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Golf On Tallon’s Mind This Weekend

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun at the Montreal Gazette,

Dale Tallon, the general manager of the Florida Panthers and the very first draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, has had a lifelong love affair with golf.

This week, Tallon gets to tee it up with some of the world’s best senior golfers at the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee Golf Club near Seattle.

Before heading to Sahalee, he talked about his game with Postmedia News reporter Brad Ziemer:

Postmedia: Is it true you almost didn’t bother going to your qualifier for the U.S. Senior Open?

Tallon: Yeah, I had just gone through a busy six weeks since taking over as GM in Florida and hadn’t played much golf. Fortunately, I had a 9:50 tee time as opposed to the normal 7:50. My wife said, ‘Why don’t you just go for a walk anyway’ and I had made arrangements for a kid to caddy for me and I didn’t want to let him down. So I went out there and after making a bunch of pars I birdied six and birdied eight and then I three-putted nine and bogeyed 10 and thought, here we go. But I made birdie on 11 and made a bunch of pars coming in.


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  Tags: dale+tallon

Devils Owner Expects A Quick Decision On Kovalchuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

Jeff Vanderbeek, the Devils’ owner, said Tuesday night that he thought an arbitrator would make a prompt decision regarding wing Ilya Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million contract with the team, which the National Hockey League rejected last week.

“I see no reason why that won’t be done,” Vanderbeek said….

In an interview before a function for Devils fans at a beachside restaurant, Vanderbeek said he would not comment about the Kovalchuk matter either to the news media or to about 150 fans who attended the function.

“They’d like to see closure,” he said of Devils fans.

But the Devils benefited from last week’s news conference at Prudential Center in Newark when the announced that Kovalchuk, an unrestricted free agent, had re-signed. Vanderbeek said there had been a spike in season-ticket sales since then.

a bit more...

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Tomas Fleischmann Signed By Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed forward Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Fleischmann, 26, set career highs in goals (23), assists (28), points (51) and plus/minus (+9) in 2009-10. He finished sixth on the team in goals and seventh in points and ranked sixth in the NHL with a 19.0 shooting percentage. Fleischmann scored 10 of his 23 goals in the first period and scored eight goals in the 10 games that Alex Ovechkin was missing from the lineup. He established offensive career highs despite missing the first 11 games of the season recovering from deep vein thrombosis in his leg.

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  Tags: tomas+fleischmann

Oilers Sign Brule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Edmonton - General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with centre Gilbert Brule on a two-year contract.

Brule, 23, had 37 points (17G, 20A) in 65 games with the Oilers. He finished fourth in team scoring, second in goals and tied for first in game-wining goals with three.

“Gilbert made a big step last year in his development,” said Tambellini. “We are excited to have him here in Edmonton and look forward to his continued contribution to the team.”

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  Tags: gilbert+brule

Chicago Signs Nick Leddy

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from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

The Blackhawks have agreed to terms with defenseman Nick Leddy on a three-year, $2,7 million contract, according to his agent.

Leddy, who was acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Wild in the Cam Barker deal in February, will leave the University of Minnesota after playing just his freshman season and will attempt to make the Hawks’ roster during training camp which begins Sept. 18.


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How Will The Blackhawks Handle Antti Niemi?

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from Jesse Rogers from ESPN Chicago,

Antti Niemi’s arbitration technically got underway on Tuesday when both sides exchanged written briefs in advance of their hearing on Thursday. All signs point to the Hawks going to arbitration for just the second time with a player (Kyle Calder in 2006) since the current CBA was signed.

As Niemi’s agent, Bill Zito, put it to me on Tuesday, this is an atypical arbitration.

“Most arbitrations are a disagreement in a player’s worth,” he said. “In this case, it’s about managing the [salary] cap.”

Sounds like the Hawks want to pay him, they just can’t. But is that entirely true?

First off, Niemi could accept less. Of course, that brings up the question, less than what? It’s simply more about accepting what the Hawks can afford. And therein lies the rub.

read on

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  Tags: antti+niemi

Feeling A Bit Agitated?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well, join the club.

Top 10 Agitators of All-Time, TSN style. Part 1 first, part 2 below…

Remember to check out DayWalk3r Productions for all their work.

Continue Reading »

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No Love For Ovechkin

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from TSN,

While the NHL season does not get underway for another two months, one of the hottest rivalries has already begun to heat up.

Pittsburgh Penguins’ forward Max Talbot began a war of words with Washington Capitals’ superstar Alexander Ovechkin on Tuesday while Talbot was promoting the upcoming 2011 NHL Winter Classic between the Pens and Caps at Heinz Field on New Year’s Day.

While doing a promotional interview on Pittsburgh Radio Station 105.9 The X, Talbot said that Ovechkin was a “real (expletive deleted)” and continued to stir the pot with more statements of how much he dislikes the two-time Hart Trophy winner.

“I just hate the guy,” Talbot told The X on Tuesday. “I can’t lie. Sorry. Even more so for a guy like Ovechkin. Like, seriously. Ok. Yeah. I don’t like him.”


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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, max+talbot

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“The biggest motivation comes from what I want to accomplish here (Columbus). The problems that we had in Edmonton ... it wasn’t really my health. It was more just a situation where we had a bad team. It’s hard for anybody to look good in that situation….”

-Ethan Moreau of the Columbus Blue Jackets.  More from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers.

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  Tags: ethan+moreau

Ponikarovsky To The Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

(Alex) Ponikarovski agrees to deal with the LA Kings.

added 3:02pm, Kings verify signing, but no terms yet.

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  Tags: alex+ponikarovsky

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