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Kovalchuk Wants Too Much From The Kings

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Attracted by Kovalchuk’s production and electrifying style, the Kings reportedly offered him $63 million over 12 years, an annual cap hit of $5.25 million, or $84.5 million over 13 years, an annual cap hit of $6.5 million.

Several sources familiar with the situation but not authorized to talk publicly said Kovalchuk hasn’t compromised on an average annual value of $10 million, close to the NHL-leading $9.538-million average Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin earns in a 13-year deal.

The Kings say they can’t accommodate Kovalchuk, retain their core and bring in the support players necessary to become a consistent Stanley Cup contender.

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Evening Line

“It’s going to be special and neat to have a chance to come back to the arena and I’m sure there will be a lot of memories going through my head and that I’ll be nervous too, but I’m really looking forward to it,”

-Markus Naslund on the Vancouver Canucks retiring his number.  More from Derek Jory of Canucks.com.

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  Tags: markus+naslund

Honoring Bob Probert

from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

The shock of Bob Probert’s unexpected passing is still rippling through the hockey world, but there are already plans in motion to honour the former NHLer.

The Windsor Minor Hockey Association, where Probert first learned to play the game, held a meeting Wednesday in which honoring the Lakeshore resident was a main topic of business.

“There’s a number of things were looking at doing, but I think one of the things for sure we’ll do is rename our Christmas Novice Tournament in his honour,” said WMHA president Dean Lapierre, who said Probert quietly made several charitable contributions to the organization over the years….

John Hahn, the Detroit Red Wings senior director of communications, said the NHL team is also going through the process of trying to figure out the best way to honour one of the most popular players in club history.

Though he spent seven of his 16 NHL seasons with Chicago, Probert is best known for his years in Detroit.

“It’s still very preliminary at this point, but there have been discussions on what we can do,” Hahn said. “We’ll definitely do something, but we want to the right thing.

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  Tags: bob+probert

Lebda To Toronto

via Toronto Maple Leafs twitter,

Leafs have signed unrestricted free agent D-man Brett Lebda to a 2 year contract.

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Kovalchuk Negotiations Continue

from Helene Elliott of the Fabulous Forum,

The Kings, who became “reengaged” in talks with free-agent winger Ilya Kovalchuk on Tuesday, according to General Manager Dean Lombardi, have received a proposal from Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman.

However, the proposed deal is so complex—and the ramifications so big from the Kings’ perspective—that they are not expected to respond for at least a day and possibly longer.

The Kings dropped out of the hunt Sunday, after Kovalchuk’s representative did not submit a counteroffer to the Kings’ initial proposals. Kovalchuk’s only other confirmed NHL suitor has been the New Jersey Devils, but they would have to clear substantial salary cap space to sign him, and they have not made any transactions that would allow them to sign the 27-year-old left wing.

The KHL in Kovalchuk’s native Russia appears to be his other option. The money there is big and tax-free, but he obviously couldn’t win the Stanley Cup there—if that, indeed, means more to him than a big payday.

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Lalime Stays With The Sabres

BUFFALO, NY (July 7, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent goaltender Patrick Lalime on a one-year contract. Lalime – who turns 36 today – has spent the past two seasons with the Sabres after signing as a UFA on July 1, 2008.

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  Tags: patrick+lalime

Avs Re-Sign Brandon Yip

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed forward Brandon Yip to a two-year contract through the 2011-12 season.  Yip was a restricted free-agent.

Yip, 25, was recalled by the Avalanche on Dec. 18 of last year and went on to tally 11 goals and 19 points (11g/8a) in 32 games during his rookie campaign.  He finished first among all NHL rookies in goals-per-game at 0.34.  The 6-foot-1, 180-pound right wing also appeared in all six playoff games for Colorado, recording two goals and two assists to rank second on the team in postseason scoring with four points.

“We’re pleased to have Brandon under contract,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “With his energy and style of play, we think he can be a solid player for our team.” 

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Corvo Back To The Canes

via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Joe Corvo signs with Carolina, team announces. $4.5 million over two years.

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Older UFAs Just Waiting Around

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

The pattern is always the same.

The big fish are taken out of the NHL free agent pool in the first day. A day or two later, smaller fish get snatched up. And as the first week comes to an end, all that is left are minnows and fish so old that you do not know if they are still good to eat.

Darcy Tucker is an old fish….

Still, Tucker is looking for at least one more chance at a championship. The question is whether any teams are similarly interested in adding a veteran with significant mileage on his body….

Along with Tucker, here are five other veterans who are playing the waiting game:

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Afternoon Line

The Blues are heading in the right direction, no question about it.  I expect them, 100 percent, to be in the playoffs next year.”

-Keith Tkachuk.  More from Keith by Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News.

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  Tags: keith+tkachuk

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