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Special Issue of “Impact”

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

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A new issue of IMPACT magazine.

This month’s is all about the Stanley Cup winning Detroit Red Wings, and also has a special section dedicated to the legends of the game who have played for the organization through the years.

The 19-page issue can be read online here, or you can print out the entire thing if you prefer.

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Denis On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have place goaltender Marc Denis on waivers for the purpose of buying him out. Should he clear waivers on Wednesday, he will be bought out at that time.

continued

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Not A Good Idea

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

The Tampa Bay Lightning has hired Barry Melrose as head coach; brace yourself, this could really get ugly.

And considering it’s the Lightning we’re talking about here, that’s saying something.

Apparently new owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie felt it was a good idea to replace a Stanley Cup winning coach with a guy who not only hasn’t coached a game in the NHL for 13 years, but was one who had a mediocre .449 winning percentage in just three seasons of NHL experience in the first place.

continued

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Report- Leafs Place Two On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

According to Fan590 in Toronto, Andrew Raycroft and Kyle Wellwood have been placed on waivers.

added 12:59pm, from TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs took another step toward rebuilding on Tuesday, placing forward Kyle Wellwood and goaltender Andrew Raycroft on waivers.

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  Tags: andrew+raycroft, kyle+wellwood

Canes Sign Tuomo Ruutu

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has agreed to terms with forward Tuomo Ruutu (TOO-oh-moh ROO-too) on a one-year contract. Ruutu will be paid $2.25 million during the 2008-09 season.

“We are happy he’ll be back with our team and we hope that he can stay healthy and return to the 20-goal plateau that he reached during his rookie season,” said Rutherford.

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Stoll’s Uncertain Future

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Robert Tychkowski in the Edmonton Sun, these words from Edmonton Oiler, Jarret Stoll:

“It would be nice to know for sure, one way or another, what’s going to happen,” said the 26-year-old centre, who made it through the draft without being dealt but knows there’s still a long way to go between now and when the Oilers open camp in September.

“You hope a team wants you. If it’s Edmonton, that’s great, that’s what I want. But if it’s not, then you move on.


“I don’t know what’s going to happen and that’s kind of the thing that, if anything, bothers me. Not knowing. It can be a little nerve-racking.”

read on

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Official- Melrose Coach Of The Tampa Bay Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

Barry Melrose has been named thesixth head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning, it was announced by owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie.

“We are very pleased that Barry signed on to become the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Lightning,” Barrie and Koules said in a joint statement. “We believe Barry offers just what this team needs and it starts with his ability to get all 20 players pushing in the same direction and playing at 100 percent night-in, night out. We like his enthusiasm and passion for the game and we know the fans of Tampa Bay will take a liking to him.”

continued

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer!

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A Look At Koules

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Henderson of the Tampa Tribune,

He already has gotten in trouble with the NHL for talking too much, which is a major plus. Outgoing owner Bill Davidson (we think that was his name) did neither of those things - get in trouble, or talk. Or show up here, for that matter.

Koules also has a sense of what people want to hear.

He promises fun at the Forum.

He promises action.

He promises the team won’t move to Vegas, Kansas City, or anywhere else.

All of that - the look, the promises, the cool - are good things. Koules clearly is a hockey guy, too.

more

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  Tags: oren+koules

The Early Odds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Spread,

So which team do oddsmakers like to win the Stanley Cup in 2009? Well not surprisingly, the Detroit Red Wings. The Wings are listed as 5-1 favorites to repeat as champions next year, while their 2008 Stanley Cup foe, the Pittsburgh Penguins, are listed as 6-1 favorites.

read on for the odds for every NHL team…

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Roberts Moving On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Rick Curran, who represents Roberts—a veritable folk hero in his season-plus with the Penguins—said yesterday that Roberts will continue playing, but not in Pittsburgh.

“He very much enjoyed his time there,” Curran said. “But he understands that Ray [Shero, the Penguins’ general manager] has a number of items on his agenda that would take priority.”

read on

added 7:59am, from Empty Netters,

We can’t recall any player in Penguins history or even Pittsburgh sports history quite like Gary Roberts. We don’t remember fans falling in love so deeply with a player in such a short period of time. Sure people adored Mario Lemieux or Sidney Crosby right off the bat but that was because they were proclaimed saviors of the franchise in one way or another.

continued with numerous videos…

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  Tags: gary+roberts

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