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Ducks Close To Extending Hiller

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The Anaheim Ducks are very close to signing Jonas Hiller to a contract extension, a source told ESPN.com Saturday, taking a top-flight netminder off next summer’s free-agent market.

The 27-year-old Hiller, who will start in goal for Switzerland next month at the Olympics, was slated to become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

update 12:43pm, Same link as above but some number are now included-

The deal is worth $18 million, the source said. The $4.5 million average salary is well above the $1.3 million Hiller is earning this year.

added 1:00pm,

“Jonas has proved himself as a starting NHL goaltender,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “We expect him to only get better and are pleased he’s committed to us for four more seasons.”

“This is a very exciting day for me personally,” said Hiller. “Anaheim has been a great place for me to play, and I couldn’t be happier to stay here.”

 

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Kovalchuk Shows CBA Works

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Nearly a week ago, Ken Campbell of the Hockey News wrote an article titled Kovalchuk Saga Shows Lockout Was A Farce.  Hos premise is that the purpose of the lockout was to keep players with their current team, when the opposite is clearly the case.

The two major changes that were made during the lockout were a salary cap and a reduction in free agency ages.  Both of which are moves that are going to increase player turnover.  A salary cap will force teams to part with players that they otherwise would not want to part with in order to stay below the cap.  Lower free agency ages will allow players the chance to leave a team on their own volition at an earlier age as well.  The idea that a CBA designed to increase player movement can be judged as a failure because it lead to Kovalchuk’s likely departure from Atlanta is totally misguided.

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Happy 60th Anniversary To A Most Amazing Couple

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

A2Y is first and foremost a Red Wings blog.

I try not to discuss my personal life in blog posts.  I don’t want to tell you about my family life, love life, and the like, as A2Y is not the forum to do so.  The 19 come here to forget about the real world and join their imaginary friends in some Red Wings talk.

Today I’d like to make an exception, so please forgive my indulgence, and my lack of posts.  At least until later tonight or tomorrow when we return to the regularly scheduled sarcasm.

60 years ago, on January 28, 1950, the two most wonderful people I have ever met got married.

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It’s Hockey Day In Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A great day to sit in front of the TV and take in all they hockey talk and action on CBC and the NHL Network in the US.

Show starts at 12:00pm ET and ends about 13 hours later.

For all the information on HDIC, go here.

View today’s NHL schedule below…

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Blue Jackets Losing In A Big Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

“My intention today was to practice and not do anything (Saturday),” coach Ken Hitchcock said. “After the meeting got going, there was tremendous dialogue (between Hitchcock and players), and I didn’t want to extend it any further.”

In an hour’s time yesterday, the Jackets’ schedule went from having practice to canceling it to conducting the first two-man optional in recent memory—all from a team that has won nine times since Nov. 19 and has faded from the Western Conference playoff picture.

The Blue Jackets are not only losing, but losing by decisive margins. Only Toronto and Tampa Bay have incurred more losses by three goals or more (14) than the Blue Jackets (13), according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Resilience has not been a strong suit. When the opposition gains an upper hand, these Jackets are tapping out.

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Carey Price Lacks The Drive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

At the NHL level, the margin between winning and losing is razor-thin. The great ones have what Roy had: a ferocious will to win. It might be worth no more than a half-goal a game, but ultimately it’s the difference between Halak’s 14-9 record this season and Price’s abysmal and embarrassing 11-21.

A few fans last week accused me of “hating” Carey Price. Nothing could be farther from the truth. I was proud to cover the first regular-season game Price played for the Canadiens, on the road in Pittsburgh, because I thought I was seeing history. Like many others, I was fooled into believing that he might be a great one.

By now, I am heartily weary of the whole Price/Halak debate, especially of the obscene verbal abuse and mind-numbing justifications Price’s defenders trot out every time their overgrown baby draws a little flak.

But while I no longer believe Price has the inner stuff to be a great goalie, I still think he could be a good goaltender. I simply believe that it’s bad for Price and bad for the club when he’s handed a job he hasn’t earned - not once, but over and over again.

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Lucic Playing But Not Up To His Standards

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“I am definitely not where I want to be or should be,’’ said Lucic, the left wing on a line with center Marc Savard, just returning from the disabled list, and ex-Sabre Miroslav Satan. “I would expect a lot more from myself, and I’m hoping maybe Savvy gives me a boost.’’

Count Lucic among those who believe he must do a better job generating speed to carry out heavy hits and be a force around the net.

“I know I’m not moving my feet like I can, like I have, and I’ve got to get over that,’’ he said. “I have to move my feet like I used to. I mean, that’s how I’ve been successful before, outracing guys to puck and pounding the boards. I have to be harder on myself.’’

Lucic broke a finger earlier this season, requiring surgery. The combination of fractured finger and testy ankle has hindered his effectiveness. His game has needed time.

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Redden’s Offensive Problems

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tim Bontemps of the NY Post,

The benching is just the latest in a series of struggles Redden has gone through since leaving the Senators to sign a six-year, $39 million contract with the Blueshirts after the 2007-08 season. But the former All-Star, who was taken second overall in the 1995 draft by the Islanders, has left a lot to be desired since he arrived.

Known as an offensive defenseman, Redden last season registered his lowest point total (26) since 1998-99, finishing with three goals and 23 assists. But even after those struggles, Redden’s play has sunk to a new low this season.

In 47 games, Redden has one goal and seven points, putting him on pace for what easily will be the worst season of his career. Tortorella scratched Redden twice in December in the hopes of kick-starting his season, but the moves have seemed to have little impact, as Redden has just two assists since Nov. 23.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Unequivocally, I’m not trading him.  My plan is to get him signed.”

-Ducks GM Bob Murray on the rumors of Bobby Ryan getting traded.  More from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.

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NHLPA In A Sweater Mess

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tony Blais of the Edmonton Sun,

An Edmonton sports merchandise company is suing the National Hockey League Players’ Association for $1 million, alleging the organization interfered with a deal to sell special player jerseys at the 2008 all-star game.

In a statement of claim filed in Edmonton’s Court of Queen’s Bench on Jan. 20, Next Wave Sports Inc. alleges the conduct of the NHLPA was in “callous disregard” of its rights and legitimate business interests and says the company is entitled to an award for punitive damages…

Next Wave alleges it contacted the Atlanta Thrashers hockey club in January 2008 and asked for the opportunity to market the product by displaying and selling a jersey featuring Thrashers star player Ilya Kovalchuk.

The Edmonton company alleges the Thrashers and the NHL gave it authorization to display and sell the JAC product featuring Kovalchuk during the NHL all-star-game weekend in Atlanta on Jan. 26 and Jan. 27, 2008.

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