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Stumpel On Waivers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Florida Panthers placed veteran centre Jozef Stumpel on waivers on Wednesday, making him a buyout candidate if he clears at Noon et/9am pt on Thursday.

Stumpel is entering the last season of a two-year contract extension that will pay him $2.25 million. The 35-year-old had seven goals and 20 points in 52 games last season.

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  Tags: jozef+stumpel

Possible Destinations For Emery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

Here are nine teams, in alphabetical order, where Emery might fit:

Chicago – Nikolai Khabibulin can become an unrestricted free agent next summer and the up-and-coming Hawks will be looking for a goalie who can grow and develop with its young, talented team.

Colorado – If the Avs don’t re-sign Jose Theodore, they’ll be desperate for a No. 1.

read on

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  Tags: ray+emery

UFA Time—Hockey Fun in the Summer

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

Can it get any better for us, hockey fun in the summer time? All teams are at 0-0-0-0. All teams have an equal shot at the Stanley Cup. We all believe, all our team needs is a little tweak here and there, and we are on our way to hockey in June.

These are the days we have been waiting for. An opportunity exists for our team to get better quickly, giving us hope for a dream season. Some teams will go all out, making a big splash in the UFA market while other teams will continue to build from within. Which way is correct? Well, we won’t know until the games are played, but it sure is fun knowing every team has a chance to improve by signing that key player(s)!

read on

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: free+agents, hockey+fans, ufa

Preparing For Your Hockey Career

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Littman at the Hockey News,

Every young hockey player dreams of being drafted and playing in the NHL, so how do you maximize the chances for that to happen?

Let’s start at the beginning.

Youth Hockey
During ages six to 14, make sure you’re on a good traveling team. The better the team, the farther it will go not only in your local league, but in regional and national tournaments, too.

read on

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Report: Lecavalier Agrees to Terms of $77 million, 9 Year Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

The final touches are still being worked on and nothing can be formally announced until July 1, but sources tell TSN the Tampa Bay Lightning and superstar centre Vinny Lecavalier have agreed to terms on a mega-deal that will pay him $77 million over nine years.

The annual salary cap hit to the Lightning will be about $8.55 million for the length of the contract, but the final year of the contract is said to be only for about $3 million, which means that if Lecavalier retired after eight seasons, his average salary would be as much as $9.4 million.

continued…

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  Tags: vincent+lecavalier

Andrei Kostitsyn Close To Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Habs Inside/Out,

Don Meehan has told La Presse he expects to conclude negotiations on a new contract for Andrei Kostitsyn by the end of the week.

Meehan will meet with Canadiens capologist Julien BriseBois today. Kostitsyn has told his agent he wants to stay in Montreal and is not interested in offers from other NHL teams.

Negotiations that were expected to be difficult and complex, Meehan said, have turned out to be merely complex.

continued

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  Tags: andrei+kostitsyn

Things Learned in Ottawa at the Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Elena Bergeron and Sarah Turcotte at ESPN Magazine,

9.  If it weren’t for silly trades, the draft would last 10 minutes. The first round took 90 million hours, because GMs insisted on brushing by tables like a chesty cocktail waitress.[...]

10. We need to start calling ourselves The Worldwide Leader, Except in Canada. No one knows what ESPN is in Ottawa. We had to tell people we were “the TSN of America.” They probably thought we were making it up to meet Mike Fisher.

11. Canadiens are nice to everyone—except Ray Emery. The Sens’ decision to place Ray Emery on waivers during the draft kind of soured things for us.

read on

Filed in: NHL Talk, NHL Entry Draft, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: espn, nhl+entry+draft

Those Vague Sources

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski at Yahoo,

Why is it so easy for Kevin Schultz of FanHouse to acknowledge that Strickland’s report appeared on HockeyBuzz.com, where he is a compensated blogger, but not for the mainstream media?

Look, we don’t consider that Web site to be a source of anything but rampant egomania; but like I wrote last week, this trend in which the MSM either fails to source or vaguely sources news broken by blogs is unreasonable and unprofessional….

That said: Andy, Andy, Andy ... you actually wrote in the Bowman piece that, “Word is Bowman is expected to accept the job. This would be huge news!” Haven’t you learned anything from your boss Dwayne Klessel, the musician currently playing the role of “Eklund” on your site? Never make a declarative statement like that, or else you’ll end up reporting that Ryan Smyth re-signed with Edmonton moments before he’s actually traded to the Islanders.

more

You would think Dwayne, with a journalism degree from McGill University in Montreal (yes, he told me that himself during a conversation I had with him at the SCF) would know better than that!

 

Filed in: NHL Media, Dwayne, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Price Will Be High

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Knowing the panicked proclivity of teams seeking a PR splash, Marian Hossa, Bryan Campbell, Ryan Malone, Sean Avery and even Mr. Huselius will find themselves rich boys by the time September rolls around. Given the fulsome praise heaped on him every night of the Stanley Cup final by Don Cherry, Gary Roberts should break the UFA mint as well.  (No? How could Don be wrong?)

Once again, the NHL has achieved the neat trick of creating scarcity in free agents, a sure recipe for overpaying the likes of Hossa, Huselius, Pavol Demitra or Avery.

more

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  Tags: free+agents, ufas

Yotes Trade Helps Others

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes’ two first-round draft choices from a year ago have a chance to benefit from the trade that brought Olli Jokinen from Florida for defensemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton.

Center Kyle Turris, the third overall pick in 2007, will be able to gain a lot of insight from one of the high-powered centers in the NHL and not have to rush his learning curve.

Defenseman Nick Ross, the 30th pick, has a better opportunity to work his way onto the roster at training camp.

continued

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