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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
...He wants out.
The Ducks wouldn’t release him as he asked last spring, or at least give him permission to talk to other clubs. But soon that won’t be their call any longer.
That, of course, will put the Ducks and team president Michael Schulman in a dicey predicament. When Burke tells them during the holiday season that he won’t be agreeing to a new contract – only a major change of circumstances would change that now – Schulman will be left with the problem of having a lame duck GM heading towards the trade deadline and, after that, the draft and free agency.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
The recent economic crisis has led to talk the NHL’s revenue for this season could decline, dragging down next season’s cap limit to as low as $50 million. Several NHL teams could find themselves with limited cap space to prepare for the 2009-10 season. Here’s a look at the top 10.
10. Edmonton Oilers
A decline in the salary cap could make it difficult for management to come up with the money to re-sign key Oilers such as winger Erik Cole and goaltender Mathieu Garon, or to find suitable replacements on next summer’s free agent market.
from Mark Hale of the NY Post,
He’s also at minus-five through nine games. That’s the worst mark on the Rangers.
Heading into tomorrow’s game in Columbus, the 32-year-old captain is very much struggling. Drury’s managed a not-so-grand total of one point this year, thanks to paltry stats of no goals and one assist
“I’m getting there. Nothing’s really clicking too good right now,” Drury said after practice on Tuesday. “But obviously importantly our record is pretty darn good and that’s what this is all about.
from Luke DeCock at Talking Points,
“At 34, to be a fourth-line guy, teams are not sure I can stay healthy,” (Kevyn) Adams said. “A team would rather put in a 22-year-old who’s spent a year or two in the minors, pay him same money and be a guy they drafted. …
“I’ve won a Cup and done a lot of things and can bring a lot to a team, but it’s different for me than a guy like Roddy (Brind’Amour). It’s a similar injury, but he’s a top-line guy, not a depth guy. I’m in shape. If the phone rings I’m ready.”
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Mats Sundin has taken the first step toward a return to the NHL.
The 37-year-old free-agent centre underwent a physical exam at a Toronto hospital yesterday — necessary to begin a rigorous period of training to continue his hockey career.
Sundin, who spent the past 13 NHL seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs, returned to the city last week and soon is expected to travel to Los Angeles to begin a two-week on-ice training stint.
It is believed that after those two weeks are up, he will begin talking to NHL teams to determine the best fit for him.
from James Duthie of The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
I used to find Avery amusing, but he now become a caricature of himself: Sideshow Sean. He says or does something stupid every other day. We asked the panel on the NHL on TSN Wednesday if the league or NHLPA should intervene. I wouldn’t worry about that. Some Dallas players are already sick of the act, and will likely try to take care of it themselves. Good luck with that.
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added 9:35am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Imagine both (Avery & Claude Lemieux) playing in the NHL at the height of their powers. One wonders whether the league would be big enough for both of them. One wonders how NHL VP Colin Campbell would have hours in the day to keep track of the Dastardly Duo.
One wonders who would wear the crown.
“It would probably be me,” the 43-year-old Lemieux, who is embarking on a serious attempt to return to the NHL despite being out of the league since 2002-03, told The Post yesterday.
via Tim Sassone of Between the Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,
The deal wasn’t finalized until Wednesday, but Hawks GM Dale Tallon said after the 3-0 win over Edmonton at the United Center that Joel Quenneville signed a three-year contract earlier in the day.
Quenneville’s deal will keep him behind the bench at least through the 2010-11 season while Tallon is signed only through next year.
“Maybe it should have been a five-year deal,” Tallon joked after watching the Hawks dominate the Oilers
from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
Convinced his client has been the victim of a “character assassination,” Marian Gaborik’s agent Ron Salcer on Wednesday denied a handful of contract numbers that have surfaced recently in newspapers and blogs.
Salcer specifically denied a New York Post report that Gaborik is asking the Wild for a 10-year, $100 million deal, and said he has not received offers of $85 million over 10 years, $90 million over 10 years or $70 million over 10 years.
“When and if they do get offered,” he said, “maybe something will happen.”
From the St. Louis Blues:
St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward D.J. King will undergo season ending shoulder surgery. King injured his shoulder in the Blues’ 6-1 win over Dallas on Oct. 16.
Update 6:47pm: Also from the Blues today, a note that they intend to wade into the same political quagmire that Philly just finished with. From the Blues’ press release—
Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and candidate for Vice President of the United States of America, will be the guest of the St. Louis Blues on Friday, Oct. 24, when she will drop a ceremonial pregame “first puck” prior to the Blues’ game vs. the visiting Los Angeles Kings.
Palin today confirmed that she will make the stop at Scottrade Center in St. Louis following a previous visit to Springfield, Mo., during her campaign trail in the state of Missouri.
“[Sean Avery is] making a fool of the game. He crosses the line all the time. He’s an idiot. And if the referees see him giving it to Brodeur like he did in the playoffs - yapping, yapping, yapping - it’s pre-meditated. Give him a penalty. You’ll end it right away. If not, I think one of the Devils should come to Brodeur’s aid. Drill him, punch him, make him fight. If he wants to be a yapper, make him fight.”
—Bob Clarke on Sean Avery.
More at TSN on Clarke’s appearance on Off the Record
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