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Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: A Dead Team Skating

David Shoalts has several league sources who are spilling the beans about the mess in Phoenix. It isn’t surprising that the NHL is leaking this information now, when interest in hockey – rather than the business of hockey – has peaked. Who wants to talk about the probable demise of the Phoenix Coyotes right now?…

Sunday NHL Rumor Roundup – April 19, 2009.

Al Strachan suggested it was now “highly likely” Marian Gaborik will remain with the Minnesota Wild now that GM Doug Risebrough and head coach Jacques Lemaire are no longer with the team. Pierre LeBrun however isn’t so sure, having spoken with Gaborik’s Los Angeles-based agent Ron Salcer who said his camp will listen to anything Minnesota…

Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: The Family Discount

It is one thing for a team to pony up $6-7 MM on a long term contract for a free agent, but its another to pay $13.5-$14 MM on a long term contract for two free agents. Particularly when everyone is running scared on league revenues and a falling salary cap. There aren’t that many…

Kukla’s Korner: Who Deserves 11 Year Contracts?

There’s no questioning his ability to put the puck in the net, but is he a core guy on your team that you want to keep until he’s 40? There’s no way to predict things, but goal-scorer skills tend to decline pretty fast once you hit your mid-30s. Ask John Leclair about that; his whole…

Tom Benjamin: Calgary is Out of (cap) Money

Problem is, because they were right against the $56.7-million (U.S.) salary cap, they needed to ship Dustin Boyd and Warren Peters to the minors to make the numbers work. Accordingly, the Flames went with only 10 forwards playing their second game in two nights — with predictable results… “That’s part of the cap rules and…

Helene Elliott = annoying and clueless

Snippet of her dopey “open letter” to Kings’ ownership: Speaking of leaving, has it occurred to you Lombardi might be letting his emotions influence personnel decisions? Michael Cammalleri invoked his salary arbitration rights last year and Lombardi soon traded him for a draft pick. Cammalleri is having an excellent season with the Calgary Flames. They…