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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
So we’re o believe the NHL conducted an investigation of the Red Wings’ 12-year, $73 million contract with Henrik Zetterberg—under which the winger is due to receive $71 million in the first 10 years and $2 million over the final two seasons—and found no evidence of skullduggery in the negotiations, but is now concerned with Marian Hossa’s similarly structured front-loaded deal with the Blackhawks and Chris Pronger’s pact with the Flyers?
As if the authorities expect Zetterberg to play for $1 million in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 at the ages of 38 and 39 while the Red Wings are hit with an annual $6.083 million cap charge, but have questions whether Hossa and Pronger actually will be toiling for minimum wage in their senior years.
Who conducted this initial investigation of the Red Wings, Omar Minaya?
continued plus other hockey topics…
from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,
With about six weeks left before National Hockey League training camps open, dozens of players are still looking for jobs. Their agents are busy these days, sending out résumés and calling general managers.
Some players will be lucky, but many won’t.
It is part of the price they paid to end the season-long, 2004-05 lockout. Of course, it wasn’t clear initially this would be a byproduct of the new collective bargaining agreement.
But the introduction of the salary cap, which was NHL commissioner Bettman’s price for peace, ultimately brought with it a vicious, mid-summer scramble for jobs.
Those left without work after teams reached the salary-cap limit would be out of luck, like the loser in a real-life game of musical chairs.
Bill Daly was just on The Bill Watters Show on 640am in Toronto and said the league decided to look into the Hossa and Pronger contract. No other team or person asked that they look into it.
Reading between the lines, there are more contracts the league may be looking at, but Daly only confirmed the above.
Article 26 of the CBA includes numerous penalties if the league finds issues with the contract, including voiding the contract. Outside counsel would look into the issues if asked by the NHL, report back to the league then both sides would meet in front of an arbitrator who would hand down his decision with consequences if need be.
That is enough legalize from me, although Daly did talk about the Phoenix situation, but most of it we have already heard about.
added 5:12pm, Scott Burnside of ESPN has more on this, how it could play out…
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What was the best under-the-radar signing of the summer? Even though he got fired a few days later, Chicago GM Dale Tallon’s acquisition of former Frank J. Selke Trophy winner John Madden more than adequately replaces the departed Samuel Pahlsson and should make the Hawks even more difficult to play against this season. An honorable mention goes to Anaheim and its signing of former Montreal captain Saku Koivu….
OK, then, which big-name signing has the biggest bust potential? Well, we already suggested that Gaborik’s longstanding health issues make him a high risk for the Rangers, but what about Jay Bouwmeester in Calgary? The onetime Panthers franchise player has played in the shadows his entire career; never played in an NHL playoff game; and will now be in the spotlight in Calgary, where once again Cup dreams burn brightly…
from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,
The NHL wants to postpone an auction for the Phoenix Coyotes until Sept. 10 to give two potential bidders more time to finalize their offers. U.S. bankruptcy court Judge Redfield T. Baum was scheduled to hold an auction Aug. 5 for bidders interested in keeping the club in Phoenix. If that auction failed to produce a decent offer, a second one would be held Sept. 10 for bidders who want to move the club.
In a court filing last night, the NHL and the City of Glendale argued the second auction is no longer necessary because the league has rejected the ownership application of RIM co-CEO Jim Balsillie…
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
In an e-mail to Sporting News Today, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly wrote that Hudler lost his free agency rights when he elected salary arbitration on July 5.
“It continues to be our position that Hudler is contractually obligated to the Detroit Red Wings,” Daly wrote in an e-mail to SNT. “It’s just another example of the KHL having no regard for NHL contracts.”
from Jim Kelley at Sports Illustrated,
New Rule No. 1: Regular-season standings must change
If a game is tied after the traditional 60 minutes, it is recorded as what it is: a tie. Should a team prevail with an extra goal in overtime or a shootout a team is awarded “bonus points,” points that are noted as such in the standings. In that scenario, there would be no “Win” recorded in the standings or personal coaching or goalie stats for a victory in extra-session time….
New Rule No. 2: Team options on the playoff seedings and formats
The higher seeds get a variety of options. It could be they retain the 2-2-1-1-1 format if they think it fits their travel plans or their view of what plays to the their strength (unbeatable at home or really good history of success after winning Game 1), or exploits an opponent’s weakness (poor road record or possible fatigue from a closing kick that could cause problems with a long-trip to a quick series start)....
from Carl Bialik of the Daily Fix at the Wall Street Journal,
On Puck Prospectus, Gabriel Desjardins tapped into the fan-generated database at hockeyfights.com to find out when fights happened last season, and who was deemed by voting fans to have won each tussle. Then he cross-referenced each fight with what happened in the rest of the game, when players were focused on scoring goals instead of landing punches. The result: A fight’s winner boosts his team’s goal differential by 0.07 over the next 10 minutes.
That may suggest that it’s good for the goons to drop the gloves more often, but few hockey pugilists win more than half the time — and for each who does, there’s another who’s a habitual loser.
from CBC Sports,
The NHL’s rejection of Jim Balsillie’s application to purchase the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes is the latest attempt by the league to prevent another team in Canada, the Canadian billionaire’s spokesman, Bill Walker, told CBC’s Newsworld….
“I think that hockey fans can judge what this is really about in terms of the NHL trying to block Canadians from having a seventh professional hockey team in Canada,” Walker said.
from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,
...sources familiar with the meeting told the Post’s Theresa Tedesco that it was a remarkably contentious affair, with governors taking turns lambasting Balsillie for his failings, real or imagined.
Sources told Tedesco that during the 90-minute meeting, deputy commissioner Bill Daly peppered Balsillie with questions about his withdrawal from buying the Pittsburgh Penguins for US$185-million in 2006.
Former Nashville owner Craig Leipold, now the owner of the Minnesota Wild, accused Balsillie, who offered US$238-million for the Predators in 2007, of using the team’s trademark without permission, and of destabilizing the already-fragile hockey market in Nashville by selling season tickets in Hamilton….
Sources also told Tedesco that George Gillett, the outgoing owner of the Montreal Canadiens, hammered Balsillie for telling a French-language newspaper in November of last year that the Canadiens were for sale, claiming that Balsillie’s comments destabilized the franchise and directly contributed to Montreal’s failure in the playoffs.
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