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The Florida Panthers nearly stole the spotlight away from the Wings and Leafs during HBO's 24/7 series, and of the Atlantic Division's non-playoff teams I'd argue that the franchise may be a Phoenix Coyotes East off the ice (their financial situation is quite the mess), but on the ice, the Panthers have the greatest chance of serving as not only a playoff spoiler for their Eastern Conference opponents, but also a potential playoff-qualifying team.
NHL.com's "30 in 30" series profiles the Pantehrs today, and they note that Dale Tallon was predictably aggressive in improving the Panthers' roster over the past half-year, trading for Roberto Luongo and signing Jussi Jokinen, Willie Mitchell and another former Blackhawk (the Panthers have more than a few players from Tallon's previous employer's team) in David Bolland; they note that the Panthers' top prospect, Aaron Ekblad, is probably NHL-ready, and of course the Panthers hired a new coaching staff headlined by Gerard Gallant, too...
And in addition to discussing Ekblad's would-be defensive partners and "5 Questions" that the team faces going into the 14-15 season, NHL.com's Alain Poupart engages in a conversation with Tallon that, let's say involves personnel moves which allow more substantive, "We aren't that far off" talk than what was issued by Saturday's profiled team:
TSN's posting double doses of Insider Trading videos due to the massive amount of pre-draft trade talk, and I should've known better than to simply post the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's update on Jason Spezza's situation without looking for a rumor-related column on other Sun newspaper sites (the Ottawa Sun doesn't always post articles on his columnist page in a timely manner).
The Toronto Sun posted Garrioch's wining-and-dining update, and I need to say this out loud: while this summer's class of unrestricted free agents-to-be is particularly thin, I have the sinking feeling that we're going to see more classes like these--where second-line players and second-pair defensemen are the ones who hit the market and make top-player money, serving as the main source of player-value inflation (as yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika suggested).
The wining-and-dining period is great in terms of allowing teams to explain their expectations for players, and vice versa, but the number of offers these players are receiving over the course of consecutive days are driving up their asking prices considerably (of course, there are no numbers being exchanged ), and I really get the feeling that we're going to see Paul Stastny and Matt Niskanen become $7 million players come July 1st.
Anyway, here are Garrioch's updates regarding Stastny...
via Darren Dreger tweets,
At least 6 teams expected to talk to Bolland's agent, Anton Thun during allowed talking period. Wants to stay with Leafs. Looks unlikely.
Meanwhile, Bolland continues to make progress in rehab, rebuilding strength in leg. Expects to be 100% by camp.
As a first time ufa, Bolland wants to maximize his value, but 8 years at just under $5 mil per is likely too much for Toronto.
friom Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
The question remains whether Bolland will be a Leaf past this season. He’s headed for unrestricted free agency this summer and there have been no contract talks between his agent, Anton Thun, and Leafs management, since early February.
“Nothing is happening right now,” Thun said. “We exchanged proposals prior to the Olympics and we were significantly apart.”
At that time, Bolland was recovering from a lacerated tendon in his ankle, but returned to the Toronto lineup on March 22 after missing 56 games. When negotiations broke off, Bolland reportedly was seeking upward of $40 million over seven or eight years.
While that kind of contract is unlikely to happen in Toronto, Bolland isn’t being unreasonable to seek a deal in the neighbourhood of what David Clarkson is getting from the Leafs. In fact, since Clarkson, who has zero Stanley Cup rings to Bolland’s two, is going to have a salary-cap hit of $5.25-million US for the next six seasons — a contract, that for one season at least, has haunted the Leafs — then certainly Bolland should expect as much, if not a shade more.
Injury trouble has shadowed Bolland, and his durability likely will continue to be challenged as the seasons pass by. But it’s his heart that makes it that way, as he never has had a problem putting his six-foot, 184-pound body into the fray. The guy’s a gamer and we figure he will be until he skates off an NHL rink for the final time.
from Luke Fox of Sportsnet,
Dave Bolland has played just 15 games in a Toronto Maple Leafs uniform, yet the pending free agent is seeking a new seven or eight-year deal from the club, according to Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.
The total salary the 28-year-old Bolland is seeking over that term could exceed $40 million.
Bolland’s current contract, which expires on July 1, carries a $3.375 million cap hit.
The 'Battle of Ontario' was rejoined tonight as the Maple Leafs played their home opener against the Ottawa Senators. As they have since 1931, the 48th Highlanders opened the season for the Leafs - but the team chose to come out to the stylings of Metallica, instead:
While some things may stay the same, at least one thing would change. For the first time in 18 years, the inter-Provincial rivalry will not include Daniel Alfredsson. It made for much less booing, but no less scoring.
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First the Bolland hit from last night and in case you are wondering, the NHL will take no action on the hit.
Below is the Shanahan video of the Torres hit and to refresh your memory, Torres was suspended for the rest of the WC semi-finals.
Another own goal, this time Jakub Kindl of the Detroit Red Wings with a backhand.
The goal was credited to Dave Bolland of the Blackhawks.
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
After creating a bit of a firestorm when comments the Blackhawks center made about the Canucks’ Sedin brothers during a radio broadcast in Chicago on Monday night turned viral and drew a reaction from Vancouver, Bolland backtracked following the Hawks’ 4-3 shootout victory in St. Paul, Minn.
Bolland drew the ire of Vancouver coach Alain Vigneault during a broadcast of “Blackhawks Live at Harry Caray’s” on WGN-AM 720 when Bolland referred to the Sedin twins, Henrik and Daniel, as “sisters.”
Bolland was asked if the Sedins would still be sisters if they joined the Hawks.
“Well, they’ll never become Hawks,” Bolland said. “I don’t think we’d let them on our team. We’d be sure not to let them on our team. And, yeah, they probably still would be sisters. I think they might sleep in bunk beds. The older one has the bottom one, the younger one got the top.”
On Wednesday in Vancouver after the audio went viral, Vigneault responded.
Pavel Kubina has a phone hearing with the NHL for this elbow on Dave Bolland last night.
No penalty on the play and sorry, this is the only video I could find.
added 1:44pm, via Erik Erlendsson tweet,
Early word on Kubina is a three-game suspension for elbow to Dave Bolland last night, will try for exact confirmation!
TORONTO (March 10, 2011) – Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Pavel Kubina has been suspended for three games and will forfeit $60,096.76 for delivering an elbow to the head of Chicago Blackhawks forward Dave Bolland in NHL game #1005, the National Hockey League announced today.
The incident occurred at 2:09 of the first period. No penalty was assessed on the play.
His fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
added 4:15pm, A better quality video of the hit is below…
Duncan Keith threw out the first pitch at Wrigley field yesterday and then was joined by Dave Bolland for ‘Tale Me Out To The Ballgame”.
from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,
The venerable Blue Goose Tavern is in need of a revamping this summer.
The popular century-old watering hole in Mimico, Ont. has adorning its walls several pictures of the neighbourhood’s favourite son, three-time Stanley Cup-champion Brendan Shanahan. There also are a few photos of another Mimico native, Dave Bolland, from his days with the London Knights and winning world junior gold with Canada in 2006.
But now that the 24-year-old Chicago Blackhawks centreman has become a Stanley Cup champion, he expects Blue Goose owner Terry Chemij to make room for a picture of Bolland with the prized trophy.
“There better be,” Bolland said. “If there isn’t I’ll be pretty pissed.”