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Sorry Brian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

So is Burke right on the money, so to speak? Or is he getting his pound of flesh?
Gutless? Classless?
On a personal level, absolutely. On a professional level, all’s fair in love and war.
Grossly inflated salary?
The Oilers aren’t likely to be competitive if they don’t solve their scoring problems with goal scorers. And if Penner continues to improve, it might be fair value at some point. But today? No way.
Act of desperation?
An act of desperation by a general manager fighting to keep his job?
Sorry, Brian.

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50/50 Chance Danny Markov May Play In Russia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Snapshots,

Former Detroit Red Wings defenceman Danny Markov is being seriously courted by Vityaz Chekhov of the Russian Superleague.
Both Sovsport and Vityaz Chekhov’s official website report that Vityaz’s GM, Alexei Zhamnov, has met with Markov, who is split as to whether he’ll continue his career in the NHL or return home:

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Chill Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Kolb at MSG Network,

None of the media outlets north of the border missed an opportunity this summer, slamming Gary Bettman….
The big complaint has been that the fractious billionaire, Jim Balsillie was unable to corral the Nashville Predators and high-jack the club to Hamilton, Ontario, giving Canada its seventh team. It’s the second NHL club purchase that Balsillie has botched.
For goodness sakes … he was selling season tickets in Hamilton already. How cheesy is that?

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Anaheim to Make Announcement

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Anaheim Ducks,

The Anaheim Ducks will conduct a conference call this afternoon with Brian Burke at 5:15 Pacific Time. 
NOTE:  The Ducks will not announce today whether or not they are matching the tendered offer to left wing Dustin Penner.

KK plans to be on the conference call and will provide updates immediately as they become available.
(Anyone want to guess what’s up? Burke doesn’t call out-of-the-blue press conferences for no reason…)

Note: Summation of the conference call, and the full official transcript, available below.

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Darryl Sutter’s Days In Japan

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from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

Believe it or not, Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter didn’t have what it took to get an NHL deal after he was done playing in junior. Sutter was an 11th-round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1978 draft, which really meant that Sutter had very little chance of ever donning a Blackhawks uniform in a regular-season game.
Sutter decided that his best career move would be to forego signing with Chicago and try his luck elsewhere.
In Sutter’s case, that elsewhere was in Japan. He signed with Iwakura Tomakomai of the Japan National League and for Sutter, it was the best career move imaginable.

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NHL Addresses Integrity Issue

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell at the Hockey News,

Although the chances of a gambling scandal surfacing in hockey are probably much less than in basketball, the NHL is actively taking steps to further prevent the possibility of a Tim Donaghy situation from happening in its league.
The league has already sent a memo to the NHL Officials’ Association saying that it wants to meet to see what further steps might be needed to prevent an on-ice official from doing what Donaghy is alleged to have done, betting on his own sport’s games and passing information on to others who are involved in betting.

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Travis Moen Brings The Cup Back Home

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Southwest Booster,

Grinning ear-to-ear Moen expressed his feelings in between photos with his friends, neighbors, and fans.
“It has fulfilled a childhood dream to be able to win the Stanley Cup and bring it back to my home town. It has been something special and it is great for the community.”
Moen’s older brother, Brant, who runs the family farm, echoed Travis’s sentiments.
“I always believed that my brother would win the cup, but seeing it drive into the farm this morning made it all real. It was almost unbelievable to see the Stanley Cup on the Moen family farm.”

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Roy Agrees To Contract With Buffalo

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from WGR,

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a six-year deal with restricted free agent center Derek Roy. Terms were not disclosed. Roy was scheduled for NHL arbitration today in Toronto.
“Derek is a solid young player who will only continue to improve,” said Regier. “He will play an increased role for our club, and we look forward to having such a quality player in our organization for many years to come.”

added 10:53am, from the CP via TSN,

The Buffalo Sabres have avoided salary arbitration with Derek Roy, re-signing the forward to a US$24-million, six-year deal.

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Nashville Group Close To Submitting Bid

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tennessean,

From all indications, a proposed local ownership group is getting very close to putting a deal together to purchase the Predators from Craig Leipold. An announcement could be forthcoming by early next week.
Unlike a previous failed negotiation process between Leipold and Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, it is likely that any deal between Leipold and a group headed by Nashville entrepreneur David Freeman would require the prospective buyers to put down a significant non-refundable deposit as a show of commitment.

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Redden Happy In Ottawa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,

“I knew that Bryan had talked to a few teams at the draft, but it surprised me at the time,” Redden told Sportsnet.ca from Kelowna, B.C. “He never came to (my agent) Donnie Meehan or myself and asked if I wanted to be moved.”...
“We’ll see what happens as the year goes. I know (Murray) has some decisions to be made with the free agents that will be coming up on our team,” he said….
“One thing that remains though, is that I have a no movement clause in my contract,” he continued. “So if he wanted to move me, I would have to okay it. I am happy there and am looking forward to this season. Especially after getting to the finals last year, I feel we can get there again.

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