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Blackhawks Expected To Be Strong For Years To Come

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

General manager Stan Bowman had serious salary cap problems to deal with and the decisions he made weren’t easy or popular with the fans.

“That’s the system we play under,” Bowman said. “Every team has the same type of situation as we do. Change is part of sports. It’s part of the Blackhawks. You have to embrace it and do your best with it.”...

“We’re going to go forward with a great core of players and a group of young assets we’ve added to the mix,” Bowman said. “I expect to be strong for years to come.”

Bowman probably isn’t done adding to the roster. The priority now is to re-sign restricted free agents Niemi and Hjalmarsson, then use what money is left to add another free agent.

The Hawks have about $9.1 million of cap space if you count Cristobal Huet’s $5.6 million hit that will be coming off the books.


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Many Name Players Still Available

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

The start of free agency saw a number of teams open their wallets. But there are still dozens of players looking for a home, either with the team they played for in 2009-10 or one that has a hole it hopes to fill.

Here’s a look at 40 of the top unrestricted free agents still on the market:

continued and still some names that will help teams out…

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One Thing In The Islanders Favor

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Russian players do like it in the New York area, so Snow’s got that going for him. But Kovalchuk is trying hard to prove he’s more than a money-hungry mercenary and badly wants to win. The fact he hasn’t already accepted an offer is an indication of that. The Kings and the Devils remain ahead of the Islanders as favourites because they are in a better position for future success.

Snow has an answer for that, too. According to Hankinson (player agent), when it was mentioned during the (Paul) Martin talks that Pittsburgh looked to be a better team, the Islanders GM replied, “We’re going to win, too.”

He’s certainly trying.


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Afternoon Line

Sorry we aren’t making big news Caps fans in free agency; but we will improve — we will use all of our tools; I am confident in that plan of attack. And haven’t we earned a benefit of the doubt — I guess not with OFB (On Frozen Blog)?. Time will tell who is right or wrong; I shall save this one to discuss at a later time.

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals at Ted’s Take.

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Why Is Bieksa A Trade Target?

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There are three defencemen in Vancouver who make $3 million-plus and have one year left on their contracts before becoming UFA’s. Kevin Bieksa, Christian Ehrhoff and Sami Salo, the only one with a no-trade clause.

So why is Kevin Bieksa the only one anyone talks about when conversation moves to clearing some space on Vancouver’s crowded blue-line?

continued plus Calgary and Souray talk…

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Revealing Team Performance Bonuses

from Matthew Wuest of Capgeek,

The Chicago Blackhawks aren’t the only team operating with a significant reduction of their 2010-11 cap space courtesy of performance bonuses.

Sources tell capgeek.com nine teams will face a cap reduction this coming season because performance bonuses earned pushed them past the upper limit in 2009-10. The Blackhawks lead the way by a long shot at an estimated $4.15 million, but the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs are getting hit hard too.


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Islanders Trying To Make A Big Signing

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

When dealing for the biggest unrestricted ever, it’s folly to think the wannabes aren’t going to join the fun.

The Devils’ waiting game has given the lowly Islanders the chance to at least advance their name brand, if not actually entice Ilya Kovalchuk to join them for an improbable Stanley Cup bid.

Kovalchuk has made a point of wanting to play for a contender, but the Isles’ reported 10-year, $100 million offer might be enough to make the 27-year-old consider the once-proud franchise that has not won a playoff round since 1993. At the very least, it could be leverage to play against his two principal suitors, the Devils and Kings.

The Islanders actually need to make another big signing to reach the collective bargaining agreement’s minimum payroll and are said to have to thrown a monkey wrench into the cozy little standoff between the Devils and Kings, each thought to be bidding $7 million per season.


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Pisani Waiting For A Call

from Derek Van Diest of the Edmonton Sun,

Fernando Pisani finds himself in an unfamiliar position.

The local product is an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his career and is sitting and waiting for his phone to ring.

“I haven’t heard anything from the Oilers at all,” said Pisani. “So I’m just kind of waiting to see what’s going to happen here.”

Much like the Oilers themselves, things have been rough for Pisani these last few years.


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What Was Sather Thinking?

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

It’s a good thing that Glen Sather is already in the Hockey Hall of Fame because, if there was a recount, the selection committee would probably rescind his membership.

When the National Hockey League’s free agency period opened Thursday, Sather -whose record of miscues on Broadway includes rich, long-term deals for Wade Redden and Scott Gomez -defied all logic by signing tough guy Derek Boogaard to a four-year deal with the New York Rangers, worth $6.5 million. Boogaard is regarded in some circles as the toughest player in the NHL, but $1.625 million a year is a lot to pay for a guy who plays six minutes a game and has trouble finding a sparring partner. In the past season, Boogaard had only nine fights in 57 games.


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What’s Happening With Washington?

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

I had a brief chat with GM George McPhee earlier this evening and he told me the Caps have been “in on” a few discussions with free agents the past two days but so far he’s decided against making any offers.

“It’s going as expected for us,” he said. “We got 121 points last year because we’re a pretty good team and we don’t really need a lot. As we expected, the guys that are out there really aren’t better than what we have, and their prices are inflated.”

McPhee didn’t come right out and say it, but it’s looking more and more like the plan is for the Caps to enter next season with inexperienced centers Mathieu Perreault and Marcus Johansson, and converted winger Tomas Fleischmann, battling it out for spots behind first-line pivot Nicklas Backstrom.

“We feel that what we have at centerice in Johansson and Fleischmann and Perreault, they can do the job for us,” McPhee said. “Signing anyone else would really only get in the way, if not this year, then certainly next year.”


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