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Why I prefer to just say no to Doan

Going into next season with the roster intact (which, by the way, is some kind of miracle) is a silver lining inside a cloud no-one is talking about yet. The conventional wisdom is that a huge contributing factor to Stanley Cup hangover is the fact that the team has just played 100+ games compared to most teams’ 82, and have had only a few weeks to recover, compared to half a year. Players are banged up. Old players, exponentially so.

Doan’s interest in you is meaningless

https://twitter.com/reallisa/status/222393954803531776 Terry Bross, agent for UFA F Shane Doan, tells Detroit Free Press: “Shane has interest in Detroit.” Has heard from Wings today. #RedWings July 9, 2012 10:14 AM via Twitter for iPadReplyRetweetFavorite @HeleneStJames Helene St. James Pens have talked to Shane Doan, Agent reports Doan’s “interested” in Pittsburgh http://t.co/Lg7R82rz July 9, 2012 10:21 AM…

No, the new CBA won’t limit contracts to five years

Whatever the new CBA does to put the damper on the “big tail” contracts, it’s going to have to be with an eye toward incremental change. Off the top of my head, I expect:

  • Contracts for players under the age of 35 will not be allowed to take the player past 40, and maybe that number should be lower, 37-ish.
  • There will be some kind of tail-to-dog ratio rule. Something that limits, for example, the top paying 4 or 5 years of a deal to a certain percentage of the lowest paying 4 or 5 years of the deal.

Corey Elkins question (answered)

Yesterday, the agent for Kings prospect Corey Elkins tweeted that his client had signed a one-year contract with the Ducks. As far as I know, this has not been officially announced yet. Here’s my question: unless I missed something, the last any of us heard about Elkins, he was still Kings’ property. They made a…

Oscar Moller and small person

Congratulations, Oscar and family. charlottemelander’s photo http://t.co/gSG9nXjO #lyckligkille June 10, 2012 4:59 AM via Instagram on iOSReplyRetweetFavorite @Osmoller Oscar Möller (Please come back soon)  

Q: Are the Suter/Parise deals a circumvention of the CBA? A: No

I’ve read a few comments around the interpucks complaining about the questionable legality of the new matching mega-deals for Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. I saw several variations on “tell me how this is any different than the Kovalchuk contract!” Okay, I’ll tell you. (If you want to drill deeper into this topic, I highly…

I coined a new term: “giamenemy”

giamenemy (n), 1. portmanteau of G.M. (General Manager) and enemy; e.g. “Lombardi’s giamenemy, Steve Tambellini, lied about the status of Gilbert Brule.” (pl., giamenemies). I’m putting that in my dictionary, right next to the list of NHL GMs as verbs, as in, “Oh crap, I’ve been tambellinied!” “I really howsoned that guy,” “He just sat there burking…

Whither Clifford?

Of the six left wings mentioned — Brown, Penner, Gagne, King, Nolan and Clifford — one of them (Gagne) is almost certain to leave after next season (if he can even make it through 2012-13 healthy), and another (Penner) is not any kind of lock to return after next year either. I would say, actually, that since neither Clifford or Nolan ought to be considered top-six forwards (you can make an argument for King, though he fits anywhere), really we’re talking about whether there’s room for all three of Clifford, Nolan and King in the bottom six. We can just remove Brown, Gagne and Penner from the equation.