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You Can Say It Is Howson’s Team

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

To say Howson has made sweeping changes within Nationwide Arena would be an understatement.

Every player in the Blue Jackets dressing room this season will fit one of the following criteria: he either was drafted, acquired in a trade, signed to a contract or contract extension by Howson.

Only three players who played as Blue Jackets in 2006-07 - Rick Nash, Rostislav Klesla and Marc Methot - are still with the organization.

Further, late last season, Howson fired the coach he acquired upon his hiring - Ken Hitchcock - and replaced him with his own choice, Scott Arniel.

His players. His coaches. His cross to bear if the Blue Jackets flop again in 2010-11.

Howson’s contract with the Blue Jackets expires on June30, 2011, but it includes an “evergreen” clause, which guarantees a one-year buyout by the club from the moment he’s notified that he’ll no longer be retained.

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Morning Line

“I don’t know why you had to trade him eight days before the NHL entry draft. I wasn’t shocked he was traded, what shocked me was he was traded eight days before the entry draft, before everybody could get hot and heavy, having his name filtered out there. There were no rumours at all ... I mean there was nothing. There was never even an attempt to create a marketplace for him.

“If the Canadiens think that was the best deal they could have got for Jaroslav Halak, I would beg to differ, and I would argue that with them because I know of some teams that were absolutely shocked that he was traded and they didn’t even get a call.”

-Pierre MdGuire.  More on this topic from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette.

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Underwood/Fisher Married In Georgia

from Doug Hempstead of the Ottawa Sun,

It’s officially Mike and Carrie Fisher.

The elite wedding of Senators forward Mike Fisher, 30, and American sweetheart superstar country singer Carrie Underwood, 27, went ahead as planned Saturday in Greensboro, Ga.

The couple, known for steadfastly guarding their privacy, gave exclusive coverage rights to People magazine, which reported Saturday evening 250 friends and family witnessed the event, set to classical music and featured the religious couple’s favourite Bible readings.

Among those in attendance were country stars Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, as well as Ottawa Senators Chris Phillips, Shean Donovan, Nick Foligno, Chris Neil and former teammate Wade Redden.


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Other Teams Chasing Kovalchuk?

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

The Ilya Kovalchuk Saga has gone silent, but there are indications that other NHL teams besides the Devils remain in the chase for the unrestricted superstar.

The Devils likely are the leading candidate to sign the 27-year-old. They made a major commitment by renting him in February, and have redoubled their sincerity. The Post reported yesterday that the Devils have made a front-loaded offer of 17 years worth more than $100 million, of which $100 million is guaranteed in the first 10 years of the contract.

It does not appear that any signing anywhere (accompanied by a TV show, a la LeBron) is imminent, and a revolutionary Russian offer might still capture the prize. The Islanders previously indicated interest without making an offer, and the Kings were in twice.

Still, there are believed to be other unspecified and silent teams still in the chase.


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Kovalchuk Needed By The Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Tell me the name of the stud cen ter or blue-chip de fenseman in his prime coming up on unrestricted free agency for whom the Rangers should reserve cap space and thus bypass Ilya Kovalchuk.

Tell me the names of the Entry Level kids within the organization for whom general managerGlen Sather will need to reserve space to sign once the deal is done with Marc Staal.

Because I don’t see any Drew Doughtys or Duncan Keiths or Nicklas Backstroms on the depth chart, that’s for sure.

Tell me you aren’t attempting to make an analogy between the Rangers adding the 27-year-old Kovalchuk this summer, and adding the 28-year-old, already-multiply-concussed Eric Lindros in 2001, or between signing Ilya now and signing the 31-year-old, already-fried Theo Fleury in 1999.

Regardless of whether Sather, who has been in touch with the Kovalchuk camp this weekend, ramps up his interest in Ilya and joins the dance, do not tell me that the Rangers need to reserve his spot for a younger player.


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Everyone Can Relax, Burke Going On Vacation

from Michael Traikos of the National Post,

So Burke is serious when he says his next move is to take his family to some beach in Southern California where he can dip his toes in the water and sip on a drink with a tiny umbrella in it. After that, he is heading off for his annual fishing trip with right-hand man Dave Nonis and some other friends.

