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Flames re-sign Brendan Morrison

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

It probably took a little longer than he would have liked, but Brendan Morrison’s services have been retained by the Calgary Flames, via TSN:

The Calgary Flames retained the services of veteran forward Brendan Morrison, signing him to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million.

“His versatility, hockey sense and ability to fill so many roles throughout our line-up make him an important contributor, and we value his role as one of our on and off ice leaders,” Flames general manager, Jay Feaster said in a statement. “He made it clear throughout last season and again this summer that he wanted to be back with the Flames because he believes in the direction we are headed, and he believes in his teammates.

“While he won’t be ready for training camp or the start of the season in all likelihood as he continues to rehab from off-season knee surgery, we nonetheless feel it is important to have him under contract and with the team as he continues his recovery. When he is cleared for game action we are confident he will make a significant impact to our success. We are a better and deeper team with Brendan back in the fold.”

Update: Per the Calgary Sun’s Randy Sportak:

Morrison’s contract with the Flames is one-year, US$1.25-million. $850,000 salary and $400,000 in potential bonuses

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Red Wings post-road trip ramble: a scrimmage recap, Abdelkader in flight and a charitable plug

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

If you check out tonight’s FSD/FSD+ dual telecast of the Tigers-White Sox game, it’s entirely possible that you’ll see the Red Wings’ prospects taking in the game from Mike Ilitch’s suite at Comerica Park.

The prospect tournament has ended and, for better or worse, we’re all on Chris Osgood watch until at least Monday—and longer in Kris Draper’s case—as GM Ken Holland’s chosen to not make during-the-weekend announcements regarding his powwow with Osgood in Vernon, British Columbia or any conversations with Draper.

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It’s Going To Be Dark Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The KK Hockey section will be on vacation tonight.

Time for me to hit a local art fair and take in the sounds of summer.

Alanah or George would normally be covering for me, but Alanah is attending an event where two people commit the rest of their lives to being together.

And George, well I hope he is either

stuffing his face with chicken in Frankenmuth or resting his head on a pillow


So with that a Friday night in the middle of July, the Hockey section is dark.

I am sure readers will leave a comment if anything big happens, you know, like one of those fake trade rumors actually happening!

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Getting ready for the second ‘Resarch, Development and Orientation camp’

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The NHL made an announcement within an announcement as they stated that Dave Tippett and Dan Bylsma will coach teams of top prospects for the 2012 Entry Draft at this summer’s ” NHL Research, Development and Orientation Camp,” which will take place on August 17th and 18h in Etobicoke, ON. The news that the NHL’s officially going to hold a second annual post-lockout “Shanahan summit” is good news in itself, and the NHL’s new disciplinarian spoke to ESPN’s Scott Burnside about the agenda for the “RDO camp”:

The NHL will head back to the laboratory next month with Brendan Shanahan reprising his role as Dr. Frankenstein. The former NHLer and now top league executive will gather some of the top young prospects for the 2012 NHL draft and set them to work in front of the league’s hockey operations department, GMs, coaches, scouts, executives, union types and, of course, a smattering of media, to test out new ideas, gadgets and rules in Toronto on Aug. 17 and 18.

“It’s a pretty good collection of hockey people, a good collection of hockey minds,” Dr. Frank ... er ... Shanahan told ESPN.com this week.

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Panthers sign Gudbranson

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

The Florida Panthers brought one of their top prospects into the fold today:

lorida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has agreed to terms on an entry level contract with D Erik Gudbranson.

“Erik is one of our top draft picks that we are pleased to have signed,” said Tallon. “He is a big, strong, and mobile defenseman, who has demonstrated tremendous work ethic, character and passion for the game. He is a strong, young player with mental and physical toughness who continues to grow and develop in his role. We look forward his continued contributions to the Panthers organization both on and off the ice.”

Gudbranson, 19, was drafted by Florida with their first selection (third overall) in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. The Ottawa, Ontario native played in all six of the Panthers 2010 preseason games, recording two points (1-1-2) and 17 PIM.


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Canadiens, Ducks swap one-time top prospects

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Two or three years ago, this would have been a big trade, but the Canadian Press reports that the Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks swapped players who now fit the “depth defenseman” category:

The Montreal Canadiens have acquired defenceman Mark Mitera from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for defenceman Mathieu Carle, the teams announced on Friday.

The 24-year old Mitera played 71 games with the AHL Syracuse Crunch in 2010-11, recording 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) and serving 50 penalty minutes. The 6’03”, 213 lbs defenceman played a total of 108 career games in the AHL. A native of Royal Oak, Michigan, Mitera was drafted in the first round, 19th overall by the Ducks at the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.

Mathieu Carle played 223 career regular season games with the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs, recording 97 points (30 goals, 67 assists). He also suited up for three NHL games with the Canadiens in 2009-10. Carle was drafted in the second round by the Canadiens, 53rd overall in 2006.

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Winnipeg fills out its coaching staff

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

Per the Canadian Press, the Winnipeg Jets 2.0 now have their coaching staff in place:

The Winnipeg Jets added Charlie Huddy, Wade Flaherty and Tony Borgford to their coaching staff Friday. Huddy, 52, will serve as an assistant coach, a post he’s held in the NHL for the last 12 years with the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars. Huddy also spent 18 seasons in the league as a defenceman, winning five Stanley Cups with the Edmonton Oilers.

Flaherty, 43, will serve as the Jets goalie coach after three seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks. He appeared in 120 NHL games with the San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators.

Borgford, 37, will keep his job as the club’s video coach after working with the Atlanta Thrashers since the team’s inception in 1999.


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Devils sign first-round pick Adam Larsson

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

On deadline day for European 2011 draft picks to be signed to contracts, the AP reports that New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello brought signed first-round pick Adam Larsson:

The New Jersey Devils signed Swedish defenceman Adam Larsson, the No. 4 pick in last month’s NHL draft, on Friday to a three-year, entry-level contract. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello announced the deal during a conference call, hours before a league deadline for players under contract in Europe to sign in order to be eligible to play in North America in the upcoming season.

Lamoriello says Larsson, the top defenceman chosen in the draft, received a signing bonus but not any individual rookie bonuses.

“Getting a young player to understand and agree to (no rookie bonuses) and also his representation, this young man is as mature as he can get at his age,” Lamoriello said of the 18-year-old Larsson. “He made a decision to forego all of those bonuses to get this signed, to get his career under way and to become a Devil and just get ready for training camp.

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Wrist Surgery For Kane

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Blackhawks.com,

The Blackhawks released the following statement regarding forward Patrick Kane:

Blackhawks head team physician Dr. Michael Terry:

“Patrick Kane sustained a left wrist injury which came to light recently during his off-season training. He will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair a scaphoid fracture. We anticipate a full recovery in 6-8 weeks and in time for training camp. We do not anticipate any long-term issues.”

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It’s Summertime, Relax

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers a few emails…

Adam, why are teams that are below the salary cap floor not penalized?

I’m finding this is becoming a common question/complaint. And with all due respect, it’s a bit frustrating. The fact is that, in the off-season, teams don’t have to have enough salary on board to meet the minimum salary cap requirements. Same goes at the other end of the cap spectrum: teams are allowed to exceed the cap ceiling by 10 percent in the summer, but obviously must pare the salary by the conclusion of training camp.

Maybe it’s the immediacy of the Internet generation, but in general, I find people asking this question are a little too impatient. It’s not even August yet, folks! Relax, enjoy the weather and give your team time to get their financial ducks in order.

more Q & A…

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