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ESPN Carries Clout

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Yesterday I pointed KK readers to Off Wing Opinion, who had discovered a story regarding the influence ESPN has on the NHL.
If you missed it or passed it over, you owe it to yourself to read it.

from The Situationist,

The reduced exposure on ESPN can only be harmful to the NHL. By minimizing coverage and highlights, the network is effectively reducing the imprint of the game on Americans’ collective sports consciousness. Worse still, several ESPN writers and commentators have gone out of their way to emphasize the demise of hockey. Le Ann Schreiber recently noted that during the NHL’s regular season, hockey was only mentioned on-air if there happened to be “some egregious brawl” or if it was being “dissed” for its invisibility and irrelevance.

read on

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Players Speak Of Losing Drury & Briere

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from the Buffalo News,

“I’m feeling the same as you’re feeling if you’re a Buffalo Sabres fan,” Sabres winger Ales Kotalik said from the Czech Republic. “It’s frustrating for me. It’s tough watching other teams getting stronger and us getting weaker.
“We’ll have to find our way through it. There are a lot of guys on our team who can rise up and step in. I’m definitely ready to step into a bigger role.”

more reaction…

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Bertuzzi Praises Ducks Atmosphere

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from the OC Register,

In addition to his relationship with Burke, the club’s talent base and the raucous Honda Center atmosphere during the playoffs contributed to Bertuzzi wanting to join the Ducks.
“Obviously, it’s pretty special when you can get the defending Stanley Cup champions to find room to fit you in,” Bertuzzi said. “I’m thrilled at the opportunity. Being there in the playoffs and seeing first-hand what an unbelievable rink it is, I think it’s going to be an unbelievable place to play.
“I’m just going to come in to fit into their program, because it’s been successful. I just want to get my game back to where it can and should be.”

more

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Re-Building The Kings

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from Inside the Kings,

That’s all tonight, folks. I guess there might be rumblings of talks with Stuart, but even if they’re serious I don’t think it will pick up again until the morning.
Here’s the transcript of Lombardi’s conference call…
(Can you take us through the last couple days, getting things done today after yesterday’s frustration?)
“I’m pretty happy with the guys we were able to sign and the prices we were able to get. It kind of all fit with where we’re trying to go.

read on

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Wings Think Of The Future

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from the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings had offered Bertuzzi, acquired at the trade deadline in February to boost their playoff hopes, a one-year deal in the low $3-million range and worth nearly $4 million with bonuses.
“I would have loved to have Bert stay here,” general manger Ken Holland said, “but it’s the cap world. We weren’t prepared to offer a two-year deal.”
Holland said the team has to keep an eye on retaining its own elite players. That list starts with re-signing five-time Norris Trophy winner Nicklas Lidstrom, who has one year left on his deal.
Henrik Zetterberg’s contract is up at the end of the 2008-09 season, but the Wings can start negotiating with him next summer. He’ll most assuredly cost at least the annual $6.7 million Pavel Datsyuk is making.
On top of that, Dan Cleary and Kris Draper will be eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer, and Valtteri Filppula will be restricted in a year.

more on the Wings including Hasek deal close…

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Remenda May Return To San Jose Booth

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from the Mercury News,

After securing the biggest piece of their future Sunday, the Sharks could have a follow-up soon.
“They’ve made me a great offer,” free-agent TV analyst Drew Remenda said Monday. “I want to give them a definitive answer by the end of this week.”
Remenda left his highly visible spot with the Sharks last year to be with his family, working on Canadian network TV and on local radio in Saskatchewan. Family concerns remain an issue - Drew and wife Michelle have a daughter in high school and twin sons in grade school. He said the deal wasn’t quite to the all-but-done stage.

continued

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What Happened Monday

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from the CP via NHL.com, Recap of Monday transactions…

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Different This Time

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But those who believe that the stunning double play the Rangers pulled on Sunday - Sather to Gomez to Drury, as pretty as any turned by Tinker, Evers and Chance - signal a return to the Bad Old Days in which the Blueshirts threw bad money after bad in order to entice players to pull on the Blueshirt, well, they couldn’t be more wrong.
For despite the outlay of cash, the Rangers did not bribe these players to come to New York, the way they once bribed mercenaries such as Theo Fleury, Val Kamensky and Stephane Quintal to pull on the Blue$hirt. Drury and Gomez will wear the sweater - er, RBK Uniform System - because as badly as the Rangers wanted them, the feeling was mutual.

more

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Report: Brad May Re-Signs with Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From The Fourth Period,

The Anaheim Ducks have re-signed unrestricted free agent left wing Brad May, TFP has learned.
May’s agent, Pat Morris, confirmed to TFP during a radio interview (click to listen) that the two sides have agreed on a new contract.
Terms of the deal are not yet known.

continued… *includes audio of an interview with Pat Morris, also Todd Bertuzzi’s agent

Update July 3, 5:09pm ET:
Duck Press Release - 2 year deal

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Nassau Coliseum a Tough Sell

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Greg Logan at Newsday,

Free agents across the NHL continued to bypass the Islanders Monday on their way to lucrative contracts elsewhere. In some cases, general manager Garth Snow said Monday night, he made a value judgment not to waste money on players who aren’t worth it.
But when it comes to players, such as Ryan Smyth, for whom he was more than willing to open the vault, Snow said one big drawback he keeps hearing is that worn-out Nassau Coliseum isn’t exactly a selling point. If all things are equal, players tend to choose a more modern, exciting environment.

continued…

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