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Happy Independence Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Except for some storms on Saturday, it has been a beautiful holiday weekend here in Michigan.  Today promises more of the same and I hope wherever you are, the weather is treating you right.

Have a great day today and please be safe.

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Wild Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Nine days after the earthquake came the aftershock.

In another Wild-San Jose Sharks blockbuster, General Manager Chuck Fletcher acquired much-maligned but potentially lethal goal scorer Dany Heatley on Sunday night after Martin Havlat waived his no-move clause to head west.

The trade that jolted the NHL late in the evening came after the Wild acquired 24-year-old goal scorer Devin Setoguchi and two other pieces from the Sharks during the NHL draft June 24 for defenseman Brent Burns and a second-round pick.

“We are excited to add Dany Heatley, one of the top goal scorers in the NHL, to our team,” Fletcher, who will be available during a Monday morning conference call, said in a news release. “He is a quality player who has averaged more than a point a game in his nine-year career.”

Heatley, 30, long a controversial figure who two years ago asked out of Ottawa and before that Atlanta, has seen declining production since consecutive 50-goal seasons in 2005-06 and 2006-07 with the Senators.

continued and Russo also shoots down the made up Kaberle rumor signing with the Wild.  You have to remember folks, these so called rumors from sources are done just to collect site hits.

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Red Wings overnight report: a ‘quiet’ weekend in review

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

The Red Wings’ moves both immediately prior to and shortly after the start of free agency this past weekend have, at least in theory, stabilized the team’s blueline and afforded the team the ability to rebound from the loss of Brian Rafalski via committee, with cap space at the trade deadline to spare (just in case), and while Ken Holland went back into stealth mode on Sunday, the Wings’ press corps reviewed Holland’s brief body of work in detail, starting with a somewhat bold assessment by the Detroit News’s Ted Kulfan:

Suddenly, there are nine NHL-worthy defensemen on the Wings’ roster. There’s certainly not much concern anymore. [Ian] White and [Mike] Commodore join Nicklas Lidstrom, Niklas Kronwall, Brad Stuart, Ericsson, Jakub Kindl, Brendan Smith and Doug Janik on the blue line.

“We feel good with the people we have,” Holland said.

Smith is the Wings’ top prospect but he, now, likely won’t be on the Wings’ roster when the season begins. That’s ideal. The Wings like their defensive prospects to be “over-ready,” and Smith, who starred in Grand Rapids last season, will get one more season to refine his skills. Janik is a veteran depth defenseman who can be shuttled between the Wings and Griffins.

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So much for ‘suitcase’ Sillinger

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

According to IIHF.com’s Henrik Manninen, Mike Sillinger’s status as the most-traded NHL player has nothing on a Swede named To


bias Ablad:

Forget Nicklas Lidström or Börje Salming. When it comes to a record-breaking Swedish defenceman look no further than Tobias Åblad, who chalked up 29 different clubs in his playing career and lived to tell the tale. From Kuopio [Finland] in the north, Jacksonville in the south, Anchorage in the west, Tobias Åblad enjoyed a late swansong at his easternmost club in Slovakian city Nitra, when a foot injury at the age of 36 brought down the curtain on a fascinating playing career where the hockey world was his oyster.

“One reason I’ve wanted to move around in my career was to see something new,” Åblad tells IIHF.com. “There are Swedish hockey players that move abroad who soon realise things aren’t like back home. They don’t go in for it wholeheartedly so things don’t work out for them.”


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Hockey runs on Twitter

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Kukla’s Korner has a Twitter account and so do I, and we’ve jumped headfirst into the “social media” pool for a simple reason—the hockey world runs on Twitter (and probably Blackberry, much to the disdain of Gary Bettman). The Globe and Mail’s Bruce Dowbiggin is a dyed-in-the-wool print media veteran, but in an article discussing both the absurdity of TSN sending Gino Reda out on “Brad Richards Watch” on Friday afternoon and the stunning departure of Jeff Marek from the CBC, Dowbiggin states the truth as to why Tweetdeck received as much attention as my web browser over the past weekend:

As it had on Trade Deadline Day, Twitter continued to redefine pack journalism days such as July 1. In the past, reporters concentrated their research on phones, periodically filing to a newspaper or TV/radio station. Fans wanting the latest kept eyes on traditional media outlets where they received occasional missives.

But as Friday demonstrated, Twitter has now become the go-to medium for reporters and fans alike, a steady stream of news, false leads and wisecracks (Down Goes Brown: “After disappearing for days, (Jaromir) Jagr emerges to sign with the Flyers. Says the deciding factor was a chance to play with Carter and Richards.”)

