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Teams Have Cap Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Halford of Orland Kurtenblog at the Vancouver Province,

Chicago isn’t alone in questioning its cap status. Here’s a look at some other teams who could be in trouble (all salary figures courtesy CapGeek.com):

Calgary Flames
Players under contract for next season: 17
Estimated available cap space: $4 million


—Let’s start up front, where the trio of Matt Stajan, Nik Hagman and Ales Kotalik will count for $9.5 million against the cap. Is now a good time to mention that, in 80 combined games for Calgary last year, those three put up 32 points? It probably is. Just to throw another horrible contract in the mix, let’s mention that Daymond Langkow had 37 points last season, his lowest total in 10 years. Good thing he’s on the books at $4.5 million a year until 2012.

—The Flames’ other worry: these albatross deals keeping them from retaining their better value players.


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Get Your Florida Panthers Tickets Early & Ask For A Window Seat

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Not only are the Panthers expected to announce that they are reducing the capacity for most home games at BankAtlantic Center on Thursday, but the team is also going to unveil a new pricing structure for individual game tickets.

Team president Michael Yormark says the new setup is based on the way airlines sell seats – prices will be determined as it gets closer to game time.

“It will pay to buy earlier,’’ Yormark said. “As inventory sells and gets tighter, the pricing will jump from tier to tier. It’s all about supply and demand. Fans won’t get the best price if they wait. When single game tickets go on sale in September, you will want to buy because the price will increase.’‘


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A Look At Scouting

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from Mark Seidel at CBC,

As I travel across the country in airports, arenas, coffee shops and anywhere else, I’m always asked some common questions, so I thought it may be enlightening to the readers to list the questions and their answers here to give a glimpse into the life as a professional hockey scout and some of my experiences.

1. How many games do you go to in a year?

It’s a tough question to answer because the preparation for the various major junior drafts means I frequently attend tournaments where you can see parts of 20 games in a day, which skews the answer. By using the phenomenal scouting software, RinkNet, I have the ability to go back and look at how many games I went to last season and the breakdown was as follows:

  * Major junior/import draft preparation – Parts of 154 games.
  * NHL draft preparation – 98 games.
  * AHL/ECHL/NHL games – 19 games.

read on

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Markov Had ACL Surgery Today

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MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Pierre Gauthier issued today a Wednesday update on the status of defenseman Andrei Markov.

Markov underwent successful surgery today to repair a tear of the anterior cruciate ligament of his right knee. His recovery is estimated to be six months.

Markov, 31, suffered this injury to his right knee during the first period of the opening game of the playoff series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, at Mellon Arena, on April 30.

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Tired Or Not?

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from the CP at TSN,

Hockey Canada has come out in defence of Sidney Crosby after the International Ice Hockey Federation included him in a swipe at players who declined invitations to attend the world hockey championship.

The IIHF posted a story titled “Saying No to Your Country” on its website Wednesday, claiming that players who chose not to participate were turning “their backs not only on the team and its fans but also to the system which developed them and made them rich and famous.” The story, written by IIHF communications director Szymon Szemberg, names Crosby, Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Backstrom, among others.

“How can a player who is 22 or 25 or 27, and who was just eliminated from the playoffs be tired?” Szemberg wrote. “Tired is a miner who works in a damp pit in Miktivka, in the Donetz Plateau in Ukraine, who never sees daylight and who provides living for a family of five in a modest two-room apartment. That is tired.

“Tired is a divorced mother with two young kids who double shifts as a nurse assistant and cleaning lady to make ends meet.

continued and read the IIHF story here...

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Afternoon Line

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“They know that no matter where I’m at or what’s going on, I’m going to be competing, for sure.  If you look over the course of my career, every time I’ve had some sort of setback, I came back even stronger. I think that’s what people should plan on. Because that’s what I plan on.’‘

-Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins.  Chris Nichols of Sportsnet looks at Thomas for next year from a fantasy point of view.

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A Few Flyers Will Be At Home

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

This edition of the Canadiens has five French speakers in the dressing room, but none are otherwise essential: Bergeron, Maxim Lapierre, Mathieu Darche, Benoit Pouliot - and bilingual anglophone Dominic Moore, who grew up in Thornhill, Ont.

“As you look around the NHL, there’s less and less [francophone players],” Bergeron said. “Players are coming from all over the world, and we are a small part of the world. Before, you had a better chance to get a better player [from Quebec] ... There’s a lot of good French players in the league; just not as much in Montreal.”

No, in this series, Quebec’s stars play for the Flyers. The oft-injured Gagné, a one-time 47-goal scorer, rode a five-game scoring streak into Tuesday night; Brière, from Gatineau, had 17 points in his previous 10 games before Game 2; and Giroux, a Franco-Ontarian from Hearst, Ont., who played his junior in Gatineau, had 13 points in Philadelphia’s first 13 playoff games. And Thursday night, they get to do it closer to home.

“The guys are going to get a warm welcome, I’m sure, in Montreal,” Bergeron said, with a wry grin.


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Tampa Needs To Start The Hiring Process

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

It probably is too harsh to say the Lightning has steered without a rudder since the April 12 firing of general manager Brian Lawton. But it is not too harsh to say the recent storm over whether to pay for Stephane Veilleux’s surgery is a good example of why new owner Jeff Vinik needs to finally hire a new GM and chief executive officer.

If nothing else, the hires would lay out a vision for the organization, and would put people in place to make buck-stops-here decisions. Whether you agree or disagree with the Lightning’s position on Veilleux – it balked at paying to repair injuries to his right shoulder the team believed were not hockey related – the public-relations nightmare might have been avoided and the disruption mitigated had those positions been settled.


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World Hockey Championships - Qualifying Round

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The World Hockey Championships qualifying round has completed in Cologne and Mannheim, Germany.  There was a played to make this round.  The qualifying round had the twelve remaining teams divided into two six team groups, who played round robins.  The top four teams in each group qualify for playoffs.

Here are the results:

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What Has Surprised You?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Conference Finals are two games in and Chicago and Philadelphia hold a strong 2-0 lead.

What has surprised you the most during this round?

They play of Ville Leino, maybe the goaltending of Antti Niemi or Michael Leighton?

Maybe the road play of the Blackhawks or the Flyers actually playing disciplined hockey?

Let me know below….

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