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Preparing For Your Hockey Career

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from David Littman at the Hockey News,

Every young hockey player dreams of being drafted and playing in the NHL, so how do you maximize the chances for that to happen?

Let’s start at the beginning.

Youth Hockey
During ages six to 14, make sure you’re on a good traveling team. The better the team, the farther it will go not only in your local league, but in regional and national tournaments, too.

read on

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Report: Lecavalier Agrees to Terms of $77 million, 9 Year Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bob McKenzie at TSN,

The final touches are still being worked on and nothing can be formally announced until July 1, but sources tell TSN the Tampa Bay Lightning and superstar centre Vinny Lecavalier have agreed to terms on a mega-deal that will pay him $77 million over nine years.

The annual salary cap hit to the Lightning will be about $8.55 million for the length of the contract, but the final year of the contract is said to be only for about $3 million, which means that if Lecavalier retired after eight seasons, his average salary would be as much as $9.4 million.

continued…

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  Tags: vincent+lecavalier

Andrei Kostitsyn Close To Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Habs Inside/Out,

Don Meehan has told La Presse he expects to conclude negotiations on a new contract for Andrei Kostitsyn by the end of the week.

Meehan will meet with Canadiens capologist Julien BriseBois today. Kostitsyn has told his agent he wants to stay in Montreal and is not interested in offers from other NHL teams.

Negotiations that were expected to be difficult and complex, Meehan said, have turned out to be merely complex.

continued

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  Tags: andrei+kostitsyn

Things Learned in Ottawa at the Draft

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Elena Bergeron and Sarah Turcotte at ESPN Magazine,

9.  If it weren’t for silly trades, the draft would last 10 minutes. The first round took 90 million hours, because GMs insisted on brushing by tables like a chesty cocktail waitress.[...]

10. We need to start calling ourselves The Worldwide Leader, Except in Canada. No one knows what ESPN is in Ottawa. We had to tell people we were “the TSN of America.” They probably thought we were making it up to meet Mike Fisher.

11. Canadiens are nice to everyone—except Ray Emery. The Sens’ decision to place Ray Emery on waivers during the draft kind of soured things for us.

read on

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  Tags: espn, nhl+entry+draft

Those Vague Sources

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Wyshynski at Yahoo,

Why is it so easy for Kevin Schultz of FanHouse to acknowledge that Strickland’s report appeared on HockeyBuzz.com, where he is a compensated blogger, but not for the mainstream media?

Look, we don’t consider that Web site to be a source of anything but rampant egomania; but like I wrote last week, this trend in which the MSM either fails to source or vaguely sources news broken by blogs is unreasonable and unprofessional….

That said: Andy, Andy, Andy ... you actually wrote in the Bowman piece that, “Word is Bowman is expected to accept the job. This would be huge news!” Haven’t you learned anything from your boss Dwayne Klessel, the musician currently playing the role of “Eklund” on your site? Never make a declarative statement like that, or else you’ll end up reporting that Ryan Smyth re-signed with Edmonton moments before he’s actually traded to the Islanders.

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You would think Dwayne, with a journalism degree from McGill University in Montreal (yes, he told me that himself during a conversation I had with him at the SCF) would know better than that!

 

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Price Will Be High

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Knowing the panicked proclivity of teams seeking a PR splash, Marian Hossa, Bryan Campbell, Ryan Malone, Sean Avery and even Mr. Huselius will find themselves rich boys by the time September rolls around. Given the fulsome praise heaped on him every night of the Stanley Cup final by Don Cherry, Gary Roberts should break the UFA mint as well.  (No? How could Don be wrong?)

Once again, the NHL has achieved the neat trick of creating scarcity in free agents, a sure recipe for overpaying the likes of Hossa, Huselius, Pavol Demitra or Avery.

more

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  Tags: free+agents, ufas

Yotes Trade Helps Others

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

The Coyotes’ two first-round draft choices from a year ago have a chance to benefit from the trade that brought Olli Jokinen from Florida for defensemen Keith Ballard and Nick Boynton.

Center Kyle Turris, the third overall pick in 2007, will be able to gain a lot of insight from one of the high-powered centers in the NHL and not have to rush his learning curve.

Defenseman Nick Ross, the 30th pick, has a better opportunity to work his way onto the roster at training camp.

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Summer Means Bowman Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

A report saying Scotty Bowman, the legendary coach and now consultant to the Detroit Red Wings, is close to taking a job in the Blackhawks organization as the head of hockey operations was making the rounds Tuesday but appears to be unfounded.

“As long as I’m healthy and there’s no change in ownership in Detroit, there will be no change,” Bowman told the Detroit Free Press.

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  Tags: scotty+bowman

Chelios Close To Return

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

“We had a real good talk about what I saw as his role,” Holland said. “He wants to come back for another year, so I would say we’re very close on a contract. The biggest thing was discussing his role—the contract is not an issue.

“It’ll be in the ballpark of what Chris made last year. We’re going to get something done. It’s just a matter of when and how much.”

Chelios, the NHL’s oldest player, made $850,000 this past season.

more on the Wings…

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  Tags: chris+chelios

Report- Del Biaggio Owes Leipold $20M

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Brad Schrade of the Tennessean,

The Nashville Predators’ second-largest investor, William J. “Boots” Del Biaggio III, owes nearly $35 million more than he has, and he lists his $23.5 million stake in the team as his most valuable asset, according to court documents filed this week.

Del Biaggio lists $88.43 million due to creditors, including $10 million to former Preds owner Craig Leipold, according to a summary of his assets and liabilities filed in federal bankruptcy court in Northern California on Monday. He lists $53.9 million in assets, including $12.1 million in real property, all in California.

The $10 million he owes Leipold is apparently separate from a $10 million loan Leipold made to the team as part of its sale last year. Leipold sold the team in December and then bought the Minnesota Wild franchise.

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