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In discussing ‘nuts and bolts’ issues, brass tacks of NHL’s proposal to NHLPA yield gloomy forecast

After two and-a-half weeks since the NHL dropped a bomb on the NHLPA in the form of a draconian first CBA proposal, the Canadian Press’s Chris Johnston reports that the NHL has finally hashed out its proposal to the PA today in Toronto, with the hopes of receiving a counter-proposal soon: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said the league tabled the remaining elements of its opening...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Weber Plans To Stay In Nashville

from John Glennon of The Tennessean, In his first public comments since the Predators matched a 14-year offer sheet for Shea Weber, the all-star defenseman expressed enthusiasm for returning to Nashville and said he hopes to finish his career here. Those comments were in contrast to those of Weber’s agent, who in recent days said Weber wanted to play in Philadelphia — because...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Rick Nash Looking Forward To Playing With The Rangers

from Katie Strang of ESPN New York, After spending the past ten years of his career with the small-market Columbus Blue Jackets, Rick Nash knows he is in for a drastic change of scenery with the New York Rangers. Shipped to New York in a blockbuster trade on Monday—a painstaking deal that took five months to complete—the 28-year-old star winger said he’s ready for the challenge...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Video- GM Poile Talks About The Process Regarding Shea Weber Contract

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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

All Paul Holmgren

from the Flyers website, Q: Because of the way the offer sheet to Shea Weber was front-loaded, did you expect Nashville to match it? “No, it was structured where we were hopeful that they wouldn’t match it. But, obviously they did and as I said yesterday we wish Shea and the Predators all the best. We tried to add, in our minds, one of the best defenseman in the game to a good...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

All Brandon Sutter

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters, New Penguins center Brandon Sutter met with the local media today for the first time as a member of the Penguins. He discussed is initial impressions of the Penguins, how he feels he’ll be used by coaches and his famous hockey family. At first, you were taken aback by the trade from the Hurricanes. Over a month later, how do you feel about...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: a Twitter Q and A, McCarty in court and just saying no to RFA offer sheets

Given a news cycle that’s consistently drawn the ire of Red Wings fans because the Red Wings’ management team has yet to make a significant post-July 1st move to improve the team beyond adding Jordin Tootoo, Mikael Samuelsson, Jonas Gustavsson and associate coach Tom Renney—mostly because it appears that the team’s waiting for Shane Doan to make up his mind before perhaps...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Press conference day begins with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren’s take on the shape of the Flyers to come

Philadelphia Flyers GM Palu Holmgren kicked off a day’s worth of conference calls from the Flyers, Nashville Predators and Shea Weber, and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Sam Carchidi kicks things off with a Cliff’s Notes version of Holmgren’s presser: In a conference call with reporters a few minutes ago, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said he probably won’t pursue another RFA this...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Grand Rapids Griffins ink assistant coach Jim Paek to a one-year extension

Excellent news from Grand Rapids: Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill has re-signed perhaps the best assistant coach in the AHL, inking Jim Paek to a one-year contract extension: The longest-tenured coach in Grand Rapids Griffins history, Jim Paek will return for his eighth season as the team’s assistant coach after signing a one-year contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

With Nash Out Of The Picture, Sharks’ Options Are Limited

from Kevin Kurz of CSN Bay Area, Those hoping Doug Wilson would play the role of Ty Pennington and give the roster an extreme makeover are probably a bit disappointed at the moment despite some nice moves by the club this offseason. The Sharks were able to trade for and sign veteran d-man Brad Stuart; brought in a pair of veteran assistant coaches, including the highly respected...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Can The Flyers Still Make A Splash?

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News, This summer, Holmgren’s message has been consistent and stern with his young players. They’ve held off shipping any of them to other markets thus far — including deals for Rick Nash and Bobby Ryan. That’s why it needs to continue to remain consistent in the remaining weeks of the summer, to avoid overcompensating to fill...
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July 25, 2012  |  Discuss

NHLPA getting ready to answer the NHL’s initial proposal

The NHL and NHLPA got down to a contentious issue today in discussing player discipline during their meetings in Toronto, as NHL.com’s Dave Lozo notes… “We’ve had good discussions across the table,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said after the three-hour session. “I think the lines of communication have been good. The ‘temperature in the room’ has been good. The...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Shane Doan visiting Montreal

Well now this is getting interesting, isn’t it? NHL veteran power forward Shane Doan will visit the city of Montreal next week, according to various media including TSN. Montreal is said to be one of the teams Doan is seriously considering playing for, and it’s worth mentioning that Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is Doan’s cousin. Now, is Doan really thinking about a Montreal...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Breaking Down the Nash Trade

