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from Piere LeBrun at Sporstnet,
Reaction around the league to the Richards deal has been a mixed bag. Privately, the NHL’s head office is not impressed and has made it a priority to seek term limits on contracts in the next collective bargaining agreement. The NHL Players’ Association will have a say in that, however, and will need a giveback in return for letting that happen. But that’s a story for another day.
One NHL GM, who obviously wanted anonymity, said he didn’t understand the point of the Richards deal.
“He’s not a $6-million player next year and he still would have been a restricted free agent,” said the GM. “The guy had 32 points last year. I know he’s had a great eight weeks so far… but could you not have just done a three-year deal at $4 million per year and then re-address it after that?
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In the aftermath of that mammoth 12-year, $69 million contract signed by Mike Richards with the Philadelphia Flyers the other day, the question now muddling the NHL salary waters is: How high will the Calgary Flames go in getting defenceman Dion Phaneuf signed to a contract extension? For all the fuss over Richards and Ryan Getzlaf and Dustin Brown and all the young players coming to the ends of their first entry-level contracts, what might someone pay to get a physical force such as Phaneuf in the line-up?
Featured on the current issue of The Hockey News is the Leafs’ Mats Sundin.
Last week it was Nick Lidstrom and the week before that was Henrik Zetterberg.
It has to be a first, three Swedes on back-to-back-to-back covers!
from Scott Burnside at ESPN,
Stan Bowman’s youngest son, Camden, has seen his vocabulary grow exponentially, courtesy of the family’s new lodger, Blackhawk rookie Patrick Kane.
The 2-½ year old can now say “Pat Kane,” “Go to practice?,” “Go to game?” and “Take a nap.”
The toddler may not know it, but he has pretty much summed up Kane’s life at the moment.
Sleep, practice, sleep, game, sleep.
Not far away in Brent Seabrook’s newly built home, the Chicago defenseman notices a similar pattern with his new tenant, rookie Jonathan Toews.
Hockey invading Hollywood pop culture… a good thing, right? Errr… well, from Extra TV,
Now Canadian cutie Michael Cammalleri is ready to set up a power play for that special someone in his life.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
Burke said Friday afternoon he is considering offers from a total four teams for a combination of players, with the most recent team joining the fray Friday morning.
It’s possible the deal could be done within hours, but Burke said there is no urgency to make a deal because Niedermayer likely won’t play tonight.
“We have offers on multiple guys,” Burke told thehockeynews.com. “We’re sorting through offers and we’re trying to do the best thing. I don’t think Scotty is playing tonight so there’s no time sensitivity other than I think it’s affecting our team.”
Watch the video…
from Damien Cox at ESPN,
It’s a classic example of how enamored NHL clubs can be of teenage players one moment, and how anxious they can be to dump the same players soon after.
And how there’s absolutely no guarantee that young players pressed into NHL service before their 20th birthdays are so talented that they’ll turn into stars like Sidney Crosby, or so hastily promoted that they’ll end up enormous busts like Alexandre Daigle.
The truth is, it usually takes years for either scenario to play out.
Both Vincent Lecavalier and Nik Antropov, you may recall, were drafted into the NHL the same year (1998), one a Quebec-born Canadian and the other a prodigy from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.
From Neil Stevens at the CP via Yahoo,
One of the most X-rated interviews of a coach ever recorded has finally made its way into print.
Get ready for a four-letter John Brophy barrage in “Tales From The Toronto Maple Leafs” by David Shoalts. The actual recording, made by Lance Hornby after a Toronto loss in Minnesota on Feb. 22, 1988, has been discreetly played for some of his pals over the years, but nobody ever dared to have it published - until Shoalts, like Hornby a Leafs beat writer, waded in with this hilarious look at some of the hijinx associated with the storied franchise during the last 50 years.
Don’t let the kiddies near this book. It is for adults only, and any Leafs fan who doesn’t mind the uncensored truth will love it.
Brophy used what Shoalts terms “the f-bomb” 72 times during the infamous interview way back when.
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from the Hockey Journal,
A year ago this week, Boston Bruins center Phil Kessel underwent surgery for testicular cancer.
Watching the second-year pro skate a regular shift these days as the club’s third-line pivot, you’d never know he’d battled such a deadly disease just 365 days ago.
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