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Posted on: Sep 7 2011, 15:07


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QUOTE (MMM @ Sep 7 2011, 15:52 ) *
Unconfirmed as of yet but it has been reported that Ruslan Salei was waiting for the team to arrive in his native Belarus!
I hope that turns out to be the case.
Unfortunately those reports were untrue (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)
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Posted on: Sep 7 2011, 13:45


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Just awful (IMG:style_emoticons/default/sad.gif)
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Posted on: Jun 5 2011, 22:50


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I don't really see how that would take a lot of time to implement and to my mind it gives the new Jets a better chance at maintaining the excitement in the city
Sorry for the double post. Just on this point, Winnipeg just sold out 13,000 season tickets (for a 15,000 seat arena), with each season ticket being at least a 3 year agreement and have a capped waiting list of 8,000 - all in just 3 days. I doubt playing 1 season in the SE division is going to hurt the City's excitement about getting NHL hockey back.

From a playing stand point it may actually be a good thing for the team. As you said the SE isn't the strongest division and Winnipeg have got themselves a team with a lot of good young players that could easily make the playoffs next season.
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Posted on: Jun 5 2011, 22:16


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QUOTE (ScottishLeaf @ Jun 5 2011, 17:47 ) *
Unless the NHL is planning a wider re-arrangement of the divisions, I wonder why there is not enough time to alter the division to accomodate Atlanta's move to Winnipeg?
For me it's easy, put them in the Central Division of the Western Conference and move Columbus into the South East Division in the Eastern Conference. Surely that doesn't require that much alteration to the plans for next season?
The relocation of the Thrashers won't be made official until the board of governors vote on 21st June. The NHL traditionally announces their schedule before the end of June so its highly likely that the dates have already been decided. If the division realignment was made now it would mean re-doing a lot of the schedule for at least 3 divisions. Also according to .::THIS::. article there are 3 teams that want to move to the east. As I said there simply isn't time.

When realignment does happen, the consensus seems to be that Winnipeg will move to the NW division with the Avs going to the Pacific and Dallas to the Central. Then the decision of which Central team goes east has to be made.
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Posted on: Jun 5 2011, 13:43


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QUOTE (Dr Naysay @ Jun 5 2011, 13:51 ) *
Where will they go(imo) = Kansas city
KC has been talked about for a few years now, however while they do have a modern arena capable of housing an NHL team, is there a potential owner that wants to take the franchise there? The biggest reason that Winnipeg got the Thrashers was that they had both the building and ownership ready to take it on right now. Quebec has the ownership and in few years will have the building. The massive success of Winnipeg's season ticket drive (sold out in 4 minutes) is also encouraging for Quebec's NHL aspirations as it shows the league the massive apatite there is for NHL hockey in Canada.
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Posted on: Jun 5 2011, 12:16


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QUOTE (quacker31 @ Jun 5 2011, 11:26 ) *
I think hes done this because he knows pheonix will move and hes holding off to see where it goes.
Winnipeg are staying in the SE because there simply isn't time to realign the other divisions and then come up with a workable schedule for next season.

As for where the Coyotes end up, the obvious choice is Quebec City, since they are building a new arena specifically for a potential NHL franchise and there is potential ownership in place.
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Posted on: Nov 11 2010, 22:28


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QUOTE (Dr Naysay @ Nov 11 2010, 14:27 ) *

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Posted on: Oct 3 2010, 21:40


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A 1-year $1.250M deal isn't exactly a huge wage in today's NHL (IMG:style_emoticons/default/laugh.gif)
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Posted on: Aug 2 2010, 16:46


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The Hawks have now let their cup winning goalie go. They've walked away from Antti Niemi's arbitration award (making him a UFA) and have signed Marty Turco to replace him
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Posted on: Jul 22 2010, 20:22


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I wonder if Kovalchuck is regretting not taking the 12 year $101mil contract the Thrashers offered him before they traded him. It doesn't look like he is going to get anything better now or in the future.
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Posted on: Jul 22 2010, 13:25


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QUOTE (ScottishLeaf @ Jul 22 2010, 01:34 ) *
I think that's the reason why, but in the opposite sense.
Because the last 6 years are worth so little, it makes the other 11 years worth too much to meet the wage cap rules.... so it could just be the Devils and Kovy will need to agree a redistribution of the wealth through his contract.

Its not as simple as that. Kovalchuck was very public about the sort of money he wanted to get (close to $10mil per season). This deal is clearly structured so that he can earn an average of $9mil until he's 38 then after that he could retire or the Devils could bury his $6mil cap hit in the minors - while actually paying less than $1mil. It seems highly unlikely that the Devils would want to restructure the deal to one paying a 40+ year old anything close to $6mil per and in turn its also unlikely that Kovalchuk would want to have to play the full 17 years to earn his money.
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Posted on: Jul 21 2010, 09:19


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Some on other forums are arguing that the NHL can't reject this contract because they allowed the deals that Hossa, Loungo and Zetterberg signed. IMO this Kovalchuck contract is a totally new extreme. Those 3 contracts I've mentioned have a couple of years tacked on the end at around $1mil/year to bring the cap hit down a bit, the last 6 years of the Kovalchuk contract accounts for just $3.5mil of the total $102mil (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)
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Posted on: Jul 14 2010, 00:29


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QUOTE (Frenchie @ Jul 13 2010, 22:22 ) *
Campbell is a bottom pairing d-man for them.
Not true. Campbell played on the 2nd D pairing with Hjalmarsson and was 3rd on the team in total ice time per game, logging about 23 minutes. The bottom pairing for the Hawks was Sopel and Hendry/Boynton.

DrN is spot on, the Hawks are going to have to make alot more moves and Campbell is unlikely to be one of them. Everyone could see this coming and thats why Tallon lost his job last summer.
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Posted on: Jul 12 2010, 23:46


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The Hawks will have to ship more players out. Apparently they are now actively shopping Brian Campbell but it seems unlikely any teams would be willing to take on his massive contract. I like Campbell a lot and would love to see him return to Sabres but he is grossly over paid. The only team I can think of that may be willing to make a deal are the Islanders who need to add around $10mil in salary just to reach the cap floor (IMG:style_emoticons/default/rolleyes.gif)
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Posted on: Jul 4 2010, 12:53


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I'd love to know which Leafs reached their bonuses after the season they had (IMG:style_emoticons/default/blink.gif)

The Blackhawks have already lost 10 players from their cup winning team because they are so close to the cap.
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Posted on: Jun 22 2010, 23:57


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Halak's an RFA and is due to get a big pay raise. The Habs have been grooming Price to be their #1 for a while and are obviously still not ready to give up on him. Perhaps they feel that giving him the starting job out right, without any competition will give Price the confidence to realize his potential - which Montreal must feel is higher than Halak's. It seems a strange decision, certainly not one I would have made and it will be interesting to see how both goalies careers progress from this point.
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Posted on: Mar 9 2010, 01:50


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The Leafs traded their 1st round picks for the next 2 seasons in the Kessel deal. So there will be no silver lining to a bad season of Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin coming to Toronto.

I think Wilson's position is pretty secure right now. Brian Burke has probably been his biggest supported over the last 2 seasons. The Leafs have been a rebuilding team since he took the job but now seem to be on the right track in becoming a playoff team again.
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