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LTIR Fraud Trades

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Among the recent NHL trades are two that highlight the problem of LTIR fraud.  Chris Pronger and Marc Savard signed longterm contracts that their teams regretted.  When they suffered injuries their teams found an out.  These players were placed on the longterm injured reserve.  Neither has played an NHL game since 2011 and under any normal circumstances would have retired.  The problem is their retiring would have cost their respective teams' salary cap space.  So Pronger and Savard have remained active on paper even though both have taken other jobs and have no interest in returning to NHL careers.  We have found a new level of silly to add to the story.  Both of these players have been traded.  A different team wants them even though they will never play another NHL game.

Chris Pronger was traded to the Arizona Coyotes along with Nicklas Grossman for Sam Gagner and a conditional draft pick.  Arizona wants Chris Pronger because their finances are troubled,  Pronger allows them to pay their team less.  His salary cap hit is his average salary over his contract of $4.935 million but he is only paid $525,000 per year over the next two years.  This allows Arizona to make the salary floor without actually paying players that amount of money.  It signifies that Arizona is in financial distress and will bend rules to pay their team less than they are formally allowed to.  It shows that Arizona is going to be a bottom feeding team this year.

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Red Wings’ Gustav Nyquist files for salary arbitration

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

From MLive's Ansar Khan: The NHLPA released the list of players who've filed for salary arbitration, and Gustav Nyquist is among them:

This should facilitate a contract agreement in short order.

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23 Players Have Elected Salary Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TORONTO (July 5, 2015) – Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration:

Arizona Coyotes

Mikkel Boedker

Phil Samuelsson

Brendan Shinnimin

Buffalo Sabres

Phil Varone

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Impressions from the third day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' summer development campers got back to the business of doing team drills and beginning to work on Red Wings' systems play during the third day of the development camp, and they engaged in some incredibly unconventional but effective skating drills as well. Team Howe and Team Lindsay are spending this afternoon watching the Thunderbirds loop, spin and soar through the air, but the players were doing some looping, spinning and soaring of their own during Jiri Fischer's skill drills today, which was right on the line between stunningly beautiful to watch and smirk-inducing, depending on the player.

Here are the teams that participated in today's activities...

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Landon Ferraro With A New One-Year Deal With The Wings

Blog: The Malik Report By Paul

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A One-Year Extension For Nazem Kadri In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Sunday that the club has signed forward Nazem Kadri to a one-year contract extension.

Kadri, 24, finished fourth among Maple Leaf skaters in scoring last season with 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) in 73 regular season games. The London, Ontario native has appeared in 250 career NHL games – all with Toronto – and has collected 152 points (64 goals, 88 assists) to go along with 134 penalty minutes. Kadri was originally drafted by the Maple Leafs in the first round (7th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

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The Philadelphia Flyers Need To…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jay Greenberg of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

... the Flyers have to make up the 14 points by which they missed the playoffs a year ago. Improvement is going to have to come from within, and here are the means by which it has to happen:

Heed The New Sheriff:

There would not have been a coaching change if Hextall had not felt a lot of young Flyers underachieved a year ago. These were mostly the same players who gave them seven 20-goal scorers in 2012-13, so talent unrealized in 2014-15 has to be realized again to 2015-16.

Dave Hakstol will get more out of some players than Craig Berube did. That’s inevitable in almost any coaching change and hopefully this one specifically raises the production of Brayden Schenn and Sean Couturier, players that the organization remains committed to building around. But their usage has to change in some way to unlock more. That could mean linemates, roles, or ice time.

Prioritize Find A Center For:

Wayne Simmonds - Only 14 of his 28 goals a year ago were scored at even-strength, a waste of a big body with a finishing touch. There is ample evidence that Sam Gagner, who was the sixth player taken in a draft on his playmaking ability, has been much more comfortable at center than on the wing,

Could he be this year’s Michael Del Zotto, a lost soul reclaimed with a regular role and a fresh start? Perhaps, but Gagner can’t be a round peg in a square hole, which too often has been the case with Vinny Lecavalier during his two seasons in Philadelphia. The reality is that more of the organization’s future is invested in getting Schenn’s career on the upswing again, which is apparently why Hextall says the Flyers will go to camp thinking Gagner as a winger. But everything is subject to change.

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Audio from the third day of the Red Wings’ summer development camp ‘15

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings' prospects got back to the work that is driving home the fundamentals and systems of Red Wings hockey today, working with the Griffins and Walleye's coaches on breakouts and dump-in retrievals and doing some absolutely wild and wacky drills with Jiri Fischer.

I spoke with several players after a split session in which Team Lindsay skated first and Team Howe skated second, and I tried to put the pedal to the interviewing medal to give you a little more bang for your buck.

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Centre Ice Arena releases dates for Red Wings’ prospect tournament and training camp

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Today, Centre Ice Arena is selling tickets for training camp an the prospect tournament, so I'm officially allowed to share the dates of both events with you.

The Prospect Tournament is going to take place from Friday, September 11th to Tuesday, September 15th, with practices in the morning and games in the afternoon/evening.

Training Camp will take place between Friday, September 18th and Monday, September 21st, and you should note that the Red & White Game has moved to Monday the 21st instead of Sunday the 20th.

The events taking place at training camp go as follows, and they may be subject to slight changes, but the emphasis is on "slight":

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Problems Still Exist With The Los Angeles Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lisa Dillman of the LA Times,

Everyone knows Kings Coach Darryl Sutter loves to play youngsters. That is sarcasm — but Sutter might have no choice.

General Manager Dean Lombardi has noted that the Kings don't have a lot of cap space to make a big move, which is why they weren't able to keep "rental defenseman" Andrej Sekera, who went to the Edmonton Oilers for a six-year, $33-million deal, or veteran Justin Williams. The forward went to the Eastern Conference, joining the Washington Capitals for a two-year deal worth $6.5 million.

There are two problematic issues for the Kings, the first concerning center Mike Richards, whose contract has been terminated by the club. But the expectation is that the NHL Players' Assn. will appeal that move. Until the matter is resolved, the Kings won't know their options for sure. If worst came to worst, they could always put him in the minors indefinitely.

Equally problematic is the situation revolving around defenseman Slava Voynov. After pleading no contest to a misdemeanor in the wake of a domestic violence charge, Voynov has been sentenced to 90 days in jail, meaning there is a chance he could still be unavailable as the Kings prepare to start their regular season Oct. 7 against the San Jose Sharks.

Complicating matters, he is still recovering from surgery for a torn Achilles' tendon and the league still needs to conduct its investigation into the domestic violence incident.

So the uncertainty over the futures of Voynov and Richards will keep the Kings in limbo for the foreseeable future.

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