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Brind’Amour Meets The Media Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Hurricanes.com,

The Carolina Hurricanes will hold media availabilities with center Rod Brind’Amour and President and General Manager Jim Rutherford today.  Brind’Amour will be available at a news conference at the RBC Center at 2:30 p.m.

added 3:09pm,

RALEIGH, NC—Carolina Hurricanes center Rod Brind’Amour today announced that he will retire from hockey and transition to a position in the Carolina Hurricanes front office.

“For 10 years, Rod Brind’Amour has represented the best of Hurricanes hockey,” said Hurricanes President and General Manager Jim Rutherford. “He helped the franchise reach two Stanley Cup Finals and led the team to its first championship. His work ethic set the bar for what is expected in our locker room, as did his professionalism and leadership. I look forward to working with Rod as he begins his next chapter in hockey.”

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Willie Huber Dies After Suffering Heart Attack

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Huber passed away at his home in Hamilton, Ontario.

Read more from the AP at USA TODAY.

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Patrick Kane As A First Team All Star

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

In the last couple days I have discussed the NHL awards voting.  I have written posts on the Hart Trophy and the Selke trophy.  There is one more voting result I would like to comment on and that is the First Team All Star right wing.  Patrick Kane of Chicago was given this award.  From the voting results and looking at point totals, there were effectively four people in this race.  They are Martin St Louis, Marian Gaborik, Dany Heatley and the winner Patrick Kane.  No one else appeared on more than five ballots.

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Devils Re-Sign Clarkson

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Averting possible arbitration or, perhaps, a trade, the Devils have signed RW David Clarkson to a three-year contract, The Post has learned.

Clarkson, 26, is believed to have agreed to salaries of $2 million, $3 million and $3 million in his new contract

Clarkson made $875G last season, a campaign ruined by a broken leg suffered from a Zdeno Chara slapshot Nov. 27. He missed 13 games before returning too soon, and after playing two games, went back on the shelf for 23 more. Clarkson was tied for the second-most goals on the team when he blocked Chara’s shot. He finished 11-13-24 in 46 games.


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Mike Van Ryn Decides Not To Play Next Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via MapleLeafs.com,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that defenceman Mike Van Ryn has elected not to play in the 2010-11 hockey season.

Van Ryn, 31, has been rehabilitating his left knee after undergoing an osteotomy (knee re-alignment) on October 22, 2009. He did not appear in a game this past season due to the injury. The native of London, Ontario joined the Leafs in a trade with the Florida Panthers on September 2, 2008.

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How About Tanguay Back In Calgary?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun at Slam/Canoe,

Flames fans can dream all they want about the return of Marc Savard to answer the club’s playmaking needs.

However, the odds are infinitely better another former Flame will be recalled on Canada Day: Alex Tanguay.

While some may be sickened at the thought the former castoff may return as the team’s biggest off-season acquisition, the man whose stock has made like BP’s ever since he asked for a trade out of Cowtown is likely the best fit out there for the cash-strapped club.


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Yesterday Was A Day Of Changes

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

It was the day of the broom in the NHL on Tuesday, with the Edmonton Oilers leading the way and the Montreal Canadiens finishing things up by ending the Sergei Kostitsyn era.

In between, Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk turned a lot of heads when he confirmed what was suspected for some time – the team’s star for the last 20 years, Mike Modano, will not be offered a new contract.

Demolition Day is a more accurate term for what happened in Edmonton, as Oilers GM Steve Tambellini put three of his regulars on waivers, including veteran captain Ethan Moreau, in order to buy out their contracts. If Moreau, Patrick O’Sullivan and Robert Nilsson clear waivers Wednesday they will be bought out as part of Tambellini’s sweeping remake of the team which has seen everyone from 30-year equipment manager Lyle Kulchinsky to head coach Pat Quinn pushed out the dressing room door.


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Wings Won’t Spend Big During UFA Period

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

“With the type of money we have, I don’t see us being a player on July 1, 2 or 3,” Holland said. “Our team is a little more set this year than last year.

“We have two or three wants we’d like to fill, not really needs. I’ll make some calls. We won’t be in on the high-end guys. We’ll look at secondary guys, role players, whether they’re on (defense) or up front.”

The Red Wings have 18 players signed for $54.2 million, leaving them $5.2 million under the salary cap of $59.4 million.

A large chunk of that, perhaps between $3.2 million and $3.5 million, will go toward signing restricted free agents Darren Helm, Justin Abdelkader, Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller and Derek Meech, who remains a candidate to be traded.

Holland will keep a cushion of at least $500,000 under the cap to recall a player from the Grand Rapids Griffins in case there are a few short-term injuries. This is particularly important if a goaltender has a minor injury or illness.

That doesn’t leave much to spend on the free-agent market, perhaps $1 million to $1.5 million.


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A Happy Modano Could Be A Productive Modano

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Here’s a goofy idea: I would love to see Mike Modano play for another team next season.

If _ and this is a big if _ if Modano was happy.

He wasn’t last season. He didn’t have a real place on the Stars. The team didn’t play well. His ability to fight through frustration had worn down. That happens when you get older and have put up with a lot in your career. It’s hard to battle through the tough times.

But if you get a fresh start, a change of pace, a new challenge, your resolve becomes stronger.


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Flyers Trying To Strengthen Their Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

With the NHL free agency period set to begin on Thursday at noon, it appears more and more likely Leighton has been elevated from Plan B to Plan A and that their free agent focus is now on acquiring a solid defenseman to add to their starting four of Chris Pronger, Matt Carle, Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn.

There is no shortage of free agent blue liners who would fit nicely into the Flyers’ lineup next season.

Anton Volchenkov, a shot-blocking, crease-clearing warrior who made $3.2 million last season, could carry the highest price tag on the open market, but may make the biggest impact.


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