another losing team on the wrong side of the handshake line at the end of a playoff series….
“When you have won there’s a little bit [of] satisfaction inside your body. You try hard but when you’re a little bit off here and there, that’s why you can’t win,” Selanne said.
“You need every player’s commitment and work ethic and all the tools every player can bring. If you can’t, even if you’re off a little bit here and there, you can’t do it.”
from Tracey Myers of the Star-Telegram,
The Stars-Ducks series is reaching its peak in terms of physical play. The games also have become more thrilling as the series has advanced. On Friday, the defending Stanley Cup champion Ducks played like a team clinging to its playoff life.
So with the series coming back to American Airlines Center, the pressure on the Stars to score that knockout punch is a bit heightened.
“The pressure is always on. It’s playoff time,” center Steve Ott said. “We’re up 3-2, and I think our confidence has to stay high. This is exciting, it’s intense. And that’s what you can expect in Game 6.”
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
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.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org