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Modano No Closer To A Decision

from Chris McCosky of the Detroit News,

The Red Wings aren’t pressuring him, that’s for sure. General manager Ken Holland has presented his offer—apparently for one-year and $1.25 million (more than I’d been speculating)—and whether Modano takes it will not impact Holland’s ability to re-sign restricted free agents Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm.

The Wings can wait; too bad so many of their fans can’t. It seems that an alarmingly large number of Red Wings fans, at least from the e-mails I’ve been getting, want to vilify Modano.

“If Modano doesn’t want to play here, forget him,” has been a common sentiment.

“What, is he too Hollywood for the Red Wings now?” is another.

It is not like that. Just because he didn’t immediately fall all over himself to sign with the Wings doesn’t mean he disrespected the organization. Just because he hasn’t yet accepted the $1.25 million offer doesn’t mean he feels slighted or he’s holding out for more.

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Ha, I think the same people who are emailing Chris eat at where I had breakfast today.  That is all anyone wanted to talk to me about, “why hasn’t Modano signed with the Wings yet…”

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Have You Seen This Puck?

from Fred Mitchell and David Kaplan of the Chicago Tribune,

Where’s the The Puck?

You know, the one Patrick Kane stuffed in the corner of the net to lock up the Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup title.

The Blackhawks have challenged Grant DePorter, president of Harry Caray’s Restaurant Group, to find the treasured memento.

“Harry Caray’s restaurants is putting out a $50,000 offer to buy that puck — as long as it can be authenticated as to being the actual puck,” DePorter told us.

He gained notoriety six years ago when he paid $113,824.16 and then had the so-called Bartman Ball, which was then detonated on live TV.


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Would Casino Taxes Help The Blue Jackets?

from Encarnacion Pyle of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets president believes that the casino taxes that will flow to Columbus and Franklin County would be the best fix for the hockey team’s financial woes.

“I think it is the most viable solution, and it wouldn’t require any other money being used,” Mike Priest said today. “But it’s up to the public sector to decide how it wants to use that money.”

Business, government and team officials have been meeting for more than a year to come up with a way to stem the Blue Jackets’ bleeding. The club is losing an estimated $12 million a year in operations.


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Maybe One Day The Kovalchuk Deal Will Be Done

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

One source familiar with the discussions said he’s 98% sure it will get done and that Kovalchuk will be a King. But in a process as bizarre as this one has been at every step, and with neither Kovalchuk’s agent nor Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi willing to comment, that 2% is too much wiggle room.

Among the issues they’re believed to be working on: payment for the 2012-13 season, a season that could be lost to a lockout, and whether the deal will include a no-trade or no-movement clause. And if there is a clause that allows him to veto a trade or specify a number of teams he’d agree to join in a trade, the two sides will have to agree on when it would kick in.

The 2012-13 issue is a real concern to players and teams. If there’s no season, players wouldn’t get paid — but any pre-agreed signing bonuses would have to be paid. Teams don’t want to pay anything if there’s no season, but players want bonuses — or, in a worst-case scenario, to lose as little salary as possible.


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What Do You Think Of Ovechkin Working For A KHL Club?

from Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy,

Believe it or not, but from July 1 Alex Ovechkin is employed by UHC Dynamo and even gets paid for his services.

Mikhail Tyurkin, UHC Dynamo’s President, told Sovetsky Sport, “Alex has already called me. He is now my official advisor.  He is now employed by UHC Dynamo.

July 1 was the official date Ovechkin became a team employee. “Alex will work on promoting our club.  And he will also work with children from our hockey school. He will hold a few master-classes. I think that famous people like Ovechkin should bring value not only to NHL teams, but to Russia as well, especially to the club that brought him up,” Tyurkin said.


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Cammalleri Has Praise For Price

from TSN,

“I’m a huge Carey Price fan,” added Cammalleri. “I think he’s incedibly talented and I’m really proud of the situation he handled this year. I expect a lot of things from him.”

And Price, a restricted free agent who has not yet re-signed, will undoubtedly be under the spotlight when training camp begins in eight weeks.

“There’s a lot of pressure to play well,” said Cammalleri. “To the point where it’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s not about him, it’s not about one guy. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.”


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All Brooks Laich

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Q: Are you surprised at all that the Caps haven’t made any significant moves this offseason? On July 3rd, did you look around and wonder what’s going on?

A: It’s out of my control. I don’t worry about it too much. Obviously, I have a vested interest in it. But I didn’t think we were a long ways off last year. It wasn’t like at the trade deadline or after we lost [to Montreal] we were saying, ‘Geez, I wish we would have more of this or more of that.’ That wasn’t the case. I think or team is right on the cusp. I know we’ve said this for a coupe of years, but it takes time to learn how to win. I’m sure the young guys coming up are going to come in a do a fantastic job, and it’s going to push the older guys a little bit more. I’m not worried one ounce about the lack of movement with our team in free agency.”

Q: Did you expect that management would have been more proactive via free agency or trade?

A: I feel like this group has unfinished business, personally. I’m [annoyed] with the way the year ended last year. I thought our team was on the verge last year. Now you add in a year of frustration and disappointment, that should fuel guys even more….


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Afternoon Line

“I’ve had a tough three years.  t was tougher mentally than it was physically. You need to have faith in yourself, and know that this isn’t going to break you.”

-Justn Williams of the LA Kings via Jason Chamberlain of the Northumberland News where you can read more on Williams.

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Yzerman Finds His Assistant GM

freom Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

The Tampa Bay Lightning hired Julien Brisebois to serve as assistant general manager to Steve Yzerman, the team announced Friday.

Brisebois, 33, emerged as the leading candidate earlier this week to fill the role of Yzerman’s right-hand man to handle contract negotiations and serve as salary cap specialist. Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Brisebois also will serve as general manager of Tampa Bay’s minor-league affiliate, Norfolk of the American Hockey League.


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Report- Stars About To Be Sold

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

After two seasons of missing the playoffs and pinching pennies under cash-strapped owner Tom Hicks, things are beginning to look up for the Dallas Stars.

THN.com has learned Calgary oilman Bill Gallacher, who also owns the Portland Winterhawks of the Western League, heads up a group of investors that has reached an agreement in principle to buy the Dallas Stars for about $225 million. The deal has yet to be signed and either side could back out of it, but it appears the deal will get done soon.

One possible scenario has Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban jumping back into the fray.


added 4:43pm, from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

I talked to two NHL sources and they say that The Hockey News report that Bill Gallcher has agreed to buy the Stars for $225 million is not accurate.

They say the sale process is ongoing and that Gallacher is a candidate to buy the team, but that they have not gotten as far in the process of agreeing to a price with any buyer.


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