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Above The Cap For Now

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from Mike Chen at Fox Sports,

Let’s take a quick look at who still has to make some moves before the season starts.

San Jose — The Sharks just inched over the cap because of two major blueline additions: Rob Blake and Dan Boyle. Boyle’s in for the long haul, but Blake is essentially a defensive mercenary, coming in at one year for $5 million to provide insurance on the San Jose power play. This pushes the Sharks just over the cap (combined with RFA signings for Christian Ehrhoff, Ryane Clowe and Joe Pavelski), and part of this was offset by the trading of Craig Rivet. Who’s left to cut? Look for GM Doug Wilson to beg anyone in the league to take defenseman Kyle McLaren and his $2.5 million cap hit.

more teams that need to trim salary.

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Evening Line

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“He’s cut,” Melrose said. “He’d be a male model if he wasn’t a hockey player. But he’s slim. He’s 18 years old. He’s not a man yet. Vinny (Lecavalier) looked like a beanpole with shoulder pads on, too. Matter of fact, Stamkos is thicker than Vinny when Vinny came in.”

Still, Melrose continued, “He’s got to realize that’s his biggest weakness right now is his size. He’s going to be playing against men now, and that’s his biggest adjustment, playing against guys who are as fast as he is and bigger than he is. That’s what he’s got to work on. We’ve got people talking to him every week, got him on nutritional programs, and we have strength and conditioning coaches talking to him every week, so he’s going to get bigger fast and heavier fast, but he’s sill a boy right now, so it’s going to take time.”

-Barry Melrose on Steven Stamkos.  Read more at Lightning Strikes…

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Panthers Talk

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Been getting a ton of emails regarding the Jay Bouwmeester trade rumors. Isn’t going to happen, so relax.

and this too,

For Florida to make this move, you would have to gather that Mike Van Ryn would be headed north, his $3-plus million salary in each of the next two seasons going to Toronto in exchange for McCabe and his $6.15 million wage for this season. McCabe is scheduled to make $4.15 million in each of the final two years of his deal (2009-10, 2010-11).

Florida is going to be asked for more than its willing to give, but will probably have to throw in a young players or two along with a Van Ryn/Skrastins type veteran.

read on

added 9:55pm, via Sportsnet,

Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos has learned that Toronto Maple Leafs defencman Bryan McCabe has reportedly waived his no-trade clause and may be headed to the Florida Panthers.

There are several teams reportedly interested in the much-maligned Leafs’ blue liner. However, sources in South Beach, Florida tell Sportsnet that the Panthers are interested in McCabe because reports indicate that defenceman Jay Bouwmeester is not interested in signing an extension with the Panthers.

However, this does not mean that a McCabe-for-Bouwmeester deal is in the works.

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Columbus Could Be Bound For The Playoffs

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Scott Howson’s Blue Jackets haven’t created any major headlines lately but the ex- Oilers aide may be putting together the NHL’s sleeper team of 2008-09. There may not be an All-Star among the roster additions but there’s plenty of substance. Between R.J. Umberger, Kris Huselius, Raffi Torres, Mike Commodore, Fedor Tyutin and Chris Backman, Columbus has a neat nucleus with which Ken Hitchcock can work. If Pascal Leclaire matures as a No. 1 goalie and Russian whiz Nikita Filatov lives up to his notices, the pieces for a playoff team will be in place.

more hockey bits,,,

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Mark Parrish- Plan B Option

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from Russo’s Rants,

I talked to a reporter from the Team 1040 in Vancouver today, and agent John Vollan confirmed to him that the Canucks have shown interest.

Parrish just has to stay patient. Remember, two of the teams interested in him have other things pending and he’s Plan B. In other words, if Mats Sundin turns down Vancouver’s reported $10 million-a-year offer or simply retires, Parrish will get an offer. If Radulov indeed does not return to the Predators, Parrish will likely receive an offer from Craig Leipold’s old team.

read on for some Gaborik talk…

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Today, They Meet Again

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from Alexandra Zabjek of the Edmonton Journal,

They first posed together back in 1985, when she was a four-year-old leukemia patient at the Cross Cancer Institute and he was an Edmonton Oilers’ star whose goals were raising money for the cancer facility.

The little girl had climbed atop the Stanley Cup and the hockey star leaned in and smiled brightly for media photographers.

Today, Alicia Maryniuk - a lifelong Oilers fan - and Glenn Anderson met at the institute again after it was announced that Anderson’s jersey would be retired at Rexall Place on Jan. 18.

continued

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NHL Needs The Olympics

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from Jamie Fitzpatrick at Jamie’s Hockey Blog,

...But there is no greater stage. The Olympics are like a drug, hooking millions worldwide, drawing them to the television to watch pole vault, kayaking, synchronized diving, and other sports that only matter once every four years.

That’s not good enough for the NHL, where drama, spectacle, national pride and unprecedented TV audiences apparently don’t count for much. Reports persist that the league will pull out of Olympic hockey after the 2010 Winter Games.

It’s not as if hockey’s elite players have a busy international schedule.

Outside the Olympics, the last best-on-best tournament was the 2004 World Cup. There’s no word yet on another one.

more

Should the NHL participate in the 2014 Winter Olympics?  Vote below…

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Patience With Fabian

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from Mike Heika a the Dallas Stars Blog,

Les Jackson is all about trust and patience, and that strategy will probably be tested to its utmost by Fabian Brunnstrom.

The 23-year-old free agent from Sweden has a ton of potential, but he is a late bloomer and nobody is sure whether or not he can turn that potential into NHL scoring….

Barring a disaster, Brunnstrom will make the Stars out of camp and will take a regular shift with Mike Ribeiro, Brad Richards or Mike Modano. He’s a natural left wing, but he can play right wing, and that should help Dave Tippett find the right place for him. But the bottom line is Jackson will push to keep Brunnstrom in the lineup and also push for him to get important minutes.

more

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Afternoon Line

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“At one point I thought I wasn’t going to play again,” he said. “I decided that, after the way things went in the playoffs, that I wasn’t ready to quit.”

“People say, ‘Oh, you’re old, you can’t play anymore,’ but I truly believe it was kind of a fluke season,” Roberts said. “Everybody has a year once and a while with injuries. I’m close to being 100 percent and really feel good coming in this year and having a good season.”

-more on Gary Roberts from Erin Chenderlin at TampaBayLightning.com…

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Sending The Wrong Message

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from Broadcaster,

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council today released its decision concerning comments made on an episode of Bonsoir les sportifs broadcast on CKAC-AM (Montreal). Host Ron Fournier suggested that the Montreal Canadiens use violence against their opponents. The CBSC concluded that the broadcast violated the Canadian Association of Broadcasters’ Code of Ethics because it promoted violence contrary to Clause 9(a).

continued

One bit of advice, turn the channel if you don’t like what you are hearing!

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