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from the CP via TSN,

The second wave is ready and waiting.
After a flurry of activity in the first two weeks of NHL free agency, where the bigger names all found new homes with rich, long-term contracts, a number of unrestricted free agents are now hoping to get their names on deals….
Now that the first wave of free agents has come and gone like a blur, the league as a whole takes a deep breath and regroups for the second wave.
The signings will come in dribs and drabs over the rest of the summer.
“The first week of free agency is 100 miles per hour,” said agent Pat Brisson, who got Daniel Briere a big payday with Philadelphia on July 1. “After that you see a little decline. Things slow down a little. Some GMs may wait a little on some needs, see if the price comes down. On the flip side as a player, you have to be patient.
“And sometimes that pays off.”

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Roenick Still Deciding Retirement or Not

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Hockey News,

Contrary to an earlier report, Phoenix Coyotes center Jeremy Roenick has not decided to retire from the NHL.
According to a statement issued Monday to The Hockey News.com by his agent, Neil Abbott, Roenick “is considering all of his options, including retirement, (but) has made no final decision.”
Abbott added that a formal announcement regarding Roenick’s final decision will be made in the next few weeks.
The recent death of Roenick’s father-in-law played a factor in the famously personable NHL star’s reticence to confirm a Philadelphia Inquirer story that he was ending his 18-year playing career immediately.

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*Frankly, we always thought it was a little strange that so many were reporting Roenick’s retirement like it was a ‘done deal’ based on nothing more than a text message.

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Islanders Sign Campoli

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from the CP via TSN,

The New York Islanders signed defenceman Chris Campoli to a three-year contract on Monday.
“Signing Chris Campoli to a long-term contract was a priority of ours this off-season,” Islanders GM Garth Snow said in a statement. “He’s one of the most skilled young defenceman in the NHL and we’re thrilled that he’ll continue his development in an Islanders uniform.”

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Will The Stars Mesh In New York

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from The Maven,

On paper, it looks A-Number One, Yankee-Doodle-Ipsy-Pipsy.
All those “light-up-the-marquee” Rangers names.
JAGR, SHANAHAN, LUNDQVIST, GOMEZ, DRURY, just to name a few….
But, wait a moment. An overdose of stars guarantees nothing other than the fact that more pressure will be placed on Renney than on any of his multi-millionaire skaters.

read on

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Blogging Blackhawks

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It is not often you find a Chicago Blackhawks blog but I ran into one this morning.
I was looking for the NHL team with the most losses and found the answer via The Third Man In which pointed to a Bloomber story,

the Chicago Blackhawks lead the National Hockey League with 2,437…

We will be adding that blog to the Hockey Links, as soon as Alanah returns from the beach!!!

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Bad Example

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

How proud the NHL must be to know one of its players has been hosting a camp that instructs kids as young as 12 how to physically decimate their opponents with their fists.

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in case you missed the story Adam is referring to, you can read it here...

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Pens Give Therrien An Extension

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed head coach Michel Therrien to a contract extension through the 2008-09 season, it was announced Monday by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

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One Last Good Time

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from John McGourty at NHL.com,

To hear Tom McVie tell it, John Ferguson Sr., who died Saturday after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer at age 68, liked to be surrounded by family and friends, hockey and horse-racing people, good food, good music and good horses.
Understanding that Ferguson was losing his battle to cancer, a group of life-long friends gathered with John and his wife, Joan, back in March for one last good time.

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from Dave Stubbs at the Montreal Gazette,

Four decades ago, because of John Ferguson, I was sent to bed without supper and docked a week’s allowance.
And while I long ago forgave the Montreal Canadiens’ hard-rock winger whom we sadly lost to cancer on Saturday at age 68, I’m not so sure about my sister.
Fergy was one of my childhood heroes; nothing unusual about that for a Montreal schoolboy in the mid-1960s who thought the Stanley Cup was loaned autumn through spring by the Canadiens to the National Hockey League.

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NHL Super Schedule

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from On the Forecheck,

So how can you use this? Checking out who has the furthest to travel for games on consecutive nights is a start. That honor goes to the Vancouver Canucks, who play at Edmonton on November 20, then have to fly 1,090 miles to play the Wild in Minnesota the next evening. You can summarize and sort the teams based on greatest and least travel. Who’s going to face the toughest defensive teams on the road this year? Whose goalie is going to see the most rubber flying his way? How do the divisions compare?

read on... it may come in handy…

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The Rock Files

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Over the Summer, diehard Devils fan, Battle of NY blogger, and Kukla’s Korner “broadcast contributor” Steve Lepore will chronicle his trips to the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ during it’s ongoing construction, on target for a grande opening on October 25th (for a Bon Jovi Concert) and a Devils opening October 27th (against the Senators).
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By Steve Lepore


Sure, it can be a daunting place to visit.  Once in a while, you’ll be propositioned by a man selling cheap roses for Valentine’s Day (even though it’s the middle of July) and the supposed “Newark Boys & Girls Clubs” selling M & M’s.  But there’s something that’s a little lost in all the perception and the supposed “evil” that comes out of New Jersey’s second most dangerous city (#1 is Camden, which is basically a suburb of Philly, but no one complains about Flyers games being in a bad neighborhood).

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