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Howson Well Versed On The NHL

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

...Priest means total control, in hiring, firing, everything. This control logically extends over coach Ken Hitchcock, but that’s not an issue at this point. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think that the coach is one of the franchise’s greatest assets? Hitch knows Howson. They have bright minds that will mesh well. They’ll be fine together.
But that’s not the reason Howson will be hired.
Howson, 47, has a law degree from Osgoode Hill Law School at York University in Toronto. That’s an Ivy League-caliber degree. With the Oilers since 1994, he has managed the top farm team to great success, negotiated contracts, served as a point man on trades and weighed in on personnel decisions. And he has been the Oilers’ in-house salary-cap expert, a required commodity in a small market.

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This Could Go 15 Rounds

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Either Jim Balsillie relishes a good fight or he’s determined that the NHL can’t legally stop his bold move to bring a second franchise to southern Ontario.
The latter seems to be the smartest guess, and my goodness, this is becoming quite the spectacle, not to mention the biggest hockey story of the year.
Even before actually taking a seat among the tight circle of NHL owners, Balsillie has gone out of his way to identify himself as a flamboyant renegade.

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added 8:03am, from the Nashville Post,

If the deal does fall apart and Leipold retains ownership, it doesn’t mean that everyone can sit back, wipe his or her brow and say, “Boy that was a close one. We’re safe now.” Leipold could move the team himself.
Although he has said he wants to keep the team here, he also said he can’t make it work in Nashville without substantial corporate sponsorship and ticket sales.
What’s more, even if the ticket sales increase to keep the team here, that may not be enough to stem losses, leaving Leipold and the NHL in quite the dilemma – a money-losing team with an owner trying avoid more losses stuck in a long-term lease.

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NHL Awards Show Tonight

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CBC coverage is from 8pm ET to10pm.  Versus schedule calls for coverage from 7pm ET to 9pm.
Detailed information on the show was posted on KK 2 weeks ago…

added 10:19am, KK member and TV expert SteveNJ just emailed me and noted CBC is tape delaying the show so they can show it in prime time in Canada.  The show will be seen live on Versus and from 7-7:30pm, they will be showing the Red Carpet section.  The show actually begins at 7:30pm.

added 7:01pm, Well, Versus has done it again.  No NHL Awards Show at 7pm, like their website and the TV Guide states.

added 8:00pm, Just learned the Awards Show on Versus will be shown at 11pm.  What a nice How Do You Do!!!

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Kane Plays Big

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from the Chicago Sun-Times,

So what if Patrick Kane, an 18-year-old right wing whom many expect the Blackhawks to select with the No. 1 overall draft pick, is relatively short at 5-10?
‘‘How big is the puck?’’ general manager Dale Tallon asked Wednesday. ‘‘The size of his heart is more important than the size of his body. Obviously, we’d prefer that he’d be 6-2 and weigh 210. He’s not. But he plays big.’‘...
‘‘We need goal-scorers,’’ he said. ‘‘That’s why we’re looking at the top three forwards.’‘
This will be the first time the Hawks will pick No. 1. The highest they have picked is third, which they’ve done four times, including 1980, when they selected head coach Denis Savard.

more and a video profile on Patrick Kane...

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Leafs On An Executive Hunt

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The Maple Leafs quietly are attempting to lure an experienced senior executive to head up their hockey operation, Sun Media has learned.
Two high-profile National Hockey League executives have confirmed they were contacted by associates of the Leafs, seeking their interest in taking over the hockey operations of the struggling club.
Both said they weren’t interested and both asked that they not be named for obvious reasons.
At the same time, it has been learned that Maple Leafs CEO Richard Peddie recently met with legendary ex-coach Scott Bowman in Buffalo to discuss a senior position, quite possibly as team president with the Leafs.
While Bowman denies having met with Peddie and denies having interest in a position with the Leafs—“I have no interest at all,” he said in a telephone interview—Peddie was given the opportunity to deny he met with Bowman for several hours and chose not to.

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Sens Trying To Move Gerber

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

If the Senators can dump Gerber, they can sign goalie Ray Emery to a long-term contract.
While it’s not going to be easy for the Senators to make the trade, there are indications the Phoenix Coyotes and St. Louis Blues would be interested in Gerber, signed as an unrestricted free agent last summer. The Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lighting also need goaltending.
Gerber, who returned to Switzerland yesterday, wouldn’t mind being dealt.

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Keenan Behind The Bench In Calgary

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from Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie at TSN,

It looks like “Iron Mike” could be back in business behind the bench of an NHL team.
Sources tell TSN that Mike Keenan is on the verge of becoming the new head coach of the Calgary Flames.
While the Flames declined to comment when contacted by TSN today, sources confirm Keenan is currently in Calgary and if all goes as expected, the well-traveled NHL executive and coach could be announced as the head coach of the Flames as early as Thursday.

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Draft Order- All Rounds

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NEW YORK (June 13, 2007)—Following is the current order of selection for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft, Friday, June 22 (round 1) and Saturday, June 23 (rounds 2-7) at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio:

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Gratton To The Bolts

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from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have acquired center Chris Gratton from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a second-round pick in the 2007 or 2008 NHL Entry Draft (Florida’s option), Executive Vice President and General Manager Jay Feaster announced.

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Hasek Back

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via Mlive,

Dominic Hasek will return to Detroit to mind the net for another season, Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland said today.
Holland is in talks with Hasek’s agent, Ritch Winter, on the terms of another one-year contract with the 42-year-old goaltender, and they hope to have a deal in place by next week’s NHL Entry Draft.

Now for any of you who emailed me stating Dwayne said he wasn’t coming back, take this back to him and stop falling for his sthick.

added 7:49pm, from the Detroit Free Press,

“Dom is coming back, I talked to both him and his agent today, and they both confirmed he is coming back,” Holland said. “I really kind of knew on Friday, but I told Dom’s agent I wanted to make sure Dom is comfortable with the decision. He’s got the support of his family. He’s excited about going to Traverse City for camp.”

more and Holland doesn’t see the contract being an issue.  If Holland says that, book it folks!

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