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Sign Roberrts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

First Ray Emery, now Brian McGrattan.

In less than a week, the Senators have sent two of Jason Spezza’s best friends packing.

As a trade-off, it’s only right that GM Bryan Murray now brings in one of Spezza’s Toronto buddies.

That Gary Roberts guy would work just fine.

continued

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Pens Trying To Keep Orpik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Orpik’s agent, Lewis Gross, would not say Wednesday if the Penguins have presented a contract offer. However, indications are the club will soon make a formal offer, if it has not already.

Many around the NHL believe Orpik could command offers of $4 million annually from other teams. He is thought to be willing to give the Penguins a so-called “hometown discount” if they provide him a long-term deal.

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Rolston Camp Silent

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The Brian Rolston negotiations have literally stopped short.

According to Wild assistant general manager Tom Lynn, Rolston’s agent, Steve Bartlett, has not returned a phone call since last week. The Wild hoped it would jump-start negotiations Saturday by making it known publicly that the team had made three contract proposals to Rolston without receiving a counteroffer….

Via text message, Rolston said Wednesday there was “no news,” and Tuesday said, “I don’t think it’s over.” He declined to comment further.

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Fun Time For Leaf Fans: October 9th In Hockeytown

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Little Gary won’t let you see the schedule for another few weeks.  But thanks to your deep diggers we now know how and when the Wings will open their defense of #11.  Oh wait.  The deep diggers don’t know either, or at least they’re not saying.

But Howard Berger is.

The Fan 590

The full NHL schedule for 2008-09 will be released in mid-July, and it will show the Maple Leafs opening up the regular season with a game at Detroit on Thursday, October 9th.

Might be interesting if the Wings, umm, you know, add another Swede to the roster in the next couple weeks.

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Interesting Times In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There is a riveting sideshow under way in Tampa these days, a Steinbrenner-ish quality to the way the Lightning conducts their business that comes mainly from their two new larger-than-life owners, Oren Koules and Len Barrie, who seem to know just enough about hockey to be both fascinating and a little dangerous at the same time.

Koules played junior hockey in Western Canada; Barrie was an NHLer for a short time, before both made small fortunes in film and real estate respectively – enough cash to cobble together an ownership group to buy a team that as recently as 2004 won the Stanley Cup, but four years later, was dead last in the NHL, a fall from grace so complete that it landed them the next great emerging talent, Steven Stamkos, in last week’s annual entry draft.

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Report- Niedermayer Expected Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ducks Blog at the Ducks website,

I’m not going to get into the other topic on the table in Ducks land, but I will say that the buzz around here is that we will be hearing word from Scott Niedermayer as early as tomorrow morning. And while it’s well-documented that I don’t have a good reputation with this sort of thing, you can book it: He’s coming back.

And with Scotty coming back, you’ve got to feel like No. 8 won’t be far behind. But let’s not count those chickens before they ... have a bird in the hand. Or something like that.

I will say that Brian Burke told season tickets holders at Select-a-Seat on Monday night that he feels that both players will come back.

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Sundin Slipping Away From the Habs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,

Pierre McGuire, on Mitch Melnick’s show this afternoon, says if the Canadiens have not signed Mats Sundin by July 1, he’s going to the Rangers.

The Montreal offer is attractive, McGuire says: two seasons, $7 million per. The fact Sundin has not jumped on it is significant.

continued…

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I don’t know at this point,’’ JM said when asked about bringing in some help come July 1. “Look at the people that we have. In order to get people we want, we would have to trade. It always depends. It’s not like last year where I felt we needed speed and character. That’s why we went free agency route and signed three players. Part of last year’s strategy was, we didn’t think we had too many people ready to step up. This year we do.’‘

-Jacques Martin at On Frozen Pond.  Read more on the Panthers…

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UFA Bargains

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bill Clement at NBC Sports,

On July 1 the NHL’s shopping spree for unrestricted free agents begins and the big-ticket items – mega stars like Jaromir Jagr, Marian Hossa and Mats Sundin—will draw lucrative deals. But there will be some lesser names in the free-agent pool whose value to their teams will make their new salaries seem very cost effective. Here are my top six players who could fall into that category.

read on about Markus Naslund, Sean Avery, Ryan Malone and Mark Streit…

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Good Memories of Melrose

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC,

To former NHL goaltender Kelly Hrudey, the charismatic and articulate [Barry] Melrose is the man who saved his playing career.

It was in the midst of that memorable ‘93 season that Melrose — named Tuesday as head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning — rescued Hrudey from a two-month slump the netminder thought would spell the end of his professional career.

“It was my 10th year in the National Hockey League,” Hrudey, a Hockey Night in Canada analyst, told CBCSports.ca. “He did things that probably not a lot of people would have back then. It resurrected my career and got me back on track, and I ended up playing another five years.”

read on

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