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Burke Not A Fan Of The Four-Letter Network

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sean Fitz-Gerald,

Fielding the same question three or four times in a span of 30 minutes distilled Brian Burke’s reaction down to its essence, as the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs defended the franchise from an ESPN study listing it among the least-rewarding in North America.

The Leafs ranked 120th of 122 professional sports teams judged in ESPN The Magazine’s annual Ultimate Standings, based on categories such as “Bang For The Buck,” as well as fan relations, affordability and championship titles. Teams in the NHL, NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball were mixed into the results.

“I don’t think ESPN knows squat about Canada,” Burke said. “I don’t think they know squat about hockey.”

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Negotiations Between Tanguay And Calgary Not Progressing

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Negotiations are ongoing, but there apparently are large differences in opinions when it comes to terms between the club and the player who posted 69 points in his return to the Flames last season.

“It’s money,” Feaster said Monday in a prelude to a hectic week that will involve discussions with and about his own pending restricted and unrestricted free agents, interviews for a head coach for the farm team, the expected hiring of an assistant GM and, of course, the weekend’s draft proceedings in St. Paul, Minn.

But the rest of the tasks at hand take a brief backseat when the name Tanguay is mentioned in a scrum with reporters.

They all chuckled at the moment of honesty from Feaster when addressing the disagreement with the left-winger who will no doubt earn a massive raise over the US$1.7 million he earned with the Flames last season after returning to form following a tough campaign with the Tampa Bay Lightning the previous campaign.

But the Flames don’t seem willing to cave on demands that may be too high for a team desperate to shed salary.

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Flyers Seem To Have A Plan In Place

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from Chuck Gormley of the CourierPost,

Maybe Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren knows something the rest of the NHL doesn’t. Or maybe he’s orchestrated a series of moves that will topple like perfectly aligned dominoes at the start of the NHL draft Friday night in Minneapolis.

In a conference call with reporters Monday afternoon, Holmgren said he would like to sign goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov and re-sign right wing Ville Leino while also acquiring a pick in the first or second round of the draft, something the Flyers have not had since 2008.

As of today, Bryzgalov and Leino remained unsigned and the Flyers do not own a draft pick until the third round at No. 84 overall.

To check off any of the items on their To Do list, the Flyers almost will need to shed significant salary from their current payroll, which is a mere $450,000 under the current salary cap of $59.4 million. That cap reportedly will inflate to about $64 million when the NHL officially announces its salary ceiling and floor later this week.

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How Much Will An NHL Team Pay Jagr?

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Jaromir Jagr appears NHL-bound and it’s only a question of which team he’ll sign with, his agent told ESPN.com on Tuesday morning.

Agent Petr Svoboda said Pittsburgh, Detroit “plus another team I can’t name” are the three options for his veteran client.

“We have to make a decision soon,” Svoboda said from the Czech Republic.

Svoboda said Jagr would sign a one-year deal with one of those three NHL teams. He also said a decision should be made within the next few days, perhaps as early as Tuesday. Jagr met all day with Svoboda on Monday and the two were slated to meet again later Tuesday.

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Red Wings overnight report: More on Lidstrom’s return and the Wings’ roster moves to come

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Early on Monday morning, the Red Wings officially announced that Nicklas Lidstrom would return for his 20th NHL season, signing a one-year, $6.2 million contract. I had asked Paul to text message me and/or call when the Nick news came about ten days ago, and while Expressen’s Gunnar Nordstrom tipped Lidstrom’s hand for him, I popped up with a start when my cell phone’s text message alert jingled me from a restless night’s worth of sleep and got to work.

