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Artem Anisimov Extension With The Chicago Blackhawks

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Two-Year Extension For Kevin Bieksa With The Ducks

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What Kind Of Day Will It Be?

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

As the NHL’s free-agency period opens on Canada Day at noon, the group of impact players available is thin which is why in the hours before the shopping officially began many GMs were talking trade to see if they might be able to get a player in exchange for a contract or draft pick.

The issue isn’t that the players are bad, the problem is that they many of them aren’t going to be game-changers. Yes, there will still be big money spent because some teams have to get to the cap floor so they’re going to be spending to try to help make sure they can compete.

“It’s not very good that’s why there’s still a lot of people trying to make trades,” said a league executive. “There’s still a lot of potential trades going on.”

The names available will resemble many of those moved at the NHL trade deadline in March. Chicago Blackhawks centre Antoine Vermette, dealt there by the Arizona Coyotes, will be among the leaders along with Washington’s Mike Green, Anaheim’s Matt Beleskey and Chicago’s blueliner Johnny Oduya.

more plus some talk/rumors...

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Morning Line- Kevin Allen

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If there were ever a summer to wade carefully into the free agent pool, it is this one. At best, the pool includes serviceable players. At worst, the pool includes too many players whose performance levels are challenging to predict.

-Kevin Allen of USA TODAY where you can read more on UFA day.

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The Carolina Hurricanes Had To Buyout Alexander Semin

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from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Perhaps flush from his election into the Hockey Hall of Fame, Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos did something so out of character Tuesday it was earthshaking. He authorized the $14 million buyout of Alexander Semin’s contract.

And just like that, Jim Rutherford’s $35 million mistake became a $28 million mistake, and Semin will have to slouch around somewhere else not scoring goals next season. And the season after that. And the season after that.

Paying a player that much money to go away is not in the Hurricanes’ DNA. In fact, it pretty much represents the opposite of everything Karmanos and the Hurricanes have done over the years, which is to try to operate on a tight budget while other teams throw money at problems.

That’s one measure of how badly the Hurricanes wanted Semin out, wanted him away from their impressionable young players. After trying to find a less expensive solution at the draft – swapping bad contracts, or sending Semin and an asset to a deep-pocketed team that would then pay to buy him out – they were left with no choice.


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Signings And Taxes

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from Frank Seravalli of TSN,

One year ago, a record $528 million was doled out to 89 unrestricted free agents over 183 years worth of contracts.

That was in a span of 12 hours on opening day of the 2014 NHL free-agent season.
Another few hundred million is sure to be spent on Wednesday.
But signing a $2 million contract to play for the Anaheim Ducks is not worth the same as signing a $2 million contract to play for the Florida Panthers. Choosing to play in Tampa Bay rather than San Jose could be the difference between earning another $300,000 a year, after taxes. 

The average NHL player pays approximately $1,247,960 in income tax every year, or close to 45 per cent of the league average salary of $2.8 million. Federal, provincial, state and local taxes vary based on the location of the franchise. None of that takes into account the relative cost of living in each locale, such as the housing market.
There are many other factors for a player to consider before he signs on the dotted line. 


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TMR Evening Line: No longer ‘still stuck with Weiss and Cleary’

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Fox Sports Detroit's Keith Gave and the rest of Fox Sports' editorial content staff have been cut from the Fox Sports team, which is a real damn shame given how passionately Gave, Dana Wakiji and Art Regner covered the Red Wings--and it's a damn shame that so many good journalists are getting cut loose this evening.

As such, I'm giving Gave's column about the Stephen Weiss buy-out, Brendan Smith's contract and the shape of the roster under Jeff Blashill an "Evening Line" status:

Holland still faces one more unwanted holdover headache from Babcock's tenure: What to do with Dan Cleary, to whom Babcock made promises about a position with the team this season? Yet again, Holland had some serious misgivings, considering how Cleary's play had tailed off. But at Babcock's urging, Holland signed Cleary to $1.5 million contract last July after he scored just four goals and eight points, with a minus-11 rating, in 52 games and missed the final 2 1/2 months with a knee injury.

