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Remember The Floor When Talking Trades

from NYI Point Blank,

For the 2008-09 season the NHL salary cap is $56.7 million. A less-heralded fact is that teams must meet a minimum player payroll - the salary cap “floor” - of $40.7 million. While it is unclear to the penny how much the Islanders are currently above the floor, a league source estimated the figure at $2 million.

Since Mike Comrie (’08-09 salary: $4 million) began the season slowly and is now on Injured Reserve while the team gives his surgically-repaired hip more time to heal, the point may be moot. But for fans wondering if the Islanders could trade the No. 2 center for a prospect or a draft pick, the answer is clear.

Even if the Islanders wanted to move Comrie for a pick, they could not right now. In just about any major deal the Islanders make, they will need to bring back approximately equal (or more) dollars in salary than they unload.

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Challenging All Hockey Fans

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

On Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, I unofficially proclaim that day be one of Happy Hockey Talk.

I want to read on that day, and hopefully others will agree with me, only good things about the game of hockey. I feel it is time let the sporting world in on our little secret, the game of hockey is good, really good.

imageCan I pull this off? Only with your help. First off, to all the bloggers and main stream media (MSM) types who are reading this, I ask you post, online, a positive hockey story on Monday.  It doesn’t matter if the story is about the NHL, the AHL or four kids playing shinny on a frozen pond.  Just write it and make sure to let me know about it by emailing me at pk@kuklaskorner.com.

To those of you who would like to participate, but don’t have a blog or a way to publish the story, fear not, just email me your Happy Hockey Talk story and I will find a way for people to read it.

I plan to point to all the hockey stories I receive notice about and also discover on my own next Monday. If all goes well, my [NHL.com] blog next Tuesday will be one filled with hundreds of links filled with wonderful hockey stories.

For more information, check out NHL.com.
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*image credit to hockeydogs.com

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Burke Close To President/GM Title Of the Leafs

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Brian Burke and Gord Kirke are in the final lap of negotiations that will see Burke introduced as president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs in time for a big splash on the Hockey Night In Canada broadcast of their game with the Philadelphia Flyers.

It is still too early to say Burke is officially signed, but at this point there is no reason to believe the remaining details, which involve the power structure under Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment president Richard Peddie, cannot be worked out. If so, Burke will likely be introduced as the new Leaf boss on Friday or Saturday.

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Best & Worst of the NHL So Far

From Ross McKeon at Yahoo! Sports, the quarter-pole power rankings across the NHL. Starting from the bottom, we’ve got:

Florida 29. Florida Panthers (8-11-1, Previous: 29) – The Panthers are still searching for an identity, probably because they’re just 20 games in with a new coach. The slow start by Jay Bouwmeester is disappointing, both for the team and the unrestricted free-agent defenseman who hasn’t done as much with his league-leading ice time totals as he would have liked.

Tampa Bay 30. Tampa Bay Lightning (6-8-6, Previous: 30) – You really don’t know what to expect one night to the next with this group. Obviously the assessment starts over after the recent coaching change. Roles will change, minutes will be redistributed. The real problem, still, is the personnel on defense. Nothing positive is going to come about until the blue line sorts itself out.

read on to find how the top-NHL teams shake out on the list

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  Tags: power+rankings

Lightning Add Sullivan Back to Coaching Staff

From the Globe & Mail:

Mike Sullivan is returning to the Tampa Bay Lightning bench.

The NHL team has named him associate coach, a position he held with the Lightning last season.

“He’s been here and knows the players well, and he’s an upgrade to the overall quality of our coaching,” Lightning general manager Brian Lawton said in a release Tuesday. “Mike is highly respected throughout the league and has been successful as a head coach at the NHL, AHL and international levels.”

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Take A Tour Of The HHOF

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A New-Look Ice Surfacing Machine

from Bruce Constantineau of the Vancouver Sun,

Starting next season, the Vancouver Canucks will stop spewing miniscule amounts of greenhouse gas emissions inside GM Place.

They’ll replace their $90,000 propane ice-cleaning machines with $170,000 battery-powered electric models with zero emissions—a common sight on European ice surfaces but relatively new to North American rinks.

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Senators Have A Few Options

from Jeffrey Simpson of the Globe and Mail,

The team’s options, broadly defined, are clear. The first — the one likely to be chosen — is to patch and paste through trades in a desperate attempt to stumble into the playoffs again in order to sell seats in the Canadian market with the smallest season-ticket base.

The second is to blow up the team, as the Maple Leafs are doing, in the knowledge that this Senators team, even an improved version of it, will never again threaten for the Stanley Cup. That window for this group is shut, and every honest fan knows it.

The start-again strategy would require a new general manager. One intriguing choice would be Steve Yzerman, who played some hockey before turning professional in Ottawa and is popular in the city.

A longer shot would be Pierre McGuire, once an assistant coach at Ottawa and now a TSN analyst. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things hockey, knows the team inside out and understands the Ottawa market.

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In A Position To Win

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

How accurate a snapshot do we get of the NHL standings at the quarter-pole of the regular season?

Based on last year’s evidence, pretty accurate.

I took a snap of the standings about one year ago, Nov. 21, at which point most clubs had reached the 20-game mark. I wanted to see how many of the top eight teams at that juncture actually finished in the top eight.

Conversely, how many outsiders at the quarter mark leaped up and grabbed a playoff berth.

Of eight Eastern Conference teams holding playoff spots on Nov. 21, five held on to those spots, while three fell out.

In the West, the picture was even more in focus. Six of the eight eventual playoff teams were already in postseason position.

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Sabres Fighting Mediocrity

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

With one-quarter of the season done, the Sabres are exactly where people expected. They entered Monday night in ninth place, four points out of fifth and three points ahead of 13th.

It’s how they got there that has folks in Sabreland wringing their hands or letting the profanities fly.

The Sabres are simply not good right now. No team on a five-game losing streak can be. They’ve won just once in the last eight games (1-6-1), sliding to 9-8-3 overall.

“We’re in tough right now,” coach Lindy Ruff said.

The slump has rained on the Stanley Cup parade some fanatics were planning after the opening eight games. The Sabres started 6-0-2, and it appeared they had regained their form after a season out of the playoffs.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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