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Sundin Likes New York

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Free-agent center Mats Sundin has declared his interest in playing for the Rangers this season, well-connected sources have told The Post.

J.P. Barry, who represents the elite, 37-year-old former Toronto pivot, has been in constant communication with Rangers front-office personnel this week, The Post has learned, though the conversations have not reached the stage of a contract negotiation.

There have been no numbers exchanged between Sundin and the Rangers, who have approximately $2 million of cap space to spend on the 2008-09 roster.

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Wild & Gaborik Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

Marian Gaborik doesn’t need to play in another city to be among the top scorers in the NHL.

That was the message Wild management delivered to Gaborik during a four-hour dinner meeting last week in Trencin, Slovakia—the first step in a journey the Wild hopes ends in a long-term extension to Gaborik’s contract before next season….

“We showed him a lot more info than any player has ever seen before—how we scout, how we measure players statistically,” Lynn said. “We also listened to his opinions.

“We just talked about the team, how we operate and where we are going, and then his performance and place in the future. So I would say it was a good meeting in that (a) it happened, and (b) Marian had good input, observations and understanding.”

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I do hope you are not falling for all of the Gaborik trade talk these days.  Just a little bit of advice, it is all made up, trying to attract people to visit a website, you know, for the ‘hits’.

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Dolan Unlikely To Sell

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Berger of Newsday,

Speculation has been simmering for weeks that the Dolan family business, Cablevision, might be willing to sell Madison Square Garden, the Knicks, and Rangers, as a way to placate shareholders and investors unhappy with the company’s flagging stock price. Knicks fans, unhappy with Dolan for reasons related to his flat-lining basketball team, no doubt rejoiced upon hearing the news.

Not so fast, though. Dolan’s gesture to investors—allowing them to voice concerns during a “listening tour” last week—seems to have been little more than a head fake. People knowledgeable about MSG in particular, and the sale of sports franchises in general, tell Newsday that it’s premature to run out onto Seventh Avenue traffic and celebrate Dolan’s departure from the Garden of Ills.

“I would say the most likely buyer is probably some group headed by Jim Dolan, personally, because Jim seems to get a lot of pleasure out of those particular assets,” an expert in the field of sports and media transactions told Newsday.

read on

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  Tags: james+dolan

Update On Spector’s Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Just received an email from Lyle regarding his site...

Well, the good news is the site’s back up but the bad news is that there were infected files and now we cannot access them. So we’re going to purge the site and rebuild from scratch and since we were planning to update the site’s design (nothing major from the previous one) we’re going ahead with that now. So the site will be off-line (there’ll be a notice for folks who check in) until Tuesday at the latest.

Again, I regret the inconvenience and I thank you for your patience, folks.

He asked that I inform KK readers of his situation and I do wish there was more I could do to help out.

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Who Am I?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

For the last three years, I’ve lived in Prague during the offseason. I consider it to be the most beautiful city in the world, and hockey is the most popular sport here. The best part about having the summers off is that I can see my family and spend quality time with my wife, driving through Prague to enjoy the sights.

On a typical day during the offseason, I get up at 7:30 a.m. and eat some breakfast before I workout. This summer, I’ve been training with Martin Havlat of the Blackhawks and Roman Hamrlik of the Canadiens.

After lunch, I get in another workout that can include the bikes, or other sports like tennis, squash or soccer. I have dinner with my wife, and before I know it, the days are usually over.

read on for the answer…

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Are Comrie & Duff Engaged?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Contact Music,

Actress/singer Hilary Duff has sparked rumours she’s taking her relationship with hockey star Mike Comrie to the next level, after she was snapped wearing a ring on her wedding finger.

The 20-year-old star was spotted leaving Hollywood’s Il Sole restaurant with National Hockey League (NHL) star Comrie on Friday night (15Aug08) when she flashed her left hand to reveal a ring.

more with pics…

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  Tags: hilary+duff, mike+comrie

NHLers Hit The Ice At MSU

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Lansing State Journal,

“It’s a great to be back on the ice and it’s a good week to go through organized practices that help all of us get ready for training camp,’’ said former Spartan captain Shawn Horcoff, who recently signed a five-year contract extension with the NHL’s Edmonton Oilers.

“Plus, it’s great to see all the guys, relive old stories and to get to know the new players. We’re all Spartans and part of a great family.’‘...

Other players at the camp included goaltender Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres, forwards Adam Hall (Tampa Bay), Jim Slater (Atlanta), David Booth (Florida), Drew Miller (Anaheim), and Justin Abdelkader (Detroit), defensemen Mike Weaver (St. Louis) and Andrew Hutchinson (Tampa Bay)....

Ryan Miller is entering his seventh season as a pro and fourth with the Sabres. He recently signed a five-year extension with the Sabres, ending speculation he might let his contract expire and test the market as an unrestricted free agent.

“This week has been challenging because it’s our first real tests five days in a row and two hours on the ice,’’ said Miller, 28, who still makes his offseason home in East Lansing. “With regimented drills, you can focus a little more - for me, on my balance….”

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Hurricanes Retain Their Own

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Craig Custance takes a look at Glen Wesley, Carolina’s new Director of Defensemen Development, at Sporting News Today.

The Hurricanes are building on tradition and are following the example set by Compuware youth hockey, started by owner Peter Karmanos.

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  Tags: glen+wesley

Pens Lose Whitney For 3-5 Months

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

(Ryan) Whitney, whose point total dropped from 59 in 2006-07 to 40 last season, underwent surgery to correct a left-foot misalignment Friday in Charlotte. Full recovery from the procedure, an osteotomy, usually takes three to five months.

“I just couldn’t live on one healthy foot anymore, let alone try to skate,” Whitney said Thursday, on the eve of his surgery. “We’ve tried everything to avoid surgery because we knew it would mean missing a chunk of the season. But nothing worked.”

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

added 9:22am, Ray Shero comments on the surgery,

“Ryan has been bothered by this condition in his foot for some time,” Shero said. “He consulted with a number of specialists in an effort to correct the problem without surgery, but it was ultimately determined that surgery was the best path to take – for his general well-being, and for his career.

“Obviously, he will miss the start of the 2008-09 season, but the doctors tell us he will be able to play pain-free when he returns to the lineup this season.”

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  Tags: ryan+whitney

‘Red’ Cruiser

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Detroit Free Press photographer Pat Beck snapped some pictures on Friday from the Woodward Dream Cruise.

My favorite picture so far…

The Stanley Cup…or at least a respectable replica….took a ride on top of a limo cruisin’ up Woodward in Royal Oak Friday evening. Hockey fans like cool cars or maybe it’s the other way around. I wasn’t really sure what got the most cheers…the decorated limo or the Stanley Cup on top.

read and view more pictures at his blog…

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