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Niedermayer Trying To Make The Right Decision

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

“Obviously, it’s a lot different after the Stanley Cup playoffs,” Niedermayer told TSN. “You’re tired, you’ve been through a long year. And after having some time off, you’re feeling better physically.”...
“I’m in a different spot, no question about it,” he told TSN. “But again, I’m just trying to make the right decision. I know it’s unfortunate that people are waiting to see what the decision is - it’s not fun, but that’s the way it is right now.”

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Paying For Potential

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at Fox Sports,

A notable trend emerging in the NHL’s salary cap era has seen teams signing young players to lengthy long-term contracts.
Prior to the imposition of a salary cap expensive long-term deals were usually reserved for veteran unrestricted free-agent players over the age of 30 and were based on their past performances rather than their potential.
Under the cap, however, more “20-something” players are receiving the kinds of deals once reserved for older players.
One reason is the lowering of the eligibility age for unrestricted free agency, resulting this summer in UFAs like 27-year-old Scott Gomez signing a seven-year, $51.5 million contract with the New York Rangers and 29-year-old Daniel Briere inking an eight-year, $52 million deal with the Philadelphia Flyers.

continued... As a Wings fan, I sure hope we are paying for the “right” potential!

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The “Other” Kovalev

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eyes On The Prize,

This post concerns the fan who is Kovalev’s biggest fan.
In the past, I have often qualified Kovalev as enigmatic. That has always been the most generous positive term I could use to describe the player who I saw as both maddingly talented and glassly disconnected from his surroundings and perceptions.
I assume that I am not alone in saying that he is a difficult player to assess and a hard person to get a good read on. Habs fans have seen Kovalev both floor the accelerator and jam the clutch pedal in his three years as a Montreal Canadien.
While most players actions speak louder than their words, Kovalev has in the past, shown the opposite of this notion. Over this past season, number 27’s words have been headlines while his game in 2006-07 rarely screamed as loud.

read on, you may be surprised…

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Avs Extend Brett Clark

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Colorado Avalanche,

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed defenseman Brett Clark to a two-year contract extension good through the 2009-10 season.
“Brett has been an instrumental part of our team’s overall success,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “He’s been a steady, dependable asset to our defensive group and we expect him to be a strong contributor to this club in the coming seasons. Brett’s shown a tremendous amount of perseverance and he’s demonstrated his commitment and dedication to our organization.”

added 5:22pm, Colorado Avalanche link now available…

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Elisha Pulls The Plug On Avery

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from OK Magazine,

According to sources close to the pair, actress Elisha Cuthbert and her hockey playing beau Sean Avery have called it quits after almost two years together.
One pal of the ex couple says it was Elisha who pulled the plug on the relationship. But don’t feel bad for Sean, who didn’t appear to be brokenhearted about the breakup when he was spotted hitting on Elisha’s good friend Paris Hilton at the LG House in Malibu on Aug. 26.

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NHL Trades: 1960 to 2007

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Zanstorm from the blog Waiting for Stanley has been very busy this last month, building a one stop location to track down every trade in the NHL since 1960.

The new dedicated site is History of NHL Trades

Check it out.  It’s an incredible resource he’s built there.

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Knee Surgery For Canes Kaberle

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the News & Observer,

Frantisek Kaberle is likely to miss the first week of training camp after the Carolina Hurricanes defenseman underwent surgery to remove torn cartilage from his right knee Saturday.
Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Kaberle suffered the injury in the Czech Republic earlier this month.

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Danny Markov A Fit In Florida

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from Ryan Kennedy at the Hockey News,

Markov, a solid contributor to Detroit’s conference finalist team last season, balked at the Wings’ $2.5 million contract offer, revealing he was thinking of something more in the range of $3.5 million. Is he asking too much?
Naw.
Have you seen this guy play? He’s a pitbull. He doesn’t back down, he was a plus-25 last season and he doesn’t take a lot of penalties considering his physical game. I’m cool with the Wings passing, but the fact no one has picked him up is rather stunning.
And you know where Markov should go? Florida.

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Ducks Extend Kunitz

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Anaheim Ducks,

The Ducks announced today that they have signed left wing Chris Kunitz to a four-year contract extension (beginning in 2008-2009). Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

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Send A Fan To A Game In London

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I asked Leafer Sutherland to do a little write-up on this after reading about it on a facebook group….

Loren, or better known as ‘Loz’ to those of us on the internet, happens to be a big time Anaheim Ducks fan. And judging by the databases at both theNHLarena and allducks, she has been for quite some time now and well before the Ducks managed to win Lord Stanley’s Cup this past spring, making it a trendier thing to do.

The unique thing about this specific NHL fan is that she lives in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. In fact, she has never set foot on this continent, let alone had the chance to catch an Anaheim game live.

When the news came around that the Anaheim Ducks would face the Los Angeles Kings in London for a 2 game series which would kick off our 07-08 season, the obvious question was, “Hey Loz, are you going to the game?” And unfortunately the answer was “No.”

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