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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

• A West Coast team (possibly the Canucks?) is rumored to have offered the Ducks a better deal for Pronger than the whopping package (Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, and two first-round picks) the Flyers gave up. If it was the Canucks, a like package would have included Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa, possibly Alex Edler.

• No progress in GM Peter Chiarelli’s attempts to strike a new deal with 36-goal scorer Phil Kessel. If an offer sheet is coming from another club, it’s not likely to be made until close to the season opener in October, at which time the Bruins, with little or no cap room left by then, would be forced to let him go or frantically dump salary. Unlike the summer, when clubs are allowed to go 10 percent over the $56.8 million salary cap, there is no overage allowed once the season starts. It’s far more likely that Kessel will be signed in the next few weeks or traded well before the start of October.

more NHL talk…


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What’s Going On With The Avalanche?

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche, once the envy of so many NHL cities because of the assembled talent and the sellout streak that ultimately reached 487 games, now has been transformed into a franchise jumping on the chance to “get young” and “rebuild” with a little too much enthusiasm.

That enthusiasm is all about money….

Now, in the wake of Joe Sakic’s retirement, it looks as if the Avalanche will end up with major cap room for next season. The rationalization will be leaving more room for flexibility in the future in what everyone knows has to be a rebuilding process.

Detroit isn’t the model. The model is Pittsburgh, which had elite draft choices and a payroll that has increased as their phenoms (e.g., Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Marc-Andre Fleury) matured and got beyond their first contracts. But this also is coming off as an ownership mandate that, well, the Avs are going to be rotten, anyway, so they might as well cut payroll to threaten the league-mandated minimum of $40.8 million.

Rebuilding doesn’t have to be the excuse for a complete scorched-earth policy.


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Central Division May Look Different At The Top

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from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

What lies ahead for the 2009-10 season, in the words of Red Wings general manager Ken Holland, is “the most challenging regular season we’ve had since the early 1990s.”

The Red Wings have won the Central Division every year since the Blue Jackets joined the league in 2000-01, an eight-season run that ranks as the longest current streak in the NHL.

But one must wonder whether a changing of the guard isn’t on the horizon in the Central.

read on

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Flyers Blunder

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s mind-boggling that neither general manager Paul Holmgren nor the alleged cap expert within the Flyers organization—whomever that isn’t—understood that the seven-year Chris Pronger extension that begins in 2010-11 would be treated as an over-35 contract, applicable against the cap under essentially all circumstances as defined by the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

And yet, Philadelphia likely will never suffer the consequences for the massive blunder in which management agreed to pay $33.4 million of the total $34.9 million within the first five years of the extension. And thus would be on the hook for a $4.921 million cap hit in 2015-16 and 2016-17, even with the defenseman in expected retirement.

The Flyers will not take the hit because the CBA will be long extinct by that time, with another round of rollbacks and amnesty buyouts expected to bridge the gap between the current labor agreement and whatever comes next.

continued and more NHL topics…

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How David Moss Got Such A Good Corsi

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When I listed the 20 players with the top Corsi Numbers in 2008/09, the name on the list that most surprised me was David Moss of the Calgary Flames.  Moss ranks tenth in the league last year with a +343 Corsi.  Moss is not a reasonable choice to be called the best player on his team, while any of the other top 20 players all might be (at least if you neglect other teammates who made the top 20).  Moss is a 25 year old who completed his third NHL season (his first full NHL season).  He played largely on the Flames third and fourth lines, but managed to chip in 20 goals and 39 points.  This placed him tenth in Calgary’s scoring list.  The secret to Moss’s success is he is the best puck controlling player who did not play on the top two lines under Mike Keenan.

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Who Is Signed - Who Is Available

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ESPN has an all in one place tracker of those NHL players that have signed and those still looking for a place to play.

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Flames Sign McGrattan

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Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of forward Brian McGrattan.

McGrattan, a native of Hamilton, ON, has played 148 career NHL games accumulating 309 penalty minutes. Originally selected by the LA Kings in the fourth round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (104th overall), the 6’4”, 235 lb right winger has played with both the Ottawa Senators and Phoenix Coyotes.

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Reggie Fleming Passes Away

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from Chicago Breaking News,

Reggie Fleming, a member of the Chicago Blackhawks 1961 Stanley Cup champions, passed away this morning at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights, his son Chris said today. He was 73.

A hard-nosed defenseman known for the kind of grittiness that earned him the reputation as one of the toughest hockey players in his day, Fleming was especially valuable as a penalty-killer. He also set what was then a single-game NHL record for penalty minutes as a rookie with the Hawks during a matchup with the New York Rangers.


Reggie’s son Chris did a series of interviews with his dad after he suffered a stroke and heart attack four years ago .  Watch the first of the series…

The rest of the interviews can be watched here, with the last interview done about a month ago.

If I may suggest, maybe take a few minutes of your day to watch the first video of the series which may in fact lead you to watch the rest of the series.

added 6:41pm, Chicago Blackhawks Chairman W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz and General Manager Dale Tallon have released the following statements regarding the passing of former Blackhawks forward Reggie Fleming, 73.

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Wanting To Play In Washington

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from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Although we will all miss Victor Kozlov and Sergei Fedorov in our line-up, the two new free agents that we signed - Mike Knuble and Brendan Morrison - actually had better individual statistics last season in comparison so you could rationalize that we have indeed upgraded in each position. Time will tell.

What is most important to me is that we stayed on plan. We added free agents to our line-up on short term deals and at reasonable financial terms and these are really talented veteran players who WANTED to come and play in Washington, some taking less money than they could garner elsewhere because of the quality of our team; our city and fan base; and because everyone wants to play on a Cup contending team. Everyone loves the Kettler Capitals Iceplex and wants to enjoy its comforts.


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Kyle Chipchura Signs With Montreal

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

MONTREAL  – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced Saturday the signing of forward Kyle Chipchura to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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