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Bouwmeester’s Rights “Untradeable”

From George Richards at On Frozen Pond:

The newest rumor I am hearing is that Jay Bouwmeester has become all but untradeable, his agent again telling prospective employers that Jay will not sign with anyone until he hits the open market on July 1.

This is a scenario I have spelled out numerous times, both here and on various radio shows. Honestly, if Jay isn’t going to sign until July 1, what worth do his exclusive negotiating rights have?

We may find that out soon enough.

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How The Flyers Can Get Bouwmeester

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

Despite months of preparation and countless mock drafts, the Flyers may very well steal the show tonight by landing the rights to Bouwmeester, a smooth-skating, hard-hitting defenseman who has identified the Flyers as one of six teams he would play for next season.

The only way for the Flyers to fit Bouwmeester’s projected $7 million salary under the cap is for Holmgren to include one of their defensemen—perhaps Matt Carle and his $3.4 million cap hit—in a deal with the Panthers or another NHL team. The Flyers are also top-heavy at the forward position, where the cap numbers for Daniel Briere ($6.5 million), Simon Gagne ($5.25 million) and Joffrey Lupul ($4.25 million) have become restrictive.

If Holmgren is confident Bouwmeester wants to play in Philadelphia, he might wait until July 1 to sign him and work out a subsequent trade to shed salary, much the way Bob Clarke did in 2005, when he signed Peter Forsberg, then traded Jeremy Roenick for future considerations.

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Possible Bouwmeester Destinations

from Brian Biggane of the Palm Beach Post,

If a deal is made for Bouwmeester, it probably will be at or before the NHL Entry Draft being held in Montreal on Friday and Saturday.

Speculation in Philadelphia is that the Flyers would be willing to send 25-year-old right winger Joffrey Lupul to Florida in exchange for Bouwmeester’s rights….

Vancouver also is expected be in the running, and goaltender Roberto Luongo, who knows Bouwmeester well from their time in Florida, could be a selling point.

While Calgary already has a high-end young defenseman in Dion Phaneuf, there has been speculation the Flames could deal Phaneuf to Ottawa for disgruntled sniper Dany Heatley, leaving a major void on the blueline.

Edmonton is probably not in the mix because of repeated failures of other hometown products, who typically face ridiculously high expectations from the hometown fans.

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Can Bouwmeester Be The Man?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Brian Burke can’t admit to the possibility of being intrigued by Bouwmeester because that would constitute tampering eight days before the free agent season officially begins. But he is thinking about it. He is thinking seriously about this 25-year-old defenceman. And the Maple Leafs will be among the bidders on July 1, no matter how silent he remains for now.

Just how high they are willing to go, how much money, how many years—and whether Bouwmeester would have any interest in playing in Toronto for a team on the rebuild—are all questions in need of answers for a player who has yet to define his career.

The Leafs, being where they are, have no choice but to take a shot at Bouwmeester. Because of his age. Because of his size. Because of his skill set. Because of all the possibilities he presents. Look how Zdeno Chara helped turn around a Boston Bruins team in terrible shape. Could Bouwmeester have the same kind of impact where he eventually lands?

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The Going-Rate For Bouwmeester

via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,

To talk to Bouwmeester before July 1, Florida Panthers want a draft pick, which would become a 1st rounder if he signs.

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While We Wait…

The Florida Panthers have breaking news on breaking news!

On another topic, feel like talking minor league hockey?  KK member Primis wants your views.

added 12:05pm, Regarding the Panthers… via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

I hear it’s a player signing, just don’t know who yet. Hope to talk to Randy Sexton soon and get this thing straightened out.

added 12:16pm, via TSN ,

The Phoenix Coyotes may be in bankruptcy but they continue to do business.

Phoenix has traded centre Steven Reinprecht to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Stefan Meyer.

The Coyotes have also signed forward Petr Prucha to a two-year deal.

Reinprecht, meanwhile, has signed a three-year deal with the Panthers.

Not sure if this is the breaking news, the Panther’s Twitter has yet to be updated.

added 12:30pm, from the Florida Panthers,

SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the club has acquired the exclusive negotiating rights for the Phoenix Coyotes C Steve Reinprecht (REIGN-prehkt) in exchange for Florida Panthers prospect C Stefan Meyer. In addition, the club announced they have agreed to terms with Reinprecht on a three-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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added 12:40pm, One more thing, there is a rumor from a guy who just wants hits to his website that the Panthers have called a press conference.  That is completely false, there is no press conference.

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Bouwmeester Not Limited To Playing In W. Canada

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

A report in the Ottawa Sun last week cited anonymous league sources saying Bouwmeester has already told the Panthers he won’t return. Asked if that was true, Sexton, noting he has had “frequent” conversations with Bouwmeester’s agent, said, “Until such time we know exactly what’s going to happen, I don’t think it’s appropriate to comment.”

Asked about the same report, Bouwmeester’s agent, Bryon Baltimore, said Wednesday: “We have always said we’d wait to see what unfolded July 1 [the start of free agency]. That in itself speaks as to what is going to happen.”

Baltimore said he hasn’t given the Panthers a list of teams Bouwmeester would like to play for, but “we’d certainly be open to discussing that with them.”

Baltimore said that while returning to western Canada is a factor for the Edmonton, Alberta, native, he’s not limiting himself to that.

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Getting Into the NHL Club—Times Have Changed

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:

It seems admittance to the private club that is the NHL, even for qualified applicants, depends on who is knocking at the door.

While BlackBerry tycoon Jim Balsillie still has not made it past doorman Gary Bettman, despite all of his legal pounding, two other owners were ushered in quickly in 1992 when they showed up practically unannounced. And the Disney Corporation was given a hero’s welcome even though it refused to pay an indemnification fee for buying the expansion Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and operating them in the same territory as the Los Angeles Kings.

NHL commissioner Bettman and the league’s governors surprised the reporters covering the annual meetings in December, 1992 when they announced the league would expand by two teams for the 1993-94 season. Aside from Disney, the other new owner was Blockbuster Video chairman H. Wayne Huizenga, who was granted the Florida Panthers.

Both new owners paid the going rate for expansion teams at the time, $50-million (all currency U.S.). However, Disney chairman Michael Eisner refused to pay for the right to play inside another team’s territory as it was defined under NHL rules.

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Related: more from David Shoalts on fees posted earlier today

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Panthers Will Be Staying In South Florida

from Carlos Frias of the Palm Beach Post,

The Florida Panthers may be getting a new owner, but likely not a new home.

The public company Sports Properties Acquisitions Corp. is in talks to purchase the Panthers and the rights to run the BankAtlantic Center and surrounding properties for a reported $230-$240 million. But unless the new ownership group is willing to pay Broward County the remaining debt for building and improving the arena - another $182 million - they are locked into a lease that will keep them put for the next 20 years.

A move seems unlikely because location is a big part of the Panthers’ appeal. Although they play in a small market and haven’t been to the playoffs in nine years, the deal would allow the new owners to manage and profit from all other events at the BankAtlantic Center. Plus, the current ownership group envisions building a mixed-use entertainment district around the stadium called the City of Oz.

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Panthers Sale Agreed Upon

from Ben Klaymen of Reuters,

A publicly held company formed last year to acquire sports properties has agreed to purchase the Florida Panthers hockey team for $240 million, a source familiar with the talks said on Tuesday.

Sports Properties Acquisition Corp has agreed to buy the National Hockey League team; its home, BankAtlantic Center; an arena management company and some land surrounding the arena, said the source, who asked not to be identified because the deal has not been announced.

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