Archive for August, 2010

Ilya Kovalchuk Arbitration Hearing Concludes…And the Winner Is?

August 9th, 2010 No Comments

 

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All About the Benjamins: Why NHL Players Are Choosing the KHL

August 7th, 2010 No Comments

This offseason we have watched as several NHL players have chosen to continue their career with the KHL, shunning the NHL in the process. At the top of the heap, former San Jose Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov signed a four-year, $24 million deal with SKA St. Petersburg, followed by former Atlanta Thrashers forward Maxim Afinogenov, who signed a five-year contract with SKA just yesterday. For many Russian players, heading back home to play is as much about convenience as it is about the money. That said, given the choice to make the same money, I suspect every one of them would rather be in the NHL—fact is, most of them are not worth it! While the skill level in the KHL is getting better, the league is nowhere near what the NHL is. SKA St. Petersburg, widely believed to be

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Ilya Kovalchuk Deal Could Be Devastating for the NHL

August 5th, 2010 2 Comments

It is widely believed that the Ilya Kovalchuk deal and subsequent hearings have all but kept many NHL teams and unrestricted free agent players from making more of a splash this summer. Numerous trades—most notably a deal involving Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Tomas Kaberle—have been sitting on the back burner for quite some time, leaving many NHL teams and fans feeling like they have been kept hostage all summer long by the Kovalchuk saga. Yesterday, arbitrator Richard Block began hearing the arguments for and against the Kovalchuk contract from both the NHL and the Players Association. A decision on Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract is expected by this Friday, if not by Monday at the latest. In the end, there are only really two scenarios that can come of Block’s findings. First, Block upholds the Kovalchuk deal, which will force

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Ten Reasons the Toronto Maple Leafs Will Improve in 2010-11

August 4th, 2010 No Comments

With a record of 30-38-14 in 2009-10, the Toronto Maple Leafs finished the season 29th overall. Needless to say, the only way for the Leafs to go is up in 2010-11 and there are plenty of reasons to believe this to be true. While the jury is still out on whether or not the Maple Leafs will earn a playoff spot, there are many Leaf fans that are starting to “be-Leaf”, as are many other NHL fans. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top ten reasons the Leafs will be an improved squad in 2010-11. Goal Scoring Depth Up Front: The Maple Leafs finished the 2009-10 season averaging 2.56 goals for, which tied them for 25th overall with the Montreal Canadiens. Off-season additions of Kris Versteeg (20 goals in 2009-10), Colby Armstrong (15 goals in 2009-10),

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Remembering the 2010 Winter Classic: Philadelphia Flyers Vs. Boston Bruins

August 3rd, 2010 No Comments

Last year I had the opportunity to cover the Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers. As an accredited writer I was able to take part in numerous interviews and take some pretty great pictures along the way. With the 2011 Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals already starting to steal the headlines I felt it might be cool to look back at my experience in Boston. Here is a look at some of my pictures: This is the first picture I took after the cab dropped me off on Yawkey Way right outside the legendary Fenway Park. The City of Boston and the NHL did a great job of promoting the event both in the media and on the streets of Boston. If you got within a square mile of Fenway you knew

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Ilya Kovalchuk Update: Arbitration Looming

August 3rd, 2010 No Comments

NHL.com’s Dan Rosen is reporting that Ilya Kovalchuk’s arbitration case will commence on Wednesday with a decision being made public as early as Friday. The NHL rejected Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million deal based on the fact that they felt the contract circumvented the CBA. The onus will be on the NHL to prove that the Kovalchuk deal was, in fact, signed with the intention of side-stepping the CBA, which, given the wording of said CBA, will be tough to do. While many NHL fans do feel the Kovalchuk deal is reasonable, there are more than a few that feel the deal is “insane”, especially in light of the fact that the deal is front loaded and that Kovalchuk would be 43 years old when it expires. Many believe, given how little will be owed to the talented Russian sniper in

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