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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
A vote by National Hockey League players on the form of next season's salary cap will be the subject of much discussion at the annual general managers meetings this week. While the GMs can do nothing to influence the vote, the executives from the league's wealthiest clubs will be pulling hard for a no vote, while those from the less prosperous clubs will be cheering the other way.read on
from the NY Times,
Two years ago, Mike Modano, a center for the National Hockey League's Dallas Stars, knew that something had to change, or his career would be over. "Physically, I wasn't feeling the way I did when I was younger," says Modano, who is 35. So the six-time all-star called on Paul Chek, a nutrition and exercise specialist who has worked with elite athletes like the big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton and the snowboarder Shaun White.continued
from the Pioneer Press via the Duluth News Tribune,
With the NHL trade deadline about a month away, most of the talk surrounding the Wild has focused on goaltenders Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson. The reality is that teams might be more interested in trading for Minnesota's pending free-agent defensemen. Willie Mitchell and Filip Kuba are the top candidates, along with Andrei Zyuzin and Daniel Tjarnqvist.more
Time for the reader's of KK to answer a question- If your team could make one move right now, what would it be? Basically, you are GM for the day so let me know what you would do. You could make a trade, make sure it fits the cap, put someone on waivers, ask (force) a player to retire, change the National Anthem singer, paint the visitors locker room pink, etc. Make sure your move is logical, or you may feel the wrath of other readers. I know many of you like to visit KK on a daily basis, and over 1000 people stop by numerous times throughout the day, so here is your chance to let your voice be heard. You don't need to register to comment or leave an email address; just type in your name and let it rip!
from the Buffalo News,
Daniel Briere is determined to play hockey this week. The competitive nature of the Buffalo Sabres co-captain came through again Monday, when he declared he wants to return from his abdomen surgery earlier than planned. Briere was scheduled to be out until the Olympic break concludes at the end of the month, but he wants to play before NHL teams break up Sunday night.continued
from the LA Times,
A first-place team? Passionate fans? Blue-blood hockey lineage? All of Toronto must have been seeing Hurricane red. Before the season, the safe bet was on the Hurricanes going about as far as one could spit tobacco. One Chicago writer was blunt: "The Eastern Conference has a lot of bad teams and Carolina may be the worst." This, though, has become the Frankenstein of the NHL, and the guy wearing the smock is Rutherford, who pieced together a team that was ignored coming out of training camp and is now tops in the NHL with 38 victories and 80 points.read on (reg. req.)
from the Miami Herald,
This spring, the Panthers will pay. Maybe overpay. Because they won't have a choice. When doing their ''Up With People Under the Salary Cap'' act during the NHL's lost winter, franchises such as the Panthers claimed that only a cap would allow them to keep the core talent they develop. Well, no two players occupy more of the Panthers' nucleus than the two who have evolved so well since their 2000 draft-day acquisition from the Islanders. Remove either, and the team is set back two or three seasons while all the young talent reforms itself into a new core. Luongo knows it. Jokinen knows it. Believe that neither one wants to stay here if he has to go through that.more
from the Edmonton Sun,
“You have to get your mind wrapped around this city and this country. They are very laid back. They say, ‘We’ll be ready when we’re ready,’ ’’ said Dan Craig, the NHL’s ice-maker who has been here preventing a major disaster for the hockey show. “They say, ‘Don’t tell me you want me ready two days before because we don’t need to be.’ “We had to make some major changes to their original plans for ice in the hockey buildings. There was no way, with what they had planned, to have NHL-calibre ice for three games a day,’’ said the former icemaker of the league’s best in Edmonton. “In the last two weeks, believe me, the standard is 100% better that what we had here before.’’read on
from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,
Goalie protection is a problem that has existed in the NHL for decades, not years, and it has never been successfully resolved. Now, in this salary-cap era, it is exacerbated. The goaltender is the heart of the team and as such, likely is to be among the highest-paid. But throughout the league, there are minimum-salary buzzbombs who do little of consequence but run into people. If they can take out a goalie, that's even better that taking out a star scorer.more
While reading the current print edition of ESPN the Magazine, I ran across a section called 'The Jump', which places odds on some of the upcoming events in sports. To my surprise, I read this:
+/-1 Number of playoff games before shootout system causes problems.ESPN folks, you may want to read the primer on the shootout the NHL released back in July or at least sit down with E.J. and go over the changes to the game.
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