NHL News – December 2, 2010

Senators defenceman Brian Lee clears waivers, Murray still seeking trade

Oilers fans should not fear relocation

Flyers Notes: Flyers face roster decision soon

San Jose Sharks’ Dany Heatley braces for boos from jilted Senators fans
Senators defenceman Brian Lee clears waivers, Murray still seeking trade

As expected, Ottawa Senators defenceman Brian Lee cleared waivers on Wednesday but he won’t immediately be sent to Binghamton.

General manager Bryan Murray said he is still talking to a couple of NHL teams to see if he can trade Lee, 23, the team’s first-round draft choice (ninth overall) in 2005.

Just last summer the team re-signed Lee to a two-year, one-way deal that pays him $875,000 a season.

He had been a healthy scratch for 18 games before being put on waivers..

Read more: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/Senators+defenceman+Brian+clears+waivers+Murray+still+seeking+trade/3912994/story.html#ixzz16yFrVPr2

Oilers fans should not fear relocation

Heaven help us if the Edmonton Oilers’ charter flight has to set down in Winnipeg for refuelling en route home from Toronto tonight.

Because somebody with full access to the Internet and half a clue will hurriedly and mistakenly interpret the Oilers’ presence at Portage and Main as proof of their intent to move lock, stock and ugly third jerseys into a city that once boasted a National Hockey League franchise and is desperate for another.

In case you missed it, and admittedly that is nigh on impossible given the level of hysteria that accompanies every belch and shuffle from Oil Country, Oilers officials Kevin Lowe and Patrick LaForge as well as Katz Group chief financial officer Paul Marcaccio visited Quebec City on Wednesday. They weren’t there to partake of the glorious poutine or les chiens chaud.

This could only mean they were eagerly discussing the relocation of the Oilers to la belle province. You see, the Katz Group people haven’t made much progress on their funding model for the arena district and surely have tired of the politicking and mind-numbing public consultation and are suspicious that their fervent desires to put shovels in the ground 18 months from now won’t be sated. So they must be halfway out the door, right?

Uh, no.

“We are not planning to move the Oilers at this time,” LaForge told reporters in Quebec City.

“We’re going to build a building.”

So, too, is Quebec City. At least that’s the hope. So La-Forge, Lowe and Marcaccio huddled with Quebec City Mayor Regis Labeaume and other officials. They discussed Quebec City’s ongoing efforts to drum up federal government money for an NHL-ready arena that would allow them into the conversation whenever an NHL team finds itself in financial distress and perhaps in need of a new home.

Read more: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/Oilers+fans+should+fear+relocation/3915766/story.html#ixzz16yIAIBrT

Flyers Notes: Flyers face roster decision soon

The Flyers are about $700,000 under the $59.4 million salary cap, according to assistant general manager Barry Hanrahan.

With a $1.55 million cap hit, Leighton would put them over the NHL’s salary limit when he comes off the long-term injured list and joins the team. He is the only Flyer on the long-term injured list; players on that list do not count against the cap.

The Flyers have a few options. They can keep three goalies (unlikely) and put one of their injured players who aren’t close to returning, – Ian Laperriere ($1.67 million) or Matt Walker ($1.7 million) – on the long-term list.

Or they can try to send Leighton or backup goalie Brian Boucher ($925,000) down to the AHL’s Adirondack Phantoms. To do that, they would first have to clear waivers. Both have one-way contracts with the Flyers.

If they successfully sent a goalie down to the Phantoms, the player would have to clear reentry waivers if the Flyers tried to recall him. On reentry waivers, teams can claim the player for half his salary.

In a perfect world, the Flyers would prefer not to have a player on the long-term list. If a team has a player on that list and it makes a trade or promotes a player from the minors, the newcomer’s full salary – not his prorated salary – counts against the cap.

As for the crowded goalie situation, Flyers coach Peter Laviolette said he hoped Leighton’s stint goes well, but he didn’t want to comment on the scenarios until the goalie is ready to return.

Leighton, making a comeback from back surgery, is slated to play Saturday at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Sunday against Albany. The Sunday game will be at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall at 4 p.m.

Read more: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/flyers/20101202_Flyers_Notes___Flyers_face_roster_decision_soon.html#ixzz16yIgI000
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San Jose Sharks’ Dany Heatley braces for boos from jilted Senators fans

Dany Heatley thinks he knows what lies ahead tonight when he returns to the place he called home for four NHL seasons before the messy divorce that followed.

Prolonged booing — high-volume displeasure directed at him by more than 20,000 hostile Ottawa Senators fans inside Scotiabank Place who have waited 15 months to let him know what they think of him.

“I’ve gone into rinks like that before, and I expect much of the same as Edmonton or Atlanta the first time,” he said in the days leading to this major event on the North American hockey calendar.

The suggestion that this could be a lot more intense, a lot uglier doesn’t faze him.

“That’s fine,” he said. “One boo, or however many boos, it’s all the same to me.”

He says it matter-of-factly. The words may convey a sense of defiance, but that isn’t the tone he is using.

No matter. Whatever Heatley has to say on the subject isn’t likely to convince anyone here — or maybe anywhere across Canada — that he isn’t the self-centered villain in a soap opera that played itself out over the summer of 2009.

Act One: The leaked trade demand that came two seasons after Heatley — a 50-goal scorer who helped his team reach the Stanley Cup finals in 2006 — signed a long-term contract that would keep him with the Senators through 2014.

Act Two: The rejection of a deal that would have sent him to the Edmonton Oilers, effectively forcing a trade to San Jose for what was perceived as lesser value — Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second-round draft pick.

Act Three: The dispute over the $4 million contract bonus that Senators owner Eugene Melnyk had to pay Heatley on July 1, 2009 — and tried to get back from him or the Sharks.


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