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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
The lads from Newport Sports Management Group were in Dallas Thursday to watch the game, and superagent Pat Morris represents Stars winger James Neal.
Both Morris and the Stars said there was no talk about an extension for Neal at the time, because it’s just too early in the process. The Stars would have to wow him with a huge offer right now, which they aren’t going to do, and the Neal side wants to see if he can put up a 40-goal season and really change the negotiations.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
With every passing day, with each improbable win, with each surprising rung climbed up the NHL standings, the nervousness builds for the Atlanta Thrashers.
Will he sign?
Each passing day brings this beleaguered NHL franchise closer to a crossroads, to a truly defining moment.
Either captain Ilya Kovalchuk will sign a long-term contract extension, or he will be put on the open market and sold to the highest bidder in advance of the March 3 trade deadline.
“We haven’t that swagger in this dressing room for couple weeks now and it’s showed in our play, in the wins column. We haven’t gotten it done.
“Me personally, I don’t think I had a hit [against Vancouver] and that’s what makes me effective. It frees up some room for Carts [Jeff Carter] and Danny B [Briere] and gets guys going on the bench.
“I got to get ready to go and excuse my language, be pissed early and ready to get out there and do something effective to get guys going.”
-Scott Hartnell of the Philadelphia Flyers. More on the team from Tim Panaccio of CSNPhilly.
from Erik Duhastchek of the Globe and Mail,
Another week and another NHL team blatantly plowed through a CBA loophole in order to circumvent the salary cap.
And no, we’re not talking about the Chicago Blackhawks, who signed three players – including defenceman Duncan Keith – to multi-year contract extensions Thursday worth a cool $135-million in total. The NHL gave the deals, including Keith’s 13-year extension, its blessing – which is not to say that the Blackhawks are in the clear on the Marian Hossa extension signed this summer.
Keith’s $72-million contract received the OK, after it had been vetted by the league and tweaked so that the dollars at the back end are defensible.
Instead, the contract that the league will scrutinize is the seven-year, $28.5 million extension signed by Marc Savard with the Boston Bruins.
On the surface, it looked as if Savard granted the Bruins a large home-town discount.
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Carrie Milbank reviews the week in the NHL for us.
from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,
No one in Montreal paid much attention on Dec. 4, 1909 when the Canadiens emerged from the womb, a franchise granted in the National Hockey Association for $1,000 – plus a $5,000 bank deposit to guarantee players’ salaries.
A few more people are watching today as the Habs turn 100, the Boston Bruins in town with the Canadiens having delivered two periods of dismal hockey last night in Buffalo, then a half-decent third in a 6-2 losing effort.
Fans will be talking all day, and for a day or two afterward, about tonight’s Centennial Game.
Game time is 8:00pm on NHL Network in the US and CBC in Canada. My understanding is festivities begin around 6:00pm. Hopefully we get see some of the pre-game show.
update 1:46pm, Just heard on NHL Live that coverage from Montreal will begin at 6:30pm. Great to hear, DVR will be working tonight.
NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (December 4, 2009) – For the first time in its 46-year history, the NHL Entry Draft will be held in the State of California. The Los Angeles Kings and STAPLES Center will host the two-day event on June 25-26, 2010, the National Hockey League announced today.
Round one, on Friday, June 25, will be broadcast live by Versus in the US and TSN and RDS in Canada as well as NHL Radio, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. NHL Network (U.S. and Canada) will carry rounds 2-7 on Saturday, June 26, beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET.
from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,
I am probably one of the most transparent and interactive owners in the league. I embrace the media and the blogosphere. I respect all of the people that cover our great sport. I went to my first hockey game with my father as a birthday gift he gave me in 1961. I still remember that day. I actually did see many of the great old great players play as a child at Madison Square Garden and The Boston Garden. My favorite player was Bobby Orr.
In all of that time and all of those interactions, I honestly can’t ever remember meeting Jim Kelley or seeing him at a Caps game here in DC. If I am incorrect in that statement I apologize in advance.
I would like to invite Jim to a Caps game here in DC where we can meet, discuss and exchange ideas. We can talk about the game and history. He can come and Rock the Red. He can put a human face on the name that he writes about. We certainly didn’t connect or talk about what he was writing in this piece. He certainly didn’t call me to talk or send me an email to discuss.
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
Was thinking last night that no law degree was required to make a reasonably sound argument that the Eastern Conference is stronger than the Western Conference:
1. The East has the NHL’s top three offensive superstars in Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
2. The East has the reigning Norris Trophy winner in Zdeno Chara, plus another finalist in Mike Green.
3. The top of goaltending pyrimid in the East seems slightly better than the goaltending in the West….
Was feeling pretty good about the Eastern Conference-is-stonger theory until it occurred to me that the three most talented defensive units in the game are located in the West in the cities of Detroit, Calgary and Chicago. Plus, when I looked this morning 11 of the top 15 NHL scorers are from the West.
from Spector’s Hockey,
For now, I think Bowman will be praying his team stays healthy. As for the off-season moves, forget about Huet or Campbell going anywhere, especially the latter with his huge salary (over $7 million per season) and “no-movement” clause. Byfuglien, Sharp or Barker are the likely trade candidates and they’ll certainly attract considerable attention.
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