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The NHL Salary Structure

In 1996/97 Mario Lemieux became the highest paid player in league history.  He was paid $11.35 million that season.  That season was 16 years ago.  The highest paid player next season barring future signings will be a four way tie between Brad Richards, Tyler Myers, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter.  Each of whom is to be paid $12 million next season.  Since the NHL deals with average...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Numerous Names Mentioned

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, A source told me Friday morning that there was finally traction on the Luongo front but still nothing imminent. And my understanding is that the Panthers and Canucks have kept alive a dialogue. It’s the deal that makes the most sense, especially as I pointed out yesterday if Jose Theodore is willing to move his no-trade clause to go to Vancouver. Luongo...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Darren Pang Staying In St. Louis

from Don Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The vast majority of Pang’s pay comes from Fox Sports Midwest, with the rest from the club, and he decided to continue rather than take an offer from Canadian network TSN to be an analyst on its national coverage of the league. “I was really happy that (Blues and FSM officials) stepped up,’’ Pang said, adding that the TSN people...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

What Nashville Needs To Do With Shea Weber

from Kevin Allen at Rink Rap, It certainly isn’t difficult to determine what to offer Weber: It’s the Sidney Crosby contract of $104.4 million over 12 years. We know the Predators can go that high, because they were at least in the neighborhood in their bidding for Ryan Suter. If the Predators make that offer, they are telling Weber they value him as much the Penguins value...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Fnerg

Not super news, gang. I’m getting a very late start and will have to head up to Traverse city either later tonight or tomorrow morning. I’m excited about going and raring to go mentally, but I’m still exhausted from UFA shenanigans and don’t have the energy to get on the road right away. I’m not bailing, not depressed, none of that stuff, but I just don’t have the juice...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Your Shane Doan Offers?

Let’s assume on Monday Shane Doan decides he will start accepting offers from other teams besides the Coyotes. You as GM of your team has to decide what to offer Doan. Doan will be 36 on October 10th and was paid $4.55M per year the last five years (CapGeek). So with that in mind, make your offer for Doan.
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Coyotes Re-Sign Kyle Chipchura

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed restricted free agent forward Kyle Chipchura to a one-year contract. As per Club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Last season, the 6-foot-2, 205 pound Chipchura played 53 games for the Coyotes registering 3-13-16 and 42 penalty minutes (PIM). His 13 assists...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Nashville Has Money To Spend

from David Boclair of the Nashville City Paper, Even before Suter and Parise spurned them, the Predators had more money available under the current 2012-13 salary cap, which is subject to change pending the outcome of negotiations on a new collective bargaining agreement, than any other NHL team. Currently they are roughly $15 million shy of the minimum teams are required to spend...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Blues Jackets Sign Recently Acquired Foligno

via Darren Dreger tweet, N.Foligno agrees to 3 year deal in CBJ. AAV is around $3M
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL Owners Need To Fix Themselves

from Lynn Zinser of Slap Shot at the New York Times, So more teams have now burdened themselves with immovable assets, which are lovely when they are all bright and shiny like Parise and Suter and turn into handcuffs when things turn bad. Clearly, no one learned anything from the first of these mammoth deals to go bad, the 15-year-deal the Islanders signed in 2006 with goalie Rick...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: on ‘due diligence’ and Tom Renney’s hiring

Red Wings GM Ken Holland suggested that his team would step back and reevaluate its plans after being spurned by Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, so I cannot deny that I was more than a bit surprised by all the hubbub about Rick Nash on Thursday. The media very understandably skewered Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson for demanding the sun, moon and stars for Nash’s services, but at the...
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July 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Tomas Holmstrom’s day of Red Wings reckoning to come next week

According to the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan, Tomas Holmstrom’s career with the Red Wings may informally come to an end when he meets with Ken Holland next week: Holland plans on talking with Tomas Holmstrom next week to determine if there is a place on the roster for the 39-year-old forward. With the recent additions of Mikael Samuelsson and Jordin Tootoo , the Red Wings are...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Who gets to wear the C in New Jersey

The dust is settled, Zach Parise, captain of the New Jersey Devils, has officially gone home to play hockey with the Minnesota Wild. You can’t blame the guy for wanting to go home and play in front of his family. It’s a decision that a lot of hockey players wish they had the opportunity to make, but it never arises. There is no reason for Parise to become a villain in New Jersey...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Quincey Files For Salary Arbitration

