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“The Flyers have given us permission to talk to teams and we’ve been doing that, and they’ve been talking to teams, but at this point there’s not much else to say.  We’ll keep talking and see if we can find a good place for Simon.”

-Bob Sauve, player agent for Simon Gagne of the Philadelphia Flyers.  Via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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Niemi’s Agent Says They Would Like To Avoid Arbitration

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via ChicagoBreakingSports,

There are a number of different ways to go and I guess it’s up to Stan and I to try and find something that makes sense for everybody,” Zito said Wednesday on “The Mully & Hanley Show” on WSCR-AM 670. “Antti would like to stay and like to be a part of this thing and I guess the onus is on us to figure out a way to do it.”

Despite Niemi’s impressive showing during the Hawks’ drive to the Stanley Cup championship, Zito said he’d rather not leave it up to an arbitrator to make sure his client gets a nice raise from his salary of $827,000 last season.

“We’re confident we have a good case, but with that said, there is always risk,” Zito said of the unpredictability of a hearing. “It’s just like going to court ... Did O.J. (Simpson) really not do it?”

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Toronto’s High Team Corsi

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The Toronto Maple Leafs had a poor season last year.  They finished with a 30-52 record (with 14 regulation tie points).  This put them in second last in the NHL.  However there are signs that they will be a better team than that record shows.  One very encouraging one is their third best team Corsi rating.  In five on five situations they directed the puck at their opponent"s goal significantly more than their opponents directed it at the Leafs goal.  The only teams in the NHL that had a higher edge in their favor were the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings.  The Toronto Maple Leafs did well in terms of puck possession.

These numbers can be looked at a bit skeptically because Toronto was frequently behind in their games and thus pressed hard offensively to catch up, while their opponents went into a defensive shell.  In short, game situations gave them a better chance to possess the puck.  That said it still shows that Toronto was a pretty good team in 5 on 5 situations.  No other bottom feeding teams showed nearly as good team Corsi ratings.

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Season Tickets Available In Columbus

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

—The Blue Jackets met with season-ticket holders last night and they’ll do the same tonight. President Mike Priest, general manager Scott Howson and others fielded questions from the masses, many of whom have spent tens of thousands of dollars on the Blue Jackets dating back to day one. Priest confirmed to The Dispatch this morning that the club has sold 7,000 full-season ticket equivalents. They ended last season with 10,274 FSEs. Two 20-game packs equals an FSE, in case you’re wondering.

—News flash: Attendance will be way down this season, especially early.

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Will Mike Keane Play Another Year?

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from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press,

The Manitoba Moose seem to have reached the conclusion they should begin considering life after Mike Keane.

Keane, Moose captain for the past five seasons, hangs in limbo these days, waiting to hear if he’ll be given the chance to play one more season.

After 22 years of pro hockey and at 43 years old, the fire still burns for Keane.

But this decision doesn’t lie just with the player. Management has to be a willing partner for the dance to continue.

So far, the Moose have had very little to say on the subject. Presumably, they are weighing their options on what Moose GM Craig Heisinger calls an “organizational decision.” In other words, the GM alone won’t be making the call on Keane’s future.


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Go To Detroit Mo

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from Jean-Jacques Taylor of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano should wear the hated Detroit Red Wings’ red sweater this season as long as he’s playing because he can’t imagine life without hockey – not because his ego needs some TLC.

It’s easy to see why Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk made the difficult, but correct, decision to inform Modano that he’d played his last season for the Stars.

Like most superstars, especially those who spend the bulk of their career with one team, Modano feels a certain sense of entitlement.

Talk to enough people within the organization and they’ll tell you that Modano, while still likeable, had become a curmudgeon the last couple of seasons.


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Who Will Blink First?

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

After talking to a couple of people tonight, I can shed a little more light on the proceedings this week while unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk was in Los Angeles visiting with the Kings.

As the Los Angeles Times reported earlier, Kovalchuk left Los Angeles Tuesday while his agent, Jay Grossman, stayed behind for a while longer to meet with Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. Grossman then left Tuesday night without the sides reaching an agreement on a contract.

From what I understand, neither side has dropped out, but they also are deadlocked in negotiations with neither side budging right now. The Kings have offered a long-term deal in the range of $6 million to $6.5 million per season, The Kovlachuk camp is still sticking to its demands of $10 million per season for 10 years or at least close to that.

At this point, it appears to be a game of chicken with each side waiting for the other to flinch. The Kings feel they’ve gone as far as they can financially without jeopardizing the long-term future of the young core of their team. On the other hand. Kovalchuk and Grossman know they turned down one contract offer for a total of $101 million over 12 years and another for $70 million over seven seasons from the Thrashers in January.


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What Really Matters?

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from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

While actual GMs and armchair GMs alike spend a decent chunk of July discussing free agency, the players do the one thing they can control: They train.

Not knowing where you’re moving to the next year is a feeling you’re forced to get used to. It’s not the case for every NHL star (Rick DiPietro probably knows where he’s going to live next year), but it is the case for the majority of the players in the NHL, and nearly every single guy in the leagues below. (Shockingly, there are no multi-year ECHL deals).

It’s an odd feeling when your agent calls with options. What do you value the most this year? The city? Its location? The money? The opportunity? Any of the other 52,006 variables?

What matters most to each player is nowhere near the same.


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Now What Kovy?

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via Helene Elliott tweet,

not confirmed yet but hearing that Kovalchuk to Kings is dead, this time for good. the reason: Kovalchuk wouldn’t compromise on money.

added 10:02pm, via Nick Kypreos tweet,

To throw my 2 cents in, I hear lines of communication remain open between Ilya/LA and talks aren’t dead. Sounds like BS poker continues…

added 10:38pm, via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

As much as I’d like to tell you otherwise — believe me, I’d like nothing more — there’s just nothing to indicate that there’s any finality in the Kings-Kovalchuk situation. I had good reason to believe there would be resolution tonight, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.

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Frozen Four Headed To Pennsylvania

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INDIANAPOLIS - The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee has announced the host sites for the 2013 and 2014 Men’s Frozen Four. Pittsburgh, Pa., will host the 2013 Men’s Frozen Four at the Consol Energy Center, while Philadelphia, Pa., will serve as the host for the 2014 championship at the Wachovia Center.

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