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from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Q: What do you think of the Flyers offseason acquisitions so far? (Meszaros, O’Donnell, Shelley and Zheredev)

CP: “I think with Meszaros and O’Donnell, we are obviously trying to shore up our defense pairings and give us a little more depth back there. This will probably take some minutes off Kimmo (Timonen) and I and Coby (Coburn) and Matty (Carle). So it will be able to hopefully roll three sets a little more frequently and keep us a little more sharp and fresh.”

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Afternoon Line

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I feel bad for LA Kings fans today, and offer this consolation prize: Free admission to the Devils Cup parade in Newark next June.

-via a Greg Wyshynski tweet.

added 12:38pm, Greg clarifies his comment on Twitter.

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Kovalchuk Staying With The Devils

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from a New Jersey Devils tweet,

HE’S BACK: Ilya Kovalchuk signs with the Devils. Press conference scheduled for Tuesday at the Rock.

added 11:55am, via PuckAgency,

PuckAgency is proud to announce that All-Star left wing Ilya Kovalchuk has come to terms to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. Ilya was the most highly coveted free agent on the market and had several options with teams all over the globe. “Ilya is excited to be continuing his career with New Jersey and knows first-hand the team’s dedication and commitment to winning.” said Jay Grossman, President of PuckAgency.

added 12:22pm, from Phi Coffey of NHL.com,

What hockey fans have seen from the New Jersey Devils in recent weeks points clearly to the fact Lou Lamoriello wasn’t kidding when he indicated people would be surprised by the changes that were coming in New Jersey.

The bitter taste of the first-round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers may not be completely gone for Lamoriello, New Jersey’s longtime president and general manager, but he can surely taste some pretty sweet success thanks to a number of moves that have radically changed New Jersey’s roster and will bring a bigger, more offensive lineup to the fore for 2010-11.

Here is a look at the changes Lamoriello has made since the Devils’ season ended in a five game series loss to the Flyers.


added 12:25pm, Fan590 says RDS reporting 7 years, $60M.

added 12:33pm, I just received an email from RDS, they were citing a previous (old) report, nothing new from them.

added 12:40pm, from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

The best news John MacLean received this summer was getting hired to coach the Devils.

However, the signing of Ilya Kovalchuk today ranks a close second.

“I have a smile on my face,” MacLean told The Star-Ledger.


added 1:16pm, via Helene Elliott a the Fabulous Forum,

Tim Leiweke, the Kings’ governor and chief executive of their parent company, AEG, said via email that Kovalchuk, “had two very good choices. NJ offered more money. Simple as that.

“We threw everything at him we had while leaving the cap space necessary to sign our kids. He is a great player and I am disappointed he didn’t come to LA. It was not for lack of effort or cash.”

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After Hockey Probert Was Just A Normal Guy

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from John Intini of MACLEANS,

In September 1999, about three years before his playing days in Chicago were over, Bob Probert and his wife, Dani, set their homecoming in motion. They purchased a waterfront property in Lakeshore, Ont., a sleepy town near Windsor, where they planned to build their dream home.

After years on the road, they wanted to be close to family (Probert’s mother Theresa, his brother Norm, and father-in-law James all live in Windsor). Today, their large grey-stoned home, with its slate roof, sits on a quiet street along Lake St. Clair. There’s a swimming pool on the lake side, a big rec room in the basement with a pool table and hockey jerseys from Probert’s playing days framed and hanging on the walls, and a limited-edition Harley Davidson Fat Boy parked in the dining room.

It’s a stunning place, but like the former NHL heavyweight, not overly showy. From the curb, at least, it’s not even the most palatial residence on the street. A few doors down, another home, protected by a large gate at the front, features a water fountain and a full-sized basketball court.

Less concerned about his jumpshot, Probert treated himself instead to a massive garage.


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More ‘Pep’ Needed In Columbus

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Most NHL scoreboard operators implore fans to “Make Some Noise.”

Nationwide Arena might consider flashing the same message inside the home locker room.

In a sport bubbling with testosterone, the Blue Jackets have had one of the NHL’s quietest rooms in recent seasons. It has led some to wonder whether the dearth of strong personalities has contributed to a lack of on-ice success.

New coach Scott Arniel vowed that there will be some “giddyup” when the club returns from the offseason.

Blue Jackets brass hopes the addition of former Edmonton Oilers captain Ethan Moreau and four new coaches can elevate the intensity level and make the franchise’s legacy of losing less tolerable to players.


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No Kovalchuk Drama Here

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from Bill Tiller of Ice Man at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

About the only thing that seems to be certain regarding Ilya’s summer adventure this time is that he’s not going to get the same coin as the Thrashers offered up to him last winter. $10 million for 3 to 7 years or somewhere in the neighborhood of $100 mil for 12 years is now surely out of the question for Kovy.

So just where will Kovalchuk eventual wind up…and when will he wind up there? shrugs…I dunno. But all I can say is that I’m glad happy thrilledecstatic that Thrasherville is not the site of this particular saga.

