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Bolts May Turn To Oates For Power Play Help

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

It’s a long way from being official, if it happens, but the Tampa Bay Lightning is considering former NHLer Adam Oates as an assistant coach who will work almost exclusively with the power play. Oates, a center and power-play specialist in a 19-year NHL career, was a teammate of Lightning coach Rick Tocchet with the Bruins, Capitals and Flyers.

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  Tags: adam+oates

As Expected, Tkachuk Remains With The Blues

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from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Keith Tkachuk and the St. Louis Blues have reached a deal on a one-year contract that will extend the veteran forward’s long run with the team.

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added 4:28pm,

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has re-signed Keith Tkachuk to a one-year contract.

“Keith is a veteran leader who played a key role with our club’s success this past season,” said Davidson.  “He and his wife Chantal are first class people and have been tremendous to the St. Louis Blues organization and the St. Louis community.”

added 5:36pm, Craig Custance of the Sporting News reporting 1 year at $2.15M and a no-movement clause.

 

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  Tags: keith+tkachuk

Sharks May Try To Move Up In The Draft

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from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has said that he intends to try to give himself a boost up the draft ladder to get a selection in the top three.

San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson has said no such thing. But the whispers around the league say that Wilson has a better chance of getting one of those top picks than Burke does.

For one thing, Wilson has more to offer. After a disappointing playoff, almost everyone on the team is available. Furthermore, Wilson has done an in-depth analysis and realizes that he has to change the core of his team. That means he’ll move out an elite veteran to get an elite youngster.

more NHL topics from Al…

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Update On The Calgary Winter Classic

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from 770CHQR,

Will Calgary play host to the highly-anticipated NHL Outdoor Classic in 2010?

Don’t break out the champagne just yet.

Calgary Flames President Ken King says he’s excited by the prospect of the game being played at McMahon Stadium on New Year’s Day but admits talks are still very preliminary.

“The league wanted to give it consideration.  It’s conceptual.”

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added 1:35pm, from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

But having a second outdoor affair means having to solve a couple of key issues. For starters, the NHL schedule is due out in about three weeks. The league has been careful not to rush its schedule given the ongoing ownership squabble over the Phoenix Coyotes. But at some point, arenas have to be booked, games have to be slotted and tickets have to be sold.

The bigger issue for Calgary would be how to have useable ice in a city where temperature fluctuations are as common as Saddledome sellouts.

more

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Keep You Day Job Joel

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Quenneville sings at Wrigley!

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  Tags: joel+quenneville

Konowalchuk, Deadmarsh Added To Avs Coaching Staff

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the appointment of Steve Konowalchuk as assistant coach. In addition, the club announced that Adam Deadmarsh will serve as the team’s video/development coach.

The former Avalanche players join a coaching staff that includes head coach Joe Sacco and assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre.

“We’re very excited to add Steve and Adam to our staff,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “Both have a level of familiarity with the Avalanche organization, and we’re confident they will provide our club with the same passion and commitment they showed as players.”

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  Tags: adam+deadmarsh, steve+konowalchuk

Chynoweth Takes Assistant Job With Islanders

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from the Southwest Booster,

Dean Chynoweth just completed a press conference where he resigned as Head Coach and General Manager of the Swift Current Broncos to assume an assistant coaching position with the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders.

Chynoweth had one season remaining on his contract after the Broncos’ Board of Directors exercised a club option for the 2009-10 season following the Broncos’ elimination from the Western Hockey League playoffs.

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  Tags: dean+chynoweth

A Pretty Special Life

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

“This has been a pretty special life for all of us,” Mark said about himself, his brothers Murray and Marty, and sister Cathy. “Gordie says the only way he can give back to the game is to make himself available to the people who keep our sport alive. I don’t think there’s ever been an athlete who is more accessible to the fans. That’s his most enduring quality, the way he is with people. It’s not a phony thing—it’s all natural. He loves to be around people.

“I’ve noticed that after people meet my dad, they never talk about the hockey player, they talk about Gordie the person that they met.”

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  Tags: gordie+howe, mark+howe

While We Wait…

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The Florida Panthers have breaking news on breaking news!

On another topic, feel like talking minor league hockey?  KK member Primis wants your views.

added 12:05pm, Regarding the Panthers… via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

I hear it’s a player signing, just don’t know who yet. Hope to talk to Randy Sexton soon and get this thing straightened out.

added 12:16pm, via TSN ,

The Phoenix Coyotes may be in bankruptcy but they continue to do business.

Phoenix has traded centre Steven Reinprecht to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Stefan Meyer.

The Coyotes have also signed forward Petr Prucha to a two-year deal.

Reinprecht, meanwhile, has signed a three-year deal with the Panthers.

Not sure if this is the breaking news, the Panther’s Twitter has yet to be updated.

added 12:30pm, from the Florida Panthers,

SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers Assistant General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that the club has acquired the exclusive negotiating rights for the Phoenix Coyotes C Steve Reinprecht (REIGN-prehkt) in exchange for Florida Panthers prospect C Stefan Meyer. In addition, the club announced they have agreed to terms with Reinprecht on a three-year contract. As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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added 12:40pm, One more thing, there is a rumor from a guy who just wants hits to his website that the Panthers have called a press conference.  That is completely false, there is no press conference.

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How Do You View the Minor Hockey League Hierarchy?

Blog: KK Members Blog By Primis

An interesting debate has been brewing in minor hockey forums lately about minor hockey’s place in the world, and in terms of how the leagues are viewed stacked against each other.  Hockey doesn’t have an extremely-clear minor hierarchy like baseball does, and now franchise movement form league to league has brought about questions as to whether they are parallel moves, or moves upward.

Where does “AAA” fit in, and is the KHL included?  I’m including the KHL in the discussion because it’s an interesting twist, in a way…

Or what about the “AA”?  ECHL has been considered traditionally as “AA”, but both CHL and IHL have made claims to being “AA” as well.

So it got me to wondering:  how do NHL fans see the minor hockey leagues stack up against each other?

So… I’m turning to you guys, the readers of KK.  How do *you* guys (primarily NHL fans) think the following minor leagues stack up (I’ve listed them in nor particular order), in terms of level and hierarchy?  Please take the list below and respond in the comments with your listing, highest to lowest.

NHL… ECHL… KHL… IHL… AHL… CHL…

If you could, please also include some explanations as to why you feel that way.


Thanks.

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