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Manny Makes Sense

from the Patriot Ledger,

There’s that knee injury that pretty much put Fernadez out of action after January. Even though he was scheduled this week to be medically cleared by Wild doctors to resume play, there’s something a little unsettling about hearing a player say he sprained a knee ligament, and then ‘‘tore it three more times.’’
There’s that $4.33 million salary cap figure this year and next, which may knock Boston out of the running for any current free agents of significance.
There’s the thought that Fernandez, 32, has been so insulated by Minnesota coach Jacques Lemaire’s defense-themed system, he may not be as good as his statistics.
Risk, of course, is part of every trade, but there’s so much logic built into this deal that general manager Peter Chiarelli couldn’t pass it up.


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Sidney Crosby’s Future in Pittsburgh

From Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Crosby is entering the final season of a three-year, entry-level contract he signed shortly after the Penguins made him the top pick in the 2005 NHL draft. All he has done since signing that deal—which, with performance incentives, has paid him well (almost $4 million annually) over the past two years—is halt the Penguins’ six-season playoff drought, become the youngest athlete to lead any North American professional league in scoring and win acclaim by both his peers and the hockey media as the league’s most valuable player.
He will turn 20 on Aug. 7. The Penguins can start talking today to his agent, Pat Brisson, about a lengthy contract extension, under terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement.


*thanks to a KK reader for pointing out this story

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The Old NHL Is Back

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Under this CBA the rich get richer AND get to pick off the better players. The less rich will have to raise ticket prices in some markets just to get to the floor and in other markets just to be able to pay for arbitration awards that will be rising because of the new contracts being handed out to players who are jumping to teams with more cash on hand.
Imagine hiking ticket prices after you’ve just seen your best player bolt for a bigger market and you’ve got nothing in return.

much more

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Good Job Dale

from the Chicago Blackhawks,

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that General Manager Dale Tallon has been given a 2-year contract extension. Tallon became the 8th General Manager in the team’s storied history back on June 21, 2005.
“I’m very excited that the Blackhawks have given me the opportunity to continue to work toward our goal of winning the Stanley Cup,” said Tallon. “We are continuing to put together the pieces of the puzzle that are going to make the Blackhawks a very competitive team. We are getting closer to where we want to be and when we get there we are going to stay there for a very long time.”


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Bad Business

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

For some reason, such as arrogance, the Buffalo Sabres figured they could get away with trying to muscle co-captains Chris Drury and Daniel Briere when, in fact, General Manager Darcy Regier and owner Tom Golisano didn’t have an ounce of leverage. Apparently, they thought they were smarter than legions of people who have wailed all season to get something done. Boy, they really taught Drury and Briere a lesson, didn’t they?...
One more time: Drury and Briere would have stayed in Buffalo for less money than their market value had the Sabres shown genuine interest. The Sabres’ gross miscalculation concerning this situation will cost them plenty of fans, which translates to plenty of money. It’s bad business.


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Wait And See

from the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers fans may well adopt a “show-me” attitude about the deal Lowe made. At least until the painful irony of watching Smyth sign with divisional rival Colorado for the same numbers—five years for $31.25 million US—that Pronger agreed to in Edmonton not so long ago, wears off.
Lowe said he called Smyth’s agent (Don Meehan) first thing Sunday morning to put in Edmonton’s bid. Lowe never received a call back.


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A Few Bits

Kevin Allen was on WDFN radio in Detroit this morning and few bits from Kevin.
-Shanahan signing with the Rangers will be very tight (cap wise).
-He feels Niedermayer will come back and play.
-Hudler RFA) may get more money playing in Europe than signing with the Wings.

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Advanced Warning

Touring the hockey sites and forums this morning, I am seeing some “the cap isn’t working” remarks.
My advice, deal with it, the owners molded the latest CBA and there should be no complaining.
If you are not happy with it, look at team management, not the CBA!

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Shake-Up In Edmonton

from Terry Jones at the Edmonton Sun,

The fans aren’t going to like it. And the players don’t like it.
Both fans and players will have trouble dealing with the loss of Jason Smith before wrapping their minds around the rest of the deal the Edmonton Oilers did yesterday in lieu of failing to sign a free agent.
Trading your captain? Trading another heart-and-soul player, a war horse and popular player and teammate? For a young ‘maybe’ and an old ‘maybe not’?


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The Detroit Babcockians

by George James Malik

Andreas Lilja must feel pretty good about himself today.  Between Danny Markov’s inevitable departure and the fact that there’s no real serviceable “defensive defenceman” who fits the Wings’ M.O. not named Vitaly Vishnevski, and his superb playoff performance in the absence of his now-departed teammate Mathieu Schneider, the Red Wings’ lone “big man” on defence is much more likely to take a regular shift each and every night this fall.  His struggle to accept playing on an occasional basis last season paid off.

By the time he skidaddled from his exit meetings, Jiri Hudler at least partially understood that the crazy man who made him pay his “playoff dues” wasn’t doing so personally, and that same crazy man who rides his performances actually wants Huds to become a full-time NHL’er, and a good one at that.

Chris Chelios still can’t stand the man at times, but the old warhorse has made his peace with the way things work in Detroit now, and he, too, knows that his playoff performance means more minutes during the regular season, and another year of mentoring Brett Lebda, Nik Kronwall, Derek Meech, and Kyle Quincey. 

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