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Bruins Increase Offer to Thornton

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from the Boston Herald,

With most of their free agent shopping done, the Bruins have pushed hard over the past couple of days to get franchise centerpiece Joe Thornton signed to a long-term deal. According to an industry source, the B's have offered Thornton a five-year deal worth $6.5 million a season – a pact that would keep the captain a Bruin throughout his prime. Both general manager Mike O'Connell and Thornton's agent, J.P. Barry, refused to discuss specifics of the negotiations.

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Avoiding Arbitration

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Although NHL owners sought and won a more favorable arbitration process for teams in the collective bargaining agreement, there probably will not be a rush to use their first opportunity to take players to arbitration. "I can't say there will be many, if any, teams taking a player to arbitration this summer because of the unique situation we have here," Mighty Ducks of Anaheim general manager Brian Burke said. "But in the future it could become critical when players are coming out of an entry-level or second contract and they don't file for arbitration." Players have until 5 p.m. ET Wednesday to file for arbitration, and teams have until 5 p.m. Thursday to file.

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NHL Get Rich- Signs $100 Million Deal with Comcast

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The NHL apparently has landed on his feet regarding a national television deal. According to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer, the NHL and cable giant Comcast have agreed to a two-year, $100 million deal to televise games beginning this season. The deal reportedly is pending approval by the NHL's Board of Governors, a process widely believed to be just a formality. The agreement, which concluded 10 days of negotiations, includes one- and three-year options for Comcast, but the NHL reportedly has the right to end the partnership after the initial two years. The company will be required to air two games per week nationally, presumably on its Outdoor Life Network, according to the Inquirer. Once the deal is approved, the NHL will forward it to ESPN, which elected not to renew its two-year option to televise games in April. ESPN, which had carried the NHL since 1985, reportedly has the right to match any offer. The NHL completed a five-year deal with ESPN worth $600 million. NBC, which inked a two-year deal with the NHL prior to last year's lockout, will air seven regular-season games, six playoff contests and all but the first two games of the Stanley Cup Finals.
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Breaking Down A Contract

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I thought this would be a good example of how a contract looks for a very recent signing. The contract is for Alexander Steen who was signed today by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Season-- Compensation-- Base Salary-- Signing Bonus-- Minor League Salary 2005-06-- $720,180-------- $450,000------- $270,180-------- $70,300 2006-07-- $770,180-------- $500,000------- $270,180-------- $70,300 2007-08-- $870,180-------- $600,000------- $270,180-------- $70,300 Most Recently Signed Contract Details Signing Bonus Player will be paid a signing bonus of $810,540 payable as follows: $135,090 payable upon execution of contract $135,090 payable April 15, 2006 $135,090 payable October 15, 2006 $135,090 payable April 15, 2007 $135,090 payable October 15, 2007 $135,090 payable April 15, 2008 Player shall receive a one time payment of $180,420 after playing in 82 NHL Regular Season games during the 2005/06 Season. Player shall receive $32,605 after playing in 20, 40, 60 and 80 NHL Regular Season games during the 2006/07 Season. Player shall receive $15,210 after playing in 20 and 40 NHL Regular Season games during the 2007/08 Season. Parental Travel Club shall pay the reasonable and pre-approved travel expenses (round trip economy airfare, accommodations, game tickets) for Player's parents to see one (1) game in the Player's first NHL season. ($5,000 U.S. limit to this item). Individual "B" Bonuses If achieved, player is eligible for individual bonuses paid by the league Special thanks to a reader of Kukla's Korner for providing this information.

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Bertuzzi Posts Letter to Fans

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Dear Canucks fans, Yesterday I received the news from Commissioner Bettman informing me that I have been reinstated to play NHL hockey and can now rejoin the Vancouver Canucks. This news is a great relief to me and my family and we are now looking forward to the coming season. I want to take this opportunity to thank Canucks fans and the city of Vancouver for all of your kind wishes. Your support, coupled with that of my teammates, Canucks ownership, management and staff and my agent Pat Morris have been a great help in these very difficult times. I’ve played my best hockey in Vancouver and the fans have been a big part of that. We have had some success but I feel as a team our best is still yet to come. I am excited about this team and look forward to getting back on the ice with my teammates in front of our fans. I can’t wait to get back on the ice at General Motors Place on Monday. I will see you soon. Yours truly, Bert via Canucks.com

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Burke now with Tampa

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Reports eariler had Burke going to Pittsburgh, but now with Tamps. from TSN, Veteran goaltender Sean Burke has been plucked from the free agent list, signing a two year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Boyle Re-signs with Bolts

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from the Tampa Tribune,

The Lightning signed a cornerstone and brought back an original today. Tampa Bay inked restricted free-agent defenseman Dan Boyle to a three-year, $10 million contract, locking up one of the core players of the Lightning's Stanley Cup championship team. Boyle is scheduled to make $2.75 million this season and $3.625 million the following two years for a salary cap hit of $3.33 million.

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Datsyuk Interview

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Pavel Datsyuk was recently intervied by SOVSPORT.RU and here is the translation: Where I will play in this season? Thus far situation in the fog. I can say one: even if I remain in Russia, then (I) only (play) in the "dynamo". Specific proposal from "Detroit" about the new contract to me thus far yet it did not enter. More of the interview talks about his recovery from elbow surgery which is now 100%. Here is the whole interview: Yesterday together with the basic composition of "dynamo" began to be trained the best player the super-leagues of the past season Pavel datsyuk. Datsyuk arrived flying to Moscow from Detroit week ago and, until "dynamo" it came out at the tournament in Saint Petersburg, it were occupied in the capital according to the individual program. - the first training on ice in Moscow I conducted even on Friday, said Datsyuk to correspondent "SS" to gennadi NABATOVU. - it went for a drive a little. Separately thus far it did not load. Although the process of rehabilitation after operation on the elbow practically was completed. After the Austrian championship of peace in America to me they removed the small fragment of meniscus. Where I will play in this season? Thus far situation in the fog. I can say one: even if I remain in Russia, then only in the "dynamo". Specific proposal from "Detroit" about the new contract to me thus far yet it did not enter. Russian link. update 6:14pm, I made a few phone calls today regarding Datsyuk and the sides are still far apart. Thw Wings want Datsyuk to commit to a long term contract and Pavel only wants to commit until he is FA eligible. They are also miles apart in salary which tells me there is much work to be done. Remember, if Dats signs a contract with Dynamo, the Wings have only until August 15th to guarantee the NHL contract will "ace" the Dynamo contract.

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Free Agents Fading Fast

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from the CP via Canada.com,

The NHL's free-agent frenzy has cooled down and the focus in the hockey world has shifted gears to restricted free agents. They have until Wednesday to file for salary arbitration, a quick but nasty way to resolve contract stalemates. Restricted free agents who reject one-year qualifying offers from their teams can elect for arbitration and receive a one-or two-year award from the arbitrator. This year's arbitration cases will be heard Aug. 22-Sept. 1.

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Burke Signs with Pittsburgh, Adams with Carolina

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via Sportsnet,

The Pittsburgh Penguins ongoing construction around Sidney Crosby continues. Sportsnet has learned the Penguins have hired the experience of Sean Burke to take some of the burden off Marc Andre Fleury. Sources tell Sportsnet Burke has agreed to a 2-year, $3-million deal and is expected to handle the majority of Pittsburgh netminding duties this season.
The Carolina Hurricanes have agreed to terms with restricted free agent center Kevyn Adams on a two-year contract. As per club policy, further terms of the deal were not released. "Kevyn is a leader and an important player for the Hurricanes," said general manager Jim Rutherford. "His work ethic and determination set good examples for our team."

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