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Contract Talk

This time of year, teams are planning changes and trying to sign players to extensions.
Spector has a great wrap-up today of all the talk…

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Sundin Not Happy With Seedings

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

“I don’t think it’s right,” the Maple Leafs captain said. “I just don’t like that part of the system.”
Sundin isn’t talking about the Leafs’ forever-in-doubt playoff status. He isn’t talking about a league that awards more points for some games than others.
He is talking about the break of being in the Southeast Division, where a first-place team—as of yesterday afternoon it was the Atlanta Thrashers—get a choice spot in the playoff standings while more accomplished teams with more points, such as the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins, get pushed back.
“You should be seeded by how many points you get, not being in a (soft) division,” Sundin said.

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Salary Structure Questioned

from Bob McKenzie at TSN,

The Los Angeles Kings’ GM ruffled feathers with last week’s signing of free-agent defenceman Joe Piskula from the University of Wisconsin.
As part of Piskula’s contract, there are games played bonuses of $25,000 for playing one game, three games and five games. In other words, he gets $75,000 guaranteed for playing just five NHL games with the Kings, which will likely happen by the weekend.
The NHL believes this bonus structure violates the CBA clause on guaranteed monies for entry-level players and, therefore, rejected the contract when the Kings submitted it. But the NHL Players’ Association filed a grievance over that rejection and so Piskula’s contract will stand until such time that an arbitrator rules on it.

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Polling The Players

from the Hockey News,

The Hockey News polled players from all 30 NHL clubs - 283 NHLers in total - to find out their thoughts on the game. Here are their responses:
Compared to 2005-06, how is the NHL product this season?
1) About the same (167) 62%
2) Better (84) 31%
3) Worse (20) 7%

read on.... many questions asked and anwered…

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KK- Out For A Few Hours

I have a VIP meeting today and should return by 1:30pm.
While I am away, I would like to know which team do you fear the most in the playoffs.  Don’t forget to tell me why!

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Careful How You Spend

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citzen,

While it’s only the first year for the Big Zee in Boston, the Chara deal is just another cautionary tale for NHL general managers who get caught up in the Rotisserie-style lust for a big-name player….
Here’s a sampling (there’s plenty more) of some good money wasted this season:
Toronto: The Maple Leafs have a recent history of painting themselves into a corner with contracts (see the Owen Nolan file). GM John Ferguson Jr. got sucked into the Centre of the Universe hype over Bryan McCabe, handing him an elite defenceman’s five-year deal for $28.5 million.

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The Pressure Is On

from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,

The pressure is on everyone.
The pressure is on Roberto Luongo in Vancouver. He’s never played a playoff round and the expectations are high. It’s on Martin Brodeur in New Jersey. He’s slipped a little lately but nobody is counting out the undisputed King of the Crease. It’s on Detroit’s Dominik Hasek, Toronto’s Andrew Raycroft, Carolina’s Cam Ward-who won the Conn Smythe Trophy a year ago and Buffalo’s Ryan Miller.
There’s tons of pressure on Mike Dunham of the New York Islanders, with No. 1 starter Rick DiPietro on the sidelines with post-concussion syndrome.

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It Can’t Get Much Tighter

from the CBC,

Tuesday’s slate of games could go a long way toward bringing the playoff picture into focus as all seven teams are in action in critical contests.
To give you an idea of how tight things are in the conference, 11 points separate the New York Rangers (sixth in the East with 87 points) and the Florida Panthers (12th, 76 points).

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Inbox Opened

Boy do I get emails… and I decided to share some with the readers at my NHL.com blog.

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Somewhere, Collie Is Smiling

By George James Malik:

You didn’t really think that anything would come of the great fighting debate, now, did you? 
Oh, everybody got to weigh in, toss their opinions around, block a few carnage-inducing comments from the nighties, avoid the smarmy jabs of the lefties, watch Grapes get Ron MacLean to turtle on Hockey Night in Canada, and see the smirk on the league’s golden boy journalist’s face. 
LeBrun sure was happy on Saturday night, wasn’t he?  First it was scheduling, then revising the point system, and now fighting.  Ol’ Collie and Pierre are real chummy, eh?
Talk, talk, talk, bluster, bluster, bluster. 
A few thoughtful comments from players, a few more from the guy who got leveled, suggesting that scrappers are integral to team “lightheartedness,” and then a rain of lefts, rights, jabs, and uppercuts from the hockey media, in print, online, on the radio, all tuckering themselves out…
In a good, old-fashioned donnybrook.
Then, this:

“The notion that because one player got knocked cold in a fight, that’s going to touch off a debate about eliminating fighting, to me is silly,” said the Anaheim Ducks’ GM.

Burke, whose Ducks lead the NHL with 65 fighting majors this season, said there should be no debate.
“Fighting has been systematically reduced in the NHL,” said Burke. “It’s been reduced to, in my mind, its proper place. It’s no longer utilized as a tactic.
“But the notion that we ever get rid of the players’ ability to regulate what happens, is silly to me.

 

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