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Don’t Dream Of Souray Just Yet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MontrealCanadiens.com,

As for Sheldon Souray - the biggest fish in the free agent pool among defensemen this summer – his Canadiens’ dressing room stall remains intact, and Habs fans hope it stays that way.
With Gainey and the Canadiens holding exclusive negotiations rights with Souray until noon on July 1, NHL teams licking their chops waiting to speak to the All-Star defenseman may want to hold off a little while longer before stitching Sheldon’s name to their jersey.

read on about other UFA dmen…

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Free Agency Deadline: All the News

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Kukla’s Korner will, of course, be updating all free agent news as it breaks after the deadline tomorrow. However, there are a variety of other ways you can keep on top of things.

Here are six good sources of UFA news for your viewing, listening and online entertainment for July 1st

#1. TSN / TSN Broadband / NHL Network - Free Agent Frenzy Show
Airing Sunday July 1, from 11am to 2pm ET and 6pm to 7pm ET. 
The program is being produced partly as a celebration of Canada Day, NHL style. Only available in Canada that we know of right now. (more here)

Update:NHL.com will be streaming the feed from the NHL Network online. Excellent news for U.S. fans!

Note: Here is the direct link to 56K online video feed at NHL.com. (only available in USA).  For higher quality video stream 300K - go here.


#2 Spector’s Trade Rumors
Can’t ever forget Spector. Watch for breaking news and analysis all day long.
Link

 

Continue Reading »

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Thrashers In Need Of A Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Instead, look for the Thrashers to focus on second-tier centers, including Detroit’s Robert Lang, Minnesota’s Todd White or Alexei Yashin, whose contract was bought out by the Islanders. If Kozlov doesn’t sign, Atlanta could be in the market for a higher-priced center like New York’s Michael Nylander.
Right now, the Thrashers have 12 players under contract for more than $31 million. They have extended offers to restricted free agents Garnet Exelby, Jim Slater and newly acquired forward Chris Thorburn. The three likely will be on the opening night roster.
That doesn’t leave a lot of spending money for free agency if the Thrashers stick to a budget similar to last season’s – around $40 million.

read on... and the Thrashers are hoping Kozlov will be back…

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Isles Have Holes To Fill

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

Losing Smyth obviously would be a major blow to the efforts of general manager Garth Snow and coach Ted Nolan to restore the credibility of the Isles as a franchise that is serious about winning. But even if they convince Smyth to stay, they have a lot of other big holes to fill on a roster that is likely to bear little resemblance to last season’s eighth-place finisher in the Eastern Conference.
Having bought out top center Alexei Yashin and virtually kissed top scorer Jason Blake goodbye, there’s also a strong possibility they will part ways with top-scoring defenseman Tom Poti, resurgent forward Viktor Kozlov and fourth-line enforcer Arron Asham. They previously severed ties with forwards Richard Zednik and Randy Robitaille, defenseman Sean Hill and goaltender Mike Dunham, and they failed to make a qualifying offer to restricted free agent forward Andy Hilbert…

more

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The Right Strategy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

For teams near desperation for a top six forward, is it wise to isolate one player, make a hard offer and await his decision?
Or is the strategy of pressuring the player to make his decision quickly more appropriate in light of the fact this year’s group of free agents drops off after the top four or five guys?
It’s a tough call.

continued

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Do You Want To Win?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

Sabres executive Larry Quinn had one last piece of advice to offer as the team’s co-captains, Chris Drury and Daniel Briere, gathered in Los Angeles to prepare for the start of NHL free agency.
Landing the most lucrative contract does not necessarily guarantee anyone playing for a winner, the Sabres managing partner said Saturday.
“I think you have to ask yourself, ‘Do you want to win?’ Free agents who went for all the money last year didn’t win, with one exception, Scott Niedermayer,” Quinn said, referring to the Ducks captain who won a Stanley Cup in his first season with Anaheim. “There’s a lot of situations where it didn’t help the player in a competitive situation, because it affects the team’s ability to have players around him.”

continued... some late UFA talk with a Sabres slant…

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Your Turn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

On this Saturday before UFA Day, what are you hearing?
As you know, KK is not the rumor type site, but today and tomorrow are special days so lets hear what you have to say.

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Wild Sign Mikko Koivu & Skoula

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed center Mikko Koivu to a multi-year contract.
“Mikko came to the NHL at a mature age and in just two NHL seasons has displayed the attributes we value in our young players: a reliable and visible work ethic, a commitment to getting better and the ability to take on more responsibility on the ice,” said Risebrough.

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed defenseman Martin Skoula to a multi-year contract.
“Marty was an important part of our Jennings-winning defense last season,” said Risebrough.  “We wanted him back so we can compete for it again and try to build off that success as a team.”

added 3:49pm, via Russo’s Rants,

The Wild re-signed Mikko Koivu to a four-year, $13 million deal with a $3.25 million annual cap hit.
Martin Skoula signed a two-year deal worth $3.6 million.

 

 

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Preds Sign Nichol & Henry

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Nashville Predators announced Saturday that the club has agreed to terms with centre Scott Nichol on a two-year contract and with defenceman Alex Henry on a one-year contract.
Nichol, 32, appeared in 59 games with Nashville this past season, notching 13 points, 79 penalty minutes and a +7 rating.

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Who Has Money - Who Needs To Make A Splash

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

Who will be active? The Kings have more money than anyone, and desperately need to make some kind of splash to avoid irrelevancy in a market now dominated by the Cup champion Anaheim Ducks. The Flyers have both cap space and motivation—they were humiliated by last season’s performance and already have made several moves indicating a desire to return to prominence this season. The Maple Leafs need support for Mats Sundin, and clearly signaled their philosophy with the Vesa Toskala deal on draft day.

more UFA talk…

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