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The Official Cap Number

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The NHL’s salary cap is on the rise.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly confirmed Friday that next year’s cap will go up by $100,000 to $56.8-million in 2009-10.

Part of the reason for the growth is that the NHL Players’ Association decided to invoke a five per cent inflator, which was negotiated as part of the collective bargaining agreement.

added 4:21pm,

TORONTO/NEW YORK (June 26, 2009)—The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2009-10 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $40.8 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $48.8 million and an Upper Limit of $56.8 million.

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Follow TSN

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TSN is using Cover It Live to blog on draft day.

They have started and a good way to follow all the action.

Plus don’t forget SENShobo is doint the same at his blog on KK.

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Advice To Team Canada Coach

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from Mike Toth of Sportsnet,

Suck up to Sid the Kid, the same guy who ruined the Red Wings dream of winning back-to-back Stanleys.

Running the risk of being labeled a “homer” by naming Chris Osgood to Team Canada, and incurring Ozzie’s wrath if he doesn’t.

Convincing the Red Wings huge European brigade that he still loves them, even though he’ll go to war against them in Vancouver.

And, oh yeah; trying to make sure that an older Detroit team doesn’t get sick and tired of the same old message.

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  Tags: mike+babcock, team+canada

The Latest Talk Today

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Another interesting rumor making the rounds was a possible Martin St. Louis move to the New York Rangers, where the veteran winger would be reunited with coach John Tortorella. But a source from one of the two teams told ESPN.com around 11:30 a.m. ET that nothing was in the works there, adding that both teams has not talked today. Another source was more succinct: “No way in hell.”

Meanwhile, Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray still had Dany Heatley on his roster as of 11:45 a.m. ET.

“I was hoping to hear from some teams this morning and I haven’t yet,” Murray told ESPN.com. “So I’m hoping that happens today. Perhaps it’ll heat up this afternoon going into tonight. I don’t know.”

We believe the Rangers aren’t done on this front. They like Heatley and may take another run at him.

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Does Burke Want JSG?

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via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,

Don’t rule out GM Brian Burke reuniting with G Giguere, particularlly if he doesn’t land Jonas Gustavsson, Ducks would have to take Toskala.

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  Tags: jean-sebastien+giguere

Niedermayer Talk

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Ducks general manager Bob Murray met with Niedermayer’s agent, Kevin Epp on Thursday night and spoke directly to his veteran defenceman, but wasn’t given an answer.

That answer is expected at some point today.

Sources say Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson also spoke with Niedermayer on Thursday and encouraged him to play next season and told him Canada considers him a key leader on the 2010 Canadian Olympic team.

If Niedermayer elects to play, there are no guarantees he will re-sign in Anaheim.

The Ducks should be considered the frontrunner, although San Jose, Vancouver and Calgary are also believed to have strong interest.

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  Tags: scott+niedermayer

Lightning Holding Meeting To See Who Gets Stage Time

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via Brian Lawton at TBLigntning Twitter,

Last minute meetings to decide seating at draft table, & which people from the organization will go up to the podium with our 2nd pick-Brian

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The Draft As A Measuring Stick For Major Junior Leagues

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from Gare Joyce at Sportsnet,

The NHL draft is intended to cure what ails sickly NHL also-rans. That much is plain. It’s also the best measure of the health of the major junior leagues.

The draft gives you a work-up on the vital signs of WHL, OHL and QMJHL and the most vital of all signs are the leagues’ top-end talent. If these leagues are attracting and developing elite teenagers, then all is well.

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Wings Want To Negotiate A New Lease For Joe Louis Arena

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from Bill Shea of Crain’s Detroit Business,

The owners of the Detroit Red Wings today told the city of Detroit that they won’t renew their lease with Joe Louis Arena, which allows Cobo Arena to return to city control and will pave the way for expansion of Cobo Center.

However, the statement from Olympia Entertainment does not indicate Mike and Marian Ilitch will build a new arena.

Instead, they indicated that not renewing will allow them to pursue a new lease at Joe Louis.

continued

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Getting “My Guy”

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from Tom Lynn (former asst. GM of the Wild) at The Hockey News,

Now the time has come to put into action all of the preparation of the past two months or so leading up to the entry draft.

The future of the organization is at stake. Whether one is trying to “buy” and make the team better in the short run or “sell” and create a perennial contender for future years, now is the time to connect perception to reality and, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy, “git r’ done.”

The first round of the draft has the most tension and excitement on the floor as pick are made and GMs call one another and visit other tables, kicking around ideas.

A team cannot call a timeout in the first round and then make a trade. This may not sound like a big deal, but it has big repercussions. On the one hand, it pushes teams to have potential deals already discussed, weighed and ready to go. On the other, it makes for uncertainty as a given team’s turn to pick approaches.

This is because no GM really trades the 20th pick or the 11th pick or even the 29th pick in the draft. What he is trading, in his mind, is the opportunity to get a certain player, always referred to as “my guy.”

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