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Dustin Byfuglien with the OT goal last night.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
If anyone is searching for a reason why the Rangers have the NHL’s 29th overall record since Oct. 17, their 2-1 overtime loss last night in which they were overwhelmed by the Blackhawks stands as Exhibit A.
Despite getting a point on the strength of Henrik Lundqvist’s brilliance—in the match in which Chicago not only had 41 shots to the Blueshirts’ 18, but an overwhelming 75-32 advantage in attempts—the Rangers lacked the size, strength, speed and commitment to handle one of the NHL’s most powerful teams.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Keith, 26, will earn an average of $7.913 million over the first four years, $7.55 million for the next two years, $5.5 million for another two, $4 million for two more, and then slightly more than $2 million for the final three. Total: 13 years/$72 million, for a cap hit of $5.54 million. If you’re still holding on to your calculator, it exceeds the 12-year/$62.8 million deal, in both gross dollars and cap hit, that career marksman Marian Hossa pocketed with the Hawks in July.
OK, it’s a good bet that neither Keith nor Hossa will reach full term on their deals. If Keith retires after 10 years, he’ll have earned just under $66 million. They’ve still paid out huge money for a guy who, though well-conditioned and both a solid citizen and performer, is by no means considered an elite NHL defenseman. OK, they like him, and most teams have a guy like that - someone hauling in A-list money for what most of the world perceives as something less than A-list talent.
But Keith, even if out in the free agent market July 1, 2010, would not have commanded a $72 million commitment from anyone.
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from Jay Zawaski of ChicagoNow,
So why are Predators so uninteresting? They’ve been competitive at times. They’ve battled the Hawks for playoff spots before.
The answer is Nashville. At least to me, there is a mental block that a team from Nashville Tennessee doesn’t frickin’ matter. It’s the most un-hockey place on the planet.
Hell, when the Preds score they play Tim McGraw’s, “I Like It, I Love It, I Want Some More of It” song. Way to buck the stereotype hill rods.
I simply can not get excited about a game against the Predators. There will never be a rivalry between these two teams…ever.
The author should take a little trip back in time and remember where the Blackhawks were then.
from Spector’s Hockey,
For now, I think Bowman will be praying his team stays healthy. As for the off-season moves, forget about Huet or Campbell going anywhere, especially the latter with his huge salary (over $7 million per season) and “no-movement” clause. Byfuglien, Sharp or Barker are the likely trade candidates and they’ll certainly attract considerable attention.
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,
The Blackhawks have done everything right and have done it so quickly that this moment called for Dramamine. Do they have any idea of how good they are? Do they have any idea of how good they have it?
They say they do.
“I still feel like a young kid living a dream playing in the NHL,” said Toews, who at 21 has good reason to feel like a young kid. “To be blessed to be in this city, I can’t think of any better place I could have been drafted to when I was 18 years old. I never could have predicted the things that have happened in this city since then.”
He’s referring, in part, to the team’s surprising trip to the Western Conference finals last season, but he might as well have been referring to something even more surprising: how ridiculously good this team is 26 games into this season.
Watch the Chicago press conference below which is scheduled to begin around 3:00pm ET.
Or catch the NHL Hour (3-4p ET) with Gary Bettman and guest Brendan Shanahan, also below.
added 3:04pm, from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed today to a five-year contract extension with captain Jonathan Toews, a 13-year contract extension with alternate captain Duncan Keith and a five-year contact extension with right wing Patrick Kane.
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
The Blackhawks will not need to make a roster move to clear salary cap space in order to sign Duncan Keith, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to contract extensions.
The NHL wouldn’t have allowed the Hawks to announce the new deals for the trio if the club did not have the necessary “tagging room” for the 2010-11 season.
“Certainly, Chicago—they have some difficult decisions, but you know what? They have an awesome hockey team this year.”
-Red Wings GM Ken Holland talking about the Chicago salary situation. More on this topic from Craig Custance of the Sporting News.
The Chicago Blackhawks have called a press conference on Thursday where it is expected the team will announce the signings of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith to multi-year contract extensions.
Sources tell TSN that Toews and Kane will sign identical five-year contract extensions worth about $6.3 million per season. Meanwhile Keith’s deal is worth $72 million spread over a whopping 13 years at an annual average of $5.5 million.
note 8:12pm: The text changed from the original TSN story, so I posted it here.
added 10:40pm, Bob McKenzie of TSN discusses what the Blackhawks could do with their salary cap situation.
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