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Don Fehr sends memo to players

NHLPA head man, Don Fehr, sent a memo to players last night updating them on how negotiations are going with the NHL. TSN was somehow able to get a copy of it.

Today, we met with the NHL off and on over several hours. A number of matters were discussed, including our proposal for a new pension plan, revenue sharing, the players’ share and salary cap issues, and the owners’ “make whole” concept. Present today were Chris Campoli, Mathieu Darche, Ron Hainsey, Johan Hedberg, Manny Malhotra, and Kevin Westgarth (David Backes was present for part of the day), as well as Mathieu Schneider, Joe Reekie, Steve Webb and Rob Zamuner.

No new proposals were exchanged on pension issues, but we will discuss this issue again tomorrow (Friday). We did receive a proposal on revenue sharing in response to the proposal we made this week, but this subject still needs considerable work.

In addition, we received a revamped proposal covering players’ share and cap issues, their so-called “make whole”, and player contracting issues. The owners finally did formally give us their “make whole” idea, which in dollar terms is similar to the discussions Bill Daly had with Steve Fehr a few days ago. While a step forward, a significant gap remains. Moreover, at the same time we were told that the owners want an “immediate reset” to 50/50 (which would significantly reduce the salary cap) and that their proposals to restrict crucial individual contracting rights must be agreed to. As you know, these include – among other things – losing a year of salary arbitration eligibility, allowing the team to file for salary arbitration in any year that the player can file, extending UFA eligibility to age 28 or 8 seasons, limiting contracts to 5 years, and permitting only 5% year to year variability in player contracts. Individually each is bad for players; taken together they would significantly reduce a player’s bargaining power and give the owner much more leverage over a player for most if not all of his career.

In short, the concessions on future salary we have offered (at least $948 Million to $1.25 Billion over five years, depending on HRR growth) are not enough. We are still being told that more salaries must be conceded, and that very valuable player contracting rights must be surrendered. So, while we are meeting again, and while some steps are being taken, there is still a lot of work to be done and bridges to be crossed before an agreement can be made.

We will review today’s discussions over night and tomorrow morning before meeting again with the owners. Following our meeting tomorrow with the league, we will be able to provide a broader update.

As always, please contact us if you have any questions or comments.

Best regards.
Don

 

 

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All on the owners … Fans growing tired of NHL … Quincey going to CHL … Barker gets AHL tryout … Teravainen breaks finger

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Brooks says that there shouldn’t be the notion of shared responsibility for the lockout, that it’s all on the owners. Only the players have offered concessions in attempt to get a deal done.

    Everyone gasps when Don Fehr floats the notion the players might seek to remove the hard-cap if this season is canceled. The truth is, removal of the cap is no more extreme of a position than the league has taken with its plan to radically restrict player rights regarding free agency and arbitration.

    Brooks has given contradictory info from 2 reliable sources in that one says that the NHLPA has no intention of making a new proposal, while the other suggests the NHLPA is working on a revised proposal to give the NHL in a few days. The players shouldn’t be forced into taking an immediate pay cut. A phased in reduction of revenue share should be accepted by the league.

  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Dater thinks that many fans “are in the developing stages of an irreconcilable divorce from the NHL.”

    I may be wrong, but I sense it. A slow but sure drift away from the league. I’m not talking about our love of the game itself but the league and its principals in power, who have once again decided it is better to play no games at all than play the games if it means getting two or three fewer percentage points in “hockey-related revenue.”

    Dater has talked to “hardcore fans” who don’t feel like giving their time, attention and money to the NHL anymore. Dater added, “Strangely, I’m feeling that way myself.” The players would accept a 53-52-51-50-50-50 split ‘TODAY” if they were offered it.

