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Why Is Bieksa A Trade Target?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are three defencemen in Vancouver who make $3 million-plus and have one year left on their contracts before becoming UFA’s. Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff and Sami Salo, the only one with a no-trade clause.

So why is Kevin Bieksa the only one anyone talks about when conversation moves to clearing some space on Vancouver’s crowded blue-line?

continued plus Calgary and Souray talk…

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Revealing Team Performance Bonuses

from Matthew Wuest of Capgeek,

The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t the only team operating with a significant reduction of their 2010-11 cap space courtesy of performance bonuses.

Sources tell capgeek.com nine teams will face a cap reduction this coming season because performance bonuses earned pushed them past the upper limit in 2009-10. The Blackhawks lead the way by a long shot at an estimated $4.15 million, but the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are getting hit hard too.

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Islanders Trying To Make A Big Signing

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

When dealing for the biggest unrestricted ever, it’s folly to think the wannabes aren’t going to join the fun.

The Devils’ waiting game has given the lowly Islanders the chance to at least advance their name brand, if not actually entice Ilya Kovalchuk to join them for an improbable Stanley Cup bid.

Kovalchuk has made a point of wanting to play for a contender, but the Isles’ reported 10-year, $100 million offer might be enough to make the 27-year-old consider the once-proud franchise that has not won a playoff round since 1993. At the very least, it could be leverage to play against his two principal suitors, the Devils and Kings.

The Islanders actually need to make another big signing to reach the collective bargaining agreement’s minimum payroll and are said to have to thrown a monkey wrench into the cozy little standoff between the Devils and Kings, each thought to be bidding $7 million per season.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Pisani Waiting For A Call

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

Fernando Pisani finds himself in an unfamiliar position.

The local product is an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and is sitting and waiting for his phone to ring.

“I haven’t heard anything from the Oilers at all,” said Pisani. “So I’m just kind of waiting to see what’s going to happen here.”

Much like the Oilers themselves, things have been rough for Pisani these last few years.

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What Was Sather Thinking?

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

It’s a good thing that Glen Sather is already in the Hockey Hall of Fame because, if there was a recount, the selection committee would probably rescind his membership.

When the National Hockey League’s free agency period opened Thursday, Sather -whose record of miscues on Broadway includes rich, long-term deals for Wade Redden and Scott Gomez -defied all logic by signing tough guy Derek Boogaard to a four-year deal with the New York Rangers, worth $6.5 million. Boogaard is regarded in some circles as the toughest player in the NHL, but $1.625 million a year is a lot to pay for a guy who plays six minutes a game and has trouble finding a sparring partner. In the past season, Boogaard had only nine fights in 57 games.

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What’s Happening With Washington?

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

I had a brief chat with GM George McPhee earlier this evening and he told me the Caps have been “in on” a few discussions with free agents the past two days but so far he’s decided against making any offers.

“It’s going as expected for us,” he said. “We got 121 points last year because we’re a pretty good team and we don’t really need a lot. As we expected, the guys that are out there really aren’t better than what we have, and their prices are inflated.”

McPhee didn’t come right out and say it, but it’s looking more and more like the plan is for the Caps to enter next season with inexperienced centers Mathieu Perreault and Marcus Johansson, and converted winger Tomas Fleischmann, battling it out for spots behind first-line pivot Nicklas Backstrom.

“We feel that what we have at centerice in Johansson and Fleischmann and Perreault, they can do the job for us,” McPhee said. “Signing anyone else would really only get in the way, if not this year, then certainly next year.”

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Atlanta May Be On The Upswing

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Flash back to Buffalo in the early 1970s, when Rick Dudley with his mop top mushrooming from his headband and Craig Ramsay with his heavy sideburns were linemates and roommates with the Sabres. Back then, they were just two hard-working wingers with high hockey IQs.

Nearly 40 years later, Duds and Rammer are teammates again for the fourth time in their careers….

Dudley and Ramsay were hired to turn around the Thrashers, who have made the playoffs only once in their history. Dudley, who has been one of the top personnel men in the business for years, has wasted no time putting the pieces together over two busy weeks for a team suddenly headed in the right direction.

In short order, he hired a good coach in the cerebral Ramsay, stocked his roster with four players who won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks and signed a veteran goaltender for less than $2 million per season. Don’t be surprised if Blackhawks assistant coach John Torchetti winds up on a Chicago-to-Atlanta flight.

more

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Islanders Interested In Kovalchuk

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Would Kovalchuk consider the Islanders? Why not? Rumblings the Isles may make a mega millions, mega year pitch. They need the contract.

Pierre LeBrun checks in too with a tweet,

Isles GM Garth Snow confirms via text to ESPN.com that he’s involved in Kovalchuk talks. Wow !

added 10:49pm, More on this from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank.

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Gagne Reportedly Waives His NTC

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Left winger Simon Gagne’s days as a member of the Flyers could be numbered.

Gagne, 30, the longest-tenured current Flyer, has waived his no-trade clause, an NHL source confirmed Friday night.

The Flyers and Los Angeles have been talking about a deal, but the Kings have said they want to keep Jonathan Bernier and Jonathan Quick, two goalies that interest the Flyers.

If the Flyers sweetened the deal, the might convince the Kings to trade one of the goaltenders.

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Something is missing here folks.  Normally when a player waives his NTC, he knows his destination and details on the trade.  In this instance, I don’t think Gagne would waive his NTC for all teams, so he must know what is going on, but we don’t or we are not getting the full story.

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  Tags: simon+gagne, simon+gagne

A Pause In The Action

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Once again, the second day of July put the brakes on the NHL’s free-agent frenzy. The breakneck pace of Day 1 gave way to signings like Milan Jurcina and Chris Higgins.

That, plus the wait-and-see-who-will blink-first staredown between Ilya Kovalchuk and the Los Angeles Kings.

“Last year, starting with July 2, it really slowed down,” Minnesota Wild GM Chuck Fletcher said. “I could definitely foresee players waiting until late July or even mid-August before making a decision. If the money isn’t as high as maybe they wanted, players will be pickier as to where they go and shop themselves a little slower than maybe we’ve seen in the past.”

Teams are learning there’s a steep price to pay for getting stuck with a bad contract in the salary cap era. That means the stars will get paid but the next tier may have to wait for its money.

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