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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,
The key to success in the salary-capped NHL is to build through the draft and spend your money wisely, two things Gainey has done extremely well. He has spread his money out evenly, with three players in the $5-million tax bracket (Markov, Roman Hamrlik and Alex Tanguay), two in the $4-million range (Saku Koivu and Kovalev) and one earning $3 million (Andrei Kostitsyn).
By comparison, the New York Rangers have five players earning more than Markov: Wade Redden and Scott Gomez ($8 million each), goaltender Henrik Lundqvist ($7.75 million), Chris Drury ($7.1 million) and Michal Rozsival ($7 million). Those five players will eat up 67 per cent of the Rangers’ cap space.
from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,
Let the record show that constructing a core around young defensemen can take half a decade.
In 2002, Nashville Predators management (general manager David Poile, assistant GM Ray Shero, and director of player personnel Paul Fenton), with input from amateur scouts, recognized a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
The 2003 draft projected to be one of the deepest ever, prompting Nashville to stockpile 13 picks.
“We made a game plan to try and get a core group of defensemen that could go out and play,” said Fenton, the ex-Boston University Terrier who is now Poile’s assistant. “In essence, we really thought we had five defensemen we were sure could play, then we took wild swings at guys who might pan out. That was our philosophy going in - shore up our defense, hopefully, for the next 10 years.”
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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
How could the Rangers have had $15.55M in the cap bank to sign four free-agent defensemen, Redden, Kalinin, Michal Rozsival and Paul Mara, but never get around to making an offer to Brooks Orpik?
If Marc Staal, whose omission from the NHL all-rookie team was a reflection of utmost ignorance, by the way, becomes the stud defenseman over the next two years everyone anticipates, why the need for Redden and Rozsival?
What team spends $4M to sign two third-pair defensemen, anyway?
If 2004 - which was easy, except for the Brian Leetch trade - was a purge, then what exactly is this . . . other than a mystery?
Why are the three dominant personalities of the last two seasons - Jagr, Shanahan, Avery - gone? And don’t try to pretend it’s about money.
Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed left wing Stephane Veilleux to a 2008-09 contract.
And from Michael Russo, more details:
The Wild has avoided a Monday arbitration hearing by re-signing left wing Stephane Veilleux to a one-year, $737,500 contract, which includes a $125,000 signing bonus. This is roughly what Veilleux would have received from an arbitrator.
“You can’t check Mario Lemieux”.
from the New York Islanders,
The New York Islanders have agreed to a four-year contract with center Frans Nielsen worth $2.1 million. The one-way contract will average $525,000 per year. Nielsen became the first Danish-born and raised citizen to play in the NHL during the 2006-07 season.
“We’re excited to have Frans locked up for the next four years,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “We know he is going to come to training camp in great shape and ready to compete for his spot on the team.”
from Snapshots at Mlive,
Two rumours popped up this morning; the first discusses a former Red Wing’s purported return to the NHL, and the other claims that a future Wing will be locked up for the next three seasons.
Sport-Express’s Alexander Shapiro claims that former Wing Danny Markov is coming back to the NHL to play for the LA Kings…
Aftonbladet’s Victor Melander and Tomas Ros say that Red Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson has been offered a three-year contract that would allow him to be sent down to Grand Rapids for the 2008-2009 season…
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added 10:52am, Regarding Ericsson’s contract and to clarify it, the contract would be a one-way contract, but Ericsson can be sent to Grand Rapids next season without clearing waivers. This clarification comes from a trusted reader of KK.
from Rob Simpson at the Bruins website,
As we neared the National Park gate and the village of Marangu, we came across small children and later women, who came up from the village to essenitally beg. A German couple walking ahead of me stopped and gave a boy a dollar for a flower he had picked and was selling. The others simply asked for money, clothes, whatever you could spare.
It was a sudden reality check for us, after six days on a mountain, and should remind everyone of the importance of Right to Play’s mission.
Once over the final few steps, and back at the National Park gathering area, we bid farewell to our porters, tipped them (a bit more generously than they were used to) much to their appreciation, and gave them some of our gear.
Chara gave away practically everything he had taken up on the mountain.
You’d think they’d won the lottery. They applauded enthusiastically when Aloyce read out the tips. He, his assistant, the cook, and the three porters who toted the TV gear all the way to the summit earned extra.
“These people can use everything they can get, and if I had more stuff, I’d give that to them as well,” Zdeno stated.
via the Chicago Tribune,
Winger Martin Havlat traveled from the Czech Republic to attend the convention and said rehabilitation on his surgically repaired right shoulder is going well.
“It has been four months, and I still have two months before camp starts,” said Havlat, who was limited to 35 games last season after twice injuring the shoulder and undergoing surgery for a second time. “I should be 100 percent. We took it slower than the other two surgeries. This time I didn’t have to push it.
“It’s going to be important to stay healthy the whole year. I’m doing everything I can to be that way. I’m doing the rehab the right way, and hopefully everything’s going to be all right next year. I’m pretty confident right now, but I guess we’ll see when the games start.”
from Brendan McCarthy of the Telegram,
In the summer of 2004, Cleary began - at the urging of his new agent, J.P. Barry, and his best friend, Shawn Horcoff, a former Oiler teammate - working out with fitness guru T.R. Goodman in Venice Beach, Calif.
Goodman has been widely credited for extending the career of Chris Chelios, a 46-year-old Red Wings defenceman.
“Physically,” said Chelios, a teammate of Cleary’s in Chicago when the latter was a rookie, “I don’t want to say he wasn’t working, but it just took him a while to learn he had to apply himself conditionally.”
“I would have to go to that summer,” Cleary told The Telegram’s Robin Short when asked to identify the defining moment of his career.
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