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New Jersey Devils Sign 3 Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via TSN,

The New Jersey Devils signed defenceman Andy Greene, prospect Matthew Corrente and European veteran Jari Viuhkola on Wednesday.
Greene recently completed his first professional season. The 24-year-old split his time between AHL Lowell and New Jersey, making his NHL debut on Jan. 12. He had one goal and five assists for six points in 23 games for the Devils.

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Bryan Allen Signs 5 year Deal with Panthers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Richards at the Miami Herald,

The Panthers announced Wednesday morning that they signed defenseman Bryan Allen to a five-year contract.
Allen, acquired last June as part of the Roberto Luongo trade with Vancouver, had a very solid season in 2006-07. Allen, who played in all 82 games, tied a career high in points (25) and had a career high 21 assists.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed; Allen made $1.55 million last season. Had he not resigned, Allen would have been a restricted free agent on July 1 and could have become an unrestricted free agent after next season.

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A Few Appointments Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am heading out the door and should be back at the Kompound by 3pm.
Alanah will be updating today as need be and remember, KK members can always use the KK Forum to keep other readers aware of any hockey news.

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The Blog Box

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Islanders,

Introducing the NYI BLOG BOX, the first of its kind among pro teams in the New York area.
The Islanders are challenging their fans with a passion for writing to start their own Islanders blog. Fans with existing Islanders blogs are welcome, too.
But here’s the kicker: all chosen bloggers will be given the opportunity to cover select home games and practices with special media accommodations.
We’re setting up a BLOG BOX in the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – sort of like a press box, but away from the scribes and broadcasters because we know you want to cheer, shout, have a pretzel and enjoy the game experience on your own terms.

read on and a great first step from the Islanders…

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How Sweet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from People,

What do Southern belle Kellie Pickler and Canadian hockey player Jordin Tootoo have in common? Says Pickler: “We’re each other’s biggest fans.”
The former American Idol contestant, 20, and the Nashville Predators right wing, 24, met after they bought condos in the same Nashville complex, where Tootoo spotted Pickler and asked for her phone number.
Pickler tells PEOPLE they were friends at first, but the relationship had turned romantic by spring.

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Blue Jackets Looking At Howson Closely

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have not yet made a contract offer to Scott Howson, who seems to be the favorite to become the club’s new general manager.
Howson, the Edmonton Oilers’ assistant general manager, last spoke to the Blue Jackets on Friday, when he flew to Columbus and had a day’s worth of interviews with club president Mike Priest and majority owner John H. McConnell.
The Blue Jackets spent the past two days taking a hard look into Howson’s past and checking his references.

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Ducks Give Back

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Times,

Thank heavens the Ducks are wearing their jerseys and carrying the Stanley Cup when they arrive at Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. The Cup, after all, really is a celebrity.
Pictures are taken, autographs given, pucks passed out and the first player to run into Austin is Chris Pronger. Doctors and nurses are on alert in case Pronger checks the kid into the chalkboard.
The kid and the hockey player bond. They both have bushy blond hair, and Pronger, with two kids of his own, makes like he now has a third. Austin tells Pronger he knows the score of the final game. Pronger has been celebrating for five straight days, and it’s unclear whether he’s joking when he asks later what day it is.
“I look at these parents,” Pronger says, “and I see the pain on their faces. You know they’d rather have it happening to them than their kids, but maybe a five-minute break or distraction can help.”

more (reg. req.)

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What The Leafs Could Do

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Unrestricted free-agent winger Ryan Smyth would be a perfect complement to flank Sundin, but keep this in mind: If he was looking for a five-year deal worth $5.5 million, then his demands aren’t about to drop. Daniel Briere? Chris Drury? They might very well be too pricey.
How about what’s referred to as “The Wilbur Plan” in reference to former Leafs executive Bill Watters, who yesterday floated the idea of pursuing free-agent forwards Scott Hartnell and Paul Kariya.
Or, perhaps, do they take a flyer on Alexei Yashin at a bargain-basement price?
Then there is the issue of whether free agents even want to come to Toronto and be under the spotlight 24/7.

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Hamilton Is It- If Nashville Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Jim Balsillie’s representatives and lawyers for the City of Hamilton are expected to reach an agreement this morning that if he completes the purchase of the Nashville Predators and decides to move the team, it would be moved only to Hamilton.
A source familiar with the negotiations said the Hamilton city council hopes to announce the deal, which Balsillie and his representatives insist is a contingency plan, after its meeting tonight

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Singapore Loves Its Hockey

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Blogging from the East, the far East.  A whirlwind tour of Singapore, Guam and Japan has left me hockey-less and incommunicado the last week or so.  Regular posting will re-commence soon.  I will mention that Tiger Beer is good, very good.  Have patience troopers.  A2Y will return in a few short days.

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