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How To Fix The Kovalchuk Contract

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On a practical level, the fix here is relatively simple for the Devils and Kovalchuk, provided both sides were prepared to give a little. They could simply lop off the final two years of the contract, meaning it would expire when Kovalchuk turns 42, the same age Hossa will be when his deal runs out. If they up the salary in the final three years to $1-million, then that too would make it mirror Hossa’s previously approved deal far more closely.

Under this scenario, the Devils’ annual salary-cap charge for Kovalchuk’s contract would rise by almost three-quarters of a million dollars – not an ideal outcome, but one that they might be able to live with.

The alternatives are less appealing. Kovalchuk could dig in his heels, or the Devils might determine they cannot afford to incur a single dollar more than the current $6-million cap charge. An expedited arbitration hearing would then be the preferable next step for Kovalchuk, if such a thing is even possible, given the complexities involved in the CBA-mandated arbitration process.


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Flyers Re-Sign Powe

via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers at the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers and restricted free agent forward Darroll Powe agreed to a one-year deal yesterday, the Daily News has learned.

Powe, 25, will earn $725,000 for the upcoming season in a one-way contract – meaning the Flyers plan to have him on their roster throughout the season. It’s a 36-percent raise from the $532,500 he earned last year.

Powe will be a restricted free agent again next season.

thanks to a KK member for the pointer.


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Bieksa Or Souray Could Help Ducks

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

No one is saying it on the record but the Ducks still want to add another defenseman of some significance and their prime target as of now would be Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa.

Let’s get this straight. Bieksa would not be the cure-all to a unit whose current top two performers are Lubomir Visnovsky and James Wisniewski, who’s still unsigned and likely won’t be before his Aug. 3 arbitration hearing given the sizable difference between the defenseman and the club.

But there are advantages to acquiring Bieksa, who’s clearly on the trade market after the Canucks added veterans Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis. He’s 29 and relatively affordable with $3.5 million owed this season on an expiring contract. He’s also productive when healthy as he has twice put up 40-point seasons….

If the Ducks are unable to land Bieksa, would they consider taking a flier on oft-injured, big-salaried Sheldon Souray if they can get Edmonton to take streaky, big-salaried Jason Blake?


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  Tags: kevin+bieksa, sheldon+souray

Arbitration Dates

from the NHLPA,

Below is a list of all the salary arbitration cases that are pending during the 2010 off-season and the date that they are scheduled to take place. Please note that players have the ability to come to an agreement on a contract with their clubs prior to reaching the scheduled arbitration date.

view the list...

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Nick Foligno Signs With Ottawa

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has re-signed forward Nick Foligno to a two-year deal.

Foligno, 22, finished his third National Hockey League season with the Senators with nine goals, a career-high 17 assists and 51 penalty minutes in 61 games. He missed seven games in December after a right knee injury and missed 13 games after breaking his right leg in a game against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 30. In six playoff games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he recorded one assist and two penalty minutes.

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Sabres Reach Agreement With Patrick Kaleta

BUFFALO, NY (July 21, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a two-year deal with restricted free agent winger Patrick Kaleta. Kaleta was previously scheduled for a club elected arbitration hearing later this month.

Kaleta (6/8/1986, 5’11”, 205 lbs.) set career-highs in goals (10), points (15) and games played (55) during the 2009-2010 season. Kaleta also picked up two points (1+1) in six playoff games. Overall, the Angola, NY native has appeared in 153 NHL games with Buffalo, collecting 31 points (17+14) and 241 penalty minutes.

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Under Pressure In The West

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

...here’s a look at a player from each of the 15 teams in the Western Conference who will be under pressure to perform as soon as the puck drops:

Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim—The Ducks already were struggling when Getzlaf injured his ankle just before the Winter Olympics. He wound up missing 16 games, a big reason he dropped from 91 to 69 points—and Anaheim went from the second round of the 2009 playoffs to an unwanted early vacation last season. Getzlaf is an NHL rarity—a power center—and the Ducks aren’t the same team without him in top form.

Jarome Iginla, Calgary —The face of the franchise for the past decade just turned 33—one year older than the number of goals he scored in 2009-10, when he had his lowest scoring season since 2000-01.

read on

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Afternoon Line

First, a source told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning that Devils president and GM Lou Lamoriello was aware of the NHL’s plans to reject the deal in advance of a news conference held Tuesday in Newark to announce the contract and still went ahead with the media availability.

Why? Why would Lamoriello endorse the perception that this was a done deal and the Devils were planning a long future with Kovalchuk if he knew the deal was going to be challenged by the league?

It was certainly more than a little disingenuous to fans who might have been prompted to buy season tickets following the news conference. Lamoriello certainly looked uncomfortable answering questions about the structure of the deal.

-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read more on this.

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Blues Sign Perron

via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

David Perron has signed a two-year, 4.3 million extension with Blues. He will be paid 1.8 and 2.5 next 2 yrs.

added 1:34pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward David Perron to a two-year contract.

“David has proven to be a key forward on our club and we look forward to his continued development with us,” said Armstrong.  “We are expecting David to grow into a complete player at this level.”

“I love playing in St. Louis and if front of our fans,” said Perron.  “For the past three seasons they have treated me great and I can’t wait for the season to start.”


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The Official Word On Kovalchuk Contract

via NHL.com,

National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly today issued the following statement regarding the free agent contract forward Ilya Kovalchuk signed with the New Jersey Devils:

“The contract has been rejected by the League as a circumvention of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Under the CBA, the contract rejection triggers a number of possible next steps that may be elected by any or each of the NHLPA, the Player and/or the Club. In the interim, the player is not entitled to play under the contract, nor is he entitled to any of the rights and benefits that are provided for thereunder. The League will have no further comment on this matter pending further developments.”

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

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