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from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Yes, the Philadelphia Flyers were without their top two defencemen last night, but it was their offence that was missing in action.
The Flyers mustered only 18 shots on goal in a 4-1 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins that gave the Penguins a 3-0 lead in the NHL’s Eastern Conference final.
Martin Erat’s new seven-year, $31.5 contract with the Nashville Predators has been rejected by the NHL.
All that means is that it is likely to be re-jigged to conform to the CBA and re-submitted for approval. Erat’s contract was rejected because it violates a clause in the CBA that regulates year to year fluctuations in salary.
For example, if you take the first two years of contract, the higher salary in those two years can’t be more than double of the lower salary. After that, the salary can’t fluctuate up by more than 100% of the lower salary and can’t fluctuate downward by more than 50% of lower salary.
On that basis, Erat’s contract doesn’t cut it on a number of levels.
The contract is expected to be approved after some changes, but geez, Nashville—probably a good idea to get that sort of thing figured out before releasing the details.
Update 11:38am May 14: John Glennon in The Tennessean reports the problem appears to be nearly resolved—
The Predators and forward Martin Erat have shifted some of the terms in Erat’s seven-year contract to conform to the standards of the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement. Both sides have signed the new deal and are now awaiting its approval by the NHL.
The Boston Bruins have signed a three-year extension with forward Chuck Kobasew.
Kobasew will earn $2 million next, $2.5 million in 2009-10 and $2.5 million in 2010-11.
Q You were in this situation in the last round against Colorado. Is the message exactly the same to your team going in the fourth game with a 3-0 lead, as it was then?
COACH MIKE BABCOCK: I mean, it’s a different series. It’s hard to say that. It worked out well last time. I think part of the reason it did was we were mature, stayed focused and played a really good game. And I think that’s what we have to do here, is we’ve got to be really focused.
And we tried to get that back on track here today. They’re going to have a huge push, we understand that totally. In saying that, we have to push them as hard as we’ve pushed them all series, and harder. And we’re optimistic. We’re capable of doing that. So we’re going to prepare hard, and then try to play real well.
And tried to look at the mistakes after last night. I thought the second period we got turning the puck over too much and the momentum went the wrong direction. We can’t let that happen tomorrow.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
It isn’t so much a myth about the Detroit Red Wings as a half truth — the reason for their consistent, year-over-year success is that they choose well in the later rounds of the NHL entry draft.
Yes, the players that make a difference offensively for the Red Wings now were all selected in the afterthought regions of the NHL entry draft. Pavel Datsyuk was 171st overall in 1998; Henrik Zetterberg 210th in 1999; Tomas Holmstrom 257th in 1994; Johan Franzen 97th in 2004.
But drafting players is one part of the equation and developing them is another, and this is where Detroit doesn’t get nearly the credit it deserves for the organization that it has in place.
You can cross the Great One’s name off the list of potential candidates to take over the hockey operations of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wayne Gretzky will be staying in Phoenix.
“I have always been a big fan of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and wish them luck in the future. Right now my focus is on the Phoenix Coyotes and developing our young talent,” Gretzky told NHL on TSN’s Darren Pang.
Gretzky was responding to rumours linking him to the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team he grew up cheering for in Brantford, Ontario.
added 4:22pm, Here is the rumor…
Interviews today with the Dallas Stars’ Mike Modano and coach, Dave Tippett.
Q How is your head?
MIKE MODANO: Good.
Q Do you think you’ll be in for Game 4?
MIKE MODANO: Yeah.
From the CP via TSN,
Much has been said and written about Evgeni Malkin’s superb play when Sidney Crosby went down with injury this season.
But it also should not be forgotten that the Pittsburgh Penguins, nearing a Stanley Cup final berth, may not even be here had it not been for how Ty Conklin stepped in for the injured Marc-Andre Fleury this season.
“Him and Gino, it was probably a coin flip to see who is our MVP this year,” defenceman Brooks Orpik said after Tuesday’s pre-game skate. “Without one of those two guys, we probably would have not made the playoffs. They were instrumental.”
From Bruce MacLeod at Red Wings Corner,
Johan Franzen won’t play in Game 4 of the Western Conference final. When he returns to the ice is still unknown.
THe NHL’s leading goal-scorer in the playoffs had tests, Monday, because of concussion-like symptoms ... headaches. General manager Ken Holland said that the tests found nothing that needed treatment.
But Franzen’s headaches persist, so he’ll have to rest until they subside.
From John Bishop at BostonBruins.com, a note that The Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care celebrated the opening of The Neely Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.
The Neely family launched the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care in 1995 after the passing of their parents Marlene and Michael Neely from cancer. The Neely Foundation has raised more than $17 million from donations of all sizes, impacted thousands of families and continues to dedicate itself to designing, funding, and completing projects with immediate and tangible results.
“I know that neither of us ever dreamed that we would have this kind of impact when we set out on this mission some 14-plus years ago to honor our parents,” said Scott Neely, before turning to his brother to say, “Cam, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done to help us achieve our mission to be able to, in such a meaningful and significant way, honor the memory of mom and dad.”
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