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Zherdev Gets $3.9M Award

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via Steve Zipay’s Twitter,

Zherdev receives $3.9 million in arbitration

added 3:08pm, The Ranges were offering $3.25M while Zherdev was looking at something between $4-5M.

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Bertuzzii Could Be A Good Choice For A Few Teams

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from Brian Costello of The Hockey News,

There are many players still on the market and unfortunately a good chunk of them will never again play in the NHL. If you consider yourself picky, you might look at the UFA list and say there are only a couple names worth considering.

It all depends on what a team is looking for – from Maxim Afinogenov to Mike Zigomanis, there’s a role for a lot of these guys. One UFA who continues to catch my eye is the enigmatic Todd Bertuzzi.

Say what you want about Big Bert and his past crimes of poor judgment, he can still be a useful player on a handful of teams.

The days of Bertuzzi being a 40-goal scorer and point-a-game player on a top line are long gone. So are the stipends of $5 million plus per season.

read on

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Oshie A Hit In St. Louis

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from Brad Elliott Schlossman of the Grand Forks Herald,

As he’s done everywhere in his career, T.J. Oshie wasted little time becoming a major fan favorite in St. Louis. His name became a verb, fans campaigned to vote him mayor of nearby O’Fallon, Mo., and he was a landslide winner in fan voting for the most popular player on the team….

“I’ve never had the opportunity to pick a Mario Lemieux, a player who has all the physical attributes and skills to step right into the NHL and dominate a game,” Blues head scout Jarmo Kekalainen told NHL.com. “Rarely, in fact, do you find any kid who is physically ready to step into the NHL and make an impact.

“To me, we’re charged with the opportunity to identify skill, hockey sense, character and intelligence in a youngster and then calculate his future. We try to find players with the upside who can become an impact player. You might get a guy that will make your team right off the bat. But you can’t get carried away with that. If it takes four years to get him to the NHL, but he plays 12 years in the league, I’d much rather take that guy than the guy that makes it in the league the next year, plays 100 games and then vanishes.”


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Steve Mason Still Has Goals To Achieve

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from Ryan Pyette of the Toronto Sun,

Five goalies are invited to joust for the Vancouver trip. Three get the call.

The favourites—New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur and Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo—have reached crease superhero status. It’s difficult to imagine a Team Canada without them.

Mason is the youngest and, at 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, the biggest. He’ll battle a couple of Stanley Cup winners—Carolina’s Cam Ward and Pittsburgh’s Marc-Andre Fleury—for the No. 3 spot.

“I’ve played for Canada internationally before (MVP and gold medal at the 2008 world juniors) but this is a whole different level with all the star players in the NHL,” Mason, 21, said. “I idolized Martin Brodeur as a kid and I’ve played against Roberto Luongo, who I really respect.

“It would be unbelievable to get the chance to be part of it. I think the Olympics first hit home for me in 2002 when Canada won it.

“I was (13 years old) and I was at my best friend’s house (in Oakville) and we went out after the gold medal game and played road hockey.”


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Kozlov Improves With Age

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from Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com,

Vyacheslav “Slava” Kozlov is stronger today than when he first broke into the League as a 19-year-old rookie almost two decades ago.

And he has the numbers to prove it.

In his first eight full seasons in the League with the Detroit Red Wings, Kozlov averaged 73 games and 51 points. During his past six campaigns with the Atlanta Thrashers, the Russian winger has averaged 80 games and 65 points.

Surprised? You shouldn’t be.


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Sunday Morning Hockey Notes

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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• I give up, why was Jason Spezza’s wedding covered on the national news?

• Dominic Moore turns 29 tomorrow and still is a handy man looking for a contract. Word around is he will end up re-signing in Buffalo.

• Keep hearing Doug Risebrough, Mike O’Connell and Pierre McGuire’s names as the finalists for the Florida Panthers GM job, if the Panthers ever getting around to changing owners and hiring a hockey boss.

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Bruins Talking Outdoor Sweater

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The Bruins, deep in discussions about the sweater they’ll wear for the Winter Classic, are hoping to create a jersey that can catch a piece of the magic the Penguins created two years ago. For the 2008 outdoor game at Buffalo’s Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Penguins went retro, pulling their 1968-69 jersey design out of mothballs. Today, the powder blue sweater - the Penguins switched to black and gold in 1979-80, following in the footsteps of the Steelers and Pirates - remains one of the league’s top-selling items.

“That worked,’’ said Bruins principal Charlie Jacobs, “because they’re not necessarily their team colors. There’s no black or gold. It’s a powder blue jersey, and that made it unique. It’s certainly recognized in their market. It’s not like the Pirates, Steelers, or anything else. It’s unique.’’

Jacobs hopes that by the end of August, the Bruins, in conjunction with Reebok and the NHL, will settle on a design that will serve multiple purposes: capture the Bruins’ heritage, stand out as a unique item for the New Year’s Day game against the Flyers at Fenway Park, and convince fans to hand over their money.

more plus additional NHL talk…

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Trade & Signing Questions Answered

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Spector’s Hockey tries to make sense of the latest rumors..

Are the Habs interested in Alex Frolov? Could Dany Heatley being heading to San Jose? Are the Red Wings close to signing Jason Williams? Read on for the details.

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A Look At Front-Loaded Contracts

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

So we’re o believe the NHL conducted an investigation of the Red Wings’ 12-year, $73 million contract with Henrik Zetterberg—under which the winger is due to receive $71 million in the first 10 years and $2 million over the final two seasons—and found no evidence of skullduggery in the negotiations, but is now concerned with Marian Hossa’s similarly structured front-loaded deal with the Blackhawks and Chris Pronger’s pact with the Flyers?

As if the authorities expect Zetterberg to play for $1 million in 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 at the ages of 38 and 39 while the Red Wings are hit with an annual $6.083 million cap charge, but have questions whether Hossa and Pronger actually will be toiling for minimum wage in their senior years.

Who conducted this initial investigation of the Red Wings, Omar Minaya?

continued plus other hockey topics…

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Could Heatley End Up In San Jose?

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from Mark Purdy of the Mercury News,

You’re probably wondering what the Sharks have to give up for Heatley. The Oilers’ aborted attempt might provide a clue. It was widely reported that the Edmontons offered Ottawa a package of three players — Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and Ladislav Smid. This would be the rough equivalent to the Sharks offering up Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and Marc-Edouard Vlasic. One report in the Canadian media had Wilson dangling Cheechoo and Christian Ehrhoff for Heatley. Must not have been enough.

What would be? That brings us to Patrick Marleau, the Sharks’ captain. He also has a no-trade clause, with just one season left on his contract. He took a ton of heat, from me and others, for the playoff loss. Marleau said last month that he could accept the loss of the “C” on his sweater if it helped the team. But he has not mentioned whether he would drop his no-trade rights.

The precise reality is hard to pin down. But surveying the landscape, this is what the situation appears to be:


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  Tags: dany+heatley

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