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Afternoon Delight: Just Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, Beat It, No one wants to be defeated

  • The National Hockey League is expected to finalize their salary cap for the 2009-2010 season today.  Update: The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that the Team Payroll Range established for the 2009-10 League Year, pursuant to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, provides for a Lower Limit of $40.8 million, an Adjusted Midpoint of $48.8 million and an Upper Limit of $56.8 million.
  • The Anaheim Ducks remain in a holding pattern waiting for Scott Niedermayer to determine his playing status for next season.
  • Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray is finding out that trading Dany Heatley is more difficult than he could have ever imagined. Like, maybe impossible.
  • Mike Toth wonders if Mike Babcock’s job with Team Canada could impact his role with the Red Wings?
  • The Detroit Red Wings want a new deal to play at Joe Louis Arena. The team says it will not exercise an option to renew its lease at the arena, but wants to continue talks with the city on a new deal.
  • The bidding for defenseman Jay Bouwmeester narrowed to a four-team fight.
  • Mark Spector of Sportsnet says that there are a record number of names being floated in trade rumours in Montreal.
  • The Phoenix Coyotes had 3,000 fans and potential ticket buyers show up an “open house” at Arena.
  • County officials voted unanimously today to reject a proposal that would have allowed Iowa Chops owners to sell its franchise.
  • Bemidji State and Nebraska-Omaha are expected to be admitted in to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association this afternoon.