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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“...I don’t think there’s another top guy out there right now, so you’ve got to be careful about just running out there and getting a fill that we didn’t really want. So that’s what you’ve got to guard against at this point now. We’ll continue to work through it, but I don’t see anything on the horizon. But I’ve been around long enough to know that something always comes up.”

-LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider where you can read more.

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NHL Announces First Blu-ray Disc

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York, NY – Today the National Hockey League (NHL) and Giant Interactive announced the NHL’s inaugural Blu-ray Disc, The Chicago Blackhawks’ 2010 Stanley Cup® Championship. This release will be the first in major league sports to be BD-Live-enabled, powered by BD-Connect™. 

The 2010 Chicago Blackhawks® Stanley Cup® Championship Blu-ray Disc, which hits stores on July 20, will deliver its BD-Live experience with downloadable content and expanded bonus features, including the latest features and interviews from Blackhawks TV and updated news from the Blackhawks and the NHL.

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Kings Avoid Salary Cap Issues

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

One member of the Los Angeles Kings management team wondered how the top executives would be feeling today. No doubt GM Dean Lombardi and his lieutenants are a little on the glum side. After all, they missed out on a player some are describing as the best unrestricted free agent in history.

But the sun will rise again, as it always does in Southern California, even if it sometimes does behind a cloudy haze. And when it does, the Kings will be able to pick themselves up and dust themselves off knowing they stood by their convictions and did all the right things.


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Bobby Ryan Wants A Shorter Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy Youngman of Ducks Blog,

Contract length appears to be the major stumbling block in stalled negotiations between the Ducks and winger Bobby Ryan, a restricted free agent.

The Ducks have offered him a five-year, $25 million deal, slightly less than $5.3 million average salaries in the contracts signed previously by linemates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry. The money is fine, but Ryan apparently believes he’ll be worth more in the final years of that proposal so he would prefer a shorter term deal.


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Report- Gagne Traded To Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Frank Seravalli tweet,

Flyers source confirms Simon Gagne has indeed been traded to Tampa Bay. Waiting to hear on the return.

added 2:34pm, via another Seravalli tweet,

Done deal: defenseman Matt Walker and a 4th round pick come back for Simon Gagne.

added 3:00pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

After a quiet week of little action on the NHL front, teams leapt back into the fray Monday, with the Philadelphia Flyers mitigating their salary-cap woes by sending Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenceman Matt Walker and a fourth-round pick.

In the 30-year-old Gagne, the Lightning receive a proven goal-scorer that will help fast-track their rebuilding program launched under new general manager Steve Yzerman.


added 3:57pm, from Lightning.com,

“In adding Simon to the Lightning today, we acquire a very talented player that will play along side our top forwards,” said Yzerman upon making the announcement. “With his combination of speed and skill we are excited to have him with us and grateful he was willing to waive his no movement clause. This trade not only makes us a better team in the short-term, it helps create long-term flexibility for us, which all along has been one of our top priorities.”

read on including Gagne quotes…

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  Tags: simon+gagne, simon+gagne

Hey, At Least He’s Got The Manilow Repertoire Down Pat

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Just woke up.  Looks like Kovalchuk’s headed to LA. 


My key source in this situation believes it’s 80-20 Kovalchuk agrees to sign with the Kings by noon tomorrow west coast time.

Woops. I guess 80 percent doesn’t carry the same weight it used to.  Man, you just can’t find quality info like that for free on the internet anymore, you know?


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All Chris Pronger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

Q: What do you think of the Flyers offseason acquisitions so far? (Meszaros, O’Donnell, Shelley and Zheredev)

CP: “I think with Meszaros and O’Donnell, we are obviously trying to shore up our defense pairings and give us a little more depth back there. This will probably take some minutes off Kimmo (Timonen) and I and Coby (Coburn) and Matty (Carle). So it will be able to hopefully roll three sets a little more frequently and keep us a little more sharp and fresh.”

read on

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I feel bad for LA Kings fans today, and offer this consolation prize: Free admission to the Devils Cup parade in Newark next June.

-via a Greg Wyshynski tweet.

added 12:38pm, Greg clarifies his comment on Twitter.

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Kovalchuk Staying With The Devils

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from a New Jersey Devils tweet,

HE’S BACK: Ilya Kovalchuk signs with the Devils. Press conference scheduled for Tuesday at the Rock.

added 11:55am, via PuckAgency,

PuckAgency is proud to announce that All-Star left wing Ilya Kovalchuk has come to terms to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils of the National Hockey League. Ilya was the most highly coveted free agent on the market and had several options with teams all over the globe. “Ilya is excited to be continuing his career with New Jersey and knows first-hand the team’s dedication and commitment to winning.” said Jay Grossman, President of PuckAgency.

added 12:22pm, from Phi Coffey of NHL.com,

What hockey fans have seen from the New Jersey Devils in recent weeks points clearly to the fact Lou Lamoriello wasn’t kidding when he indicated people would be surprised by the changes that were coming in New Jersey.

The bitter taste of the first-round loss to the Philadelphia Flyers may not be completely gone for Lamoriello, New Jersey’s longtime president and general manager, but he can surely taste some pretty sweet success thanks to a number of moves that have radically changed New Jersey’s roster and will bring a bigger, more offensive lineup to the fore for 2010-11.

Here is a look at the changes Lamoriello has made since the Devils’ season ended in a five game series loss to the Flyers.


added 12:25pm, Fan590 says RDS reporting 7 years, $60M.

added 12:33pm, I just received an email from RDS, they were citing a previous (old) report, nothing new from them.

added 12:40pm, from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

The best news John MacLean received this summer was getting hired to coach the Devils.

However, the signing of Ilya Kovalchuk today ranks a close second.

“I have a smile on my face,” MacLean told The Star-Ledger.


added 1:16pm, via Helene Elliott a the Fabulous Forum,

Tim Leiweke, the Kings’ governor and chief executive of their parent company, AEG, said via email that Kovalchuk, “had two very good choices. NJ offered more money. Simple as that.

“We threw everything at him we had while leaving the cap space necessary to sign our kids. He is a great player and I am disappointed he didn’t come to LA. It was not for lack of effort or cash.”

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After Hockey Probert Was Just A Normal Guy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Intini of MACLEANS,

In September 1999, about three years before his playing days in Chicago were over, Bob Probert and his wife, Dani, set their homecoming in motion. They purchased a waterfront property in Lakeshore, Ont., a sleepy town near Windsor, where they planned to build their dream home.

After years on the road, they wanted to be close to family (Probert’s mother Theresa, his brother Norm, and father-in-law James all live in Windsor). Today, their large grey-stoned home, with its slate roof, sits on a quiet street along Lake St. Clair. There’s a swimming pool on the lake side, a big rec room in the basement with a pool table and hockey jerseys from Probert’s playing days framed and hanging on the walls, and a limited-edition Harley Davidson Fat Boy parked in the dining room.

It’s a stunning place, but like the former NHL heavyweight, not overly showy. From the curb, at least, it’s not even the most palatial residence on the street. A few doors down, another home, protected by a large gate at the front, features a water fountain and a full-sized basketball court.

Less concerned about his jumpshot, Probert treated himself instead to a massive garage.


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