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An Early Look At The Salary Cap- 2010-11 Season

from Spector at Fox Sports,

With Canadian teams reportedly accounting for over 30 percent of league revenues and having no problems selling out their respective arenas, the improved value of the “loonie” throughout the coming season could have a positive impact upon league revenues.

Of course there are other variables which could adversely affect revenues. Concessions, souvenirs, advertisement and broadcast revenues have yet to be collected for the upcoming season and the current volatility of the economy could still take its toll. It’s difficult for the league’s general managers and their “capologists” to gauge what the immediate future will bring, and combined with the flat-lining of this coming season’s salary cap makes it difficult to plan out long-term roster building forecasts this summer.

A significant decrease in the 2010-11 salary cap is still a possibility and any general manger worth his salt has to anticipate this, but it’s also possible it may not be a certainty.


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Talking Hockey

I was a guest on a podcast this afternoon hosted by Crash the Crease.  Then Lyle Richardson joined in on the hockey talk after my segment was complete.

You can listen to it here.

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Where Are The Offer Sheets?

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

This summer, not a single offer sheet has been extended. With the salary cap expected to decrease prior to the 2010-11 season, it’s hard to imagine any offer sheets next summer either.

“I don’t know if it’s a thing of the past,’’ said Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, who could still see Phil Kessel accept an offer sheet. “But teams are very cautious now because of the uncertain cap situation and the economy. The offer sheet is an inherently inflationary tool. It doesn’t jive right now with the cautious approaches that we’re taking.’’

The very nature of extending an offer sheet to a restricted free agent is for one club to pay a premium and make the resulting salary so steep that the original team can’t afford to match. Two summers ago, when the current financial crisis and corresponding cap crunch had yet to strike, the Ducks determined that a $4.5 million annual salary to Penner (more per year than Dallas captain Brenden Morrow, in comparison), a developing power forward, was too rich for their books. Anaheim let Penner walk, Burke took his shots, and the Ducks claimed first-, second-, and third-round picks from Edmonton in the 2008 draft as compensation.

more plus other NHL notes…

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Hockey Twitters

Since I wrote an NHL.com blog about Twitter a few weeks ago, I have received numerous emails asking me to suggest hockey people to follow.

Yesterday I asked KK readers to submit their favorites and KK member Puck Central even blogged about it with his favorites…

Many of the major hockey sources now have twitter accounts that are updated regularly and often the updates are just seconds after news is confirmed.

If nothing else, sign up for it and give it a try, it only takes a few minutes. I’ve put together a comprehensive list of hockey websites, beat writers, players, agents and bloggers that have the best information (in my opinion) and update their pages with the least amount of non-relevant information (like “I like chocolate ice cream!”).

read on for his list…

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A Slow Friday

It certainly appears we will be having a slow, hockey news day today.

Teams are waiting to see how the arbitration hearings go before making any more player movements.  Although we may see some minor moves, I doubt we hear of any major signings until these hearings are complete.

I am around today, but as has been the case the for the last few weeks, not much is really going on.

Therefore, this post is an open comment one, have your say anything hockey related and let the discussion begin.

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All Brad Meier

As a regular feature, StarPhoenix sports reporter Cory Wolfe gets personal with a sports figure. Today, NHL referee Brad Meier gets cornered.

The SP: You’re participating in the Sticks on 23rd street hockey tournament with several NHL players. Any fears that they’ll try to seek retribution against a guy who normally has the power to penalize them?

Meier: I don’t think so because at the end of the day, I’ll have the last laugh when it comes to regular-season play next year. I think I’ll be all right….

The SP: (Laughs) OK, you’ve got a tough job. What’s the best heckle you’ve heard from a fan, player or coach?

Meier: Well, Pat Quinn is always good for some funny ones. One night we were in Toronto and they were taking the rough end of the battle. He kind of piped up and asked us if we all thought it was Hudson Bay rules out there because he didn’t think we’d want to call any penalties. He’s always good for a comment but he’s pretty funny, pretty witty and he’s a great guy to us off the ice.

read on

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Always Thinking Hockey

Today at NHL.com, I am thinking hockey out loud.

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Those Hockey Cliches

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Are you like me? Do you cringe and/or grind your teeth any time you hear clichés and done-to-death buzzwords? Well, since the NHL doesn’t have much in the way of news to comment on, I figured we could take another periodical look at the verbal junk that passes for insight both inside and outside the hockey world and break that junk down to its nonsensical essence.

Aren’t particularly fond of that idea for a hockey blog in late July? Hey, it is what it is.

Moving Forward: Far and away the most widely overused cliché of the moment, this phrase usually is employed as utterly superfluous sentence-beginner (or ender). So instead of an NHL GM or coach saying this:

“We want to build a team that competes for the Stanley Cup each year.”

You get this:

“Moving forward, we want to build a team that competes for the Stanley Cup each year.”


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League Has Questions For Balsillie

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The value of a franchise in Hamilton is important because it would form the basis of how much Balsillie would have to pay – on top of his $212.5 million (all figures U.S.) offer for the team – in indemnity and relocation fees to the league and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The NHL letter to Balsillie’s company outlines 23 specific pieces of information the league says it needs before it can approve Balsillie as an owner including “all data, information and/or sources used in calculating the estimated value of an NHL expansion fee ($225 million – $265 million).”

The NHL has never put a price tag on an expansion fee for Hamilton.

Balsillie’s legal team indicates he’s a bit more than halfway to providing the information.

read on

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How Are You Handling Your Hockey Summer?

My blog today at NHL.com,

Over the last 10 months, I have been in hockey mode 24/7 and looked forward to a little break from the action. But the more I look for that break, the harder it is to find.

Friends just tell me to stay away from anything hockey—don’t visit the Web, don’t watch the NHL Network, don’t listen to NHL Home Ice. Go on vacation, go to the beach or go fly a kite.

If only they knew it is much easier said than done!

continued and I asked for people to email me with their stories.  Surprised over 50 emails received so far. I may have to do another article on this topic.

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