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Chicago Lovefest

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

How soon they forget—and for the Blackhawks, that adage is a very good thing.

The club’s first fan convention, which concludes today at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, has been a lovefest.

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Coaching Candidates For The Islanders

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from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Former Toronto coach Paul Maurice has the pole position in the interview process to determine the successor to Ted Nolan as coach of the Islanders. According to an NHL source, Maurice is expected to meet with general manager Garth Snow tomorrow.

The list of confirmed Islanders coaching candidates now numbers seven. Besides Maurice, the list includes former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella and his assistant, Mike Sullivan, both of whom have received permission from the Lightning to interview. Snow still is waiting for approval to interview former Atlanta coach Bob Hartley and current Providence Bruins coach Scott Gordon in Boston’s organization.

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Salary Cap Keys

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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The key to success in the salary-capped NHL is to build through the draft and spend your money wisely, two things Gainey has done extremely well. He has spread his money out evenly, with three players in the $5-million tax bracket (Markov, Roman Hamrlik and Alex Tanguay), two in the $4-million range (Saku Koivu and Kovalev) and one earning $3 million (Andrei Kostitsyn).

By comparison, the New York Rangers have five players earning more than Markov: Wade Redden and Scott Gomez ($8 million each), goaltender Henrik Lundqvist ($7.75 million), Chris Drury ($7.1 million) and Michal Rozsival ($7 million). Those five players will eat up 67 per cent of the Rangers’ cap space.

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Preds Defense Coming Of Age

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Let the record show that constructing a core around young defensemen can take half a decade.

In 2002, Nashville Predators management (general manager David Poile, assistant GM Ray Shero, and director of player personnel Paul Fenton), with input from amateur scouts, recognized a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

The 2003 draft projected to be one of the deepest ever, prompting Nashville to stockpile 13 picks.

“We made a game plan to try and get a core group of defensemen that could go out and play,” said Fenton, the ex-Boston University Terrier who is now Poile’s assistant. “In essence, we really thought we had five defensemen we were sure could play, then we took wild swings at guys who might pan out. That was our philosophy going in - shore up our defense, hopefully, for the next 10 years.”

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Questioning Sather’s Moves

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

How could the Rangers have had $15.55M in the cap bank to sign four free-agent defensemen, Redden, Kalinin, Michal Rozsival and Paul Mara, but never get around to making an offer to Brooks Orpik?

If Marc Staal, whose omission from the NHL all-rookie team was a reflection of utmost ignorance, by the way, becomes the stud defenseman over the next two years everyone anticipates, why the need for Redden and Rozsival?

What team spends $4M to sign two third-pair defensemen, anyway?

If 2004 - which was easy, except for the Brian Leetch trade - was a purge, then what exactly is this . . . other than a mystery?

Why are the three dominant personalities of the last two seasons - Jagr, Shanahan, Avery - gone? And don’t try to pretend it’s about money.

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Wild Re-Sign Veilleux, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed left wing Stephane Veilleux to a 2008-09 contract.

And from Michael Russo, more details:

The Wild has avoided a Monday arbitration hearing by re-signing left wing Stephane Veilleux to a one-year, $737,500 contract, which includes a $125,000 signing bonus. This is roughly what Veilleux would have received from an arbitrator.

 

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Legends of Hockey - Mario Lemieux

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“You can’t check Mario Lemieux”.

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NHLPA Considers Legal Action Against IIHF

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from Paul Kelly, NHLPA Executive Director…

“Yesterday’s announcement by the IIHF that they have suspended certain Players from international competition has no basis in fact or law, and constitutes a violation of the rights of these Players. The affected Players are being unfairly singled out in a dispute between the NHL and the KHL over whether to respect each others’ contracts. The NHLPA’s strong objection to this unilateral action by the IIHF has been registered, and unless this action is reversed, the NHLPA will consider all legal options available.

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Islanders Sign Nielsen

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from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders have agreed to a four-year contract with center Frans Nielsen worth $2.1 million. The one-way contract will average $525,000 per year. Nielsen became the first Danish-born and raised citizen to play in the NHL during the 2006-07 season.

“We’re excited to have Frans locked up for the next four years,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “We know he is going to come to training camp in great shape and ready to compete for his spot on the team.”

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Reports On Markov & Ericsson

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from Snapshots at Mlive,

Two rumours popped up this morning; the first discusses a former Red Wing’s purported return to the NHL, and the other claims that a future Wing will be locked up for the next three seasons.

Sport-Express’s Alexander Shapiro claims that former Wing Danny Markov is coming back to the NHL to play for the LA Kings…

Aftonbladet’s Victor Melander and Tomas Ros say that Red Wings defenceman Jonathan Ericsson has been offered a three-year contract that would allow him to be sent down to Grand Rapids for the 2008-2009 season…

more with rough translations…

added 10:52am, Regarding Ericsson’s contract and to clarify it, the contract would be a one-way contract, but Ericsson can be sent to Grand Rapids next season without clearing waivers.  This clarification comes from a trusted reader of KK.

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