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Escrow Emergency

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Toronto Sun (via the Ottawa Sun): The NHLPA may toss the new CBA when its three-year trial run ends in 08-09.

The escrow payments, for those who didn't memorize all 15 volumes of the collective bargaining agreement, are the amounts deducted from the players' salaries to cover the owners' overspending. Last year, the escrow payments were 12%, but because the PA allowed the league to plug in an almost-random number which was easily surpassed, those payments were refunded. This year the agents are convinced there will be no refunds. And the amount the players can expect to pay are how much? "According to our calculations, it's going to be 17.5%," said one agent.
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Pens Sale May Be In Trouble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from KDKA,

More than a month has passed since a Connecticut real estate developer signed a letter of intent to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins. There's been no sale as of yet. KDKA Investigator Andy Sheehan has word that the deal may be in trouble. Sam Fingold won exclusive negotiating rights to the Penguins when he offered $175 million dollars to buy the hockey club. The deal has hit some major snags and tonight there's serious doubt that Fingold and the Penguins will ever make the deal.
continued added Wednesday 1:22am, from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
Sticking points, including financing problems, appear to be jeopardizing Sam Fingold's attempt to buy the Penguins, and his letter of intent might expire in the next several days, sources close to the sales process said yesterday. Mr. Fingold, a Toronto native and Hartford, Conn., real estate developer, entered into the agreement July 28 for exclusive rights to negotiate a purchase agreement with the team. His offer is believed to be $175 million. One source said the two sides disagree about fundamental business points but would not elaborate.
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Make It A Win-Win Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

HockeyJournal.com sat down with player agent Matt Keator recently. A quick read but very informative. I will cut to the chase...

The bottom line is seeing to it that my player has the best opportunity for long-term NHL success.
more...

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Winning Richard Trophy “Sinks In”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Canada.com,

Moose Factory's prodigal son Jonathan Cheechoo continues to make the northern Ontario town of 2,700 as proud as ever, claiming the Rocket Richard Trophy last season with a magical 57-goal season. The San Jose Sharks star winger says his accomplishment didn't really hit home until he saw the reaction of his family and friends this summer. "Everyone was really happy and proud," Cheechoo said from San Jose, where he returned to last week. "I guess I realized it then, it sunk in. It was a neat feeling."
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Ducks Shoot For The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks are primed for a run at the Stanley Cup this season, a young and talented roster seasoned by last year's run to the Western Conference final. Oh, and it's a club that's added superstar defenceman Chris Pronger. "I know it's fashionable in our line of work to downplay your chances going into a season because all your planning is still just on paper," says Ducks GM Brian Burke.
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Canes Sign Tanabe- Close With Isbister

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Stanley Cup Champion Carolina Hurricanes have dipped into their past and have signed free agent defenseman David Tanabe to a one-year, $900,000 contract. Sources tell TSN Tanabe spent last Friday meeting with Hurricanes management and worked out for the club in an effort to prove some of the injury issues the 26 year old has struggled with are behind him. Carolina is also believed to be inching towards signing free agent forward Brad Isbister. Providing the two sides can come to terms, Isbister will help fill the void left by the absence of Cory Stillman. Stillman underwent shoulder surgery on Friday and is expected to miss up to 35 games to start the season.

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Where Do They Land

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

With training camps fast approaching for the NHL's 30 teams, a number of key restricted free agents still remain unsigned. The Canadian Press and the Boston Globe recently published reports highlighting the unsigned. Among them: Anaheim's Ilya Bryzgalov, Atlanta's Kari Lehtonen, Buffalo's Ryan Miller and Dmitri Kalinin, Chicago's Tuomo Ruutu, Colorado's Marek Svatos, Columbus' Nikolai Zherdev, Nashville's Dan Hamhuis, New Jersey's Brian Gionta, Paul Martin and David Hale, the New York Islanders' Rick DiPietro and Philadelphia's Simon Gagne. There are various reasons why they're still unsigned, but the salary cap also factors into nearly all of them.
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Concussion Symptoms For Connolly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

As the Buffalo Sabres get closer to the start of training camp - rookies report in less than two weeks and veterans skate into town Sept. 14 - it's becoming clear that one person will not be joining his teammates. It's center Tim Connolly. The playmaker is still suffering symptoms from his May 8 concussion, and General Manager Darcy Regier says Connolly may not be cleared to participate when camp opens. "It would be great if he was, but we realize it's a possibility he may not be ready for camp," said Regier, adding that Connolly could still be sidelined when the regular season starts Oct. 4. "It's possible. We're not ruling it out, but it really is one of those things that we'll monitor, and we'll just move along as time moves along."
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Report- Dumont To Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RDS,

According to the Newspaper of Montreal, the Québécois attacker Jean-Pierre Dumont came from there to an agreement from principle with Predators from Nashville. Its recruiting should be confirmed this afternoon.
thanks to a KK member for the heads-up in the KKF. update 11:51am,
Sources tell TSN that Dumont has agreed to a two-year contract worth $4.5 million. He will be paid $2 million the first year and $2.5 in the second.
update 1:06pm, via the Tennessean,
Dumont, a four-time 20-goal scorer, said this morning that the Predators are on the top of his list and that he will make a final decision by this afternoon. Asked if his chances of signing with the Predators were good, Dumont said, "Yes, very good. We’ve had good discussions and we should have more today."
update 1:10pm, from the Nashville Predators,
Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has signed free-agent forward J.P. Dumont (JAY-pee DOO-mawnt) to a two-year contract that will pay him $2 million in 2006-07 and $2.5 million in 2007-08.

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Remembering Katrina

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Dallas Stars,

Thom Emerson is currently a sales representative for the Stars, but a year ago, he was a member of the 10-member office staff for the Mississippi Seawolves, an ECHL club in Biloxi. A Michigan native, Emerson was a 20-year veteran of the United States Navy and was relocated to the Mississippi coast in 2001. After retiring from the Navy, he accepted a job with the Seawolves, who were set to celebrate their 10-year anniversary during the 2005-06 season. Emerson, his wife, Jo, and their son, Trey, lived in a second-floor apartment with a view of the sprawling casinos and hotels that lined the Biloxi coastline. But as Katrina chugged her way toward the Gulf coast, the family paid close attention to the forecasted path of the hurricane.
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