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NHL Off-season Thoughts and Opinions from Lee Snowden

Popular NHL Tweeter Lee Snowden (@SnowdenNHL) was kind enough to take time out of his summer schedule to give us his thoughts on what is going on in the NHL in the off-season as well as his opinions on his favorite team, the Calgary Flames. PH: What are your general thoughts regarding what has happened so far this off-season whether it has been a trade, signing, draft pick, etc...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

What About The UFAs On July 1, 2013?

from Luke Fox of Sportsnet, Spending quality time with our crystal ball, we examine the 30 most interesting pending unrestricted free agents for July 1, 2013. Corey Perry, Age: 27, Team: Anaheim Ducks, Position: Right wing 2012-13 cap hit: $5.325 million Bargaining chip: Scored 50 goals en route to winning the Hart Trophy in 2010-11 Career curve: Slight dip after a career campaign...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings morning report: more about Quincey, Nash, Doan and CBA stuff

With MLive’s Ansar Khan’s Rick Nash bombshell dropped before someone’s internet service went out last night, we’re shifting back to more pedestrian Red Wings news this morning with more discussion about Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader’s contracts. The Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Wings will have to submit legal briefs of their stance against Quincey...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Same Story, Different Year

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post, The last time around, Gary Bettman pledged that NHL “cost certainty” in the guise of a percentage-of-the-gross hard cap would, in no particular order, make ticket prices more affordable, increase franchise values across the board, and give small-market clubs every opportunity to become profitable. Seven years later, the CBA won from the ashes...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Final Thoughts Until?

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, • The endgame for Luongo? If it doesn’t happen with Florida, they’ll ask him for more destinations. Eventually, he’s going to have to play along, because he has “no-trade,” not “no-move” protection. But, there’s no real deadline now except for fan and media impatience. • Have to believe that, yes, Toronto’s inquired about Jonathan...
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July 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Khan: Rick Nash won’t come to the Red Wings because Columbus can’t stomach the thought

Via RedWingsFeed, I believe this counts as a mid-July blockbuster: According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings did their very best to attempt to acquire: the superstar forward, but the Columbus Blue Jackets simply wouldn’t do business with their self-proclaimed arch-rival: The Red Wings made “a hell of an offer’’ to Columbus for Nash, according to a person with knowledge...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings evening news: Quincey deal ‘close’ per Pleiness and Khan; still waiting on Doan, etc.

Excellent news from the Macomb Daily’s Chuck Pleiness this evening: the Wings will avoid a nasty arbitration hearing with restricted free agent Kyle Quincey, and are likely to ink him to a contract extension soon: “I know we’re close,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland, of the on-going negotiations with Kyle Quincey in a phone interview Tuesday. “We’re hoping to...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

The “Fans” CBA

from Ian Mendes of the Ottawa Citizen, So as the league and the NHLPA get set for another round of collective bargaining sessions this week, I thought it would be interesting to tackle some issues that could actually impact the fans and their enjoyment of the sport. Here are five things that I think fans might like to see in the new CBA: 1. Teams must disclose financial terms on...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Will Doan Wait Almost Another Month?

from Lisa Halverstadt of the Arizona Republic, Supporters of an effort to reverse Glendale’s sales-tax increase must wait nearly a month to argue before a judge. Last week, the city rejected signatures submitted by the business group which aims to get an initiative on the November ballot. The group, Save Glendale Now, responded with a lawsuit. A Glendale spokeswoman confirmed...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Afternoon Line

“On May 26, 2012, I was involved in a traffic accident in the Czech Republic. There were no injuries. Police arrived at the scene and I agreed to a blood alcohol test. On June 12, my attorney appeared in court on my behalf and submitted a plea of guilty at the first proceeding. The court issued a six month suspended sentence and suspended my driver’s license for 20 months in...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Detroit Has The Best Team Corsi

A couple days ago I posted the team Corsi ratings for 2011/12.  This is the difference in shots attempted (shots on goal, missed shots and blocked shots) taken by a team minus those taken against a team in five on five situations.  It is a strong indicator of a team’s puck possession ability.  This is an important repeatable part of a team’s success or failure.  It clearly...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings mid-day news: on Tootoo, free agents, Callahan and Winter Classic ticket stupidity

It’s dangerous to call any news day a “slow” one, but thus far, today’s Red Wings news is…sparse. We’ll start this roundup Tomorrow, we’ll sit down with Red Wings forward @Jtootoo22. To ask Jordin a question, tweet #AskTootoo and some of you will be answered!— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 17, 2012  Continue reading "Red Wings mid-day news: on...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Optimism Remains In Phoenix

via Lisa Halverstadt of the Arizona Republic, “I still retain optimism and I don’t think that’s foolish optimism,” Coyotes president Mike Nealy said Monday. He said former San Jose Sharks chief Greg Jamison calls him regularly to ask for information as he works toward buying the team….. “It’s still moving forward,” Nealy said. “It’s zigging and zagging a bit...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

