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Report- Kings Reach Agreement With Patrick O’Sullivan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

It appears as though the Kings have reached agreement on a contract with Patrick O’Sullivan.

Rich will be updating his blog soon, so you can keep an eye on it if you wish…

added 6:28pm, According to Rich, the deal is done, three year contract, no $$$ yet.

added 6:30pm, According to Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources say it is worth an average of $2.925 million per year but will pay him $4 million in the upcoming season.

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  Tags: patrick+o'sullivan

Scott Niedermayer Named Ducks Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has named four-time Stanley Cup champion Scott Niedermayer team captain. Chris Pronger and Ryan Getzlaf have been named alternate captains for the 2008-09 season. In addition, Rob Niedermayer will serve as an additional alternate captain when necessary.

“Scotty is a tremendous leader and has been for his entire career,” said Head Coach Randy Carlyle. “We have several experienced leaders on this team, and we will need them to work as a group in order for us to have success.”

“It’s an honor to be named team captain,” said Niedermayer. “We have several great leaders in this locker room and I’m just happy to be part of that.”

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  Tags: scott+niedermayer

Khabibulin Still With Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks sent goaltender Antti Niemi to Rockford of the American Hockey League on Tuesday, opening the possibility of the team starting the season with Cristobal Huet and Nikolai Khabibulin.

Khabibulin is expected return to the team this week and resume practising, and could possibly play at some point.

continued

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  Tags: nikolai+khabibulin

No Composite For Holik

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Marin of NewJerseyDevils.com,

“With a big, long stick, it’s a little softer so that I can really lean into it,” he said. “The kickpoint changes depending on where you put your bottom hand, and that’s not necessarily the case with the composite. That’s one of the reasons that I just couldn’t get used to it.”

One thing Holik will have to get used to, however, is a new brand. With demand waning for wood, Sherwood announced plans in 2007 to cease production of wood sticks in its Sherbrooke, Que., factory and outsource to Estonia and China. As a result, Holik has sampled wooden models made by Reebok.

more

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  Tags: bobby+holik

Surprise Teams Keep it Interesting

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

I group teams in three categories before the start of the season: Can’t miss, fighting for a playoff spot or re-building and looking forward to next year. But I am always wrong with two or three teams in each category and I am glad I am. Surprise teams, both in a positive or negative manner, make the season exciting and keeps me glued to the game on a daily basis.

read on for some predictions

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Predictions: East Conference

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I finish up my pre-season predictions by ranking the East Conference.  Earlier I did this with the West Conference.  Here are more in depth looks at the Northeast Division, Atlantic Division and Southeast Division.  This will be a predicted finish of the East Division clubs.  Write-ups for individual teams are in the division profiles.

Continue Reading »

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One-on-One with Sean Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Rachel Nichols of ESPN talks to Sean Avery about his bad boy reputation and his addiction to fashion.

Judging from Avery’s responses, it seems that it all started when he was a kid and started stealing his babysitter’s dolls…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: sean+avery

Oilers Go Back In Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Oilers,

“It’s terrific that the original uniform is being brought back and celebrated.  All of the things we take so much pride in today were accomplished in that uniform and I think fans deserve to see their team and especially their favorite players on this year’s team in those colors” said Kevin Lowe, Oilers President of Hockey Operations.

read on and watch the video of the Oilers sweater unveiling below…

Continue Reading »

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NHL in Europe: Never Going to Happen

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Michael Farber at SI,

Some league officials have been eyeballing Europe for years as a potential landing spot for a franchise. There is even some ownership support for the idea, notably Ottawa’s Eugene Melnyk, who said he has been in favor of the idea for the past three or four years. But European expansion remains one of those theoretical topics along the lines of “if Wilma Flintstone and Betty Rubble walked into a bar ...”

While it might be fun to kick around, it is not going to happen. Not now. Not in a decade. Even if the global economy roars back in the next few years, the dollars, and Euros, probably won’t make sense. And not even Warren Buffett can do anything about the six-hour time difference that separates the East Coast and most of the hockey-playing major cities of Europe.

continued…

*more thoughts on the NHL in Europe posted earlier today on KK

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: european+expansion

Wings Place Aaron Downey on Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Detroit Free Press:

Quick update from Joe Louis Arena this morning: Ville Leino is skating on a line with Pavel Datsyuk and Marian Hossa, and Aaron Downey has been placed on waivers.

The Wings are seeking to trade defenseman Kyle Quincey.

Also being reported at Red Wings Corner, plus injury updates.

Update 12:19pm ET: Red Wings Corner also has some reaction from Downey.

added 2:36pm, from Red Wings Corner,

Ken Holland just said that the Red Wings have assigned Ville Leino and Jonathan Ericsson to Grand Rapids.

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