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NEW YORK (March 6, 2014) -- The National Hockey League announced today that it has decided to modify the disciplinary sanctions originally imposed on the New Jersey Devils’ franchise for its conduct in connection with the signing of former NHL Player Ilya Kovalchuk in July 2010, which conduct was determined by an Impartial Arbitrator to have constituted a circumvention of the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (the “CBA”) then in effect.
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via Darren Dreger tweets,
Hearing the NHL has reversed part of its penalty against the Devils for cap circumvention (Kovalchuk contract)....
NHL will award Devils with the 30th pick in the Draft instead of the 1st round pick as usually determined. Also forgiving $1.5 mil of fine.
Needless to say, NHL teams are not happy with the leagues decision to let the Devils off the hook.
added 12:31pm, Again via Dreger tweet,
Devils were orginally fined $3 mil, had to forfeit a 3rd round pick in 2011 as well as a 1st in one of next 4 drafts.
TRADE DEADLINE RECAP
NHL clubs made 20 trades involving 38 players prior to Wednesday’s 3:00 p.m. ET Trade Deadline. Click here for a full list.
Among the more the notable deals:
Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean after Ottawa's 4-1 loss to Calgary.
They just don't play hard enough....
"We found out, to our chagrin and surprise the other day, we had been told the cap was going to be $71 [million] and now with the Canadian dollar having tanked, that the cap could be as low as $68 [million]. That's a huge swing,"
-Dean Lombardi, GM ofl the Los Angeles Kings. More on the Kings including the Gaborik trade from Helene Elliott of the LA Times.
Dustin Tokarski of the Montreal Canadiens wants this one back..
from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
The story isn't Ryan Kesler. Not at all.
The Penguins swung hard and missed on Kesler. So give 'em credit for stepping to the plate — general manager Ray Shero always does — and let it go. Move on. The story isn't the big fish they did not land or the shrimp they pulled in to play on the top line.
Honestly, it's not about the star they did not get.
It's about the stars they still have.
Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, James Neal and Marc-Andre Fleury are the Penguins' highest-paid players (along with injured defenseman Paul Martin). Isn't it about time those guys did something other than fall apart and fail to produce in the biggest games of all?
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
Suddenly on deadline day in the National Hockey League, the cherished ‘C’ became all about ‘me’.
The captains of two teams were revealed to be nothing like captains at all, traded for each other in a mashing of egos, mirrors, contract negotiations, hurt feelings, pettiness and singularity.
It was almost enough to make Darryl Sittler tear the ‘C’ from his jersey once again, if that wasn’t bad enough the first time around.
This should have been the time of Martin St. Louis’ life. He just won an Olympic gold medal in Sochi. The best shooter in hockey, Steven Stamkos, is set to return to the lineup of the much-improved Tampa Bay Lightning. If Jon Cooper isn’t coach of the year in the NHL, he is certainly on the ballot. How many goalies are playing better than Ben Bishop? And in an Eastern Conference devoid of a great team, somebody has to play for the Stanley Cup and that somebody just might be the Lightning, the team he has represented for 13 seasons.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
TEAMS THAT DIDN'T GET THERE
Actually moved the Bruins up and down on this list a couple of times but ultimately settled with a "didn't quite get there" ranking. The top team in the Atlantic Division didn't get the guy it wanted in Andrew MacDonald, who went to Philadelphia on Tuesday. So GM Peter Chiarelli went to Plan B and added Andrej Meszaros, trading a third-round pick to the Flyers in the deal. Meszaros, a member of the Slovak Olympic team, was expendable based on the MacDonald trade but will get a chance to play somewhere in the top six for a Bruins team that should provide a nice fit for him. He won't necessarily replace Dennis Seidenberg, who is out for the season, but he helps fill a hole. The question is whether he fills enough of that hole.
When you give up your starting goaltender in Roberto Luongo (the second in less than a year) for very little, you're going to continue to pay some of Luongo's salary, and you're still on the hook for the penalty when/if Luongo retires before the end of the deal, that's not good. Then when you fail to deal the top player available at the deadline in Ryan Kesler to immediately stunt whatever rebuild is underway in Vancouver, well, that's pretty disappointing. Kesler may still yield a pirates' treasure trove of assets at the draft, but it's been a disappointing and in some ways embarrassing few days for a Vancouver team that is life and death to make the playoffs.
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