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It’s A Different Game - Even For The Goalies

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

A lot has happened around the NHL this summer and it’s interesting to look at how certain things have changed. In particular, I’ve been intrigued by what has gone on with goaltenders. It certainly appears as if we are entering a new phase in how teams view the position from the perspective of slotting goalie salaries in the cap era.

The NHL’s hard salary cap is the obvious first dynamic at work here. How much money can a team afford to sink into one position?


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Detroit Signs Ruslan Salei

via numerous Twitter reports,

Wings sign defenseman Ruslan Salei to a one-year contract.

added 1:00pm,

DETROIT—The Red Wings announced that they signed defenseman Ruslan Salei to a one-year contract. In accordance with team policy, additional terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Salei, 35, was originally a first round draft pick (ninth overall) of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks in 1996.

The Minsk, Belarus, native has appeared in 842 career games with the Ducks, Florida Panthers and Colorado Avalanche. He has 194 points, including 43 goals and 1,017 penalty minutes over 13 NHL seasons.

A back injury limited Salei to just 14 games for Colorado in 2009-10. He finished the season with a goal and five assists.

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Ilitch Wants A New Downtown Arena And The Detroit Pistons

from John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press,

The Ilitch bid is for the entire Palace Sports & Entertainment organization, not just for the basketball team itself. If successful, that means that the Ilitches would also own the Palace of Auburn Hills arena, the DTE Energy Music Theatre and other aspects of the Palace network.

In a statement issued this morning, Ilitch said he and his family are committed to building a new arena in downtown even if their bid for the Pistons fails. The new arena would serve as a home for the Red Wings, which continue to play their games at the aging Joe Louis Arena.


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Where’s The Outrage?

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Lodged somewhere between the free agent frenzy – yeah, we know it’s a stretch – and the dog days of summer, came the rather quiet and curious announcement by the Montreal Canadiens they are effectively getting rid of team president Pierre Boivin.

It appears as though Geoffrey Molson, the frontman for the CH Group, who has never run a big business in his life, thinks he can operate a multi-million dollar sports enterprise better than the guy who, in no particular order: played a key role in tripling the value of the franchise; established the Canadiens Children’s Foundation; ushered the franchise through its ambitious and hugely successful 100th anniversary celebrations; and made former owner George Gillett a ton of money in the nine years he owned the team.

The fact there was absolutely no outrage in either the French or English media in Montreal is curious.


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The Future Is Now

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We were humbled last year in the playoffs.

We have to be focused — hungry and humble this coming season.

We can’t and won’t talk about aspirations; we will only focus on playing one game at a time; nothing is promised to any team; there is no destiny- just hard work; and focus and some luck.

I hope we have learned a collective lesson last season; we should be highly motivated — we should be hungry — we haven’t accomplished anything; we should come into next season mad — humbled — and focused as a unit.


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Competition For Spots In Florida

from Dale Tallon at FloridaPanthers.com,

If you look at our defense right now, in front of Tomas Vokoun and Scott Clemmensen, we have Bryan McCabe, Bryan Allen, Dennis Wideman, Dmitry Kulikov, Jason Garrison, Nathan Paetsch and Mike Weaver, all competing for regular playing time. They could also be pushed in camp by players such as rookie Erik Gudbranson, youngsters Keaton Ellerby and Colby Robak, and new signing Joe Callahan.

The fact is, as head coach Pete DeBoer has said even before I got here in May, we need to cultivate a competitive environment where every player feels the pressure to perform and earn their position – from first line center down to a fourth line checking forward.


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All Daryl Reaugh

from Steve Hunt of FOXSportsSouthwest,

Do you see the Stars’ sale getting done before the season?

Reaugh: Well, you think about it. Everybody that says well, we’re just going to concentrate on what we concentrate on is lying because it affects so many things. It affects how much money gets spent in a lot of areas. There is a ton of uncertainty and a sense that you’re semi in limbo. Yet at the same time, if you look at what the Rangers have been able to do with it sort of hanging over their head, it gives belief to everybody, especially the people involved with the Stars that it can be business as normal and you’ve got to overcome maybe some deficiencies in other areas. Best case scenario, we open the paper, the sale is done and there’s new ownership. You start marching forward with that leadership in that group….

What kind of impact do you think newcomer Adam Burish will have?

Reaugh: I always liked him when he was in Chicago. Every team I’ve ever been on or been associated with has to have a bit of a swagger to it and has to back that swagger up. He’s one of those individuals. He’s mouthy but he backs it up. He’s pretty intelligent with his mouthiness. He can play the game….


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Kovalchuk Ordeal Could Be Over Today

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Will the Ilya Kovalchuk saga finally come to an end today or will it move on to yet another stage?

The answer to that question is in the hands of system arbitrator Richard Bloch, who is due to issue his decision on Kovlachuk’s rejected contract by the end of business today.

The Devils signed Kovlachuk to a 17-year, $102 million contract three weeks ago, but the NHL rejected it the next day, contending that it circumvents the salary cap and the collective bargaining agreement, That started a process in which the NHL Players’ Association filed a grievance on Kovlachuk’s behalf two weeks ago and the sides squared off in a hearing last Wednesday and Thursday in Boston.

All that is left is for Bloch to rule whether the NHL was justified in rejecting the contract.


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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Forwards

As the new season approaches, I’ll be making an effort to preview the Southeast Division in a slow and steady, comprehensive manner. To kick things off, I thought I’d take a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. (In other words, for example, we’ll group Dustin Byfuglien’s 2009-10 statistics with Chicago alongside his new Atlanta Thrashers teammates and their performances from last year.)

In short, we’ll look at last year’s stats with this year’s rosters, both by division as a whole and by individual teams, broken down by position… Because a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come. (Often… Not always. See: Cheechoo, Jonathan.) And, besides, I don’t know that you’ll find a list like this in too many places (at least I hope you won’t… Cause that would mean I spent too much time on all of this!)

To get things started, we’ll start tonight with the forwards.

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Expect A Big Year From Bogosian

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

No doubt that Drew Doughty, a Norris Trophy finalist, has established himself as the premier defenseman from the 2008 draft. But look for Zach Bogosian, picked right after Doughty, to make a significant jump this season under the watch of Craig Ramsay in Atlanta. The 6-foot-3-inch, 205-pound Bogosian (10-13—23 in 81 games last season, 21:24 average ice time) might even be more gifted physically than Doughty. The defensive-minded Ramsay was instrumental in the development of Dennis Wideman and Johnny Boychuk, among other Boston defensemen. Bogosian, the former Cushing Academy star, should thrive under Ramsay’s patient and player-friendly approach.

more hockey talk…

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