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Bettman Has Some Work To Do

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

As Tom Reed of The Dispatch reported this week, a twist of the collective bargaining agreement has shorn 25 percent of league-sponsored subsidies due the Jackets. This is a small-market American franchise that can be a great asset to the league at-large. And league subsides are being cut at a time when they’re needed most.

Not only is this senseless, it impugns the memory of Mr. Mac. He was neither a perjurer nor a swindler. He knew hockey would work here. He knew what he was getting into, but he no doubt was promised help. Isn’t that why the league acceded to a crippling lockout?

Bettman has done many good things, his radio show notwithstanding. His vision of the game as continental, if not worldwide, might have its flaws. But it also holds some promise.

Right now he can’t spot a crook when he meets one, and there are strange and gaping cracks in a system that was only recently revamped. Bettman must swallow some of his hubris and tend to the problems for the sake of long-term prosperity for the league in general, and for the Blue Jackets specifically.

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Lowe Has Had Enough

from TSN,

In a candid interview with Edmonton’s Team 1260, Lowe - who stayed relatively quiet each time Burke went after him over the last 12 months - finally let it all out.

“Where do I begin?,” started Lowe. “He’s a moron, first of all. Secondly, he really believes that any news for the NHL is good news. Thirdly, he loves the limelight and I don’t think anyone in hockey will dispute that. Lastly, he’s in a pathetic hockey market where they can’t get on any page of the newspaper let alone the front page of the sports, so any of this stuff carries on.”

read on

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  Tags: kevin+lowe

Evening Line

Erik Erlendsson at Bolts Report quotes Dan Boyle tonight:

“It got to the point where once it probably a few days ago, when I was threatened, that they just didn’t care and that my [butt] is going to end up on waivers and end up in Atlanta. That’s just not the way you do business. I don’t know if I have too much class or what, because I don’t want to say exactly what was said, but when it gets personal like it did, the line was crossed. When my work ethic is questioned, my off-season work ethic and the way I get ready for games and what I do is questioned, and it gets personal, and I’m threatened, that is absolutely the way not to do business.

“And I feel sad because I can’t say one thing bad, even with all the ups and downs and battles I had with [former coach John Tortorella], at the end of the day there was respect. In this case I was absolutely blindsided by this whole situation. I know what the response is, that things happen quickly, it’s a business, but that’s not the case when Im told one thing and I find out months later that the complete opposite went on behind my back.”

read on for more from Boyle.

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  Tags: dan+boyle

Official: Dan Boyle has Signed with the Sharks

Update 7:41pm ET: As noted in the comments of this post by NHL Jeff, my wording in this title is inaccurate. He hasn’t been ‘signed’, simply traded. (My apologies—it’s been a long week!)

via press release:

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired defensemen Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defensemen Matt Carle and Ty Wishart, a first round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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  Tags: brad+lukowich, dan+boyle

Craig Rivet Traded from the Sharks to the Sabres

From Phil Coffey at NHL.com:

The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran defenseman Craig Rivet from the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

The Sharks sent the 33-year-old veteran and a seventh-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft to the Sabres in exchange for second-round selections in the 2009 and 2010 Drafts.

Rivet will help the Sabres replace Dmitri Kalinin, who signed with the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Update 5:10pm ET: Comment from Sabres GM Darcy Regier, via press release—

“We are very excited to add such a quality veteran player to our roster.  He is a great character player that will provide our club added leadership and experience.”

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Canucks May Take Another RFA Shot

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

If the Canucks strike out in the Sundin sweepstakes, look for Gillis to take another swipe at adding to his roster through a restricted free agent offer sheet.

Best bet? Detroit winger Valterri Filppula. The Red Wings tend not to lose players they want to keep—and Filppula definitely fits that category—but they are running out of cap space. It might take an offer in the $4 million dollar range to force them to pass

more and some UFAs that are still unsigned…

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  Tags: valterri+filppula

Mara Re-signs With Rangers

via Rangers Report,

Also, just received a text message from Paul Mara who said he has re-signed with the Rangers. More on terms in a bit.

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Leafs Set To Sign Swedish Dman

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Toronto Maple Leafs are moving closer to signing Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren, a mainstay of the Tre Konor national team.

“It hasn’t happened yet, but it will happen,” one insider close to the deal told thestar.com today.

Frogen, a 6-1, 200-pound stay-at-home defenceman negotatiated his release from Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League

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Report:  Dan Boyle to the San Jose Sharks

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks are one of three teams in the running for veteran defenseman, Dan Boyle.

Sources tell TSN the Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers are the three teams Boyle is considering, however he has yet to waive his no-trade clause to clear the way for a trade.

The belief is Boyle will consent to trade at some point today and will select the team of his choice, however until he officially waives his no-trade, there is always a chance the Lightning’s efforts to move him may be scuttled.

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Update 10:20am ET (alanah): Link above has entirely changed the content—

Sources tell TSN that Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle has waived his no-trade clause and has agreed to a trade to the San Jose Sharks.

The paper work confirming Boyle has consented is being processed right now and once signed by Boyle, it will clear the way for the Sharks and Lightning to complete the deal.

In return for the 31 year old veteran defenseman,  its believed Tampa will receive a package that will include 23 old defenseman Matt Carle, a 1st round pick, a prospect and a 4th round pick.

Sources say defenseman Brad Lukowich is also part of the deal going to San Jose.

Update 10:51am ET: From Lightning Strikes

“Yes,” Boyle’s agent George Bazos said. “That’s the way we’re going. We went through the whole process and picked a [place] he’s very happy to be. If the Lightning can go ahead and [consummate] a trade, then Dan is very happy with that.”

 

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  Tags: brad+lukowich, dan+boyle

Everyone Is Connected

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

If it’s true that anyone on the planet can be linked to another with only six degrees of separation, what is the breakdown of hockey connections?

One degree of separation?

In hockey’s small world, everyone seems to know everyone else. Coaches mentor other coaches, a fraternity that connects with hundreds of players over the course of a career. Scouts, coaches and former players become general managers and tap into links forged over decades.

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