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Willie Mitchell Recovering From Concussion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Ran into former Wild defenseman Willie Mitchell and his wife last night here in Minneapolis, and Mitchell, who completed a four-year deal with his hometown Vancouver Canucks, is recovering well from a concussion that cost him much of this past season. He was hit from behind by Evgeni Malkin. Mitchell definitely has plans to hook on with a team later this summer, but he’ll be patient to continue his recovery.

Heck, maybe the Wild comes after him later in the summer. I still maintain the Wild needs another NHL defenseman.

more plus other Wild notes…

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Team By Team Goalie Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

A casual observer sees Evgeni Nabokov and Marty Turco headlining the goalie market and wonders how in the world the two big name guys are still unemployed? But this isn’t all that strange as winds of philosophical change appear to be sweeping through the NHL’s fraternity of general managers.

The salary cap system allows for only so many big contracts, and after watching a pair of bargain busters in Antti Niemi and Michael Leighton battle for the Stanley Cup last month it’s become crystal clear that teams can win a championship in this League without spending through the roof on a goalie.


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Nothing Anticipated On Kovalchuk Today

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from a Tom Gulitti tweet,

Just got off the phone with Lamoriello. He does not anticipate anything happening today with Kovalchuk.

more tweets from Tom on this topic…

Do remember, things can change at the drop of a hat…

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Nashville Signs Lombardi

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Pan tweet,

Lombardi signs for 3 yrs @ 3.5 M per season with Nashville. That’s a great signing. Strong character, low maintenance guy.

added 8:03pm,

Nashville, Tenn. (July 2, 2010) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Matthew Lombardi to a three-year, $10.5 million contract. The Montreal, Quebec native will make $3.5 million in 2010-11, 2011-12 and 2012-13.

        Lombardi, 28 (3/18/82), ranked second on the Phoenix Coyotes in both points and assists with career-highs in each category (19g-34a-53pts) in 2009-10, then paced the team in points during the 2010 playoffs (1g-5a-6pts, 7gp). The 5-11, 195-pound center has posted between 14 and 20 goals for the Coyotes and Calgary Flames in each of the past four seasons, averaging 45 points per campaign in the process. In 441 NHL contests since 2003, he has amassed 236 points (89g-147a). Lombardi has appeared in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in five of his six NHL seasons, most notably posting six points (1g-5a) in 13 games in helping Calgary to Game Seven of the 2004 Cup Finals.


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So Far Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Day 2 of the NHL’s free-agent shopping spree took a slow turn as teams and agents took a step back to reassess the situation.

As the prized gem of the free-agent class, Ilya Kovalchuk, continued to dance with New Jersey and Los Angeles, the rest of the group tried to chase the crumbs left behind.

“There’s nothing new,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello told ESPN.com at 4:20 p.m. ET. Asked if the Devils were still in it for Kovalchuk, Lamoriello repeated there was nothing new and didn’t want to comment any further.

There was a sprinkling of signings, led by Pavel Kubina in Tampa and Christopher Higgins in Florida, but there were a lot of names still out there.

That included goalie Marty Turco.


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Kulemin Re-Signs With Leafs

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via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs locked up one of their top six forwards on Friday, signing winger Nikolai Kulemin to a two-year, $4.7 million contract.

Kulemin, 23, scored 16 goals and 36 points in 78 games in 2009-10.

Taken 44th overall by the Maple Leafs in 2006, the Russian forward has 31 goals and 67 points in 151 games.

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Afternoon Line

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Mike Modano via text message says Red Wings only team to call so far but said, ``if there is only one not a bad one to be.’‘

via a Pierre LeBrun tweet.

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Blues Re-Sign Winchester

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward Brad Winchester.

Winchester, 29, played in 64 games this past season, recording eights points (three goals, five assists) and a career-high 108 penalty minutes.  During the 2008-09 campaign, the 6-5, 231-pound forward registered career-highs in points (21), goals (13) and assists (eight). 

Winchester has skated in 247 career NHL games with the Blues, Edmonton Oilers and Dallas Stars, collecting 42 points (21 goals, 21 assists) along with 350 penalty minutes.

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Coyotes Keep Montoya

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed goaltender Al Montoya to a one-year contract.  As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Montoya, 25, appeared in 14 games for the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season, posting a record of 4-7-1 with a 2.65 goals against average (GAA), and a .904 save percentage (SV%) before enduring a season-ending injury on Nov. 24, 2009 versus the Milwaukee Admirals.

During the 2008-09 campaign, Montoya became the first goalie in Coyotes/Jets franchise history to record a shutout in his NHL debut when he stopped all 23 shots he faced in a 3-0 win at Colorado on Apr. 1, 2009. In five games with the Coyotes, Montoya posted a 3-1-0 record with a 2.08 GAA and .925 SV%. 

Prior to being recalled by the Coyotes on March 23, 2009, Montoya spent the season with the Rampage posting a record of 7-17-2 with a 3.23 and .885 SV% in 29 games.

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  Tags: al+montoya

Phoenix Re-Signs Lepisto

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed defenseman Sami Lepisto to a one-year contract.  As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lepisto, 25, recorded a career-high 1-10-11 and 60 penalty minutes (PIM) in 66 games with the Coyotes last season.  He also collected one assist and six penalty minutes in seven playoff games last year. 

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