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We place a lot of importance on veteran leadership, and he’s such a strong character guy. Having this conversation with Joe at one point before, he doesn’t want to be there just for what he’s done in the past. He wants to be there because he deserves it, and that’s my feeling. But even if he decides to take more time this summer to decide, I’d still like to extend an invitation to him.”

-Steve Yzerman speaking about Joe Sakic and Team Canada.  More on Sakic from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

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Sens May Just Keep Heatley

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from Kevin Allen’s Twitter thsi morning,

Heard this morning that unless offers significanly improve the Senators may keep Dany Heatley. His $7.5 million cap too much for most teams.

added 8:17am, via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

A well-placed source reports Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, under pressure to move Heatley before a $4 million up-front payment on his $8M salary for 2009-10 comes due on Wednesday, acknowledged yesterday he hasn’t received an offer of close to equal value for Heatley, who has five years and $35M remaining on a contract that comes with a $7.5M annual cap hit.

Though GM Glen Sather has backed himself into a corner with the cap that will remain within a couple of hundred thousand dollars of last year’s $56.7M following the NHLPA’s vote to trigger a five-percent bump to counteract a decline in revenue, the Blueshirts could absorb Heatley’s contract by moving Michal Rozsival ($5M cap hit) and not qualifying Nik Zherdev ($3.25M). Qualifying offers are due by 5 p.m. Monday.

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Sergei Fedorov Signs In The KHL

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I am going to interrupt the Hall of Fame profiles to discuss a trend that is not a good one for the NHL.  Increasingly, some of the marquis names in the NHL are choosing to play in Europe at the tail end of their careers.  A big reason for this is the salary cap.  They find that they can get paid more to play in Europe than in the NHL as teams would rather fill their roster with young players who might out-perform their contracts instead of playing some of the future Hall of Fame players in the league.

The most recent example is Sergei Fedorov signing in Russia with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.  He joins Jaromir Jagr in the KHL - although many rumors have Jagr returning to the NHL this summer.  Reportedly, Fedorov will make around $3.8 million US for two seasons.  He will be a teammate of his brother Fedor.

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Sometimes It Pays To Hide In The Corner

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from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

Hakan Andersson was sitting at a Stockholm-area mall, having lunch with a friend when a 16-year-old boy walked up to him and said something quite unusual.

“Are you Hakan Andersson, the scout from Detroit?”

If you’re in the line of work that Andersson is, fame is nice, but a hurdle in getting the job done.

“First-time ever it’s happened to me in my entire life,” said Andersson of being recognized. “I think people around the rinks might know me, but that’s about it. I buy my ticket, walk in, stand in a corner, watch. I don’t want anybody to know. If you’re on what I call a little mission, watching a guy in a lesser-known league, then you want to be in the corner. You don’t want anyone to say, ‘I saw the Red Wings scout here last game.’”

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All The Talk Today

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from the CP via The Hockey News,

Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, Chris Pronger, Jay Bouwmeester, Tomas Kaberle, Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The list of players involved in trade rumours on the eve of the NHL draft could easily have been taken right from an all-star game program.

While scouting departments went through their final preparations on Thursday, the league’s 30 general managers were busy working the phones. And judging by some of the rumours, there could be a lot of fireworks at the Bell Centre during the first round of Friday evening’s draft.

“It heated up pretty well today,” said Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. “Not just on the draft front, but on some other trade issues.”

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Ducks GM Still Waiting For Phone Call

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from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

In the wake of the club’s seven-game loss to the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Murray requested answers from Niedermayer and Selanne “before the draft.” Technically, that means by 4 p.m. (PDT) .

“I’ll know when I get to the draft,” Murray said. “If I don’t, I’m going to be upset. I’ll hear from Scotty. He’s supposed to tell me — that’s all I know. Then I’ll call Teemu.”

Selanne has a contract set to pay him $2 million next season but could choose to retire, and Niedermayer stands to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday….

Veteran defenseman Chris Pronger continues to be the Ducks player bandied about most in trade speculation, though his availability, like many other things, could depend on Niedermayer.

“I wouldn’t say he’s on the market, but like every other player we have, if someone calls, we’re going to listen,” Murray said.

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Hradek On The Second Game Of The Doubleheader

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Pretty soon I am going to have to call him KK correspondent E.J. Hradek,

MONTREAL – The league’s idea to play a New Year’s Day outdoor doubleheader (one game at Boston’s Fenway Park; the second game at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium) appears to be dead. The management side of the competition committee opted against bringing the proposal up for a vote according to sources within the group.

One prominent insider, surprised by the turn of events, theorized that league execs might have gotten cold feet about the idea after getting some negative feedback from NBC, the league’s U.S. over-the-air network partner.

Apparently, the American network, which helped conceptualize the idea of the New Year’s Day event, might not want another outdoor game, on the same day, to distract attention from the Flyers-Bruins game at Fenway Park. NBC, which will televise the Boston game, almost certainly would have no desire to televise a second outdoor game featuring two Canadian-based franchises.

There is a possibility of a second outdoor event – featurning Canadian-based franchises – on another date during the season. TSN’s Bob McKenzie is reporting that event could include the Canadiens, who’ve been interested in a special event game to celebrate their 100th anniversary.

On a serious note, I appreciate E.J.Hrakek of ESPN The Magazine sending his take on any hockey topic my way.

 

 

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Canadiens Looking For A Big, #1 Center

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“It hasn’t been a secret that we’ve always been in the market for a big, strong, first-line centre and wherever that player may be, that’s where we’ll be looking,” Gainey said Thursday regarding the Canadiens’ plans for the draft.

“I think it’s going to require some patience, maybe a little bit of luck,” Gainey said about the search for a centre. “We feel we have some of the assets needed to put a deal together if we have a partner who really wants to move in that direction.

“We’re staying available and we’ll be available until a deal is done.”

The name most commonly mentioned is that of Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier, who grew up in suburban Montreal, but there are questions as to whether Tampa Bay is willing to trade him and whether the Canadiens can meet the Lightning’s price.

Gainey said he believes that the best chance of landing a big centre was through a trade, rather than waiting to see who’s available when the free-agent signing period begins July 1.

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Looking At The Sale Of The Canadiens

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from Sun Media,

The sale of the Montreal Canadiens to the Molson family continues to raise questions, with many believing the sale process happened too quickly.

Quebec’s Argent news agency has learned that the speed at which Gillett wanted to sell the team didn’t impress NHL brass, notably league commissioner Gary Bettman.

“Bettman wasn’t pleased with the first few steps in the selling (process),” a source said.

Sources close to the sale suggest Bettman put a halt to the whole process at one point in April to attempt to re-organize the situation. On May 4, Bettman is said to have invited prospective buyers of the team to New York to try and find out exactly what Gillett was seeking.

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Boom

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from MinnesotaWild.com,

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild, along with Brand Thunder LLC, has announced the launch of the Firefox Wild BOOM. The customized Minnesota Wild browser, a free upgrade to the secure open-source Firefox browser…

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