After a five-month dizzying ordeal, forward Rick Nash has been traded from the Columbus Blue Jackets to the New York Rangers in exchange for forwards Artem Anisimov and Brandon Dubinsky, defenseman Tim Erixon and the Rangers’ first pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.  The Blue Jackets also send to the Rangers a conditional 3rd round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft as well as minor...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Evening Line

Had the Nashville Predators not matched the Group II offer sheet tendered by Philly, the franchise would have entered the realm of irrelevancy. They have lost Ryan Suter already (to a Conference foe, no less), and had Nashville also lost Weber—their captain and chief free agent drawing card—general manager David Poile might as well have changed the team colors to red, white and...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Breaking Down The Blue Jackets/Rangers Trade

from Stu Hackel of the Red Light, Well, the immediate evaluation on the deal overwhelmingly criticized Howson for not getting more in return, a chorus that included my friend and SI.com colleague Adrian Dater and, strangely, the man whose own failures as the first Blue Jackets GM played a large role in their perpetual futility, Doug MacLean (via Twitter), who is now a hockey analyst...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Florida Panthers Team Up With Las Vegas Casino Company To Bring Gambling To Sunrise

from Nick Sortal of the Sun Sentinel, A major Las Vegas casino company announced Tuesday that it will partner with the Florida Panthers’ parent company in an attempt to bring casino gambling to Sunrise. Boyd Gaming, which owns 17 casinos, said it will work with Sunrise Sports Entertainment, the operator of the BankAtlantic Center and owner of the Panthers. With Sawgrass Mills...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Recap Of Today’s CBA Meeting In Toronto

from Chris Johnston of the CP at the Globe and Mail, The NHL Players’ Association is almost ready to table its own vision for a new collective bargaining agreement. As negotiations with the NHL resumed Tuesday, NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr indicated that the union was getting close to responding to the league’s initial proposal, which included a decreased share of hockey...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Weber Staying In Nashville

via the Predators website, Nashville, Tenn. (July 24, 2012) – In the most important hockey transaction in franchise history, Nashville Predators Chairman Tom Cigarran, President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile and CEO Jeff Cogen announced today that the team has matched the 14-year, $110 million offer sheet between the Philadelphia Flyers and defenseman Shea Weber...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

These NHL Records May Stand The Test Of Time

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,  ...there are some records that don’t figure to be broken for a long time, if ever. Here are a few of them. Most consecutive complete games by a goaltender: Glenn Hall, 502 Hall took the ice for the Detroit Red Wings on opening night in 1955-56 and played all 70 games. He did the same thing the following season. The Wings sent him to Chicago in...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Rick Nash Trade

When the current CBA was agreed upon in 2005, Gary Bettman told us it would prevent all the talent from winding up in the larger markets.  This was never true.  Liberalization of free agency rules would make players more likely to come available on the market and available players would be more likely to go to the biggest markets.  In the last few months the Columbus Blue Jackets...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Nashville Signs Colin Wilson

#Preds have signed Colin Wilson to a 3-year, $6 million contract which will pay him $1.5mil in 12-13, $2mil in 13-14 & $2.5mil in 14-15— KWilsonPreds (@KWilsonPreds) July 24, 2012
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Lundqvist Joins Ovechkin At IMG

from IMG, IMG Worldwide, the global sports, fashion and media company, announced today (July 23rd) that it has signed the popular NHL New York Rangers All-Star goalie Henrik Lundqvist exclusively for representation in marketing, speaking and broadcasting. This past season, the 30-year-old Swedish born Lundqvist won his first Vezina Trophy, awarded annually to the NHL’s best goaltender...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Report- Flyers And Predators Have Not Talked Trade

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull, Two sources with knowledge of the situation confirmed that the Flyers and Nashville Predators have NOT had any trade talks since star defenseman Shea Weber signed a 14-year, $110 million offer sheet last Wednesday. That would seem to suggest that Nashville plans to match the Flyers’ offer. Either that, or the Predators are delaying trade...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Jay Harrison Signs Three-Year Extension With Carolina

RALEIGH, NC – Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the team has signed defenseman Jay Harrison to a three-year contract extension. The deal will pay Harrison $1.5 million per season beginning in 2013-14. “Jay has developed into a consistent, steadying presence for our defense,” said Rutherford...
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July 24, 2012  |  Discuss
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