The #1 17 Sweater?

from Sarah Goldstein of ESPN, In honor of July 17, let’s take a look at the 26 players who wore No. 17 on their sweater for the 2011-12 season. Ilya Kovalchuk helped the Devils to the Stanley Cup finals with eight goals and 11 assists in the postseason to add to his 83 points (37 goals-46 assists) in the regular season. Ryan Kesler had a drop off this past season as he played...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

What Was The NHL Thinking

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC, So what happened in hockey over the weekend? Well, 7,500 fans attended the red-hot Minnesota Wild’s prospects camp. A Pittsburgh Penguins’ Twitter feed thanked supporters as 6,000 fans showed up for theirs. Two weeks ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets drew 2,000 fans for a three-on-three scrimmage on a Saturday afternoon. And in the midst of all this...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Ban The No-Trade, No-Movement Clauses

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet, In early collective bargaining contract talks it has become apparent league owners would like to put a limit on the length of contracts. Quite honestly, I have never understood how the majority of players in the NHL Players Association have allowed ridiculous long-term contracts—anything over seven years seems too long to me—to exist for so long...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Doan’s Agent Says Sabres Still In The Running

Don’t take this for more than what it is, but Terry Bross of Lagardere Unlimited did tell me less than an hour ago that the Sabres are still in the running for Shane Doan.  Bross wouldn’t say if Buffalo is willing to do a 4-year deal with his client. “They are still on his list.” Bross said. “Out of respect for the team, I won’t comment on offers made.” Buffalo is...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Sharks Need Some Scoring On 3rd And 4th Line

from Kevin Kurz of CSN BayArea, It also means that San Jose hasn’t done much to fix what was one of its gaping holes last season, and that is the lack of secondary scoring, and production from the third and fourth lines. While the Sharks’ still boast an impressive and productive top-six in Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Ryane Clowe and Marty Havlat...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Arbitration 101

from Derek Marr of The Score, There are a lot of misconceptions when it comes to the NHL’s arbitration process. It’s not often mentioned by the media, but when it is, I am usually left shaking my head. There is a lot of confusion over what players are eligible, what statistics arbitrators consider, what players can be compared, and what values are assigned to players. To alleviate...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Jets Working On A Deal With Evander Kane

from Gary Lawless of the Winnipeg Free Press, The Winnipeg Jets and Evander Kane’s representatives are working on a long-term contract that could see the player signed for up to six years. Negotiations are moving at a methodical pace with both sides motivated to strike a lengthy pact and get it completed well before training came according to multiple sources involved in the deal...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Heat Got You Down?  Read About Roy’s Self-Destruction

For more than 7 years we’ve had a few constants here at A2Y: unbiased, even-handed analysis of the greatest franchise in professional sport, a love for bright, clean, shiny fire trucks, the misuse of commas in a long-winded, descriptive phrase, puppies, hookers and the Czech midget pimps who love them, warm PBR, cheddar cheese and the unbridled, perverse joy we feel when fans of...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

T.J. Oshie And The Blues Heading Towards Arbitration

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, In a sign that the Blues aren’t expecting to reach a contract extension with forward T.J. Oshie before Friday’s arbitration case, general manager Doug Armstrong is headed to Toronto on Tuesday three days in advance of the hearing. “We’re going to Toronto to work with our counsel on preparing for the case,” Armstrong...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings overnight report: more on the Wings’ RFA’s, Doan and the waiting game

Earlier on Monday evening, MLive’s Ansar Khan reported that Red Wings GM Ken Holland is attempting to ink the Wings’ restricted free agents, Kyle Quincey and Justin Abdelkader, to new contracts. This morning, the Free Press’s Helene St. James reports that the Wings are actually a little further along in the negotiating process with both players than Khan reported… The Wings...
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July 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings evening news: Khan provides Doan/Quincey/Holmstrom updates; combacks are all the rage

With CBA uncertainty and talk of 40-something players making comebacks filling the “slow days” of mid-July, MLive’s Ansar Khan provides an update on different can of “strange” in the Red Wings’ slow-but-steady pursuit of one Shane Doan, should the 35-year-old decide to leave the Phoenix Coyotes… “I’ve had conversations with Shane Doan’s representatives,’...
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July 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Award Time

It has been about 25 years since I won a trophy and that was for winning the city championship in the softball summer league.  Today, I am not even sure if I couldthrow a softball from 3rd base to 1st base. Time has certainly caught up with me but one thing I have noticed is the improvement in trophies.  For a few years, again about 25 years ago, I was in charge of purchasing...
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July 16, 2012  |  Discuss
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