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Chicago Gets Kevyn Adams, Phoenix Receives Radim Vrbata

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via the Chicago Blackhawks, The Blackhawks have acquired C Kevyn Adams from Phoenix in exchange for RW Radim Vrbata.

added 1:53pm,

General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have acquired center Kevyn Adams from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for forward Radim Vrbata.
“In Kevyn Adams we’re getting a veteran player who is extremely versatile, is a good skater and is a very good face-off man,” said Tallon. “Kevyn has won a Stanley Cup and is a proven leader.”

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Andy McDonald Draws A Crowd

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from Colgate University News,

Andy McDonald, the former Colgate University hockey player who was called too small to play professionally, stood tall on Saturday as he hoisted the Stanley Cup above his head in front of thousands of fans gathered in the village of Hamilton.
Each Ducks player gets to spend a day with the Cup, and McDonald, Class of 2000, said he wanted to share his day with area fans and members of the Colgate community.
“Colgate was a big part of my development as a player,” he said at a news conference at the Hamilton Airpark before the village ceremony. “So coming here is one of the things I really wanted to do.”

read on

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Saturday Hockey Talk

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As most of you know, hockey talk is at a minimum these days, but make sure to check out Spector today for some Islanders, Canadiens and Senators talk.

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High-Performing Investment

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from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

From the outside, it has tended to come across as irrational behavior. But to experts in sports economics, the recent surge of interest in NHL franchises is being interpreted as shrewd, calculated investment strategy that is likely to be emulated by others.
“The fundamentals that we’re being told about these teams certainly don’t support the sale prices we’re seeing, but the numbers don’t lie,” said John Vrooman, a Vanderbilt University economics professor who specializes in professional sports franchise valuations.
“The true value of a team is reflected more in the purchase price than it is in the rhetoric. Owners always poor mouth and say they’re losing money, yet these franchises appreciate at rates that make them a high-performing investment, way beyond what we would think.”

read on

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Columbus Did Spend

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

At a news conference Wednesday to announce the purchase agreement, MacLean complained that the budget set by Blue Jackets management hamstrung his efforts to build a winning club.
“I don’t have any comment on that,” Priest said. “From our perspective, this is a great opportunity for Doug. I’m excited for him that he’s found something so quickly. It’s a great challenge and opportunity. We wish him nothing but the best. We’re not going to get into what thoughts or comments he has.”
Priest did acknowledge, however, that on at least two occasions the Blue Jackets expanded the budget to add players “with the assurance or promise that they would be difference-makers.”
One of the players was center Sergei Fedorov, whose $6 million contract was added in a trade early in the 2005-06 season.
The other was right winger Anson Carter, signed to a $2.5 million contract last summer and traded for a fifth-round draft pick in March.

more

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Some Russians Leave For The Homeland

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from Spector at Fox Sports,

The absence of a player transfer agreement between the National Hockey League and the Russian Hockey Federation has resulted in two Russian players under contract with NHL teams signing with a Russian Super League team.
According to reports this week in the Russian media, Los Angeles Kings defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky and Boston Bruins forward Stanislav Chistov signed with Salavat Yulaev of the Russian Super League.
Because the Russian Hockey Federation never signed the transfer agreement between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF), its teams aren’t bound by the same transfer rules governing their nation’s players as other European countries.

continued... Just imagine if a Russian player the caliber of Ovechkin or Datsyuk decided to just pack up and head back home.

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Sutton About To Be A New York Islander

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from On the Islanders Beat,

After a long summer shopping for defensive help, it appears Islanders general manager Garth Snow has just about zeroed in on his man. Turns out he was kind of hard to miss.
Snow was working late this evening in an effort to put the finishing touches on a multi-year contract for 6-6, 245-pound defenseman Andy Sutton.

continued

added 7:46pm, As Robert pointed out in the comments, it is now official at the Islanders website.

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Good Friday Reading

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from Evan Grossman of NHL.com,

Milbury should have a lot to say. He’s always been one of the best quotes in sports. He’ll make you laugh. He’ll make you think. And there’s no question, Milbury will be entertaining. Some of my most memorable meals have been at the same table as him.
In honor of his most recent emergence as a major NHL television personality, here are some of Milbury’s famous quotes through the years, a list that is expected to grow with his air time:
• In referring to agent Paul Krause while the Isles and client Ziggy Palffy were tied up in a contract battle: “It’s too bad he lives in the city. He’s depriving some small village of a pretty good idiot.”
• On former Ranger and longtime foil Ulf Samuelsson: “Jerk that he is, he’s always wearing that smirking grin that makes you want to punch him in the face.”

many more “Milburyisms”... plus a lot of NHL talk too…

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Passionate Obsessive

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

A passion is one thing - everyone should have at least one passion (hummel figurines rock, as an example) - but there’s a very fine line between passion and obsession.
How can you tell if you have a hockey obsession? Well, the mere fact you’re here reading this piece of tripe is a fairly telling clue. As mentioned, it’s mid summer and you’re scouring the Internet for something – anything – hockey-related. Really, what are you hoping to find? A huge trade? A big signing? News about a bachelor party gone awry (or ahh-rye, I suppose)?

read on but L.C. won’t be happy…

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Looking At NHL Records

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from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,

The National Hockey League, meanwhile, has its share of records that will never be broken, along with a few that could be broken.
Take Glenn Hall’s mark of 502 consecutive starts in net. Not even New Jersey workhorse Martin Brodeur can slip on a Superman costume and better this accomplishment.
How about Teemu Selanne’s 76 goals as a rookie with the Winnipeg Jets in 1992-93? Unless the NHL makes nets as big as soccer nets, you have to think Selanne will be the perennial benchmark for rookies to shoot for.

read on about records that may or may not be broken…

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