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Avery The Entertainer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Kolb at MSG Network,

Hey, we all know what Sean Avery can provide. We all saw it on display after his trade from L.A. last year, and yes, everyone is glad he is back.
What no one is talking about, though, is his entertainment value. This guy provides some serious entertainment.

continued... and if you missed Sean on “MTV Cribs” last August, you can watch it here.

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Dustin Penner an Oiler

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageListening to CFRN radio in Edmonton, they’ve just made the comment on the air that “It is believed that the National Hockey League has informed the Edmonton Oilers that Penner is an Oiler.”  However, they went on to insist there is NO confirmation of this information. Penner’s agent had not heard anything from the Ducks as of 2:05pm ET.

Update 2:43pm ET
In an on air interview,  Penner’s agent Gerry Johannson has just explicitly confirmed that Penner’s rights have now been transferred to the Edmonton Oilers.

Update 2:52pm ET
From TSN,

The Oilers Get: LW Dustin Penner    
Penner, 24, is coming off a rookie season in which he scored 29 goals and 45 points in 82 games, but he has a rare physical package that makes him an even more attractive addition.

more…

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NHLPA Could Lead The Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Imagine, if you will, a press conference with the current NHLPA leadership assembled near the podium. Then imagine one of the players – say, Eric Lindros or Robyn Regehr – stepping to the microphone and making a speech like this:
Beginning today, the NHLPA is rededicating its commitment to the sport of hockey and to the fans who support the game. In doing so, we’re taking measures no professional athlete union has taken before.
Firstly, we’re instituting our own program to test for steroids, human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing drugs. Our members have agreed to random, multiple blood and urine tests; the program will be implemented by an independent firm, and testing will occur throughout the regular season, playoffs, and off-season.

read on

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Coach Hawerchuk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Standard Freeholder,

After watching on from the front office for the past couple of years, Hawerchuk has decided to make the leap behind the bench this season as head coach of the Orangeville Crushers of the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League.
The hockey great - who is also part-owner, president and director of hockey operations of the Crushers - said he felt he could offer something more to the team and the players by taking over coaching duties.
“I enjoy working with the kids. That’s the biggest reason why (I decided to become coach),” Hawerchuk said.

read on

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Spezza Concentrating On Upcoming Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

A 24-year-old who will make $5 million from the Senators this season, Spezza says he has chatted with Heatley this summer and that both of them—while realizing the financial windfalls that await—are more concerned with consistently performing at a high level for a number of years.
Spezza also says he has not dwelled on the offer sheets presented Vanek and Penner, or the chance he could be getting one at some point during the dog days of 2008.

more

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Avery Is A Professional

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

“Agents always hear criticisms of their clients during negotiations but are able to filter that dialogue before it reaches the players,” Morris said. “In arbitration, there’s no filter.
“But as far as this specific case, business is over and now it’s time for Sean to put this behind him and do whatever he can next season for the Rangers.
“Sean is a professional,” Morris added. “There’s no reason to expect this to have any effect at all on his performance.”

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Burke Options On Penner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

If the Anaheim Ducks decide today that Penner, who’s a very large No. 17 there, won’t be one of their biggest ducklings any longer because the Oilers’ $21.25-million US offer sheet is too rich for their blood, the 24-year-old forward can probably have just about any number he wants here. We know No. 71 is available, with Petr Sykora flying the coop for Pittsburgh.
Ducks general manager Brian Burke, who was steamed at Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe last week for making the raid on Penner, has until today to make up his mind.
If Burke decides to match the offer sheet, he notifies the NHL, the NHLPA and the player or his agent that he’s staying in Anaheim for the Oilers’ offer of $4.25 million a year through the 2012-13 season.
Burke can also call Lowe. Or not.
If he decides Penner is too big a financial gulp for his owners, then Burke presumably lets the deadline pass and the Oilers have a kid who scored 29 goals in his first full NHL season last year.

read on

What do you think, does Penner remain a Duck or move on to Edmonton?

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Thursday Odds and Ends: Markov, Gender and Fraud In The Workplace

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

And Khan(!) shall lead them.  The Deep Diggers are slowly awakening from their summer slumber, and the results are startling.  The DD Captain enlightens us this morning with an analysis of the Markov situation.

“He told me what he’s looking for; we’re not even close to that,’’ Holland said. “Right now, we’re satisfied with our defense. We’d like to have Danny back, but if he signs somewhere else, we’re comfortable.’‘

He said he’d like to add some depth on defense, but only at the right price. He offered Markov a two-year deal at the draft in June, apparently at around the same $2.5 million-a-year salary he earned last season.

“He told me the salary range he’s looking for. We don’t have any interest in that salary range,’’ Holland said.

 

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Markov Price Too Steep For Wings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan at Mlive,

Wings GM Ken Holland said yesterday that he spoke to the agent for defenseman Danny Markov a week ago but nothing is happening.
“He told me what he’s looking for; we’re not even close to that,’’ Holland said. “Right now, we’re satisfied with our defense. We’d like to have Danny back, but if he signs somewhere else, we’re comfortable.’‘
He said he’d like to add some depth on defense, but only at the right price. He offered Markov a two-year deal at the draft in June, apparently at around the same $2.5 million-a-year salary he earned last season.
“He told me the salary range he’s looking for. We don’t have any interest in that salary range,’’ Holland said.

more on the Wings…

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TSN Locking Down New NHL Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

William Houston at the Globe & Mail (Thursday’s edition),

TSN is moving closer to reaching a contract extension with the NHL. A new agreement for national cable rights is expected to be completed in a few weeks.  “They’re focusing on it getting done before the start of the season,” a source said.

Highlights to look for:
  * More games involving Canadian teams, including more Toronto Maple Leafs games;
  * The opportunity for a Canadian match-up in the playoffs;
  * Broadband streaming rights to games televised on TSN.

more…

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