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Beating The Ray Shero Drum

from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

We knew Penguins general manager Ray Shero was good at his job long before his terrific signings of free-agent defensemen Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek Thursday. The team’s run to the Stanley Cup final in 2008 and its Cup win in ‘09 are pretty good proof. But we didn’t find out just how great Shero is until after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Cup this spring. The champagne wasn’t even dry in Chicago when the Blackhawks traded key players Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd, Colin Fraser, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel because of NHL salary-cap concerns.

Contrast that to the Penguins who have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Martin, Michalek and Marc-Andre Fleury signed through at least the 2012-13 season. It will be disappointing if they don’t win at least one more Cup during that time.

No wonder Shero said Friday morning after doing five-year deals with Martin and Michalek for a total of $45 million: “I slept good last night.”

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Now What Do The Kings Do?

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

They had anticipated being an attractive option for Kovalchuk and a top-tier defenseman following a season in which they made the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and continued to develop an impressive core of youngsters. But like a few years ago, when they chased defenseman Zdeno Chara, and last summer, when winger Marian Hossa said no, they didn’t succeed.

The trade route is their primary option to pick up a productive winger and experienced, top-four defenseman. They could also sign a restricted free agent to an offer sheet — the Ducks’ Bobby Ryan immediately comes to mind — but the cost would be steep in draft picks and ill will around the league.

more on the situation…

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Burke Walks For His Son Brendan

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

On the 156th day of the rest of his life, Brian Burke woke up and he tried to keep another promise. He would march, he said. So he marched.

And marching was easier, in a way. Not that it was easy. As Brian Burke walked the streets of Toronto, sweating in the sun and waving at the sea of people at one of the world’s grandest Pride Parades, he thought about his son. He thought about Brendan, his beautiful boy. How could he not? Brendan was why he was here.

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thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Pay Cut To Play

from Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Hockey Blog,

July is traditionally the fattest month for NHL free agents.

The shower of cash from teams driven to madness by off-season optimism and desperation is a wonder to behold.

But a new trend is emerging. This summer, many players are settling for less.

As of Sunday, 44 unrestricted free agents had signed new contracts (give or take a fringe player or two).

Using salary numbers compiled from various media sources, here’s how the market is looks:

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Boughner Leaving Spitfires For Coaching Job With Columbus

via tweets from Aaron Portzline,

Multiple NHL sources say Bob Boughner will leave the Windsor Spitfires to join #CBJ coaching staff.

CBJ will make official announcement of Boughner’s hiring on Monday.

added 9:57pm, from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Bob Boughner, who has guided the Windsor Spitfires to the last two Memorial Cup trophies, will join the Blue Jackets as an assistant coach on Scott Arniel’s staff, The Dispatch has learned.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson and Boughner did not return messages left on their cell phones. Spitfires GM Warren Rychel would not comment. But The Dispatch has learned that an announcement is expected by the Blue Jackets on Monday.

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Ilitch Empire Could Expand

from Bill Shea of Crain’s Detroit Business,

The attractiveness of owning the Detroit Pistons to Mike and Marian Ilitch may be equaled by a desire to create one of the largest regional entertainment monopolies in the country.

The Pistons are expected to be sold as a package with Auburn Hills-based Palace Sports & Entertainment Inc. — which would give the Ilitches the Palace of Auburn Hills, DTE Energy Music Theatre and the contract to manage Meadow Brook Music Festival for Oakland University.

That is, if the Ilitches are interested. Despite mounting evidence, they’re coy about it, and Palace Sports is mostly silent.

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Kings Out Of The Kovalchuk Race

via Helene Elliott tweet,

Kovalchuk says no to Kings. Lombardi: “We took our best shot to meet his needs and the team’s.”

added 6:09pm, via Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said Sunday afternoon that the high-scoring free agent decided against joining the Kings, who had targeted him as the productive winger they urgently need and a marquee player who might generate some buzz around town.

“We took our best shot to meet his needs and the team’s,” Lombardi said in an email.

He would not elaborate on where the Kings’ offer fell short or where Kovalchuk might be headed.

added 6:46pm, Just in case you believed those internet reports yesterday that the Avs were interested in Kovy…

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

And, the Avalanche will NOT be part of the mix in the hunt for Ilya Kovalchuk. Colorado just isn’t a player for the still-free star winger.  And who can blame them, really, with Kovalchuk’s purported salary desires.

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added 9:46pm, from Elliotte Friedman tweet,

Source: Kings really want Kovalchuk badly, feel he’s exactly what they need…but cannot get him to drop below a contract request of $100 million. Kings feel they have made biggest offer they can without jeopardizing Drew Doughty and Jack Johnson extensions.

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All Sergei Gonchar

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

There was no shortage of interested teams, so why the Senators?

Well, it is a Canadian city. You know how Canada is with hockey; playing up there is something special. If I was going to leave, I wanted to go someplace where hockey really mattered. Also, we played against them a lot in the playoffs and I do believe they are a good team. They played us very tough in the playoffs. They are very close to winning the Cup, and I believe I can help them go that next step.

The Penguins weren’t willing to give you a third year, and a lot of people believe their reluctance was the sensible move.

Yes, I can say before you ask that it motivates me. My goal is not to play just until that third year. I want to play in the NHL until the (2014) Olympics. They are in Russia, and I would love to be there for my country. Three years was never going to be the end of my career.

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All Steve Yzerman

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Last weekend Free Press sports writer Helene St. James caught up with Yzerman at the NHL entry draft in Los Angeles. Afterward both were on the same flight back to Detroit, which is how she discovered Yzerman, too, thinks “Blades of Glory” is hilarious. Here’s their chat.

Q: Speaking of Detroit, everybody loves a storybook ending. Holland and his management team are now secured through 2015-16, but if he doesn’t stay on beyond that, is there a scenario where you’d return to the Red Wings?

A: You never know, in five years, they may not want me (laughs). No, I come to Tampa Bay with the idea of building something really, really good. I can’t come into this thinking, ‘Eh, I’m biding my time till I go back to Detroit.’ I made a decision to leave because I didn’t feel that it was the right thing for anybody just to sit and wait and see what if?

Who knows what the future holds, but I come down to Tampa Bay with the idea that I’m going to do a good job here, this franchise is going to turn around and we’re going to be successful, and I’m going to enjoy the job. The Red Wings—I don’t even think that far ahead.

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Five Years After The Lockout

from Mark Sutcliffe of the Ottawa Citizen,

When the NHL lockout ended five years ago next week, it looked like management was the overwhelming winner. Players took an immediate 24-per-cent pay cut and agreed to a salary cap tied to league revenues, something they vowed they would never do.

After giving up their entire salaries for a year, the players lost even more cash in the first season after the lockout. The total league payroll dropped by more than $300 million, or the same as cutting 300 player jobs. The Detroit Red Wings, the team with the highest pre-lockout payroll, cut their player salaries from $77.8 million to $39.6 million.

But five seasons later, the salary cap has grown from $39 million in 2005-06 to a projected $59 million for next season. In the four years since that giant pay cut for the players, total salaries are up more than 50 per cent.

From a cash perspective, the players are much better off. In the season that just ended, the players earned almost $220 million more than they did in the season before the lockout.

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