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Try Again For A Transfer Agreement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

The NHL hasn’t given up hope of mending the fences with Russia’s Continental Hockey League (KHL) and other foreign hockey federations.

Paul Kelly, the executive director for the NHLPA, told Sporting News on Wednesday that the league will proceed with September’s planned meeting that includes the NHLPA, International Ice Hockey Federation, KHL and all major hockey federations. It will take place during the first week of September in New York in hopes of settling the transfer agreement controversy.

“In Zurich we agreed to get together to have a dialogue about these issues,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately, the ongoing issues with the NHL and KHL have put a damper on the spirit of cooperation.”

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Columbus Signs Leclaire

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via Puck-rakers,

Goaltender Pascal Leclaire has signed a three-year contract worth $11.4 million with the Blue Jackets, The Dispatch has learned.

The deal will pay Leclaire $3 million this season, $3.6 million in 2009-10 and $4.8 million in 2010-11.

added 5:22pm, from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

“We’re very happy to have signed Pascal to a new contract that will keep him with the Blue Jackets for the next three seasons,” said Howson. “He is an important part of our team and we think he will continue to improve and play a significant role in helping us reach our goals.”

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All Theodore

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Mike Vogel at WashingtonCaps.com sits down with Jose Theodore for a one-on-one interview.

Watch below…

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Stand The Flip By…Tick Tock To Deal In TC

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Filppula’s deal means less than a mil to work with and that means somebody’s gotta go, eh Kenny?

Khan(!)

“We’ll have to make a decision based on the 23-man roster, the salary cap and age,’’ Holland said. “We’ll have to be prepared to trade some players. I would expect there would be interest in some of our players.’‘

A trade is pretty much guaranteed.  A trade.  But…Tick Tock may have taken it a step further, eh?  “...interest in some of our players.”

Interesting.

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Hockey In Manila

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from the Sun Star,

With razor-sharp metal blades on the skating shoes and hockey sticks that can kill with a spank on the face—not to mention all the shoving and bumping—hockey is, as we know, not a game as safe as chess or ping-pong.

Sitting at the sidelines watching for 30 minutes, we were treated to The NHL In Manila. One Caucasian wore a red jersey with the flag of Canada. Another glided on ice like a ballerina. Another maneuvered the slippery ice like the Michael Jordan of hockey, Wayne Gretzky.

We saw sprints. One player dashed to the goal. Teammates passed. Opponents intercepted. Two referees blew whistles.

We saw how the goalie is the team’s pivotal player. Like in football, if the goalie thwarts every attempt, the opponent can never win. This applies even more so for hockey where the goal box is narrow and the goalie is fully-padded and looms large.

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Fantasy- Euro Sleepers

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from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

It’s hard enough projecting familiar NHL players for fantasy purposes. But because the League is so international – last season there were players born in 26 countries – each season has its new crop of unknown Europeans ready to make their impact. Problem is, I’ve never seen these guys play. I only know what you know from reading newspapers and web sites.

That’s why it helps to have an informant. And when it comes to Euros, I turn to NHL.com correspondent and feature blogger Risto Pakarinen, a Finn living in Stockholm.

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Confirmed:  Fil For Five

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings have locked up another piece of their Stanley Cup Championship team.

The club signed restricted free agent forward Valtteri Filppula to a five-year, $15 million contract on Wednesday.

 

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Speed Over Size

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from Mark Moore at the Hockey News,

...In my opinion, the most valuable player in the Ducks’ defeat of Ottawa to capture the Cup was Samuel Pahlsson, a small speedy defensive center from Sweden who most fans probably wouldn’t recognize if he showed up at their front door.

When Ottawa’s top line, featuring Daniel Alfredsson, was matched against him, they found a defender they couldn’t escape. Everywhere they turned, with his speed and agility, Pahlsson was there. Soon the Sens’ stars got frustrated, started gambling and turning the puck over, generating counterattacks and beating themselves.

Now fast forward to this year’s final. With the Ducks long gone, the final featured Detroit and Pittsburgh, two teams surely near the bottom of anyone’s list of muscle and brawn. But the Red Wings sure could fly, and so could the Penguins.

The difference was, Pittsburgh’s speed was on offense while Detroit’s was on defense. In a game in which defense wins championships, the series outcome spoke for itself.

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My Guess? It’s Flippin’ Imminent

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1012 EST:  Email from Risto Pakarinen, blogger at NHL.com:  “Hasn’t signed yet, getting closer, likely to sign before fri hearing.”

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Tick Tock generally gets what he wants.  He’s greedy that way.  And so are we.  And right now?  What we’d like is news of a Filppula deal, hopefully one of a long-term variety.

But…the Diggers are disappointing us again.  So, just for fun, I thought I’d pick up the rotary and dial Wally’s agent.  Guy named Bill Zito of Acme Sports.

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Note To Caps Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bruce Boudreau will be a guest host tomorrow on The Morning Show from 6a-9a on Fan590 in Toronto. 

You can find the live stream here in case you want to listen in.

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