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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
...less than 15 minutes after Buffalo’s easy, breezy 6-1 victory over Boston in the season finale, most of the players had slipped into the showers, slithered out the side door and made themselves scarce. Heaven forbid they would actually take responsibility for missing the playoffs in two straight years and five out of seven seasons.
It was typical.
Why rant about their dressing room after the final game? I was waiting for them to address the issue without being told. They shouldn’t need public criticism about a glaring problem before finding a solution. Their willingness to let each other slide this year said plenty about their lack of accountability amid a rumor Lindy Ruff was getting fired….
Minority owner Larry Quinn said an intense evaluation was forthcoming, but he did not say either way whether Regier or Ruff would be canned. Ruff looked like a beaten man Saturday, like someone prepared to put out a cigarette and walk the plank.
We’ll see what happens, but Ruff has been the least of their problems.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean via the Leaf Chronicle,
The Predators’ failure to reach the playoffs will mean more than just an absence of postseason hockey in Nashville this spring, it will also impact the franchise’s finances.
NHL teams rake in far bigger per-game profits during the playoffs than they do during the regular season because player salaries have been completely paid by then. Players make comparatively small revenue-based bonuses during the postseason.
So the Predators will miss out on roughly $750,000 in gross profit for every home playoff game, a sum that over the past four seasons helped the franchise reduce its overall losses.
In addition, missing the playoffs could make it more challenging for the Predators to retain current ticket-holders and sponsors, lure new season ticket-holders and sponsors, and increase next season’s player payroll.
Dustin Byfuglien was awarded a penalty shot on this play late in today’s Chicago/Detroit game.
via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Owner Alan Cohen told me in an email today that Martin will continue to oversee the team’s hockey operations. Martin was relieved of his coaching duties after last season and reportedly signed a four-year deal to remain on as general manager.
‘‘Yes, Jacques’ job is safe for certain,’’ Mr. Cohen wrote. ‘‘He has made the team and the farm system better. Hopefully we keep doing that.’‘
OT victory today, the Vancouver Canucks win their division.
Also, the top five seedings in the West are set:
1. San Jose
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
So Johan Franzen gets his $43.5 million and the Red Wings get the cap number they want, $3.95 million for the next 11 years.
Starts at $5 million per, ends at $2 million, $1 million and $1 million for the last three years. If The Mule can’t play by then, he’ll be making his money in Grand Rapids.
But the real question the Franzen deal produces is this; can the Wings now still sign Marian Hossa and keep their core of star forwards together?
The answer is its up to Hossa.
Basically, the Wings can now give him a contract that produces a cap number between $5 million and $5.5 million.
If he’s looking to average the $7.45 million he’s making over a long term deal - and his production probably warrants it - it won’t be in Detroit.
added 5:21pm, from Set Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,
Just glancing at NHLNumbers.com, it looks like Detroit will have approximately $7-8 million of cap space next season. In addition to Hossa, forward Mikael Samuelsson and goaltender Ty Conklin are scheduled to become free agents this offseason. Neither player is irreplaceable, but they have been significant parts of Detroit’s success this season. And stalwarts Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom will become a free agents after the 2009-10 season. When you consider the fact that the salary cap could come down due to the malaise of the economy, it doesn’t seem the Red Wings will have the type of money available that Hossa, even at a reduced rate, would command.
from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,
Veteran center Michael Peca will not play on fan appreciation night against the Wild.
“Day off,” coach Ken Hitchcock said when asked why Peca was out of the lineup.
Is he injured?
“Day off,” Hitchcock responded.
Are you happy with the way Peca is playing?
“Day off,” Hitchcock said.
There’s two ways to view it. Hitchcock is trying to hide an injury or he’s sending a message to his 35-year-old alternate captain. Interesting.
more on the Blue Jackets…
from Curtis Zupke of the Ducks Blog,
On the Ducks’ fourth shootout attempt, Teemu Selanne skated in, came to a stop and lifted the puck over Turco, who was on his side and did a two-pad stack to no avail.
It ended up as the game winner.
NHL rules regarding shootouts have dictated that if either the player or the puck is continually moving forward then the play is legal.
Turco gave Selanne credit for the move, but he wondered if the rule should get a closer look.
“It didn’t really surprise me,” Turco said of the move. “There was nothing I could do once you get off your skates. But they should freshen the rules on dead stops, which is not right. It’s not legal, I guess, if that’s the right word. It doesn’t have any effect on our season but certainly (it did) theirs. It’s a good play. It’s legal.”
continued and watch the shootout goal below…
Sources tell TSN Johan Franzen and the Detroit Red Wings have agreed to a long-term contract extension.
Sources say the deal is believed to be a long one, upwards of nine or 10 years in order to keep the salary cap hit to a manageable level for the Red Wings.
updated 1:42pm, from Todd Beam at DetroitRedWings.com,
Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland announced today that the club has signed forward Johan Franzen to an 11-year contract.
In keeping with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 11-year pact represents the second longest deal in club history, just behind the twelve-year contract signed by teammate Henrik Zetterberg in January.
“We are thrilled that Johan will remain a member of the Detroit Red Wings” Holland said. “His production over the past year and a half, both regular season and playoffs, has been remarkable and we feel, at 29 years old, that he is just now entering the prime of his career. We look forward to having him as a part of our core unit in Detroit moving forward.”
added 2:20pm, via Ansar Khan of Mlive,
The Red Wings have signed forward Johan Franzen to an 11-year contract extension that averages $3.9 million a season.
It’s a front-loaded deal that includes a no-trade clause for the first five or six years.
“He’s a guy who’s a 30- to 35-goal scorer now it appears,’’ general manager Ken Holland said. “We get a good player at a good cap number. In return we’ve given up term and security.’‘
Holland said he will resume negotiations with the agent for Marian Hossa after the playoffs. He is still hoping to sign Hossa.
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
So much for a mellow Mike Keenan.
Without naming names, the Calgary Flames head coach lambasted his stars Friday after a dismal 5-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers in a game that meant nothing—absolutely nothing—to the hosts.
“I expected more out of our best players,” Iron Mike snarled in the bowels of Rexall Place. “We were missing the net or we weren’t bearing down and we didn’t have the instinct to bury it.”
Indeed. The Flames missed the net 29 times compared to eight wayward shots for Edmonton.
“They’ve got to come out with a lot more determination about that part of their game, Keenan snapped.
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