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Report- Ovechkin Signs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via RDS (translated),

Alexander Ovechkin is in Washington to stay. RDS a appris que le jeune attaquant russe vient de signer une prolongation de contrat de six ans d’une valeur de 54 M$ avec les Capitals. RDS has learned that the young Russian striker recently signed a contract extension of six years with a value of $ 54 million with the Capitals.

Update 3:02pm ET: From On Frozen Blog (*sourced at SovetskySport):

Earlier today, Alexander Ovechkin, accompanied by family and an attorney, walked into the Washington Capitals’ team offices in Arlington, Va., reviewed with counsel terms for a new contract with the club, and agreed to a six-year pact that will pay him $54 million.

Update: 3:18pm ET: TSN is citing the same reports.

update 3:31pm, TSN added to their link…

Contract negotiations between the Capitals and leading scorer Alexander Ovechkin continue a deal has yet to be reached.

added 4:04pm, from the AOL Fanhouse,

But hold one one second: TSN is now reporting that no deal has been reached and that negotiations are continuing. The bottom line: Stay tuned as we finally learn the fate of the player who has scored more goals in the NHL over the last three years than any other.

UPDATE: Kurt Kehl, the team’s Vice President of Communications is denying the story. Stay tuned for updates.

Update 4:25pm From Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals Insider:

I checked with one of my sources late last night at Verizon Center and was told that “the atmosphere is right” for a deal to come together, but he stopped short of confirming that terms had been reached or that a deal was imminent.

Update 5:32pm More from Capitals Insider,

Update:I can confirm that talks are going on right now at the Caps headquarters. But I’ve been told by my sources to refrain from going with the numbers that are out there right now.

added 5:52pm, via the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals will announce a new contract with left wing Alex Ovechkin at an 8:30 p.m. news conference at Verizon Center, immediately following the team’s Meet the Team Party for season-ticket holders.

added 6:59pm, 13 years, $124M!!!

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, contract

Less Penalties as Players Changed Behaviors

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From James Deacon at AOL Sports Canada,

Still, most fans agree the pace has quickened and there is more excitement. And the fact is that the current goal-scoring rate, while down, exceeds the 5.14 goals-per-game average from the last pre-rules change season, 2003-04.

So if the game’s moving in the right direction, why are goal totals heading the other way? Some rarely cited stats offer insight: the difference in the last three seasons is entirely made up by a drop in power-play goals. There have been eight fewer penalty minutes per game this season compared to the same period in 2005-06, and the current number of even-strength goals through 637 games is 2,434, exactly the same total as two seasons ago.

To some, that suggests referees have eased up. But players and refs say the big difference is that players’ behaviour has changed. Four years ago you practically had to draw blood to be penalized for hooking, so water-skiing was the defensive technique of choice.

Not any more.

more… on the “new” NHL and its unlikely poster boy, Brendan Shanahan

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  Tags: officiating, rules

Magnus Johansson Traded To Florida

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have obtained a late round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Magnus Johansson.

Johansson, 34, has played in 18 games for the Blackhawks this season, picking up four assists and four penalty minutes.  Johansson was originally acquired by the Blackhawks when he was signed as a free agent on June 4, 2007

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  Tags: magnus+johansson

Campbell Joining the Commish

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Gary Bettman’s NHL Hour will have Colin Campbell on the air as a guest at around 4pm ET, or so.

The NHL Hour can be streamed live here.

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  Tags: colin+campbell, gary+bettman, media

Chicago Extends Sopel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Daily Herald,

The Blackhawks and Brent Sopel have agreed on a three-year contract extension that will keep the veteran defenseman from becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer.

Financial terms of the deal were being finalized. Sopel is being paid $1.5 million this season.

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  Tags: brent+sopel

King for a Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Chris Zelcovich at The Star,

“I was telling him about how even though he has cerebral palsy and is one of the smallest guys on the team, he’s one of our best players,” says Peddle. Then he said that Johnson was his hero.

Peddle’s father, who winters in Tampa, mentioned he lived next door to Johnson’s godfather, Jeff Horne. A few phone calls later, the rendezvous was set up after Horne learned that Hill was taking Desmond to L.A. to visit his aunt and attend Thursday’s game against the Maple Leafs.

Johnson says he jumped at the opportunity to meet Desmond when Horne called him.

“I had trouble believing anyone in Canada liked me,” Johnson says with a laugh, referring to some of the devastating hits he registered against Team Canada while playing for the U.S. at the world junior tournament in 2006. “When I heard he had cerebral palsy but was playing with older boys I thought I had to meet him.”

more…

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  Tags: cerebral+palsy, jack+johnson

Vanek Set Up for Failure

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Duff at The Hockey News,

At 23-and-a-half, he had the world by the tail. Six months later, his family’s finances secure for generations to come, the world of hockey is spinning him by the tail, in a tale of too much too soon for a player who has yet to complete his third NHL season.

On Jan. 19, Thomas Vanek will turn 24. And try as he might to live up to the pressure of a seven-year pact worth $50 million, nothing on the ice is going his way.

You know, it’s funny. When Vanek signed his long-term deal, a lifelong supporter of the team suggested to me “a contract like this could kill his career.” Sadly, her foreshadowing has been accurate so far.

continued…

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  Tags: thomas+vanek

Western Conference All-Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Your Western Conferenc All-Star Team at NHL.com...

Both Osgood and Legace made it…

Update: Complete list of names below.

Continue Reading »

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Report- Wild Being Sold

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Minnesota Wild,

Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE) has announced a major press conference regarding the organization on Thursday, January 10 at 12:30 p.m. CT

via KSTP,

The parent company of the Minnesota Wild will announce this afternoon that the team is being sold, a source close to the situation tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.

added 11:53am, via Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,

While the announcement was unclear Thursday morning, there have been indications for months that majority owner Bob Naegele was considering selling the team.

Recently, there have been reporters that Craig Leipold, the Racine, Wis., native who finalized the sale of the Nashville Predators in November for $193 million, was interested in buying into the Wild.

Update 1:50pm ET: From Russo again,

Bob Naegele’s tenure as owner of the Minnesota Wild ended today when it was announced he sold his interest in the team to former Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold.

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Too Many Ifs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

It’s time to play the IF game.

If, as The Maven asserts, Sean Avery is the most valuable member of the Rangers, how good are the Blueshirts without him?

If, as The Post’s Larry Brooks declares, Avery may be sidelined for substantial time because of his latest (left) hand injury, what can be done to compensate for his absence?

And, if—as it appears apparent throughout the NHL—Avery truly is an inimitable personality, how can he be replaced?

continued

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  Tags: sean+avery

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