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LaRose Signs With Canes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,

Canes forward Chad LaRose has signed a two-year contract that will pay him $1.5 million next year and $1.9 million in the second season, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.


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  Tags: chad+larose

Panthers Sign Leopold, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Florida Panthers made sure they didn’t lose Jay Bouwmeester for nothing.

They signed Jordan Leopold to a one-year contract on Thursday, locking up the player they received from Calgary in exchange for Bouwmeester’s rights.


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KK- Be Safe & We Will Be Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I know many of you are heading out for a long holiday weekend very soon and just wanted to keep you updated with our plans for KK.

We will be monitoring all UFA signings and possible trades throughout tonight, then return to our regular routine on Friday.

We may be a little slower with updates through the holiday weekend, but come next Tuesday, we will be right back at it.

I do plan on taking a vacation sometime late July or early August, I feel it is deserved after four years.

Again, be safe this weekend folks, we want you back on Tuesday.

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Tracking Salary Cap Space

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

For those of you who are curious to keep track of how the signings are affecting salary cap space on your favorite teams, check out NHLnumbers.com—a handy resource that tracks the salary commitments over the long term. 

Be aware though: when clicking through to the team pages I’ve been having some connection problems at times. Understandably, the site is likely getting a lot of extra traffic yesterday and today.

*For reference, here’s ESPN’s list of players already signed (and their salaries) thus far. And here are the players still waiting for a new home.

Update: via Twitter, John also suggested another option for salary cap crunching we can play with—CapGeek.com.

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Rutherford Still Chasing LaRose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Harris of WRAL,

“He’s still in the free agent market, and testing it.  And we have not done anything to add a player in his position.”

Jim Rutherford’s conversation with The Insiders on Thursday began with those comments on the status of unrestricted free agent Chad LaRose.  The Hurricanes were vocal about their hopes to sign LaRose before the open signing period began on Wednesday at noon.

“We’re hoping to re-sign Chad,” continued the Canes GM.  “If we can do that, I think everybody will be happy.”


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  Tags: chad+larose

Canadiens Failed At Getting That Franchise Type Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

You could make a convincing – though not overwhelming – argument that Montreal upgraded its top-six forward supply by replacing Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev and Alex Tanguay with Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta.

What can’t be argued is that the Habs chewed threw the one valuable resource they possessed – cap space – and failed to land the franchise-defining player they’ve lacked for years.

By the time they take care of their RFAs, the Canadiens will be pushing up against the cap, yet still without a big No. 1 center or stud defenseman in their midst.

The unknown element in all of this is what Gainey’s options were.


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Scuderi A King

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rob Rossi, Penguins beat writer, on his Twitter,

Rob Scuderi has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Kings, he confirms via text.

Update 4:27pm ET: From TSN—

The Los Angeles Kings made their first dip into the free agent market on Thursday, signing defenceman Rob Scuderi to a four-year, $13.6 million contract.

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  Tags: rob+scuderi

Devils Unhappy with Prudential Center Seating

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

“A substantial portion of the seating” at the two-year-old Prudential Center in Newark fails to meet specifications, the Devils assert in response to the seating manufacturer’s bid to claim $1.2 million in payments.

Michigan-based Irwin Seating filed suit in U.S. District Court in Newark against Devils Renaissance Development in May, seeking the remaining portion of what it said was a total of $5.6 million in construction costs at the Newark facility. The Devils responded late Wednesday, saying that Irwin Seating “failed to perform its obligations in accordance with the [Jan. 2007] agreement.”


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Boudreau Enjoys Canada Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Randy O’Halloran of the Washington Times,

Bruce Boudreau’s day began with meeting Tiger Woods and ended with the Washington Capitals’ signing of winger Mike Knuble on the opening day of NHL free agency.

The middle part wasn’t bad either.

Playing in the AT&T National pro-am Wednesday at Congressional Country Club, the Caps’ coach was in a group headed by fellow Canadian left-hander Mike Weir.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Washington Capitals, Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Grabovski Re-Signs with Leafs, 3 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Sportsnet.ca:

The Toronto Maple Leafs have re-signed restricted free agent forward Mikhail Grabovski to a three-year, $8.7 million deal, sources tell Sportsnet.


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  Tags: mikhail+grabovski

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