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  1. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=650548&navid=nhl:topheads The new agreement allows teams to use one of those compliance buyouts prior to the start of this season. However, the player's full salary for the 2012-13 season still would count against the team's cap. It's good to see them getting along
  2. http://www.sbnation.com/nhl/2013/1/14/3875966/new-jersey-devils-ilya-kovalchuk-khl-president-contract-buyout Just when it appeared as though the Ilya Kovalchuk saga had come to a close, the situation experiences another twist. Alexander Medvedev, the head of Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, will be travelling to North America in February in an attempt to discuss buying out Kovalchuk's contract with the New Jersey Devils, according to Igor Eronko of Sports.Ru on Sunday.
  3. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=650128&navid=nhl:topheads Scott Gomez arrived in Montreal in the summer of 2009 as the first step in a rebuilding process for the Canadiens. He left town Sunday in much the same fashion. Gomez was acquired by then-Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey from the New York Rangers on June 30, 2009, one day before the opening of free agency. Gainey has said he used the acquisition of Gomez to prove to a flock of incoming free agents like Brian Gionta and Michael Cammalleri that the Canadiens were ready to be contenders. Less than four years later, new GM Marc Bergevin sent Gomez and his $7.36 million salary cap hit home Sunday to make sure he remains healthy and eligible for a compliance buyout in the summer. It was a move, Bergevin said, that would give his team some relief so it can compete – and perhaps even contend – under the reduced salary cap of $64.3 million coming next season.
  4. http://www.nj.com/de...t_flyout_sports A former Devils defenseman isn't doing his old NHL club any favors. Alexei Kasatonov, general manager of SKA St. Petersburg in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, told Sportbox.ru that he will "do everything possible" to keep Ilya Kovalchuk from returning to the NHL. Rumors have persisted that executives from natural gas and oil firms in Russia are trying to keep Kovalchuk in the KHL by offering as much as $30 million a season.
  5. http://business.time.com/2012/12/19/hockeys-wealth-redistribution-problem-whats-really-behind-the-nhl-lockout/ The NHL would like you to believe that owners give too much money to players. That was management’s position almost a decade ago—the last time the league locked out its talent—when players were getting three-quarters of total revenues. After an entire season was voided, the NHL Players Association caved, agreeing to lower its members’ share of revenue to 57%. Peace and harmony have ensued since, but now the owners want an even bigger piece of the pie, claiming financial hardship. Don’t believe them, not for a minute. First, as I’ve written about before, sports team accounting is misleading at best, given that club owners can claim to be losing money when a) the losses are on paper only; b) there are tax benefits from whatever losses happen to be real; and c) the value of their teams continue to rise.
  6. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=645759&navid=DL|NHL|home "People bring it up to me. I try not to think about it. If it happens, it happens. I'll deal with it then," he said. "It would be a heck of an honor. That type of thing is obviously out of my control. We'll wait and see." That kind of "aw, shucks" modesty has been a Niedermayer trademark throughout his remarkable career. At no point during his 18 NHL seasons did the star defenseman even hint that his own accomplishments outweighed those of his team. Instead, the No. 3 pick in the 1991 draft has been reluctant to tout personal accolades -- especially the ones decided by other people. Like, say, the Hockey Hall of Fame selection committee. "That's just my personality. I'm a guy who likes to go about my business and let things fall where they may," Niedermayer said. "I think that's how I played the game. Probably not going to change my stripes now that I'm not playing."
  7. http://www.nj.com/de...side_seems.html Both the NHL Players’ Association and the league know there is still time to make a deal and play hockey. “Definitely. Unfortunately, we’re still in the early stages of this, based on the past two lockouts,” Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador said today. “They played 48 games in ’95, and the last time (2004-05) everybody thought we’d still play right up until February. “Everyone is frustrated with the situation. The players want to play, the owners want to play and the fans want to see the game. But the reality is it’s a business transaction happening right now and unfortunately both sides know we can still get half a season in starting in January.”
  8. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=643159 "I'm not one of the older guys in the room, but that [NHL] experience from last year can enable me to be more of a leader here," Henrique said. "I can take what I learned from [New Jersey's veteran players] and try to pass it on to the guys here. You always try to remember those guys that helped you out when you didn't know much -- well, there are guys in here that don't know much, and now I can be a leader and pass the little that I've learned along to them."
