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So Lou Lamoriello has extricated himself from the salary cap mess his Devils were mired in.

With Vladimir Malahkov's contract dumped in San Jose and Alex Mogilny certified as a borderline cripple, Lamoriello frees up $7.1 million in cap room and should have Brian Gionta, David Hale and Paul Martin under contract in the next few weeks.

Other GMs are likely incensed the league granted New Jersey a long-term injury exception for Mogilny, but there's little doubt the onetime superstar was done like dinner a couple years ago when he played for TorontoÂ…

A belated complement for the fantasy NHL draft show TSN aired last week.

From commissioner Gary Bettman's participation (he revealed the selection order in the same way he does for the league's entry draft), to interviews with players who were selected, the program was exactly the type of thing the league should be doing to promote its individual starsÂ…

Big thanks goes out to THN subscriber and Aerosmith tour manager John Bionelli for hooking me up with unbelievable front-row seats for last night's Aerosmith/Motley Crue show at the Air Canada Centre.

I now believe I'm the only person on the planet who has had Steven Tyler stick his hand in his beer to start a rock concert – not once, but twice…

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