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Milbury Out - Julien The Favorite

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Boston Globe,

Mike Milbury, whose name surfaced over the weekend as a candidate for the vacant Bruins coaching position, learned today he will not be the choice to succeed Dave Lewis, who was fired Friday.
According to a long-time league acquaintance of Milbury’s, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, the 55-year-old former defenseman was told by a Bruins’ front-office official today the club had made its choice for the job and that Milbury was not the choice….
With Milbury out of the equation, that leaves only three possibilities, and rumors around the league late in the afternoon had it that Julien was the overwhelming choice to succeed Lewis.

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added 8:49pm, from the Boston Bruins,

Chiarelli indicated that he had contacted all four coaching candidates and that his intent was to have his new coach in place very soon—possibly even by this weekend.
“I’ve spoken to them,” said the GM. “Some (of those discussions) have been interviews, some haven’t.
“But…I’ve spoken to them at length,” he said.
And everyone understands the clock is ticking.
“I guess in an ideal world (it would happen) before the draft,” said Chiarelli. “In a realistic world, it may not happen before the draft.”...
The Bruins Boss was asked if he might be after candidates that might also be in the sights of the Ottawa Senators, who replaced GM John Muckler with Bryan Murray, today.
“Sure,” said Chiarelli, a-matter-of-factly. “That could be the case.

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added 9:33pm, via TSN,

The Boston Bruins have found their man to guide the club in 2007-08.
TSN has confirmed an online report that the Bruins have hired Claude Julien to be their next head coach, with an official announcement expected as early as Tuesday.

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NBC On A Hunt

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Star Tribune,

Brett Hull is leaving NBC after only one season as an NHL studio analyst.
An NBC spokesperson confirmed the former NHL star has decided to depart the network after working with host Bill Clement and analyst Ray Ferraro. Hull is expected to take on an increased front-office role with the Dallas Stars. He has been serving as a special assistant to Stars’ President Jim Lites since April 2006….
NBC executives will now begin to explore their options for replacing Hull. One potential scenario could see NBC pursue Jeremy Roenick, who could retire after spending 18 seasons in the NHL. Roenick, like Hull, always has been known for speaking his mind.

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Marcel Hossa & Friend Battle Neo-Nazis

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Files of the Strange & Unusual... a story appeared on Hokej.sk earlier today (thanks to David at TIB for dropping me a note about it), but it took me a while to get it translated from Slovakian. Fortunately, Roman of eNHL.cz took pity on me and provided this synopsis of the story, in English:

There was a big fight in the town-square in Trencin, Slovakia. The group of about ten neo-Nazi skinheads charged 39-yrs-old Peter S., who finished with bruised neck and stab wound in his back. It happened in the night from Friday to Saturday. The charged man was a friend of Branko Radivojevic and Marcel Hossa.

When Radivojevic noticed what was going on in the square he ran to help his friend and the group of ten young skinheads ran away. He found his friend lying on the ground and with a piece of knife in his back. Radivojevic and Marcel Hossa took him to the hospital reportedly. Radivojevic told to the media he didnt want do talk about the incident till the end of police investigation.

 

 

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This Is More Like It

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“There’s certainly enough talk going,” confirmed Carolina Hurricanes’ general manager Jimmy Rutherford. “I would suspect there’ll be deals at the draft – and teams are sitting there, with extra picks because of trades they’d made at the deadline, so that also leads to the possibility of more moves.”
Tom Thompson, the Minnesota Wild’s assistant general manager, also zeroed in on the teams with extra picks, saying: “I can never recall a year when six days before the draft, so many teams had multiple picks in the first round, including two teams with three picks each.”...
Things are starting to roll and after all those years when draft-day moves were limited and without much impact, there is only one thing left to say.
Isn’t it great?

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Assault Charge Dropped Against Derek Boogaard

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CP,

An assault charge against a National Hockey League player has been stayed in a Regina courtroom.
Prosecutor James Fitzgerald says the Crown has decided not to move forward with the case against Derek Boogaard, 24, of the Minnesota Wild. Boogaard was charged with assault causing bodily harm after an alleged fight at a Regina nightclub last August.

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NHL 2007 Entry Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imagePost Updated June 21, 2007 - *sticky* at top through the Draft
*regular live updates will continue below this post

The draft is set of June 22-23 in Columbus as this year’s crop of talent hits the stage.

Below are links to check out for everything from video to draft guides, with tons of in-depth analysis of this year’s prospects. There’s a lot of great media out there, and more will be added to this post as it becomes available.  Take some time to check it out.

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Will Teams Re-Think Playing 18 Year Olds

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brian Costello of the Hockey News,

It’ll soon become known as the Scott Hartnell theory.
When NHL teams are faced with the decision of keeping an 18-year-old draftee on the roster or send him back to the development ranks, they’ll consider what happened regarding Hartnell.
Hartnell cracked the Nashville lineup as an 18-year-old rookie in 2000-01 even though he had two more seasons of junior eligibility remaining with the Western League’s Prince Albert Raiders.
He had just two goals and 16 points in 75 games that season, but has since evolved into a top-six forward who, according to TSN, signed a six-year, $25.2-million contract with the Flyers Monday.

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Bochenski Signs With Bruins

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Hockey Journal,

During a press conference at the TD Banknorth Garden to talk about the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced the re-signing of winger Brandon Bochenski.
Bochenski, acquired last season in a trade with Chicago, was scheduled to be a Group 2 free agent July 1. In 31 games, Bochenski, 25, scored 11 goals and added 11 assists.

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Preds/Flyers Trade

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob McKenzie at TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers have dipped into the free agent market a little early, thanks to the Nashville Predators.
Because of Nashville’s uncertain ownership future and an expected tight budget in the coming year, sources tell TSN the Predators arranged with the Flyers to give them exclusive negotiating rights to two coveted free agents - defenceman Kimmo Timonen and forward Scott Hartnell.
Sources tell TSN the Flyers have now signed both Hartnell and Timonen to long-term contracts.

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Do the NHL’s Quick Fixes Cost the Fans?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Two Minutes for Blogging,

So I’ve been doing some research about the NHL’s CBA and how the salary cap is attached to league revenues. From a fan’s perspective, I must say that there is a lot of unreliable information about there about the CBA. And along the same lines, and more interestingly, there is mixed information about what comprises league revenue.

So when I start putting together an Excel sheet of “% increase/decrease in NHL revenues from the previous season,” and I see that the NHL just experienced the highest percentage of growth (approximately 6.7%) since 01/02 (then 11.5%), I can’t help but wonder how the NHL is growing and how it plans to sustain its growth.

continued… (*deals with some interesting issues like “What does the league consider revenue?” and “How will the league sustain the revenue growth?”)

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