    I recommend reading Dater’s full piece, summarizing his frustrations with Bettman and Fehr doesn’t do it justice: The enveloping sadness of the NHL

  • Josh Yohe via Sulia: The NHL has cancelled games through October 24th, with more games likely to be cancelled this week. Yohe has spoken with some players who are growing frustrated with the lack of movement in talks.
  • Mike Chambers of the Denver Post: Red Wings defenseman Kyle Quincey will be joining the Denver Cutthroats of the CHL. From a press release,

    “After spending some time with (Cutthroats owner) Mr. (John) Hayes, I realize we have a common desire to further the development of youth hockey in Colorado which is a primary focus of the Cutthroats. Being able to do that while playing for a coach who has helped me throughout my career, and staying home in Denver, is an ideal situation for me considering the circumstances.”

  • Matias Strozyk via twitter: Chicago Blackhawks 2012 1st round draft pick, Teuvo Teravainen broke a finger and is out for 4 weeks.

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Fehr may have proposal, players want him to keep it … Players, owners may have a give in point … Some heat for the players

  • Kevin McGran via twitter: John Shannon suggested on Hockey Central (sportsnet) the Donald Fehr has a proposal ready but the players don’t want him to take it to the NHL.
  • Brian Lawton via twitter: Lawton has been told that the players will relent once they miss a paycheck or 2. Told the owners will relent by December in order to save the Winter Classic.
  • Nick Cotsonika via twitter: Cotsonika is hearing there is a 50-50 chance that there will be talks in Toronto later this week. Both sides are waiting for the other side to budge.
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: The owners have taken a lot of heat, now here’s some for the players.

    Now, players’ message to their union brethren seems to be: every man for himself. What happened to all that solidarity, the fighting for the common player, the “little guy?” Yeah, Joe Thornton and Rick Nash showed how much they care about the little guys among NHL union ranks, by running off to Switzerland last month for top dollar, living in a chalet in the Alps.

    Fact is, they are the ones dragging their feet at the bargaining table right now. Say what you want about Bettman and his greedy cabal, but at least they DID make the last proposal, and it wasn’t as bad as it first seemed.

    But the players are still basically just sitting on their hands right now. And we’ve now got more than 100 players over in Europe. It’s giving off the impression that THEY are the one that don’t care if the NHL season starts on time, or if there is one at all.

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Fehr hopes for meeting next week … Gary’s plan to cancel Winter Classic … Boogaard’s family files suit … Kings on the Cup

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Don Fehr hopes they can get back to the negotiating table ASAP,

    “I hope it will be sometime next week,” said Fehr, speaking on TSN 1290′s Hustler and Lawless show Friday afternoon. “We’re waiting for them to be in a position to do that.

    “It’s up to them.”

    “We think that the proposal the players have put forward is a clear road map to a fair and equitable deal,” Fehr said. “We said that as revenues grow the players will take a much lower share of future revenues, that means their share is going to fall toward 50 per cent.

    “We said secondly there needs to be a different form of revenue sharing that is targeted to the teams that need it. We have said, third, that if there are real problems out there we assume that some of the higher-revenue clubs will be willing to share and provide some additional revenue-sharing assistance.

    “And, fourth,” continued Fehr, “if there’s going to have to be sacrifice after seven years of record revenues and the enormous concessions the players made last time, more than $3 billion over the life of this agreement, that there has to be some other costs somewhere the owners could limit or cut.”

  • Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star: A source has said that unless there is an end to the lockout, Gary Bettman plans to cancel the Winter Classic in November.

    “Gary told (the board of governors) he was going to cancel the Winter Classic in November because he didn’t want the players to use the game as leverage,” the source said.

    “It’s a scare tactic,” the union source said. “It just proves the NHL has no intention of negotiating any time soon.”

  • AP in the Toronto Star: The parents of the late Derek Boogaard are suing the NHLPA for $9.8 million, the $4.8 million remaining on the contract and $5 million in punitive damages according to TMZ. TMZ is also reporting that NHLPA did not file the papers in time to properly collect the money from the Rangers.

