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Morning Line

For Hawks fans who have waited so long for a great team, losing Sharp on the heels of seeing Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd, Adam Burish and John Madden leave would be crushing - Stanley Cup or no Stanley Cup.

-Tim Sassone of Between The Circles.  More from Tim on the Blackhawks cap issues.

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Blackhawks Will Have Some Great Memories

from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

Leave it to Jonathan Toews to find a silver lining when most observers see a lightning-quick dismantling of the Stanley Cup champions.

“It was something that was kind of inevitable,” Toews said of the recent flurry of trades involving key members of the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup run. “We knew it was going to happen but we’ve got some great memories that we can look back on.”...

“Again, you try to enjoy it for what it is,” said Toews, who signed autographs and posed for pictures with the Stanley Cup on Monday. “We had a special team, a special group of guys this year and we’ll never forget what we accomplished.”

Toews admits the celebrations have taken on a bit of a muted tone, with the news that several key cogs — including Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Brent Sopel, Ben Eager and Andrew Ladd — will all be playing hockey elsewhere next season.

“It’s tough for you in a selfish way because you want those guys to be there and you want the team to stay the same,” said Toews. “It’s worse for those guys who don’t get to stay in a great city like Chicago. We knew something was going to happen, but we didn’t expect so many guys to be moved so quick.”

read on

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Kings Not Talking

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Tim Leiweke, the Kings’ governor and chief executive of the team’s parent company, AEG, declined to comment Monday. Lombardi did not respond to several requests for an assessment of where the Kings stand and whether his talks with Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman, will continue Tuesday.

Grossman has been silent about his client’s status since last Monday, when he said via Twitter that Kovalchuk’s choices had been “narrowed down.” Much has changed since then, including the Kings’ return to the negotiating table. They twice walked away after deciding they couldn’t fit his salary under the cap, retain their core players and add the players they will need to become a Stanley Cup contender.

Kings captain Dustin Brown said he met Kovalchuk at the rink Monday and was impressed. “I like him. He seemed like a humble and good guy,” Brown said at a launch party for his DLO23 sticks and clothing line.

He added he doesn’t know where the talks stand and is not involved in the process.

Center Jarret Stoll also met Kovalchuk, as did defenseman Matt Greene. “It seemed like he cares about being here and hopefully playing for the Kings,” Stoll said. “He wants to win, and that’s the most important thing for anybody to say and to think.”


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All The Devils Can Do Is Wait

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

Regardless of what the Devils might be willing to do, it seems Kovalchuk is trying very hard to sign with the Kings. Lombardi has already turned down two proposals from Grossman.

One of the proposals apparently asked that Kovalchuk be paid a low salary with a high bonus in 2012-13 because that has the potential to be a lost season because of a work stoppage when the current collective-bargaining agreement expires.

Whatever happens with Kovalchuk could have an impact on what the Devils can offer Zach Parise, who enters the final season on his contract.

Lamoriello said there is a chance the team will look to sign Parise to an extension this summer.

“We’ll see,” he said. “We’ll certainly try to get that done as quickly as possible.”

Lamoriello said he has kept Parise’s next contract in mind while dealing with Kovalchuk.


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Sharks Still Looking For A Defenseman

from David Pollak of Working The Corners,

“We appreciate Niklas’s interest in coming to San Jose and we respect this process as it has unfolded,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson said.  “We will continue preparing our team as we head toward the startof the 2010-11 season.”

In other words, the Sharks are still looking to improve the blue line (and maybe other areas as well) and if the right deal is out there, Wilson isn’t afraid to make it happen. Emphasis on it needing to be the right deal as he sees it — like the term and dollars on the Hjalmarsson offer.

“We made an offer based on what we thought was fair dollars and fair compensation based on what the system has defined,” Wilson said.

He wouldn’t, of course, go into what other players moved up a notch on the Sharks’ wish list in their effort to make up for the loss of Rob Blake — it’d be tampering even to mention the Rangers’ Marc Staal, for example, because the qualifying offer he received keeps him Rangers’ property even though he’s an RFA.


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Evening Line

“The teams that are talking (trade) the most are trying to create a market I’m not really sure is there.”

-Blues GM Doug Armstrong via a Hockey News tweet.

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The Dustin Brown Line

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

Kings captain Dustin Brown will be the guest of honor tonight at the House of Blues in Anaheim at the launching of Combat Sports’ new DLo23 line of hockey sticks, which he plans to use next season.

The sticks and a planned apparel line will be manufactured in North America, and the company’s offices are in Ottawa and Kent, Wash. Brown is the company’s lone NHL endorser, according to his agent, Scott Norton.

Norton also provided an explanation for the name DLo23, beyond the obvious inclusion of Brown’s uniform number.


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Frolov May Head To KHL If Not Signed This Week

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

If UFA winger Alexander Frolov doesn’t land with an NHL team this week, don’t be surprised if he ends up going to the KHL, where there’s interest. He’s only 28 years old and is a two-time 30-goal scorer. Sure, he only scored 19 goals last season amid a benching from the Kings, but those 19 goals were scored from a third-line role. If I was an NHL GM needing some offense, I’d be all over this guy.

more hockey notes…

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Chicago Will Match Offer Sheet For Hjalmarsson

via NHL Blackhawks tweet,

Breaking news: Blackhawks WILL match San Jose’s offer sheet for Hjalmarsson.

added 3:54pm, GM Stan Bowman talks about matching the offer sheet.  Watch the video below…

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Sometimes It Takes Time To Make A Deal

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

How many times now have the Los Angeles Kings entered and exited the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes? Twice? Three times? Eleventy-two (as Lucy Van Pelt famously once said to Charlie Brown).

It sure seems like a lot of hemming and hawing and it sure seems to be creating a lot of stress for people; those who figure that 12 days after he officially became eligible for unrestricted free agency, Kovalchuk should do us all a favour, make his decision and let everybody get on with their summers.

Me? I’m not stressed at all (a couple of days on the chuckwagon beat will do wonders for clearing your mind).

On the contrary, I applaud the fact that both player and NHL team are taking their time and trying to get the deal right.

However this plays out, Kovalchuk’s next deal will likely be his last one, a lifetime commitment to his next city and team of employ.


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