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from Suzanne Hoholik of the Columbus Dispatch,
A Columbus Blue Jackets physician used a drug at a dosage approved only to treat menstrual pain on hockey players who had pain from injuries or surgeries.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province via the National Post,
The first comes five years into the extension. If Luongo isn’t pleased with where the team is at, or where it’s heading, he can then trigger a trade. The out clause is timed for what should be an organizational crossroads - one year after the Sedins’ current long-term deal is up. The Canucks have agreed to accommodate the request by moving Luongo at that point.
It’s likely Luongo would be a valuable commodity, coveted by NHL teams even at age 36. If it were to happen, the team which traded for him would owe him US$27.2-million for the final seven years of his deal.
Two years later, after the contract extension’s seventh year, the Canucks have a reciprocal clause. If they want to go in another direction, they will have an opportunity to move Luongo despite his no-trade clause.
from Matt Kalman of the Bruins Blog,
Chiarelli stuck to his guns about not commenting on ongoing negotiations — at least the specific negotiations. But the GM acknowledged that he thought Kessel’s agent Wade Arnott was “waging a bit of a media war.”Arnott was recently quoted as saying that there have been no talks.
And then Chiarelli decided it was time to explain his position on the situation with the restricted free agent. Chiarelli joked that he could “just give him a pailful of money and it will be done.” He went on to explain:
• Instead of denying the claims of Paul Kelly and Glenn Healy, should the new regime of the NHLPA tell us what really was behind their decision to fire Paul Kelly?
• Why was Darren Dreger the only NHL media member in Chicago covering the NHLPA? Did the Chicago media even know what was going on?
• “Invited to camp” may be in store for numerous NHL players who still do not have a contract for the upcoming season.
• Without the numerous hockey bloggers who continued to work during the summer, this period of downtime would have gone by much slower.
from the Boston Bruins,
BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed head coach Claude Julien to a multi-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.
Julien, who completed his second season with the Bruins in 2008-09, guided Boston to the Eastern Conference’s top record in the regular season, finishing 53-19-10 for 116 points. He was voted the winner of the 2009 Jack Adams Award, which is awarded “to the head coach who has contributed the most to his team’s success,” becoming just the third head coach in Bruin history to capture the award.
via Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,
Blue Jackets center Derick Brassard has signed a four-year contract extension, The Dispatch has learned. The club will likely announce the extension later this morning.
Brassard has one year left on his current contract, so the extension will carry him through the 2013-14 season. He’s expected to anchor the No. 1 line this season, with Kristian Huselius on his left and captain Rick Nash on his right.
added 9:49am, Portzline has now added numbers…
The contract has an annual salary cap hit of $3.2 million. Brassard will make $2.8 million in 2010-11, $3.0 million 2011-12, $3.3 million 2012-13 and $3.7 million in 2013-14, the final year of the contract.
from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,
Mike Comrie is almost 29, a small forward whose skills, like his contract offers and salary expectations, are in obvious decline.
It should surprise no one that he is unsigned even as National Hockey League training camps approach. Players like him will forevermore enter September without contracts. Not valuable or young enough to secure a real offer and a cherished roster spot, yet not completely used up, his ilk occupies the humbling middle ground created by the restrictive nature of salary capanomics.
He might be one training camp injury away from a massive one-year deal. He might have to swallow his pride altogether and go somewhere on a tryout basis. And he might wait months for the phone to ring.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
In San Jose, where goalie Evgeni Nabokov and center Patrick Marleau are both UFAs after the season, the Sharks must also proceed with caution.
“They’re homegrown people we have great respect for,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson told ESPN.com. “As we go forward this year, the key factor is to see with the economy and where the cap gets to next year.”
Nabokov isn’t the only veteran goalie that is UFA-bound after 2009-10. Marty Turco, who has played his entire NHL career in Dallas, is in a contract year and will try and bounce back after struggling at times last season. But with a new coach and new GM, the Stars will likely wait to see how the season starts before doling out new deals.
“I want to get off to a start here and see where we’re at,” first-year Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk told us. “It’s not just Marty, we’ve got a number of guys we need to sign next summer.”
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
“There is a huge difference between a 90-point team and a 100-point team,” Hitchcock said. “The next step here is to become more aggressive both offensively and defensively. We feel we can play a better, more aggressive, 200-foot game. We feel we can do a better job with role identification, and marry our players’ perception of who they think they are and how we feel they can help the team. We feel we can have better special teams by involving more players.
“We’re past the ‘getting-to-know-you’ stage, we’re past setting up the base camp, and now we’re ready to climb the mountain.”
Hitchcock thinks that when there is nothing left for him to learn, then there is more for him to lose. He thinks he has learned something this summer. He is ready to apply it. He is itching to.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
First, a correction: Brandon Dubinsky’s qualifying offer for the upcoming season is not $698,500 as originally reported here and subsequently repeated by all other news outlets.
The qualifier, as per Rangers’ assistant GM Cam Hope, is a two-way offer of $522,500/$60,000, though the minor league number is essentially meaningless given that Dubinsky would have to pass through waivers in order to get to the AHL.
That $522,500, however, appears to be the Blueshirts’ standing one-year offer to the 23-year-old unsigned Group II free agent one week before players are due to report to training camp.
The Rangers, who for the first time in memory are exercising all the systemic leverage they own under the CBA against a significant young player who is entirely without leverage, also have multi-year offers on the table ranging from two-to-five years.
Dubinsky, who will be eligible for salary arbitration next summer, would surely be sacrificing money on the back end of a multi-year deal should he choose to go that route, even on a two-year contract. The question, though, is whether the additional money for this season would make it a worthwhile exchange.
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