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Ducks Sign Steve McCarthy

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Steve McCarthy to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
McCarthy, 28 (2/3/81), has appeared in 302 career NHL games, recording 17-38=55 points with 168 PIM. He played last season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), going scoreless with 16 PIM in 18 games with Ufa Salavat Yulayev. A native of Trail, British Columbia, McCarthy last appeared in the NHL with Atlanta in 2007-08, collecting 1-6=7 points with 48 PIM in 55 games. In 2006-07, he matched a personal best in points (4-12=16) while setting a career high in assists with the Thrashers.

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Tanguay Looking For A Good Fit

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“We’re talking to several teams,” Tanguay’s veteran agent, former NHL goalie Bob Sauve, told ESPN.com in French on Friday. “Lots of teams have expressed interest. We’ve had a few offers, but not yet something that we want to firm up.

“We’re going to take our time,” added Sauve. “We’re going to wait, not only in terms of money, but also in terms of fit.”

Sauve also confirmed the Canadiens were out of the picture. GM Bob Gainey filled up his high-end forward spots with Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri.

“We never heard back from the Canadiens,” Sauve said. “Bob told us if we were going to talk again, it would probably be after July 1. Since then, we haven’t heard from them, so we moved on.”

more plus other NHL topics…

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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Setting The Record Straight

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

As for the Internet report that Niittymaki had signed with a team in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (reports that never came with attribution or an official announcement, by the way), Niittymaki said they were wrong.

“I don’t know who put out those rumors,” he said. “I never signed. There was a lot of interest from Russian team, and that was pretty much it. I never signed anything, and I don’t know how it came out that way. My first thing was always to look for a job in the NHL.”

“He did not sign anything,” Lawton said. “That question was asked to him and every member of their legal team.”

more on Nittymaki…

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  Tags: antero+niittymaki

On The Road Back

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

One of the NHL’s biggest issues during that down turn was how weak its teams were in the three major U.S. markets – New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. The iffy results in Boston, another attractive Original Six market, weren’t great either. But the Rangers have been OK for a few years now; the Bruins soared to the top of the Eastern Conference last year; and the Blackhawks possess one of the best young teams in the game.

So now it is just left for the Kings to execute their turnaround in the standings, a painfully slow process that some thought would be expedited this July in the unrestricted free-agent market. It didn’t happen, but not for lack of trying.

The Kings ended up with one strategic signing – defenceman Rob Scuderi, off the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins – and one addition made via trade, acquiring former Oilers winger Ryan Smyth from the rebuilding Colorado Avalanche.

read on plus Chicago, Heatley and Wings talk too…

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Bad Look

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from Paul Lukas of ESPN Page 2,

After weeks of diligent research in this highly controlled environment, Uni Watch is proud to present the eight ‘80s-est uniforms of the ‘80s: some good, some bad, but all representative of their era. And since the ‘80s were also the decade of MTV, Uni Watch has provided an appropriate 1980s music video to accompany each uni design.

3. Philadelphia Flyers, 1982-83 and Hartford Whalers, 1982-83
Yes, Virginia, it’s true: For one very strange season, two NHL teams wore long pants. Officially known as Cooperalls, they looked sort of like snow pants. Hartford’s were striped; Philly’s were sometimes striped, sometimes not. Either way, they looked like crap and were banned by the league after two seasons.

7. Vancouver Canucks, 1978-85
Although officially unveiled in the late 1970s, this design really hit its stride in the ‘80s, as the Canucks reached their first Stanley Cup finals and could no longer be ignored by American hockey fans. Home or road, the overall effect was the same: It looked like the team was wearing orange safety vests.

more teams but these were the only NHL teams mentioned…

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McKee Officially A Penguin

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins have signed defenseman Jay McKee to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

McKee, 31, recorded eight points (one goal, seven assists) along with 44 penalty minutes in 69 games with the St. Louis Blues during the 2008-09 season.  He finished seventh in the NHL with 185 blocked shots while ranking fourth on the Blues with a plus-eleven rating.  McKee played in four playoff contests, helping the Blues in their first playoff appearance since 2004.

“Jay is a strong defensive defenseman who will bring additional experience to our lineup,” Shero said. “He has great size and is an outstanding shot-blocker, and his veteran presence will help in the continued development of our young defensemen.”

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Paul Mara Signs With Montreal

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MONTREAL  – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of defenseman Paul Mara to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Paul Mara will bring size and experience to our group of defensemen. He can contribute to all facets of the game”, said Bob Gainey.

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Leafs Sign Rickard Wallin

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the hockey club has signed free agent forward Rickard Wallin (pronounced WAHL-ihn, RIH-kahrd) to a one-year contract.

“We’re pleased to get Rickard signed to a contract,” said Burke. “He’s a strong two-way centreman that will provide a solid presence in our dressing room.”

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Lundqvist The Performer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Rangers forward Sean Avery opened a New York restaurant and bar earlier this summer, and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist was there to perform on the guitar.

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist, sean+avery

Devils Sign Danis

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Newark, NJ – The Devils have announced the signing of goaltender Yann Danis. As per club policy, no further terms were disclosed.

“Yann Danis is a goaltender with five years’ experience on the professional level,” said Devils’ President/CEO/General Manager Lou Lamoriello. “He will give us depth at that position as we head into training camp.”

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