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Modano Coming Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Mike Modano will join the Red Wings, the Free Press has learned.

The Wings have been in hot pursuit of Modano, flying him in from Dallas a month ago and wooing him over lunch and a Tigers game. He also has suitors in San Jose and Minnesota, but has made up his mind.

“Big announcement Thursday,” Modano sent in a text Monday.


Modano returns from his European vacation mid-week and he could be landing in Detroit and sitting in on a press conference on Thursday.

I’ve been telling readers how Modano will strengthen the 2nd unit of the power play, now we are about to find out if I was correct.

update:  Poll added 7:30am

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Numerous Teams Show Interest In Willie Mitchell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dan Murphy tweet,

Willy Mitchell feeling great after 18 days of training/skating. He’s narrowed 12 interested teams to 4 and suprise! Van may still be in mix

thanks to Nucks Misconduct for the pointer

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Shaone Morrisonn Signs With Buffalo

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (August 2, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defenseman Shaone Morrisonn on a two-year contract.

Morrisonn (12/23/1982, 6’4”, 217 lbs., shoots left) has spent the last five seasons with Washington. The 27-year-old was consistently among Washington’s leaders in hits and blocked shots throughout his career, including 163 hits and 104 blocks last season. In 418 career games with Washington and Boston, Morrisonn has 70 points (10+60), 423 PIMs and is a plus-36

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A New Home for JJ Right Here at KK

Blog: KK Hockey By Jon Jordan

He could not wait and truthfully, neither could I.

Please welcome Jon to the KK family of bloggers. -Paul

JJ at KK…

Sure has a ring to it, no?

Allow myself to introduce… Myself…

For those that aren’t already familiar, I’m happy to join the team at Kukla’s Korner after three years of covering the Tampa Bay Lightning at HockeyBuzz.com. I was fortunate enough to establish a loyal and passionate following in my time there, as well as to earn the respect of the organization on the basis of my work and can only hope to see that grow here at my new home.

Along with continued coverage of the Bolts, my work here at KK will also largely center around the Southeast Division’s other four clubs and I will chime in on leaguewide issues from time to time as well.


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Best Sports Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Monte Buke of Forbes,

Coming close behind the Red Sox is another nation of fans—although members of “Steeler Nation” would be quick to point out their nickname was coined 11 years before “Red Sox Nation.”

These passionate football fans are everywhere…

Any guess what team is #3?

See the story in pictures or read the story…

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All David Backes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

SN: From here, it looks like St. Louis has plenty of cap space and a team ready for a big free-agent addition. Are you disappointed by the lack of big moves from the front office this summer?

DB: I think they’re being smart about it. You don’t necessarily want to spend all your money and commit to long-term contracts to someone looking for the highest bidder. … We’re not spending to the cap but now we’ve got that room to add a few other trinkets to the puzzle in the season that other teams don’t have.


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No Mo Tonight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from George Malik of Snapshots at Mlive,

The guy who charges people $20 to look at a “chart” of rumors stated this afternoon that Mike Modano will sign with the Red Wings “as early as” tonight, but, as noted this morning:...

...and I’m allowed to quote this, “Holland says Modano is vacationing in Europe until middle of next (this) week. He expects a decision sometime after Mo returns.”

a bit more...

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Ducks Sign Andy Sutton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Anaheim Ducks tweet,

Ducks sign former Islanders and Senators defenseman Andy Sutton to two-year deal. Details to come.

added 5:45pm, via Eric Stephens tweet,

Sutton will make 2M in 2010-11 and 2.25M in 2011-12. Was second in NHL in blocked shots with 204.

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Arbitration Sets Chicago Goalies

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

When Niklas Hjalmarsson signed an offer sheet with the San Jose Sharks, it was clear that Chicago would have to further reduce the number of remaining Blackhawks from their 2010 Stanley Cup winning team.  Gone already were Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager, Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, John Madden, Brent Sopel, Colin Fraser and Adam Burish.  Cristobal Huet is presumed demoted to the AHL to save salary cap space.  That huge list of players who are gone wouldn’t be enough.  When Antti Niemi was given a $2.75 million arbitration award, it was clear that he would be the player gone.  Chicago would try to defend their Stanley Cup championship with neither of the goalies who took them there.

Instead, the Blackhawks relied on the glut of unsigned UFA goalies to bring in Marty Turco on a one year $1.3 million contract.  Their backup will presumably one of Corey Crawford or Hannu Toivonen.

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All Bill Daly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Lepore of Puck the Media,

Stephen Lepore: The last time the NHL got a big payday from TV networks was in 1994 and 1999.  Do you, as a league, feel the NHL is a better television attraction than in those two years.

Bill Daly: Certainly.  I think we’re valuable content, and hopefully we’re in a position to demonstrate that to people.  We’re hopeful.

SL: The ratings have been very good for the playoffs and the Stanley Cup Final.  When can you start negotiating new deals with NBC and VERSUS, and is there a period of exclusivity for them [to negotiate with]?

BD: There are periods of time in which we will explore new deals.  I’m not going to get specific with respect to when they are, but what I will say is we’re very pleased with our partners at both of those companies.  They’ve done a good job for us and hopefully we’ve done a good job for them, hopefully.  We have no desire to go anywhere else.

read on

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