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They Provided Us Thrills

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

10. Mario Lemieux

The icon of Pittsburgh’s 1991 and ‘92 Stanley Cup champions did not have speed. But even without that fundamental building block of excitement, he was thrilling because of his unique ability to take time and make it stand still….

9. Dominik Hasek

A goaltender? Sure. Hasek was from the Czech Republic but he probably vacationed on Mars. For 16 seasons beginning in 1990, he tended the nets like an extraterrestrial, playing a style that had its own internal logic even if the rest of the world had no idea what he was doing….

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The Mid-July Awards

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

In mid-July, most NHL people get themselves as far from an ice rink as possible. For them and those who report and comment on them, the summertime is all about decompression, rejuvenation and reflection.

We can’t help you unwind or juvenate, but we have all kinds of reflecting going on up in this hizzy – whatever a hizzy might be. And what better way to reflect on the 2008-09 season than by handing out a few of our own honors that may or may not be named The Proteau’s Types Awards for years to come.

PROTEAU’S TYPE FOR FEEL-BEST STORY OF THE YEAR:
Runners-up: The St. Louis Blues’ late-season run; Tim Thomas’ career year; The Columbus Blue Jackets’ first-ever playoff appearance; Steve Sullivan’s long-shot comeback.

Winner: The Renaissance of the Chicago Blackhawks.

From the hugely successful 2009 Winter Classic at Wrigley Field to the increased talent level that powered them to an appearance in the Western Conference final, there was little that didn’t go better than planned for the Hawks last year.

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NHLPA Files Grievance Over Blackhawks Mishandling Of Qualifying Offers

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the National Hockey League Players Association has filed a grievance over the Chicago Blackhawks mishandling of a number of its qualifying offers and intends to argue the players affected by the mishap, who remain unsigned, should be ruled unrestricted free agents.

The NHL will be notified and can agree with the NHLPA’s filing, or the league can disagree and the case will move on to an expidited hearing.

“In response to various media inquiries, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) confirms today that it has filed a grievance regarding the failure of the Chicago Blackhawks to submit Qualifying Offers to its 2009 Restricted Free Agents prior to the deadline stipulated in the CBA.  The NHLPA will make no further comment on the matter, which is now pending before the Impartial Arbitrator,” said Jonathan Weatherdon, NHLPA Spokesperson.

At this moment, it’s the Players’ Association’s contention, these players are unrestricted free agents and free to negotiate with any team.

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added 6:16pm, from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

The status of only Versteeg and Barker is in question since the Hawks signed five of their restricted free agents on Monday, including Troy Brouwer, Ben Eager, Colin Fraser, Corey Crawford and Aaron Johnson.

According to a source, the five restricted free agents chose to re-sign with the Hawks rather than be part of the union’s grievance. Brouwer and Crawford signed two-year deals while Eager, Johnson and Fraser re-uppped for one.

Obviously the agents for Versteeg and Barker see the Hawks’ blunder as a golden opportunity to get their clients a bigger payday.

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Qualifying Offer Mistake By Chicago May Cost Them

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

According to both the NHL and the NHLPA, the investigation into how and why the Chicago Blackhawks bungled a number of their qualifying offers is ongoing.

Neither side will comment, however since this story broke Friday evening on TSN.ca, interest into how the league and players association will respond is significant.

If the NHL grants leniency and attempts to sweep this issue away, it’s expected the NHLPA will swiftly file a grievance and the matter will go to a hearing.

Sources with hands on knowledge of how qualifying offers have to be filed say as innocent as this mistake may have been, there is no excuse for it, and the league should follow through with the ultimate penalty and declare all players who didn’t received proper notification, unrestricted free agents.

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The Face Of Hockey Changing With Twitter

from pucksandbooks of On Frozen Blog,

With the past week as laboratory, it’s an apt time to broaden our lens a bit and remark on how fantastically hockey coverage is expanding and improving by virtue of a single social media application: Twitter.

The two big-on-the-calendar events of the past seven days, indeed of the entire hockey season—the NHL Draft and Wednesday’s start of free agency—were by virtue of this single communications tool blown wide open in insider access: every hockey fan with a hand-held suddenly had access to the real-time thoughts and experiences of the most gifted 18-year-old hockey talents on the planet, player agents, NHL free agent stars, leading media personalities, and of course bloggers.

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Bettman- The Early Years

Because it is Friday and I am in relax mode…

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

This is simply one of the most fascinating video artifacts we’ve ever viewed on YouTube: Gary Bettman making his television debut as NHL commissioner, interviewed by the great Marv Albert on NBC during the 1992-93 All-Star Game in Montreal. It plays like an eerie prequel to the 16 years that followed.

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Tracking Salary Cap Space

For those of you who are curious to keep track of how the signings are affecting salary cap space on your favorite teams, check out NHLnumbers.com—a handy resource that tracks the salary commitments over the long term. 

Be aware though: when clicking through to the team pages I’ve been having some connection problems at times. Understandably, the site is likely getting a lot of extra traffic yesterday and today.

*For reference, here’s ESPN’s list of players already signed (and their salaries) thus far. And here are the players still waiting for a new home.

Update: via Twitter, John also suggested another option for salary cap crunching we can play with—CapGeek.com.

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You Woke Up This Morning…

,,, with what feelings about the first day of the UFA signing period.

I woke up feeling refreshed after a very long day and night.  Now waiting for the Wings to sign someone, anyone and keeping an eye on some the bigger names available, wondering where they may end up.

How about you?

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NHL Does Well In The Ultimate Standings

NEW YORK (July 1, 2009) – Five NHL teams are among the Top 10 professional sports franchises when it comes to paying fans back for their investment of time, money and passion, according to ESPN the Magazine’s Ultimate Standings report. The Carolina Hurricanes are the top ranked NHL franchise and second overall among all professional sports teams, followed by the Detroit Red Wings (#4), Washington Capitals (#6), Pittsburgh Penguins (#8) and St. Louis Blues (#10).  This marks the most NHL teams ever represented among the Top 10 in the report’s seven-year history. The full report is available in the current issue of ESPN the Magazine on newsstands Friday.

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Free Agent Frenzy: Live

TSN’s Free Agent Frenzy will start broadcasting on TV and online at 2pm ET till 6pm.

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger will be at the ‘News Breakers’ desk to bring viewers the most up-to-date information on NHL signings. Duthie is joined by TSN hockey analysts Pierre McGuire, Darren Pang and former Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster on the Instant Analysis panel while Gino Reda will deliver an in-depth look at all of the Free Agents in play.

The show will be streamed live here on this blog post, as soon as it starts. Stay tuned.

Update 2:00pm ET: The TSN broadcast is now embedded in a livestream below.
Note: Available to USA IP addresses only. Canadians are advised to watch the TSN tv broadcast.

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