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Brent Sutter Moving On, Maybe To New Jersey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger & Bob McKenzie at TSN,

NHL sources tell TSN that Sutter is stepping down from his junior club to pursue a head coaching job in the NHL and that Sutter is the odds-on favourite to be named the next head coach of the New Jersey Devils.
“I really can’t comment,” Sutter said. “We will have an announcement regarding the Rebels tomorrow. That’s all there is to say at this point.”

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What’s Up in Nashville?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Tim Wharnsby at the Globe & Mail,

“For Nashville to keep the team and make it a viable team, the number we need to be looking at is 16,000, not 14,000,” David Freeman told The Tennessean. “You don’t want to be at the absolute league minimum on salary cap because I don’t think anybody wants a team that is here but is habitually in last place. Certainly, our investor group, that’s not what we want, either.
“So to have a team that’s also above the league minimum salary cap, we’re right back to that 16,000 number.”
The salary floor in the NHL next season will be $34.3-million. Right now, the Predators have a payroll of slightly more than $30-million.

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Leonsis Believes In “The Family”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Ted Leonsis on Alexander Ovechkin remaining a Capital via Capitals Insider,

“I’m sure that the Ovechkin family and the Washington Capitals will come to a place where both think is fair and right and Alex will be here for a long time,” Leonsis said. “That’s his goal and I’m sure it will work out. He’ll save some money by not having an agent.”

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Remembering Vlady

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Nice little piece from the AP’s Larry Lage.  Not sure if The Emperor’s run this yet. If not, have a look.

Vladimir Konstan­tinov shuffles his feet slowly with the help of a walking frame.

It’s a bittersweet accomplishment for the former Detroit defenseman, who almost lost his life in a limousine crash a decade go.

“It’s hard to explain how it feels when you see Vladdy now,” former Red Wings captain Steve Yzerman said Wednesday, the 10-year anniversary of the accident. “He is alive, first of all. But we all know what kind of athlete and personality he was.”

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Another Rumor Shot Down- Gerber Will Not Be Sent Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Ottawa Citizen via the Star Phoenix,

A bigger problem for Murray is what to do with the $7.4 million due to backup Martin Gerber in the next two seasons. Murray has talked to a couple of NHL clubs with interest, but they want to dump similar contract burdens this way, so Murray wouldn’t be any farther ahead.
“Maybe later in the summer, when it comes time to talk trades and balance rosters, something can be done,” Murray said. “We need two goalies here, and Martin is a good goalie. If we have to pay his salary, then that’s how it will be. If we can move him, there could be a few million dollars left to add a player.”
Murray said that under no circumstances would he send Gerber to Binghamton of the American Hockey League just to get his contract off the salary-cap books. The Senators would still have to pay Gerber’s full salary and would still require an NHL-experienced goaltender as Emery’s backup.

more on the Sens negotiation with Emery…

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Can Crosby Pull Of A Miracle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Sidney Crosby is taking on Derek Jeter at an ESPN Who’s Now poll.
Place your vote here and wouldn’t ESPN be shocked if Sid actually won?

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Report: Flames Give Eric Godard Contract Extension

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Eric Godard has apparently received a one-way deal with the Calgary Flames.

From Hockey Fights.com:

hockeyfights.com has learned Eric Godard has re-signed with the Calgary Flames.
It is a one-way contract, other terms are currently unknown.

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Ex-Wings Coach Jimmy Skinner Passes Away

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Most of you will not recognize the name, but Jimmy Skinner was very much involved with the Wings during their glory days in the 1950’s.
He was 90 and the last I heard he was living in the Windsor area.

After defeating the Canadiens for the Stanley Cup in 1955, Jimmy Skinner accepted congratulations on his feat, and wearily commented: “I’m tired and I want to take a bath.”

Update 10:31pm ET: (alanah)
From the AP via Toronto Star,

“He coached with the likes of Gordie Howe and all the great teams they had back in the ‘50s,” Chittaro said. “He was still mentally sharp. He had lots of great stories.”
The Stanley Cup that Detroit won in Skinner’s first year as coach was the team’s seventh. The Wings were 123-78-46 under him.
Skinner was born on Jan. 12, 1917, in Selkirk, Man.

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NBC Flex Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

This year NBC will have a flex schedule available and will only be televising one game per day.
Listed are the dates of their coverage and the games they can choose from…
Thanks to KK member SteveNJ for the information.

added 4:15pm, In case you need some questions answered regarding how NBC is going to deal with the flex schedule, let’s travel back to March 27, 2007 in KK history.
All of you questions will be answered by following the available links.

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Your Team’s Schedule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Open post for KK members and guests.
Get your team schedule here…
What do you think?

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