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According To A Source, Heatley Will Be A Shark

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Don Brennan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Citizen,

A league source said Tuesday in Toronto that Dany Heatley will be traded to the San Jose Sharks “in the next two days”.

Stay tuned.

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  Tags: dany+heatley

Flames Concentrate On Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Todd Kimberley at NHL.com,

When the Flames hired Brent Sutter as coach in June, the Flames told everyone who would listen that shoring up a porous team defense was their No. 1 priority.

“We went from first in the League (in goals-against during the 2005-06 season) to 23rd (in 2008-09),” Darryl Sutter said, “and were, quite honestly, fortunate to be a playoff team.”

The GM has been at it with a vengeance this summer in an effort to restore the Flames’ reputation as defenders of the faith. And landing the cream of the free-agency crop, blue-chip blueliner Jay Bouwmeester, was the biggest piece of the puzzle.

“We want to get better defensively. It’s obviously something Darryl and I stress, and something that I believe in as a coach,” Brent Sutter told NHL.com. “You need to play well defensively, and that involves more than how you play in your own zone. It’s also puck-possession time. It’s about how you forecheck. It’s about the things you do as a group. It’s about getting the puck back as quickly as you can.

“Yeah, defense is how you play without the puck, but good defense also means having the puck a lot, too, because that means less time chasing the other team.”

more

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Shanahan Agrees To Terms With Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The 40-year-old unrestricted free agent left wing has agreed to terms and will be ready to go for the start of training camp on Sept. 12, an NHL source said. The sides spent Tuesday finalizing the paperwork and the official announcement could come later today.

continued

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  Tags: brendan+shanahan

Mark This Date On Your Calendar

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

The National Hockey League has designated Wednesday, March 3 as the 2010 trade deadline, Sportsnet has learned.

The NHL is closing for a two week period in February to allow their stars to compete in the 2010 Winter Olympics, and the deadline is set for three days after the Games conclude in Vancouver.

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NHL Will Not Honor Contract If A Player Is Injured In Summer Olympic Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Twitter of player agent Allan Walsh,

Shocking but true. The NHL has sent out a memo that it will not honor NHL contract for a player injured at a summer Olympic training camp.

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Senators Sign Elliott

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

OTTAWA – Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has signed goaltender Brian Elliott to a two-year contract.

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  Tags: brian+elliott

Another Charlie Buckets?  Could Be Says Showoff Blogger George Malik

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

While most of us were busy haggling over Stillwoozi or Jason Williams or Mike Grier?

Tick Tock was digging deeper and so, as you’ll see, was George Malik.

TSN

The Detroit Red Wings signed free agent forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract on Tuesday, financial details were not disclosed.
Over his 74 games with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008/09, the 25-year-old scored six goals with eight assists and a plus-7 rating. Eaves has played in 242 career NHL games and has score 45 goals and added 45 assists.

Ho-hum?  Not according to Malik.  And I’m not giving you his reaction from today.  Oh, no.

 

Continue Reading »

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Is This The Wings Right-Handed Shot?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Detroit Red Wings signed free agent forward Patrick Eaves to a one-year contract on Tuesday, financial details were not disclosed.

Over his 74 games with the Carolina Hurricanes in 2008/09, the 25-year-old scored six goals with eight assists and a plus-7 rating. Eaves has played in 242 career NHL games and has score 45 goals and added 45 assists.

added 3:47pm, Here is an old story on Eaves when he was a sophomore at Boston College…

from Jay Hedstrom of BC Heights (Boston College),

Patrick Eaves, and brother Ben, had a somewhat different childhood than most. The Eaves family had moved 15 or 16 times by the time the boys went off to college. No matter where the family moved, however, the hockey sticks were always packed away.

“It started out in St. Cloud,” recalled the younger brother. “I was three years old, Ben was five. My father built a rink in our backyard. We had a little piece of ice out back. We went out there for about 10 minutes at a time and had to come warm up then go back out.”

To say that the Eaves are a “hockey family” would be an understatement. Patrick’s father, Mike, punched his time card with the NHL for eight seasons, playing for the Minnesota North Stars and the Calgary Flames.

read on

added 4:45pm, According to Wings beat writer Bruce MacLeod, salary is $500K.  Also, don’t forget he was recently bought out by the Bruins for $1.1M.

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  Tags: patrick+eaves

Roenick Press Conference Tomorrow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the San Jose Sharks,

San Jose Sharks center Jeremy Roenick will make an announcement regarding the future of his hockey career on Thursday, August 6th at 11 AM PST at The Grill in HP Pavilion. The press conference will be broadcast live on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California and the NHL Network, and streamed live at sjsharks.com and nhl.com.

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick

Avery Talks Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

Before lacing up his skates,  Avery talked about his newest teammates, his coach and the upcoming season:

            On Donald Brashear: “I know he’s a scary dude…I’ve never fought him; I’ve never been dumb enough to do that… It’s always good to have a presence physically on the team, whether it’s a guy on the back or a guy upfront, I think it’s something that’s important, and as much as people say it’s not a part of the game, it is

much more...

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  Tags: sean+avery

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