In fact, I’m sorta looking forward this coming season in which the Thrashers aren’t having to deal with such distractions. You know, distractions such as whether or not superstars like Marian Hossa or Ilya Kovalchuk will re-sign…or if Kari Lehtonen’s back/groin/[insert issue here] will keep him out of the lineup for an extended period of time.


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Judging Peter Chiarelli

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from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Hockey Journal,

Now it’s time to judge Peter Chiarelli’s Bruins. Just over four years since taking over the failed hockey product on Causeway Street, Chiarelli—who turns 46 next month—just returned home from California with the latest boatload of future promise inherent in the NHL’s annual draft.

Depending on how you count, it was Chiarelli’s fourth of fifth draft since being named Boston’s GM. Technically, he had yet to assume the corner office for the June 2006 draft, which is the same draft that had the Bruins selecting Phil Kessel (No. 5 overall), Milan Lucic (No. 50) and making the Andrew Raycroft-for-Tuukka Rask swap with the Leafs.

If you don’t believe Chiarelli’s fingerprints were all over those June ‘06 moves, then don’t waste any of your time watching the wildly-popular CSI shows ... it’s just not your cup of prima facie evidence.


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Now That’s What You Call A Hockey Collection

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from Jordan Hartshorn of the StarPhoenix at the Edmonton Journal,

Full of newspaper clippings and hockey cards, Alex McFadyen’s hockey scrapbook has no rivals.

McFadyen ventured to Saskatoon from his home of Shaunavon, Sask., on Saturday for Mike Babcock Day — a charity event honouring the Detroit Red Wings’ head coach — and brought his nearly 200-pound hockey archive with him.

The collection of 12,774 photos was enshrined in the Guinness World Records in 2004 as the largest collection of sports photographs. They range from newspaper clippings from local sports teams to personal photos of Gordie Howe, sent to McFadyen by Mr. Hockey’s father, Albert.


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What Will This Week Bring?

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Will Ilya Kovalchuk finally sign with the Kings or will the Devils or a new team emerge?

Reports were if Alexander Frolov did not find a NHL team to sign with this past week, he would turn his attention to the KHL.  Will that happen?

Is Bran Burke done fishing?  If so, does the Tomas Kaberle trade talk heat-up again?

Will the Bruins find a trade partner for either Marc Savard or Tim Thomas?

How about Simon Gagne, can the Flyers move his salary and get what they want in return?

Many questions still unanswered- Do you have any or maybe you have the answers?

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Let The Hate Flow Through You, Bitches, It Will Make You Powerful

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I’ve only been back in the country for a short while.  Since then I’ve been catching up on hockey news as my post-Wings elimination, losing Stevie, losing Probert, depression has started to subside.

What started out as an enjoyable read through posts/comments at A2Y and the other Wings’ blogs, has slowly turned to anger.  Why?  Because all you bitches are obsessed with a 40 year-old dude with big teeth and a skank wife.

It’s not that I don’t understand your obsession, after all Chopper Willa was a great player.  Tick-Tock and Uncle Mike also think he will be a good fit for the team.  Typically that is enough to be gospel for me.  Seriously.  If it were up to me, all of Tick-Tock Holland’s quotes would be in red like a certain “good” book does it.

I think much free-agent obsession has to do with the reality of a salary-capped NHL.  Since the salary cap was introduced, hockey GMs’ hands have been handcuffed like Rosby to Li’l Gary Bettman’s bedpost.  There have been very few exciting player trades or acquisitions in the past several years.  Wings fans are used to Christmas coming thrice a year:  Dec 25, July 1, and Trade Deadline.  Back then, we’d see more action than Happy Hudler has been getting in Europe from all those happy hookers.  Not anymore.

It’s not Wings fans’ fault we have been obsessed with Chopper Willa, as the FNG McCosky is trying to assert, it is the overall lack of excitement at the time of year which used to be a spectacle of player movements.  If the FNG really understood us, he’d know that prior to the salary-cap Chopper Willa would be little more than an asterisk in our consciousness.  We’d have much bigger deals to discuss and debate.

Still, our latest obsession with Chopper Willa reminds me of our last free-agency obsessions:  Marian Hossa and Mats Sundin.  While touted to be the Mats-iah for our team, we were much better off without Sundin, as history has shown.  And as the salary-cap debacle in Chicago has proven, we really couldn’t afford to keep Hossa and not destroy the future of our team.

So enough is enough, bitches.  I am sick of talking about free-agents and obsessing over them.  In Tick-Tock we trust, all others pay cash.  Summer obsessions should be about all the sexy girls in sundresses walking around and not free-agents.

Taking the idea from a recent HFBoards thread, I’ve decided to shift the focus around here from Chopper Willa to those who really fill our hockey souls with pure hatred and loathing.

Who are your top 10 all-time most hated hockey players?

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