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Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke let it be known that the Leafs will not be in on the Dany Heatley sweepstakes, and he pulled no punches along the way.
In a phone interview with Deb Placey and Billy Jaffe on NHL Live! broadcast on the NHL network, Burke stated that the Leafs had no interest in the two-time 50 goal scorer, largely because of the way he has chosen to handle his trade request.
“We’re not going to be in on that,” Burke stated. “He’s a good player but I have certain guidelines on how players ask for trades.”
I was listening to the interview and one thing not mentioned in the above story is Burke was asked about the Phoenix/Hamilton issue. Burke said he cannot discuss right now, the league is handling the issue, but once he gets the OK to talk about it, NHL Live should book him for an hour, because he has a lot to say on that topic.
from John Grigg of The Hockey News,
In a nod to the great post-season that was, we’re listing our 10 best players of the playoffs. As per usual, we like to avoid repetition, so there can only be one player per team, which means 10 of the 16 qualifiers are represented.
10. Zach Parise, LW, New Jersey
The Devils fell to the Hurricanes in seven games, but Parise did all he could to stop it from happening. His modest stat line – three goals and six points, including a power play goal and a game-winning marker – does not do his dynamic play justice. His 19-plus minutes of ice time per game also led New Jersey forwards far and away.
9. Claude Giroux, RW, Philadelphia
He played 42 regular season games for the Flyers this year, but Giroux’s coming-out party came during the playoffs. The shifty speedster led his team in scoring with two goals and five points in six opening-round games versus the Penguins. And despite his youth, Giroux, 21, proved himself to be a more than capable penalty-killer and was counted on in that role throughout the series.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
I couldn’t resist asking Boudreau about watching the rival Pittsburgh Penguins raise Lord Stanley’s mug. Let’s just say he wasn’t cheering for Pittsburgh.
“The rivalry is pretty heated between the two teams, so normally you always want the team that beats you to win the Cup so you can say, ‘Hey, we did great. The only team that beat us was the team that won it all,’” Boudreau told ESPN.com. “But it was really a hard time cheering for them. Now that they’ve won, it’s definitely a motivating factor for me with the team. But I was still hoping for Detroit. I couldn’t bring myself to cheer for Pittsburgh. But since they won, I may as well use it.”
more plus a video of Ovechkin talking about being on the cover of NHL 2K10, the playoffs and the rivalry with the Penguins.
The Wings will tender Hossa a multi-year deal this summer and no doubt he’ll only be too happy to sign. But let’s say, for the sake of argument, the Pens came along with a similar offer: Would anybody bat an eye if Hossa said, ‘Thanks but no thanks, I’ll take my chances in Michigan.’?
-Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News. More on Hossa and other NHL topics…
from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,
The NHL’s salary cap for next season is expected to remain close to last season’s cap limit of $56.7 million, which could seriously handicap the off-season plans of several clubs that have already committed a lot of coin toward next season’s payroll.
Speculation suggests the following teams could attempt to move some high-salaried players to free up that valuable cap space:
-The Philadelphia Flyers are currently sitting just under $50 million for next season and are rumored shopping Daniel Briere, who has a no-movement clause, an injury history, and a cap hit of $6.5 million per season until the end of the 2014-15 season.
-The Chicago Blackhawks have been rumored (mainly coming from rumor blogs so take with a grain of salt) to be unhappy with defenseman Brian Campbell’s performance and would like to move him, his limited no-trade clause and his $7.145 million per season until 2015-16 off their books.
more with analysis on why it may be hard to move these types of players…
from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,
The Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman is eligible for unrestricted free agency come July 1 and will definitely get a big raise from the $712,500 salary he brought in this season. His play in the post-season has earned him mentions for the 2010 U.S. Olympic team and though he is a priority for re-signing in Pittsburgh, the Pens don’t have a lot of room left under the cap for next season and sacrifices will have to be made.
So what’s the best move to make if you’re Scuderi? Stay put, sir. You’re literally playing for the best team in the league and with Pittsburgh’s core, that ranking won’t waver too much in the next few years.
Bolting a Stanley Cup champ for greener (as in the color of money) pastures is certainly a nice reward for a job well done, but it certainly hasn’t helped the on-ice careers of those who have made the leap in the past.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
It’s all in the numbers. The Phoenix Coyotes aren’t moving to Hamilton. Jim Balsillie’s campaign to have the Coyotes relocated to Canada is toast. His Make it Seven campaign now can be called Keep it Six.
So what else did you expect, even though Balsillie’s spokesman suggested “we’re still here” in reply to the ruling on Monday by U.S. Bankruptcy Court chief judge Redfield T. Baum?
“We look forward to hearing from the NHL soon on its view of our relocation application and an appropriate relocation fee, so as to allow the court to determine if that fee is reasonable,” the Balsillie spokesman added. “We still think there is enough time for the NHL to approve Mr. Balsillie’s application and move the team to Hamilton by September. Mr. Balsillie is willing to participate in mediation if the NHL is also willing to do so.”
Hmph! What part of the NHL’s reaction to the bomb Judge Baum tossed doesn’t he understand?
TSN has set-up a list of prominent free agent signings since the end of the 2008-2009 regular season. Included in the list is their All-Free Agent Team.
It is getting close folks, once the NHL establishes the salary cap for next season, look for signings and trade talk to heat up.
Some great pictures from the Las Vegas Sun of Alexander Ovechkin and Ryan Kesler skating at outdoors at Caesars Palace. Both players were there to participate in a NHL 2K10 outdoor motion capture session.
Also some video of AO in action…
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
The captain celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday. He has one year remaining on his contract. Beginning July 1, the Jackets can negotiate an extension. Conventional wisdom dictates Nash will re-up this summer or take dead aim at free agency next year—and if the latter course is taken, he will have to be traded, sooner or later, to salvage some value.
One would like to think that Nash wants to stay put. He has said he likes the direction of the team under general manager Scott Howson and coach Ken Hitchcock. He is involved in an assortment of community and charitable projects. He is a quiet sort who does not necessarily miss the din of larger and more rabid markets. He identifies with Blue Jackets fans, and they with him.
While these things will be taken into account, they pale when compared to the import of the contract itself. The next deal Nash signs will likely be the biggest of his career, not only because it will express his desire about where he wants to play, but because he might never again be in a position to make such a monetary windfall.
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