Thursday's news: NHL puts on a power play over Kovalchuk

NEWARK NJ - JULY 20: Ilya Kovalchuk of the New Jersey Devils speaks with the media after announcing his contract renewal at the Prudential Center on July 20 2010 in Newark New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The big news this morning in the hockey world is that instead of closing the Ilya Kovalchuk drama yesterday afternoon, the NHL and NHLPA continue to negotiate over the structure of long-term contracts. A report out of New York indicates that the league is taking a very aggressive stance, offering to allow the proposed contract to stand in exchange for an adjustment to the CBA involving future deals.

After the jump, we've also got a bold statement from Chet Pickard about trying to earn an NHL job this season, further assurance that Cody Franson will probably get a new contract soon, and a poll on the most over-hyped story of the summer...

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Predators News

Chet Pickard’s 2010-2011 Nashville Predators Mask -
Chet's new mask definitely shows his intent to play for Nashville, not Milwaukee (thanks to for the pointer).

Paul McCann - Random Notes - September is here!
Paul touches on a number of items, including the road trip he's organizing for Preds fans heading to Carolina for the game on November 20th.

Preds On The Glass: Ryan Miller Interview, No Kovi Kontract, and Thursday Thoughts
Buddy includes a video interview with Ryan Miller (no, not our Milwaukee writer, this is some goalie who plays in Buffalo)...

Latest Predators' addition accustomed to championships - Nashville City Paper
David Boclair writes that Grant Lewis does bring a championship resume from the AHL (Chicago in 2008, Hershey this year).

Cody Franson hopes to work out deal with Nashville Predators - The Tennessean
The unsigned restricted free agent is participating in informal workouts with several other Preds these days, confident that a deal will get done soon.

Nashville football fans need to adjust radio dials - The Tennessean
With 104.5 "The Zone" taking on Tennessee football & basketball along with Titans broadcasts, there will be a lot of change coming to Nashville's airwaves. The impact on the Predators is uncertain.

Around the NHL

NHL gives Players Assn. ultimatum on Kovalchuk, Luongo, Hossa -
Larry Brooks reports that the NHL has issued some stern conditions under which the Ilya Kovalchuk contract could be approved, but they'd amount to an on-the-fly modification to the CBA. At risk? Not just the Kovalchuk deal, but Roberto Luongo's could be voided, and Marian Hossa's could be in play, too.

Sources: Matt Hulsizer emerges as possible buyer for Phoenix Coyotes - ESPN
"A legitimate hockey guy with a lot of money" steps into the race for the Coyotes. Thats sounds like a good thing...

Storylines from the 2010 NHL offseason - From The Rink
Cassie asks which has been the most overblown story of the summer... my vote went to all the "lockout in 2012" noise that was raised in the background of just about every other development.

Antti Niemi reportedly set to sign with San Jose for one year, $2.0MM - Fear The Fin
The Sharks pick up Chicago's goalie, after having made an offer sheet for Niklas Hjalmarsson. Did raising Hjalmarsson's price make Niemi unaffordable for the Blackhawks, thus sending him to the open market?

Lowetide: Paging Mr. Underwood?
Speculative musing over a possible trade of Mike Fisher to Edmonton. I'm guessing Carrie Underwood wouldn't be thrilled to have her new hubby shipped off to Alberta.

O'Sullivan still looking for a job - Edmonton Journal
After getting bought out by Edmonton, Patrick O'Sullivan is one of several free agents still available.

The Pros And Cons Of Signing Bill Guerin - Broad Street Hockey
Should Philadelphia take a flyer on the aging winger, who's in town skating with members of the team?

Countdown to NHL training camps: Five coaches on the hot seat - ESPN
Training camps are still two weeks away, but that doesn't stop the speculation over which head coach will get fired first.

Yale's Mandi Schwartz Learns Cancer Is in Remission -- NHL FanHouse
Wonderful news for the sister of St. Louis Blues prospect Jaden Schwartz. Mandi also plays hockey for Yale.

NHL 2010-11 Season Preview: Wrestling with Anaheim Ducks - Puck Daddy
Greg's gone outside the box in his preview format for the upcoming season.

How much NHL Center Ice will cost you for 2010-11 season - Puck Daddy
Greg Wyshynski reports on a slight rise in the cost of your hockey fix this season.

A Defending Big D Milestone - Defending Big D
Congrats to our comrades in Dallas on setting a new monthly high in traffic. In August, no less, a hockey wasteland!

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