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Predators Look To Europeans For Offense

from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

When the Predators begin training camp next month, expect a European flair to be added to the typical fare.

A handful of Europeans will have the opportunity to not only make the team, but also to make an impact. And a group of four players will draw most of the notice.

The front office has been raving about Swiss defenseman Roman Josi for the past few months. Then there are Swedish forwards Jonas Andersson and Linus Klasen, and the significant acquisition of Belarus native Sergei Kostitsyn from Montreal.

“If we’re adding all four of those players to our lineup this year at some point, we’re adding a lot of skill to our lineup,” General Manager David Poile said. “One of the areas we want to improve on is our offensive side of the game. I think all of these players have a chance to contribute offensively. They are all very highly skilled.”


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How Far East Will Staffan Kronwall Go?

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun at the Toronto Sun,

According to a report from Sweden, defenceman Staffan Kronwall would prefer to sign a deal in Europe instead of playing the final season of his two-year contract with the Calgary Flames.

And the Flames are trying to accommodate his request.

Sport-Expressen picked up a blog which quotes Kronwall as saying: “I want to leave and play in Sweden or elsewhere in Europe. Not that I’m uncomfortable in any way with the town and the club — I liked it — but because I want to get a bit closer to my family.”

According to a source, the Flames have been working with Kronwall’s agent to either trade him to an Eastern Conference team — which would allow his wife to travel easier if she visited from Sweden — or help arrange for him to play in Europe.


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  Tags: staffan+kronwall

Evening Line

“The NHL isn’t going to do anything with these deals. Nothing is going to happen.  They’ve been trying to investigate most of these deals for a year.”

“I can tell you they certainly aren’t going to rip up a contract that has already been signed and approved by the league. That’s the difference: The deal that Kovalchuk signed was never approved by the league. The rest of these deals passed the smell test.”

-an unnamed high-profile player agent according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.  Read more on this topic.

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Looking At Luongo’s Contract

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

The immediate reaction is arbitrator Richard Bloch dropped a potential mess on the Vancouver Canucks’ doorstep Monday with his explosive ruling that goaltender Roberto Luongo’s contract could be retroactively voided.

Canucks general manager Mike Gillis is not commenting on the decision at the NHL’s request, but you have to wonder whether he smiled wryly when Bloch tossed out Ilya Kovalchuk’s record-breaking deal with the New Jersey Devils. That 17-year, $102-million (all currencies U.S.) deal is similar to Luongo’s 12-year, $64 million contract, and the latter remains under league investigation “with at least the possibility of a subsequent withdrawal of the registration,” Bloch wrote.

The league would have to move quickly to revoke Luongo’s deal – the regular season starts on Oct. 7 – but in that unlikely event, hitting the re-start button could benefit the Canucks in the long-term, particularly if Luongo’s play continues to slip.


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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Talking About The Wings

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

At the Westand Best Buy on Tuesday—during a launch tour of the NHL 2K11 video game—Jack Johnson (Michigan, Los Angeles Kings), Ryan Kesler (Livonia, Vancouver Canucks) and Marty Turco (Michigan, Chicago Blackhawks) said they expect to see the Red Wings among the Western Conference leaders in 2010-11.

“Chicago right now has the target on its back,” said Johnson. “But they’re not the same team (after free-agent losses). Detroit’s going to be among the big guys in the West. Last season, they just had the injury bug. They will be one of the teams to beat this year.”

The Wings have added center Mike Modano and defenseman Ruslan Salei, wing Jiri Hudler returned from Russia, and Todd Bertuzzi re-signed with Detroit.

“They’ll have a great team, especially with the offseason they’ve had,” Kesler said. “Picking up Mo (Modano) was a great addition, then bringing back those guys (Hudler, Bertuzzi). It’s going to be a team to be reckoned with again.”


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Pointing A Finger At The NHLPA

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

There is a feeling out there, however, that the NHLPA should have been far more picky in choosing an arbitrator for an issue as eventful as this one.

This is a big loss for the PA and one that could lead to further losses if the league challenges a 12-year Luongo deal that pays out 94 per cent of its worth in the first eight years.

Or a seven-year, $34.45 million Pronger deal that takes him to age 42 and pays out 97 per cent of its salary after year 5.

Or Savard’s seven-year, $28.05 million deal, which pays just $525,000 in the final two seasons.

But the Kovalchuk camp was in a hurry and the league was pushing for Bloch.

We never cared much for Bob Goodenow, but he wouldn’t have allowed anyone favoured by the league to preside over something as important as this.


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Oh So Slow Day

So I have a question for you.

Where does Willie Mitchell land and extra credit if you give me the terms of the contract?

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Change Defines The Blackhawks Franchise

from Mike Spellman of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Yes, it has been one heck of a long and enjoyable celebration for both the Blackhawks and their fans, with more to come when the championship banner is raised at the United Center on Oct. 9.

But if you’re worried there might be a bit of a hangover effect this season for the Blackhawks after their historic championship run, don’t be, according to team president John McDonough.

“Nobody within the organization is caught up in Blackhawks Stanley Cup-itis,” McDonough told a packed house at the Schaumburg Business Association’s monthly gathering in Chandler’s at Schaumburg Golf Club on Tuesday morning. “That was very rewarding, but we move on.

“Change has really defined this franchise.”


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Decision For The Ducks And Kariya

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Kariya, Selanne, why not?

Yet Kariya remains in the same place Selanne was in deciding whether he even wants to play.

The 35-year-old Kariya, who had 18 goals in 75 games for the Blues last season, is working out as though he will return to the NHL but he and veteran agent Don Baizley have not gone knocking on doors looking for work.

In the next few weeks Kariya will determine which door he will pass through; the one Selanne passed through Monday that leads to another NHL season and a chance to prove that those rare skills have not eroded, that he can still play with the best; or the door that all great players choose at some point, the one that leads away from the game.

Here’s hoping whether it’s a return to Anaheim or somewhere else, Kariya’s choice leads him back to an NHL rink.


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  Tags: paul+kariya

Afternoon Line

Until Sunday, expect plenty of Kaberle for Savard rumors.

-James Murphy of ESPN Boston.  Read more on this trade scenario.

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  Tags: marc+savard, tomas+kaberle

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