    “We are saddened to read reports that the parents of the late Derek Boogaard have filed a lawsuit against the NHLPA,” the union said in a statement sent to The Associated Press. “We have not been served with or seen a copy of the complaint, but we are confident that there is no meritorious claim that can be made against the NHLPA in regard to Derek’s tragic death.

    “It is not appropriate to comment further at this time.”

  • Josh Brown of the Tennessean: The banks scaled the Predators loan from $7.5 million to $3 million to help pay back for the improvements to the Bridgestone Arena. The loan was cut back due to the lockout.
  • Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider: The LA Kings will have 52 names on the cup:

    PLAYERS (24)
    Jonathan Bernier, Dustin Brown, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford, Drew Doughty, Davis Drewiske, Colin Fraser, Simon Gagne, Matt Greene, Dwight King, Anze Kopitar, Trevor Lewis, Alec Martinez, Willie Mitchell, Jordan Nolan, Dustin Penner, Jonathan Quick, Mike Richards, Brad Richardson, Rob Scuderi, Jarret Stoll, Slava Voynov, Kevin Westgarth and Justin Williams.COACHES (5)
    Darryl Sutter, John Stevens, Jamie Kompon, Bill Ranford and Ryan Colville (video).

    HOCKEY OPERATIONS (6)
    Dean Lombardi, Ron Hextall, Jeff Solomon, Jack Ferreira, Marshall Dickerson and Lee Callans.

    SCOUTING STAFF (5)
    Rob Laird, Mike Futa, Mark Yannetti, Mike O’Connell and Nelson Emerson.

    TRAINING/EQUIPMENT STAFF (4)
    Chris Kingsley, Darren Granger, Dana Bryson and Myles Hirayama.

    OWNERSHIP AND FRONT-OFFICE STAFF (8)
    Phil Anschutz, Nancy Anschutz, Tim Leiweke, Dan Beckerman, Ted Fikre, Luc Robitaille, Mike Altieri and Chris McGowan.

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Morning notes on CBA, O’Reilly, Kovalev, Hurricanes, Galchenyuk, Ohlund, Gionta, Prust, Oilers goalie prospects and Simmonds

  • Aaron Ward via twitter: “Further clarification to NHLPA proposal to limit non player spending by teams.Player concessions in 2005 lowered player costs while” … “non player costs sky rocketed.These costs can be defined as GM/Coaches salaries on down to Jet Fuel.Speaks to proposal theme of shared” … “financial responsibility in the PARTNERSHIP.The extra draft pick for teams in financial trouble is very discretionary and would be” … “mutually agreed upon by NHL/NHLPA on case by case basis with the intent to target the market/team in need.This would be very limited but” … “the pick itself would serve the purpose of helping to revitalize a team.Lastly,a franchise in distress under special circumstances,would” … “be permitted to trade/sell up to $4 million in cap space to another team giving the team a way of getting another ‘paycheck’.This would be” … “VERY limited and only available to teams in need.”
  • Allan Walsh via twitter: Gary Bettman’s response to the NHLPA’s proposal: “The sides are far apart, there’s still a wide gap between us with not much time to go.” Don Fehr on Bettman’s response: “When you start with the proposal the owners made, how could it be otherwise. Consider what the (NHL) proposal was.”
  • Adrian Dater of the Denver Post: Avalanche forward Ryan O’Reilly’s agent on contract negotiations:

    “I can’t comment on the negotiations, other than to say we are still working on it and will likely speak again next week.”

  • George Malik via twitter: Allhockey.ru is reporting that Alex Kovalev told a Swiss team (HC Geneva) that he’s received offers from North American teams.
  • Luke DeCock of the Raleigh News & Observer: The Hurricanes may still look to add some 4th line muscle. “What’s gone relatively unnoticed is the lack of concrete change on defense, an area where the Hurricanes have struggled since the core of the 2002 and 2006 teams moved on. Corvo is underrated defensively, but of the Hurricanes’ two free-agent departures, he’s more of a replacement for Jaroslav Spacek than he is Bryan Allen.”
  • Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin thinks it could be difficult for 2012 1st round pick Alex Galchenyuk to make the team.

