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Gillis Had No Choice But Sign Luongo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I can’t think of a more significant signing this summer than Wednesday’s 12-year contract extension between Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks.

Super-elite NHL netminders are like super-elite quarterbacks in the NFL; there are only a handful of them and other teams spend years trying to land one.

So credit Canucks GM Mike Gillis for putting aside his personal preference of avoiding the kind of double digit-term deals that have plagued the NHL in the last few years; he made a rare exception because he knew he had no choice.

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Did You Know?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

German psychologists have found that teams wearing red uniforms score 10 percent more than those wearing any other color. Because red equals AGGRESSION, DOMINANCE, BLOOD, DEVASTATION and CRUSHKILLDESTROY.

more from Michael Tunison of the Sporting Blog.

 

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A Little Wagering Going On

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from Justin Bourne at The Hockey News,

For two decades Pete Rose has been blackballed for gambling on his own baseball team.

Professional hockey players literally do it every single game.

It’s an accepted part of dressing-room culture, like heaping verbal abuse on the nearest human in range. The difference between Charlie Hustle and the hockey hustle is that when hockey players put “Money on the Board,” everybody wins.

Before each game, a few players will saunter up to the dry-erase board in silence and put their jersey number down, with a dollar amount beside it. It means “If we win, I’ll donate this number of dollars to the team pot.”

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Holland Talks Hudler & The Upcoming Season

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Listen to the interview with Sean Baligian and Ryan Terpstra of WMAX-FM Grand Rapids.

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Paul Kelly Talks Today

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Paul Kelly will be joining Leafs Lunch on am640 today around 12:40pm ET.  Listen here...

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Tampa Bay Lightning - Next Team In Bankruptcy?

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A lot has been written this summer about the bankruptcy of the Phoenix Coyotes and its aftermath.  Phoenix is not the only team with financial difficulties.  It is a very reasonable expectation that the Tampa Bay Lightning could follow them down that path in the near future.  As we have learned from the Phoenix bankruptcy, the NHL will attempt to hide and deny problems for as long as possible (they are probably doing so already). 

Here is the case that something is amiss in Tampa Bay.  The OK Hockey Group (Oren Koules, Len Barrie and some other minor investors) bought the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008.  They could not afford to buy the team through normal means and required former owner Bill Davidson to extend financing for the purchase.  Davidson has died since the purchase, but his heirs remain major creditors to the Lightning and could use their leverage to attempt to take control of the team, if they decided that was in their best interests.

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Luongo Officially Signs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Vancouver, B.C. - Vancouver Canucks President and General Manager Mike Gillis announced today that goaltender Roberto Luongo has agreed to terms on a 12 year contract extension through the 2021-2022 season.

“Today is a very exciting day for the Canucks organization,” said Mike Gillis. “Roberto Luongo is the leader of our hockey team; he is in the prime of his playing career and has a tremendous desire to make the Canucks a championship team. His leadership, competitiveness and character are what this team will represent for many years to come.”

“This is a great day for me and my family,” said Roberto Luongo. “I love playing in a passionate hockey city like Vancouver and along with my teammates I am committed to doing everything I can to help make this a championship team.”

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When It Comes To Fantasy Forwards- The Top 125

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from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

The biggest challenge of ranking the top 125 forwards is not predicting who will finish first, but determining which player from the entire league other than a member of the “Big Three” will place fourth. Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin are the consensus top three picks, the only debate being their order (last season I ranked them Crosby, Ovechkin, Malkin).

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Sharks Go Door To Door Delivering Season Tickets

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View more news videos at: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/video.

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All Ovechkin - Video Style

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