Paul here for George who is preparing for Traverse City.. from Ansar Khan of Mlive, By filing for salary arbitration on Thursday, defenseman Kyle Quincey expedited the process toward getting a new contract with the Detroit Red Wings. The sides haven’t had much time to talk, with so much else going on for the club. But, now they will. “Today was something that needed to happen...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Lucky Luongo

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun, The B.C. Lottery Corp. is paying Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo’s $10,000 entry fee into next week’s World Series of Poker main event in Las Vegas…. As part of that contract, the lottery corporation confirmed Thursday that Luongo represents its Playnow.com poker and casino games website at a number of gaming events, including...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

What’s Going On In Glendale?

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail, Once again, threats to the sale of the Phoenix Coyotes are mounting, which means the NHL is facing some unappetizing choices over the future of the franchise. A petition to overturn a city sales-tax increase was delivered to suburban Glendale city officials Thursday. It could torpedo Greg Jamison’s proposed purchase of the Coyotes from...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

David Perron Signs Four-Year Deal With Blues

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward David Perron to a four-year contract.  “We’re excited to have David in the fold for the next four years,” said Armstrong.  “He made a great comeback by scoring 21 goals in 57 games.  We’re comfortable with his health, and we’re confident...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Prayers for MacLean and free-agency thoughts

There is so much to talk about after the start of another frenzied free-agency signing period. But first things first. As in talking about the imporant stuff first. Send some prayers, best wishes and positive karma Brett MacLean’s way. His was the most shocking hockey story of the past week or so. You would never imagine a 23-year-old pro athlete experiencing a “cardiac emergency”...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings hire Tom Renney to replace Jeff Blashill

Wow, awesome signing for the Red Wings on the coaching front, from their official Twitter account: The Red Wings have hired former EDM/NYR/VAN bench boss Tom Renney as an associate coach. Renney, 57, has signed a 3-year deal with the club. ... Renney has a career 260-255-9-68 NHL record. BC native won a Mem Cup with Blazers in ’92 and a Silver Medal with Team Canada at ’94 Olympics...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Flyers Sign Fedotenko And Gervais

from PhiladelphiaFlyers.com, Flyers GM Paul Holmgren announced that the club has signed forward Ruslan Fedotenko and defenseman Bruno Gervais to contracts today. Fedotenko returns for his second stint with the Flyers after beginning his NHL career with Philadelphia in 2000-01 through the 2001-02 season. “Ruslan is a good two-way forward that can play either wing and will bring...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Mathieu Perreault Sings Extension With Capitals

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have re-signed center Mathieu Perreault to a two-year extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. Perreault, 24, set career highs in goals (16), assists (14), points (30), games played (64) and plus/minus (+9) in 2011-12. He finished first on Washington in shooting percentage (26.7%) and tied for fourth...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Weber Options

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, And so, now the hockey world eyeballs Shea Weber and wonders what the big guy will do. My ESPN The Magazine colleague Craig Custance did a great job breaking that down yesterday. A restricted free agent, the Nashville Predators captain will be a major story line all summer long regardless of his decision in the wake of Ryan Suter’s departure. ...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Mats Sundin’s Hall Of Fame Case

This is my final post making the Hall of Fame case for the 2012 Hall of Fame inductees.  I have written posts about Pavel Bure, Adam Oates and Joe Sakic.  Today it is Mats Sundin’s turn. I make my cases using the Keltner List.  This is a series of qualitative questions popularized by Bill James in baseball, but the same idea works well in hockey as well. Continue reading...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Re Wings mid-day news: wailing and Nashing of teeth

Given the fact that Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson wants the moon and stars from teams in the Eastern Conference in any attempt to secure Rick Nash, I’ve never understood why the Red Wings would ever entertain thoughts of paying an even more grossly inflated price to bring the Blue Jackets’ poster boy to their self-proclaimed archrival. Greg “Puck Daddy” Wyshynski...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Krys Barch Agrees To Terms With New Jersey

from Andrew Gross at Fire & Ice, Krys Barch, 31, a physical 6-foot-1, 222-pound right wing who split last season with the Stars and the Panthers, has agreed to a two-year deal with the Devils today, his California-based agent, Scott Norton, has confirmed. Do not have his salary cap hit yet. Last season, Barch carried a cap hit of $837,500. Norton said he talked to “a lot...
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July 05, 2012  |  Discuss
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