    “It will be difficult because he didn’t play much hockey last season, but we’ll see how he does in training camp,”

    Brian Gionta have recovered from his torn bicep and Bergevin isn’t concerned with Brandon Prust’s hand surgery this offseason.

  • Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times: Mattias Ohlund’s hockey career is still up in the air after 6 months of recovery from major knee surgery (“a thin layer of titanium was used to resurface his femur at the patellofemoral joint behind his kneecap. That created a cushion where cartilage had flaked away and bone-on-bone rubbing caused severe pain”).

    “Do I have a dream to still play hockey? Yeah, I do,” Ohlund, 35, said Monday after a workout at the Ice Sports Forum. “I’m slowly getting better. But I don’t know what the end result will be.”

    “Significantly improved,” Poirier said. “When he left me he could only get to 10, 12 reps; it was painful. Now he can do 15 to 20 reps without pain. The next step is to build him up even more.”

    “Nobody has told me this is impossible,” Ohlund said of a comeback in his 14th NHL season.

  • Jonathan Willis of the Edmonton Journal: Oilers goalie prospect Olivier Roy will likely split time with Yann Danis in the AHL. Tyler Bunz will likely take Roy’s spot as the starter in the ECHL.
  • Andy Strickland via twitter: The Flyers have signed Wayne Simmonds to a 6 year, $23.875 million contract extension. It works out to just over $3.97 million per season.

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Some points from the NHLPA proposal … Oilers looking to extend Hall and Eberle … Wings looking for Dmen … Bergevin won’t talk Subban

  • Larry Brooks via twitter: From the NHLPA’s proposal to the NHL: “Clubs could go up to $4M over cap and drop to $4M under floor by adding or trading cap space.” … Teams that are in financial trouble would get extra draft picks that could be used, traded or sold. Also proposed a limit on non-player spending by teams. The NHLPA plans on submitting own proposals on systemic issues like free agency, entry level and salary arbitration. The NHLPA proposed eliminating team walkaways from salary arbitration. John Shannon via twitter: Proposal includes ability to trade salary cap space. Same amount of money/cap remains in the system but it can be traded or “bought.” It’s a minor part of the proposal and doesn’t have a lot of use, just for teams in distress.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: The Oilers are intending to sign Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle to contract extensions, and have started the process. Jeff Skinner’s 6 year deal at an $5.725 million average may be used. The Oilers may look at using John Tavares’s 5 year deal with a $5.5 million cap hit. There is nothing on the contract offer the Oilers sent Linus Omark.
  • Greg Krupa of the Detroit News: There was a report out of Calgary last week that the Red Wings offered Valtteri Filppula, Jonathan Ericsson and a prospect for Jay Bouwmeester. It’s doubtful the Wings would do this. Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle is more attractive to the Red Wings, but it would cost more to get him. The Wings have inquired about Yandle. Several defenseman who’ll be UFAs next summer that might become available at some point are Alex Edler, Ryan Whitney, Lubomir Visnovsky and Kimmo Timonen.
  • L.A. Lariviere via twitter: Canadiens GM Bergevin confirms that they are interested in Shane Doan but adds that Doan goal is to remain with the Coyotes. He didn’t visit the Canadiens.
  • Arpon Basu via twitter: Canadiens GM Bergevin won’t discuss P.K. Subban talks and he didn’t see the report that Subban rejected a 2 year offer.

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NHLPA present proposal to NHL … Don Fehr press conference talking about their CBA proposal

  • NHLPA via twitter (2):  Players attending today’s CBA negotiation: Craig Adams, Josh Bailey, Tim Brent, Michael Cammalleri, Chris Campoli, Sidney Crosby, Mathieu Darche, Steve Downie, Rick DiPietro, Sam Gagner, Steve Montador, Alex Ovechkin, Chris Phillips, Kyle Quincey, James Reimer.
  • NHLPA via twitter: Over 200 players have reviewed the alternate proposal in the last 48 hours.
  • Chris Johnston via twitter: Johnston has been told that a luxury tax is part of the proposal. Not much movement on the salary cap, but teams could go above or below cap.

