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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
For a while now, Brian Burke has been dancing with the devil, otherwise known as the NHL’s salary cap system.
Two years ago, Burke worked it beautifully and captured a Stanley Cup. Last year, his machinations went slightly askew and it cost his Anaheim Ducks the services of a very good veteran player, centre Andy McDonald.
This fall, the cap has pushed another quality veteran off the Anaheim roster in defenceman Mathieu Schneider, peddled to Atlanta yesterday in a deal that, as a pure hockey trade, was about as one-sided as you can get.
from the Sporting News Staff,
A Monday meeting will determine whether Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar misses six weeks or six months of the NHL scheduled.
Gonchar, top defenseman and power-play point man for the Penguins, is rehabbing a dislocated left shoulder. The question now is, will surgery be required?
Personally, I would feel more secure with this report if an actual name was used instead of ‘staff’.
via WIVB Buffalo,
Jeremy Jacobs tells Business First he “might” be interested in the Bills IF the team was for sale.
Jacobs says under the current NFL rules, he can’t own the Bills because he owns an NHL team in a market that has a pro football team.
Jacobs says the rule would have to be changed.
...or sell the Bruins…
from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,
The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired defenseman Mathieu Schneider from the Anaheim Ducks for defenseman Ken Klee, forward Brad Larson and a minor-league prospect.
And note, Kevin was the first to report this trade a few days ago.
added 6:57pm, via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,
With the additions of Schneider and Hainsey during the off-season and the returns of Tobias Enstrom and Niclas Havelid the Thrashers now have a very respectable group of top-four defensemen that is arguably the strongest foursome in the Southeast Division. Schneider, whose brother lives in Atlanta, is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $5.75 million.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Now Shane Doan and Olli Jokinen, unexpectedly thrown together as linemates in a blockbuster deal this summer, hope to use their skills - and unleash years of pent-up frustration - to get the Coyotes into the playoffs for the first time since 2002. To accomplish that task, both will have to be offensive powerhouses.
A trip to the postseason also would do a lot to take the 800-pound hockey puck off their backs. Here are two of their numbers: Jokinen, 723 games played and no playoff appearances; Doan, 396 since his last blip on the playoff radar in 2002.
More than 1,000 games to look back on, a lot of “what-if” scenarios, but this newest and biggest version of the desert’s Dynamic Duo has its sights set on making this a season to remember.
From Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes:
About 100 or so fans were there to meet the bus. As the players got off, the Czech natives (Vinny Prospal, Radim Vrbata and David Koci) were swarmed by kids seeking autographs and television and newspaper cameras. Vinny Lecavalier was treated as royalty as well. As he walked from the bus to the rink, at least six men snapping pictures walked backwards in front of him, all while a crowd asked for autographs.
“It’s special,” Prospal said later in the locker room. “It’s my home country. It doesn’t happen every day like that. I’ll enjoy it for a couple of days. Now I know what Vinny has to do every day of his life.”
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
...And then there are those players whose season begins with something more instinctual: the desire to prove they are healed. Broken bones have mended, twisted and torn ligaments have grown strong and swollen brains have returned to normal.
Every year, there are players like teammates Patrice Bergeron and Manny Fernandez, who must prove their injuries have not robbed them of their futures and their careers.
This is their story—or, at the very least, the first chapter of their journey back.
“I thought he was dead”
Patrice Bergeron is sitting outside the TD Banknorth Garden on a low stone wall talking about the uncertain convergence of his past and future.
From Sam Weinman at Rangers Report:
So much for Petr Nedved at least making the trip to Europe. The 36-year-old center was among those given the pink slip before today’s practice.
It looks like Greg Moore, Artem Anisimov were also reassigned.
“I told him this summer we had a lot of young guys and we have only so many spots,” Glen Sather told me just now. “Plus, there’s a cap issue to deal with. I thought he played well. I just knew what we’d be up against. But I didn’t want to not give him the opportunity.”
via Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,
Datsyuk just left the trainers’ room. He’s out of the lineup tonight and not saying exactly what the injury is. Datsyuk did say that he should be back in the lineup soon and that his injury isn’t long-term.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
In what should come as a surprise to no one, for the first time in history the NHL will spend in excess of $1.5 billion in salaries this season. And early indications are the average team payroll will go up by $5 million from 2007-08….
Spurned on by a summer of wild free agent spending and a number of big-money, long-term contracts beginning to kick in, the league is spending money like never before. As the NHL has always thought, the upper limit of the cap has turned out to be a magnet for spending, with 12 teams within $2 million of the cap.
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