  9. http://www.nhl.com/i...s.htm?id=643004 "No one is more important than the logo," Lamoriello told NHL.com. "My philosophy has always been to respect teammates. In order to have success, you need each other. You need your trainers, your equipment people and your scouts. To me, that's what a team is all about, philosophically, and that's what [the New Jersey Devils] are all about." http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=643005 I followed his career when he became athletic director at Providence and then left to go to the Devils in 1987, and to see where his career has gone is fantastic," Shero told NHL.com. "I'd just gotten out of school when he went to New Jersey. I think what really stands out to me is his honest approach in dealing with people and with his teams." Shero can vividly recall spending time with Lamoriello in his early years as an NHL executive.
  10. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=642820 This is a three-parter: You hold a law degree from the University of Windsor, so I have to ask, why did you get one, how have you used it, and do you have any plans to use it in the future? "All good questions. I got a law degree because it was an area that always interested me and I actually had the opportunity of working in a criminal-law firm one summer, working in an in-house legal department, and it was very rewarding. I can tell you I use my law degree, I feel, on a daily basis even though I don't practice law. I really believe coaching is about convincing players why they should be doing something and making a case for that. It's something I use all the time and it's something that has been invaluable in my coaching life. Will I ever practice law? I doubt it, other than informally as a coach, but I enjoyed my three years at law school and I feel I use the degree daily."
  11. WOW! Kovy and BOB (Flyer backup goalie) are team mates LOL
  12. My favorite Mad Dog moment and Ralfie moment too.
  13. Nieds His induction was a special one. When people say Niedermayer accomplished all there is to accomplish in hockey, they truly mean it — he’s the only Canadian player in history to win the ‘big six’: Stanley Cup, Memorial Cup, World Juniors, World Championships, Olympics and the now-defunct World Cup.
  14. Marty So why did Brodeur, a player who has been good to the Devils organization in terms of dollars and performance, agree to a new contract with New Jersey when the organization couldn’t return the favor? One reason is that Brodeur has continuously put the success of the team over how big his bank account is. In his autobiography, Brodeur: Beyond the Crease, the Devils’ goalie talked about the thought process that went behind his last contract. Brodeur said, “Locking the Devils into a contract that paid me a large salary would hinder the club, and I knew I would rather make less money and play on a good team than make more and risk playing on a weaker team. I valued the luxury of winning more than money.”
  15. I think the Rangers should draft a future prospect with the last name Potvin for the fun of it and irony. When he plays at MSG, the Potvin sucks chant would be funny
  16. zp rumors The insanity surrounding New Jersey Devils captain Zach Parise and his impending free-agency has given birth to many interesting and perplexing rumors. If you’re having a hard time keeping track of it all, don’t fret. I’m here to refresh your memory and explain why none of them make any sense for Parise’s situation. Up until yesterday the Devils and Parise’s camp had yet to talk turkey. The lack of communication led to a bevy of rumors. Some believable and others…not so much. That is the nature of pro sports and the beauty of free-agency. So many possibilities with so many possibly outcomes. Here are a few of the better Parise rumors I have heard over the last couple of weeks. - on June 15th it was reported the Minnesota Wild were ready to give away the farm for Parise’s services. At the time the rumor made sense for the Wild. Parise is from the State of Hockey and would instantly become Minnesota’s biggest hero. Alas, Parise signing with the Wild makes no sense for…well, Parise. He has said playing for a winner will way heavily on his decision to sign somewhere. Minnesota is not and will not be that team for quite some time. It’s very possible he could end up there. The problem is it would be strictly a money reason and that is so very un-Parise like.
  17. recheck your info. but I get the point.
  18. Yup... but will Crosby be healthy enough to play well prior to his recurring concussion symptoms.
  20. Please show me the rule for this.
  21. He did not control the puck long enough for the ref to call the play dead.
  22. In my "taking my red and black glasses off unbiased opinion" universe. It's a good goal. He did not freeze it long enough for the ref to blow the whistle.
  23. Everyone please stop whining. It was a good goal. I don't want it to be a good goal but it was the right call. Exactly
  24. That was a good goal. But that's not the reason Devils are losing. Their PP sucks
  25. Devils have only scored 2 goals in (almost) 3 games. PATHETIC!
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