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Report- LA Offer For Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo’s Twitter,

Appears L.A. Kings team to beat for Heatley; Alex Frolov, another & the fifth overall pick I’m hearing.

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Canes Trying To Sign Cole & LaRose

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from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

Based on what was said at the conclusion of the season, it seemed as though Erik Cole and Chad LaRose, the team’s top two internal priorities, would be back in the fold with time to spare. However, there is still some considerable ground to make up before that happens.

“It doesn’t look like it now,” said Rutherford when asked if he expected to sign Cole and LaRose before they can shop their services freely to other teams. “We’re not making a lot of progress with any guys at this point. I do have some meetings set up this week, so I’ll have a better idea when I get back to the office on Monday as to where we are on these contracts.”

Although those players could still be signed by Carolina after July 1, Rutherford said that he viewed that day as a hard deadline, making it unlikely that those players would return if talks don’t move forward rather quickly..

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Holland On The Wings

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Ken Holland was just on NHL Live, here is a recap.

Until the Wings know what the cap figure is, they really cannot make any moves.

Regarding Hossa, he has talked with Hossa’s agent this week, and believes the Wings are Hossa’s first choice.  If he can get a cap number that satisfies both parties, then they will sign it.  No official offer has been made, waiting for the hard cap number.

Regarding the draft, Wings will take a skater that fits into the Wings philosophy.  The person they draft is probably 4-5 years away from the NHL and they are looking at the skill of the player.

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The Asking Price For Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The LA Kings are Twittering from the draft,

Just spoke with Hexy about what OTT is asking for in exchange for Heatley. He said “1 or 2 players and our fifth pick.”

Also, SENShobo is updating thru twitter at his blog on KK.

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  Tags: dany+heatley

All Uncle Mike

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

He was ours first. That’s all I’m saying.  Well, he was Anaheim’s first, but…you get the idea.

Canada’s got a new golden boy and his name’s Babcock.  Feature stories are all over the place, and this one is better than most.

NHL.com

“We’re real fortunate in Detroit. We have a good family here with the Red Wings people. That’s what we’re about here. We have great people. We try to acquire great people and to me, that’s what it’s all about. It’s about integrity and trust. And if you have good people around you, you can get things done.”

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Same Colors, Different Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

He’s used to coaching teams wearing red and white, and Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock was officially installed as coach for Team Canada’s entry in the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman made the announcement Thursday, stealing some of the spotlight from the festivities surround the NHL’s entry draft….

One of Canada’s challenges will be shutting down the top stars from other countries. Some of those stars – Russia’s Pavel Datsyuk, and Sweden’s Henrik Zetterberg and Nicklas Lidstrom – play for Babcock’s Wings.

“Nobody knows them better,” Wings GM Ken Holland said of Babcock.

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The Reviews Are In

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Now that the 2008-09 season is over, it’s time for a developing Screen Shots tradition: the year-end column in which, with the aid of RottenTomatoes.com, we decide on a real-life movie title for each NHL team’s season, as well as a genuine review of that film that also works as commentary on their fortunes. (For scrolling’s sake, we’ll do the Eastern Conference this week and the Western side seven days from now.)

WASHINGTON
Movie: I Love You, Man
Summary: The Capitals take another step forward in their team evolution. Still, the focus remains on No. 8. Who doesn’t love the hot stick-touching, “I-SWEAR-A-GAWD”-uttering, commercial-jingle-warbling Alex Ovechkin? (Besides Sidney Crosby.)
Real Review: “Great for men, excellent for women and perfect for a metrosexual man-date.” – Colin Newton, Courier Mail

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People Are Talking

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The Florida Panthers are closing in on dealing star defenceman Jay Bouwmeester’s negotiating rights.

Five teams remain in the mix with the asking price just to talk to Bouwmeester, according to source, believed to be a third round draft pick.

Meanwhile, the San Jose Sharks are in discussions with a couple of teams, with Sharks forward Ryan Clowe the centre of trade talks.

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Some Of The Talk - Wild Related

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

...it certainly appears as if the Wild is about to lose Marian Gaborik for nothing. I ran into a million NHL types yesterday who asked me about Gaborik, and each one said the same thing — losing an asset like that for nothing back is the type of thing that takes years to recover from.

...the Wild might be into Kessel now, but if Chiarelli’s waiting until Friday, who knows what Fletcher dips his toes into by then? And right now Fletcher’s in on a lot of different things, from Heatley to countless other things (lots of rumors, but I only report what I know from sources, not what’s just floating around) to talking with Toronto, Edmonton, Colorado, Detroit, St. Louis and Philly about Josh Harding.

(I was told last night that the Blues are very interested in Harding, and few teams are as overstuffed with young assets as the Blues). So it’ll be interesting to see if Fletcher gets something substantial done with so few tradeable pieces to dangle.

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Las Vegas A Fit For Bettman

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from Father Raymond J. De Souza of Full Comment at the National Post,

Las Vegas now has the NHL awards. A few years back there was talk of putting an expansion team there. Vegas is not where stars go when they are on the top of their game; they go to Vegas when other places lose interest. Vegas has made its money by offering to visitors the fake, the discounted, the vulgar and the tawdry — for which there is an insatiable appetite in America. It’s where you go when the real thing is too far or too expensive. It’s America’s great refuge for the also-rans and the has-beens. It’s a most suitable home for Gary Bettman’s NHL dreams.

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