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Alex Kovalev, newly signed with the Ottawa Senators, hopes that whiny winger Dany Heatley remains with the team.

That way, Kovalev might look a little less like a floater.

-Gary Loewen of the Toronto Sun.

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Hossa Rehabbing Torn Rotator Cuff Injury

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

A source close to the situation confirmed new Hawks winger Marian Hossa has a shoulder or rotator cuff injury.

The severity of the injury is not known, although it is possible Hossa might need surgery, which could put him out of the Hawks lineup until December.

The Hawks are monitoring Hossa while he rehabs the injury, believed to have been suffered during the playoffs.


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Phoenix’s Apparent Conflict Of Interest

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Because of their financial situation, the NHL is running the Phoenix Coyotes.  This creates a situation where any Phoenix move can be interpreted in two different ways.  It can be interpreted as having been done to suit Phoenix interests and it can be interpreted as trying to suit NHL interests.  It is impossible to know for sure how important NHL interests are in Phoenix moves (but conspiracy theorists will maintain that they are quite large).  As a case in point, we can look at Phoenix’s recent trade for Radim Vrbata.  This trade was made with the Tampa Bay Lightning and cost the Coyotes Todd Fedoruk and David Hale.  Vrbata is a player who had success in Phoenix.  In 2007/08 he scored 56 points with the Coyotes.  This prompted Tampa Bay to offer him a three year contract worth a total of $9 million.  Vrbata was not given much of a chance in Tampa before the Lightning gave up on him.  They got out of his contract by letting him go to the Czech League to play with Mlada Boleslav BK.

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Dream Draft

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from Cycle Like The Sedins,

With the first pick in the NHL Re-Draft, Kent/Calgary selects ...

The Calgary Flames select:  Alex Ovechkin- Cap Hit: $9,538,462

read on to get the whole picture…

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Funny Math

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from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

During the 2007-‘08 season, Tomas Plekanec scored 29 goals, added 40 assists and was plus-15. His salary was $1.4 million – which made those breakout numbers a bargain.

In 2008-09, Plekanec scored 20 goals and had 19 assists. He was minus-9. The second year of a two-year contract paid him $1.8 million.

Plekanec’s new one-year contract is for $2.75 million.

So after a season when his goals declined by 31 per cent, his assists by 53 per cent and his plus/minus by 24, Pleks gets a 50 per cent raise.

read on for a look at the Canadiens cap numbers and how a trade with San Jose doesn’t look possible.

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Radio Voices For The Islanders Are Gone

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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

Islanders president Chris Dey last week told radio announcers Chris King and Steve Mears their contracts will not be renewed for the coming season. Madison Square Garden Network made television announcers Howie Rose and Billy Jaffe available for a radio simulcast, so Dey chose to cut payroll by letting King and Mears go.

King, 48, has been part of every Islanders radio broadcast for the past 15 years, including the last 11 years on a full-time basis as analyst and color commentator. Mears, 29, has handled the radio play-by-play duties for the past three seasons.

Although Rose and Jaffe are a superb television team, their style is tailored to that medium, describing instant replays, diagramming plays and conversing about the game. A radio broadcast is more detailed and more wordy in terms of play-by-play description, while the TV crew relies more heavily on the pictures to tell the story.


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Kings Sign Juraj Mikus

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year entry-level contract with unrestricted free agent center Juraj Mikus, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. 

Mikus, 22, recently participated in the Kings annual Development Camp.  The 6-1, 200-pound native of Skalica, Slovakia, recorded 90 points (31-59=90), 52 penalty minutes and a plus-58 rating while appearing in all 56 regular season games with Skalica HK 36 of the Slovak Extraliga this past season.  Mikus led his team in assists and finished second to teammate and former King Ziggy Palffy in both goals and total points. 

Originally selected by Montreal in the fourth-round (121st overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Mikus recorded 43 points (21-22=43) and 52 penalty minutes in 54 regular season games with HK 36 during the 2007-08 season.  In 2006-07, he skated with Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), totaling 71 points (29-42=71) and 36 penalty minutes in 60 regular season games. 

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Don’t Even Think Of The NHL Players

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from Harry Glinberg of Harry C. Glinberg Jewlers (as told to Alyson McNutt English) of ESPN Page 2,

“We customize a lot of pieces. Deron Williams liked a diamond- encrusted Cartier watch he saw somewhere, so I bought a plain one and did the diamond work myself. It saved him tens of thousands. Marquis Daniels had the most unusual request: He wanted a necklace that looked like an Orlando Interstate 4 sign. It’s 120 carats of diamonds on three massive chains. That got me a lot of business.”...

“NBA players go for the flashiest pieces. Not more expensive or better quality necessarily, just flashier. In football, receivers and safeties like loud items. Baseball players are more conservative. I don’t work with NHL guys, but I’d love to. I could make diamond teeth.”

more if you wish but no hockey talk…

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Sykora May Be A Better Fit In Tampa Than Tanguay

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

It’s not the worst thing in the world for one’s career to play with Lecavalier, especially when you are trying to revive your career, which both Tanguay and Sykora have to do. Much of the talk the past few weeks is about how much Tanguay would help the Lightning. But I say Sykora, who has 53 goals, including 28 on the power play the past two seasons for the Penguins, offers more. And he has more to prove after his playoff flop, though he also had a second-degree shoulder separation.


added 4:13, also from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning was able to rid itself of $6 million in payroll the next two seasons by trading disappointing right wing Radim Vrbata to the Coyotes, the team he left to sign with the Lightning as a free agent. The names of the two players coming back were not immediately available.

added 4:49pm, Regarding the trade, the Lightning get Todd Fedoruk and David Hale in return.

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  Tags: alex+tanguay, petr+sykora, radim+vrbata

Afternoon Line

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“It was a very testing year [last year]. Obviously, it didn’t go the way I expected it to go, but it’s in the past now. You try to learn from that. I’m actually very, very excited about our team going into this season. That’s what has been pushing me to work out even harder now.

“I’m starting to feel strong again. I’m trying to find that explosion that I used to have two years ago. Health-wise I feel great, and I’m ready for a big year.”

-Daniel Briere of the Philadelphia Flyers.  More on Briere from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com.

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