The BlackBerry will be on the whole time, but Burke does not expect to receive any calls.

The question then is: What if the phone does not ring again between now until the start of the season. What if this is it?

Is this team significantly better than the one that finished last in the Eastern Conference last season? Is the penalty kill and power play, which ranked last in the league, better? Is the goaltending, which ranked second-last in the league, better? Is the offence, which ranked tied for 25th in the league, better?

“This is Toronto,” Burke said yesterday from Boston, where he has just picked up his kids from yoga. “There’s question marks over everything. And they’re fair ones. But we’re comfortable with our back end and we’re comfortable with our goaltending. Now, we’ve tried to upgrade our forwards.


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It May Come Down To Parise Or Kovalchuk

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils left wing Zach Parise has more than a passing interest in the never-ending Ilya Kovalchuk saga.

Another quiet day passed as Kovalchuk remains unsigned despite the Devils being the only NHL team that is still saying publicly that it is trying to sign the unrestricted free agent left wing.

Parise said he’s followed the proceedings from a far in Minnesota. Friends have texted him and called him about the same rumors many of you have read….

One is about whether Kovalchuk will be his teammate again next season. The other concerns nothing less than his future with the team.

If the Devils commit financially to Kovalchuk with the kind of money he is apparently seeking, there might not be enough salary cap space to sign Parise to a long-term extension.  Parise, who will turn 26 on July 28, is scheduled to become a restricted free agent next summer and is two years away from unrestricted free agency.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, zach+parise

Jack Johnson Working Towards His Degree

from Jeff Arnold of AnnArbor.com,

Each summer, the fourth-year Los Angeles Kings defenseman returns to Ann Arbor, enrolls in summer school and continues to chip away at his general studies degree. Although he hasn’t experienced life as a full-time student for three years, Johnson relishes his time on campus.

“I knew it wasn’t going to be easy,” Johnson said on Thursday. “If it was easy, everyone who left would do it. I’m not in a race to get it, but I know if I stop, it will be hard to start up again.

“I can’t play hockey forever, unfortunately. I will have the second half of my life ahead of me, and I want that degree.”

During the NHL season, Johnson, who is 23, takes classes online, using off-days to study and complete coursework. Technology, including video conferencing and Web tutorials, has made distance learning easier, but balancing school with an NHL career isn’t easy.

The fact Johnson continues to work toward a degree impresses Berenson.

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Top UFAs As Of This Morning

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

Here are the 10 best, for both immediate and future help, by my eye:

9. Maxim Afinogenov

It’s a gamble with the 30-year-old waterbug Russian. You don’t know if you’re getting the man who scored 24 goals and 61 points last season in Atlanta or the boy who averaged eight goals and 24 points over his final two campaigns in Buffalo.

10. Jose Theodore

Another early playoff pull aside, the 33-year-old ‘02 Hart Trophy recipient put together a solid season in 2009-10, especially in light of the family tragedy that led to his acknowledgment as the Masterton Trophy winner.


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Hey Ottawa, Do You Want Souray?

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

The Oilers are getting rid of Sheldon Souray — he cleared waivers last Saturday — and, with that big booming shot and his toughness, he’d look good in a Senators jersey.

Souray is a $5.4-million cap hit for the next two seasons, however, and was limited last season to 37 games after breaking his hand and suffering a post-surgery infection. But he’s also proven to be an offensively dangerous defenceman.

Kuba, a veteran who moves the puck well and is decent defensively, is not a physical player and, with the arrival of Gonchar, is very much expendable. Or redundant, as someone put it Friday. With a cap hit of $3.7 million, the Oilers would be lightening their load in a swap for Souray. Ottawa would have to throw something else into the pot — at least $1.7 million worth of assets, in fact — and the Oilers have room for it, as they are more than $14 million under the cap.

Would you trade Kuba, Lee, and maybe a Nick Foligno or a Kuba, Campoli and Ryan Shannon for Souray? Or maybe Kuba, one other player and a draft pick?

more Sens talk…

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  Tags: sheldon+souray

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