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Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Awesome.  Summer’s flying by.  Oh, it kind of dragged at first.  But once we realized that a Cup Final loss to a team the likes of Pittsburgh doesn’t define the Wings or detract from their Dynasty status, things started to pick up.

I’ve got a little ditty going that draws a comparison between the ‘96, ‘07 and ‘09 Wing teams, all squads who started the next season frothing because of a loss the previous year that left a sour taste where cold, cheap, championship beer should have been.  In the meantime, while you’re waiting for that manifesto…

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Random Offseason Musings on a Calm Summer Night, August 3rd.

Blog: KK Members Blog By Hippy Dave

Man what a time to have a crippling, monster cold.  It’s the middle of summer, the weather’s beautiful, the beer is cold, and there are all sorts of reasons to be outside having the time of your life and not thinking about hockey.  For those of us without that luxury, the offseason makes for a very…. very, slow day at the house.

So here’s my attempt at injecting a little life into the blogosphere for those of us who are just bored enough to have the time to be checking these sorts of things:

- I’m appalled at the hooplah over the whole Spezza wedding thing.  Ok, the Elisha Cuthbert thing was funny.  This is not.  For the last time, when it comes to the private lives of athletes, nobody gives a damn!  And if they do, they’re rank amateurs as hockey fans go.  These guys spend 3/4 of the year in the spotlight, give them a few days off for chrissakes.

- My big fat guess as to where Heatley will end up next: New Jersey; the only real contender with money to spend.  My big fat guess as to when:  If he doesn’t show up at the Senators training camp: October.  If he does: March 2010.  Disclaimer: If he ends up in Anaheim at a discount, god help us all.

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  Tags: offseason+musings+rant+spezza+heatley+olympics+international+wings+fantasy+hockey

What Are You Watching On A Monday Night?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Kings recently held tryouts for the 2nd edition of the METAL Ice Crew. Meet Carrlyn, who is trying out with the hopes to return for a 2nd season!

Also, her father, Frank Bathe, used to play for the Detroit Red Wings and Philadelphia Flyers.  Watch (below) Bathe fight Lindy Ruff.

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Islanders Sign Comeau

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The New York Islanders announced Monday that they have agreed to terms with forward, Blake Comeau to a two-year contract.

Comeau was originally selected by the Islanders at the 2004 National Hockey League Entry Draft in the second round (47th overall).  After starting last season with the organization’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Comeau returned to the Islanders, producing his best year yet with seven goals and 18 assists for 25 points in 53 games.

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Chicago Names Cheveldayoff Asst. GM

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks have named Kevin Cheveldayoff Assistant General Manager.

“We are excited to be bringing Kevin on board, his track record at the American Hockey League level is un-matched,” Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman said. “Our organization is committed to winning and Kevin is the perfect addition to help us reach our ultimate goal of winning the Stanley Cup. We are extremely appreciative of the cooperation given to us by the Chicago Wolves, Don Levin and Buddy Meyers during our interview process with Kevin. We have a tremendous amount of respect for their organization.”

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Leafs Interested In Zherdev?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes at Newsday,

That’s the word in hockey circles in Toronto, where rumors bounce up and around in a major media echo chamber. Rangers are not confirming anything, not even whether a decision on whether to sign or reject the right winger’s $3.9-million arbitration award is coming today.

Do the whispers make sense?

Perhaps. Leafs czar Brian Burke needs scoring and has an excess of defensemen. Zherdev can put up 25-plus on the first line. although the press scrutiny will be intense.


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  Tags: nikolai+zherdev

Who Could Be The Next ‘Super Joe’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Two of Sakic’s peers—Steve Yzerman and Joe Nieuwendyk—fall into that category as well. All three were pivots that could put the puck in the net, yet they were also equal parts puck distributors. With all three recently retired, it got me to musing about today’s top scoring threats in the middle amongst the younger players. Who are the pure scoring pivots that don’t sacrifice on assists to get theirs? Are there any pure shooters in today’s game to carry the mantle in the middle of legitimate threats to score from distance?

That last qualifier is an important distinction when considering a Sakic-type threat versus, say, a Sidney Crosby-dynamo who scores his goals through hard work and diligence in getting to the net rather than looking off a defender, getting to a spot and ripping a shot past the goaltender.

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  Tags: joe+sakic

Leak Of Confidential Information Upsets Reinsdorf

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rebekah L. Sanders of the Arizona Republic,

One of the most high-profile bidders for the Phoenix Coyotes is threatening to yank his offer from U.S. Bankruptcy Court over an extraordinary leak of confidential information.

The leak on Friday outraged Chicago sports mogul Jerry Reinsdorf, who along with other investors has offered $148 million for the team, and sent officials with Glendale and the NHL scrambling over the weekend to repair relations with one of the few potential buyers wanting to keep the Coyotes in the Valley.

The confidential information was posted publicly through the court’s Web site by attorneys for Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes.

The document described proposals Reinsdorf has made during negotiations with Glendale on how to raise millions in yearly team revenue. The team has lost as much as $30 million each season.


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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

note:  quote is translated from Swedish to English…

“He told me he didn’t think I was good enough. That’s pretty straight-forward to me.” [Ed. Note: Ice Warrior translated the same line as “He has told me that I am not good enough. A pretty clear message.”]

-Michael Nylander of the Washington Capitals talking about coach Bruce Boudreau.  More from Nylander at Japers’ Rink.

added 7:37pm, via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

I didn’t speak to Boudreau directly—he’s running his Golden Horseshoe hockey school in St. Catherines, Ont., this week—but he issued a brief statement through a team spokesman.

“I do not have any recollection of saying that to Michael,” Boudreau said. “That is not my style, and not something I would say.”

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The Bolts Cap Hit

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

It’s been like pulling teeth trying to find out what the Tampa Bay Lightning gave Mattias Ohlund as a free agent, but the numbers have finally dribbled out. The total is $25.25 million over seven years and breaks down like this:

$4 million next season and 2010-11; $5.5 million in 2011-12; $5 million in 2012-13; $3.75 million in 2013-14; $2 million in 2014-15; and $1 million in 2015-16. That works out to a cap hit of $3.607 per season.

So, now that we know the contracts for all players under one-way deals, let’s see how the Lightning’s payroll breaks down.


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