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Who Made Up Those Numbers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

Convinced his client has been the victim of a “character assassination,” Marian Gaborik’s agent Ron Salcer on Wednesday denied a handful of contract numbers that have surfaced recently in newspapers and blogs.

Salcer specifically denied a New York Post report that Gaborik is asking the Wild for a 10-year, $100 million deal, and said he has not received offers of $85 million over 10 years, $90 million over 10 years or $70 million over 10 years.

“When and if they do get offered,” he said, “maybe something will happen.”

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

She’ll Bruise Some, She’ll Hurt Some Too…It’s a BBB Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m not in St. Louis, so I can’t verify this.  But A2Y intern sources from Saginaw Valley are reporting in that Blues fans are (a) predicting a divisional title and (2) lifting weights in preparation for tonite’s tilt

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GM Meeting Agenda

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Here’s a few other things that will be on the agenda Thursday:

• Discussion of goalies being captains;
• Review of hockey operations;
• Ice issues;
• Training camp and regular-season dates for next season;
• Discussion of Thermablades (new skate product), as well as goalie equipment and equipment overall;
• Standard update from NHL Central Scouting.

more hockey talk including the Gaborik situation…

added 9:52pm, from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Former Tampa Bay Lightning GM Jay Feaster, a veteran of many such gatherings, said the most interesting talks take place when you might not expect them. Sometimes it’s between a couple general managers who fly in a night early and have dinner together, or maybe it’s a talk in the back of the room between two GMs killing time during a presentation.

That’s when talk starts that later can turn into something serious.

“It becomes a discussion. ‘Are you serious about moving so-and-so?’ That stuff happens more than you would necessarily think it does,” Feaster said.

more

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Blues Lose King for the Season, But Gain a Candidate

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the St. Louis Blues:

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward D.J. King will undergo season ending shoulder surgery. King injured his shoulder in the Blues’ 6-1 win over Dallas on Oct. 16.

Update 6:47pm: Also from the Blues today, a note that they intend to wade into the same political quagmire that Philly just finished with. From the Blues’ press release—

Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and candidate for Vice President of the United States of America, will be the guest of the St. Louis Blues on Friday, Oct. 24, when she will drop a ceremonial pregame “first puck” prior to the Blues’ game vs. the visiting Los Angeles Kings.

Palin today confirmed that she will make the stop at Scottrade Center in St. Louis following a previous visit to Springfield, Mo., during her campaign trail in the state of Missouri.

 

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  Tags: d.j.+king, sarah+palin

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“[Sean Avery is] making a fool of the game.  He crosses the line all the time. He’s an idiot. And if the referees see him giving it to Brodeur like he did in the playoffs - yapping, yapping, yapping - it’s pre-meditated. Give him a penalty. You’ll end it right away. If not, I think one of the Devils should come to Brodeur’s aid. Drill him, punch him, make him fight. If he wants to be a yapper, make him fight.”

—Bob Clarke on Sean Avery.

More at TSN on Clarke’s appearance on Off the Record

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  Tags: bob+clarke, sean+avery

Another ‘Rumor’ Shot Down

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Since this lovely rumor seems to have gained some traction among legitimate news organizations, I thought I would take the opportunity to talk about rumors in general and the ``Marian Gaborik might be coming to L.A.’’ rumor in specific. It’s rumors such as this one that tend to make my hair fall out in clumps.

Gaborik makes $6.3 million this season and will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Those are two HUGE red flags that should indicate to anyone that he’s not coming to the Kings.

continued

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Knockout Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Knockout Hockey is a direct advertiser on Kukla’s Korner and will be awarding a copy of their DVD to a lucky KK member.

imageYou will have your choice of Knockout Hockey- The Original or Knockout Hockey- Fights and Brawls.

All you have to do is leave a comment about the best fight you have witnessed or comment about the top fighters in the game. A random drawing of all comments will be held next Tuesday and the winner will be announced that day.

Good luck!

Note: You’ll have to be a KK member (you can sign up here for free) and leave your comment by Monday night, October 27th, by midnight ET.

 

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  Tags: contest, hockey+fights

Hockey Europe—In the Spirit of Cooperation

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From SM-LIIGA:

The leading professional ice hockey leagues from Czech Republic, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Sweden and Switzerland (as an associated member) have established a new organization named “Hockey Europe”. The purpose of the Group and its founding members is to promote cooperation, amicable relations and unity of these Leagues and their member Clubs in a middle of the heavy heated competition between the new launched Russian Ice Hockey League KHL and the North-American NHL.

continued…

*my thanks to David for dropping me a note about this

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  Tags: hockey+europe, khl

Lawton Gets A Promotion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

Brian Lawton was elevated to the position of executive vice president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie announced today. Lawton was hired as the team’s vice president of hockey operations on June 25, 2008. He continues to oversee all aspects of the team’s hockey operations department, including player procurement and development and minor league affiliate relations.

continued

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  Tags: brian+lawton

Another One

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Lansing State Journal,

A 19-year-old Michigan State University ice hockey player was released from Sparrow Hospital on Tuesday after being injured during a fight at an off-campus house this weekend.

Sophomore A.J. Sturges, a defenseman from Madison, Wis., suffered head injuries early Sunday during the fight that broke out in the 100 block of Center Street involving hockey and football players.

“I want to clarify that there is not a problem between the football program and the hockey program,” MSU hockey coach Rick Comley said. “This was an incident involving a party involving multiple students, not just athletes.”

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