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Some Poorly Run Teams

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Last year, I wrote that a team is poorly run if they go into the draft and free agent signing period without a clear coach and general manager.  These are the key times when a team is built for next season (and beyond) and not having the people in charge that will run those teams when those decisions are made is a problem. 

The Florida Panthers do not have a clear general manager for next season.  After Jacques Martin left to coach in Montreal, they have had Randy Sexton as the acting GM, but it is expected that somebody else will be brought in long-term.  That is a crazy way to run any organization.  Whenever the new GM comes into place, it will be too late for him to make any major moves for next season.  He will basically inherit a team and not be able to make significant changes to it for months.  Should Florida decide they want Sexton as GM, they should make it official.  Sexton has GM experience.  He was the Ottawa Senators GM during some of the franchise’s darkest years when they were among the worst teams in the league. That doesn’t give him the most impressive resume, but it is better than some people who are hired as NHL GMs.

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Nearly Midnight:  Heatley Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

With just mere minutes remaining before the Ottawa Senators are on the hook for a $4 million signing bonus, it looks as though Dany Heatley is no more inclined to waive his no-movement clause to facilitate a trade to the Edmonton Oilers than he was 24 hours ago.

Sources close to Heatley say he doesn’t intend to make a decision by 11:59 p.m. eastern tonight and that he’s not comfortable making a decision on the Senators’ timetable.

But until the ‘‘deadline’’ actually passes, nothing is carved in stone just yet.

Update 12:03am ET: Dan Tencer of 630 CHED had this to say on his Twitter tonight, referencing a source—

Source: Meeting went OK with the Oilers. It’s more about Heatley trying put the screws to Ottawa.

Update 12:50am ET: From Darren Dreger at TSN, a summary of today’s events.

Part of the problem can be traced back to the NHL entry draft last weekend in Montreal.  Heatley was led to believe both the San Jose Sharks and New York Rangers were both strong trading partners. Some suggested, the Los Angeles Kings showed interest as well.

Heatley was preparing for the trade.

read on for the full story

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Wild Talking Havlat & Koivu

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I have been told by impeccable sources that Havlat has cut his list to one team — and that’s Minnesota.

According to sources, the Wild also continues to be in negotiations with free-agent center Saku Koivu, although it’s unclear how close that is. Because of the time in Finland, it could go into tomorrow.


added 10:25pm, via Darren Dreger’s Twitter,

Havlat has a verbal agreement with the Wild.

added 10:26pm, TSN link...paper work not completed, but deal in place….

added:11:07pm, Sportsnet Tracker has Havlat signed 6yrs., $30M.

added 11:16pm, from Matin Havlat’s Twitter,

Excited to be in Minny where I was welcomed and appreciated by management. The real story about what happened in Chicago to come out.

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  Tags: martin+havlat, saku+koivu

Word In Detroit Is

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ken Holland spotted driving into every gas station he sees on the way home.  Waiting for phone to ring but it hasn’t yet.

Wings fans may remember the phone story from last year’s UFA period.

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LaRose No Longer In Canes Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,

Canes general manager Jim Rutherford said Wednesday night that it now appears unlikely free agent forward Chad LaRose would be signed to a new contract.

“It’s not going to happen,” Rutherford said Wednesday night. “I informed (Morris) that we had another deal we were working on, that I was giving him a courtesy call. He said he would run everything by Chad and call back in an hour. I waited but they never called back.

“Obviously they have a deal somewhere else. So we’re working on signing another free agent. It’s time to move on.”

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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  Tags: chad+larose

Chicago Signs John Madden, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via the TSN tracker, John Madden has signed a 1 year deal with the Chicago Blackhawks worth $2.75 million.

Update 9:13pm ET: TSN story link.

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Your Daily Heatley Update

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers are working overtime to sell Dany Heatley on the trade.

Sources say members of the Oilers management team have arranged a face-to-face meeting with Heatley in hopes of convincing the star forward to waive his no-move clause


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  Tags: dany+heatley

Chris Neil Stays in Ottawa, 4 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Dreger on Twitter

Neil staying in Ott. 4 years 8 mil

Update 8:53pm ET: From TSN

Forward Chris Neil left money on the table on Wednesday and agreed to a four-year, $8 million contract with the Ottawa Senators.

Neil, who reportedly turned down an offer that would have seen him make $1.7 million per season last week, had three offers from other clubs, but ended up taking less money to stay in Ottawa.


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Flames Sign Fredrik Sjostrom

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of forward Fredrik Sjostrom.

“Freddie is a reliable two way player”, said Sutter. “We are happy to add him to our group as we identify him as a player who plays our style of game.”

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  Tags: fredrik+sjostrom

Gionta Signed by the Montreal Canadiens

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

RDS (French) is reporting that the Montreal Canadiens have signed Brian Gionta.  From Google translator:

Less than 24 hours after the acquisition of Scott Gomez, Bob Gainey has added to its talented group of attackers through agreements of five years with Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta.

Update 8:39pm ET: From TSN

After playing his entire seven year career in New Jersey, Brian Gionta is on the move having signed a five-year,  $25 million deal with the Montreal Canadiens.

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