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Boughner Officially Joins Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that former National Hockey League player and Windsor Spitfires head coach Bob Boughner has joined the club as an assistant coach.  The addition of Boughner completes new Jackets Head Coach Scott Arniel’s coaching staff. 

        “Bob has become one of the top young coaches in the game and we are very pleased to have him join our coaching staff,” said Arniel. “He enjoyed a long and successful career as an NHL player and has achieved a great deal as the head coach of the Windsor Spitfires the past four seasons.  I know he is really excited about this opportunity and we’re very pleased to welcome him to the Blue Jackets organization.”

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Report- Kings Not Interested In Gagne

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via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

...something I neglected to mention in the previous post is that according to a team source, the Kings no longer consider themselves in the market for Philadelphia’s Simon Gagne. So everything is right…back…to…square one.

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Those Hockey Cliches

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

I look at the English language the way an action movie star looks at a closet full of assault rifles and assorted weaponry – with respect, affection, awe and glee – which is why it always pains me to see it used to bludgeon true insight into the sports business.

That’s why, in the past, I’ve made a point of analyzing and tearing into the most ludicrous hockey clichés currently stinking up the scene. And we’ve got some more gems to lambaste this year:

1. “Our goal is to win the Stanley Cup”. I get that. I believe we all get that. Goes without saying, in fact. Let us know when you start playing for something else.

2. “A Whole New Level”. Our planet has been mapped out fairly extensively, so where are all these new levels, anyway? And why is it always a “whole” new level? What if it’s only partially new or a completely refurbished level?


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Decision Time For Kovalchuk

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via Jay Grossman (Kovakchuk’s agent) tweet,

Ilya Kovalchuk looking to make decision on his future today

added 12:58pm, from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

With Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent breaking silence to promise a decision today, it appears the Devils have the inside track on re-signing him to what one source suggests will be a seven-year, $60 million package.


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One UFA Defenseman Who Intrigues Me

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

That is Willie Mitchell.  Many of you know Willie Mitchell did not return to the Canucks last season after taking a hit from Evgeni Malkin in mid-January.

Mitchell suffered from post-concussion syndrome but recent reports state he is feeling better.

Will a team take a shot and sign him long-term, will they wait until September to see how he feels or will teams just stay away from him totally?

When healthy, Mitchell is a top 4 defenseman and a very solid defensive player.

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Phoenix’s Conflict Of Interest

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When one hockey team is run by the NHL and financed by the other 29 clubs, every move they make will be looked at under a microscope that doesn’t exist for the other clubs.  If they make a move that looks too good for another club, does this show NHL favoritism to that club?  This is especially a question if that club is struggling financially and may be receiving NHL aid (such as Tampa Bay last year when Phoenix traded for Radim Vrbata)  On the other hand; if Phoenix is too active it also looks bad.  Why should a team on NHL welfare be acquiring more payroll than necessary to satisfy the NHL salary floor?  Why are NHL team paying for somebody to potentially defeat them?  This happened last year at trade deadline time.

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Finding A City For Another NHL Team In Canada

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from David Naylor of the Globe and Mail,

A decade ago, with the loonie tanking and the NHL expanding to non-traditional hockey markets, Canadian fans fretted about the possible extinction of all the country’s NHL franchises, save for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Winnipeg Jets and Quebec Nordiques had already moved to become the Phoenix Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche, respectively, when American George Gillett Jr. was introduced as the Montreal Canadiens’ new owner in January of 2001. He felt compelled to ease the tension by saying: “These are the Montreal Canadiens, not the Oklahoma City Canadiens.”

Fast-forward nine years. Today, fans are talking about the possibility of a seventh franchise in Canada to go with the thriving six, whether by expansion or relocation. The assumption – it’s not if, but when.


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Not Much Has Changed In Calgary

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

When Ken King bought Darryl Sutter another year, he promised that while his front office would not be altered there would be plenty of change.

A change in attitude, a change in communication and a change in the way the organization used its entire braintrust to help Sutter make decisions for a change.

However, as last week’s free-agent signing of Olli Jokinen proved, it’s clearly the same old thing down at the Dome.

Sutter did little in the way of consulting before signing up to re-try the failed Jokinen experiment, prompting the organization to be mocked from coast to coast.

While the rest of the hockey world alternated between fits of laughter and shock, Sutter had the audacity to say at his press conference reaction to his moves were overwhelmingly positive.


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Beating The Ray Shero Drum

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from Ron Cook of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

We knew Penguins general manager Ray Shero was good at his job long before his terrific signings of free-agent defensemen Paul Martin and Zbynek Michalek Thursday. The team’s run to the Stanley Cup final in 2008 and its Cup win in ‘09 are pretty good proof. But we didn’t find out just how great Shero is until after the Chicago Blackhawks won the Cup this spring. The champagne wasn’t even dry in Chicago when the Blackhawks traded key players Dustin Byfuglien, Kris Versteeg, Andrew Ladd, Colin Fraser, Ben Eager and Brent Sopel because of NHL salary-cap concerns.

Contrast that to the Penguins who have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Brooks Orpik, Kris Letang, Martin, Michalek and Marc-Andre Fleury signed through at least the 2012-13 season. It will be disappointing if they don’t win at least one more Cup during that time.

No wonder Shero said Friday morning after doing five-year deals with Martin and Michalek for a total of $45 million: “I slept good last night.”


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Now What Do The Kings Do?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

They had anticipated being an attractive option for Kovalchuk and a top-tier defenseman following a season in which they made the playoffs for the first time since 2002 and continued to develop an impressive core of youngsters. But like a few years ago, when they chased defenseman Zdeno Chara, and last summer, when winger Marian Hossa said no, they didn’t succeed.

The trade route is their primary option to pick up a productive winger and experienced, top-four defenseman. They could also sign a restricted free agent to an offer sheet — the Ducks’ Bobby Ryan immediately comes to mind — but the cost would be steep in draft picks and ill will around the league.

more on the situation…

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