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April 4, 2006

April 4, 2006

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

DEPARTMENTS

Cap adjustment called unlikely

NHL teams have been told not to expect changes in the salary cap formula for next season, meaning the upper limit is likely to be around $46-million. The news comes after the NHL Players’ Association put off making a decision on reducing the size of the 2006-07 salary cap increase until its summer meetings. The union has been considering the move in order to reduce player escrow payments for next season. The NHL had been willing to go along as of December, but the league now says waiting until late June or early July is probably too much to ask. “We’re not saying it’s out of the question, but we’re telling our clubs for purposes of their planning at this point they should just assume status quo,” said NHL deputy commissioner Bill…

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In company of strangers

Click through the back pages of the 2005-06 stats file and that’s where you’ll find him, out of place like a lost Rembrandt in an art shop of kitsch. With a line that reads: ‘GP-5, G-0, A-1, Pts-1, minus-3,’ Dallas’s Junior Lessard is just below on the list, Washington’s Boyd Kane just above. It’s Brett Hull, in the company of strangers. Just who are these men destined to be Hull’s historical peers in the last season of his career? As a group, they bring to mind Pat Burns’s reaction in 1992 upon learning that Bill Berg had just been acquired by the Toronto Maple Leafs, a team Burns happened to coach: “I wouldn’t know Bill Berg if I ran over him with my truck,” Burns said. And that was in a 24-team league.…

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IN THE NEWSROOM

Taylor pulls a ‘Lou Lou’ When the Kings fired Andy Murray with just 12 games to go in the regular season, the staff at The Hockey News noted the similarities between GM Dave Taylor’s move and the one made by New Jersey’s Lou Lamoriello in 2000. That year, the Devils were first in the Atlantic with just eight contests remaining when Lamoriello slew-footed Robbie Ftorek. Larry Robinson was promoted and the Devils won the Cup. This year, the Kings were nine points above the .500 mark when Murray was replaced with John Torchetti. Could history repeat? Don’t bet on it. There are numerous and significant differences between the situations, including: Torchetti has yet to prove he’s in Robinson’s neighborhood; five words – Mathieu Garon vs. Martin Brodeur.…

DEPARTMENTS

Move brings opportunity

Mike Zigomanis didn’t expect to be leaving Carolina. But as a fifth-year pro who had only played 57 games with the Hurricanes, a change of scenery may just work out for the best. A creative forward with excellent touch, Zigomanis, who plays wing and center, was sent to the St. Louis Blues as part of the Doug Weight trade Jan. 30. He was given a quick two-game look in St. Louis, then sent to the Peoria Rivermen. “We’ll find out in the near future (if the trade was beneficial), but I’m happy to be part of the St. Louis Blues organization,” said Zigomanis, who started the season with Carolina, but was assigned to Lowell after scoring one goal in 21 games. He has three goals and seven points in 59 career NHL games,…