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Daydream Believers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

At this time of year, with the NHL Entry Draft weekend and the start of the league’s unrestricted free agency period fast approaching, some hockey fans daydream about the possibility of their favorite team landing a star player. This season is no different….

The Canadiens/Kings need an established star and Lecavalier or Heatley would be a “perfect fit”. The Penguins need a scoring winger for Sidney Crosby’s line so Gaborik is the “best available” choice. The Flyers need a stud blueliner so pony up the big bucks to land Bouwmeester.

Whenever I read these suggestions by fans or rumormongers I’m reminded of an old saying: “Be careful what you wish for, you might get it”.

read on

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Candiens Fire Hamilton Coaching Staff

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from Garry McKay of the HamiltonSpectator,

The Hamilton Bulldogs will have a new coaching staff this season.

Don Lever, who is the franchise’s longest-serving head coach, and his assistant Ron Wilson, who has been here even longer, have been told by the parent Montreal Canadiens that their services are no longer required.

Although both were long-time employees of the Canadiens, the Habs told them by phone that their contracts would not be renewed. they weren’t given a reason.

Both were, in effect, fired by Montreal general manager Bob Gainey who phoned them last week and said simply that ‘the organization is going in a different direction.”

Lever said he would like to have at least been given a reason for his dismissal.

“I’m very disappointed,” said Lever. “Somewhere along the line I must have done something wrong, but they didn’t tell me what it was.

continued

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  Tags: hamilton+bulldogs

Can Anyone Read Garth Snow’s Mind?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The New York Islanders know who they’ll take with the first overall pick in the 2009 NHL draft. But the rest of the world won’t find out until GM Garth Snow steps up to the podium Friday night in Montreal.

“That’s right,” Snow told ESPN.com on Monday.

Let’s give the Islanders credit. They’ve actually created some intrigue with their refusal to let us know their intentions. Most years, we head to the draft and it’s clear who’s going to go first. This is refreshing. We’re actually going to have to pay attention Friday night!

“Whether it’s fans or people in the media, it’s been a great topic for debate,” said Snow.

continued

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NHL Expects Local Bid For Coyotes

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from Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail,

The National Hockey League says it will have a firm local offer for the Phoenix Coyotes by the end of this week.

“The NHL remains confident that a local bidder will put in a firm bid on or bevfore the June 26th deadline set forth in its proposed bid proceedures,” the league said in a fillng in an Arizona bankruptcy court today.

The league also disclosed that it expects to have a decision on Jim Balsillie’s bid to buy the club and move it to Hamilton by the end of July….

The league said its board of governors plans to interview Balsillie soon about his bid to relocate the club. The board is expected to question him about his two previous attempts to buy and move clubs, the filing noted.

more

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  Tags: jim+balsillie

Dudley Officially With The Thrashers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Atlanta Thrashers have named Rick Dudley associate general manager, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.  Dudley will be responsible for assisting in all facets of hockey operations with a primary focus on overseeing scouting and player development. He will join the club this week at the NHL Entry Draft in Montreal.

“We are pleased to announce the addition of Rick Dudley to our front office.” Waddell said. “He has had noted success at all levels as a player, coach and general manager, and his nearly 40 years of professional experience will certainly prove beneficial to our organization. His ability to both evaluate and develop talent is evident in the remarkable turnarounds made by the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, both with players acquired during Rick’s tenure.”

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TSN Draft Rankings

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

If you go strictly by the numbers, it’s an empty-net tap in - John Tavares should be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft.

In its annual survey of 10 NHL scouts, the London Knights’ goal-scoring centre is TSN’s unanimous No. 1 ranked prospect, getting 10 of a possible 10 first-place votes to head up TSN’s Top 60 Final Rankings for the 2009 NHL entry draft.

But the New York Islanders have their own ideas on whom they will choose with the top pick and have been adamant about not revealing anything to anyone until the moment general manager Garth Snow steps to the podium to make the announcement on the draft floor of the Bell Centre in Montreal on Friday night.

continued

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Capitals Name Bob Woods Asst. Coach

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have hired Bob Woods from the American Hockey League’s (AHL) Hershey Bears as an assistant coach, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Woods, 41, served as Hershey’s head coach last season and guided the Bears to a Calder Cup championship in six games against the Manitoba Moose. He was an assistant coach with the Bears and helped current Capitals coach Bruce Boudreau lead the Bears to a Calder Cup title in 2006. Woods was appointed head coach of the Bears when Boudreau was hired by the Capitals on Nov. 22, 2007.

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  Tags: bob+woods

Kane The Face Of EA Sports NHL 2010

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Chicago winger Patrick Kane is the new cover boy of EA Sports made-in-Vancouver NHL 2010 video game.

Kane follows in the footsteps of Calgary defenceman Dion Phaneuf, who was on the 2009 cover.

EA has also signed top draft prospect John Tavares to promote the game.

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The Going-Rate For Bouwmeester

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via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,

To talk to Bouwmeester before July 1, Florida Panthers want a draft pick, which would become a 1st rounder if he signs.

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

How About A Lemieux Statue?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Madden at the Beaver County Times,

As the Consol Energy Center rises across the street from Mellon Arena, plans for accessorizing the Penguins’ new digs should be forming.

Even though it’s not his style, those plans must include a statue of the team’s greatest player and current owner, Mario Lemieux.

As the euphoria of the franchise’s third Stanley Cup fades — and that’s going to take a while — we should never forget the gamble Lemieux took to keep the team in Pittsburgh and keep his sweater alive.

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  Tags: mario+lemieux

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