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Strudwick Signs With Oilers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via 630 CHED,

630 CHED Sports has learned that the Edmonton Oilers have made a minor free agent splash by signing hard-nosed, stay-at-home defenseman Jason Strudwick.

Strudwick, who spent the last 3 seasons with the New York Rangers, is an Edmonton native and lives here in the off season. He has accumulated 678 penalty minutes in 488 games and will replace some of the toughness and physical edge the team lost in dealing Matt Greene and Raffi Torres.

Terms of the deal are not yet known. The Oilers are expected to officially announce the signing later today.

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Vancouver Sign Demitra

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Vancouver Canucks,

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis today announced that the team has signed free agent forward Pavol Demitra. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Throughout his NHL career, Pavol has proven himself to be an offensive contributor where ever he has played,” said Gillis. “Pavol is a strong two-way hockey player with excellent quickness and finish. His play making abilities will be an asset on our power-play and make him a great addition to our top six forwards.”

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Respect For The Contracts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The IIHF, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association met in Zurich on Thursday to discuss issues relating to player transfers and the international hockey agenda, including the Olympic Winter Games, the IIHF World Championships, the Victoria Cup and the World Cup of Hockey.

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Glencross On The Chuckwagon Tour

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from Dianne Finstad at CBC,

For every chuckwagon driver that makes the loop around the track, there’s a real support crew at the barns helping with the large number of tasks involved in the sport. That ranges from looking after the high-spirited horses, to washing the chuckwagon, to mucking out the stalls.

It’s a lifestyle bred into many families, but it attracts others.

The Rae Croteau Jr. outfit has been getting a lot of attention this week because one of the hands around their barn is among the newest members of the Calgary Flames.

Curtis Glencross just signed with the Flames last week, after spending a good chunk of last season with the provincial archrivals up the road, the Edmonton Oilers. But when he’s not stick handling, he loves to be part of the chuckwagon world. It was something he did all last season, and is doing, when he can, this year.

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Scary Neck Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times:

The third day of the Blackhawks’ prospects camp ended early Wednesday when defenseman Simon Danis-Papin hit the ice face-first with a scary neck injury.

Danis-Papin, at 6-7 the tallest player in the Hawks’ organization, collided with a teammate early in the third period of a scrimmage. He was largely motionless while trainer Mike Gapski and his staff administered medical treatment for about 20 minutes.

Fortunately, good news today. Blackhawks team physician Dr. Michael Terry issued this statement this morning:

“Simon was involved in an inadvertent, high-energy collision yesterday and as a normal precautionary measure we brought him in to further examine the severity of his injury. All tests performed were negative and confirmed he suffered a strain and contusion to his neck. He was released from the hospital and will miss the remainder of the prospect camp but we expect him to be fully recovered soon.”

 

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Columbus Signs Filatov

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed left wing Nikita Filatov to a standard three-year entry level contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Filatov, 18, was the sixth overall pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft held at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on June 20-21. He scored 32 goals and added 34 assists for 66 points with 90 penalty minutes in 34 games with CSKA of the Russian Junior League during the 2007-08 season. He also saw action in five games with CSKA’s Russian Elite League team and represented Russia at the 2008 World Junior Championships. He tallied 4-5-9 with 10 penalty minutes and had a +7 plus/minus rating in seven games to help Team Russia capture the bronze medal. Russia’s captain, he led the team in assists, points and plus/minus rating.

“We are very pleased that Nikita has made a strong commitment to play in North America as soon as possible,” said Howson.  “He is a dynamic, talented player with outstanding offensive instincts. We look forward to seeing him in training camp this fall.”

added 2:48pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The tug-of-war over Nikita Filatov’s services officially started Thursday morning, when the Columbus Blue Jackets signed him to a standard, NHL entry-level contract, which for the 2008 draft year, means a salary of $875,000 (U.S.) plus bonuses that could potentially triple his compensation.

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Feaster Talk

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from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

...Feaster has a brilliant mind, his legal background and the way he goes about taking care of his business and those around him are something to be admired. He has a clear and concise understanding of the collective bargaining agreement. And his abilities when it comes to public speaking are second to none, as are his abilities to negotiate contracts.

But, how much pride can he swallow? I was told not too long ago that “Jay would fit in’’, but the question is, where? What can he do for the new ownership? Where would he fit in? And how could Jay be counted on to produce when he would feel unwanted?

I believe that this will be cleared up in the coming days. The word circulating around, and it’s more of just a theory right now, but a buy out could be negotiated with Feaster that would allow both sides to come to an amicable agreement that would see both sides able to walk away from each other.

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Who Am I?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I went to my first hockey game with my dad when I was 6 years old - Rangers vs. Bruins - at the old Madison Square Garden. I listened to games on my radio with an ear plug in bed as I did homework when I was a kid. I remember that very fondly.

We moved to Boston from NYC when I was 13 years old and I became a Bruins fan and lived through the Bobby Orr Stanley Cup era.

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Our Game Is Going Global

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from Nigel Duncan of the Edinburgh News,

Scotty Bowman, one of the most renowned figures in the world of ice hockey, was at Murrayfield yesterday to dispense some of his vast knowledge to youngsters.
The 74-year-old Bowman, who is in Scotland as he attempts to trace his forebears, is the only head coach in the history of the National Hockey League (NHL), Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Football League (NFL) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) ever to have won championships with three different teams….

Yesterday, Bowman took time out from tracing his Scottish roots to talk to youngsters attending a summer hockey school at Murrayfield. Ice Rink.

And he firmly believes that the world’s fastest team sport will go global in the next three decades.

He said: “It is now played in so many countries. Europe is the next phase. The travel is much different now and that’s why they played two (NHL) games in London last year. This year they’re going to Sweden and I think they’re also going to the Czech Republic.

“We’re going global and it will be a global sport. It won’t happen overnight, but, right now, 35 per cent of the players in the NHL are from Europe, another 15 per cent are from the USA and the Canadians produce the rest.

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The Crazy Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,

He’s got owners under indictment.

He’s got a TV deal with a U.S. cable network that no one watches.

He’s got fading defencemen signed to six-year contracts, 14-goal scorers making $4 million a season and goaltenders going for $12 million a pair, while supplies last.

Gary Bettman is CRAAAAAZZZZZYYYYYYYY!

This week’s special at Crazy Gary’s: A Conn Smythe Trophy winner who will make almost $1.5 million less this season than Michael Ryder.

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