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Under the Radar

From Wes Goldstein at CBS Sports,

High-profile names and big-buck contracts are usually the attention grabbers when the free-agent market opens, but many teams help themselves with signings that go under the radar.

Here’s a look at a dozen of those deals:

Ty Conklin, Detroit: With so much focus on Detroit’s stunning signing of Marian Hossa, the other player the champs grabbed from Pittsburgh has been all but forgotten. But getting the former Penguins backup goalie for a one-year, $750,000 deal is a coup for Detroit.

read on for more on Conklin, plus 11 other deals that deserve some extra attention

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  Tags: free+agents, ty+conklin

The Lightning Plan

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Are you like me? At a certain point — probably around Tuesday, when they signed Brandon Bochenski, did you finally and completely lose count of how many player transactions the Tampa Bay Lightning had completed in the past three weeks? And further, did you wonder if they were planning to play four forwards and one defenceman most shifts under new coach Barry Melrose since it seemed as if every one of those new faces played up front (or did until Andrew Hutchinson signed the other day).

continued and more NHL topics…

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Understanding Roster Limits

From Jay Levin at the Nashville Predators site:

Teams have four different “roster” limits to balance under the league’s regulations; a 20-player “dressed list” for games, a 23-player active NHL roster, a 50-contract maximum, and a 90-player maximum reserve list.

Starting with the largest and working our way down, teams are only allowed to have up to 90 players on its reserve list, whether signed to a standard player contract (SPC) or unsigned. From there teams are only allowed to have up to 50 players signed to contracts for any given season, including those for the players on the active roster and injured reserve lists.

read on for a very comprehensive explanation of how roster limits work.

Note: Levin’s article is part of a series he recently started, looking the business side of the game. His previous entry addressed the basic question of What is the CBA?

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  Tags: cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, rosters

The CBA Screw-Up

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Jonas Frogren contract imbroglio has the Toronto Maple Leafs in the peculiar position of aligning themselves with the NHL Players’ Association against the NHL.

While it could have far-reaching effects when it comes to signing older European players, the whole thing arose out of an honest mistake both sides made when they drafted the last collective bargaining agreement.

“Nobody should blame the Leafs for this. This is not their screw-up,” said a source close to the situation. “The screw-up was in the drafting of the CBA. But it’s not surprising that in a 500-page document, that two provisions would conflict each other.”

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Economic Roadblock

from Al Strachan of Fox Sports,

Three years down the road into economic paradise, the National Hockey League has hit a roadblock.

To some, this comes as no surprise. The Collective Bargaining Agreement that was hammered out after the lockout was clearly headed for trouble. For starters, no matter how many times commissioner Gary Bettman repeated his mantra for the gullible — “We’re doing it for the fans.” — there were three reasons for that lockout, and not one of them involved the well-being of fans.

Bettman wanted (a) to consolidate his power base; (b) to solidify his game plan of expanding the league into regions not familiar with hockey; and (c) to get rid of Bob Goodenow as head of the NHL Players’ Association.

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  Tags: cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, gary+bettman

Respect For The Contracts

The IIHF, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association met in Zurich on Thursday to discuss issues relating to player transfers and the international hockey agenda, including the Olympic Winter Games, the IIHF World Championships, the Victoria Cup and the World Cup of Hockey.

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Cost Certainty Out The Window

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

On July 22, three years will have elapsed since the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association ratified a collective agreement to end the exhausting 310-day lockout that cancelled the 2004-05 season.

During the shutdown, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s favourite buzzwords were “cost certainty.” While Bettman would never publicly condone the money that several clubs tossed at players this past week, the NHL office can’t be happy about the more than $725-million (all currency U.S.) that clubs spent in the past nine days to re-up some of their own players and lure new talent.

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Old Time Hockey

Hope you enjoy the Quebec Nordiques vs.the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Division Finals in 1985.

Dick Irwin with the play-by-play and Mickey Redmond wtih the color on CBC.

note: Still an issue, only IPs from the States can view the video.

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At The Cap

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

It’s a tossup which team is in the worst position vis-a-vis the salary cap in the NHL, the Los Angeles Kings or the Anaheim Ducks.

The Kings are $12 million below the $40-million floor and they have been non-players in the free-agent market. They do have some restricted free agents like Jarret Stoll and Patrick O’Sullivan to sign, but they might be forced to overpay just to meet the minimum.

The Ducks are one of four teams that are currently above the $56.3-million cap. They have overspent by $2.4 million and it can’t all be Kevin Lowe’s fault. Other teams over the cap are the Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks and the Calgary Flames.

more NHL topics…

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  Tags: salary+cap

Questions & Observations

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

* Get ready for the Mats Sundin sightings in certain towns.

* Did Marian Hossa really sign with Detroit or am I still dreaming?

* Rumor has it the third jersey will make an appearance this year.

* Have the L.A. Kings found their coach yet?

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