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Overrated Players

via Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

It’s may have something to do with his perceived personality, but Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf certainly isn’t a hit with his peers.

According to a Sports Illustrated Poll scheduled to hit newstands tomorrow (today), Phaneuf is the runaway winner as the NHL’s most overrated player. Of the 272 players asked, 21% listed Phaneuf, who came to the Leafs in a blockbuster deal with Calgary.

Second on the list was Rangers defenceman Scott Gomez (seven percent) floowloed by Canadiens centre Scott Gomez (six per cent) and Rangers pest SEan Avery (five per cent.)

added 7:20am, I have a feeling the above story is old, even though it has a August 23, 2010 date on it.  Sorry.

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It’s Not All Pretty In The NHL

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I like (Bill) Daly. He has been a good and loyal lieutenant to general Gary Bettman -particularly in difficult situations such as the mess in Phoenix and, most recently, the Ilya Kovalchuk contract circus. It’s Daly’s job to paint pretty pictures -to put Michelangelo strokes to cartoons -and he has been doing it well for a long time.

Today’s bigger, faster and richer players are doing a lot of good things, but Daly lost me with his recent sermon.

Face it: the NHL still has too many franchises in dire straits. The New York Islanders, once-proud winners of four consecutive Stanley Cups, have missed the playoffs 13 times in the last 26 seasons -and counting. Worse, the Isles are in desperate need of a new arena, have pursued it for what seems at least a decade -and still have come up with empty pockets.

Columbus has made the playoffs only once in its nine years of existence. Nashville is struggling. Florida hasn’t been in the postseason for the last nine seasons. Dallas had to be sold. Whether or not the Coyotes remain in Phoenix still is a question mark.


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Canucks Could Have Used Asham

via Mike Halford & Jason Brough of the Vancouver Province,

- The Pittsburgh Penguins signed winger Arron Asham to a one-year, $700,000-US deal on Friday. Pretty good bargain for a tough guy who scored four goals in 23 playoff games for the Flyers last spring. Asham would’ve been a fine fit for the Canucks, who could really use some ferocity on the forecheck, but evidently he wanted to stay in the East.

- Memo to Mike Gillis: Mikael Samuelsson led all Canucks forwards in hits last postseason, which isn’t ideal if you hope to intimidate your opponent. Steve Bernier was second, and his checks can punish, but he’s gone now. After that, it went Alex Burrows, Mason Raymond and Jannik Hansen, in that order. Are you shaking in your skates, NHL defence-men? Yeah, didn’t think so. Tanner Glass (7 hits in 4 games) and Rick Rypien (9 hits in 7 games) combined for just five more hits than Kyle Wellwood (11 hits in 12 games) during the playoffs. To be fair, Glass and Rypien barely saw the ice in the postseason. Though they both saw more than Darcy Hordichuk, who didn’t play at all and will earn slightly more than Asham this season.

- On the bright side: Victor Oreskovich, the big winger the Canucks acquired from the Panthers this summer, finished sixth on Florida last season with 99 hits, and he only played 50 games with limited ice time. Then again: Oreskovich finished last on the Panthers with a minus-8 rating.

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Lupul Has Recurrence Of Back Infection

from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

Ducks winger Joffrey Lupul will miss the opening of training camp and likely won’t be ready for the start of the regular season due to a reoccurrence of a blood infection in his back.

Lupul said Monday he suffered the setback one month ago and stopped training because of the discomfort. Results from blood tests showed that the infection had returned, according to the team.

Lupul will continue to take antibiotics for another four weeks and cannot do any physical activity during that time. He will be re-evaluated on or around Sept.20, about two or three days after the Ducks open camp….

“It’s really frustrating,” Lupul said. “I haven’t played hockey in a long time. I was hoping to be ready on day one of camp. But now my focus has changed. I want to get rid of this. I’m very confident I can get back playing and playing well.”

read on

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Oilers Still Have Issues To Address

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

With Edmonton Oilers training camp less than a month away, disgruntled defenceman Sheldon Souray still doesn’t have a change of address while free-agent centres Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano don’t have contracts.

Needless to say, there is a gulf between what the Oilers and best buddies Gagner and Cogliano feel they are worth after three seasons of playing in the NHL.

They would have been signed long ago, but the Souray soap opera is a pricklier situation. It would not be a sound idea to have the veteran blue-liner on the ice at training camp, even if he has two years left with the Oilers at $5.4 million U.S. per season. That’s because he would likely be a major distraction, just as Dany Heatley was last summer with the Senators in Ottawa.

Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said there has been no line drawn in the sand with Souray or his agent Paul Theofanous.


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Devils Meet With NHL To Talk Kovalchuk Contract

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils and Kovalchuk’s camp still have not submitted a contract to the NHL for approval. From what I understand, at today’s meeting they discussed the framework for a contract and whether it would be acceptable to the NHL.

If they get that OK, they will presumably go forward with a formal contract that will be signed and then submitted to the NHL for approval.

Given that the NHL has been in on this process, it would seem a good bet that when they do submit a signed contract, which apparently could happen Tuesday, it will be one that they are sure the league will approve.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

50% Chance Of Stempniak Returning To Phoenix

from Dave Vest of The Desert Dog Blog at Coyotes.com,

The Coyotes had several conversations with Lee Stempniak’s agent last week and would still like to sign him to a one-year contract at the right price. I’m told Stempniak, an unrestricted free agent who scored 14 goals in 18 regular-season games but zero goals in seven playoff games for the Coyotes, would prefer a deal longer than one year.

“We’re having discussions and I think we have a 50-50 chance to sign Lee,” Maloney said. “We’d love to have him back. I think he fits with us and would help our offense.”

more Phoenix talk…

added 6:26pm, from Bob Duff of Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

Entering the last year of his contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, Windsor’s Ed Jovanovski is of the belief that the National Hockey League is doing the right thing by fighting tooth and nail to keep the franchise in Arizona.

“I still think it’s a market that can do well,” Jovanovski said. “We still don’t know how it’s going to come out. I have one year left on my contract and we’re staying there this year. I’m excited about that. I hope that everything gets resolved and the team stays in Phoenix. It’s a great place to live, a great place to raise a family.”


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  Tags: ed+jovanovski, lee+stempniak

Huet’s Hands Are Tied

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

Huet’s agent, Steve Bartlett, said his client would have been willing to renegotiate his contract to stay in the NHL, something that is not currently an option.

“His goal was to stay in the NHL,” Bartlett said. “If there was a way he could have, he would.

“That’s the downside of the inflexibility of the CBA – there’s no ability to renegotiate or for another team to take on a portion of a contract. Financially, you’re well covered, but if your goal is to play in the NHL, you’ve got two hands tied behind your back.”


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  Tags: cristobal+huet

Butch Goring The New TV Analyst For The Islanders

from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank,

Point Blank has learned that Butch Goring has been hired by MSG Network and approved by the Islanders as the new color commentator on the team’s television broadcasts. Goring suceeds Billy Jaffe, whose four-year run in the job ended when the Islanders would not grant their approval to a contract negotiated between Jaffe’s agent and MSG Network, the employer.


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  Tags: butch+goring

Afternoon Line

I actually think our goaltending will be a strength this season.

I believe our goaltenders will rise to the opportunity granted to them. They are young, talented and hungry and it is now “their time.” We are loaded at the position. We need to stay healthy but I am happy that we are playing the kids.

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals in response to this article from Douglas Flynn of NESN.

Quote was via Ted’s Take.

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