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Devils Injuries May Bring Cap Relief

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the NY Post,

Jason Wiemer may miss the entire season while defenseman Richard Matvichuk may not be ready for the October opener, each from off-season surgery. Wiemer, 30, is expected to be sidelined at least six months, probably more, after major knee reconstruction, while Matvichuk, 33, has not progressed as quickly as the Devils had hoped from repair to a herniated disc in his back, The Post has learned. The unavailability of Wiemer and probably Matvichuk will likely allow Lou Lamoriello to place each on the Long-Term Injury list, and effectively remove their 950G and $1.368 million salaries from his salary cap assessment. Wiemer was acquired from Calgary March 9 for a fourth-rounder, and played 16 of 17 regular season games and 8 of 9 in the playoffs, including the final Game 5 loss to Carolina. Lamoriello is believed to already be at the $44 million cap, and although he is permitted a 10 percent summertime overage, is behind the 8-ball since he must still sign 48-goal scorer Brian Gionta and defensemen Paul Martin and David Hale.
more on Gionta (reg. req.)

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KK Members Friday

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Beginning next Friday, August 18th, and every Friday thereafter, I would like to give a KK member the opportunity to submit their own blog post. The only rule, besides the obvious, it needs to be hockey related. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) me with a little overview of your topic and why you want other hockey fans to read it. Keep it short and it must be in by 6:00pm, Sunday, August 13th. Use "Free Friday" as the subject of the email to help me out. This is open to any KK member, including bloggers from other sites. If you are not a member, look on the left sidebar under KK Sections and register. Don't forget, all members have a chance to win a $25 gift certificate from Shop. NHL.com. A random drawing will be held after the 200th member registers, 400th, etc.... The KK member picked to blog will be notified by email either Sunday night or Monday.

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With Or Against The Odds

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from Terry Frei at ESPN,

Wanna bet? Legally, of course? Disclaimer: The last time I took a crack at selecting the NHL's "best buy," after checking out the list of summer odds of teams to win the Stanley Cup in the upcoming season, was in September 2003. After much hand-wringing and pondering which choice to make with my imaginary money, I decided to take the Dallas Stars, at 10-1. At the time, Detroit and Colorado were the co-top choices to win the Stanley Cup in 2004 on the online lists (at 4-1), but I decided that I needed at least double-digit odds and settled on the Stars. Oops.
continued...and a surprise pick from Terry...

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Nicknames- Post Expansion

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You may remember a few days ago, Tom Layberger of Sports Illustrated announced his top 10 nicknames, pre-expansion. Well, Tom is back with his post-expansion list. My favorite, Pat Verbeek Little Ball of Hate

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Swedish Report- Zetterberg Hurt

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from Radiosporten (not translated),

A serious wrist damage risks to intercept Henrik Zetterberg from playing for Detroit when the season draws igång, experiences Radiosporten. The Swede has been flown over to USA for survey. An off Sweden's hockey heroes from OS in Turin, Henrik Zetterberg, is injured. His employers in Detroit fear that that tube itself about a serious wrist damage. The each at training with Timrå at the start of the week that” Zäta”, three sek's second best objective shot when the became OS gold last winter, got pains in the wrist. After a contact with Detroit was forced the Swede puton first goodest flat in order to be examined of club doctors and experts in Detroit.
added 3:02pm, more at LGW... added 4:02pm, Detroit Free Press story, basically a recap of what we know...

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Now That Would Have Been Fun

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The ongoing Q & A with Brett Hull at the Dallas Stars website:

On what he has been doing this summer: I got back not too long ago from my wedding down in Cabo San Lucas. That was a great time and we just had a blast. Some of the people that came down to the wedding were Wayne Gretzky, John McEnroe, Chris Chelios, Mike Modano, Sean Avery, Jamie Rivers, Brenden Morrow and Guy Carbonneau. You never have seen a group of around 125 people get along so well. We are very lucky to have them in our lives.
read on image

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What- No Action?

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While I was gone, I thought for sure Carter would sign, joined by Bondra, Dumont and a few others. Looks like I didn't miss much, except for a transcript of Harry Sinden's speech from yesterday.

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KK- A Short Break

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I have a few meetings to attend today so updates will continue around 2:30pm. If anything breaks, KK members can post in the forum to inform readers of the latest hockey news.

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Unique Scouting Method

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from the Buffalo News,

The Sabres over the past two years have forsaken hockey doctrine. Rather than dispatch a gaggle of scouts to scour the globe, the Sabres rely heavily on video analysis and young office assistants to splice it into easily digestible packages that rarely leave HSBC Arena. The Sabres call it efficient. Many others label them cheap. Regier's assumption that as many as 29 teams would object to how the Sabres run their assessors office might be incorrect. Maybe there are more teams than that. It would appear a fraction of the Sabres' own scouting department had a hard time accepting the new approach.
more

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Looking At Dumont

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WDFN in Detroit had Dumont's agent on yesterday and he stated five teams have shown interest in him. RDS (translated) reports four teams, including Detroit, possibly LAK and also notes Dumont does not plan to make a decision this week.

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