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Jere Lehtinen Re-signs With Dallas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has re-signed right wing Jere Lehtinen to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. His deal includes a $1.5 million base salary, and as much as $1 million more in incentives.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Jere Lehtinen back with our club next season,” said Nieuwendyk. “He has been one of the cornerstones of this franchise for many years, and we feel he will continue to be a significant contributor going forward. Jere is a consummate professional on and off the ice, and we look forward to his healthy return next season.”

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Watch What You Read

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A few people are reporting the Sedin’s have agreed to a contract with Vancouver.

Nope, not true and if you go back to those sites, they may have been deleted or changed, either way, they were wrong to begin with.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Vancouver Canucks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Helping Those In Need

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

San Jose Sharks

Biggest Need: A spiritual makeover

The Solution: Chad Larose, Mikael Samuelsson, Erik Cole…

Washington Capitals

Biggest Need: Overloaded with too many fancy dancers who’d rather avoid contact than drive the net to create a chance, they’re desperately in need of a fearless power forward presence.

The Solution: Mike Knuble…

read on

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Random Offseason Musings on the Eve of July 1st…

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hippy Dave

What can I say, I go away for four days to spend my time floating down a river on an innertube drinking as many Modelos as the clock has hours on it and I come back and all hell has broken loose.

Oh right, it’s the draft…

Pronger To Philly
I have to say, happy to see Pronger leave Anaheim; they almost went all the way last postseason and anything that weakens them makes me feel warm and fuzzy.  Also happy to see the Penguins have one more thorn in their side.  Enoy him, you bastards, we’ve dealt with him long enough.

And then I check the calendar this morning, sipping my PBR at 2am PST because I’ve gotten sucked into watching a TiVo’ed goddamn 3 hour draft, and realize that July 1st is a Day Away.

Jesus, and I thought I was going to get a break from all this.

Continue Reading »

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Rangers/Canadiens Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,

Canadiens’ Higgins just traded to the Rangers, details to follow shortly as I get them.

Plus Fan590 in Toronto reports RDS say Gomez going the other way.

added 5:03pm, via TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired centre Scott Gomez from the New York Rangers in exchange for winger Chris Higgins.

added 5:24pm, Secondary names were included in the trade, follow the TSN link for all the names.

added 5:30pm, via the Montreal Canadiens,

“We are extremely pleased to have acquired an impact centreman in Scott Gomez. He is an outstanding playmaker and an excellent skater. Having won the Stanley Cup twice with the New Jersey Devils, he brings a lot of playoff experience to our team. Scott is an elite player who will certainly contribute to the success of our team for years to come,” said Bob Gainey.

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  Tags: chris+higgins, scott+gomez

Bruins Don’t Plan On Being Active Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

GM Peter Chiarelli has concluded a conference call regarding tomorrow’s opening of free agency. And as expected, given the club’s cap situation, Chiarelli said not to expect much movement today or tomorrow.

“We’re going to sit back,” Chiarelli said. “Unless there are certain players we like and we feel there are good fits for those players.”

Chiarelli said the Bruins will not sign any of their free agents, restricted or unrestricted, before tomorrow’s noon opening. P.J. Axelsson, Mark Recchi, Stephane Yelle, Manny Fernandez, Shane Hnidy, and Steve Montador will become UFAs. Phil Kessel, Matt Hunwick, and Byron Bitz will become RFAs.

* Chiarelli has said previously that he will match any offer sheets. But he tempered that statement today, hinting that he would not match any offer sheets he terms beyond reason.

a bit more...

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Komisarek Going UFA Route

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via MaxHockey,

MaxHockey has confirmed from sources in Montreal that Mike Komisarek will no longer be negotiating with the Canadiens and will become a free agent on July 1. Komisarek may still resign with the Canadiens, but will test the free agent market tomorrow.

TSN confirms,

The Montreal Canadiens will have one more challenge in an already busy offseason, as the sgent for defenceman Mike Komisarek announced that his client will test the free agent market on Wednesday.

“After much discussion and thought, Mike Komisarek has decided to enter the free agent market tomorrow at noon,” said agent Matt Keator in a statement.


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  Tags: mike+komisarek

How The Rangers Can Get Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Obernauer of The Blueshirts Blog at the NY Daily News,

What’s it going to take for the Rangers to get a deal done for the two-time 50-goal scorer? For one thing, they need to move some money the other way, but they can still afford to come out a little behind because acquiring Heatley would go a long way toward addressing one of their most dire needs. If Michal Rozsival ($5 million cap hit) is included in an offer with either Brandon Dubinsky or Ryan Callahan plus a draft pick, the Sens can bellyache all they want about not wanting Rozsival, but we’ll see then how desperate they are to be rid of Heatley ($7.5 million cap hit). If the Sens prefer to substitute Scott Gomez (7.35 cap hit) for Rozsival in that offer, with five more years on his deal to Rozsival’s three? That might get it done too.


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  Tags: dany+heatley

Flyers Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files at the Courier Post,

With Wednesday’s free agency period looming, the Flyers and Mike Knuble continue contract talks today.

The Flyers are believed to be offering an incentive-based one-year dea with a base salary in the $1 million range. Knuble likely is seeking a two-year agreement with a higher base salary, probably in the $2 million range.

Look for the Flyers to land a goalie on Wednesday, perhaps veteran Brian Boucher or Scott Clemmenson or Ty Conklin and wait until later to sign a veteran free-agent center for the NHL minimum.

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The Talk Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pierre LeBrun is doing mutiple updaes in a blog at ESPN.  His latest…

Martin Biron is less than 24 hours from hitting the free-agent market.

“I’m excited,” Biron told ESPN.com on Tuesday. “I think, like anybody else, it’s a little bit of the unknown that may unfold tomorrow or Thursday or whatnot. I’m just enjoying today, and tomorrow is going to be pretty interesting to say the least. I’m not going in there like a nervous wreck. I’m going to let my agents do the work, and I’ll go with that.”

His time in Philadelphia appears over after two-plus seasons.

continued with more topics and probably a good blog to check out throughout the day

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