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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
It has widely been reported that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jonas Frogren, whose case will go before an arbitrator, had his contract nullified by the NHL because the league considered him a “defected player,” but the Leafs consider him an unrestricted free agent.
That’s not entirely correct. The NHL agrees Frogren is an unrestricted free agent, but has argued that because Frogren was once a defected player on the Calgary Flames’ reserve list – he no longer holds that status – he is subject to entry-level restrictions on his salary.
The Leafs and the NHLPA argue the collective bargaining agreement makes it clear that no European player 28 years old or older is subject to entry-level stipulations “under any circumstances.”
more NHL bits including Kings cap talk and the Lowe/Burke situation…
via 630 CHED,
The Oilers have re-signed tough guy Zack Stortini to a 3 year contract. Stortini had 201 penalty minutes in 66 games for the Oilers last season and was among the league leader in fights.
The Oilers have also added some depth to their minor league system today by signing former Detroit Red Wings farmhand Carl Corazzini to a 1 year contract.
from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,
Terry Murray is close to becoming a head coach in the NHL for the fourth time.
According to sources, the Los Angeles Kings are finalizing details on a contract with Murray to become their new head coach. Murray, who turns 58 on Sunday, spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and previously had head coach stints with the Florida Panthers, Flyers and Washington Capitals.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Kris Beech to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero.
Beech posted 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 25 NHL games during the 2007-08 season.
From the Free Press:
Red Wings forward Dallas Drake will retire after raising the Stanley Cup last month for the first time in his 16-year career.
Drake announced his retirement today.
Last month’s victory over Pittsburgh was Drake’s first championship in 15 seasons in the NHL.
Update 2:35pm ET: From Craig Custance at The Sporting News:
“I couldn’t imagine finishing out on a better note,” said Drake who will pick up the Stanley Cup for his time with it today.
Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy has five unconventional ideas:
Ever since the latest Del Biaggio story broke, I’ve been noodling through ways to solidify the NHL in Nashville. There are certain obvious fixes, like continuing to rally local fans and businesses to buy into the franchise. The following five ideas are less obvious, more long-shot and are submitted for your approval. Or inevitable disapproval.
1. Move the Predators to the Southeast Division. This idea comes from a conversation I had with Predators blogger Paul Nicholson of Geek Thoughts. The abridged version: Sports fans in Nashville relate more to college sports rivalries than anything else. So naturally, teams in Georgia, Florida and perhaps Carolina are going to stoke fan passions more than teams in Chicago and St. Louis.
From the Blue Seats at the NY Post:
The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Dan Fritsche.
Fritsche, 23, appeared in 69 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets this season, registering 10 goals and 12 assists for 22 points, along with 22 penalty minutes.
from Russo’s Rants,
Wild is busy working on its restricted free agents and getting ready to make Marian Gaborik a long-term extension offer, probably in the neighborhood of $8.5 million per season.
more on Minnesota…
From the Blue Jackets press release—
The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired a conditional draft pick from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for forward Joakim Lindstrom, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.
Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers notes:
The pick will be determined by how many games Lindstrom plays with the Ducks during the 2008-09 season. It could be as high as a fourth-round pick or as low as a seventh-round pick.
from Ryan Kennedy of the Hockey News,
Hockey is a humble sport by most accounts. The players don’t do much bragging, teams rarely tinker with classic logos and the league prefers Americans don’t get over-stimulated by showing them games on TV stations they could watch at bars or even their homes.
But to say hockey people are honest is a stretch sometimes. There’s something lacking in several recent NHL stories that needs to be rectified. Let’s just call it The Realness. As in, “Get real, you don’t actually think we believe what you just told us, do you?”
The best recent example of this came when Jay Feaster “resigned” as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
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