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Buyout Time

From Lyle Richardson at Fox Sports,

The NHL’s buyout period runs from June 15-30, with most usually occurring within the first week.

Unlike in previous years when buyouts were few in number, the increase of the salary cap to an anticipated $56 million could see teams more receptive to buying out contracts of players who for various reasons may no longer fit into their future plans.

Topping the list of this year’s potential candidates is Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery…

much more

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  Tags: free+agents, rumors

Latest Coach Talk

From Darren Dreger at TSN:

San Jose Sharks are slowly zeroing in on [Ron Wilson’s] replacement. Todd McLellan, an assistant coach with the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings will interview for the job on Tuesday before heading to Atlanta to discuss the Thrashers coaching vacancy with General Manager Don Waddell.

Sources say Kitchener Rangers head coach and GM, Peter DeBoer is also high on Doug Wilson’s list in San Jose and failing a change of heart, may be considered the frontrunner.

The Sharks may be in competition for DeBoer as the Ottawa senators and Florida Panthers remain in the mix. The Senators are believed to have strong interest in DeBoer along with Sault Ste Marie Greyhounds coach Craig Hartsburg and veteran NHL coach, Bob Hartley.

more

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TSN and CTV Acquire the HNIC Theme Music

From TSN:

CTV Inc. has acquired all rights to ‘The Hockey Theme’ in perpetuity, preserving the song’s legacy and ensuring it will be heard on national television for years to come. ‘The Hockey Theme’ song will now live on CTV Inc. properties TSN, RDS and across Canada on CTV during coverage of the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Olympics as outlined below.

The deal between CTV and Copyright Music & Visuals was agreed to in principle after the CBC publicly announced last Friday at 5 p.m. ET that a deal could not be reached with the rights holders. Due diligence was completed earlier today.

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Wow.  Well, I suppose that means the HNIC Theme Music Contest is back on deck.

Update 4:55pm ET: CBC adds their own report on this development, and a further explanation of their position and the status of the pending lawsuit.

Update 6:32pm ET: Ken Campbell at The Hockey News would like to remind CBC fans that the world hasn’t ended. There are bigger things to complain about.

Update 6:53pm ET: Stompin’ Tom is open to licensing his own classic hockey song to CBC.

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NHL Media Vacation Stories

Though the NHL Entry Draft and the UFA deadline are sure to kick things back into high gear in about a week, there’s not a great deal of news going on in the NHL at the moment. 

In part, that’s because 98.5% of the hockey media is on vacation.  Case in point: Wild beat writer Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune is fresh off a trip to Las Vegas, where he’s been playing poker with Ray Romano:

Romano turns out to be the nicest, most down-to-earth celebrity I’ve ever met. Although, it was quite weird the two or three times we clashed hands and you suddenly realize, “I’m trying to get a read off Ray Romano.”

We got to talking, and when I told him I was a sportswriter, he said, “I was a sportswriter, too.” I said, “Yeah, but you were a much better paid sportswriter.” He agreed wholeheartedly.

What was so cool about the experience is I felt like I was in the World Series of Poker. With the table down to four, I knocked out two guys with pocket kings. It got down to us at the end, and suddenly, I noticed there was an audience wrapped around the table.

more proof that everyone has cooler vacations than me.

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Good News For Sports Fans

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,

I’ve disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court on a number of its recent decisions – one in particular – but couldn’t have agreed with it more on its choice to side with fantasy baseball leagues in their battle against Major League Baseball and its Players’ Association.

The court’s verdict – basically stipulating that baseball and those who play it professionally are not owed compensation for the use of their names and statistics – is not only fantastic news for baseball fans, but also a nice little shot across the bow of all sports leagues and player unions who wish to soak their customers bone-dry by any means necessary.

more on a variety of topics (including a thoughtful ‘get well’ message for Paul)

*additional thoughts on the US Supreme Court decision posted yesterday, with a selection of related links

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  Tags: fantasy+sports, mlb

Afternoon Line

From Mike Brophy at The Hockey News:

Watching the Toronto Maple Leafs conduct business is always an interesting proposition.

Unlike watching a well-oiled success story like the Detroit Red Wings, a team that hires well, scouts well and gets the desired results, the Leafs are more like watching a drunken sailor on leave trying to weave his way through traffic while traveling westbound on Highway 401 East – on a bicycle.

plus more on the Leafs… if you’re up for that.

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Hasek Retires… For (Likely) the Last Time

From TSN:

imageDetroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek officially announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after 16 seasons.

Hasek leaves the NHL as one of the most important goaltenders the game has ever seen. From 1993 to 2001, The Dominator won six Vezina Trophies and became the first goalie since Jacques Plante (1962) to be named the league’s Most Valuable Player. Hasek was also the first goalie ever to win consecutive Hart Trophies in 1997 and 1998.

Update 11:30am ET: Noted in the Free Press, “It’s time to say goodbye,” Hasek said.
Update 2:42pm ET: Some reflections on Hasek from Mitch Albom at the Free Press. Meanwhile, HockeyTownTodd has already moved on to Jimmy Howard…
Update 3:10pm ET: Video from Hasek’s press conference now added below.
Update 6:34pm ET: From Pierre LeBrun at the CP, Brodeur, Peca and Ruff remember Hasek as one of the best.

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  Tags: dominik+hasek

Shake Ups in Carolina

From NBC17.com,

The Carolina Hurricanes are shaking up Peter Laviolette’s coaching staff.

The Hurricanes announced Monday that one of Laviolette’s assistants and the coach of their top minor-league affiliate are switching jobs.  Tom Rowe is leaving Albany to become an assistant with Carolina, and Jeff Daniels is leaving the NHL club to take over as coach and general manager of the River Rats.

Carolina GM Jim Rutherford said the switch gives Daniels a chance to run his own team while the addition of Rowe infuses the Hurricanes’ coaching staff with fresh ideas.

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*more in the Our Sport Central press release, posted earlier in the forum

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  Tags: jeff+daniels, jim+rutherford, peter+laviolette, tom+rowe

Ranking the Best

Inspired by the Dominik Hasek news conference today, ESPN asks you to rank the best goalies of all time:

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Gelinas’ Staying Power

From the Edmonton Journal,

When Glen Sather did the dirty work for owner Peter Pocklington and dealt Wayne Gretzky to the Los Angeles Kings 20 years ago this July, who knew that Martin Gelinas would be the most enduring slice of the trade pie?

It was supposed to be Jimmy Carson, but he left here after one 49-goal season, suffocating, he said, under the weight of being traded for the greatest player in hockey history. He was out of the NHL in 1996 after a little more than 600 games.

Those first-round draft picks the Oilers also got for Gretzky? They traded one (1989 to New Jersey), they took Marty Rucinsky with one in ‘91 and the forgettable Nick Stadjuhar with the third in ‘93. Rucinsky has had a useful NHL career, but Gelinas, an 18-year-old who had been the seventh player chosen in the ‘88 draft a month earlier by L.A., who was thought to be the window-dressing in the Gretzky deal, has had the greatest staying power.

He hopes to suit up in Nashville for his 20th NHL season this fall…

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  Tags: martin+gelinas

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