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Just Saying Hello

GeorgeDon't have a whole lot of write about hockey-wise, but figure since I've put up posts on both the University of Miami and Florida Marlins sites today, I would be remiss if I didn't post something on my own piece of the Internet.

And, I believe this makes me the first person in the short history of Miami Herald online to make posts on three separate sites in the same day (if you're keeping track, it's been within a two-hour span.)

I would have posted on the FAU site yesterday, but we don't have one, so I couldn't.

With that out of the way, on to hockey!

-- Word out of Toronto is that Bryan McCabe may be willing to waiving his no-trade clause and heading out of the GTA. Don't know what that means for the Panthers, although with JM's love for all things Maple Leaf, you have to think there is probably some interest there on Florida's side. McCabe isn't as bad as he's been made out to be in Toronto, and could use a nice change of scenery.

For Florida to make this move, you would have to gather that Mike Van Ryn would be headed north, his $3-plus million salary in each of the next two seasons going to Toronto in exchange for McCabe and his $6.15 million wage for this season. McCabe is scheduled to make $4.15 million in each of the final two years of his deal (2009-10, 2010-11).

Florida is going to be asked for more than its willing to give, but will probably have to throw in a young players or two along with a Van Ryn/Skrastins type veteran.

Considering McCabe is signed for three years -- and if the Panthers feel McCabe is far from done and can get back to form where he scored at least 50 points for three straight (2003-04, 2005-07) seasons -- they may take this very seriously.

Or not.

-- Big news is hockey is the Islanders now have a coach, following a familiar path by hiring a guy with no NHL coaching experience.

Scott Gordon, now the reigning but not defending, coach of the year in the AHL gets a multi-year deal on the Island. A rising name in the coaching ranks, Gordon has his work cut out for him in Uniondale, but is a very bright hockey mind and is very energetic. He comes to the Isle from the Providence Bruins.

-- James Mirtle, official Friend Of On Frozen Pond (FOOFP), did a ton of research on the NHL's salary structure. Lots of good stuff -- as usual -- here. Lot of math, too, and now I have a headache. "I was told there would be no math,'' -- Chevy Chase as President Ford, SNL.

Check out the fruits of James' hard labor -- and obvious mad math skillz -- right here.

-- Been getting a ton of emails regarding the Jay Bouwmeester trade rumors. Isn't going to happen, so relax.

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