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Big Money Teams Are Back

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Realistically, not all clubs are going to hit the cap. Still, all it would take is an average of $45 million, a figure certainly not out of the realm of possibility, and even before the dust from the lockout has settled the whole exercise is shown to be a travesty.
To those of you who sense some sort of déjà vu in that $45-million number, perhaps it’s because that’s the figure Bettman turned down when he shut down the game.
However, all that is irrelevant now and the free agents are happy for it. So are the big-money teams.
They can get back to doing the kind of spending they were doing before the lockout.

read on

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Don’t Dream Of Souray Just Yet

from MontrealCanadiens.com,

As for Sheldon Souray - the biggest fish in the free agent pool among defensemen this summer – his Canadiens’ dressing room stall remains intact, and Habs fans hope it stays that way.
With Gainey and the Canadiens holding exclusive negotiations rights with Souray until noon on July 1, NHL teams licking their chops waiting to speak to the All-Star defenseman may want to hold off a little while longer before stitching Sheldon’s name to their jersey.

read on about other UFA dmen…

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Free Agency Deadline: All the News

Kukla’s Korner will, of course, be updating all free agent news as it breaks after the deadline tomorrow. However, there are a variety of other ways you can keep on top of things.

Here are six good sources of UFA news for your viewing, listening and online entertainment for July 1st

#1. TSN / TSN Broadband / NHL Network - Free Agent Frenzy Show
Airing Sunday July 1, from 11am to 2pm ET and 6pm to 7pm ET. 
The program is being produced partly as a celebration of Canada Day, NHL style. Only available in Canada that we know of right now. (more here)

Update:NHL.com will be streaming the feed from the NHL Network online. Excellent news for U.S. fans!

Note: Here is the direct link to 56K online video feed at NHL.com. (only available in USA).  For higher quality video stream 300K - go here.


#2 Spector’s Trade Rumors
Can’t ever forget Spector. Watch for breaking news and analysis all day long.
Link

 

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The Right Strategy

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

For teams near desperation for a top six forward, is it wise to isolate one player, make a hard offer and await his decision?
Or is the strategy of pressuring the player to make his decision quickly more appropriate in light of the fact this year’s group of free agents drops off after the top four or five guys?
It’s a tough call.

continued

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Do You Want To Win?

from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

Sabres executive Larry Quinn had one last piece of advice to offer as the team’s co-captains, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, gathered in Los Angeles to prepare for the start of NHL free agency.
Landing the most lucrative contract does not necessarily guarantee anyone playing for a winner, the Sabres managing partner said Saturday.
“I think you have to ask yourself, ‘Do you want to win?’ Free agents who went for all the money last year didn’t win, with one exception, Scott Niedermayer,” Quinn said, referring to the Ducks captain who won a Stanley Cup in his first season with Anaheim. “There’s a lot of situations where it didn’t help the player in a competitive situation, because it affects the team’s ability to have players around him.”

continued... some late UFA talk with a Sabres slant…

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Your Turn

On this Saturday before UFA Day, what are you hearing?
As you know, KK is not the rumor type site, but today and tomorrow are special days so lets hear what you have to say.

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Who Has Money - Who Needs To Make A Splash

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

Who will be active? The Kings have more money than anyone, and desperately need to make some kind of splash to avoid irrelevancy in a market now dominated by the Cup champion Anaheim Ducks. The Flyers have both cap space and motivation—they were humiliated by last season’s performance and already have made several moves indicating a desire to return to prominence this season. The Maple Leafs need support for Mats Sundin, and clearly signaled their philosophy with the Vesa Toskala deal on draft day.

more UFA talk…

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Inflating The Market

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

“What this does is not only escalate what the top players in the game will make, but brings up the bottom end, too,” an NHL general manager said. “Under the old [collective agreement], the minimum salary was around $175,000. But how many players made that much? None.
“At the other end, now a player can make as much as $10.06-million under the cap [it was $8.8-million in 2006-07].
“I’m not sure any of the unrestricted free agents this summer are worth that. But it gives room for teams to inflate the market.”
That’s why a talented player such as Brière this week spurned a five-season, $25-million offer from the Buffalo Sabres to test the market. The same is the case for Sabres co-captain Drury, Detroit Red Wings defenceman Mathieu Schneider and Smyth.

much more on player movement plus the Wings may be hosting the outdoor game…

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You Can Sleep In Tonight

Someone should tell the Detroit Free Press they don’t need a late shift man at the sports desk tonight…

When can NHL players sign?
Unrestricted free agents can sign with any team of their choosing as soon as the market opens. It isn’t unusual for deals to be done mere minutes after midnight.

Players can’t sign until noon EDT on Sunday…

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Where They Could Land

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Here’s 15 to look at, how much they could get and where they could go.
1. Centre Daniel Briere, 28, Buffalo Sabres
Hard to believe Phoenix once traded this kid to Buffalo for Chris Gratton because they wanted to get bigger. He’s the flashiest of all of the free agents, capable of 50 goals and 100 points. The Flyers will make the strongest pitch for him because Don Luce, the former Sabres’ scouting guru, now works for Philadelphia, and Briere’s good friend, Martin Biron, is the Flyers goalie. How much will it cost? Eight million dollars.

read on for the other 14…

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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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