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“I think the floor affects teams that aren’t doing very good at the gate, aren’t doing very good on the ice, which results in them falling into a position where they are entitled to revenue-sharing funds from teams that are doing well.
“Our plans and decisions are based as a team on the number of season ticket-holders we have, so we know what percentage of that will go towards salary and our overall budget, and what percentage has to go towards revenue sharing.”
-Flames GM Darryl Sutter. More on the cap at CBC Sports…
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
General manager Lou Lamoriello just said that he has given Fedor Fedorov’s agent permission to talk to other teams that might be interested in trading for him and the 25-year-old forward will not be play for the Devils.
from Barry Janoff of BrandWeek,
“Is this the year?” will be anchored by spots on Versus, the NHL Network and NHL.com, in addition to CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada. Support will include print and POP. Creative was handled in-house by the NHL. Y&R, New York and Toronto, served as creative consultants. Spend was not disclosed.
Four TV spots each feature a different NHL star: Sidney Crosby, Dion Phaneuf, Patrick Kane and Henrik Lundqvist. In each of the spots, the players initially are seen in photograph, which then comes to live as the athletes share their personal feelings about the game.
added 11:21am, much more on this from Rocky Bonanno at NHL.com and video has been added below.
John Buccigross of ESPN breaks down the Western Conference with song lyrics…
Hey, don’t write yourself off yet
It’s only in your head you feel left out or
looked down on.
Just try your best, try everything you can.
And don’t you worry what they tell themselves when you’re away.
—“The Middle” by Jimmy Eat World
Any guesses on the team he is referring to? Bucci has them ranked #3 in the West. Read on for more…
from Dan Wood of the OC Register,
While the continuing need to create salary-cap space was the primary incentive, there was further motivation behind the Ducks sending veteran defenseman Sean O’Donnell to the Kings only hours before the Ducks scored a 2-1 shootout victory in exhibition action Tuesday night at Staples Center.
“It’s not why we did it, but hopefully some other guys will get a message here,” Ducks general manager Brian Burke said, echoing sentiments expressed by Coach Randy Carlyle the past three days. “Our camp has been going pretty well, but we need some guys to pick up their game. We’re not going at a clip that’s satisfactory to us.”
added 7:06am, Craig Custance of Sporting News Today has a Q & A with Burke. One thing that surprised me was Burke’s response to a possible NHL European expansion.
read it here (direct link)
from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,
(Scott) Walker, beginning his 14th NHL season, concedes he literally fought his way into the league. In his first three full seasons, with the Vancouver Canucks, he had 433 penalty minutes in 186 games.
“I have a little bit of a temper,” he said, smiling. “Sometimes, I forget what happens out there. I say some things or do some things I don’t remember.
“People say, ‘Oh, you’re not scared.’ I’m scared every game. You play scared. There are big guys out there and you can get run over. But that’s how you play—you can feed off the fear.”
“I don’t like being that hot-headed, but I think sometimes your faults are the reason you make it,” he said. “To be honest, it got me in the league and it has helped me stay here.”
from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia News,
Antero Niittymaki was back in the stall he has occupied since coming up to the Flyers from the Phantoms, newly signed goalie Jean-Sebastien Aubin, moved into the temporary extra stall used only for training camps, and tryout goalie Maxime Ouellet was released.
Niittymaki, who has been sidelined since before the beginning of camp recovering from left hip surgery, was back on the ice yesterday in practice and talking about the possibility of playing next week.
That might be a long shot, but from the way the Finnish goalie is recovering, he is very likely to be on the bench for opening night on Oct. 11.
from Mark Everson of the NY Post,
The stable of those looking for a rebound year is huge, and major. Start with Patrik Elias, no longer smarting so badly from the loss of the captaincy, and now nearly four years removed from hepatitis. Improve on 20 goals? Ya think?
Brian Gionta, only 22 goals last season? Jamie Langenbrunner, only 13 after training camp surgery? Dainius Zubrus is another 13-goal man now looking for far better than that. Jay Pandolfo, who limped through the second half with a nasty muscle tear, is now healed.
from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,
“We need to put the best team on the ice that’s available,” said Julien, whose team must cut eight more players from the current group. “Somehow we’ve got to make it work.”
It’s hard to see how that’s possible, unless a fairly significant trade happens to shake up the roster, something Chiarelli has not ruled out. League sources have been saying for some time that the Bruins are active in the trade market, with some talk of a possible blockbuster deal involving top scorer Marc Savard - although the center has a no-trade contract and would have to agree to any swap.
“That wouldn’t surprise me,” the same agent said of the Savard talk. “It’s been floating around for a while.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Along with Kaberle and Kubina, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Jason Blake, Jeff Finger and Vesa Toskala all could potentially be dealt. You know, for something more than nothing, the return for excising Darcy Tucker and Andrew Raycroft from the roster.
Nik Antropov, meanwhile, will be an unrestricted free agent in July and moving him by February sure seems more appealing than signing him to a lucrative, multi-year deal at $3 million to $4 million (U.S.) per season.
So Kaberle, primarily, and Antropov to a lesser extent, become the Leafs to watch this season, but mostly to see if they can enhance their value and thus their appeal on the trade market.
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