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Celebrate While You Can Chicago

from Noah Love of PostedSports at the National Post,

Bowman likely won’t have a choice on Huet and Niemi. He’ll move Niemi’s RFA rights for (hopefully) NHL-ready prospects, and then one or two of Sharp/Bolland/Hossa for prospects and draft picks so he can fit a pile of cheap forwards and defencemen into the lineup next season.

The Hawks will lean on Toews, Kane, Keith and Seabrook like never before just to make it back to the playoffs, and Bowman will start putting the puzzle back together.

Enjoy the glow of Stanley Cup success this summer, Blackhawks fans. The next few seasons will probably feature a lot less Vince Vaughn.


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Zherdev Strives To Be A More Complete Player

from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

It appears as though Nikolai Zherdev is determined to make his second NHL tour of duty a memorable one with the Philadelphia Flyers.

In his initial conference call with the media Wednesday after signing a one-year deal with the club July 9, Zherdev fielded questions regarding his return to the League following a one-year stint in the Kontinental Hockey League.

“I’m very happy to be back in the NHL,” Zherdev said via Russian translator Alexander Tyjnych. “I had some difficulty last season signing a contract in the NHL and I made the decision to stay one season in Russia. But basically my goal is to come to the NHL and be one of the best players, and play every night, and show everybody I’m ready. It’s a new team, new teammates, new coach, new organization, new city, but I’m a hockey player. I still have my tools and I like to show to everybody I’m still a good hockey player.”


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Repeat Performance Requested

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

A number of players came out of nowhere last season to put up numbers no one expected of them. Their challenge in 2010-11 is to show they’ve got what it takes to repeat (or at least come close to repeating) the numbers they put up last season.

Here is a look at seven players who will try to replicate their surprising showings from 2009-10:

Jimmy Howard, Red Wings—No one was more responsible for Detroit’s late-season surge than Howard, who emerged to give the Wings the kind of goaltending they desperately needed to cope with a slew of injuries. Howard, a second-round pick in 2003, finally earned a full-time NHL job as Chris Osgood’s backup this season, but he made the most of his opportunity as the starter when Osgood struggled early in the season….

Patric Hornqvist, Predators—Teams don’t expect much from seventh-round draft picks, so Hornqvist’s 30-goal performance last season was like found money for the offensively challenged Predators. Hornqvist never had scored more than 23 goals at any level during his career and had just 2 goals in 28 games as an NHL rookie in 2008-09. But he became an offensive force last season, leading the Preds in goals and helping Nashville return to the playoffs….


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Afternoon Line

“The Flyers have given us permission to talk to teams and we’ve been doing that, and they’ve been talking to teams, but at this point there’s not much else to say.  We’ll keep talking and see if we can find a good place for Simon.”

-Bob Sauve, player agent for Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Niemi’s Agent Says They Would Like To Avoid Arbitration

via ChicagoBreakingSports,

There are a number of different ways to go and I guess it’s up to Stan and I to try and find something that makes sense for everybody,” Zito said Wednesday on “The Mully & Hanley Show” on WSCR-AM 670. “Antti would like to stay and like to be a part of this thing and I guess the onus is on us to figure out a way to do it.”

Despite Niemi’s impressive showing during the Hawks’ drive to the Stanley Cup championship, Zito said he’d rather not leave it up to an arbitrator to make sure his client gets a nice raise from his salary of $827,000 last season.

“We’re confident we have a good case, but with that said, there is always risk,” Zito said of the unpredictability of a hearing. “It’s just like going to court ... Did O.J. (Simpson) really not do it?”

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Season Tickets Available In Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

—The Blue Jackets met with season-ticket holders last night and they’ll do the same tonight. President Mike Priest, general manager Scott Howson and others fielded questions from the masses, many of whom have spent tens of thousands of dollars on the Blue Jackets dating back to day one. Priest confirmed to The Dispatch this morning that the club has sold 7,000 full-season ticket equivalents. They ended last season with 10,274 FSEs. Two 20-game packs equals an FSE, in case you’re wondering.

—News flash: Attendance will be way down this season, especially early.

continue for more on Columbus…

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Go To Detroit Mo

from Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano should wear the hated Detroit Red Wings’ red sweater this season as long as he’s playing because he can’t imagine life without hockey – not because his ego needs some TLC.

It’s easy to see why Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk made the difficult, but correct, decision to inform Modano that he’d played his last season for the Stars.

Like most superstars, especially those who spend the bulk of their career with one team, Modano feels a certain sense of entitlement.

Talk to enough people within the organization and they’ll tell you that Modano, while still likeable, had become a curmudgeon the last couple of seasons.


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Who Will Blink First?

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

After talking to a couple of people tonight, I can shed a little more light on the proceedings this week while unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk was in Los Angeles visiting with the Kings.

As the Los Angeles Times reported earlier, Kovalchuk left Los Angeles Tuesday while his agent, Jay Grossman, stayed behind for a while longer to meet with Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. Grossman then left Tuesday night without the sides reaching an agreement on a contract.

From what I understand, neither side has dropped out, but they also are deadlocked in negotiations with neither side budging right now. The Kings have offered a long-term deal in the range of $6 million to $6.5 million per season, The Kovlachuk camp is still sticking to its demands of $10 million per season for 10 years or at least close to that.

At this point, it appears to be a game of chicken with each side waiting for the other to flinch. The Kings feel they’ve gone as far as they can financially without jeopardizing the long-term future of the young core of their team. On the other hand. Kovalchuk and Grossman know they turned down one contract offer for a total of $101 million over 12 years and another for $70 million over seven seasons from the Thrashers in January.


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What Really Matters?

from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

While actual GMs and armchair GMs alike spend a decent chunk of July discussing free agency, the players do the one thing they can control: They train.

Not knowing where you’re moving to the next year is a feeling you’re forced to get used to. It’s not the case for every NHL star (Rick DiPietro probably knows where he’s going to live next year), but it is the case for the majority of the players in the NHL, and nearly every single guy in the leagues below. (Shockingly, there are no multi-year ECHL deals).

It’s an odd feeling when your agent calls with options. What do you value the most this year? The city? Its location? The money? The opportunity? Any of the other 52,006 variables?

What matters most to each player is nowhere near the same.


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Now What Kovy?

via Helene Elliott tweet,

not confirmed yet but hearing that Kovalchuk to Kings is dead, this time for good. the reason: Kovalchuk wouldn’t compromise on money.

added 10:02pm, via Nick Kypreos tweet,

To throw my 2 cents in, I hear lines of communication remain open between Ilya/LA and talks aren’t dead. Sounds like BS poker continues…

added 10:38pm, via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

As much as I’d like to tell you otherwise — believe me, I’d like nothing more — there’s just nothing to indicate that there’s any finality in the Kings-Kovalchuk situation. I had good reason to believe there would be resolution tonight, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

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