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Sabres Sign Matt Ellis

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (July 9, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have signed unrestricted free agent forward Matt Ellis to a one-year contract.

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You Figure It Out

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I get hundreds of emails a week, some are great, some are not so great and some are… Well, you tell me.

I was asked my opinion on this, but I can’t give an opinion since I don’t understand it!

We’d like to offer you the new rule of point estimation for hockey matches. The point estimation should be made according to the results and the matches with different results should be estimated in different way. The teams should be added the premium percent of point for thrown pucks by decreasing arithmetical progression.
In case of 2 points estimation system the match ended in 1 puck difference will be estimated ordinary by 2 and 0 point. The 2nd and next pucks differences should be estimated by the percent: the 2nd puck difference _ by 30% of point, the 3rd – by 25% of point, the 4th – by 20% of point, the 5th – by 15% of point, the 6th – by 10% of point, the 7th and next pucks – by 5-5%. The winners should be added these percent and the losers should be taken out them and they move into minus.



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Foster Sees An Opportunity In Tampa

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Davies of the Peterborough Examiner,

Kurtis Foster feels he has a lot to prove and will try to do that with his new team, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The former Peterborough Petes’ defenceman made a comeback last season from a career-threatening leg injury, but the Minnesota Wild chose not to offer him a contract at season’s end.

Foster missed nearly a year of hockey after shattering his femur in a gruesome collision with the boards when he tripped racing for an icing call in a game against the San Jose Sharks. He played 10 games with the Wild last season, registering a goal, six points and a plus-seven rating.

Foster said new management in Minnesota seemed uninterested in re-signing him so he moved on inking a one-year deal with Tampa.

“I decided Tampa was the best opportunity,” Foster told The Examiner yesterday. “I talked to their GM (Brian Lawton) and he didn’t guarantee me anything, but he said if I came in great shape, work hard and play the way they think I can play, I’ll play a lot of minutes. That’s what I was looking for.”


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Hedman Signs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

TAMPA BAY - The Tampa Bay Lightning signed defenseman Victor Hedman to a standard three-year rookie contract today, Executive Vice President and General Manager Brian Lawton announced.  Hedman was selected by the Lightning with the second overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the first time in franchise history Tampa Bay has picked second overall.

“We are thrilled to be able to take this next step with Victor today,” said Lawton upon making the announcement. “He has a bright future and we intend on him being a member of the Lightning for a long time. We are excited to get his signing behind us so he can solely focus on hockey and the continued development of his game.”

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All Joe Sakic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

His voice quavering almost as soon as he reached the podium, Joe Sakic made it official today – after a distinguished 20-year career, he is retiring from the NHL


also from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“He’s had an outstanding, brilliant career,” Gretzky said. “He’s been a tremendous asset to the National Hockey League. He’s been a Stanley Cup champion and just as important he was a huge part of the [Olympic] gold medal in 2002.

“He was a winner. The thing about Joe is he did it with so much class and so much dignity. He is very humble, very quiet, almost shy. But when he got on the ice he was dynamic and very unselfish. The thing about Joe is that he worked hard every shift, every game.”


What they are saying about Joe Sakic and the top 10 Sakic moments below…

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Blues Get Darren Pang

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Caesar of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Bernie Federko is out of the Blues’ broadcast booth after 12 seasons and will be replaced by Darren Pang, who has been an analyst for NBC, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC and Canada’s TSN.


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  Tags: bernie+federko, darren+pang

Ales Kotalik Signs With Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via NewYorkRangers.com,

Ales Kotalik, an unrestricted free agent right wing who has averaged over 20 goals for the past four NHL seasons, will continue his NHL career in New York. On Thursday, he agreed to terms on a new contract with the Rangers. More details to come.

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The NHL Network & Joe Sakic

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

added 2:53pm, Watch the Sakic press conference below… Live Event!

NEW YORK/TORONTO – NHL Network will be live at 3 p.m. ET today to provide coverage of the announcement of the retirement of Joe Sakic, the long-time captain of the Colorado Avalanche. The two-hour live program will feature an in-depth look at Sakic’s 20-year NHL career and will be hosted by Dan Pollard and analyst Dave Reid, who played with Sakic on the Colorado Avalanche’s 2001 Stanley Cup winning team. Additional guests scheduled to call in to the show include Ray Bourque, Steve Yzerman and Peter Forsberg.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My take is a player like Alex Tanguay, still on the market, would appear out of Detroit’s reach. But what about former Wings forward Robert Lang? He might be had for cheap given that he’s recovering from a serious Achilles’ heel injury.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN on a replacement for Hudler.  What do you think Wings fans?

More on Hudler and some Zherdev talk too…

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They Provided Us Thrills

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

10. Mario Lemieux

The icon of Pittsburgh’s 1991 and ‘92 Stanley Cup champions did not have speed. But even without that fundamental building block of excitement, he was thrilling because of his unique ability to take time and make it stand still….

9. Dominik Hasek

A goaltender? Sure. Hasek was from the Czech Republic but he probably vacationed on Mars. For 16 seasons beginning in 1990, he tended the nets like an extraterrestrial, playing a style that had its own internal logic even if the rest of the world had no idea what he was doing….

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