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No trades imminent … Bettman will see an offer from “how the players see the world” … Little fee to cancel Winter Classic

  • David Pagnotta via twitter: August is usually slow on the trade/roster front. There is some chatter out there, mostly feelers. There is talk out there saying trades are close, but nothing big is imminent anywhere.
  • Michael Grange of Sportsnet: NHLPA head man Don Fehr will meet with Gary Bettman today and will pretend the owners’ offer never happened. According to a source, Fehr won’t counter the a lesser percentage of rollback or less years till free agency,

    “Some people interpret a counter proposal to be ‘this is within the framework of what the other guy said’ — It just moves some things around,” Fehr said after a two-hour bargaining session in Toronto Monday. “This is a different kind of an approach. It’s how the players see the world.”

    Player rep David Steckle,

    “The game is growing but we want to make it that much better for everyone,” said Steckel, who described the interest level of the players he’s been responsible for communicating with as ‘sky-high.’ “It’s not just us wanting more money, we want the game to be better for everyone.”

    “If you had a 9-to-5 job and you’re asked to rollback your salaries you’re going to want to know why…that’s what most players saw and are going, ‘how can you ask us to do this again?’” said Steckel. “In seven years you’re asking us to cut our salaries by 48 per cent? We’re not the ones running organizations signing people to deals for $100 million.”

    A Former NHL governor,

    “We’re generating a lot of revenue, but we’re investing to get it,” the former governor said. “The guys at MSG are investing a billion dollars (renovating Madison Square Garden). That’s going to drive up revenue and the players are going to benefit from it but they didn’t put up one penny of that billion.”

  • TSN: The NHL can cancel the Winter Classic up until the actual day of the game. If they cancel the game, they’d only have to pay the university $100,000. If the game goes on, it will cost them $3 million. That doesn’t cover the outdoor games played at Comerica Park.

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NHLPA rejects realignment … No big changes in Buffalo are imminent … Stars could deal Grossman … Roy injured … Huselius to IR

  • Darren Dreger via twitter: The NHLPA rejects realignment for next season, the jets will stay in the Southeast. Bruce Garrioch via twitter: The Players are not a fan of one conference have 14 teams and the other 16, a better chance of playoffs for the one conference. Darren Dreger via twitter: Dreger warns us to get ready for a brawl between the NHL and NHLPA in the upcoming months. Pierre LeBrun via twitter: The NHL could file a grievance against the NHLPA if they feel they can prove the union unreasonably withheld consent.
  • Craig Custance of ESPN: There will be plenty of teams calling about Ducks Bobby Ryan, who is the most likely of the ‘big 3′ to get dealt. The Red Wings, Maple Leafs and Sabres are expected to busy on the trade front, but pretty much every team would be intereted.
  • John Vogl of the Buffalo News: Sabres GM Darcy Regier said after their 7 loss in 9 games that no big changes are imminent.

    “At this time of the year and where we are, I’ve done a lot of talking to teams around the league, so I’m aware of some of those situations,” Regier said. “Right now there’s nothing imminent, and that’s part of the business. We’ll keep working.”

    “I wouldn’t call it a shake-up,” Regier said. “If there’s a move that makes sense for us, we’ll do it if something is going to improve our hockey club. There’s nothing imminent, as I said, right now.”

    “Without specific rumors, there’s truth to those rumors,” Regier said. “But the price right now, and I think things will build between now and the trade deadline. I think teams that are going to be sellers are going to try and maximize what they can get for what they are selling. I think that will build as we get closer to the trade deadline.”

  • Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Mailbag: The Stars have a decision to make with Nicklas Grossman. If they don’t sign him to an extension before the trade deadline, they could trade him for an offensive player.
  • John Vogl via twitter: Sabres center Derek Roy suffered an upper-body injury and left last night’s game.
  • Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune: Lightning forwards Adam Hall and JT Wyman suffered upper-body injuries on Thursday. Brett Connolly is returning to the team. Ryan Malone has missed 2 games with a lower-body injury is day-to-day but seems ready. With the addition of Brendan Mikkelson, the Lightning have sent Evan Oberg to the AHL.
  • Blue Jackets via twitter: Blue Jackets forward Kristian Huselius has been placed on the IR. He’s week to week with a lower body injury.

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Morning rumors involving the Blue Jackets, Turris, Gagner, Nabokov, Kaberle and Miller … Owners may be hiding revenue

  • Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: Part of the reason there have been no firings in Columbus are because of financial concerns. They have the 5th highest payroll at $63.9 million and they will lose a “boatload of money.” They had interest in LA Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall. One of the reasons the Coyotes don’t want to give in Kyle Turris is the precedent it would set for players coming out of their entry level deal. The Panthers may have been ready to trade Stephen Weiss before the season, but have since pulled him off the market. The David Booth trade helped secure his status with the team. There is nothing imminent on any Sam Gagner deal. The Islanders and Coyotes are looking for centers. The Canucks have been sniffing around the league for a defenseman. Teams have shown interest in Blue Jackets Antoine Vermette and Derick Brassard. The Senators would be interested in Vermette but may find it tough to take on his $3,75 million through 2014-15. The Jackets could move Rick Nash but that would be a tough in season trade to make. They haven’t shopped him around. The Sabres tried to trade for Blackhawks Patrick Kane during the offseason. Sources are saying that Evgeni Nabokov could end up in Phoenix.
  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Sources are saying that the NHLPA believes owners are hiding revenue from last season. The PA also believes the $25 million the league gets from Glendale to keep the Coyotes there should be counted as revenue. The Capitals and Predators are said to be part of a handful of teams “that have been cited for failure to declare hockey-related revenue.” The PA didn’t exercise their option to audit teams over the summer.”Because not only was the oversight foolish, it will prove costly to the players for, as Slap Shots has been told, the union is now prohibited from auditing past seasons regardless of the degree (if any) of malfeasance, misfeasance or just plain carelessness (uh, right) of those clubs who allegedly under-reported revenue to be shared with the athletes.”
  • Slava Malmud via twitter: Sabres Ryan Miller’s trade value continues to fall. GM Darcy Regier could end up considering whose future considerations look better.
  • Arthur Staple of Newsday: Islanders GM Garth Snow said “nothing imminent” on the trade front. “If there’s a deal out there that makes our team better, we’ll always look at that,” Snow said. Winger Nino Niederreiter could play on Tuesday. Blake Comeau or Jay Pandolfo could be scratched.
  • Katie Carrera of the Washington Post: Capitals defenseman Roman Hamrlik left last night’s game with an undisclosed injury. “He’s day-to-day. He got a cross-check and he’s fine,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “He’s not fine enough to play, but he, from what I’ve been told, is day-to-day.”

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Morning notes involving Stastny, Semin, Blake, Oilers arena, Hurricanes, Redden, DiPietro, Crawford and Auld

