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NEW YORK -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has completed its independent review of the Patrick Kane matter, the final stage of which included an in-person meeting between Kane and Commissioner Gary Bettman in New York on Monday, March 7. Based on its review, including the determination made by the Erie County District Attorney not to pursue charges, the NHL has concluded that the allegations made against Kane were unfounded. The League considers the matter closed and will have no further comment.
Got to play until the whistle blows boys. Chicago won 3-2.
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Stan Bowman might not be as famous as his dad. Or as ornery as Brian Burke. Or as chatty as Ken Holland.
But what he managed to pull off on Thursday by acquiring Andrew Ladd, generally considered the top available forward heading into the trade deadline, once again underscores why he is the best in the biz.
In the weeks following the Hawks’ Cup triumph last June, Bowman was forced to cast adrift key cogs Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya due to salary-cap considerations. In came former Blue Jacket Artem Anisimov and ex-KHLer Artemi Panarin, who have helped linemate Patrick Kane become the front-runner to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP.
It doesn’t stop there. After swinging the deal to bring in Ladd from the Winnipeg Jets, on Friday, Bowman added to the blue line by acquiring defenceman Christian Ehrhoff from the rival Kings for veteran Rob Scuderi.
And then, Friday night, he added forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann from the Montreal Canadiens.
Meanwhile, the rest of the league was waiting for, well, what? To see the Hawks win a fourth Cup in seven seasons? It might very well happen.
The lesson here: Stan Bowman’s Blackhawks don’t rebuild; they reload. And the architect is Stan Bowman, whose ability to annually keep the Hawks among the Cup favourites is impressive even to his own players.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced on Friday night the acquisition of forward Phillip Danault and a second-round draft pick in 2018 from the Chicago Blackhawks, in return for forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann.
"Phillip Danault is a young and gifted player who will be part of our core group of young forwards for many years to come. I am very pleased to have him join our organization. As a member of the Blackhawks management group, I was instrumental in the selection of Phillip in the first round of the 2011 NHL Draft. Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann have both been good contributors to our team and I would like to wish them the best of luck with the Blackhawks' organization," said Marc Bergevin.
via Bob McKenzie tweets,
A few things about pending CHI-LA trade: it may not become official until later in the day; players involved are Scuderi/Ehrhoff...
...there may be some salary retention. Should stress it's not yet a done deal but absent any last-minute issues, it "should" get done.
added 5:01pm, Deal official. LAK release is below...
added 8:01pm, Chicago release is beiow...
from Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet,
- Last year, Patrick Kane missed the final 21 games of the regular season, returning for Game 1 of the playoffs.
No one’s doubting his injury, but it was a marvelous manipulation of the salary cap for post-season purposes. There is no limit after Game 82. Chicago could play Kane, newly acquired Antoine Vermette and everyone else without hassle — although opponents weren’t thrilled with the loophole. Now, we’re going to see who copies it in 2016.
Number one on the list is Los Angeles, which won’t have Marian Gaborik for awhile. The Kings were already looking at defencemen, but the winger’s injury adds the possibility of a forward, too. No surprise if they do it, because, as an opposing exec says, “When Dean (Lombardi) has the opening, he goes for it.” (No one quoted in the blog is an anonymous source.) The Rangers would be another, if Rick Nash needs more time.
- Not so much for St. Louis’s Doug Armstrong.
“Are you asking me if I’m going to circumvent the salary cap?” the Blues GM said with a laugh when we spoke Monday. Uh, probably. “We’ve been in (Long-Term Injury) all year. We’re not in the position to add salary (unless money goes out). We don’t have the cap space. Alex Steen and Steve Ott are coming back before the playoffs and we’re a better team when they play. We’re not holding them out. Steen is a great player. If he wants to play and he’s ready to play, he will.”
Jaden Schwartz is back, and they are so much of a better team when he’s healthy. Alex Pietrangelo will see doctors about his return later this week. Steen probably has as good a chance at the Selke as he’s ever had.
St. Louis is fourth overall, but, as usual, the Central is murder with Chicago at number two and Dallas between them. What does Armstrong like most about his team? “With all the injuries, we haven’t spit the bit.”
Rozsival received five for interference and a game.
A short clip of the event.
from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet,
Stan Bowman continues to limbo with the salary cap, but has his Chicago Blackhawks in position to be buyers with less than two weeks to go before the NHL’s trade deadline.
The decision to send veteran defenceman Rob Scuderi to the American Hockey League after he cleared waivers Wednesday was done with an eye on creating roster flexibility, and leaves Bowman with the ability to add $3.9-million worth of players on Feb. 29.
Of course, he’ll be able to do even more than that if he ships additional money out in the meantime.
The Blackhawks are now carrying $4.45-million in buried cap space – the most among NHL teams, according to generalfanager.com – with Bryan Bickell and Scuderi in AHL Rockford, and David Rundblad loaned to the ZSC Lions in Switzerland.
Each of those players represents a cap savings of $950,000 to Chicago.
Bowman has had to be creative while constantly reshaping an organization that has won the Stanley Cup three times in the last six years. He currently has more than $40-million of the $71.4-million cap tied up in his forwards.
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