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Sabres Re-Sign Grier

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (May 17, 2010) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with forward Mike Grier, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.

Grier (1/5/1975, 6’1”, 225 lbs.) had 22 points (10+12) in 73 regular season games for Buffalo this season. He also contributed two goals in six playoff games, and was credited with a team-leading 33 hits.

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The Bad Side Of Being A Flyers Fan

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I ams sure the vast majority of the Flyers fan base is good, but just like other teams, a few people sure can be a bad example and leave a negative feeling regarding the fans.

from Christopher Botta of NHL Fanhouse,

Pat Hickey thought his beloved Honda Civic had been through it all in the last 350,000 miles. That was before the longtime hockey writer with the Montreal Gazette parked his car near the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia before a Canadiens-Flyers playoff game.

During Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday, Hickey’s car was vandalized in the arena parking lot. One of his front tires was slashed. The rubber of his front bumper was stripped. Worst of call, the Quebec license plate was stolen.


via Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

And Marc-Antoine Godin of La Presse Tweets: “2 PHI fans yelled at TV guy ‘go back home, you f@#$#& French-Canadian!’ One had Briere jersey, the other a Gagné”

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Plays Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The best plays from the past week in the NHL Playoffs.

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Good Move By Florida

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from Damien Cox of The Spin,

That sound you hear is the sound of about a dozen or more NHL general managers cheering, applauding for the hiring of Dale Tallon as the new GM of the Florida Panthers.

It’s not that they think Tallon’s a dope and will trade them Stephen Weiss or Nathan Horton for a song. It’s because Tallon was enormously popular as GM of the Chicago Blackhawks and most executives in the league believe he got a raw deal when he was dumped last summer by president John McDonough in favour of Scotty Bowman’s son, Stan.


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Flyers Getting Healthier

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from Kevin Kurz of PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

It’s possible that both Jeff Carter (fractured right foot) and Ian Laperriere (brain contusion) will be back in the Flyers’ lineup at some point during their Eastern Conference Final series with the Montreal Canadiens. Both skated today in Voorhees, and while Carter’s status for the series is still very much up in the air, Laperriere has been cleared for contact.


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Report- Dale Tallon Next Panthers GM

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via a Steve Gorten tweet,

Panthers will name Dale Tallon as their new general manager tommorrow

added 1:21pm, via Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel,

It’s uncertain right now whether Randy Sexton will remain with the team in any capacity.

added 1:46pm,

SUNRISE, FL – The Florida Panthers announced today that Dale Tallon has been named the team’s new general manager, replacing Randy Sexton. Tallon will be introduced at a press conference at the BankAtlantic Center on Tuesday, May 18 at 11 a.m.

“On behalf of the entire organization, we are thrilled and honored to open a new chapter in Florida Panthers franchise history with the hiring of Dale Tallon as general manager,” said Panthers managing partners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel. “Dale brings with him a proven track record and an impressive franchise-building resume that we believe is the perfect fit for the future of the Panthers organization. We thank Randy Sexton for his service to our organization and appreciate his continued support throughout this transition process.”

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that I join the Florida Panthers,” said Tallon. “I would like to thank Managing Partners Cliff Viner and Stu Siegel, Alternate Governor Bill Torrey and President/COO Michael Yormark for giving me the opportunity to put my mark on this franchise. I look forward to getting to work and will immediately evaluate our club’s framework, as we diligently prepare for the upcoming draft and free agency signing period.”

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Montreal Shows Depth In The AHL

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While the NHL playoffs are underway, the AHL is also in playoffs.  The Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal affiliate) and Hershey Bears (Washington affiliate) are both leading semi-final series by 2-0 margins.  Hamilton has had to face the loss of their best player in their playoff run,  P.K. Subban finished third on the team with 53 points in the regular season - scored from defence.  He had a league leading +46 +/- rating and narrowly lost the Eddie Shore award as best defenceman in the league to Danny Groulx of Worcester. 

In the playoffs, Subban started well.  He had 9 points in 6 games before injuries prompted Montreal to call him up to the NHL.  Subban has played well in the NHL.  He has been a solid part of the Habs blueline, playing over 20 minutes a game.  He looks like he may never be back in the AHL.

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Observations After Game 1 Of Conference Finals

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

• How hot are the Flyers right now? Going back to Game 7 against Boston, the Flyers have now scored 10 unanswered goals (four against the Bruins, six against the Canadiens in Game 1 on Sunday). According to our friends at the Elias Sports Bureau, it is the longest streak of its kind in a single postseason since 1987, when the Flyers scored 11 straight goals over a three-game period against the New York Rangers and Islanders. Philly went on to lose to the Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup finals.

• Another indication of the kind of playoff baggage the San Jose Sharks are lugging around this spring as they try to advance to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in franchise history? The horrors of home.

The Sharks have never won a home game in the conference finals. In their only other appearance (against the Calgary Flames in 2004), they managed to lose all three home games. With their Game 1 loss Sunday against Chicago, the streak now stands at four.


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Round 2 Memorable Moments

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Nicklas Backstrom Signs Ten Year Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center Nicklas Backstrom to a 10-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Backstrom, 22, recently completed his third season in the NHL, all with the Capitals, and finished fourth in the league in scoring with 101 points. A native of Gavle, Sweden, Backstrom was the only Capital to play all 82 games in 2009-10, ranked third in the NHL in assists (68) and enjoyed his first 30-goal season (33).

The Capitals now have the top-scoring teammates in the NHL this season, Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin (210 combined points), under contract for the next 10 and 11 seasons, respectively.

Word is contract averages $6.7 per year.

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