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imageFrom Greg Caggiano at the Bleacher Report:

I was browsing a forum and saw a thread titled “Swastika’s On Ice” and I said to myself, “Oh no! Do I even want to open up this thread? What on earth could it possibly be about?”

I opened it and found a black and white photograph of eight women in ice skates holding hockey sticks.

It turns out that the picture is one of the earliest known photographs of a women’s ice hockey team that played in Edmonton. And their name? Yes, you guessed it: the Swastikas.


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Tortorella’s Big Ticket

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Boston Herald,

The big ticket on the carousel of coaching candidates that Garth Snow is running this summer belongs to former Tampa Bay Lightning coach John Tortorella, who is scheduled to meet with the New York Islanders general manager today.

Because he stands to collect $1.3 million for the remaining year of his Lightning contract, Tortorella can well afford to be choosy about his next job. That salary is slightly more than twice as much as former Isles coach Ted Nolan was believed to be making, but that’s what a 2004 Stanley Cup victory will get you. The Lightning’s obligation to Tortorella would be offset by whatever salary he makes in a new job this season.

continued… plus notes on the Bruins

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A Look At NHL HDQ.

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Claire Wilson of the New York Times (Sunday edition), ...

Three years later, the N.H.L.’s new space is near completion: 133,000 square feet at 1185 Avenue of the Americas in Midtown Manhattan. The interior is a montage of materials and wintry colors that reflect the game of hockey, including the stainless steel of skate blades and the white of ice, said Frederic M. Strauss, principal in TPG Architecture of New York, the designers of the new offices.

Patterned glass evokes the bumpy pond ice that many players learn on; smooth transparent partitions suggest sleek professional rinks; hockey sticks decorate another partition; and frost generated from moisture in the air runs along the center of a brushed-steel beverage bar.

read on

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Repeat After Me, Score 40

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brendan Savage of the Flint Journal,

With all the distractions of daily life — especially for an athlete who has a spouse and kids — it isn’t difficult to get sidetracked during a long season and lose focus on the task at hand. 

With that in mind, the Flint Generals have hired Flint’s John Tomlinson as their hypnotherapist in an effort to gain an advantage on the other five teams in the International Hockey League.

Continue Reading »

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Caps Sign Morrisonn

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Shaone Morrisonn to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Morrisonn, 25, played his third full season with the Capitals in 2007-08, recording 10 points (one goal, nine assists) and 63 penalty minutes in 76 games. He had a +4 plus/minus rating, including a +14 mark in the 55 games under head coach Bruce Boudreau. Morrisonn finished fourth on the team with an average of 20:16 of ice time per game. Morrisonn played in all seven Capitals playoff games, despite suffering a broken jaw, and recorded one assist.

added 3:44pm,  via Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

The arbitration case for Washington Capitals defenseman Shaone Morrisonn has been ruled and he was awarded $1.975 million, for a one-year deal.

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Murray Bought Out As Expected

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Boston Bruins announced on Saturday that they have bought out the final year of right winger Glen Murray’s contract.

Following the buyout, Murray becomes an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any other NHL team.

I say his asking price is $2M for the year.

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The Value Of Z

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Henrik Zetterberg will be 28 years old come late October and Ken Holland recently mentioned he hopes to begin contract negotiations with his agent when training camp rolls around. 

Holland stresses Zetterberg is a priority signing for the Wings and hopes Henrik will take a little less money to remain a Wing before he achieves UFA status on July 1, 2009.

The magic salary number seems to be $7.45 million a year for the Wings, that is the amount Nick Lidstrom makes and the Wings want him to remain the highest paid player on the team.

Will Zetterberg buy into the Wings system or better yet, what would you want your GM to offer Zetterberg to come play for your team?  With salary numbers like $10 million for Sundin, $9 million for Hossa and $8.5 million for Gaborik kicking around, is Zetterberg worth that much to your team, or maybe even a little more?

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Dave Barr Ready For His Move To Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Guelph Mercury,

Barr said he realized that day had arrived when he saw his peers Craig Hartsburg and Peter DeBoer moving on to NHL head coaching jobs earlier this summer.

“That was a lightning rod for me. I realized I had to get my name out there,” said Barr, who stuck around to the end of the month with the Storm to make sure player contracts were all signed, sealed and delivered.

With his children a little older, it made it a little easier on the home front.

Barr said the biggest adjustment in coming to Guelph after 20 years playing and coaching professionally was the off-ice responsibilities.


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Waiting For That Star To Decide

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

Whatever the case – and we understand the reasons vary from athlete to athlete – the impact in a salary cap world is undeniable: it messes with team budgets and personnel decision-making.

A club hoping to land, let’s say Sundin, earmarks X-million for him, then is forced to decide whether to save that cash and cap space on a “what if” or pursue another player. Those who hesitate could lose out on Plan B.

Moreover, the uncertainty messes with fans and their emotional investments in their local favorites…


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$350 For A Pack Of Hockey Cards & No Bubble Gum

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from SportsStuff at the Orlando Sentinel,

Upper Deck’s top NHL brand of the year—The Cup Hockey—has hit hobby shops and it packs plenty for its $350 per pack price.

Each four-card tin includes a base card serial-numbered to 249 copies, two autographed patch cards and at least one chase card. Some packs will contain a total of five or six cards as a bonus, but every one includes an autographed rookie patch card of top guys such as Carey Price, Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and others to go along with some of the legends provided by Upper Deck…

continued with pictures…


added 8:50am, I have found a few of these cards on ebay if interested.  If KK readers buy about 10,000 of these cards, we here at KK could retire!

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