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  • The Press Box July 6, 2012

    Arbitration Candidates for 2012
    Here are the NHL players filing for arbitration: S. Kostitsyn, Fayne, Stralman, Daugavins, Oshie, Galiardi, Weise, Bonino, Mcginn, Bachman, Fistric, Quincey, Gagner, Versteeg, Diaz. The contract terms will be determined between July 20th and August 4th. From NYDN’s Pat Leonard: There is a provision in the current collective bargaining agreement that if a player is awarded a contract in arbitration worth $1,042,173 or more, the NHL club has 48 hours to notify the player, NHLPA and the league if it does not intend to enter into the agreement. If that happens, the player automatically becomes an unrestricted free agent.

    Taking a deeper look at the Red Wings
    The Wings have over $16 million in the bank at this moment (with 22 players under contract). This is my take on the Red Wings lineup:
    Todd Bertuzzi - Pavel Datsyuk - Johan Franzen
    Valtteri Filppula - Henrik Zetterberg - Mikael Samuelsson
    Gustav Nyquist - Darren Helm - Dan Cleary
    Drew Miller-Justin Abdelkader - Jordin Tootoo
    Damien Brunner - Cory Emmerton - Patrick Eaves
    Jan Mursak

    Ian White - Niklas Kronwall
    Jonathan Ericsson - Kyle Quincey
    Brendan Smith - Jakub Kindl

    Jimmy Howard
    Jonas Gustavsson

    Ken Holland on missing out on Suter/Parise: "I'd rather go with our kids," Holland said. "I think we can compete. Are we going to win the Presidents' Trophy? No, but you don't have to anymore." The market is pretty scarce for defenders, so it would look like if Ken Holland decides that ‘the kids aren’t alright’, then he will have to go through the trade route.

    Blues Perron, rolls in the Green
    David Perron resigned with the Blues for four years at a $3,812,500 cap hit, per year. A pretty minimal salary for a guy whose injury troubles appear to be in the past and is coming off a excellent year with twenty-one goals and 42 points in 57 games (30 goals 60 points pro-rated). It’s worth noting that Zach Parise broke out when he was turning twenty-five and Perron will be celebrating his twenty-fifth birthday next year. Although years away, could we see Perron’s name on the same pedestal when the shifty Sherbrook kid’s contract expires?

    The Departed Minute Men
    Here are the players who averaged over twenty minutes a night last season with their respective clubs, and are now playing for another club or are retired: Ryan Suter (26:30), Dennis Wideman (23:54), Nicklas Lidstrom (23:46), Jason Garrison (23:41), Filip Kuba (23:36), Matt Carle (23:01), Zbynek Michalek (21:38), Zach Parise (21:29), Sheldon Souray (20:27), Sami Salo (20:26) and Marc Methot (20:03).

    Dubnyk re-ups with the Oil for two years - Time for a career year?
    Devan Dubnyk resigned with the Oilers for two years at $3.5 million, per season. With the addition of Justin Schultz, a healthy Ryan Whitney and ending the year with only six regulation losses in his last eighteen games on a lottery team, his goals against average and save percentage will hit career highs. His tandem partner only won one game in all of 2012 despite partaking in sixteen contests.

    Where does recently signed Mathieu Perreault fit on the depth chart?
    24-year-old Mathieu Perreault signed an extension yesterday with the Capitals for two seasons at $1.05 AAV. Perreault emerged onto the scene after putting up significant point totals in the AHL and last season even saw a good chunk of minutes on the second-line with the injury to Swede Nicklas Backstrom. Where will we see Perreault next season? The loss of Semin but addition of Ribiero plugged that hole in the top-six, so could we see the natural centerman shift to wing? Brian Mcnally of the Washington Examiner digs deep.

    A look into Ovechkin's linemates shooting stats
    Here’s an interesting analysis on the shooting percentage of linemates when Alex Ovechkin is on the ice for the past few years.
    From the Redlinestation: In 07-08, Ovechkin took 260 shots and scored 38 goals. While on-ice the Caps got 803 shots and scored 86 goals. So with him on the ice but without him shooting the Caps scored 48 goals on 543 shots, 8.8% shooting. In 08-09, we're looking at his linemates giving him 45 goals on 476 shots, 9.5%. In 09-10, 51 on 392, 10.7%. In 10-11, 45 on 434, 9.0%. And in 11-12, 30 on 340, 7.7%.

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    By Brandon Landry

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