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Howard Still In Wings Plans & Filppula Close To Signing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Jimmy Howard hasn’t been lost in the shuffle. The Red Wings signed Howard to a three-year, $2.15 million contract Monday and still view their top draft pick from 2003 as the heir apparent to Chris Osgood.

“We’re banking on him being one of our goalies of the future,’’ Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill said. “Chris Osgood has three years left on his contract and in those three years we hope Jimmy Howard is pushing Chris Osgood for the starting job.’‘...

Nill said the club is close to signing its last two restricted free agents, forward Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Kyle Quincey. Filppula’s deal will range from between two and five years and Quincey’s from one to three years, Nill said.

“We’re making good progress (with Filppula),’’ Nill said. “We think we’ll be able to avoid arbitration (on Aug. 1).’‘

more on the Wings…

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Report- Wideman Agrees To 4 Year Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Sportsnet,

The Boston Bruins and defenceman Dennis Wideman have avoided salary arbitration by agreeing on a new four-year deal worth $15.75 million, Sportsnet has learned.

The 25-year-old, Kitchener, ON native made $600,000 last season.

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Stevens, Holland Honored By THN

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jason Kay of the Hockey News,

Our NHL coach of the year is being recognized for what we believe is an underrated turnaround.

John Stevens’ Flyers went from last overall in the NHL in 2006-07, to sixth in their conference, posting a points improvement of 39.

The only coach who came close to matching the feat in 2007-08 was Washington’s Bruce Boudreau (plus-24). That the Flyers toppled the Capitals in the first round of the playoffs, then upset the No. 1-seeded Canadiens in Round 2, carried significant weight in our decision….

Our executive of the year, Red Wings GM Ken Holland, is quick to reference some of his best decisions have been about team-building…in the front office.

He is surrounded by an elite staff of advisors, including assistant GM Jim Nill, vice-presidents Jimmy Devellano and Steve Yzerman, consultant Scotty Bowman, Euro super-scout Hakan Andersson and an exceptional coach in Mike Babcock.

more

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  Tags: john+stevens, ken+holland

Leafs Will Honor Clark & Gilmour

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

The Toronto Maple Leafs will celebrate the achievements of two of their all-time greats in special ceremonies during the 2008-09 NHL season. Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour, perhaps the two most beloved Toronto Maple Leafs over the course of the past 25 years, will have banners raised to honour their extraordinary contributions to the Original Six franchise.

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  Tags: doug+gilmour, wendel+clark

Milbury to Join Hockey Night in Canada

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From CBC:

Hockey Night in Canada will welcome a familiar face and opinionated hockey mind next season, with Mike Milbury joining the show as an analyst.

Milbury, who has spent over 30 years in the NHL as a player, coach and general manager, will also be a regular contributor to the Hot Stove segment on HNIC.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Mike to our talented broadcast team,” HNIC executive producer Sherali Najak said in a statement. “His experience as an NHL player and executive is reflected in an entertaining on-air style. We look forward to his honest opinions and knowledge on what’s happening around the NHL on a weekly basis.”

continued…

Update 3:53pm ET: Speaking of Milbury’s “entertaining style,” that sort of demands we point to this video (embedded below). The footage is terrible, but somewhere in that muck you can see #28 beating a hockey fan with his own shoe…

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  Tags: cbc, hnic, media, mike+milbury

Wings Add McCrimmon to Coaching Staff

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Craig Custance in the Sporting News,

The Detroit Red Wings have hired Brad McCrimmon as an assistant coach on Mike Babcock’s staff, filling the vacancy created when Todd McLellan left to take the head job in San Jose.

McCrimmon was the associate coach for the Atlanta Thrashers last season and a finalist for the head job with the Thrashers.

He told Sporting News he has agreed to terms to join the Red Wings and expects to sign the deal when he goes to Detroit next week.

“I was there for three years as a player and loved it,” said McCrimmon, who played for the Red Wings from 1990-93. “Now it’s a great opportunity to go back. It’s a good situation in the sense of the city, the team and what they’ve been doing there for a long time.”

continued… Plus more on McCrimmon at Custance’s blog.

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Fun in Chicago

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

The Blackhawks fan convention in Chicago this past weekend was termed a “lovefest” by Len Ziehm at the Chicago Sun-Times, and it does appear to have been a lot of fun for hockey fans.

The video below was released by the Blackhawks today.  Nothing revolutionary here, but it’s yet another reminder of how far that franchise has come in such a short time.

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Rumor Review

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

The Philadelphia Flyers remain slightly above the $56.7 million salary cap for next season, leading to speculation GM Paul Holmgren will consider shopping a right winger, since he’s got plenty of depth at that position.

Joffrey Lupul was considered a potential candidate given his $2.3 million cap hit for next season, but given recent reports that he’s close to signing a new four-year contract with the Flyers, he’s probably staying put.

Other trade candidates could include Mike Knuble, Scottie Upshall or Steve Downie. Knuble’s $2.8 million cap hit for next season makes him the likely candidate.

read on

And check out James Mirtle’s list of remaining free agents.

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  Tags: joffrey+lupul

Flames Hope 1st Round Pick Can Make An Impact

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Nineteen-year-old Mikael Backlund will skate with the draftees and free agents this week. But the hope is the young Swede will knock everyone’s socks off and jump from prospect to producer with the big club.

The greening of Backlund could well decide whether Calgary moves forward or falls back this coming season….

Many scouts feel he’s very close to ready.

And now you can see why GM Darryl Sutter went so far from his comfort level in selecting a European player in the first round of the 2007 draft.

Put simply, this organization desperately needs a skilled player on an entry-level contract to emerge now—not in 12 months or two years.

The core of veterans assembled in Calgary has maybe another season or so left at its peak.

At about $57.6 million in guaranteed money, the Flames have reached the salary cap.

read on

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  Tags: mikael+backlund

You Got A Schedule?  How ‘Bout Some Venom To Go With It?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good morning. How are you?  Summer going well?  Mine would be, if not for two factors.

I’m a guy so I refused to ask for assistance the first time I loaded my boat on a trailer from the water.  Also decided not to (a) ask for help, (b) read any material whatsoever that would have given me hints how to do it, (c) remember to lift the motor.  So that was cool.

Oh, and I also watched 44 minutes of an infommercial about Time/Life’s Soft Rock Classics of the 70’s.  I know.  But I couldn’t…stop…watching.  Seals and Croft’s timeless classic “Summer Breeze” lured me in, followed by hit after soft rock hit, including Dr. Hook’s “When You’re In Love With a Beautiful Woman.”

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