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Kozlov Still Looking For Work In The NHL

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Kozlov’s North American agent still hasn’t closed the door on another season in the NHL for the veteran forward.

“He has not ruled out the NHL,” agent Scott Lites told Sporting News on Friday morning. “That’s for sure.”

Kozlov is in Russia visiting his father and has been extended a couple tryout offers by NHL teams, although it’s unlikely he’d accept that option.

But there’s certainly some interest in a player who is just one season removed from a 26-goal, 76-point year with the Atlanta Thrashers in 2008-09.


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  Tags: slava+kozlov

Lilja Regrets Not Signing With Detroit

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

The Red Wings offered Lilja a one-year deal for $1 million to return for a sixth season. He continued seeking a better deal on the market. When Detroit signed Ruslan Salei on Aug. 9 to a one-year, $750,000 contract (with another $350,000 in potential bonuses), the door was closed on Lilja’s return….

Lilja and his family on Thursday returned to Detroit from their summer home in Sweden. The kids will start the school year here, but Lilja has put his house up for sale while he continues seeking an NHL contract.

“Of course, I regret it (not signing with Detroit),’’ Lilja said. “Now that we got here yesterday, got into my house—we’ve been here five years, it feels like home. The kids like it here. I think I was looking for something else, I guess.’’


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  Tags: andreas+lilja

Comrie To The Penguins

via Ryan Rishaug tweet,

Comrie signs with pens. 1 year

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New Coaches, New Challenges

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

There are always a handful of coaching newbies sprinkled around the new season, men who will clamber up behind an NHL bench for the first time. Here’s a look at who these new faces are (or familiar faces in new settings) and the challenges they face (in order from most challenging):

Tom Renney, Edmonton Oilers
Renney has a long history as a head coach at a variety of levels, including stints in Vancouver, New York (Rangers) and now Edmonton.

The good thing when you take over a team that finished dead last in the standings is there’s no where to go but up. That said, Renney will have his hands full with a team that has failed to qualify for the postseason since their unlikely run to the 2006 Stanley Cup finals.

His top defenseman, Sheldon Souray, wants out of town; but if the big man with the bigger contract isn’t traded, he will likely be in camp to start and that will provide its own set of challenges.


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Is Steve Mason A $3M Goalie?

via Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Goaltender Steve Mason and forward Jake Voracek are entering the last year of their entry-level deals, which means that since July 1, the Blue Jackets have been able to sign them to extensions. But general manager Scott Howson isn’t talking about the matter.

It doesn’t matter. The Blue Jackets believe that Mason is going to be a franchise goaltender, so his sophomore slump works to the club’s advantage. If Mason had followed the 2008-09 season, when he won the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s top rookie, with another big year, he might have been looking at $6 million per season. Now, it’s probably half that.

The team’s personnel people think that Voracek will ultimately be a point-a-game guy, so they will try to lock him up long term before he becomes that. The question is whether Voracek will opt for a little more security or take a chance that a big year is coming up. The argument in favor of Voracek waiting is that he could end up on the first line with Rick Nash and Antoine Vermette, which could inflate his totals.

It’s easy to see why Howson wouldn’t want to discuss this in public.

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  Tags: steve+mason

Wait Some More?

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

An amendment to the CBA and the fate of Ilya Kovalchuk’s contract are tied together, so it’s conceivable, the NHL will postpone its decision, or flat out reject the Devils latest offer until a more concise framework of what teams, players and player agents can and cannot do is agreed on.

The NHL and the NHLPA had productive discussions on Thursday regarding potential changes to the rules that govern players contracts, however, at this point, it seems unlikely the two sides will reach a settlement, complete with a vote from the PA’s 30 player board in time for todays 5pm deadline to determine the validity of Kovalchuk’s proposed contract with the New Jersey Devils.

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Will Everyone Be Happy?

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

A decision will finally be made on Ilya Kovalchuk’s latest contract.

Maybe. The league and the NHLPA agreed on a 5 p.m. ET Friday deadline, one that is fast approaching, and one that will reveal whether the league will approve the 15-year, $100 million contract the New Jersey Devils have submitted.

That is unless, of course, another extension is granted. And that appears to be a possibility as the sides work to negotiate parameters in which long-term contracts will be approved moving forward.

“They’re trying to work something where everybody will win,” an NHL source told Sporting News. “It’s possible both sides are going to come out looking good.”

It’s a definite temperature change from Wednesday evening when the New York Post reported that an ultimatum was issued by the league to the players, saying it would approve the Kovalchuk deal only if specific rules were put in place regarding future long-term contracts.

The league was quick to deny issuing any ultimatum.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Evening Line

“It certainly seems unfair they’re going after guys that they approved but there is also nothing in the CBA that says they can’t do it. The league is using the language to their advantage, I suppose.

“Right now, there are a lot of moving parts between both sides and one of their threats is to go back and re-investigate some of the contracts with Luongo being one and [Marian] Hossa being another. That’s something we don’t really want to see but it’s a valid threat by them. We’re not sure how it’s going to come out. That’s for the lawyers to negotiate and we’ll see what comes of it.”

-Dan Hamhuis of the Vancouver Canucks.  More players comment in a story from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun.

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Colorado Signs Chris Stewart

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed restricted free-agent forward Chris Stewart to a two-year contract through the 2011-12 season.

Stewart, 22, led Colorado with 28 goals and finished second on the team in scoring with 64 points in 77 games last season.  Stewart, who scored 25 of his 28 goals at even strength, also paced the Avalanche in both game-winning goals (5) and shots (221).  The Toronto native was +4 for the season and added 100 hits and 73 penalty minutes.  Stewart went on to lead the Avalanche with three goals (3g/0a) in six playoff games.

“We are pleased to have Chris Stewart under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “Chris was one of our top offensive players last season and we look forward to seeing him build on what he started a year ago.”

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  Tags: chris+stewart

Canadiens find a Price they like

I came in from swimming to a radio report I’d been waiting, nay hoping for, and was surprised to find it validated many a media members comments from the past few weeks. The reason I was most excited? I can finally stop using puns involving the word price. Yes, Carey Price is again the starting goaltender of the Montreal Canadiens, and all it took was a contract of two years at a total cost of $5.5 million.

This suggests a number of things. Firstly, many pundits in the past two months were correct: the deal would end up being two years. Why? Well, Price likely wanted one year, to prove he was better and could start a full slate of games, and the Canadiens likely wanted a longer deal, seizing the opportunity to lock Price up when his, er, price was rather low due to last year’s lackluster performance.

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  Tags: carey+price

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