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Players Going Social

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Hockey fans will remember this summer for llya Kovalchuk’s endless free-agent odyssey and the NHL’s attempt to rewrite the collective bargaining agreement in midstream, but it will also be remembered as the summer NHL players plunged into using social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and stepped into uncharted waters.

Including Kings captain Dustin Brown, who began tweeting in August, and Ducks winger Bobby Ryan, who hit the Twitterverse in July, more than 40 players are Twitter users. That estimate came from Michael DiLorenzo, the NHL’s director of social media marketing and strategy. He added that fewer than 40 players also use Facebook or have fan pages on Facebook.

Most players’ Twitter messages are funny: Ryan gets impatient in California traffic and Brown, watching Saturday morning TV with his kids, wondered what happened to all the good cartoons. Both needle teammates and talk about workouts and dinner plans, not revelations but information that gives them distinct personalities and builds rapport with fans.

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Will Anyone Sign Patrick O’Sullivan?

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Free agent Patrick O’Sullivan will still be paid about $450,000 US this season and next, even if he doesn’t play anywhere else in 2010-11 after the Edmonton Oilers bought out his contract earlier this summer.

However, the winger is better off than Ryan Potulny, Mike Comrie, Brendan Morrison, Marek Svatos, Ruslan Fedotenko, Jeff Halpern, Miroslav Satan and older forwards Bill Guerin and Owen Nolan, who are also looking for work these days, but aren’t getting paid while they wait for the phone to ring. Indeed, these are tough times for free agents everywhere.

But has O’Sullivan’s stock dropped so far that there’s not one team that will give him $500,000? He’s only 25. He has 149 points in 280 career NHL games.

Granted, he was dreadful last year with the Oilers, with fewer points (34) than his plus-minus rating of minus-35—worst in the NHL.

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Shean Donovan Looking For Work

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

After accepting a deal to play in Finland, Donovan was told the contract has been put on hold.

So the 35-year-old free agent is back to square one, searching for a new home. Except now there’s only two weeks before NHL camps open.

Instead of going for a skate Wednesday at the Bell Sensplex, Donovan went for a bike ride in the Gatineau hills with his lawyer, Larry Kelly.

“I don’t really know what’s going to happen now,” said Donovan. “I thought that I had something in Europe, but it didn’t work out. There was a deal I thought I accepted, but they said I didn’t call back quick enough.

“It’s all right. I guess it just means this is going to take a little longer. I’ll have to find something else. I said, ‘Sure, I’ll take it’ and then they didn’t call me back for a few days.”

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Big Year From Kovalev?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

We’ve seen what he can still do when he wants. The magic he can still perform with puck and stick. And even though he’s 37 he should still be able to abracadabra his way to an 80-point season. He’s also a big, strong man, and it’s not like he has slowed. At least not when he’s going forward.

Therein lies the irony in the SPB air last season. The boobirds gave it to Jason Spezza, one of the team’s very best players the last five years, for failing with creative attempts. Not for his lack of effort. But did anybody really get on Kovalev for not trying?

Kovalev wasn’t always a dog, just much of the time when he was gliding toward the Senators zone. If he played in Atlanta, Nashville, Columbus or Florida, fans might not have noticed. In Ottawa, they certainly did.

But then, local columnists were guilty of not calling out Kovalev last season, too. This one was probably caught up in the mystique that surrounded the teammate Nick Foligno referred to as “the most interesting man in the world.” Consider this an apology. It won’t happen again.

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Attention NHL & NHLPA

Fans are beginning to get excited about hockey taking center stage in a few weeks.

Think about that and it should be your major concern right about now.

Get the Kovalchuk deal worked out now or move on, at this point in time fans just want closure.

Regarding the other contracts that may be under review, get those out of the way too.  Make a decision and move on.  We don’t need anything like this hanging over our heads.  Fans want to talk about hockey on the ice, not what is going on with all of this contract talk.

added 8:20am, from Damien Cox of The Spin,

Having teams cook up bizarre, front-loaded contracts that whittle down to $50 a season in the 45th year doesn’t help NHL players in general. It may help teams like Chicago win the Stanley Cup, but the vast majority of NHL clubs don’t benefit from these kind of deals that most GMs see as a form of cheating.

