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Blues Appear Close To Re-signing Tkachuk

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via Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues veteran Keith Tkachuk received a contract offer from the club this week, and after some back-and-forth talks, an agreement could be reached as soon as today.

“I don’t want to get into it until it’s finally done,” Tkachuk said today. “We’ll know more today. We’re working on something right now.”

Reached in Las Vegas, where he is for tonight’s NHL awards ceremony, Blues President John Davidson said: “It’s close . . . we’re trying to keep the phones going. We want to get another year out of Keith and he wants to stay in St. Louis. There’s common ground there.”

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Bolts Likely Will Keep 2nd Pick

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from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes at the St. Petersburg Times,

Regardless of what the Islanders do with the No. 1 draft pick, the Tampa Bay Lightning seems more determined than ever to use the second pick rather than trade. That is what general manager Brian Lawton indicated in a brief discussion about what might happen June 26-27 in Montreal.

“Short of moving mountains,” Lawton said, “there’s not much to cause us to deal.”

That is a bit of a step up from the last time Lawton discussed the pick, when he indicated the team was more inclined to keep the pick than trade it. It also seems to override recent speculation the team could trade down to acquire a top-line defenseman if the Islanders chose defenseman Victor Hedman at No. 1. Tampa Bay is believed to covet Hedman, and most still seem to believe New York will pick sharpshooter John Tavares. But it seems more than ever the Lightning’s goal of building with youth (not to mention how much cheaper it will be to sign a pick rather than pay a veteran blue-liner) means it is much more likely to make the pick than deal.


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Columbus Writer Gets ‘Thrashed’

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from Bill Tiller of Ice Man at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

By now many of you have already seen, read and even commented on this little ditty that was posted by Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch. Basically, it’s a “look ahead” towards the future of the Atlanta Thrashers’ organization, something he’s in the process of doing so for all NHL teams. Well, I thought I’d simply say this about that.

Now, before we go too far into what he has to say, someone really needs to clue Mr. Portzline in on the fact that Marty Reasoner was re-signed almost two weeks ago. That, plus I don’t believe anyone expects Eric Perrin to re-sign here given his comments at the trade deadline.

I guess a little research would have gone a long way here, don’t-cha-think?

Consistency doesn’t seem to be a big priority with Aaron either. At one point he opines, “Kovalchuk is clearly the star here”… (DUH5)…”but he has one year remaining on his contract with the Thrashers and it’s looking highly unlikely that he’ll re-sign”. However, you don’t have to read too much further down the article before you come across this…”If they spend money on free agents and build a respectable club, he might be willing to stick around”.


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Report- Sedin Brothers Want ‘Z’ Money

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from TSN,

It appears as thought the Vancouver Canucks will have to break the bank if they want to hold on to the Sedin brothers.

According to a report on Swedish website expressen.se, Daniel and Henrik Sedin are looking for identical 12-year contracts worth $63 million each, similar to the one signed by fellow countryman Henrik Zetterberg with the Detroit Red Wings.


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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Watching The Hockey Broadcasters

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from Greg Wyshynski of Puck Daddy,

Ken Fang, a cool dude we finally met at Blogs With Balls, runs a killer sports media Web site called Fang’s Bites. He’s done postseason TV awards for college football and the NFL before, and now it’s the NHL’s turn to have its brightest and dullest stars on the boob tube highlighted.

Among his favorites: Mike “Doc” Emrick, NBC/Versus, named the best play-by-play guy in the NHL this season; Craig Simpson, CBC, named best color commentator; Ron MacLean, CBC, named best studio host; Elliotte Friedman, CBC, named best rinkside reporter; and CBC Sports, given the honor of best game coverage.

Yeah, we know: Yawn. CBC does no wrong, Emrick calls a great game. You want to know who stinks, right?

Based on Fang’s awards, his name is Jack Edwards.

read on

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Devils, Oduya Start Talking

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via Mark Everson of the NY Post,

General manager Lou Lamoriello has begun initial talks aimed at keeping vital defenseman Johnny Oduya, an unrestricted free agent, with the Devils, The Post has learned.

The discussions were strictly preliminary, agent Don Meehan told The Post, but mark the first such move toward preventing major players from becoming unrestricted July 1. Oduya could be expected to command a salary of $3.5-4 million on the open market, after earning 600G last season.

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  Tags: johnny+oduya

Mason Does Las Vegas

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from Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets,

Hello everyone. I just spent my first afternoon in Vegas and the one thing I got out of it was blisters. We went down to the strip and walked EVERYWHERE. I can’t remember the last time I walked that much. We checked out a few of the other hotel-casinos. Caesar’s Palace and the Bellagio were two of them. I gambled a lit bit – slot machines – for fun, but mostly we just took it all in.

There are a ton of shopping places here. We went to Forum Shops at Caesar’s Palace and there was an Elvis impersonator actually singing in one of the stores. That was pretty cool… sort of creepy, but cool. There was another place across the street from Bellagio that had a ton of stores, too.

continued (Mason is blogging from the NHL Awards Show)...

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  Tags: steve+mason

No Comparison

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from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,

There’s balls and then there’s balls.

Chutzpa versus cojones.

Exhibit A: Jim Balsillie; Exhibit B: Nicklas Lidstrom.

Both have taken it in the groin – one off the ice, from the courts; the other on the ice, from a hockey stick. You are invited to take the measure of each man.

We’ll start with the player, Detroit’s inestimable captain, a ferocious warrior who, despite gallant effort, was unable to capture a second straight Stanley Cup triumph for the Motor City.

How gallant?


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  Tags: jim+balsillie, nick+lidstrom

Roenick On the Awards Show In Las Vegas

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick

Bloggers Pick The Winners

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from Mike Halford of Orland Kurtenblog at the Vancouver Province,

We at KB headquarters are excited about the awards ceremony and, as such, have compiled THE definitive panel of hockey bloggers to predict tonight’s winners.

The panel includes:

James Mirtle, From The Rink

Richard Pollock, Illegal Curve

Paul Kukla, Kukla’s Korner

Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy

Reasonable Doubt, Melt Your Face Off

read on for the picks…

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