Relieved. Unbelievably relieved. As Ken Holland suggested and columnists pointed out during the mid-day and evening crops of columns, the Red Wings’ off-season renovations hinged upon the fulcrum that was Lidstrom’s future, and as Ken Holland suggested to the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson, the Wings can weather the storm that is Brian Rafalski’s sudden retirement, but losing both Rafalski and Lidstrom, well…

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Board of Governors to ratify Winnipeg sale, firm up head-shot rule, cap figure

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The NHL’s obviously agreed to move the Thrashers to Winnipeg, the NHL, NHLPA and the competition committee have signed off on tweaking the blind-side hitting rule to better protect players whose heads are targeted, and it certainly appears that the salary cap will rise to $64 million after the NHLPA applied its 5% inflator, but as NHL.com’s Dan Rosen notes, none of these issues will become official until the NHL’s Board of Governors approves these changes today in New York:

While considered a formality at this point, the Board of Governors still has to give its stamp of approval for the Thrashers sale to True North Sports and Entertainment and relocation to Winnipeg beginning with the 2011-12 season. The transfer of ownership from Atlanta Spirit to True North Sports and Entertainment requires a 75 percent approval from the Board while relocation needs a majority approval. True North Sports and Entertainment is purchasing the franchise for a reported $170 million, including a $60 million relocation fee.

If approved, the still unnamed Winnipeg franchise will play in the Southeast Division for one more season with the expectation it will be moved into the Western Conference starting with the 2012-13 season.

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Trade Talk Starting To Surface

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the StarTribune,

Some trade scuttlebutt around the NHL as the draft approaches:

• Colorado: Wants to keep the No. 2 pick but would trade No. 11. Looking for a goaltender (maybe Jonathan Bernier or Cory Schneider).

• Detroit: Could be dangling Jiri Hudler and/or Valtteri Filppula for a puck-moving defenseman to replace retired Brian Rafalski

• Edmonton: Owns the No. 1 overall pick but would like to trade for another top-10 pick. Names available include Ales Hemsky, Tom Gilbert, Sam Gagner and Andrew Cogliano.

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Red Wings evening rambling: Lidstrom, Jagr and respecting one’s fellow reader

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Updated at 9:20 PM with Ken Kal and Bob McNamara on WBBL: Given the wars of words in the main Lidstrom post, I must politely and respectfully ask my readers to please give the arguments about the Red Wings’ captain supposedly harming his team by taking his full $6.2 million salary a damn rest. As NHL.com’s Brian Hedger noted via Twitter, the Wings aren’t exactly in cap trouble because their best player still expects to be paid like their best player at 41 years of age:

#Redwings in good shape heading into free agency on July 1. W/Lidstrom back @ $6.2M, they have 17 signed for $48M. New cap $64M
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That means Ken Holland will have about $15M in cap space to fill out roster w/6 players. #Redwings in market for 1-2 top D and maybe Jagr.

Those players include a back-up goalie, Patrick Eaves and/or Drew Miller, possibly Jonathan Ericsson, that #1 defenseman and either Jagr or another top-six forward. Lidstrom is not slighting his team, nor is he proving that he’s not as good a captain as the gentleman who took a lesser salary when he was a 3rd-line player in his last season, when the salary cap was down by the cap floor.*

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Sharks Start Making UFA Decisions

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Khing of Sharks.com,

You can now add forwards Jamal Mayers and Scott Nichol as among those from the 2010-11 San Jose Sharks not returning in 2011-12. And the same applies to Assistant Coach Trent Yawney.

The players, who will become unrestricted free agents on July 1, recently met with Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson, who wanted to give the veterans plenty of notice so that they can explore other opportunities.

“I’ve always respected veteran players who have decisions to make with their families,” Wilson said. “I told them we’ll be going in a different direction.”

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The New Sheriff In Town

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

If recent history is any indicator , every decision will still set off a raging controversy. Some will last mere days but many, like the uproar when Campbell did not suspend Matt Cooke for a hit in March 2010 that left Marc Savard concussed and still unable to play, will boil for months and years.

(Brian) Burke said when he became the director of hockey operations in 1993, Bettman warned him what to expect. “You think you’re ready. Then the first one happens. The media is screaming at you, both teams are screaming at you. You have no idea how loud the volume gets turned up on the big ones,” Burke said….

“I think it’s important to state that I do love the physical aspect of hockey,” Shanahan said at the time. “It’s a very difficult and fine balance to keep that in the game.

“But I can’t promise you what was once a three [-game suspension] is now a seven. I think that it’s all going to be individual.”

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