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from the News & Observer,
This season, the third under the salary-cap system the league adopted to end the lockout, the average salary will fly beyond that mark and approach $2.2 million.
The league isn’t concerned about that, because salaries are tied to revenue. If more money is going out, it can only mean more money is coming in.
“I don’t think this year’s free-agency period suggests a return to days when high-revenue clubs had a competitive advantage in the players marketplace,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said. “Aside from a couple of high-profile signings, the distribution of signings is significantly more diverse than under the CBA
via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• If anyone in the NHL truly believes Andrew Raycroft is a No. 1 goalie, they’d make a pitch to the Leafs for him. At $2 million a year, the price is cheap for a starting netminder. But to date, no real offers of consequence.
• Why is it news when an NHL general manager contacts Peter Forsberg’s agent to inquire about the player? Shouldn’t it be news if a GM doesn’t contact Don Baizley to ask about the most talented free agent left in the pool?
Peca in Columbus, Belfour In Sweden, Forsberg in Edmonton- See Spector’s for all of the UFA signing talk…
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Those who assume Russian hockey players spend their summer on a borscht-and-bourbon bender should have a conversation with Barry Smith, the longtime NHL assistant coach and now first-year coach-GM of SKA-St. Petersburg in the Russian Superleague.
“Working with these players has been terrific so far,” said Smith, who has been putting his new team through training camp workouts since July 3. “Having NHL-level talent to train with really raises the standard of practice, and adds something new for the boys who’ve been here right from the start.”
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
SI senior writer Michael Farber picked his three NHL Dream Teams—one for the best of all time, one that will win right now and one built for five years from now. How did Farber do? What changes would you make to his lineups?
The instinct is to include center John Tavares, who broke Wayne Gretzky’s Ontario Hockey League scoring record as a 16-year-old last season, and Carey Price, the goalie who led Hamilton to the Calder Cup this spring, but there are mitigating factors in both cases.
read on and I am pointing to the future team. To see the others, look at the tabs at the top of the page at SI.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
Anaheim Ducks star Teemu Selanne will make his decision on whether to retire in two weeks.
According to Finnish website Iltalehti.fi, Selanne will return to North America from Finland in two weeks. By the time he hits the ground, his mind will have been made up.
“We’re going there for a holiday or to play,” Selanne told the site. “I will make my decision before we return.”
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
It’s early, or the equivalent of it still being before the Iowa caucuses. But it’s not too early to look ahead at who might have trophy seasons in 2007-08. The “contenders” are divided by conference.
East: Brian Campbell, Sabres; Brian Rafalski, Devils; Chris Phillips, Senators.
West: Nicklas Lidstrom, Red Wings; Scott Niedermayer, Ducks; Dion Phaneuf, Flames.
The torch is about to be passed, either way. A long shot comes in: Phillips.
read on if you wish…
update 5:39pm, As a KK reader noted in the comments, Rafalski just got replaced by Dan Boyle.
from The Bellowing Moose at NBC Sports,
With Tiger’s wife off the market for quite some time now, the world’s (ok, the hockey world’s) most sought after Swede is Peter Forsberg, whose feet remain firmly planted back in Sweden—albeit in a cast.
And yet, despite the latest surgery to remedy his mysterious foot ailment, and despite not playing in more than 60 games in any of his last three NHL seasons, there are more than a few teams lining up to hand Forsberg as much money as their cap space will allow.
Why back up the Brinks truck for a player who makes Eric Lindros look durable? Because even with all the injuries, Forsberg—unlike Lindros—has been a remarkably productive player. Despite the foot problems that caused him to limp through last season, Forsberg was still a point-a-game player for Nashville and Philadelphia.
A team rolling the dice on his health could win big if it knows a good podiatrist.
continued... Wings fans- Foppa alert!!!
fromm Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
I don’t believe there will be as much as 10 points of breathing space in the standings between St. Louis and Nashville by the season’s conclusion; in the end, at least on paper, the Blues’ defense corps (which includes the prized rookie Johnson, Eric Brewer, Jay McKee and Barrett Jackman) gives them the edge.
read on... Adam takes a look at each team in the Central.
from Farther Off the Wall at the Daily News,
As far as the networks are concerned, West Coast hockey may just as well be contained to the Aleutian Islands.
In releasing their NHL TV schedules for the upcoming season Wednesday, both Versus and NBC don’t see any mystery in the fact that the Stanley Cup champion Ducks and everyone else in this time zone isn’t on anyone’s radar. In fact, they seem to be saying the Western Conference can take pucks and sticks and just hope the New York Rangers someday return to Mystery, Alaska.
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