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from Mike Heika at the Dallas Stars Blog,
I believe Richards, Zubov, Turco, Morrow, Modano, Lehtinen, Ribeiro and Avery all have some sort of non-movement clause. And, would you be interested in trading any of them?
My guess is they would move Philippe Boucher, but he’s injury-prone and makes $2.5 million a year. Plus, you would be taking away from the defense to fix the problem on defense. I guess if you wanted to move him and then sign a Keith Carney type for less money, that’s an option.
As far as forwards go, you could move Steve Ott ($1.425 million), but what can you add for that? You could also trade Loui Eriksson ($1.6 million) or Joel Lundqvist ($725,000), but again you have to ask if you can get anything worthwhile with that amount of money and you also have toa sk if it’s too early in their careers to risk moving them.
from Terry Frei at ESPN,
The obvious choice as a possible Khabibulin suitor now is Colorado, with Budaj struggling horribly out of the gate in his latest opportunity to nail down the Avalanche’s No. 1 job. Colorado has about $5.5 million in cap room available, so it would take some tinkering or sending the Blackhawks a significant salary in return to make room.
Simply sending Budaj to Chicago to serve as Huet’s backup wouldn’t quite be enough, because Budaj’s cap figure is “only” $800,000 this season. In fact, how’s this for a contrast in allocating resources in the cap age: Chicago’s two goalies are making $12.3 million this season; at Colorado, Budaj and Andrew Raycroft are pulling in a combined $1.6 million. But Colorado could find a way to pull it off.
Matthew Barnaby of ESPN believes the NHL needs to promote Ovechkin and Crosby much more than they are now.
from Jim Lang of Sportsnet,
I don’t know what it is, but every time I hear Probert on the radio or hear someone mention his name around the Sportsnet newsroom, my first reaction is to log onto YouTube. The video site is filled with some of Probert’s best fights. In my mind, he was one of the toughest and scariest men to ever play in the NHL.
Now, I am not advocating fighting in hockey, but how can you not get totally amped up while watching a Bob Probert tribute video?
This leads me to the question of the day: Was Bob Probert the toughest guy to play in the modern NHL?
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
The time-honored tradition of bestowing NHLers with nicknames by adding a ‘y’ or an ‘er’ to their surnames means rookie Predators winger Patric Hornqvist will be referred to as:
(d) Mr. Qvister.
more multiple choice questions…
from Barry Rozner of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
But the truth is he never should have been the head coach of the Hawks.
He didn’t earn the job, he didn’t deserve the job, and he couldn’t do the job.
It changes nothing about his place in Hawks history. It’s merely a chapter to forget.
It might have been different had he gone to the minors to learn his craft, but Savard never wanted to make that commitment, and he only received the position because Bill Wirtz - a decade prior - had promised him a shot someday.
added 3:16pm, Tim Sassone of the Daily-Herald calls the move “gutless”.
added 3:25pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Sometimes, it IS the coach’s fault when a team struggles — and a change inevitably must be made. Other times — and this is one of them — it’s just the expedient thing to do.
From Mark Herrmann at Newsday:
[The New York Rangers] trip seems to have more than compensated in team chemistry what it had cost in practice time during a rushed training camp. That’s more tangible than the cool million dollars they earned by beating Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the preseason Victoria Cup in Switzerland.
American professional leagues do not release figures on exactly how much real compensation they receive for these trips, but the fact that they keep doing it tells you it is worth their while.
“Playing overseas is a marketing investment—for the league and the team,” said Stefan Szymanski, professor of economics and head of the MBA program at Cass Business School in London. “The long-term benefit is that the league will develop a new fan base.”
Henrik Zetterberg did not participate in the morning skate and is out for tonight’s game against the Canucks.
Darren Helm has been called up from Grand Rapids.
A sneak preview of the NHL Network’s new show “Voices”. The show profiles NHL broadcasters who bring life to the game with their words and calls.
A preview with Joe Bowen…
from Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,
Bryce Salvador proves that NHL players aren’t just meant to shoot the puck.
Salvador, a veteran defenseman for the New Jersey Devils, not only has hockey sense, but boasts an impressive amount of business sense to boot. Salvador has been involved in various businesses during the past several years, opening hockey training facilities, restaurants, and most recently, starting Fan-Tastic Sports Interactive with partner Brian McKinney.
Fan-Tastic Sports is every hockey fan’s dream, treat, and challenge.
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