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What’s Up in Nashville?

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,

“For Nashville to keep the team and make it a viable team, the number we need to be looking at is 16,000, not 14,000,” David Freeman told The Tennessean. “You don’t want to be at the absolute league minimum on salary cap because I don’t think anybody wants a team that is here but is habitually in last place. Certainly, our investor group, that’s not what we want, either.
“So to have a team that’s also above the league minimum salary cap, we’re right back to that 16,000 number.”
The salary floor in the NHL next season will be $34.3-million. Right now, the Predators have a payroll of slightly more than $30-million.

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Leonsis Believes In “The Family”

Ted Leonsis on Alexander Ovechkin remaining a Capital via Capitals Insider,

“I’m sure that the Ovechkin family and the Washington Capitals will come to a place where both think is fair and right and Alex will be here for a long time,” Leonsis said. “That’s his goal and I’m sure it will work out. He’ll save some money by not having an agent.”

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Another Rumor Shot Down- Gerber Will Not Be Sent Down

from the Ottawa Citizen via the Star Phoenix,

A bigger problem for Murray is what to do with the $7.4 million due to backup Martin Gerber in the next two seasons. Murray has talked to a couple of NHL clubs with interest, but they want to dump similar contract burdens this way, so Murray wouldn’t be any farther ahead.
“Maybe later in the summer, when it comes time to talk trades and balance rosters, something can be done,” Murray said. “We need two goalies here, and Martin is a good goalie. If we have to pay his salary, then that’s how it will be. If we can move him, there could be a few million dollars left to add a player.”
Murray said that under no circumstances would he send Gerber to Binghamton of the American Hockey League just to get his contract off the salary-cap books. The Senators would still have to pay Gerber’s full salary and would still require an NHL-experienced goaltender as Emery’s backup.

more on the Sens negotiation with Emery…

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Can Crosby Pull Of A Miracle

Sidney Crosby is taking on Derek Jeter at an ESPN Who’s Now poll.
Place your vote here and wouldn’t ESPN be shocked if Sid actually won?

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Report: Flames Give Eric Godard Contract Extension

Eric Godard has apparently received a one-way deal with the Calgary Flames.

From Hockey Fights.com:

hockeyfights.com has learned Eric Godard has re-signed with the Calgary Flames.
It is a one-way contract, other terms are currently unknown.

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Ex-Wings Coach Jimmy Skinner Passes Away

Most of you will not recognize the name, but Jimmy Skinner was very much involved with the Wings during their glory days in the 1950’s.
He was 90 and the last I heard he was living in the Windsor area.

After defeating the Canadiens for the Stanley Cup in 1955, Jimmy Skinner accepted congratulations on his feat, and wearily commented: “I’m tired and I want to take a bath.”

Update 10:31pm ET: (alanah)
From the AP via Toronto Star,

“He coached with the likes of Gordie Howe and all the great teams they had back in the ‘50s,” Chittaro said. “He was still mentally sharp. He had lots of great stories.”
The Stanley Cup that Detroit won in Skinner’s first year as coach was the team’s seventh. The Wings were 123-78-46 under him.
Skinner was born on Jan. 12, 1917, in Selkirk, Man.

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NBC Flex Schedule

This year NBC will have a flex schedule available and will only be televising one game per day.
Listed are the dates of their coverage and the games they can choose from…
Thanks to KK member SteveNJ for the information.

added 4:15pm, In case you need some questions answered regarding how NBC is going to deal with the flex schedule, let’s travel back to March 27, 2007 in KK history.
All of you questions will be answered by following the available links.

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Your Team’s Schedule

Open post for KK members and guests.
Get your team schedule here…
What do you think?

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What Blackhawks Pick Akim Aliu Went Through

from Gare Joyce of ESPN the Magazine,

Akim Aliu is trying to figure out what those guys are saying about him. He doesn’t know their names, and he can’t make out exactly what it is they’re muttering about, but he can tell it’s not good.
Aliu, in a navy, pin-striped suit, is killing time in the basement of Toronto’s Park Plaza hotel, waiting for his next interview with an NHL team at the combine. He’s watching other prospects go through their physical testing, the tests he went through this morning. He sees scouts milling around, glancing at him, then turning and talking in low voices.

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Kings Lock-Up Lubomir Visnovsky

from the LA Kings,

The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a five-year contract extension with defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.  Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced. 
“I’m very happy that I’ll be staying with this organization for a long time,” said Visnovsky from his off-season home in Slovakia.  “I love Los Angeles and I want to play in the playoffs with the Kings.”

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