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When Will The Devils Get Under The Cap?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Kovalchuk’s $6,666,667 million cap hit put the Devils nearly $3 million over the cap. They must be under the $59.4 million cap on Oct. 6—the day before the NHL regular season starts. If Lamoriello is concerned about starting training camp without creating the necessary cap space—the Devils’ veterans report for physicals on Friday morning and practice for the first time Saturday morning—he’s giving no hint of that.

When I asked him if he felt any urgency to get deals done before the start of camp, he said, “Absolutely not.”

In fact, Lamoriello suggested what happens during training camp and the preseason could determine what moves he does make. He does not seem concerned that knowing there will be moves coming will be a distraction to the players during camp.

“I think that it’s a similar distraction when it comes to the trade deadline,” Lamoriello said. “But I would hope that the professionalism involved with the type of players we have, they understand there has to be a move or two. Hopefully, they determine what the moves are.”

more on the Devils…

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Bobby Ryan Signs With Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Bobby Ryan signs in ANA. Five years, $25.5 million total. Done deal.

added 4:10pm,

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed left wing Bobby Ryan to a five-year contract, running through the 2014-15 season. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed. 

“We’re pleased to have come to an agreement with Bobby before training camp,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Bobby is already a proven NHL goal scorer at the age of 23 and certainly has his best years ahead of him.”


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O Captain, Where Art Thou?

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Pierre Gauthier met the media yesterday and his words on the captaincy were interesting. Gauthier acknowledged that a captain will be named before the season begins, and he seemed to praise, amongst others, Mike Cammalleri for his leadership last season. Gauthier also noted that the Canadiens had a better idea of their identity and, after last season’s playoff run, what they are able to accomplish. Personally, I wish people had probed more on the idea of change – after all, the Canadiens changed most of their scouting department, their assistant GM, their strength and conditioning coach, and due to Guy Boucher’s leaving much of the AHL organization changed as well. Gauthier did mention this and said it was normal when coaches leave for many different positions in that realm to shift.

Fair enough.

But why all the scouting changes? Gauthier was Gainey assistant for many years – if all these changes needed to be made, why didn’t Gainey make them? If Gauthier is the camel, what was the straw? The Canadiens draft record has, for the past few years, been fairly strong: no super stars, but many solid NHLers. Why make such sweeping changes to amateur scouting when this is the case?

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  Tags: cammalleri, gauthier, gionta, scouting

And The Bill Just Got Steeper

Blog: KK Members Blog By Michael Smith

Add a hefty $3 million fine and the loss of two draft picks to the list of what New Jersey Devils have lost in their pursuit of Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Devils will lose a 3rd round pick in 2011 and a 1st rounder in one of the next four years as a punishment for trying to test the limits of the rules.

Excessive, sure, but there’s a price to pay for pushing the envelope the farthest, especially when you do the pushing in the direction of Gary Bettman.

What have the Devils already given up?

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Russian Players Feel At Home In Washington

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Katie Carrera of The Washington Post,

In planning for his third rookie camp since he was drafted in 2008, Dmitry Kugryshev knew he wanted to come to Washington early - not a week or few days early, but almost a month prior to the start of official practices - to train and work with the Washington Capitals’ strength and conditioning coaches.

But Kugryshev, 20, needed a place to stay, so he called Alex Ovechkin.

Ovechkin, who spent the offseason in Russia, won’t return to the Washington area until later this week, but he didn’t hesitate to help his young teammate and fellow countryman.

“He just said, ‘No problem,’ ” said Kugryshev, who stayed at the Arlington house with Ovechkin’s older brother Mikhail, until rookie camp formally began this past weekend. “It’s good to have Ovie’s help. It’s better when I come early for me to stay there than be alone. We can talk in Russian all day, have fun . . . it’s more like home.”


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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I wouldn’t be a distraction ... I was planning on coming in, planning on being focused and ready to do whatever to be a professional.

“Why would I have been a distraction? I’m a professional. No one is more anxious to get back on the ice and get myself back to the player I know I can be.”

-Sheldon Souray of the Edmonton Oilers after the Oilers told him not to attend training camp.  More from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal.

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  Tags: jim+matheson

Time Running Out On Darcy Tucker

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Darcy Tucker isn’t ready to talk about it.

Not yet, anyhow.

It’s too soon, too personal and too unknown.

For the first time in his adult life it is September and training camp is about to begin all around hockey, just not for him. This competitor has no place to compete. He is available to anyone in hockey, only right now nobody seems to want him.

There has been a nibble or two—him playing the part of a fish—but nothing more than that. There are no invitations of merit. There are no contractual offers. There are no promises of any kind and there may not be any coming.


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  Tags: darcy+tucker

Kesler Should Be The Next Vancouver Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Henrik Sedin doesn’t seem to be anyone’s exciting first choice to be the next Vancouver Canucks captain.

Soft-spoken. Unintimidating. Confusing, what with that chromosome thing with his identical twin teammate. And — let’s face it — Henrik is too Swedish in the wake of the last Canuck captain, Markus Naslund, before the great goalie experiment that ended Monday with Roberto Luongo’s timely and unselfish resignation.

The only people who seem to really love the idea of Sedin succeeding him are the ones who will make that decision, which is why in a couple of weeks the not-quite-30-year-old Hart Trophy winner will be named captain by general manager Mike Gillis and coach Alain Vigneault.

Ryan Kesler?

No. 1 in our poll, No. 2 in their hearts.


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Working Towards A Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers and Marc Staal continue to work on contract negotiations that should yield an agreement by Friday’s opening of training camp, though Paul Krepelka, the restricted free agent’s representative, said yesterday by e-mail, “No deal is done yet.”

It is believed that the Blueshirts and their 23-year-old, first-pair defenseman are working on a deal in excess of the four years for which the club owns his rights under the current CBA. Staal is coming off a three-year Entry Level contract he signed following his first-round selection at 12th overall in the 2005 Entry Draft.


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  Tags: marc+staal

Let The Players Vote For The Next Montreal Captain

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Head coach Jacques Martin says he will name a captain before the Canadiens open the regular season after discussions with other off-ice officials. Bad move. Coaches and/or general managers don’t select captains. Players do. It’s the players who know better than any coach which player they want as a leader on and off the ice. I can’t think of a single instance when Canadiens players were not asked to vote for their captain.

The responsibility can entail a lot of distractions in a Canadian city, which is why Roberto Luongo decided to relinquish the captaincy in Vancouver yesterday after only two seasons.


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