As one Wings' official bluntly put it after Babcock bolted for a fat contract to coach the Toronto Maple Leafs: "Mike Babcock is gone, and we're still stuck with Weiss and Cleary."

Now one's gone and the other is unlikely to be a factor in the Detroit lineup under new coach Jeff Blashill. Buying out Weiss is a clear signal that Holland is more committed to the future than the past as he prepares to sign several younger players who will form the nucleus of the team for years to come.

Gave continues...I hope he, Wakiji, Regner and all the Fox Sports Detroit writers land on their feet.

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More of the same Coyote-relocation-talk wackiness via ‘ridiculous and irresponsible’ story

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So I'm working the late shift on Free Agent Eve for Paul, and I come across this baffling story from the New York Post's
Josh Kosman

Sin City is getting hockey, two sources close to the situation told The Post.

The NHL is arranging the sale of the Arizona Coyotes to billionaire William Foley who will move the team to Las Vegas giving it its first major professional franchise, one source said.

Uh, Foley wants his own franchise...

“Las Vegas has reached 10,000 season ticket deposits,” enough to justify a franchise, the other source said.

That's not what the NHL suggested.

Foley said in January that he needed 10,000 ticket deposits to get an NHL team.

Yes, that's true, but the principals in the story are issuing simple denials...

A Coyotes spokesman said, “The Coyotes are committed to playing in Arizona.” When asked for how long, the spokesman reiterated it was committed to playing in Arizona. “Period.” Arizona last year ranked 28th in attendance.


The NHL denied the story.

And as you might expect, the NHL is not happy with this fluffernutter...

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Is it ‘go with the kids the kids’ or ‘go after a free agent,’ and can it be both?

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If you ask me, and you didn't, I think the Red Wings' front office might be waffling a little bit.

Despite having purportedly bought out Stephen Weiss to ensure that the Wings can re-sign next summer's restricted and unrestricted free agents-to-be, and despite having committed to the youth movement, Ken Holland told MLive's Ansar Khan, who penned an article about free agency targets (as did the Detroit News's Ted Kulfan), that the Wings are still at least going to monitor the market, if not make a few bids here and there:

"A lot of what we're doing is going to be with the kids, but if there's something out there that makes us a better club, that's what we're looking at," Holland said. "You have to factor in the cap and all the players we have to sign (on their own team over the next couple of years). There's a small group of players that complement what we're trying to do, but there's 30 teams exploring the free-agent market."

The Red Wings could use a right-shooting defenseman with offensive skills, since they don't generate much offense from the back end. They will make a pitch for Green, who is at the head of the free-agent class. But they hesitate to get into a bidding war for him, especially if he's seeking five or six years in the $6 million-a-year range. There are concerns about his attention to detail defensively.

"I'd love to get a top-four defenseman," Holland said. "There's not many top-four defensemen around and probably a number of teams in the bidding."


"We would we like a right-shot defenseman, but if I can't have a right-shot defenseman we have (them) in Marchenko and Jensen," Holland said. "We've got good depth. Are we looking to upgrade? Whether it's on defense or forward, yeah, if the upgrade fits in."


"We probably have interest on the market in guys that are shorter term rather than longer term, depending who they are," Holland said. "Our young players are going to be our future and are going to work their way into the lineup and allow us to be competitive. If we don't do anything I'm satisfied heading into the season."

Khan and Holland continue, and I understand that the balance between "letting the kids play" and trying to build a contending team is an incredibly delicate one, but at a time like this, on the night before things get crazy and hundreds of millions are committed to players who generally don't work out--and especially given that this is the day the team bought out Stephen Weiss--I wish we were hearing a more consistent message.

Update: The Windsor Star's Bob Duff also spoke with Holland, and Duff believes Holland's going to bid for Mike Green:

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Open Post- The Night Before The UFA Period

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

UFA signings can happen anytime after 12:00pm ET on Wednesday and the day should be filled with signing activity.

Feel free to discuss anything hockey related as we wait for the clock to strike noon tomorrow.

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