Everybody knows how much money is on the table for the players. It’s set out in the collective bargaining agreement. It’s just a question of how its divvied up. The more Ilya Kovalchuk gets, the less somebody else gets, or at least the bigger the escrow cut that comes the way of the average NHL player.

So if the NHL and the NHL Players Association are really using the 48-hour extension in the Kovalchuk decision to hammer out some kind of mid-CBA agreement on how to handle these deals, it’s probably a good thing for everybody. Well, everybody except maybe Kovalchuk. And a few others.

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This Could Get Messy

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHL has given the NHLPA an ultimatum regarding the contested front-loaded contract of not only the Devils’ Ilya Kovalchuk, but Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo and Chicago’s Marian Hossa, as well, The Post has learned.

A well placed source reports that the league has informed the Players’ Assn. that the league will grandfather the recently submitted Kovalchuk 15-year, $100M contract, Luongo’s 12-year, $64M deal that is entering its second season and Hossa’s 12-year, $63.3M deal that also is entering its second season into the CBA under the following conditions:

1. That the cap hit on future multi-year contracts will not count any seasons that end with the player over 40 years of age. The cap hit would be calculated on the average of the salary up through age 40 only.

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Coyotes Mystery Buyer Uncovered

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The Phoenix Coyotes have another interested buyer, sources told ESPN.com.

Matthew Hulsizer, CEO of PEAK6 Investments is in the final stages of negotiating a new arena lease agreement with the City of Glendale after which Hulsizer is expected to make an offer to purchase the Coyotes from the NHL, multiple sources have confirmed to ESPN.com.

The emergence of the Chicago-based financier and former collegiate hockey player comes at a time when negotiations between Ice Edge Holdings, a group of Canadian and American investors who have been pursuing the team for more than a year, and Glendale officials have stalled.

Although Hulsizer could not be reached for comment, sources familiar with the businessman and situation in Phoenix believe he may be the answer to the NHL’s search for a viable owner.

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Wait, And Wait Some More

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

The Ilya Kovalchuk contract situation expected to reach a conclusion by 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday will instead continue until 5 p.m. ET Friday. The NHL and NHLPA mutually agreed to extend the deadline to accept or reject the latest contract Kovalchuk signed with the New Jersey Devils.

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added 4:29pm,

TORONTO - NEW YORK (Sept. 1, 2010) - The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association today mutually agreed to extend the deadline by which the League must reach a decision on the contract between the New Jersey Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk until 5:00 p.m. ET Friday, Sept. 3.

added 4:46pm,

Newark, NJ – New Jersey Devils President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello today issued the following statement:

“We have today been advised that the NHL and the NHLPA have agreed to extend until Friday the decision on whether to approve or reject the latest contract between Ilya Kovalchuk and the New Jersey Devils.

“We remain confident that the terms of this contract comply, in every respect, with the CBA and meet both the NHL’s concerns and the principles of Arbitrator Bloch’s decision.  We remain optimistic that this extension will result in an approval of the contract and that Ilya Kovalchuk will remain a valuable member of the Devils for the balance of his career.

“We will have no further comment until the decision is rendered.”

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Report- Niemi Signing With Sharks

from Nick Kypreos tweet,

West coast source has confirmed Antti Niemi will sign with the Sharks as early as tomorrow. I hear 2M base, possibly for just the 1 year.

added 3:52pm, via Craig Custance tweet,

Got confirmation from a league source that Antti Niemi is headed to San Jose. Will accept 1-year, $2 million offer.

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Greg Jamison No Longer CEO/President Of Sharks

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

The voice and face of Sharks’ ownership is about to change.

At a morning staff meeting, Greg Jamison told those gathered at HP Pavilion that he is stepping down as the CEO and president of Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment while remaining part of the ownership group.

No successor was immediately named.

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added 2:05pm, Sharks press release is below…

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