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Video- Tim Thomas Robs Steve Downie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bruins up 2-1 midway through the 2nd period when Thomas comes up with the save of the night.

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More cap talk

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

On Saturday, SportsBusiness Journal’s Liz Mullen provided the most notable NHL-rleated “Tweets” in a long time by stating that NHL deputy commissioner BIll Daly informed the audience at the Sports Lawyers Association’s conference in Washington, DC, that the salary cap would rise to somewhere between $60.5 to $63.5 million next season, depending on whether the NHL’s revenues exceed $3 billion and/or whether the NHLPA applies its 5% cap inflator. Today, the Montreal Gazette’s Pat Hickey confirms the news:

The cap is based on hockey related revenue and Daly told the group, which included a number of salivating agents, that the NHL is expecting to post record revenue of close to $3 billion for the 2010-11 season. That’s an increase of more than $200 million from the previous season.

Since the CBA was reached after the 2004-05 lockout, league-wide revenues have increased by $750-800 million and the cap has increased by more than $20 million a team. The salary cap last season was $59.4 million and Daly said that it could jump to between $60.5 million and $63.5 million for next season.
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But the salary cap increase won’t be good news for all teams. As the cap goes up, so does the floor. That’s the minimum amount of money a team has to pay for its players and that will create a burden for some of the NHL’s have-nots. While overall revenue is up, we continue to hear stories about major losses in Columbus, Atlanta, Long Island, Florida and, of course, Phoenix which has been kept on life support by the NHL. You might recall that the NHL owners said the lockout was necessary because the average salary had reached $1.8 million. The average salary is currently more than $2.3 million.

Continued

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History Hasn’t Taught The Sharks Much

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gary Mason of the Globe and Mail,

The Sharks, meantime, have been the first ones to admit they haven’t shown up to play for most of this series. And given that this is the team’s second straight conference final (after a succession of conference semi-final losses) it seems almost incomprehensible that that could be the case.

It is one of the NHL’s oldest maxims that a Stanley Cup winner has to learn from previous playoff setbacks before it understands what it takes to go all the way. So you would have thought the Sharks, of all teams, had more than enough painful playoff memories to draw upon for inspiration heading into this year’s playoffs.

And yet, for some reason, the Sharks have been the vastly inferior team. Just look back at what they have been saying about themselves in this series and it sums up rather adroitly how we got to the point we are today.

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Things get interesting as Red Wings defenseman Brian Rafalski hints at retirement

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated ix at 11:47 PM: Per Pleiness:

A source told The Macomb Daily late Monday night that Rafalski is expected to announce his decision Wednesday during a news conference at Joe Louis Arena.

Well I hope that Nicklas Lidstrom’s going to stick around…As Paul noted, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos Tweeted that Brian Rafalski may retire from the Red Wings at 36, leaving a year left on his contract (which wouldn’t count against the cap as he signed it prior to 35 years of age, negating post-35 years if a player retires).

In a surprise if not shocking move sources tell Sportsnet the #RedWings will announce retirement of D Brian Rafalski as early as this week.
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What’s more surprising #Redwings Rafalski walks away from 6M he was scheduled to earn next year. With the news look for Lidstrom to return.
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Injuries the main reason #Redwings Rafalski shuts down a great career. He played throughout the play-offs without a ACL in his knee.

If that’s the knee that hasn’t had an ACL since he was 17, that’s not a surprise, but his other knee was bothering him, and his back issues have become a persistent issue.

Sportsnet has collected Kypreos’s Tweets in a report stating that Rafalski will indeed retire, and TSN says that its sources confirm that Rafalski is retiring [edit/update: the Sporting News’s Craig Custance says Rafalski will retire on Wednesday].

MLive’s Ansar Khan says that the Wings have not confirmed the news, the Detroit News is repeating the report and the Detroit Free Press’s Helene St. James spoke to Wings GM Ken Holland, who suggested that Rafalski is at least considering retirement, though Holland insists that nothing’s definite by any means:

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Video- If You Can’t Live Like Jarret Stoll, At Least See How He Lives

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Canucks Taking it One Game at a Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN:

The Stanley Cup finals.

It’s on the tip of their tongues now.

“It’s kind of funny. Dan Hamhuis and I were just talking about what we’d do with the Cup for the weekend,” Canucks winger Tanner Glass said Monday after practice. “That’s something you always have in the back of your mind. But you approach it right, as one game. This team, all year long, we haven’t looked past the next practice or game. The mood hasn’t changed; just a regular work day today.”

Glass certainly caught himself there. No one on this team wants to look ahead. But the fact is, it’s incredibly hard not to…

continued…

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Rafalski Retirement Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

In a surprise if not shocking move sources tell Sportsnet the #RedWings will announce retirement of D Brian Rafalski as early as this week.

added 5:14pm, another Kypreos tweet,

What’s more surprising #Redwings Rafalski walks away from 6M he was scheduled to earn next year. With the news look for Lidstrom to return.

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Doug Weight With A Career Announcement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the NY Islanders…

WEIGHT TO MAKE ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT FUTURE

WHAT:              Press Conference: New York Islanders captain Doug Weight will announce his decision on the future of his NHL playing career.

WHO:                New York Islanders: Captain Doug Weight, Owner Charles Wang and General Manager Garth Snow
                     
WHEN: Thursday, May 26, 2011 at 11 a.m.

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Practice Day Transcript: Sharks Coach Todd McLellan

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Q.  Todd, any kind of update on Thornton?
COACH McLELLAN:  Expect Jumbo to play tomorrow, yup.

Q.  Is he going to skate at all between now and then?
COACH McLELLAN:  We have an optional today.  Throughout the playoffs, a lot of the high-minute guys choose not to skate simply because of fatigue and trying to replenish the gas tank.  Jumbo is in that situation today as well.

Q.  Is he getting any treatment today or just rest?
COACH McLELLAN:  Both.

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Thornton Won’t Miss Game 5

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dave Lozo at NHL.com:

Coach Todd McLellan said Monday that despite his captain missing the final 10 minutes of Sunday afternoon’s Game 4 with an apparent shoulder injury, he will be in the lineup for Tuesday’s night Game 5 in Vancouver with the Sharks in a 3-1 hole in the Western Conference Final.

“When Joe Thornton comes to you and tells you he’s playing, he’s playing,” McLellan said. “That can happen in exhibition season, that can happen at St. Thomas at a charity game in the middle of the summer, so expect Jumbo to play tomorrow.”

Full transcript of McLellan’s conversation with the media today can be read here.

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