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Meet the Press: Patrick Williams

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Today is the opening of the NHL Entry Draft, and Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams are covering the event in Ottawa for Kukla’s Korner. Earlier this week we asked Erin a few questions about her life and love of hockey, and today it’s Patrick’s turn. 

Patrick is the ideal journalist to cover the NHL’s draft weekend, given how much time he spends with and writing about the up-and-coming stars.  His beat is the American Hockey League—writing for the likes of Slam! Sports and The Hockey News, among others—and so he’ll be seeing a lot of some of these draft picks in the coming years as they rise into the AHL and beyond.

Patrick, what is the main difference between working in the media in the NHL and AHL?
Everything in the NHL is a lot more tense, and the egos (and not simply those belonging to the players) are decidedly larger.

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  Tags: media, nhl+entry+draft, patrick+williams

Preds Sign Ellis, Trade Mason

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Nashville Predators,

The Predators significantly clarified their goaltending situation today, announcing they have reached an agreement in principle with Dan Ellis on a multi-year deal and then trading Chris Mason to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth round pick in this year’s draft. The trade gives the Predators nine selections in this year’s Entry Draft, including multiple picks in first, second, and fourth rounds and single picks in the third, fifth, and sixth rounds.


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  Tags: chris+mason, dan+ellis

Patrick Kane & Jonathan Toews Thank The Fans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Pretty funny vid, watch below…

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  Tags: jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

Rangers UFAs Go Free

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Thus, barring an unexpected preemptive strike via a trade, the Blueshirts will enter the free agency market with a skeleton roster, absent first- and second-line wingers and a No. 1, first-pair defenseman, and with Jaromir Jagr Jaromir Jagr , Sean Avery, Martin Straka, Brendan Shanahan and Michal Rozsival all free to solicit offers.

The GM has not made a post-season offer to any of the aforementioned athletes. And while Sather most certainly will check in with Jagr - who has heard sounds of silence loudly and clearly - and with Shanahan, it appears increasingly likely Avery will not be invited to return and that the team will seek to replace Rozsival.

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The Stanley Cup Champions Plan Their Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Snapshots at Mlive,

...the Detroit Red Wings’ much-heralded scouts will attempt to assess the potential of six eighteen-year-old players, determining whether they can develop into professional hockey players when they’re 22, 23, or 24 years of age, and will make their picks at the end of each of the draft’s seven rounds (minus the 2nd round, as the Wings traded that pick to Los Angeles for Brad Stuart).

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Poile Thinking One Year At A Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators General Manager David Poile said he’s decided to renew his contract on an annual basis instead of signing any more multiyear deals, but it doesn’t mean he has other jobs in mind….

Poile said he doesn’t envision leaving the Predators but wants flexibility in case of unforeseen circumstances such as a change of ownership.

“I at least wouldn’t be tied into someone long term,’’ he said. “I’d rather be happy and motivated than in a situation where I wasn’t happy, or people were not happy with me.’‘

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  Tags: david+poile

Flames Need To Keep Tanguay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve MaFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

But none of the whispers have included Alex Tanguay’s name.

At least, not yet.

If the Calgary Flames want to make a splash this weekend, Tanguay is the biggest bargaining chip they’ve got.

But anyone who believes the club should be peddling the left-winger needs to give their head a shake.

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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Talk Of Umberger To Columbus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Puck-rakers,

R.J. Umberger could be headed back to central Ohio.

Rumors are spreading in Ottawa that Umberger, who attended Ohio State, could be headed to the Blue Jackets at some point this weekend. No word on what the Blue Jackets would be trading to Philly.


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  Tags: r.j.+umberger

Russian League Interested In Malkin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Several teams in Russia’s revamped pro hockey league want to repatriate NHL all-star Evgeni Malkin by offering him a contract that would make him hockey’s highest-paid player – by a wide margin.

In a move that would surely send a shock through NHL, whose executives are gathered today in Ottawa for the amateur player draft, the Russian teams are poised to offer the Russian-born Pittsburgh Penguins forward a multi-year contract worth at least $12.5 million (all figures U.S.) tax free per season, said a source familiar with the matter.


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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

Blues Trade Jamal Mayers to the Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has acquired a 2008 3rd round draft pick, 70th overall, from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for forward Jamal Mayers.

“I want to thank Jamal for everything he has done for the Blues and the city of St. Louis,” said Davidson. “We wish Jamal and his family nothing but the best in his hometown of Toronto.”

added 7:18am (Paul), from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues President John Davidson said the trade of Jamal Mayers late Thursday night is a precursor of something else that could happen today.

“It’s all part of us trying to put stuff together and we’re not done yet,” Davidson said. “This is the start of something ... that’s the best way of saying it. We’ve got other stuff going on, but can’t say anything because it’s not finalized. We’ll try and get that done (today).’‘

Davidson added: “I don’t want people to think we just traded Jamal Mayers for a draft pick and that’s the end of us. The more we work toward putting something else together, the more the draft pick position could become a part of (tonight’s) action. We’re working it here and we feel we’re getting close.”


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  Tags: jamal+mayers, john+davidson, trades

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