Niemi's ultimate destination plus more news and notes
Still no idea which sweater
NIemi's most likely destination at this point seems to be the Finnish SM-Liiga or even the KHL on a short, one-year term. The overseas option isn't ideal, but with few viable options in North America, it makes sense for him to retrench in Europe for a season, then set himself up as one of the premier options next summer. Just from a dollars and cents angle, he'll make more money and have more say in his destination than he does now in a market that appears to have few, if any, buyers.
It looks like there won't be so much pressure on Niemi's former teammate
"It's a position that he likes to play," former Hawks assistant and current Atlanta GM
Dudley went on to say that the final call on how best to utilize Byfuglien will go to coach
It's certainly possible the thinking could change, especially if none of Atlanta's forward hopefuls make an impression in camp, but the Byfuglien decision makes a lot of sense for a team that finished in the bottom five in terms of both shots and goals-allowed per game.
It's pretty clear that the Devils will have to movesome salary if and when
"If [Chicago GM Stan] Bowman managed to fix his [salary cap] problems without getting rid of
Zajac would be easy enough to move -- at just 25, he's playing first-line minutes and making under $4 million for the next two seasons, but he's far more valuable to the team than the cap space he's assuming. Look for the Devils to make a move involving
There's been a lot of chatter over the past 24 hours about how expertly GM
Another tough loss for Seth Appert's program at RPI -- and NCAA hockey in general -- as the Blackhawks this morning confirmed the signing of 19-year-old forward
Pirri, who was Chicago's second selection (59th overall) in the 2010 draft, impressed at rookie camp bu still has some way to go to reach his potential as a second-line center with the Hawks. He'll likely report to Saginaw of the OHL after training camp, but he could be assigned to Rockford of the AHL as well. Either way, he needs time to improve his conditioning, physical play and two-way game. Not sure it's easier to work on those elements in those leagues than the NCAA, but he certainly isn't the first talented prospect of late to see things that way. Shows just how much work former NHLPA executive director
I'd like to offer up a clarification/correction to a point made in
As several readers pointed out, alcohol was not a factor in the collision that took the life of