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Hockey Talk Picking Up As We Head To Late August

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

- Statistics do lie: Nazem Kadri finished just three points behind John Tavares in league scoring last year. But Tavares finished third in the Hart Trophy voting, ahead of Jonathan Toews, and is pretty much a consensus pick for Team Canada in Sochi while the Leafs are still trying to figure out exactly what they have in Kadri.

- A player like defenceman Ron Hainsey, who has earned more than $25 million in his career, terrific money for a middle-of-the-pack defender, can be had, I’m told, for $1 million a year. The game is now hockey’s version of musical chairs. There are too many available players, and not enough spots or money to sit them all.

- The reason Mikhail Grabovski remains unsigned: According to one NHL GM, he wanted too much money and too much term in the early days of free agency.

“He was trying to cash in on getting the buyout and double dipping,” a general manager said. “And once everybody who wanted a centre signed them, there was no place for him to get the kind of deal he wanted.”

Now he’s unlikely to end up with either large money or long term. Although there are questions other than money about Grabovski that have been pondered in this strange hockey summer.

more including Alfredsson/Senators talk...

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I was impressed with Grabovskis play during the playoffs. The Bruins ran him pretty good but he still kept up the pace. What he will get is hard to say.

Posted by iceguy on 08/17/13 at 05:16 PM ET

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I think we’re going to have a fair number of guys who remain unsigned until the season starts and teams start to have injury problems.

Posted by Savage Henry on 08/17/13 at 05:23 PM ET

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