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Nothing Has Changed With Balsillie Bid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Metronews,

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie remains in the mix to buy the Nashville Predators despite Friday’s apparent setback.
A source close to Balsillie, the co-CEO of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, said Saturday that nothing has changed in his bid to complete the purchase of the NHL club from Craig Leipold.

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Dealing With Edmonton

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Well the emails have started flowing in again, this time asking about an Edmonton deal.
This morning Alanah pointed to Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun regarding those deals…
No names have been tossed around, even at the time of this post.  Just hold onto your pants, not much else you can do right now but wait.

added 4:01pm, Listening to Morley Scott (Oilers Radio Network) on Calgary radio- Morley stated Lowe has been upfront and honest at all times, said deal(s) could be done this week, next week or by July 15th…
Morley also made a great point that this will be the first time the Oilers are actually going into the UFA period with some money to spend.

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What Is Gainey Telling Us About Souray

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My breakdown of the quote from Gainey via Habs Inside/Out is… The Habs may want to get something for the rights to talk with Souray before July 1st.
Anyone else have an opinion of what Bob is trying to say?

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Line OF The Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Waddell concluded: “There was a lot of talk going on. It’s only June 23.”

more on the draft and lack of trades… but good advice from Waddell… trades are being discussed of course, but nothing official yet.

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Looking for Wing Pick Info?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Your boy Teddy Kulfan’s got short breakdowns on every Detroit pick. You can see them here.

Also check out Red Wings Central for quite a bit of news on the first round selection, Brendan Smith.  Not much over there on the later round selections, but those guys are prospect nuts so I’m sure they’ll have comprehensive reviews on all the youngsters soon.

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A Happy Day For “The Dream”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

fromm the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Long after history was made in Friday night’s first round when Patrick Kane (Chicago) and James vanRiemsdyk (Philadelphia) became the first Americans to be picked 1-2, Aliu finally heard his name mentioned before a thinning crowd at Nationwide Arena.
“My dad didn’t see a hockey rink until he was 40 years old,’’ said Aliu, who wants to become the first Nigerian to play in the NHL. “My mom grew up in Russia, but hockey wasn’t really part of her life, her culture. They’re happy about what I’m doing right now. I’m happy for what I’m doing too.’‘

read on

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Nashville Hurting

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Alan Adams at Sportsnet,

Paul Kariya and Peter Forsberg are both unrestricted free agents this summer and don’t look for them to be back in Nashville next season.
And don’t look for Nashville to be active in the free agent market. You can’t spend money you don’t have. General Manager David Poile has one hell of a selling job on his hand to get anyone to sign with his team.
The Predators didn’t average 14,000 per game in ‘06-07, and it’s in praise of folly to think the fans will pack the Sommet Centre, unless selected suckers don’t mind paying major league prices to see a team that might win a minor league title.
Maybe the Predators should mirror what the Carolina Hurricanes did when they played to sparse crowed in Greensborough. They put a curtain around the upper bowl of the arena in an effort to make the place looked packed.

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Wing Talk From The Draft

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Updated 1420 EST:  A Rice asked below if I’d heard anything about Ryan Smyth.  Considering I’ve coined this the Summer of Smyth, it seems logical I should provide an update on the future Wing.  Here’s the latest from Tim Wharnsby at The Globe and Mail.

There will be plenty of speculation as to which sweater soon-to-be-unrestricted free agent Ryan Smyth will wear next season between now and when the free-agency period begins on July 1. In less than 24 hours in Columbus, we’ve already heard four different scenarios concerning Smyth.

1. The New York Islanders were confident that they will re-sign Captain Canada any day now.
2. He will only sign with a Canadian club.
3. The Islanders were trying to trade Smyth’s rights.
4. Smyth would prefer to test the market on July 1 and then decide on the best fit.

The first rumour is false. At this point, the Islanders have no chance at re-signing Smyth. The third circumstance may happen, but the buyer should be aware that the third scenario is the direction Smyth wants to travel. He wants to sign with a team that appears to him a win-win situation. The first win is the contract and the second win is how competitive the team will be.

And from Bruce Garrioch.

There’s a lot of talk Anaheim could bring in Ryan Smyth next season. He will be an unrestricted free agent and GM Brian Burke could have the money to spend if Teemu Selanne retires.

Expect a cap of 50.5.  If you’re wondering if you should like that…you should.

Word is Todd Bertuzzi’s looking for 3 million/year for 3 years.  Not gonna happen with the Wings.  Detroit’s looking at a one year, incentive laden contract; then probably looking to sign him longer term if he proves himself after next season.

Mathieu Schneider is willing to discuss a home team discount with Detroit, but he only has so much will power.  If someone offers him something insane like 6mil/year over two or three, it would be tough for him to turn it down.  However, if the offer is “reasonable”, like 3 or 4 over two or three, then he’d probably accept 400k less to stay with the Wings.

Hasek’s deal is as good as done, just working out some of the minor details.

And there’s this…Igor Grigorenko is considered about 80 percent of what he used to be, but the Wings are still looking forward to seeing what he can do in TC and chances are good he’ll end up with a spot.

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Columbus Loving the Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob Hunter at the Columbus-Dispatch,

The naysayers who said that Columbus would never be a hockey town should have been there. The city will always be known for football first, but last night provided further proof that if the Blue Jackets ever win, this place will go nuts.
Nationwide Arena was full for the first round of the draft. Full. That rarely happens anywhere, even in places where hockey is a clear No. 1. And the fans were into it.
When Blue Jackets owner John H. McConnell was introduced, he was greeted by a thunderous ovation. He tried to start talking twice and had to stop because the cheering wouldn’t stop. Then, when he thanked “the fans, who have stuck with us through thick and thin, mostly thin,” he drew another roar.

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Thomas Who

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ADam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Just about every young hockey player fortunate enough to be selected in the NHL entry draft talks about realizing a lifelong dream that day.
But when Thomas Hickey was chosen fourth overall by the Los Angeles Kings, he literally needed to make sure the surreal scene wasn’t all in his head.
“I got to the stage and I didn’t want to do it there, but as soon as I got off, I pinched myself,” said Hickey, projected by The Hockey News’ Draft Preview as the 22nd best prospect in this year’s crop. “And I felt it, so I thought, ‘that must be good.’ ”

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