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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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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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Brian Burke’s Best Work Yet To Come?

July 29th, 2010 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has had a busy summer acquiring numerous players via free agency and trading for some much needed depth. This summer Burke has acquired rugged forwards Colby Armstrong and Mike Brown via free agency while also adding speedy Stanley Cup winner Kris Versteeg to the fold via a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. On defense Burke picked up veteran defenseman Brett Lebda, giving him even more depth on defense, which, in turn, may allow him to trade his ace in the hole, defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The acquisitions of Armstrong, Versteeg, Brown and Lebda should help transform the Leafs from perennial bottom feeders to playoff contenders. Burke’s earlier acquisitions include defensemen Mike Komisarek, Dion Phaneuf (who was awarded the captaincy over the summer) and Francois Beauchemin, all of whom should play a huge role in

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12 NHL Goalies That Must Step It Up For The 2010-11 Season

July 22nd, 2010 No Comments

The 2009-10 NHL season saw a lot of otherwise unknown goaltenders establish themselves as the go-to netminders for their respective teams. Jonathan Quick in Los Angeles, Michael Leighton in Philadelphia and Jimmy Howard in Detroit all had excellent seasons, followed by more than respectable playoff runs. With the 2010-11 season just a few months away, many NHL netminders will be looking to duplicate or surpass their 2009 success, with others trying to re-establish themselves as the number one crease beast. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 12 NHL goalies that must step up their play in order to have a successful 2010-11 season. Michael Leighton: Philadelphia Flyers Picked up on waivers by the Philadelphia Flyers late in the 2009-10 season; Michael Leighton had a very successful run with the Flyers, including a run to the Stanley Cup

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Los Angeles Kings Out of the Running For Ilya Kovalchuk, So What Now?

July 7th, 2010 No Comments

Less than a week ago many Los Angeles Kings’ fans were falling all over themselves in anticipation of landing prized free agent sniper Ilya Kovalchuk. For L.A. Fans, the hype was short lived as Kings general manager Dean Lombardi recently told reporters that despite his best efforts, he was unable to get Kovalchuk to commit to Tinseltown. With the addition of Kovalchuk the L.A. Kings would have been one of the favorites to win Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2010-11; without him there are still doubts about their offense and about the teams long-term drawing power. From the outside looking in, even without the addition of Kovalchuk, the Kings are looking good for the 2010-11 season and, with a few tweaks, should be in the running for the Stanley Cup. According to capgeek.com the Kings have a total of 16 players

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