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Lawton Heads To Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

Former NHL player and ex-player agent Brian Lawton has been hired to be the new vice president of hockey operations for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Sources tell TSN Lawton will oversee all aspects of the Lightning’s hockey operations for new owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.

General manager Jay Feaster will remain as part of the management team.

Update 11:00am ET: From CBC, notes on Bill Barber’s resignation,

All smiles at the recent NHL draft, Bill Barber knew his time with the Tampa Bay Lightning was running out.

On Wednesday, the former NHL forward tendered his resignation as the team’s director of player personnel. Barber will stay in the role until Tuesday.

“It hasn’t been a secret to anyone in the organization that the travel these past few years has taken a bit of a toll on me,” Barber, who joined the Lightning before the 2002-03 season, said in a statement.

 

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Tucker Out In Toronto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Darcy Tucker’s career with the Toronto Maple Leafs is over.

Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher alerted Tucker of Toronto’s intention to buy him out on Tuesday afternoon.

“Its a business, Darcy knows that,” Tucker’s agent Carlos Sosa told TSN.

continued

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Avs Lock-up Parker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Colorado Avalanche,

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forward Scott Parker to a one-year contract through the 2008-09 season.

Parker, 30, appeared in 25 games for the Avalanche last season and finished third on the team in penalty minutes with 70.  He skated in his 300th NHL game on Jan. 24 against Minnesota.

“Scott Parker has been part of our team for many years,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “We’re pleased to announce that he has decided to remain with our organization.”

continued

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Will The Crime Fit The Punishment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Prior to Tuesday’s announcement I had a simple question for National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman: will he or will he not suspend Anaheim Ducks owner Henry Samueli?

Now the more complex question is: for how long? A second question would be: who else?

I ask – and no, Gary, I didn’t call your office because, frankly, I know I won’t get an answer— what Samueli did would seem to fall under the same code of conduct regulations that ensnared Toronto Maple Leafs player Mark Bell.

continued

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Preparing For UFA Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Wade Redden has a backup phone ready to go July 1 just in case his first one is busy.

The soon-to-be unrestricted free agent wants to make sure all lines of communication are open so he can hear all the updates from his agent Don Meehan when the market opens next Tuesday.

“I’m going to be back at my dad’s place in Lloydminster where I’ve got a few phones lined up,” Redden said with a laugh Tuesday. “I will be ready.”

Redden is among the big names that will be available when the flood gates open next week in the NHL’s money season.

continued with many more names…

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Russian League Will Continue to Target NHL Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the AP via the Globe & Mail,

The NHL has opened…

continued…

Note: The reason the quoted segment is short (or rather, virtually non-existent) is because of this Associated Press policy we pointed out last week, restricting bloggers from quoting more than 4 words of their articles without payment. The AP is uncredited at the top of the Globe & Mail link (ironically enough) but it is originally their article.

It would be easy enough to ignore, but we’re going to play along with the AP’s policy for now; the rare times we’re inclined to bother citing them, anyway.

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Avs Have Had No Contact With Brunette

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

NHL free agency is a week away, and there still has been no contact between the Avs and Andrew Brunette. Translation: He ain’t comin’ back.

Just got off the phone with Brunette’s agent, Don Reynolds, and he said the Avs have yet to even call him about anything regarding the potential unrestricted Brunette.

continued and little more detail on the Sakic situation…

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  Tags: andrew+brunette

Bruins Extend Stuart

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Boston Bruins,

Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed defenseman Mark Stuart to a multi-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal will not be disclosed.

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Samueli is Suspended

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Commissioner Gary Bettman today announced that Henry Samueli, owner of the Anaheim Ducks, has been suspended indefinitely from any involvement with the Ducks and the National Hockey League.

        On Monday, Mr. Samueli pleaded guilty to one count of making a false statement to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Sentencing by the U.S. Federal District Court is scheduled for August 18. Following sentencing, the League will review Mr. Samueli’s status and will finalize the duration of his suspension as well as any other action that may be deemed appropriate.

        During his suspension, Mr. Samueli may not be involved in Club matters or activities.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, henry+samueli, press+release

Melrose Tribute

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ESPN with a video tribute to Barry Melrose who worked at ESPN for 12 years.

Watch the video below…

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