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It Is All About Winning Now For Nash

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

When the contract expires—after the 2017-18 season—Nash will be 34 years old, a 15-year NHL veteran, most likely an 11-year captain of the Blue Jackets and in the latter stages of what could be a Hall of Fame career. The 25-year-old chuckled yesterday when asked if he’d picked out a spot for his statue on Nationwide Plaza, but that’s the trajectory his career is on.

“One of the things that Scott (Howson, Blue Jackets general manager) mentioned repeatedly during this process is that the organization sees me as their Steve Yzerman,” Nash said, “a guy who is loyal to the organization and a longtime leader. That appealed to me, too, obviously.

“When you look at the championship teams … they always seem to have (a consistent) captain, whether it’s Sidney Crosby, Nicklas Lidstrom, Steve Yzerman or Joe Sakic. I think it’s especially important for the homegrown talent to be that guy.”

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  Tags: rick+nash

Edmonton Still In The Mix For Heatley

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from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Heatley has not changed his mind about the issues that provoked the trade demand, which was sent to Murray in the guise of a formal request. He isn’t going to tuck his tail between his legs and slink back into Ottawa, where he tops even the Bloc Quebecois, Canada Revenue Agency and Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s myopic PR man on a list of pariahs.

The only resolution is an acceptable trade proposal and the waiving of Heatley’s no-movement clause, in that order. That sequence of events won’t occur unless and until Murray presents the Heatley camp with at least two more potential destinations in addition to Edmonton.

As luck would have it, a source close to the situation said Friday that Murray is in fact dealing with two other teams who have a genuine interest in acquiring Heatley, but neither team had formalized an offer.


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  Tags: dany+heatley

Ruff Comfortable With His Team

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Folks in Sabreland have been worriedly and angrily wringing their hands the last couple of weeks. They’ve watched teams throughout the NHL make changes to their rosters and can’t figure out why the Buffalo Sabres are sticking with what they have.

Lindy Ruff, however, isn’t worried.

“I like what we have here as a team, and these guys can continue to grow,” the coach said Friday….

“I’m OK going in,” said Ruff, whose team finished two points out of a playoff spot. “We were pretty close to being where we wanted to be, and a couple disappointing things happened, and we ended up not getting there. The fact that we were able to put on a strong finish [7-2-1 in the final 10 games] was something that I really felt was important for our team.”

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Ducks Clse To Signing Wisniewski

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via Mark Whicker of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Ducks are a few days away from wrapping up their off-season player acquisition activities, and they are expected to take a big step by re-signing James Wisniewski, who is a restricted free agent.

Although it hasn’t been announced, the indications are that the Ducks are close to giving the talented defenseman a 1-year deal with a salary in the neighborhood of $2.5 million, which would hold off an arbitration hearing.

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Multidimensional Role For Paul Kelly

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

No one is suggesting that Kelly leads Bettman and the owners in a rousing version of “Kumbaya” when the two sides get together. There are issues of contention: The limits to which players are willing to submit to enhance the league’s drug-testing policy is one. But there is also an appreciation that the two sides can have different opinions without necessarily being on separate planes, which was how the two sides existed for much of the past two decades.

“I think Paul takes a far more constructive approach to labor relations than Bob Goodenow ever did,” Daly told ESPN.com via e-mail this week. “He works hard to find common ground as opposed to points of conflict. And he clearly understands that success for the players is integrally tied to the league’s success.”

These are interesting, if not complicated, times for the players as they try to make their way in this new global economic order under a CBA that has them more closely tied to the league than at any previous point in NHL history.


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  Tags: paul+kelly

NHL And KHL Fight Over Players

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Ever since there stopped being a valid player transfer agreement between the NHL and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, both sides have been fighting over players.  The first major battle was over Alexander Semin who played in Russia during the lockout year and the year after it despite a valid NHL contract.  That was sorted out and he came to the NHL.  Though he has become an NHL star since then, he was not one at the point of the fight over his rights.  The Russians attempted to fight the transfer of several players to the NHL including Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, but the NHL was able to get any player they wanted and Russia was only successful in getting some NHL rejects (such as prospects Roman Voloshenko and Igor Grigorenko).  The NHL had been able to get their way in any important case until Alexander Radulov left Nashville for the KHL.

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Lite Night On KK

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I am headed out for the evening and will try to update if I hear of anything major regarding our game.

Otherwise enjoy the weekend and Go Tigers!

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Moen To The Habs

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MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of forward Travis Moen to a three-year contract (2009-10 to 2011-12). As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Travis Moen is a character player. He is versatile, and he plays hard. His size and style will contribute to adding physicality to our team”, said Bob Gainey.

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  Tags: travis+moen

Capitals Sign Brendan Morrison

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ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed unrestricted free agent center Brendan Morrison to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  Tags: brendan+morrison

Ducks Sign Steve McCarthy

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Steve McCarthy to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
McCarthy, 28 (2/3/81), has appeared in 302 career NHL games, recording 17-38=55 points with 168 PIM. He played last season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), going scoreless with 16 PIM in 18 games with Ufa Salavat Yulayev. A native of Trail, British Columbia, McCarthy last appeared in the NHL with Atlanta in 2007-08, collecting 1-6=7 points with 48 PIM in 55 games. In 2006-07, he matched a personal best in points (4-12=16) while setting a career high in assists with the Thrashers.

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