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Wings Will Be Fine

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Detroit Free Press via the Santa Barbara News,

On defense, the team will miss Schneider’s power-play acumen, but his replacement, Brian Rafalski, is four years younger and a better all-around player.
It may be tempting the fates to write this, but Niklas Kronwall, whose long history of fluky injuries hints at some sort of curse, is due to play a full season. There’s no question he has the skills of a top defenseman, and maybe this is the year we’ll see them displayed continually….
Once Dominik Hasek re-signs, the Wings will have an elite NHL goaltender, a five-time Norris Trophy winner, two superstar forwards and good surrounding players, many of whom are young. They’re no longer able to keep everyone every summer, but a look at their roster shows they’ll remain among the NHL’s contenders.

more on the Wings outlook for next season…

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KK- July 4th Plans

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

KK will be slowly getting back to our normal routine beginning tomorrow.  We do hope everyone celebrating the 4th of July has a safe and enjoyable day or extra long weekend.
We will be around so make sure to stop by.
Please remember, if you have had too many “pops”, pass the keys to someone who hasn’t.

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Flaws Exposed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Al Strachan af Fox Sports,

And what do we see? Exactly the opposite of what Bettman intended when he introduced his fatally flawed salary-cap system.
The big-money, big-spending, big-market teams are back in the spotlight with a vengeance, even though Bettman shut down his league for a year and all but killed its support in the United States to prevent such an occurrence.
There was all that talk about “the level playing field” and “making the small-market teams competitive” and “bridging the gap” between the poor and the wealthy.

more

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LaBarbera Signs With Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the LA Kings,

The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a two-year contract with restricted free agent goaltender Jason LaBarbera, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Tuesday.

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Brad Ference A Wing?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A KK member tipped me off on this and not a joke, it is a real link.
Is Brad Ference a Wing?

Update 8:29pm ET: Ference is also on the team roster
(*You’ll recall, the same thing happened with Brad Isbister last night, and it did turn out to be true…)

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Brad Stuart Signs with Kings

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

Defenceman Brad Stuart has agreed to a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings.
The Los Angeles Kings continue to be major players in the free agent market.  The Kings have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent defenceman Brad Stuart.

continued…

Update 7:50pm ET: TSN updates their story to include the financial terms - 1 year, $3.5 million.

 

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Wade Brookbank Signs with Hurricanes

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Hurricanes.com,

Jason Karmanos, Vice President and Assistant General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that the Hurricanes have agreed to terms with defenseman/left wing Wade Brookbank on a one-year contract. The deal will pay Brookbank $500,000 on the NHL level and $100,000 on the American Hockey League (AHL) level.

continued…

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Tim Taylor Hip Shows No Improvement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lightning Strikes at the St. Peterburg Times,

Taylor said he will wait until then to give his hip every chance to improve, but admitted, “All signs are showing that I need the surgery. It’s getting worse as it goes along. I’m obviously disappointed I can’t get back to where I want to be.’‘
The surgery is major. It involves shaving and smoothing the top of Taylor’s right femur and inserting it into a new metal socket to ease movement. The catch: at least a six-month recovery. That means if Taylor has surgery in August, he won’t be back until at least February, or he might not come back at all.

more

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Kings Searching For Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond at Inside the Kings,

I’m told that the Kings are still shopping around for a defenseman, but I don’t get the sense that they MUST get one. It’s highly doubtful that it’s going to be Stuart and it’s certainly not going to be Souray. The Souray thing represents everything that’s wrong with Web site rumor-mongering. For days, the Kings were talked about as ``leaders’’ for Souray. The Kings aren’t interested in Souray and never have been, unless he wanted to sign some sort of one-year, bargain-basement deal, and that’s not going to happen.

Did you get that folks, “rumor-mongering” and Rich hits it right on the head…

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Lukowich Signed By Bolts

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed unrestricted free agent Brad Lukowich to a three-year contract.
“Brad Lukowich is a warrior,” Lightning general manager Jay Feaster said. “He plays the game with his heart on his sleeve and he does whatever it takes to win. He knows our system, he knows our core personnel, he knows how we do things in Tampa and what we expect from our players, and he is a winner. He is also a very good teammate and a popular player in the locker room. He has personality and spirit and old-school flair about him. We like everything about him and we are thrilled to welcome him back to our hockey team.”

 

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