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What Offer Is Right For Kaberle?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Traikos ot the National Post at the Montreal Gazette,

“We’re not asking for anything,” Burke said. “We’re fielding offers. We’re either going to get an offer that makes sense for Tomas Kaberle or we’re going to keep him.”

The difficulty is figuring out what offers might make sense.

It is no secret that the Leafs, who appear to be starting the season with sophomore Tyler Bozak and rookie Nazem Kadri as their top two centres, are incredibly thin up front. The team needs players who can put the puck in the net. So any deal would have to include a top-six forward.

But with 180 top-six forward positions in the league, the quality varies.

“Is it Sidney Crosby or is it someone who got 21 goals last year?” asked one league GM, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “It would depend on what your qualifications on a top-six forward are. I would assume that Burkie is talking about a guy that could bring some offence.”

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Wheeler Gets $2.2M In Arbitration

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Blake Wheeler has been awarded a one-year, $2.2 million arbitration award. The decision was made today following Wheeler’s arbitration hearing on Tuesday in Toronto.

Wheeler has yet to sign a contract for the award, but that is considered a formality.

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Sharks GM Talks Thornton Deal

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via Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Sharks GM Doug Wilson has done well to keep his core together this summer, re-signing Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski through the 2013-14 season, and would ultimately like to add Thornton to that list.

“The onus is on us to make this a place guys want to play and stay at,” Wilson said. “The group of players that we have, that have complemented us as an organization, that’s something we hope to continue.”

Thornton, who had 89 points in the regular season, added 12 points in 15 playoff games as the Sharks advanced to the Western Conference finals.

While Wilson won’t publicly comment on negotiations with Thornton, he made one thing clear: He won’t be doing any Kovalchuk-like deal with his franchise center, even if an extended long-term deal would help drive down the salary cap hit.

“We don’t have any contracts longer than four years,” Wilson said. “We are a player payroll team. We operate the way we operate. Under the CBA, people have options and choices. We have our own structure.”

Craig also points out the Bruins have had preliminary talks with Zdeno Chara.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Doesn’t appear like there’s many, or maybe any, major fires left in the Sabres’ iron. Regier said he’s looking to putting together a Portland roster and to training camp. That doesn’t sound like Lee Stempniak, Kevin Bieksa, Tomas Kaberle or anyone else new is walking through the door any time soon, folks.

-Mike Harrington of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News.

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Shoulder Surgery Sidelines Matt Greene

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via Kings.com,

Kings defenseman/assistant captain Matt Greene recently underwent shoulder surgery. Expected recovery time from the surgery is approximately three months.

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Peter Regin Signs Two Year Contract With Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

OTTAWA, ONTARIO—Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has re-signed forward Peter Regin to a two-year contract.

Regin, 24, played his first full National Hockey League season with the Senators in 2009-10, contributing 29 points (13 goals, 16 assists) and 20 penalty minutes in 75 games. In six playoff contests against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he ranked first among Senators (tie) in goals with three, including the game-tying goal with less than 10 minutes remaining in the third period of Game 5, which went on to become the longest game in franchise history and a 5-4 overtime victory for Ottawa.

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde: The Trading History of Doug Wilson?

Blog: KK Members Blog By nosferatu

It’s no secret around the league that the San Jose Sharks, if they have any hope of contending for the Stanley Cup again, need to improve their defense.  General Manager Doug Wilson was characteristically quiet on July 1, despite reportedly making an offer to Dan Hamhuis, and was shot down by the Chicago Blackhawks after signing Niklas Hjalmarsson to an offer sheet.  With Rob Blake’s retirement this summer, there is a gaping hole somewhere in the Sharks’ top two defensive pairings, and the only conceivable way for Wilson to fill this gap is now through a trade.

Wilson has made his name around the league as a manager thanks to his blockbuster deals, hauling in Joe Thornton, Dan Boyle, and Dany Heatley in a trio of trades that look to be long-term successes for the Sharks.  These players, along with Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski, make up the core of a team that should be competitive for several more seasons.  In that regard, Wilson has done a fine job in shaping this Sharks squad.

But the story doesn’t end there.  Wilson has struck out quite notably with several other trades—all of them, not coincidentally, near the trade deadline.  Try to pick a single winner for the Sharks out of any of these deals:

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Tom Larscheid Says Goodbye To The Vancouver Radio Booth

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Tom Larscheid had his ace on Wednesday. Vancouver Canuck hockey fans had their ace for most of the last 33 years.

It is the end of an era for the National Hockey League club and broadcasting in Vancouver as the Team 1040 is replacing Larscheid with analyst Dave Tomlinson on its radio broadcasts next season.

An under-sized running back from California who moved to Vancouver to play football in 1962 and never left, Larscheid’s remarkable reign over the airwaves here is unlikely to be repeated either in duration or style.

He was the colour-man on Vancouver hockey broadcasts for all but four NHL seasons since 1977, and for more than a generation of hockey fans Larscheid’s insight and instincts provided a blunt barometer of the team’s performance – good or bad.

continued and listen below to Tom tell it like it is before game 5 of Chicago/Vancouver this spring…

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What Happens If Niemi Is Awarded A High Dollar Award?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Within 48 hours, an arbitrator, who heard evidence from the Blackhawks and netminder Antti Niemi’s agent Thursday morning, will deliver a decision on just how much a Stanley Cup-winning goaltender is worth.

If the arbitrator decides Niemi’s worth much more than $3 million a year, Bowman may have no choice but to walk away from the decision, making Niemi an unrestricted free agent shortly before his 27th birthday.

The Blackhawks, already over the salary cap and facing a huge salary crunch before the start of training camp, will have 48 hours after the arbitrator’s decision to make up their minds.

There are rumors the ‘Hawks will accept the decision and then try and trade Niemi so they don’t end up losing a top asset without getting anything back in return. But the marketplace for goaltenders is soft to begin with, and any team dealing with the Blackhawks, let’s say Philadelphia or San Jose or Washington, all Cup contending teams that could use goaltending depth, will know they’ve got the team over a barrel and will be offering little in return.

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  Tags: antti+niemi

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The offers have been below our expectations of what the players’ market value is today,.  As the drum beats towards training camp, I think there’s going to be signings and a market developing for some of theses guys more closely aligned with their expectations.”

-player agent Allan Walsh.  More on this topic from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star.

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