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Kings Will Reach The Cap Floor

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Have no fear, says Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi, the Kings will make it to the NHL’s salary “floor” of $40.7 million in player payroll before opening night.

However, the financial formula will not include, contrary to rumors in recent weeks, taking high-priced goalie Nikolai Khabibulin off Chicago’s hands, or dealing away budding superstar forward Anze Kopitar.

“Some of the stuff that goes around is just crazy,” said Lombardi. “Like Kopitar. We’re going to trade our best young player to get to the floor? If the people who start that stuff would put just two cents worth of brains into thinking about it first . . .

“But that’s the kind of stuff that gets out there, and then we had to respond to it, just to quell the masses.”

continued with numerous NHL topics discussed too…

I do find it laughable when Lombardi says he has to respond to trade rumors to quell the masses.  The knowledgeable NHL fan knows the vast majority of trade rumors are made up and don’t have any chance of happening.  But it only takes a few people, yes, even those who claim to be have trusted sources, to stir the pot and take advantage of those fans who will believe everything they read.

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Kolzig Goes Home

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Olaf Kolzig may be the only Tampa Bay player submitting multiple ticket requests for the team’s exhibition game at the Eisbaren Berlin on Sept. 28.

“My cousin lives in Berlin and I have a ton of uncles and aunts that live in Hamburg,” Kolzig told NHL.com. “Within an hour drive, I have a handful of relatives.”

The Lightning’s newest goalie was born in South Africa and grew up in Canada, but his passport says Germany and that’s the country he considers to be his homeland. He has represented Germany on the international stage, twice in the Olympics.

continued

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  Tags: olaf+kolzig

Radulov Case May Go To Court

from the IIHF,

The meeting agreed that the unsolved case of Alexander Radulov will go to an applicable court or – if all included parties agree – to arbitration, whose verdict can not be overruled.

The KHL furthermore informed that the league is disputing the signings of the following players by the NHL:

Andrei Loktionov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Lokomotiv Yaroslavl

Vyacheslav Voinov – signed by NHL club Los Angeles from KHL club Traktor Chelyabinsk

Andrei Mayorov – signed by NHL club Columbus from KHL club Ak Bars Kazan

read on including the lifting of five suspensions…

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  Tags: alexander+radulov

Sundin Looks Done

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

As he fought back his emotions at the heartwarming reception, the long-time Leafs captain broke into a big smile.

“Perfect,” he said as he doffed his helmet to the crowd.

Are we to read into his reaction that this was the “perfect” way to say farewell to his days as a Leaf—or, as the case may be, his professional hockey career? Sundin has not said as much, but it sure looked that way.

read on

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Will McLaren Stay In San Jose

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Kyle McLaren got back on the ice this week — skating, checking, shooting — for the first time since leaving Game 5 of the Sharks’ opening round playoff series against Calgary with a groin injury.

The good news is that McLaren says he feels very comfortable on the ice, that a summer divided between rest and working out had the desired effect of getting him back into shape for the coming season.

The big question, however, is whether his NHL future is with the Sharks or elsewhere.

continued

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  Tags: kyle+mclaren

RDS Streaming All Montreal Regular Season Games

via Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,

RDS will offer streaming – and, on the nights Michel Bergeron is working, screaming – versions of all 82 regular-season Canadiens telecasts.

It will cost $2.99 per game or $20 a month or a still-to-be-announced price for the full season.

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Just How Long Has Chelios Been Around

from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,

Just as numbers alone could never sum up his on-ice contributions, to truly appreciate the span of Chelios’ career it must be set against the backdrop of a sporting and cultural timeline.

Consider the following:

• Chelios played his first season of Jr. A hockey (then known as Tier-II) with the Saskatchewan League’s Moose Jaw Canucks in 1979-80 at age 17. Jimmy Carter was the president of the United States, not a punch line on The Simpsons and The Beatles could have still held a reunion tour with Ringo, Paul, George and John.

read on

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  Tags: chris+chelios

White Growing On Goalies

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

(Tim) Thomas, Manny Fernandez, and Tuukka Rask are now all wearing white pads.

This summer, Thomas participated in a goalie group (Alex Auld was also there) in Toronto that discussed various issues. Later in the summer, Buffalo’s Ryan Miller, New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, and the Islanders’ Rick DiPietro were the representatives in the NHLPA’s goalie working group that collaborated with the NHL.

The issue of white pads was discussed, and according to Thomas, the notion was floated to ban them altogether if they provide netminders an advantage.

“That didn’t go over too well,” Thomas said.

more

Roberto Luongo has also made the switch to white.

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  Tags: tim+thomas

Top Goalies In The West

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

Each conference has their share of supremely talented goalies, but some consistently separate themselves from the rest. What follows is NHL.com’s list of the top five goalies from the Western Conference entering this season.

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks—When you talk about consistent goalies, Giguere belongs near the top of the list. He has won at least 30 games in each of the past three seasons while never playing in more than 60. His GAA and save percentage have also gone down every season since the lockout.

read on

added 11:28am, also from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

They are, at least for argument’s sake, the top five goalies in the Eastern Conference. Here’s who we’re talking about, followed by the why:

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils—He is the unquestioned king of all goalies in the NHL now and he’ll likely have a record-breaking season.

read on

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Leafs Plan To Pass The Leadership Torch

from Steve Buffery of the London Free Press,

But, Toronto being Toronto, (Ron) Wilson repeatedly was asked about Sundin yesterday.

While he was gracious enough to give some thoughtful answers—through clinched teeth—his message was definitely mixed.

On one hand, Wilson said he respects Sundin for not rushing back if he is unsure whether or not he wants to play—adding that he would welcome the longtime Leafs captain back with open arms.

Then he said this,

“If the leadership was a burden for some of the people that aren’t here anymore, then we’ll try to spread that out and shoulder the responsibility with a lot of our younger people,” Wilson said. “Inevitably, people step up and assume the leadership on a team when they see the opportunity is there.

“We’ve got to go in a different direction. We’ve got to get younger and we have to pass the torch to other people in that room.”

more on the Leafs…

added 11:02am, from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN Mats Sundin and his representatives JP Barry and Claes Elefalk met with Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher Friday morning. Joe Nieuwendyk, recently hired as Fletcher’s assistant was also involved in the discussions.

Sources say Fletcher outlined his plan for the team this season and assured Sundin that Toronto will keep the door open for the 37-year-old captain in the event he decides to resume his career.

continued

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  Tags: ron+wilson

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