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New Year For Nolan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via NHL.com,

He heads to training camp a different player after a full comeback season under his belt. He missed two years after recovering from a serious knee injury and ended up with 40 points (16-24) in 76 games with the Phoenix Coyotes last season when he earned $1.225 million.
“I think the biggest issue I had last year was getting my timing down,” Nolan said on a conference call. “After being two years off, my timing took quite a while to come back, more than I expected. . . . Once I got that under control, I felt more free in the game, and I don’t think that’s going to be an issue this year.
“I know what to expect now, I know what the pace of the game is. I just expect to have a good year.”

read on

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Wild Sign Nolan Schaefer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed free agent goaltender Nolan Schaefer to a multi-year contract.
“Nolan is a young goaltender with a strong record in the minor leagues and some experience in the NHL, and has great potential to become a full-time NHL goaltender,” said Assistant General Manager/Hockey Operations Tom Lynn.

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Oilers Sign Mathieu Garon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Edmonton Oilers, The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent goaltender Mathieu Garon to a two-year contract.

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KK - 600th Member Prize Draw

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The 600th KK member registered over this past weekend, which means we’ll be doing another random draw amongst all KK members.  The prize is gift certificate for $25 for either Shop.NHL.com or IceJerseys.com.  Paul will do the drawing in the next 24 hours and the winner will be contacted by Friday. 

The next drawing will take place after the 800th member registers (which is free, simple and allows you to enter various other contests over the season, too).

Thank you to everyone for all the support, visits, links, comments, tips and friendly words. It makes a busy job rather fun for all of us.  And KK will always be a free source of hockey news and views, but we appreciate it if you check out our advertisers once in a while.  Cheers!

And now, back to the hockey news…

 

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Looking For The Cup

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

On the day the Avalanche brought their newest signees to town and went through the obligatory jersey-and-hat presentations in front of the cameras and microphones, team officials even said that some of the fans who finally had realized that season tickets no longer were the only way to get in the building and couldn’t sell themselves on the huge expenditure called in Monday and asked if they could get their seats back.
At this point, at least in Denver, it’s about perception.
“They’re both looking for a Stanley Cup and we’re looking for another one,” Avalanche general manager Francois Giguere said of Smyth and Hannan.
The risk, as with most of the high-profile deals announced Monday, isn’t so much tied to the expenditures, but the commitments.

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Eric Belanger to the Minnesota Wild

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

RDS is reporting that Eric Belanger has been signed by the Minnesota Wild for $5.2 million over 3 years.
(English Google translation here.)

Update 5:15pm ET

The Wild still haven’t provided a press release confirming this, but Radio-Canada, which RDS indicates is the original source of this story, has a quote from Belanger himself confirming the deal. (*using the translation tool again):

“I am really glad to join the Wild”, affirms Bélanger. “Jacques Lemaire and Doug Risebrough intend to make me play on one of the first two lines. I intend to seize my chance.”

Update 5:35pm ET: TSN provides that the deal is specifically $5.25 million.

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Odds and Ends Signings…

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Columbus Blue Jackets:
From TSN,

Jiri Novotny has signed a two-year contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, the club announced on Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.
The 23-year-old rookie split time between the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals in 2006/07


Ottawa Senators:
Sportsnet.ca’s trade tracker notes that both Matt Carkner (1 year) and Danny Bois (2 years) have been signed by the club. No financial terms available.

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Wings Just About Set

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canada.com,

Holland made it sound that Rafalski’s signing signals the team won’t look to resign free agent Danny Markov, who earned $2.5 million last season.
“Another (defenceman) isn’t our priority,” Holland said. “We’re not looking for anybody significant. If we’re going to do something on D, maybe it’s a month from now.”
Holland does hope to have goalie Dominik Hasek signed before the end of this week. Both sides seem to agree that Detroit is where the 42-year-old goaltender wants to be.
“(Agent) Ritch Winter told me Dom wants to be here,” Holland said. “We’re close in a lot of area. I’m hoping to finish this off in a day or two.”

more on the Wings… inlcuding no more “big” signings…

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Report: Zubrus to the Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TFP,

The New Jersey Devils have signed unrestricted free agent forward Dainius Zubrus to a 6-year contract, TFP has learned.

*More info on Zubrus weighing his options noted earlier today on KK...

Update 3:22pm ET:
Zubrus is, in fact, listed on the official roster at the New Jersey Devils website at this time.

Update 3:25pm ET:
From TSN - “The New Jersey Devils have signed centre Dainius Zubrus to a 6-year contract.”

Update 4:02pm ET:
TSN’s site has updated to state financial terms for Zubrus contract. Signing is for 6 years for $20.4 million.

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Geography In Play

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canada.com,

Today’s European, given a choice, likes to cut four or five hours off of that trip to the homeland, and can do that by staying on the east side of the continent. And older players—Nylander will be 35 when the season begins—want nothing to do with a Western travel schedule.
As the fight to revamp the NHL schedule ramps up this season, that element and its effect on free agency will play a key role in discussions to have eastern-based teams travelling outside their time zone a lot more than they do currently.
Beyond travel concerns, some people will always be drawn to major markets like New York, Toronto and Los Angeles. It’s human nature. And when you’re dealing with young, often single hockey players, choosing to play in Tampa Bay or Buffalo is awfully tough when the big boys are calling on the other line.

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