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Imagine Niemi In San Jose

from Gary Peterson at the Mercury News,

But, and here we arrive at Niemi’s unique appeal where the Sharks are concerned, how delicious would it be to wind up with the goalie from the team that swept you in last season’s conference finals? Before you dismiss it as no factor, remember that Wilson, like most GMs in the NHL, isn’t known for pursuing restricted free agents, but he still signed Chicago’s Hjalmarsson to an offer sheet.

The Sharks and Chicago were the class of the West last season. The Blackhawks were the hottest when the two teams met in the playoffs. Now the salary cap has turned them into what could be a one-hit wonder. This could signal some high times for the Sharks, if they can get their goalie situation in order. If they can do that and strike a psychological blow against the reigning Stanley Cup champions? Reasonably priceless.


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Why Was Tim Kennedy Waived?

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Darcy Regier never came across as an unseemly character, so you wanted to take him at his word Tuesday when he insisted there were no ulterior motives for waiving Tim Kennedy four days after the South Buffalo native was awarded a one-year contract worth $1 million in arbitration.

Regier said he held no resentment toward Kennedy after he had the audacity to challenge the Sabres over money. The general manager made it clear that he was not intending to send a message to other players in the future. The decision to buy out the hometown winger was just, well, you know, business.


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Bargain Days Ahead

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

With just over a month to go before the start of training camp, 50-plus unrestricted free agent veterans are looking for employment.

“I think everyone is tying up their key players, and the squeeze has been on the bottom six forwards and bottom two defensemen,” Burke said. “There have been bargains already, and there will be more bargains.”


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Kovalchuk Arbitration Hearing Begins Today

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

If, as expected, arbitrator Richard Bloch rules in favor of Kovalchuk, perhaps as late as Monday, his contract will be immediately validated. But then the Devils will have to find a way to shed some $5-6 million in salary-cap liability by season’s start to get under the $59.4 million lid and still have wiggle room for injuries.

Vital players would have to go, perhaps among Bryce Salvador, Colin White and Dainius Zubrus, either by trade or waiver/demotion.

Most important, such a verdict would validate heavily front-loaded contracts that the NHL claim circumvent the CBA, and become a major NHL demand for the next pact.

Should Bloch back the NHL and find that the contract is indeed an end-run around the CBA, Kovalchuk would again become an unrestricted free agent, and teams like the Kings and Rangers, as well as the Devils, would again be able to bid for his services in a more straight-forward salary arrangement.

Although it appears unlikely, the NHL then also would have the option of initiating its own punitive action against Kovalchuk and the Devils. A circumvention ruling off a league-filed action could cost the Devils $1.5 million in fines, with a similar amount deducted from their cap limit. Kovalchuk himself could be liable to a fine of $250,000-$1 million.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Detroit Wanted Modano

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

They believed enough in Modano to fly him in and sell him on the franchise. Imagine, selling someone on what is arguably the best managed and most successful franchise in the NHL for the better part of the last two decades.

Detroit has won 15 division championships – and four Stanley Cups – in the last 20 seasons. The Red Wings typically are top five in scoring and in power-play success. They have produced numerous All-Stars and trophy winners.

And they seriously believe Modano will make them better.

That is intoxicating to a guy who was just told that he should look elsewhere.


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Morning Line

“I’m always going to be a New York Islander. I’m always going to be a supporter of Charles and the franchise. My relationship with the team and the fans there is second only to family. The opportunity to be part of it again these last four years was really special for me. All I have are positive feelings and a lot of appreciation for the people I had the opportunity to work with…”

-Bryan Trottier who was recently relieved of his duties as player development coach for the Islanders.  More from Chris Botta of NYI Point Blank.

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Datsyuk Has No Plans To Play In The KHL

via RussiaToday,

Detroit Red Wings forward Pavel Datsyuk says he is not planning to return the KHL like some other Russian veteran hockey players did this summer.

“Do you think it’s time for me to quit? I turned 32 just recently, and I plan to play for five or seven more years,” Datsyuk wondered in an interview with Sportbox.ru.

The two-time Stanley Cup winner believes that the NHL is the better place for a longstanding career.

“On average, the NHL players finish their careers three or four years later than in Russia. And the reason is – I do not want to offend anybody – is that there is more one professionalism [in the NHL]. I have long realized that if you want to achieve something, you must sacrifice something,” he said.

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The Little Things Add Up

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Alex Ovechkin is a hockey icon because of his offensive skills—after all, the basic premise of hockey is that you have to put the puck in the net more than the other guy, and Ovi has been the best in the NHL over the past few years at doing just that.

But there’s more to winning hockey games than just scoring goals, and not even the Great Eight can do everything. Doing the little things and the dirty work plays a big role in winning games as well.

Here’s a look at some of the NHL’s best players in a few of the least-appreciated categories:

Takeaways: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit

Even if Datsyuk weren’t a tremendously skilled offensive player (he is), he’d be a star for his defensive abilities alone. One of the abilities that helped him win the Selke Trophy as the NHL’s top defensive forward in each of the last three seasons is his unparalleled skill as a puck thief.


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Bruins Sign Tyler Seguin

BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Tyler Seguin to an entry-level contract. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

Seguin, the second overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, spent the past two seasons playing with the Plymouth Whalers in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 2009-2010, the 6’1”, 172-pound forward led the OHL in scoring with 106 points, sharing the title with fellow top prospect Taylor Hall. Seguin notched 48 goals and 58 assists in 63 games while compiling 54 penalty minutes.

The 18-year-old Brampton, Ontario native played in nine playoff games for Plymouth in 2010, scoring five goals and tallying five assists for 10 points.

He played in 124 regular season games during his two years with Plymouth, recording 69-104=175 totals. Seguin then added 10-16=26 totals in 20 postseason contests.

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Pronger Expected Back For Training Camp After Knee Surgery

from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly,

If Flyers fans are unsettled about the goaltending situation heading into next season, then surely this is not going to make them feel any better.

Chris Pronger underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery last week.

“He had some particles floating around in there that were taken out,” general manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com on Tuesday. “It wasn’t an issue. He’s back in Canada right now visiting and will be back here next Monday.”


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  Tags: chris+pronger

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