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All Bill Daly

from Steve Lepore of Puck the Media,

Stephen Lepore: The last time the NHL got a big payday from TV networks was in 1994 and 1999.  Do you, as a league, feel the NHL is a better television attraction than in those two years.

Bill Daly: Certainly.  I think we’re valuable content, and hopefully we’re in a position to demonstrate that to people.  We’re hopeful.

SL: The ratings have been very good for the playoffs and the Stanley Cup Final.  When can you start negotiating new deals with NBC and VERSUS, and is there a period of exclusivity for them [to negotiate with]?

BD: There are periods of time in which we will explore new deals.  I’m not going to get specific with respect to when they are, but what I will say is we’re very pleased with our partners at both of those companies.  They’ve done a good job for us and hopefully we’ve done a good job for them, hopefully.  We have no desire to go anywhere else.

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Sabres Place Tim Kennedy On Waivers

via TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres have placed forward Tim Kennedy on waivers. If he clears, it’s expected that the team will buy out the remainder of his contract.

Kennedy, 24, scored 10 goals and 16 assists in 78 games last season for the Sabres. He re-signed with Buffalo as a restricted free agent on July 29, and is due to earn $1 million next season.

According the capgeek.com, a buyout would cost the Sabres $333,333 over two years, with a reduced cap hit of $166,667 this season instead of $1 million.

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Destinations For Niemi

from Dave Lozo of NHL.com,

A 26-year-old goaltender with a Stanley Cup ring has to find work somewhere, right? Most teams seem pretty set in their goaltending situations as of today, but there are a few places where Niemi could make a good fit.

Washington Capitals
Goaltenders signed
: Semyon Varlamov, Michal Neuvirth
The Capitals are on the record as saying they are content to go with their young goaltenders this season. But that was before Niemi became available.

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Turco Signs With Chicago

via Chris Kuc tweet,

Blackhawks confirm they are walking away from Antti’s Niemi’s arbitration award and have signed Marty Turco to a one-year contract.

added 10:54am, Remember Turco’s agent saying last week that Turco would be a starter with a contender?

added 12:02pm, from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

Unfortunately for Niemi, the Hawks had to play hardball with somebody over money and he just happened to the in the wrong place at the wrong time as the last guy in line.

It hurt Niemi and the Hawks badly when San Jose signed Niklas Hjalmarsson to that four-year, $14 million offer sheet. While the Hawks matched, it cost them probably $1 million or more than they expected to pay Hjalmarsson. That was the money needed to keep Niemi.


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Morning Line

...the Cup is in the hands of the Hawks as it makes its way around the world. That’s the important thing.

And when it finally comes to rest, they will be a big part of any title discussion for next season.

With or without Niemi.

-Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Sun-Times where you can read more on the Blackhawks and Niemi.

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Erik Johnson Agrees To Contract With The Blues

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues defenseman Erik Johnson has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the club, a source has told the Post-Dispatch.

Financial terms of the deal weren’t immediately available.

An announcement on Johnson’s extension could be made by the club later today.

Johnson, 22, had been a restricted free agent who was not allowed to receive offer sheets because he missed the entire 2008-09 season with a knee injury.


added 11:39am,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed defenseman Erik Johnson to a two-year contract.

  “We’re excited that we have reached a deal with Erik and now we can put our focus on the upcoming season,” said Armstrong.  “Erik is a key contributor to the group and we are confident he will build on the success he had in the 2009-10 season.”


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Report- Todd Whte Traded To The Rangers

via Michael Russo tweet,

According to sources, #Thrashers center Todd White has been traded to the #nyrangers.

added 9:03am, via Chris Vivlamore tweet,

Thrashers trade for Patrick Rissmiller and Donald Brashear.

added 9:23am, Another tweet by Chris Vivlamore,

Thrashers put Brashear on waivers and will buy out remainder of $1.4 million contract.

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Lidstrom Still Has His Game

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Nicklas Lidstrom didn’t win his seventh Norris Trophy in 2009-10. The upside of that was it prevented the geniuses who organize the NHL’s awards ceremony from spelling his name “Lindstrom,” the way they did two years ago.

The downside was those who voted for the award – a group of which this writer is a part – passed on the chance to recognize Lidstrom for quite possibly the most brilliant season of his Hall of Fame career.

Lidstrom posted his lowest offensive totals since the lockout this past season and the fourth-lowest production of his 18-season career. But those who watched his game closely point out Lidstrom was every bit as brilliant at both ends of the ice as he has been at any point in his tenure as an NHL player


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Stanley Cup Memories

from NHL.com,

Every weekday throughout July and August, the NHL Network-U.S. will air a special series, “35 Years of Stanley Cup Clinchers, 1975-2010.” Fans can watch a re-broadcast of Stanley Cup-clinching games from season’s past with a chance to vote for their top five contests. Those top five games—Fans’ Choice Encores—will air from Aug. 23-27.

Here is the schedule for August 2-6:

Monday, August 2- 1995: Detroit at New Jersey, Game 4

Tuesday, August 3- 1996: Colorado at Florida, Game 4

Wednesday, August 4- 1997: Philadelphia at Detroit, Game 4

Thursday, August 5- 1998: Detroit at Washington, Game 4

Friday, August 6- 1999: Dallas at Buffalo, Game 6

read on for more on each game…


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The ‘Next’ Team

from Wes Gilbertson at Slam,

After adding Taylor Hall to a stockpile of offensive prospects that also includes world junior hero Jordan Eberle and skilled Swede Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, the Oilers are being billed as a future force to be reckoned with.

Jonathan Bernier finally seems ready for stardom, giving the Kings a hotshot puck-stopper to complement an up-and-coming core featuring sniper Anze Kopitar and blueline ace Drew Doughty.

The Coyotes and Avalanche have stashed a cache of young weapons, while sharpshooters Steven Stamkos and John Tavares are trying to author turnarounds in Tampa Bay and Long Island, where they’re not yet legal drinking age.

But the Capitals seem closest to sipping champagne from Lord Stanley’s mug.

In an era when the best way to rebuild is undoubtedly to hit rock-bottom and load up on long-term investments, Leonsis’ squad has been there, done that.


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