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Will The Carolina Hurricanes Try To Cut Some Salary?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Peter Karmanos is known as a budget-conscious owner. If things don't improve dramatically, the likelihood increases Karmanos puts heat on rookie general manager Ron Francis to trim the payroll that current stands at $66.2 million (according to capgeek.com). This seems somewhat obvious given the fact the Hurricanes invested money this season to put together a more competitive team.

Francis will preach patience, soundly supported by not having his top two centres, a crippling blow for any NHL club. The longer Carolina waits to make a significant deal, the more money that is paid down in salaries, which may not be budget friendly, but could lure a larger collection of bidders - including cap-strapped contenders - if a key piece like (Eric) Staal is legitimately in play.

What we know at this point is; Staal is not going to be the one to come out and say he wants out.

more plus some Calgary, Stamkos and OT talk...

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Paul Bissonnette Signs With The Cardiff Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Elite Ice Hockey League,

The Cardiff Devils are pleased to confirm the signing of Paul Bissonnette.  The NHLer is coming in on a temporary basis while he still looks for opportunities in the NHL, but Devils management are excited to have him for whatever length of time that he will be in Cardiff.  

“Paul got in touch with us and explained that he had already had offers from two other teams in the Elite League, but that if he was going to come back to this league he thought he would talk to us,” explained the Devils ManagingDirector Todd Kelman.
 

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Afternoon Line - Barry Trotz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

If you missed what Glenn Healy said, you can start here....

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Peter Chiarelli On Zdeno Chara’s Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Caryn Switaj of BostonBruins.com,

"This is completely different, separate, isolated from the other ligaments that are more critical in the maneuvering of the knee, so good news is, it's isolated to that ligament," Chiarelli told media during the press conference.

"Bad news is he's out 4-6 weeks. Might be a little earlier than four weeks, but a conservative time frame would be 4-6 weeks."...

"Well, it's obviously a blow," said Chiarelli. "He's one of the premier defensemen in the League, but I'd rather have it 4-6 weeks than 4-6 months."

The good news is that as of right now, Chara will not require surgery for his recovery.

"Right now, it's not a likely option," said Chiarelli. "But as you said, anything can happen. Anything can happen with anything, so I mean, I can't give you a 100 percent statement, confirmation, really on any injury."

more
 

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Report- Billionaire In Talks With NHL About Getting A Team In Las Vegas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

Billionaire William Foley is betting hockey will sell in Sin City .

Foley is in advanced talks with the NHL about bringing the first major league sports franchise to Las Vegas, The Post has learned.

“He’s the real deal,” a source said. “He has deep pockets.

His goal is to bring an NHL team to Vegas starting with the 2017-18 season, which would mark the league’s 100th anniversary....

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s half brother, Jeffrey Pollack, has been advising Barroway, sources said. Pollack also lives in Las Vegas.

more

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Are The Washington Capitals A Playoff Team?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Chuck Gormley of CSNWashington answered some questions,

what's the caps odds of finishing top 4 in the metropolitan division? Or is too early to tell?

If the season ended today, the Capitals would be preparing to face the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the playoffs while the Pittsburgh Penguins would be polishing their golf clubs for an early summer vacation. From the start of training camp I’ve been saying the Caps are good enough to finish in the top five or six in the conference and I still believe they are good enough to nail down one of the top three playoff spots in the Metro.

I thought the Penguins would struggle out of the gates with new coach Mike Johnston and they’re off to a 3-2-1 start, just one point off the playoff pace.

I thought the Islanders improved themselves dramatically with the summer additions of goaltender Jaroslav Halak, center Mikhail Grabovski and defensemen Nick Leddy and Johnny Boychuk and they’re off to a 5-2-0 start.

The Ottawa Senators [4-1-0] and Detroit Red Wings [4-1-2] have been pleasant surprises so far, but I’d be shocked to see both teams get into the playoffs, especially with the Bruins and Penguins expected to rise to the top of the conference.

The Caps are off to a solid start under new coach Barry Trotz and they should get better as they grow more accustomed to his way of playing. So, yes, the Caps should finish in playoff position and, quote honestly, should not shoot any lower than a Metropolitan Division title.

more Washington related questions....

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Wings’ Practice Today

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Also via Khan, the PP remains the same and Franzen not skating.

added 12:37pm, via Khan,

Other lines: Nestrasil-Sheahan-Jurco, Miller-Glendening-Andersson. Weiss rotating in on Datsyuk line. Cleary likewise on Sheahan line.

added 1:11pm, Babcock told numerous beat writers, The Monster starts tomorrow.

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Questions For Khan

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

Q: Do you think the Wings will trade Dylan Larkin for Tyler Myers? I hope not. I like Myers' size and right shot but I hope they don't sacrifice the future for him.

A: My guess is they won't part with Larkin in their efforts to acquire Myers. They're committed to building through the draft. They relinquished a young center (Calle Jarnkrok) last season because they felt they needed a veteran center (David Legwand) to help them reach the playoffs.

They have a couple of other promising centers in the system in Tomas Nosek and Mattias Janmark, but Larkin, their top pick in 2014 (15th overall), by several accounts, has the potential to be much better. It's no surprise the Sabres are seeking him, after being told top prospect Anthony Mantha isn't going anywhere.

The Red Wings will have to relinquish something of value to land the young (24), 6-foot-8, puck-moving defenseman Myers. At 1-7, the Sabres are well on their way to reaching their goal of gaining the most lottery balls for the Connor McDavid draft in June, so they shouldn't be in any hurry to get rid of all their best players.

more questions for Ansar Khan of Mlive including one on Weiss...

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Update On Injured Philadelphia Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

COBURN & MacDONALD OUT

Shortly after the Flyers resumed practice on Friday morning, Flyers GM Ron Hextall announced that defensemen Braydon Coburn and Andrew MacDonald both have lower-body injuries and will be out for approximately four weeks.

Coburn had been skating with the team for a full week, rehabbing from an injury he suffered on opening night in Boston that has kept him out of the last five games.

MacDonald has appeared in all seven of the Flyers contests, recording three points (1g-2a) and an average ice-time of 22:55 to rank second on the team, behind Mark Streit.

Also on the injury front, Zac Rinaldo is day-to-day with an upper-body injury. He did not return for the third period in the Flyers’ 5-3 victory over the Penguins on Wednesday.

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NHL Short Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

100 GAMES AND COUNTING
Thursday’s Blue Jackets-Sharks game marked the 100th contest of the 2014-15 regular season. Some highlights at the century mark (courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau):
 
* Sixty games have been tied or within one goal entering the third period.
 
* Forty-nine games have featured one-goal margins. Another 10 have been decided by two goals following an empty-net score.
 
* Thirty-nine games have seen a team overcome a deficit at any point in the contest, including 21 in the third period. Of those 39 games, nine have featured a multi-goal comeback.
 
* Twenty-seven games have required overtime, including 12 decided in five-minute extra period.
 
* Eight games have seen a tiebreaking goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation, including five in the last 60 seconds.
 
* Eight games have seen a tying goal scored in the final five minutes of regulation. Of those eight games, the team that recorded the tying goal went on to win five times.

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