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Talking Shea Weber Contract

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I am told contracts talks with Nashville Predators captain Shea Weber will soon begin in earnest. The Preds did communicate with Weber’s agent, veteran Don Meehan from Newport Sports, last month in terms of expressing their vision for the franchise and what an important part Weber is in that vision. The team showed that by making him captain in the offseason, too.

Talk about the most important set of contract talks in franchise history. Weber, a stud blueliner, will be a restricted free agent July 1, only one year away from being eligible for unrestricted free agency.

There are three clear scenarios here:

1. He signs an extension and life is good in Music City.

2. He only does a one-year deal to bridge himself to his UFA year and he can do this by going to salary arbitration next summer.

3. The Preds get nervous they can’t sign him to a long-term extension and put him on the trade block over the summer.

more plus other NHL topics…

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No Doubting Crosby

from Scott Morrison of CBC,

So the Kid has a new home this season and we’re not just talking about the spiffy Consol Energy Centre in Pittsburgh.

Sidney Crosby has finally left home, found a place of his own. Truth is, Crosby may have only just bid adieu to Mario Lemieux’s basement (not sure it is a basement like we all know) or wherever he was staying on the property, but he long ago found a place of his own in the hockey world.

Or he is at the very least playing in a stratosphere reserved for a precious few….

In those five years Crosby has won a Stanley Cup, an Olympic gold medal, an Art Ross Trophy, a Hart Trophy, a Messier leadership award, shared a Rocket Richard award, was runner-up to Ovechkin for the Calder and he saved a franchise and helped build that spiffy new arena.

Without Crosby, you could safely argue there is no NHL in Pittsburgh and no new arena.

read on

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Back To America

from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

The challenge of traveling to Europe to play a couple of hockey games is only half completed.

Now both the Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets have to re-wind their body clocks back to normal—a nine-hour adjustment for San Jose, a six-hour adjustment for Columbus.

Both teams have six days off between Saturday’s game—a 3-2 overtime win for the Blue Jackets—and their next game, but each came up with a different recovery plan.

The Sharks chose to leave here immediately after Saturday’s game for the long flight back to San Jose and a schedule that has them back on the ice Monday. The Blue Jackets opted to stay another night for their flight back to Columbus, and are planning to take two days off.

“We debated a little bit,” said Sharks Coach Todd McLellan, whose staff consulted with sleep experts at Stanford.


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Steve Mason Saved By The Throat Protector

Patrick Marleau rifled a shot which was stopped by Steve Mason’s throat protector.  It wasn’t too long ago that piece was not part of the goalie mask.

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Hall & Eberle Now Roommates

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Too Many Scoring Chances Given Up By Capitals

from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,

Coach Bruce Boudreau was in foul mood after the Caps self-destructed Friday in Atlanta. He was even grumpier this morning after reviewing video of his team’s sloppy, 4-2 defeat at Philips Arena.

“I’m still pretty disappointed in the way we played last night,” he said. “But then I have to sit back and say, it’s one game. You’ve got to blend the two. We can’t play like that, but at the same time, we’ve got a game tonight, so we can’t dwell on it.”

Boudreau planned a post-skate video session with the full team to dissect the specific defensive zone miscues.

“They had 15 scoring chances, nine in the second period,” he said. “That’s way too many.”


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Morning Line

“Did you see the slew foot that (Henrik) Zetterberg (did)?.  Zetterberg slew footed Matt Beleskey at center ice. Everybody in the building saw it. We ended up getting the penalty.

“I’m not saying we didn’t deserve the penalty. But there should have been an even-up call on the play. Those are frustrating things that happen. They continually happen in this building.”

-Anaheim Ducks coach Randy Carlyle.  More Ducks talk from Eric Stephens of the OC Register.

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When Should Hockey Start?

from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

While hockey’s following in Canada would jump on a September start, it just makes no sense for US-based teams. Competition from baseball and three kinds of football (high school, college and pro) make an early start for many American teams impossible.

Don’t laugh. More than once, discussions have taken place at the executive level, to start hockey in November. That was one argument, when the NHL understood the Canadian mentality.

Take a look at the present schedule, where Canadian teams play more home games in October, allowing the U.S teams to have their home games later in the season. With less competition in their markets, it puts a great deal of pressure on the six Canadian teams to have great starts.

And as far as hockey ending in May? Don’t hold your breath.

more plus additional hockey topics…

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24 Teams In Action Today

Are you ready for some hockey today?

Phoenix and Boston start the day off at noon from Prague and the last game of the night is the Kings taking on the Canucks at 10pm.

Toss in some games in-between and we have a day and night of hockey before us.

Enjoy and see today’s schedule below…

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Report- Chara And Bruins Will Finalize New Contract

from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

This was a homecoming for Zdeno Chara. Turns out, it was a very lucrative return to the city where Big Z really got his hockey career started as a teenager, playing for Sparta Praha in the spring of ‘96.

Chara, the 33-year-old Bruins’ captain, in the next few hours will finalize a long-term contract extension with the Bruins, one that is believed to expire on or about his 40th birthday.

Contract terms have not been released by the Bruins, but based on a conversation just minutes ago with his Wellesley-based agent, Matt Keator, Chara today will ink a six- or seven-year deal that probably will bring him slightly less than his existing deal, which this season will pay him $7.5 million.


added 11:11am,

PRAGUE, CZE – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Zdeno Chara to a seven-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

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