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Getting “My Guy”

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Lynn (former asst. GM of the Wild) at The Hockey News,

Now the time has come to put into action all of the preparation of the past two months or so leading up to the entry draft.

The future of the organization is at stake. Whether one is trying to “buy” and make the team better in the short run or “sell” and create a perennial contender for future years, now is the time to connect perception to reality and, in the words of Larry the Cable Guy, “git r’ done.”

The first round of the draft has the most tension and excitement on the floor as pick are made and GMs call one another and visit other tables, kicking around ideas.

A team cannot call a timeout in the first round and then make a trade. This may not sound like a big deal, but it has big repercussions. On the one hand, it pushes teams to have potential deals already discussed, weighed and ready to go. On the other, it makes for uncertainty as a given team’s turn to pick approaches.

This is because no GM really trades the 20th pick or the 11th pick or even the 29th pick in the draft. What he is trading, in his mind, is the opportunity to get a certain player, always referred to as “my guy.”


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Report- Havlat Offered 1yr Deal

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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Apparently one of the reasons why the Blackhawks and Martin Havlat haven’t yet agreed on a new contract is the length of the deal.

According to a source, the Hawks’ initial offer to Havlat was for a one-year contract. It’s not known if the team has moved off that negotiating position.

Havlat likely would receive a multiyear deal should he reach unrestricted free agency on July 1.

Signing Havlat for just one year would assure the Hawks of having more money to spend next summer when Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith and Patrick Kane are up for new contracts.


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Kessel For Kaberle?

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via TSN,

The Boston Bruins are in pursuit of Tomas Kaberle and a top 10 pick in today’s draft.

Sources tell TSN the Bruins have offered restricted free agent Phil Kessel to Toronto in exchange for Leaf defenceman Kaberle and Toronto’s No. 7 pick in today’s draft.

The Leafs are apparently canvassing the league to see if there are any better offers out there.

added 8:08am, Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe posted this last night,

The Leafs this afternoon received at least one solid offer for veteran defenseman Tomas Kaberle, and according to a source familiar with added offers that Toronto is fielding this evening, the Bruins could be among the suitors.


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Here All Day & Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Some of the rumors from yesterday that proved to be false and please note, none were pointed out on KK… 

Bouwmeester Will Be Traded Thursday, Bouwmeester Gone Within 2 Hours, Bouwmeester Will Be Traded Tonight

Kaberle About to Move

Luongo Agrees To Contract Extension

When real news is about to break, we will be here, providing you with the information you seek and want.

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

We place a lot of importance on veteran leadership, and he’s such a strong character guy. Having this conversation with Joe at one point before, he doesn’t want to be there just for what he’s done in the past. He wants to be there because he deserves it, and that’s my feeling. But even if he decides to take more time this summer to decide, I’d still like to extend an invitation to him.”

-Steve Yzerman speaking about Joe Sakic and Team Canada.  More on Sakic from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

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  Tags: joe+sakic, steve+yzerman, team+canada

Sens May Just Keep Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen’s Twitter thsi morning,

Heard this morning that unless offers significanly improve the Senators may keep Dany Heatley. His $7.5 million cap too much for most teams.

added 8:17am, via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

A well-placed source reports Ottawa GM Bryan Murray, under pressure to move Heatley before a $4 million up-front payment on his $8M salary for 2009-10 comes due on Wednesday, acknowledged yesterday he hasn’t received an offer of close to equal value for Heatley, who has five years and $35M remaining on a contract that comes with a $7.5M annual cap hit.

Though GM Glen Sather has backed himself into a corner with the cap that will remain within a couple of hundred thousand dollars of last year’s $56.7M following the NHLPA’s vote to trigger a five-percent bump to counteract a decline in revenue, the Blueshirts could absorb Heatley’s contract by moving Michal Rozsival ($5M cap hit) and not qualifying Nik Zherdev ($3.25M). Qualifying offers are due by 5 p.m. Monday.

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  Tags: dany+heatley

Sergei Fedorov Signs In The KHL

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I am going to interrupt the Hall of Fame profiles to discuss a trend that is not a good one for the NHL.  Increasingly, some of the marquis names in the NHL are choosing to play in Europe at the tail end of their careers.  A big reason for this is the salary cap.  They find that they can get paid more to play in Europe than in the NHL as teams would rather fill their roster with young players who might out-perform their contracts instead of playing some of the future Hall of Fame players in the league.

The most recent example is Sergei Fedorov signing in Russia with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.  He joins Jaromir Jagr in the KHL - although many rumors have Jagr returning to the NHL this summer.  Reportedly, Fedorov will make around $3.8 million US for two seasons.  He will be a teammate of his brother Fedor.

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Sometimes It Pays To Hide In The Corner

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

Hakan Andersson was sitting at a Stockholm-area mall, having lunch with a friend when a 16-year-old boy walked up to him and said something quite unusual.

“Are you Hakan Andersson, the scout from Detroit?”

If you’re in the line of work that Andersson is, fame is nice, but a hurdle in getting the job done.

“First-time ever it’s happened to me in my entire life,” said Andersson of being recognized. “I think people around the rinks might know me, but that’s about it. I buy my ticket, walk in, stand in a corner, watch. I don’t want anybody to know. If you’re on what I call a little mission, watching a guy in a lesser-known league, then you want to be in the corner. You don’t want anyone to say, ‘I saw the Red Wings scout here last game.’”


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  Tags: hakan+andersson

All The Talk Today

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from the CP via The Hockey News,

Vincent Lecavalier, Dany Heatley, Chris Pronger, Jay Bouwmeester, Tomas Kaberle, Jean-Sebastien Giguere.

The list of players involved in trade rumours on the eve of the NHL draft could easily have been taken right from an all-star game program.

While scouting departments went through their final preparations on Thursday, the league’s 30 general managers were busy working the phones. And judging by some of the rumours, there could be a lot of fireworks at the Bell Centre during the first round of Friday evening’s draft.

“It heated up pretty well today,” said Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke. “Not just on the draft front, but on some other trade issues.”


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Ducks GM Still Waiting For Phone Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

In the wake of the club’s seven-game loss to the Detroit Red Wings in the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs, Murray requested answers from Niedermayer and Selanne “before the draft.” Technically, that means by 4 p.m. (PDT) .

“I’ll know when I get to the draft,” Murray said. “If I don’t, I’m going to be upset. I’ll hear from Scotty. He’s supposed to tell me — that’s all I know. Then I’ll call Teemu.”

Selanne has a contract set to pay him $2 million next season but could choose to retire, and Niedermayer stands to become an unrestricted free agent Wednesday….

Veteran defenseman Chris Pronger continues to be the Ducks player bandied about most in trade speculation, though his availability, like many other things, could depend on Niedermayer.

“I wouldn’t say he’s on the market, but like every other player we have, if someone calls, we’re going to listen,” Murray said.


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