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Ryder May Be The Odd Man Out In Boston

from Douglas Flynn of NESN,

Michael Ryder, come on down— you’re the next contestant on The Price Is Wrong.
While the Bruins still await the decision from Blake Wheeler’s Tuesday arbitration hearing—which will determine the full extent of their salary cap issues—it is clear that general manager Peter Chiarelli will have to find a way to move out some salary at some point….

So what will become of Ryder? Wheeler’s arbitration decision will open a new window for a buyout, though Chiarelli repeatedly has denied any interest in going that route this summer.

“I know everyone is talking about buying out Ryder,” Chiarelli said back in June. “He had a frustrating year. The year before, what did he score the year before? So I’m not going to buy out him, and nobody else. We need wingers, and we need wingers that can score, and historically, he has done that.”

Chiarelli might reconsider the option now that he’s so tight against the cap, but a buyout would be problematic for several reasons.


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Looks Like Ian White Headed To Arbitration

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

An arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday, and all signs point to the proceedings actually going ahead as planned.

Assistant general manager Jay Feaster and senior vice-president Michael Holditch are already bound for Toronto. General manager Darryl Sutter is expected to join them on Thursday.

White is coming off a solid season in which he made $950,000 US. In 27 appearances with Calgary — after a Jan. 31 trade from Toronto — White collected 12 points, averaged 20:42 of ice time, and went plus-seven.


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Hated Teams

from Sports Illustrated,

Of all the passions that teams ordinarily inspire, widespread hatred is a pretty notable achievement. Hearty contempt for rivals is a natural part of the sports landscape, but every so often a team unleashes a massive dose of loathing that consumes everyone but its own fans. Here is SI.com’s list of the most hated individual teams in sports.

2001-02 Toronto Maple Leafs

There was something “special” about this team, just like there is something “special” about a coming tax audit. You live to tell about it, but it won’t be pleasant. These Maple Leafs were more of a vocal than a vicious team, like the neighbor’s noxious terrier that doesn’t bite. (Often.) Indeed, one reason the Leafs were reviled—beyond coach Pat Quinn’s constant haranguing of the refs, a diver like Darcy Tucker, a stick man like Shayne Corson and an unabashed brawler like Tie Domi—was that they were viewed as something of a pet….

read on for the only other NHL team to make the list plus more on the Leafs…

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Still Available

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

The No. 1 question I’ve been getting this week is “Who are the free agents still available that are worth watching?” So much so that I put together a list yesterday to keep track.

As of late July, here are 70 free agents, both unrestricted and restricted, of note. Two of the UFAs here, Denis Grebeshkov and Brian Pothier, have signed deals overseas and may be among the first to be crossed off. (Pothier’s has an out clause, however, so he can still land in the NHL.)

read on for the list…

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Take That

Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take has a subtle way of addressing the Max Talbot situation with Alex Ovechkin.

He points to this video..

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, max+talbot

Rangers Get An Offensive Boost

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers upgraded their offensive capabilities yesterday by signing left wing Alexander Frolov to a one-year, $3 million deal that is not only cap-friendly but should serve as motivation for a player looking to build leverage in the market.

There is nothing negative about the signing of the 28-year-old winger whose personally disappointing 51-point season (19-32) in Los Angeles would have made him the Rangers’ third-leading scorer and whose contract leaves general manager Glen Sather enough cap space with which to maneuver.

The Blueshirts currently have approximately $6.7 million of space under the summer cap with which to sign restricted free agent Marc Staal and perhaps another defenseman.


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Why Is It So Slow?

from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,

The real reasons for the slow market this summer are two-fold; lack of depth of quality talent and too many teams with little available cap space.

Heading into this summer’s UFA market many observers agreed it wasn’t as deep in talent as in previous years.

Kovalchuk was the only superstar available; after him the depth of talent noticeably dropped with most of those available being aging stars passed their prime.

The notables included Paul Kariya (35), Marty Turco (34), Evgeni Nabokov (34), Sergei Gonchar (36), Pavol Demitra (35), Jose Theodore (33), Ray Whitney (38), Mike Modano (40), Saku Koivu (35), John Madden (37), Owen Nolan (38) and Bill Guerin (39).

This list of names would’ve been impressive, say, five or seven years ago, when all of these players were still in the playing primes.

Of those available who are in their primes – Afinogenov, Lee Stempniak, Denis Grebeshkov – most of them would’ve been considered second-tier in a much deeper market.


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Stralman Reaches Contract Agreement With Columbus Before Arbitration

via Aaron Portzline tweet,

#CBJ and D Anton Stralman reach terms on a one-year, $1.95 million contract, avoid arbitration.

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Kings Go To The Backup Plan

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

And so Plan C — as in “consolation” — came to pass Tuesday when the Kings signed left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky for one year at $3 million plus a $200,000 signing bonus.

This is a lateral step and not a leap forward, an emergence from limbo to grab the best second-tier player available and compensate for losing the frustrating but undeniably talented Frolov and his two 30-goal seasons….

He’s not awful. You don’t score 20 goals in the NHL by being incompetent. Inconsistent? Yes. He scored six goals in 15 games in January and only two in his final 21 games.

Soft? So his reputation says despite his 6-foot-4, 220-pound build. But Lombardi likes his size enough to have pursued him at the trade deadline — and considered Ponikarovsky the best consolation prize 27 days into a free-agent market that was thin on forwards to begin with.

“So much time and energy went into this Kovalchuk thing that you’re exposed. Because it dragged on for so long and arguably has continued to drag on, we weren’t addressing other needs. It was impossible anyway,” Lombardi said. “And then you get into the problem that we are in a free-agency mode and everything is tied to this guy that you’re clearly telling the marketplace that everybody else is second fiddle.”


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  Tags: alex+ponikarovsky

Fisher Loves Nashville

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Mike Fisher plans on being a Nashville resident some day, but he has no interest in giving up his Ottawa address any time soon.

“I definitely love it here. I don’t see that happening,” the Senators centre said in an exclusive interview with the Sun — when asked about any desire of finishing his career as a Predator — a little more than two weeks after being wed to country singing superstar Carrie Underwood.

“When I’m done hockey, she’ll still be working. I’m sure she can always work. We’ll settle in Nashville. I love it there. I’ve got lots of friends there now, I love the area. I like a lot of things about it. There’s a nice church that we love, that we go to ... that being said, it’s a little ways away. I want to obviously play a few years, a bunch of years here yet.

“She likes it here. I’ve been here for so long, She would never want her to be the reason I leave here, because I like it so much. Obviously, family is going to be important decision. But it’s not like I can’t wait to go there. I really want to stay here and finish my career. That’s what she really wants, too.”


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