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Anaheim - St. Louis—Andy McDonald for Doug Weight

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN

Doug Weight is on his way to the West coast as the Blues have traded the playmaker to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Andy McDonald.

Update 7:43pm ET: (edited at 7:54pm)
From the St. Louis Blues:

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired forward Andy McDonald from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Doug Weight, Michal Birner and a 7th round draft choice in 2008.

“We’re excited to add a top caliber forward to our hockey team,” said Davidson. “Doug is a true professional and we would like to thank him and his wife Allison for the time and dedication they have provided to the St. Louis Blues.”

Update 8:01pm ET:
From the Anaheim Ducks,

“Andy McDonald has been a great contributor for us over the last few seasons, and we thank him for the tremendous work ethic and character he brought to our club,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Brian Burke. “At the same time, we are pleased to add one of the most dynamic passers in the NHL today with Doug Weight. His production and leadership during his NHL and international career speak for themselves.”

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*Credit to a post yesterday by Ericnut at HF Boards, for apparently putting this deal online 24 hours before anyone else. Nice job.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, andy+mcdonald, doug+weight, trades

The Richards Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Piere LeBrun at Sporstnet,

Reaction around the league to the Richards deal has been a mixed bag. Privately, the NHL’s head office is not impressed and has made it a priority to seek term limits on contracts in the next collective bargaining agreement. The NHL Players’ Association will have a say in that, however, and will need a giveback in return for letting that happen. But that’s a story for another day.

One NHL GM, who obviously wanted anonymity, said he didn’t understand the point of the Richards deal.

“He’s not a $6-million player next year and he still would have been a restricted free agent,” said the GM. “The guy had 32 points last year. I know he’s had a great eight weeks so far… but could you not have just done a three-year deal at $4 million per year and then re-address it after that?

more

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  Tags: mike+richards

Phaneuf’s Value

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the aftermath of that mammoth 12-year, $69 million contract signed by Mike Richards with the Philadelphia Flyers the other day, the question now muddling the NHL salary waters is: How high will the Calgary Flames go in getting defenceman Dion Phaneuf signed to a contract extension? For all the fuss over Richards and Ryan Getzlaf and Dustin Brown and all the young players coming to the ends of their first entry-level contracts, what might someone pay to get a physical force such as Phaneuf in the line-up?

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

What’s Next, Four Guys From Latvia?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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Featured on the current issue of The Hockey News is the Leafs’ Mats Sundin.

Last week it was Nick Lidstrom and the week before that was Henrik Zetterberg.

It has to be a first, three Swedes on back-to-back-to-back covers!

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  Tags: mats+sundin, toronto+maple+leafs

Following The Chicago Rookies

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

Stan Bowman’s youngest son, Camden, has seen his vocabulary grow exponentially, courtesy of the family’s new lodger, Blackhawk rookie Patrick Kane.

The 2-½ year old can now say “Pat Kane,” “Go to practice?,” “Go to game?” and “Take a nap.”

The toddler may not know it, but he has pretty much summed up Kane’s life at the moment.

Sleep, practice, sleep, game, sleep.

Not far away in Brent Seabrook’s newly built home, the Chicago defenseman notices a similar pattern with his new tenant, rookie Jonathan Toews.

continued

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  Tags: jonathan+toews, patrick+kane

Looking for Love

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

imageHockey invading Hollywood pop culture… a good thing, right? Errr… well, from Extra TV,

Now Canadian cutie Michael Cammalleri is ready to set up a power play for that special someone in his life.

Video here.

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  Tags: hockey+gossip, los+angeles+kings, michael+cammalleri

Straight From Burke

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Burke said Friday afternoon he is considering offers from a total four teams for a combination of players, with the most recent team joining the fray Friday morning.

It’s possible the deal could be done within hours, but Burke said there is no urgency to make a deal because Niedermayer likely won’t play tonight.

“We have offers on multiple guys,” Burke told thehockeynews.com. “We’re sorting through offers and we’re trying to do the best thing. I don’t think Scotty is playing tonight so there’s no time sensitivity other than I think it’s affecting our team.”

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Kings Want Your Vote

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Tough decision!

Watch the video…

Continue Reading »

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Not A Sure Thing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox at ESPN,

It’s a classic example of how enamored NHL clubs can be of teenage players one moment, and how anxious they can be to dump the same players soon after.

And how there’s absolutely no guarantee that young players pressed into NHL service before their 20th birthdays are so talented that they’ll turn into stars like Sidney Crosby, or so hastily promoted that they’ll end up enormous busts like Alexandre Daigle.

The truth is, it usually takes years for either scenario to play out.

Both Vincent Lecavalier and Nik Antropov, you may recall, were drafted into the NHL the same year (1998), one a Quebec-born Canadian and the other a prodigy from the former Soviet republic of Kazakhstan.

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  Tags: nik+antropov, vincent+lecavalier

Tales From the Leafs

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Neil Stevens at the CP via Yahoo,
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One of the most X-rated interviews of a coach ever recorded has finally made its way into print.

Get ready for a four-letter John Brophy barrage in “Tales From The Toronto Maple Leafs” by David Shoalts. The actual recording, made by Lance Hornby after a Toronto loss in Minnesota on Feb. 22, 1988, has been discreetly played for some of his pals over the years, but nobody ever dared to have it published - until Shoalts, like Hornby a Leafs beat writer, waded in with this hilarious look at some of the hijinx associated with the storied franchise during the last 50 years.

Don’t let the kiddies near this book. It is for adults only, and any Leafs fan who doesn’t mind the uncensored truth will love it.

Brophy used what Shoalts terms “the f-bomb” 72 times during the infamous interview way back when.

*book available at Amazon.com, a KK affilliate link.

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  Tags: david+shoalts, hockey+books, toronto+maple+leafs

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