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Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending February 24.
From Forbes via The Financial Post,
Eleven billionaires currently own all of or a stake in 10 of the NHL’s franchises. (Not included in this group is the Minnesota Wild. Craig Leipold bought a stake in the club this January but technically his wife, Helen Johnson-Leipold, is the billionaire in the family.)
According to payroll data from Nhlscap.com, the teams with billionaire owners are on track to spend an average of US$47.8-million on player salaries during the current season. The 20 teams without billionaire owners are on track to spend an average of US$45.1-million this season. That US$2.7-million difference between the two groups is a notable amount in the NHL. It’s enough to pay this year’s salary for an All-Star like Henrik Zetterberg. The Red Wings winger is tied for third in the NHL in total points this year.
There’s a correlation between the extra spending and winning. As of Friday, billionaire-owned teams were averaging 62.3 points for the season. Teams not owned by billionaires were averaging 59.8 points.
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If this is your first time at KK during the trade period, may we suggest you keep an eye on previous posts. If additional information comes about regarding that topic, we may just add to that post, depending on the importance of the new information.
I’ve been told that the Blue Jackets’ offer to Tampa Bay for Brad Richards is: right winger Gilbert Brule, right winger Dan Fritsche and defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen.
That makes sense to me. I just talked to one those players’ agents, who said: “That makes sense to me, too.”
The Blue Jackets wouldn’t want to part with Brule, as he’s starting to really come on now. But, hey, you’re not going to get Richards without giving up at least one top prospect.
continued... and in a new post from P-r, he believes nothing will happen today with the Lightning.
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from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Will he retire?
It’s possible, however what’s more likely is the 37-year-old will move at his own pace, so we shouldn’t be surprised if he steals a page from the playbook Anaheim’s Scott Niedermayer and Teemu Selanne used last season.
Sundin will sit comfortably on his dock in Sweden, wait for the flurry of offers to rush in, shelve them for a couple of more months before seriously considering his future.
added 11:53pm, from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
For now, let’s leave it at this: if Sundin chooses not to retire from the NHL this summer, it’s fair to assume he’ll only want to return to the Maple Leafs organization he obviously loves so dearly.
Should that turn out to be the case, and I’m the lucky so-and-so who replaces Cliff Fletcher as Toronto’s GM, my first contract offer to the captain comes in no higher than $1.7 million, the same amount Sundin’s dressing room neighbor Alex Steen just signed for.
The injury list continues to mount for the Edmonton Oilers, as the team learned on Monday that captain Ethan Moreau is out for the rest of the season with a broken ankle.
from Bolts Report,
Things are so tense right now, it wouldn’t shock me whatsoever if John Tortorella is not behind the bench the next time the Lightning take the ice Wednesday against Minnesota.
There is word running through the grapevine that Koules and his partners want to pare back payroll to the floor, which this year is around $38 million. Can you imagine what this team will look like with a payroll under $42 million next season? You might want to get used to it.
from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,
A deal sending McCabe to the Islanders remains a longshot at this point, but if Fletcher yields his first-round pick, it could become a real possibility.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,
The player who has made a career out of scoring goals says it’s time the Canadiens started winning a few 1-0 games.
“We know we can score,” Canadiens sniper Alex Kovalev said Saturday, if not speaking specifically of his team’s punchless 3-0 Bell Centre loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“We just have to focus on playing defence more. Lately, we’ve been giving up too many goals. The last three games, we made a couple of bad mistakes and they cost us. It’s important for us to go back to basics….”
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