  • Craig Custance of ESPN: (from his ‘mailbag’) Custance doesn’t think the Avalanche are interested in moving Paul Stastny. Burke is looking to use his defensive depth as part of a deal to get an impact player. If Colorado were to do any sort of big deal, salary would play a part as they are close to the salary floor. Custance thinks there are 7 elite goalies, Ryan Miller, Ilya Bryzgalov, Carey Price, Henrik Lundqvist, Tim Thomas, Pekka Rinne and Roberto Luongo. Any contract extension for Alexander Semin from the Capitlas won’t come until after the season. Custance doesn’t think the Capitals will trade him during the season as you need high-end players to win the Cup.
  • Bob McKenzie via twitter: Jason Blake suffered a severe forearm laceration last night. He was wheeled out on a stretcher to a hospital.
  • Dan Tencer via twitter on Oilers arena issues: “Katz Group has withdrawn the request for a non-compete from Northlands, who will continue to operate the current building as they see fit.” … “The City of Edmonton will assume all land options for the arena site and make the purchases pending paperwork and their current prices.” … “The City of Edmonton is still actively pursuing a written commitment from the Province of Alberta for funding to cover the $100M money gap.” … “The City of Edmonton will spend $20M over 10 years with the Oilers to promote Edmonton. Think logos, rink boards, commercials etc.” … “There will be another meeting at the end of the month, hopefully with a $ commitment from the Province by then. Will discuss Plan B if not.”
  • Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer: Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has added Michael Kahn as an investor and should be adding more shortly. So far he’s sold $22 million in equity to 9 people from North Carolina. In the next 6 months he’s looking to sell another $20 million to North Carolina people.
  • Pierre LeBrun and Scott Burnside of ESPN talk Rick DiPietro: Burnside thinks DiPietro’s deal could go down as one of the worst hockey decisions ever made. He also wonders how the Islanders would have made out if they had kept Roberto Luongo and not drafted DiPietro 1st overall.  LeBruns wonders if there will be a “one-time buyout provision for teams to get rid of one bad contract” in the new CBA. Al Montoya has started all 3 games for the Islanders, and if they want to showcase Evgeni Nabokov for a trade, they’ll have to get him in some games. LeBrun thinks they will move Nabokov before the trade deadline regardless of DiPietro’s health. If the Islanders are in a playoff hunt, Burnside thinks they may not use Nabokov as straight trade bait.
  • James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen: Alex Auld will be in net for the Senators tonight against Capitals. Bobby Butler re-aggravated a groin injury and won’t travel to Washington.

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Marchand still without deal … NHLPA should be polled on fighting … 2 spots open on Blues roster … Pandolfo gets PTO … No PTO for McCabe and Samsonov … Wild lines

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe: There’s 12 days until the start of Bruins camp and Brad Marchand still hasn’t re-signed. GM Peter Chiarelli and agent Wade Arnott won’t comment. 3 comparables that will likely be used are: James van Riemsdyk’s 6 years and $25.5 million, Logan Couture 2 years at $5.75 million, and on the low end Nathan Gerbe 3 years at $4.3 million. Shinzawa thinks Marchand should come in just under Couture’s deal, possibly a 2 year deal at $5 million.
  • Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun: Simmons thinks the NHLPA should poll it’s members to see if they think fighting should stay in the NHL and the ones doing the fighting deserve to be heard.
  • Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: The Blues may have only 2 spots open on their 23 man roster heading into training camp which starts on the 16th. David Perron won’t be ready for camp. The Blues have 12 forwards and 5 defenseman (Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk are on 2-way deals but will be with the team) on 1-way contracts. Basically Chris Porter, Evgeny Grachev, Jonathan Cheechoo and Ryan Reaves will be battling for the final 2 spots.
  • Katie Strang via twitter: Bryan McCabe and Sergei Samsonov are likely reluctant to accept a tryout invite and are hoping for a deal. They might wait and see if there are training camp injuries.
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: The Wild’s lines could look like: Mikko Koivu-Devin Setoguchi-Dany Heatley, Matt Cullen-Guillaume Latendresse-P-M Bouchard. Darroll Powe-Kyle Brodziak-Cal Clutterbuck, Colton Gillies-Eric Nystrom-Brad Staubitz.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: Eric Belanger signed a 3 year deal with the Oilers earlier this off-season, his 7th team since the lockout. It will be his oldest daughter (8 years old) 4th school in 4 years. “It’s the reality of the new NHL. You see lots of guys moving around. It’s not a bad thing. It means lots of teams want you. You’re doing something right. I actually was in one organization for 10 years, in Los Angeles. But since the lockout, I have moved around. Every place I’ve been has been nice,” he said.

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