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No Buy-Out Plan For The Wings

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

I think all our contracts are pretty good,” general manager Ken Holland said Monday. “Put our players on the open market, they’d get what they make—or in some cases get more than what they make.”

Beginning today, NHL teams can buy out the contracts of players they no longer want. Players over 26 are bought out at two-thirds of the remaining amount, while younger ones get one-third. In both scenarios teams get double the time remaining to absorb the hit to the salary cap, meaning if a player has two years left, they can spread the dollar amount out over four years.

The Wings haven’t used buyouts since 2005, when the newly instituted salary cap forced teams to drastically whittle payrolls.

more on the Wings…

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Will Phaneuf Be Able To Change?

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

While Phaneuf repeatedly said during his coronation he won’t change anything now that he’s captain, Wilson has already cautioned Phaneuf that he may have to tone down his vocal presence.

“A woodpecker gets annoying after a while,” said Wilson. “We hear (Phaneuf) all the way down in the coaches’ office. Over 82 games, that can wear people down.”

The 25-year-old defenceman is blunt to a fault. The way some explain it, just like it was always Manny just being Manny, sometimes Dion is just Dion. He’s shocked to find things he says rub others the wrong way.

Before, Phaneuf could shrug and be the rebel. Now, he has to care. He’s the captain, and for all the players, some of whom won’t necessarily want to follow his every lead or make anything close to his $7 million salary next season.


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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

The Best Of The Stanley Cup Final

All the goals, hits and saves from the matchup between Chicago and Philadelphia.

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Respect Is The Key Word

from Bob Verdi of Blackhawks.com,

The Blackhawks couldn’t wait to win the Stanley Cup for themselves or their fans. The 35-pound silver jug is coming to an establishment near you, because that is the creed of hockey players. They have this inherent quality about them, an earthy and genuine side. They stand for more than the National Anthem, and that’s what separates them from the pack.

Fans have lost faith in so many of their sports heroes. The pedestal exists no more. You still like the games, but not so often the athletes who play them. Hockey people are different, though, always have been. And when they win a Stanley Cup and want you to share it, that’s why you can’t move on a Friday in June in downtown Chicago. You just show up to return the commitment you’ve been shown, by the men and women who work for the Blackhawks and the boys of winter who made it happen, a home parade televised locally.

It was quite a story, and not just a hockey story. It was about mutual admiration, another direct descendant of respect


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How Would You Rate The Recently Completed NHL Season?

from Stu Hackel of Slap Shot at the NY Times,

Every Sunday on TSN, the host Dave Hodge convenes a panel of sports reporters to review the week on “The Reporters,” and unlike ESPN’s Sunday morning “Sports Reporters” show, the TSN program regularly discusses hockey. After the half-hour program, Hodge leads his panel in an extra segment that is seen on TSN’s Web site, and this week’s “Reporters via Podcast” episode expanded on a point Hodge made during the telecast’s discussion of the just-concluded final (video), as he asked the question, “Was this the best season for hockey ever?” (video)

In the show and on the podcast, Hodge submitted the 2010 Stanley Cup playoffs, alongside the tournament during the Vancouver Games and the world junior tournament as evidence supporting the greatness of 2009-10.

Damien Cox of The Toronto Star agreed, saying the season had “a bit of everything,” including the Coyotes’ remarkable turnaround, the head shot debate and a down-to-the-wire race for top scorer and top goal scorer.

read on

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The UFA Headliner

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

It’s the NHL’s crazy season.

Check my blog out every day during this period. I will try to find out what’s going on, who’s going where and why it happened.

We start today with the big dog, Ilya Kovalchuk. He is easily the headliner for an unrestricted free-agent class that isn’t quite as deep in high-end talent as in recent years. All those restricted free agents signing long-term deals since the lockout are beginning to have an impact on the UFA list.

On the surface, Kovalchuk didn’t help himself too much when his new team, the second-seeded New Jersey Devils, was knocked out in the first round of the playoffs (although he didn’t play badly, putting up two goals and four assists in five games).

Personally, I don’t think the short postseason will have any impact on his market value. You know what you’re getting in the 27-year-old Russian: a goal machine just entering his prime. He already has 338 goals in 621 career regular-season NHL games.

read on and some Gonchar talk too…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Afternoon Line

Get ready, Stan (Bowman). Soon the lawyers and NHLPA reps will be advocating that Eager, Fraser, Henry, Ladd and Niemi (or at least whichever of them goes to salary arbitration) won the Cup all by themselves. That’s one of the least enjoyable experiences for a GM and the beginning of the end for the “team concept.”

-Jay Feaster at The Hockey News.  More on this topic from Jay.

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Captain Toronto

from Mike Ulmer at MapleLeafs.com,

There are about six billion people on planet earth right now.

There is one captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

His name is Dion Phaneuf and he was unveiled to the media today at the new Real Sports Bar and Grill at Maple Leafs Square.

Six billion people. There were roughly that many on planet earth last year, and the year before.

There was no captain in Toronto.

One in six billion. Sounds about right.

The captains of the Toronto Maple Leafs have been men-about-town and abstainers, fancy talkers and quiet farm boys.


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Video Of The Stanley Cup At Wrigley Field

The Cup takes a tour of the outfield at Wrigley Field.

More videos at Wrigley can be viewed at ChicagoBlackhawks.com.

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No Cup In Canada

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

For the 15th consecutive season the Stanley Cup will reside in the United States.

The Montreal Canadiens were Canada’s last team standing this year, but did anybody - even the most ardent Habs’ fan - really believe they had a shot to win it all? Kind of makes one wonder when we’ll see a Canadian-based championship team again?

It has to happen sometime, doesn’t it?

Here’s a look at the six Canadian teams and their Cup chances down the road.

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks are probably the closest thing Canada has to a bona fide Stanley Cup contender. But because they play in the tough Western Conference, even getting to the final is a tough task.


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