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Big Snake Arrives In Texas

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Texas Brahmas,

The Texas Brahmas of the Central Hockey League (CHL) announced Wednesday the signing of playmaker and enforcer, Robin Big Snake.

“Big Snake is going to make a huge impact for the Brahmas team and organization. There is a lot of excitement built around this signing. I have no doubts that his reputation will bring fans to the NYTEX Sports Centre,” said Head Coach Dan Wildfong.

Big Snake, a Siksika Nation native and popular youtube.com icon, spent 67 games last season in the United Hockey League (UHL-now the International Hockey League) with the Rockford IceHogs in Illinois. He recorded 42 points (17 goals, 25 assists) and 330 penalty minutes.

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Sutter Brings Intensity To Devils

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Record,

Having successfully completed his commitment to coach the Canadian national junior team in its Super Series against Russia—his team won seven of the eight games and tied the other—Sutter plans to arrive in New Jersey today and jump “right into the thick of things” with his new job.

“I’m excited now just like I have been every year of training camp,” he said. “I’m an intense guy. I’m intense behind the bench. That’s just my makeup. That’s who I am. Brent Sutter is not all of the sudden going to change now that he’s coaching in the National Hockey League.”

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Sabres Turn To Connolly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from WGR,

Lindy Ruff knows what’s on the tops of the minds of Sabre fans, and, yes, life without Chris Drury and Daniel Briere will be a change for him as well.

“We’re going to miss qualities that both those players brought to our team, but the past couple weeks of players being around, they’ve already gone past that,” Ruff said Wednesday morning on The Howard Simon Show. “The players realize the opportunity that lies there with added responsibility and added ice time.”

The first name Ruff mentioned was oft-injured forward Tim Connolly, who returned for the playoff run in the 2006-07 campaign.

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Stealing From My Friends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve decided I don’t like the term “blogosphere” anymore.  Kind of like “Michigander” or “diet”.  Not real fond of those two either.  So, this will be the last time you see it at A2Y.  Henceforth and thusly, any time I present to you a conglomeration of views in one sloppy post I will title it “Stealing From My Friends”. 

I sense that you are apprehensive.  Apprehensive like a transvestite Dive fan caught in Raleigh at 0130 on a Tuesday?  No, but understandably wary.  Me too.  Here we go.

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  Tags: datsyuk, fellow+bloggers, grigorenko, hasek, kronwall, osgood, prospects, transvestite+avalanche+fans, zetterberg

All The Hockey Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Spector covers some more hockey talk today, including Mathieu Dandenault’s job may be in jeopardy with the Canadiens.

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Exciting Ideas Announced Soon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via The Maven at MSG Network,

• The good news, crowd-wise, is that three teams once in financial distress now are doing splendidly. Anaheim, Pittsburgh and Buffalo each capped its season tickets thanks to the huge demand. Which proves that once-faltering American markets can be revived despite what some Canadian media cynics opine.

• There’s a hush-hush attitude in NHL corridors on Sixth Avenue. League biggies are prepping a bunch of new, exciting ideas which soon will be announced. Til then, mum’s the word at Bettman, Inc.

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Redden Remains Focused Despite Trade Talk

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

From a financial point of view, Redden is also fully aware of the perfect storm that faces Senators general manager Bryan Murray next summer, when Redden, left-winger Dany Heatley and centre Mike Fisher can become unrestricted free agents. At the same time, Meszaros, centre Jason Spezza and wingers Antoine Vermette and Patrick Eaves will be restricted free agents.

Something has to give in Murray’s salary-cap equation by next summer, if not earlier.

Redden would appear to be the most likely option to move, considering the weight of his salary. While he exercised his no-trade clause to prevent a move to Edmonton, the possibility that he will be moved will probably remain until the trade deadline in February.

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CBA Changed Draft Philosophy

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from the Macomb Daily,

In the collective bargaining agreement that ended the NHL lockout in 2005, teams’ rights to European-drafted players were severely curtailed. Before the current agreement, NHL teams could draft Europeans and keep their rights on the shelf forever whether or not the player ever signed a contract. Now, Europeans can remain in a system for only two years without a contract.

Non-college North American players were always in that situation and remain so. College or college-bound players may now be claimed by NHL teams for four or five years after being drafted (they may play a year of Tier II junior before entering college) without being signed.

“In the old CBA, a North American you had to sign after two years and a European you could hold onto forever,” said Detroit assistant general manager Jim Nill. “You get into the later rounds, when there was a North American and a European kid that were about the same, you’d go with the European because he could develop. Some kids are ready at 20, some are ready at 25. Europeans have lost that time.”

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Canucks Focus On Work Ethic & Preparation

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from the Vancouver Province,

“I don’t know what the expectations are,” said Vigneault. “I know our expectation is we want more and we want more success. We’re going to demand more from each other. We’re raising our own expectations.”

Vigneault then paused, his eyes grew wider and he became visibly animated.

“Our first step is making it to the dance. But making it isn’t as easy as saying we had success last season. It’s a big challenge. The teams that made the final two years ago [Carolina and Edmonton] didn’t make the playoffs last year. You have to respect that process. It’s our job to make sure the players don’t get caught looking ahead.

“We know about the challenge. We’re going to hit it head on with our work ethic and our preparation. We’re confident if we do it the right way we’ll get in the playoffs and then we’ll see what happens. And that has nothing to do with outside expectations.”

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  Tags: alain+vigneault

Gauthier Could Be On The Flyers Bubble

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Courier-Post,

When the Flyers fortified their porous defense in the offseason by acquiring Kimmo Timonen from the Nashville Predators and Jason Smith from the Edmonton Oilers, Flyers’ defenseman Denis Gauthier wondered whether he’d be starting training camp wearing a different uniform.

“Yeah, I was concerned,” Gauthier said Tuesday after a scrimmage with several other Flyers’ veterans. “I wanted to be back. When I signed that two-year (contract) extension I planned on being here the whole two years. I feel like I was a part of getting (junior teammate) Danny Briere to come here. That would have really (ticked) me off, giving up on me after one year.”

That two-year extension, valued at $2.1 million in each of the next two seasons, could end up being an albatross for Gauthier, especially if Mike Rathje is successful in his attempted comeback.

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