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The State Of The NHL- Jacob’s Views

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.

read on

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We Keep On Clicking

Anyone else have sore fingers?
Maybe we should move the UFA period back a week.
Read about it at my NHL.com blog...

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Looking For Size

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…

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Kozlov- Destination Unknown

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.

 

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What Happened Monday

from the CP via NHL.com, Recap of Monday transactions…

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Analyzing the Hot Tips

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.

or…

“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. smile

Any more rumors for me, KK friends? Amuse me… please!

 

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Handzus Given Deadline By Chicago

Spector has all the talk on this and so many other UFA bits.
Just go...

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Money To Spend

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.

continued

Also from the same blog, Which teams received the best return on their payroll $$ pre and post lockout…

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MSM- Take (& You Are On) Notice

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

I know yesterday was a frustrating day for Kings fans, but I wanted to again say thanks for the tremendous support. Yesterday, this page got HUGE traffic, so much that the managing editor of the paper e-mailed me to say so. That’s staggering to me, and again I thank you for the continued interest and support.

continued... and I point to this hoping the MSM will realize hockey is alive and well.  You have seen my stats from yesterday and I am sure other bloggers had the same increase.

Now go read what Eric at Off Wing found…

Here’s an idea—why not treat ESPN personalities like Mike Greenburg who run down the sport the same way we ought to treat anybody who has too much power?
Fight the power. Question authority. Think for yourself. Watch hockey.

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Winners & Losers

from Scott Morrison of the CBC,

The likes of New York, Colorado, Detroit, Toronto, Philadelphia all had their cheque books out on the first day of free-agent shopping. And almost all got goofy with not only the dollars, but the terms in the contracts. Five, six, seven, even an eight-year deal, the values from $6 million to seven and change on average. And two players will earn $10 million next season.
All of which has prompted more than observer of the game to ask aloud: And what exactly was the lockout suppose to accomplish?
Well, the spending is linked to revenues, so there is overall control. That’s what the NHL wanted.

more and who won and lost on day 1 of the UFA signings…

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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