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Teams Show Interest In Kaberle

from Michael Traikos of the National Post at the Montreal Gazette,

Ever since Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke sent a note to the National Hockey League’s 29 other teams explaining how Tomas Kaberle’s no-trade clause works, interest has reportedly grown for the puck-moving defenceman.

But while the Leafs are free to move Kaberle at the upcoming NHL entry draft, the 32-year-old’s agent suggested that teams might want to first find out whether his client wants to play for them.

Kaberle, who has repeatedly expressed his desire to remain in Toronto, has one year remaining on his current contract. That means that if he goes to a team that he does not approve of, he might end up being nothing more than a rental player.

“As of the draft, we don’t have a no-trade (clause),” agent Rick Curran said. “But it’s almost effectively a no-trade, because unless Tomas wants to go there most general managers that I’m familiar with are not giving up asset value for a one-year player who may not even want to come to my team. Especially with what Brian wants in return.’’

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Pronger On An Off Day

Chris Pronger answers numerous questions from the media today.

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Your New Head Coach In Columbus

from ColumbusBlueJackets.com,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have named Scott Arniel as the new head coach of the National Hockey League franchise, club General Manager Scott Howson announced June 8. Arniel (pronounced ahr-NEEL) agreed to a three-year contract through the 2012-13 season and was introduced at a press conference today at Nationwide Arena.

“Scott Arniel possesses all the qualities we were looking for in a head coach and we are very pleased to have him join the Blue Jackets organization,” said Howson. “He played in the NHL for many years, was an assistant coach in the league and has been successful in developing young players. Scott has been one of the top coaches in the American Hockey League the past four years, averaging 45 wins and 99 points a season playing an attacking, up-tempo game.”

“I am excited to have Scott Arniel join Scott Howson to lead our team together as the Blue Jackets begin a new era in our 10th NHL season in 2010-11,” said club president Mike Priest. “I think in these men we have two individuals whose abilities and compatibilities will compliment each other very well as we continue to build a team that will compete at a very high level year in and year out.”

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Leighton Likely To Get The Start

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Flyers coach Peter Laviolette did not announce outright his starting goalie, but hinted strongly at going back to Michael Leighton.

“Our goaltender has the best numbers in the playoffs, I don’t think I have to announce it,” Laviolette told reporters during media availability Tuesday afternoon after practice.

Leighton twice has been pulled in the Cup finals, including Game 5 in Chicago.

I think going with Leighton is the right call, but any sign of his game being off, he will be replaced.

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Watching The Finns Late At Night

from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,

“You have to be a superstar in the NHL to be a superstar in Finland, because the NHL still seems so far away. Even if people complain about the level of hockey at the Worlds or the Finnish league, the majority of people still follow mostly those. However, for anyone following the NHL, there’s never been a better time,” said Aki Mäki-Kuhna, a Helsinki-based fan.

Niemi and Leino have never represented Finland in a major tournament, and while Leino was a bona fide star in the Finnish SM-Liiga just two years ago, he wasn’t the kind of household name that makes people get up in the middle of the night to watch a hockey game—regardless of how good the matchup is.

All Cup Final games start at 3 a.m. in Finland, probably the worst possible time for the working man. But of course, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

“I do time-shifting, so I record the game, and get up at, say, 4:30, then watch the first two periods, fast forwarding past the commercial breaks and the intermissions, and then watch the last period live,” Mäki-Kuhna said.

There is another option. The games are broadcast the next day as well.

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See The Apparel Before You Buy

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

In our digital age, the designs for Stanley Cup championship merchandise have been leakier than an old faucet. Please recall last year when Shop NHL accidently gave away the shirt and hat designs for the Detroit Red Wings and Pittsburgh Penguins after fans simply increased the last digit on site URLs by one to discover the “hidden” gear. (A flaw the NHL corrected after that leak.)

Two years ago, Shop.com goofed by releasing Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup champions gear before the Wings actually won the championship.  That same site is the source for the collection of small images of Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers designs you see, including the official 2010 Stanley Cup champions hats that some collect annually.

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Theodore Likely To Hit UFA Market

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

The agent for goaltender Jose Theodore, who just completed his second season in Washington, said there have been no discussions regarding an extension for the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent to be.

“They haven’t communicated with me at all,” Don Meehan said this morning from his Toronto area office.

Meehan didn’t want to speculate about the Caps’ plans. But we know this: if there hasn’t been a single discussion of an extension by now, most likely there’s not going to be one.

“Jose can’t control anything as far as his association with Washington,” Meehan added. “It’s a matter of going to free agency on July 1 if Washington chooses not to establish a relationship with him. He’s a veteran, he’s been around a long time, he’s positive.”

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Thoughts From Friedman

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• If Columbus is going to deal that fourth pick, it’s got to address the number one thing missing from the roster - a centre to play with Nash. I’m just spitballing here (Howson makes it tough because he’s so tight-lipped), but I wonder what the Blue Jackets think of Jason Spezza. This is a perfect place for Spezza, tired of being the Ottawa fans’ whipping boy. In theory, the framework makes sense for both teams. But, would McConnell rather eat nails than commit to $35 million US over the next five years?

• If I was a Canadian team’s GM, I’d take a long look at Adam Burish. He’s a UFA making $712,500, so he won’t be ridiculously expensive. One day during the Cup Final, he must have done a 30-minute scrum. I asked him if he saw that as important, and he said yes. “I know (Jonathan) Toews doesn’t really like doing it, so if I can go an extra 10 minutes to lighten his load, it helps.” It’s tougher on a daily basis in Canada, but this country’s teams need players like that.

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Bolts Add Verbeek To Scouting Staff

TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning added NHL veteran and Stanley Cup Champion Pat Verbeek to its professional scouting staff, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced this morning. Verbeek joins the Lightning from the Detroit Red Wings where he had spent the previous four seasons as a professional scout.

“Pat brings a wealth of hockey knowledge and experience as a player and a scout to our staff,” Yzerman said. “His ability to identify and evaluate talent will be a great resource as we move forward and we are pleased he elected to continue his career with the Lightning.”

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The Babcock/Bowman Relationship

from Cory Wolfe of the Leader-Post,

“I know about his family and he knows about my family,” said Babcock, the Saskatoon-raised head coach of the Detroit Red Wings. “You build a relationship over time.”

Their relationship fused into a lifelong friendship two years ago when Bowman’s son Stan faced a second battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Babcock—a longtime supporter of cancer charities—connected the Bowmans with Dr. Lennie Sender, one of the world’s foremost oncologists. Babcock met Sender while coaching the Anaheim Ducks….

And like the Hawks’ fortunes, the friendship between the elder Bowman and Babcock continues to flourish. How tight is their bond? Well, consider that Scotty Bowman cancelled plans to attend next month’s British Open so that he could come to Saskatoon to help Babcock raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan….

Bowman said he’s thrilled to help.

“When you get fortunate—and we’ve had some good bounces on the health side of late—this is at least some way that I can give back,” he said.

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