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The Cap Situation In New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

In this upside-down world of the desperate and winless Devils, here’s another injury that could help general manager Lou Lamoriello temporarily manage his salary cap and short roster dilemma.

Forward Brian Rolston is receiving a second opinion after an initial examination suggested a possible sports hernia. If confirmed, he could require surgery and the Devils likely would place him on long-term injured reserve and temporarily free some $5 million in vital cap space to restock their short-handed lineup.

Rolston and defenseman Anton Volchenkov (stiff neck, broken nose) are to sit out their second straight games tonight when the Devils visit the Sabres tonight.

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New Charges Against Graham James

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP at TSN,

A Canada-wide warrant for convicted sex offender Graham James will be issued Wednesday based on allegations from multiple accusers, The Canadian Press has learned.

Police in Winnipeg will lay new charges against the former junior hockey coach, who previously pleaded guilty to hundreds of incidents of sexual assault involving two teenaged hockey players under his influence.

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Take Your Shot Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge,

Did anyone in the league office check the schedule? Hjalmarsson sits two games, so when does he get back? Saturday night in the United Center. Against the Sabres. So is the league giving Buffalo carte blanche to create mayhem in retaliation? Doubt it. Patrick Kaleta already threatened some after practice Tuesday. But if he does something, he’s not getting two games. Book it. Stinks of the warning system in baseball: You hit my guy, you get a warning, I hit yours and I get ejected and suspended.

The Sabres and Hawks won’t play for at least another year, perhaps longer. You make it a three-game ban and you basically cut way back on the mayhem potential Saturday.

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NHLPA Investigates Undermanned Devils

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The New Jersey Devils played Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with only 15 skaters as they lacked salary cap room to dress a full roster. Not surprisingly, Pittsburgh won the game 3-1.  The news today is that the NHLPA is investigating the issue.  The cynical side of me thinks their investigation will be similar to OJ Simpson’s investigation to find “the real killer”.  The NHLPA wants to be involved because players who are in the minors who would be called up to fill out the Devils roster would benefit from getting NHL playing time and salaries.  The problem is that the NHLPA has been so marginalized by NHL ownership that it isn’t clear what they can do at this point.  Probably that is what is being investigated.  Does the NHLPA have enough power to do anything at all?  It isn’t obvious that they do.

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Leafs Make Cap Room For Future Moves By Waiving Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Why now? Well, if Finger continued practising with the NHL club and suffered an injury, the Leafs wouldn’t be able to put him on waivers until he was healthy again. A blocked shot and a broken foot, then, could rob the club of useful salary-cap leverage.

Beyond that, it’s remarkable how the heat is already mounting in various NHL cities after only two or three games. See, it’s one thing to imagine carrying salaries during the summer when it’s all theoretical, and quite another when the games begin and the paycheques must be signed….

So maybe people look at the Leafs and their cap space differently today or maybe they say, “Well, duh, we already knew that.”...

Burke’s bet is that sooner than later, the clubs that need to move a body or two will have to do it, and by sending Finger down he’s made it abundantly clear to all GMs — and their owners — that he can ease their cap pain.

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Watching HNIC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA attracted record audiences for its Saturday night debut this weekend.  An average audience of 2.251 million viewers tuned in to the first game of the evening featuring Toronto taking on Ottawa and Montreal taking on Pittsburgh, up 34% from the 09/10 Saturday night season premiere of the program.  The evening’s second game from Vancouver against L.A., attracted an average of 1.430 million viewers, up 26% from the first Saturday night broadcast last season. Both are the highest Saturday night debut audiences in the program’s history.  Scotiabank Hockey Tonight drew an average audience of 569,000.

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It’s A Two Game Suspension Day As Hjalmarsson Gets Two Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Two game suspension for Nik Hjalmarsson.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We need to win. Yeah, we’d like to have a win.  But the thing that is more urgent that I’d like to see is for us to play a full, 60-minute hockey game. We want to put a complete game together. That’s what I’m more concerned with. The wins will come if we can play smarter and put in a full 60-minute effort.”

-New Jersey Devils head coach John MacLean.  Much more on the Devils from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

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Weary, Feeling Small, Tears In Your Eyes? Suck It Dive Fans

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I considered something a bit more elegant, more sensitive.  But when the possibility came up of combining Simon and Garfunkel with a line like, “keep on sucking it”? Well, I couldn’t resist.

Oh, I’m a classy one.  I know.

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James Wisniewski Suspended Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

2 games for Wisniewski

added 7:05pm,

TORONTO (October 12, 2010)—New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $79,268.30 in salary for directing an inappropriate gesture toward New York Rangers player Sean Avery during NHL game #28 on October 11. The incident occurred during a stoppage of play in the first period.

Wisniewski, who was suspended for eight games on March 17, 2010, is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Wisniewski will miss the Islanders’ next two games—Oct. 13 at Washington and Oct. 15 at Pittsburgh. He is eligible to return Oct. 16 against Colorado.

 

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