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Decision For The Ducks And Kariya

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Kariya, Selanne, why not?

Yet Kariya remains in the same place Selanne was in deciding whether he even wants to play.

The 35-year-old Kariya, who had 18 goals in 75 games for the Blues last season, is working out as though he will return to the NHL but he and veteran agent Don Baizley have not gone knocking on doors looking for work.

In the next few weeks Kariya will determine which door he will pass through; the one Selanne passed through Monday that leads to another NHL season and a chance to prove that those rare skills have not eroded, that he can still play with the best; or the door that all great players choose at some point, the one that leads away from the game.

Here’s hoping whether it’s a return to Anaheim or somewhere else, Kariya’s choice leads him back to an NHL rink.

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Afternoon Line

Until Sunday, expect plenty of Kaberle for Savard rumors.

-James Murphy of ESPN Boston.  Read more on this trade scenario.

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Who Knew John Denver Was Popular In Sweden

from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,

It takes a village to put together a Cup fest.

“Country roads / take me home / to the place / I belong…”

The day started at a country road, and it ended fittingly with Niklas Hjalmarsson singing John Denver’s “Country Roads.” But in the young Swede’s case, those roads were not West Virginia, but the heart of Smaland—“small lands”—in the heart of Sweden.

Before the Cup got back into its travel case, on its way to Antti Niemi, Hjalmarsson gave it a whirlwind tour of places and emotions.

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I Need Hockey, Badly

Irritated, grumpy, grouchy, whatever you call it, I just need hockey back.

Check out my NHL.com blog today.

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Morning Line

The Leafs need to make Kaberle an ex-Leaf by Sunday, which may be their last opportunity to convert him into other assets. That gives Burke six days to drum up increased interest in a marketplace that is a little dazed and confused these days.

-Damien Cox of the Toronto Star.  Read more on Kaberle from Damien.

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For The Good Of The Game

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Consider for a moment that the Kovalchuk contract was accepted. Consider if Bloch had sided with the NHLPA and forced the contract through.

Instead of clearly defining a line, it could have been a free-for-all. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi could have rushed to Drew Doughty and offered up a 30-year deal. Because, why not? Structured the right way, all the elements would have been legal under the current CBA.

“What would prevent a team from doing a 25-year deal?” said former GM Craig Button, while discussing the possibility of Kovalchuk’s deal going through. “It might embolden (teams).”

While it’s debatable whether or not Bloch’s ruling is good for the players, it’s hard not to think it’s good for the overall health of the game.

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What’s Next, Who’s Next?

via CKNW (Vancouver),

lya Kovalchuk is available to the highest bidder once again and if arbitrator Richard Bloch has his way, Vancouver Canuck goalie Roberto Luongo may be next.

In his Kovalchuk ruling, Bloch indicated he had his eye on 4 other long-term contracts.  Among them were Luongo’s, Philidelphia’s Chris Pronger, Chicago’s Marian Hossa and Boston’s Marc Savard.

Canuck General Manager Mike Gillis says the League is studying Luongo’s 64 million dollar, 12 year contract. He says the team is awaiting further instructions from the NHL.

Also, read the Kovalchuk ruling here.

added 5:05am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Indeed, arbitrator Richard Bloch, whose decision in the Kovalchuk case reads as if he lifted it word-for-word from Bob Batterman, the lead attorney representing the NHL, noted that the NHL is investigating the heavily front-loaded 12-year, $63.3 million Hossa contract as well as similar deals between the Canucks and Roberto Luongo, the Flyers and Chris Pronger and the Bruins and Marc Savard….

In order for these investigations to take place, however, a Systems Arbitrator must be in place. Bloch, who was selected mutually by the NHL and the PA to preside over this hearing, is not acting as the Systems Arbitrator. If the NHL is now going to pursue these cases, the sides must hire an arbitrator to fill that role.

If, however, the league wants to piggy-back on yesterday’s victory over the PA and Lou Lamoriello’s Devils—how’s them for strangest of bedfellows?—Bettman under Article 26 would then be in position to levy debilitating penalties including fines up to $5 million; forfeiture of an unspecified number of draft picks; and, and this is the kicker as applies to the Blackhawks, “a forfeiture of any NHL Game(s) determined to have been affected by a Circumvention.”

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Evening Line

For the good of everyone – teams, agents, players and fans – the cap rules must be clarified in the next CBA. In the meantime, we’re all left guessing…

-Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo Sports.  More on the Kovalchuk arbitration decision.

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Devils Resume Talks With Kovalchuk

via Devils.com,

New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello today issued the following statement in response to Arbitrator Richard Bloch’s decision in regard to the team’s contract with Ilya Kovalchuk:

“We have reviewed and respect Arbitrator Bloch’s ruling in the Kovalchuk matter.  We also note and appreciate his finding that nothing in his opinion should be read as suggesting that either the club or Ilya Kovalchuk operated in bad faith or on the basis of any assumption other than that the Standard Player Contract was fully compliant with the CBA. That has been our consistent position throughout.

“While we do not currently have a contract with Ilya Kovalchuk, discussions have resumed and we are hopeful that a contract will be reached that meets with the principles in Arbitrator Bloch’s award and the NHL’s approval.”

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Report- Arbitrator Rules In NHL Favor In Kovalachuk Case

via Liz Mullen tweet,

Breaking—Arbitrator rules in League’s favor in Kovalchuk case, source says

added 5:22pm, via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Kovalchuk remains UFA. Confirmed by sources.

added 5:37pm, from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

(Bill) Daly released the following statement with regard to the decision by Bloch that the League properly rejected the contract agreed to by the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk:

“We want to thank Arbitrator Bloch for his prompt resolution of a complex issue. His ruling is consistent with the League’s view of the manner in which the Collective Bargaining Agreement should deal with contracts that circumvent the Salary Cap.”

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added 6:59pm, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The NHL Players’ Association also released a statement through spokesperson, Jonathan Weatherdon.

“The NHLPA is disappointed with the Arbitrator’s ruling to uphold the NHL’s rejection of the contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk,” the statement read. “The NHLPA is currently reviewing the decision and will have no further comment at this time.

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added 7:06pm, from Damien Cox of The Spin,

The Kovalchuk decision, meanwhile, addresses a growing sentiment among teams that the front-loaded, long-term deals were becoming a competitive advantage to a handful of teams since two-thirds of the league’s clubs couldn’t dream of signing such contracts.

Some GMs said the NHL needed to put it’s foot down when Kiprusoff became the first to sign this type of contract back in 2007.

“I wish the NHL had started this five years ago,” lamented one GM.The NHL says it is still investigating the contracts signed by Hossa and Pronger.

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