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Today’s European, given a choice, likes to cut four or five hours off of that trip to the homeland, and can do that by staying on the east side of the continent. And older players—Nylander will be 35 when the season begins—want nothing to do with a Western travel schedule.
As the fight to revamp the NHL schedule ramps up this season, that element and its effect on free agency will play a key role in discussions to have eastern-based teams travelling outside their time zone a lot more than they do currently.
Beyond travel concerns, some people will always be drawn to major markets like New York, Toronto and Los Angeles. It’s human nature. And when you’re dealing with young, often single hockey players, choosing to play in Tampa Bay or Buffalo is awfully tough when the big boys are calling on the other line.
via Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,
I spoke to Dainius Zubrus’s agent, Jerrold Colton, this morning. The Caps did not pursue him seriously and he doesn’t expect that to change, especially with Michael Nylander now in the fold. Colton did say that Zubrus has some offers from other teams and is currently weighing his options. Something could be announced today.
from the Philadelphia Inquirer,
(Jeremy) Jacobs is considered an owner who will continue to fight for Bettman against more liberal members of the NHL. Last week, he spoke on a variety of topics that are important to the NHL.
Q: It seems the price of free agency, regardless of the cap, is going up. It’s possible for clubs to spend well over the cap during any given year if contracts are front-loaded because all contracts are averaged. Are you worried about this becoming a trend?
A: This is what I [mean] when I say people are learning this agreement. Sure, you are going to see some of this. We may have to turn around and change that going forward. But you [have] got to live with what you got right now in this agreement.
Anyone else have sore fingers?
Maybe we should move the UFA period back a week.
Read about it at my NHL.com blog...
Wings fans are always looking for players with “size”. We need to get bigger, tougher, stronger. Ever since Probert and Kocur departed, the Wings have always needed to “get bigger”!
Well, if your team needs to get bigger too, KK member Jdunc lists the UFA players that are “bigger”.
You can find them in this post at Abel to Yzerman (in the comments, 25 down).
Just remember, bigger doesn’t always equal grit or tough…
from the Thrashers Blog at the AJC,
Now back to Kozlov. Bertuzzi signing with Anaheim is an interesting development in that if the Wings got Bertuzzi done at a decent price, they probably wouldn’t have a need for Kozlov. Now suddenly the Red Wings might be back in the picture. Dallas also remains a team closely connected to the Kozlov negotiations. If the price is right, teams like Pittsburgh, Minnesota and Ottawa might be interested, but not for anything in the Kariya, Nylander price range.
from the CP via NHL.com, Recap of Monday transactions…
From non-stop busy, to non-stop bored—here’s the stuff that I keep seeing everywhere and (of course) getting nowhere with:
“Sheldon Souray to the Rangers!”
...closely followed by the rumor “Sheldon Souray to every other hockey team in the entire world except the Canadiens…”
Ugh. Someone sign him already.
“Dainus Zubrus to the Leafs!”
Supported by various message board posters who insist they’ve heard this all day long on the FAN590. So I listened to FAN590 earlier today. I listened to FA590 till my head nearly exploded as they talked of NASCAR racing, just praying someone would interrupt to say “Dainus Zubrus to the Leafs!” Nobody did and I’m deeply bitter about it.
Thank God for the hard legitimacy of that “Brad Isbister is a Canuck!” rumor or I’d be having no fun working tonight whatsoever.
Any more rumors for me, KK friends? Amuse me… please!
Spector has all the talk on this and so many other UFA bits.
from the Falconer at DTTHLT (too long to type),
There are several good free agents left out there. I was curious to know which teams had money left under the cap so I ran the numbers. I’m sure this is not perfect, but using lots of web resources here are the MINIMUM salary commitments for each team as of 3:00 Monday.
Also from the same blog, Which teams received the best return on their payroll $$ pre and post lockout…
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