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Lockout Achieved A Rational Relationship

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

(Bill) Daly told the Team 1040 in Vancouver that losing the entire 2004-05 season was worth it - financially.

“It achieved, for us, a rational relationship in the amount of dollars we pay out on a yearly basis to players and the amount of revenues we take in as a league.” Daly told the Team 1040. “That was the goal from the start, and now we have an enforceable relationship between our salaries and our revenues at this point, and that’s what we were trying to achieve.”

read on

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Oilers Extend Horcoff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Edmonton Oilers,

The Edmonton Oilers have signed centre Shawn Horcoff to a six-year contract extension. More details to follow.

added 6:38pm,

Oilers General Manager Kevin Lowe says, “Shawn has proven himself as one of the premier players in the National Hockey League and has been and will continue to be an integral part of our organization moving forward.  By being proactive with this deal, we avoid being in a situation where Shawn could become an unrestricted free agent after next season and the unknown free agency can bring to the organization. Having him under contract long-term is something that has been on our radar for a long time and we are extremely pleased to finalize this deal.”

more at the above link and it is a 6 year extension…

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  Tags: shawn+horcoff

Lehtonen Agrees To One Year Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Just got word that the Thrashers signed goalie Kari Lehtonen to a one-year deal worth $3 million. It’s an interesting number because that means backup Johan Hedberg is on the books longer than the franchise goalie.

continued

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KHL Backing Radulov Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Despite the fact the NHL and the Kontinental League reached an agreement last week not to poach each other’s players under contract, the KHL has ruled it will uphold the three-year, $13 million contract Alexander Radulov of the Nashville Predators signed with Ufa Salavat.

That means as far as the KHL is concerned, Radulov will play in Russia next season. And that, sources say, will set up a showdown with the NHL that could throw the entire process into chaos and thwart the original agreement, which effectively would make it open season on players playing in both leagues.

continued

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  Tags: alexander+radulov

Islanders Sign Bergenheim

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Islanders,

The New York Islanders and forward Sean Bergenheim have agreed to a two-year contract worth $1.725 million. The energetic forward will earn $800,000 in 2008-09 and $925,000 in 2009-10. Bergenheim has also voluntarily made a large donation to the Islanders Inspire.

“We’re very happy to have Sean locked up for two years,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He’s another young player who we’re excited to see at training camp and competing.”

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  Tags: sean+bergenheim

All For The Winter Classic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

I understand the risks that come with playing outdoors - the unpredictable weather, the horrible playing surface among other things. But the upside is too hard to overlook. It was a rare U.S. television ratings hit on NBC and I don’t think it’s a leap to think it helped give the sport momentum on the network when the playoffs rolled around.

I get the idea of trying to keep it special, but once a year is hardly overkill. I’m already excited about the prospect of covering this game as a working member of the media, even it means I have to type with mittens on.

The other interesting aspect about all of it is the matchup: Red Wings vs. Blackhawks. I think the only way the NHL could have done it better was to match up the Penguins and Red Wings in Pittsburgh or Detroit.

more

Wings fans, are you planning on attending?  I am considering taking the Amtrak, so let’s all meet in the bar car!

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Rangers Sign Dawes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the New York Rangers,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Nigel Dawes.

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A Hint Of Racism In Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Toth at Sportsnet,

So, why are the rules different for Ray?

In my opinion, there’s a hint of racism in the air. Canada is becoming more multi-cultural by the day, especially in major cities. But for the most part, the hockey culture is still predominantly white and many NHL power brokers grew up in a Canada that was completely different. Unlike their compatriots in the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball, NHL general managers don’t have any experience dealing with the Allen Iverson’s of the sports world. Many black people have their own distinct culture and when a guy like Emery walks into a dressing room with his flashy clothes and hip-hop spirit, some hockey people tend to raise their eyebrows.

more

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  Tags: ray+emery

Brrrrrrrrring Me Another

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yep.  New Year’s Day.  Chicago.  Wings/Hawks.  Outside.  Confirmed.

NHL.com

Jan. 1, 2009 figures to be another historic day for the venerable old ballpark when it opens its doors to the National Hockey League for NHL Winter Classic 2009, which this time features an Original Six matchup.

The host Chicago Blackhawks will square off against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Detroit Red Wings, in a 1 p.m. ET game.

 

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Bettman On WCII

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

“TThe NHL is delighted to bring its most historic rivalry to one of the most historic venues in sports,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “We thank Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough for their vision. We thank Mike Ilitch and the Red Wings for their cooperation. And we thank Mayor Daley, in advance, for the warm welcome we know the City of Chicago will extend to our newest tradition.

“We also acknowledge the interest and efforts of the New York Yankees and the City of New York throughout the NHL Winter Classic 2009 site selection process. We look forward to continuing discussions regarding the possibility of a future Winter Classic game at the new Yankee Stadium.”

much more on the Winter Classic…

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