If you want to drive eyeballs to your traditional media today, you must use Twitter to direct that traffic. Friday, a small group of Blackberry virtuosos led the industry through the signings. Instead of reporters dashing offscreen to make phone calls, you had them on-set, thumbing through the latest signings. It’s a brave new world, but, as we’ve said, before, it puts far too much importance on the very few (TSN, Sportsnet, Globe & Mail) actually breaking the stories. There are too many of their colleagues, sated by Twitter, dining out on their work.


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Further Heatley-Havlat reading

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

As Paul previously posted, after Friday’s free agent fireworks and Saturday’s more subtle signings, it looked like July 3rd was going to be a classically quiet day on the signings and/or trade front, but after the Maple Leafs and Predators swapped cap space, the San Jose Sharks made a stunning late-night blockbuster in trading Dany Heatley to the Minnesota Wild for Martin Havlat.

Combined with the Brent Burns trade, the deal should read as: Brent Burns, Martin Havlat and a 2nd-round draft pick (

Matthew Nieto

[edit: in 2012]) for Dany Heatley, Devin Setoguchi, Charlie Coyle and a 1st-round draft pick (Zach Phillips)

If you’re interested in further reading, the Associated Press, Sharks’ and Wild’s respective websites and NHL.com provided snippets from the conference call both teams held (minus Heatley), including the following from Sharks GM Doug Wilson…

“(Dany’s) a good man. I’ll tell you what, he loves to play the game. He went and won a gold medal on the (Canadian) Olympic team in Vancouver representing the San Jose Sharks. He worked his butt off. This is a guy that played with a broken hand for a month and a half and never said a word about it. I respect Dan Heatley tremendously. This is just a different need for our team. I appreciate and thank Dany Heatley for everything he did four our hockey team.”

And as the Mercury News’s David Pollak (both via a story and a blog entry), CSN Bay Area’s Ray Ratto and the San Francisco Chronicle’s Jake Leonard offer San Jose’s take on the trade, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune’s Michael Russo offers an equally detailed analysis of the deal and its ramifications, but it’s his blog entry that reveals both a tale of journalistic gymnastics and a hint that something bigger was going on after the Burns-Setoguchi trade, and that the media’s partially to blame for the scrambled-together-on-a-Sunday-night madness:

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An ever-so-slightly illegal contract? Flyers may have slipped upon Maxime Talbot’s deal

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

This story popped up on Twitter around the same time as the Heatley-Havlat trade, and it’s surprising, via TSN:

The status of Maxime Talbot’s contract with the Philadelphia Flyers may be in question. According to TSN’s Gord Miller elements of the deal violate the NHL’s salary cap. He added that a penalty for the violation is unlikely to be handed to the Flyers.

The final two years of Talbot’s deal are reportedly worth $1 million per year. This would violate cap rules as the final two years of the contract can not be worth less than half of either of the first two years of the deal.

The first two years of Talbot’s contract are worth $2.5 million and $2.25 million respectively.

In order to fit within the rules of the cap, the deal would have to be restructured. This could be achieved by making the fourth or fifth year worth at least $1.125 million.

The Delaware County Times’ Anthony J. Sanfilippo confirms the legalese…

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Wow- Heatley For Havlat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Gord Miller of TSN,

A Sunday night bombshell. San Jose trades Dany Heatley to Minnesota for Martin Havlat. Done deal.

note:  noticed Bob McKenzie broke the deal while sitting on his cottage porch, just wanted to point this out.

added 10:39pm, from Sharks.com,

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has acquired forward Martin Havlat from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Dany Heatley.


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The Word Lockout Creeping Back Into Hockey Conversations

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

If you had asked anyone in hockey six months ago if there was going to be a lockout, you likely would have been greeted with a sense of optimism that this time the two sides had at least a decent chance of solving their differences without another labor disruption. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was talking of “tweaking” the CBA and new NHL Players’ Association executive director Donald Fehr turned out to not be the bogeyman everyone portrayed him to be.

Pose that same question after the first weekend of free agent insanity in 2011 and you’re likely to get much different, far less optimistic answer. If throwing more than $400 million at 58 players in just the first two days of free agency is any indication, the NHL owners almost certainly once again need to be saved from themselves.

All it takes is a look at some of the outrageous contracts, but if you want an even more telling portent, look a little closer at the breakdowns of some of them.


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Niclas Bergfors Signs With Nashville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 3, 2011) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed forward Niclas Bergfors to a one-year contract worth $575,000.

Bergfors, 24 (3/7/87), split the 2010-11 season between Atlanta and Florida, posting 36 points (12g-24a) in 72 games. During his first full NHL campaign with New Jersey and Atlanta in 2009-10, the Södertälje, Sweden native posted 21 goals and 44 points in 81 games, landing him a spot on the NHL’s All-Rookie Team. In 162 career NHL games since 2008, Bergfors has 81 points (34g-47a).

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