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The Latest On The Sale Of The New York Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I RT'd this earlier but I know many KK readers don't use Twitter at all or on a daily basis...

from Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Daily,

In the five weeks since The Shift reported that the sale of the New York Islanders to Andrew Barroway is in the hands of Charles Wang, the Islanders’ current owner, Wang has not moved to complete a deal. However, specifics of the potential agreement have been confirmed with sources close to the seller, the buyer and the NHL:

• Barroway is seeking to become the majority owner and purchase 80 percent of the team. “He wants decision-making authority and the ability to bring in his own people,” said a source.

• The agreed-upon value of the club is around $400 million.

• Wang’s advisers told Barroway’s group more than a month ago that Wang would like to complete a deal with Barroway this summer.

more on the Islanders and other hockey topics...

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It’s What’s Best for Business

Blog: F Street Faithful By Matthew Tate

As Paul posted earlier this morning, it appears that the Washington Capitals will being facing off against the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2015 Winter Classic, venue still to be decided, but I'm assuming it will be Nationals Park.  This certainly has the potential to be a fun game, but I have to wonder why the NHL would go with a non-conference opponent with whom the Capitals have no history.

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Looks Like It Will Be The Chicago Blackhawks vs. The Washington Capitals In The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Washington Capitals will be hosting the 2015 Winter Classic next season against the Chicago Blackhawks, according to TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie.

McKenzie adds that while the venue for the Winter Classic in D.C. hasn't been finalized yet, the leading candidate is believed to be Nationals Park.

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Tim Murray Willing To Accept A Large Contract Via Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

“I’ve got a lot of potential deals out there that have a first coming back, whether it’s in the 20s or in the teens,” Murray said. “I have been trying hard to do that. The people I’ve talked to haven’t said no, but nobody’s called back and said, ‘Yeah, let’s do this deal.’ ”

One avenue Murray is exploring is accepting an inflated contract along with a first-round pick. Some teams are eager to rid themselves of cap-crunching deals, and the Sabres have salary cap room (plus owner Terry Pegula’s buyout power) to help out.

“I would make a trade for a large contract to get a first-round pick involved,” the GM said.

“Every trade that every team makes, money is a consideration. I’m not going to say that I would just make that trade to buy a guy out. If that happens, it happens. I may take a contract on to play here. It would depend on the player.”

more on the Sabres...

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Video- Jordin Tootoo Feels He Still Has A Lot To Give

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via CBC,

 

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The Contract Negotiating Rights Of Nikita Nikitin Now Belong To Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 9:21am,

 

added 9:27am, Another tweet from McKenzie,

Clarification: EDM has window in which it's permissible to negotiate with CBJ pending UFA Nikita Nikitin, but no trade has yet been made.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Let Stastny walk as a free agent, then go shopping with the $6.6 million saved by not signing him. See how far that cash, plus the ample room Colorado has under the salary cap, can go in luring a defenseman such as Pittsburgh's Matt Niskanen and a wing sniper the ilk of Minnesota's Matt Moulson.

Stastny can find fortune and happiness outside Colorado.

Even without Stastny, life can be good for the Avs.

Let's get on with it.

Goodbye, Paulie. Big-time thanks for the memories. All the best.

-Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post where you can read more on Paul Stastny.

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The Hot Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger and Pierre LeBrun have the latest on the coaching vacancies in Pittsburgh and Vancouver, the trade market for the top three centres reportedly available and if P.K. Subban will receive an offer sheet in free agency.

Could restricted free agent P.K. Subban draw an offer sheet this summer?

Dreger: He'll definitely be a prime target but it is hard to say that it is likely to happen. However, the longer the negotiation - or lack thereof - between Newport Sports and the Montreal Canadiens drags on will create a target for Subban from an offer sheet perspective. However, in saying that, there is no chance the Canadiens would not match and it sounds like the Canadiens are prepared in case of that situation.

more

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The Winnipeg Jets Need To Upgrade Their Roster

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from Ken Wiebe of the Winnipeg Sun,

The Jets showed improvement under the guidance of Paul Maurice and having a full training camp under the head coach should help with the further implementation of the core principals and values required to help try to snap the string of consecutive seasons without a playoff berth.

However, another critical element for the Jets finally reaching that goal will include an upgrade of the current roster.

With that in mind, here are five storylines to watch:

1) Has Evander Kane played his last game with the Jets?

It’s a question that has been asked numerous times and it’s one that seems to be picking up steam once again. Can Kane be had for the right price? Perhaps, but the price tag is going to be steep, as it should be. Thirty goal scorers that can kill penalties, skate like the wind and play a physical game don’t exactly grow on trees. No, Kane hasn’t reached his potential in three seasons with the Jets, but he hasn’t had the benefit of regular linemates or been given much first-unit power-play time either. I remain of the belief that Kane could become a more consistent game-breaker if used frequently on a line with Mark Scheifele and Blake Wheeler. However, if Cheveldayoff is blown away by an offer, I could see him pulling the trigger. But Kane — who is under contract for a cap-friendly deal of $5.25 million through 2017-18 — won’t be moved for shock value alone.

read on

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Brian Burke Being Brian Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

Burke was in rare Burke form at the fundraiser: Angry, charming, often hilarious, passionate about his fight against homosexual bullying, even suggesting at one point that, if he had the chance, he’d come back and work for the Leafs.

“I would take the job in Toronto again,” he said. “I had no regrets about working here. I loved it.”

As for the Toronto media, well, Burke didn’t actually bring the topic up. Someone asked for his thoughts and Burke, as he often does, held nothing back, suggesting at one point that 95% of the Toronto media are “conscientious, thorough guys.”

“The other 5%,” Burke added, “well, it’s a shame that we’re not allowed to kick the s--- out of them.”

Now, that quote has to be put in some context. Generally speaking, Burke was being funny. Indeed, he had the well-heeled crowd in the palm of his hand for most of the night with his often outrageous and caustic comments, particularly concerning the media. But there was a definite theme to his diatribes.

“It is a death of a thousand cuts,” said Burke when the subject of the Toronto media was raised during a Q&A. “And I loved working here. I thought I had the best job in hockey when I worked here. In Calgary, it’s not a whole lot better in terms of the media coverage. But you have 80% of the media that are ethical people that give a s---, want to get it right. The other 20% ruin it for everybody (he later jumped to the 95/5 formula).

more

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