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Morning Line

A rejection of the 15-year, $100 million contract would mean the Kovalchuk saga would continue.

-Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.  More talk on Kovalchuk from Tom.

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Marty Turco On Playing For Chicago

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Delivering A Message

from Steve Politi of the Star-Ledger,

Imagine the NFL making a decision that forces Tom Brady to play in Canada for a season. Imagine Major League Baseball waving goodbye as Mark Teixeira ships off to Japan.

The NHL wanted to send a message when it shot down the Devils’ first contract offer to Ilya Kovalchuk, and it did. But it will send another message entirely if it nullifies the latest one.

It will send a message to fans that, to protect a salary cap that’s been dented and abused more than the Stanley Cup itself, it would rather let one of its best stars play in Russia than in its own arenas.

That, to make a statement about a system that was proven to be flawed long ago, it will let a dynamic scorer in his prime sign a contract with a league halfway across the world.


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Carey Price is, apparently, hitting the picket line

News this evening that Carey Price has told Habs management to pay up or he’s going “on strike.”

A good synopsis is available here, courtesy of the always informative Habsinsideout:

Price to strike?

Not to worry though Habs fans. Halak is a capable goalie, and he can step in and– oh, wait, did we trade him BEFORE we signed Price? You mean, Gauthier gave up all that starting goalie leverage, etc. etc., and now our starting goaltender could, nay, would be, Alex Auld?

Well I for one am excited about the upcoming Alex Auld era, because… I couldn’t even keep that up for 15 seconds.

What wonderful news to usher us into September, with 15 days to training camp.

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  Tags: contract+talks, price

Nikolai Khabibulin Sentenced

He received the minimum sentence and fine.

vai AZ Vibe Sports tweet,

Min sentence = 30 days Min Fine = $507.60 DUI Assesment + $500.00 DPS + Jail Costs. Plus State Certifed Alcohol Screening and counseling.

added 6:17pm via Sarah McLellan tweets,

Talking now with lawyer. They are appealing

No estimate on appeal process but will be at camp

added 8:03pm, via TSN,

“I understand that (Khabibulin) has appealed the conviction and the resulting sentencing has been stayed pending appeal,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly. “I don’t expect having any reaction or response until the conclusion of the appeal process.”

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Afternoon Line

“This will be an interesting camp. I’ve been watching him skate with a number of NHL players. It’s not camp and it’s not game time, but he looks good. He looks real good. Last year he was a ways off, but now I’d say he’s much closer.

“But we’ll see. The Atlanta Thrashers would be thrilled if he could get to this level as quickly as possible.”

-Atlanta Thrashers GM Rick Dudley on Angelo Esposito.  More on Esposito from John Mannsso of NHL.com.

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Kronwall Had Knee Surgery This Morning

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had athroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning. Doctors discovered a lateral meniscus tear.

Kronwall is expected to be idled for two weeks but should be ready to skate at the start of training camp Sept. 18 in Traverse City.


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Ducks, Ryan Will Talk This Week

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Don Meehan, one of Ryan’s Newport Sports Management agents, told the Register in an e-mail that there are plans to meet with Ducks management as the club’s reigning top goal scorer remains unsigned with training camp less than three weeks away.

Previous discussions have been fruitless until now with the Ducks trying to get their 23-year-old sniper signed to a long-term deal and Ryan hesitant to commit to anything more than three years. Ryan, whose 35 goals ranked 10th in the NHL last season, turned down a five-year, $25-million offer at the end of June.

Perhaps the specter of camp looming around the corner is getting some other notable restricted free agents to come to terms with their teams.


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  Tags: bobby+ryan

Pass Or Fail

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The outcome of the New Jersey Devils latest attempt to sign star forward Ilya Kovalchuk has many NHL executives anxiously waiting.

Without knowing the specifics of the contract rival managers are left to consider the speculation that reports Kovalchuk’s latest contract offer to be in the range of 15 years and $100 million.

One NHL general manager doesn’t believe for a second the league will allow this one to pass either, stating Lou Lamoriello, the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk are simply trying to “disguise circumvention,” adding,  “trying to hide the crime, makes this even worse.”


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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Weight Officially Back With The Islanders

via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with team captain Doug Weight.

A veteran of 19 NHL seasons and 1,220 career games, Weight returns for his third year with the Islanders. In 36 games last season, the Detroit, Michigan native scored seventeen points (1 goal and 16 assists).

“Doug has played an important role in helping to develop our young players over the past two seasons and we’re excited to see him continue his historic career on Long Island,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said.

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  Tags: doug+weight

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