Friday, July 11, 2008

Blues Pick Up Wozniewski

According to the NHL.COM website 6'5 225 pound d-man Andy Wozniewski is a St.Louis Blue. Wozniewski who played for the Maple Leafs last year was a +5 in 48 games played. The Buffalo Grove, Illinois native finished with 9 points last year with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Cap ink Boyd Gordon

The Washington Capitals have inked restricted free-agent Boyd Gordon to a one year $725,000. Last season Boyd Gordon, 24, had 16 points in 67 games for the Capitals.

IIHF Says Not So Fast To The Radulov Deal???

The Latest On The Radulov Situation:

Per the International Ice Hockey Federation's official site, IIHF President René Fasel has informed the Continental Hockey League that Salavat Yulaev's signing of Alexander Radulov is a
blatant violation of the verbal agreement that was made in May and reiterated yesterday with a plan to formalize it in writing.

The IIHF has asked the KHL to void the contract. In the KHL does not comply, the IIHF has said it will disqualify Radulov from playing in all IIHF-sanctioned events, including the new the Champions Hockey League, the IIHF World Championships and the 2010 Winter Olympics.

In addition, the IIHF may take punitive action against the Salavat Yulayev club, which as the 2007-08 Russian champion is scheduled to participate in the Champions Hockey League.

Thanks To Bill Meltzer For This News As Well.

Krog to the Canucks and Beech to the Pens

The Canucks have just signed forward Jason Krog to a one-way contract. Krog played for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL last season. He played 23 games for Atlanta and NY Rangers in 2006-07.

The Penguins signed forward Kris Beech to a two-way contract earlier today. Beech played 25 games for 3 teams last season (Columbus, Vancouver and Pittsburgh), recording 11 points. The terms of both deals are still unknown.

Habs Trade Locke

The Montreal Canadiens have traded AHL affiliate, Hamilton Bulldogs forward Corey Locke to the Minnesota Wild in exchange the Habs receive Defenseman Shawn Belle.

C.Gratton Re-Signs With Bolts

The Tampa Bay Lightning have resigned forward Chris Gratton to a new 1 year contract. Gratton who finished with 21 points last year in 60 games with the Lightning started his NHL career in Tampa Bay and has also been tossed around a few teams(Flyers,Sabres,Coyotes,Avalanche and Panthers). The Brantford,Ontario native gives this rather young team some more leadership and will add grit to the lineup.


This is a list of players who played in the NHL or AHL as of last year and have now moved on to the new Russian League the KHL (Kontinental Hockey League):

Salavat Yulaev: Radulov
Lokomotiv: Vasicek
Metallurg: Pilar

Ak Bars: Dubielewicz, Kapanen
CSKA: Khomutov
SKA: Zyuzin
Dynamo: Rachunek, Tolpeko
Severstal: Kwiatkowski, Krog
Atlant Mystichi: Emery
Avangard: Grahame, Jagr
Spartak: Baranka, Radivojevic, Ruzicka
Amur: Lampman, Wanvig
Vityaz: Simon
Dynamo Riga:Marcel Hossa, Ellison

Bottom Line, Even with an agreement in place between the NHL and the Russian League I dont think it will matter. Truthfully for me a guy like Emery the NHL cant complain because theres no team in there league that would sign him. I realize the agreement is for the Russian teams to at least wait until the NHL players contract is up but they can still offer money and if a player wants he will get it. This now makes me wonder will NHL players even though they have a year or 2 left on there contract approach the Russian club for money?

LA: Salary Cap Problems

Doesn’t that sound good? Hearing your team is spending too much on players to bring a cup home. Well, here in LA we have the opposite problem. The Kings have not spent enough money and if the season started today, they would have to forfeit their games. But “don’t worry, things will be fine”. That’s what general manager Dean Lombardi told me when I ran into him at the Kings training facility just a few days ago. Lets all hope he has a master plan in the works, I think he does.

I have read countless blogs on what the Kings exact payroll looks like for next season and they all have different numbers. So here are a couple things we know for sure. Please forgive me if I leave anything out.

* The salary cap floor is 40.7 million.

* The Kings are hovering around 30 million in committed salaries.

* Jarret Stoll, Patrick O'Sullivan, Erik Ersberg, Brad Richardson, Peter Harrold and Matt Moulson are RFA’s that still need to be resigned. All their salaries should total up between 6-8 million.

* If Dan Cloutier’s buyout goes as planned his cap hit will be 1.033 million, if his buyout gets voided, like he is trying to do, the cap hit will be 3.1 million.

* Nobody knows the exact numbers except Dean Lombardi and the NHL.

With all these things taken into consideration the Kings are going to start the season just above the cap floor. There have been some talks about trading for a veteran defenceman and goalie that is very possible. Those salaries would bring the Kings payroll to a higher number.

As you can see the Kings are not in trouble of making the salary cap floor. The Kings loyals should be worried about throwing a young and inexperienced team into a very dangerous Western Conference. So don’t worry about the money, worry about wins.

Brylin Headed To Russia As Well

According to a Russian Hockey Website a Russian team in the new Kontinental hockey League in Russia has signed now former New Jersey Devils forward Sergei Brylin to a contract. The Devils let Brylin walk as he was a UFA I believe.

Feaster steps down as Lightning GM

Hired in 1998 as assistant general manager, he was promoted general manager in 2002. With 3 years remaining to his contract, the Bolts have negotiated a settlement with Feaster to replace him.
Brian Lawton will replace Feaster as Gm while keeping his functions as VP of hockey operations. There was no room anymore for Feaster since Len Barrie and Oren Koules became the owners of the Lightning.

Radulov To Russia OFFICIAL!

After yesterday with the news of Radulov parting ways with the Predators to head to Russia, The rumors have now been confirmed as truth. TSN reports Radulov is headed to play for Ufa,Russia in the KHL(Kontinental Hockey League).The deal is worth about 24 million over 3 years which is an average of 8 million dollars per year. Various reports had this as a false rumor and even the Predators had no idea what was going on. The NHL had reached an agreement with The Russian Ice Hockey Federation that would stop the Russian Teams from offering crazy amounts of money to lure players from the NHL when the player still has years left on his NHL contract. Who knows though could Radulov have approached the Russian team?

Marcel Goc extended by the Sharks

The San Jose Sharks avoided arbitration with the German player, offering him a one-year, $775,000 deal. Goc scored 5 goals (8 pts) in 51 games last year with the Sharks, but the 24 year-old centre played in only 4 playoff games.






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