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Chicago Looking For A Big Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald,

This is Hawks GM Dale Tallon talking Thursday afternoon: “We’re looking for the right guy, maybe on the back end. We have a lot of assets we can trade.”

This is how I believe the Hawks are going to find that big, physical defenseman they are lacking, via a trade, and Tallon came about as close as he could to confirming it.


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Has Heatley’s Conduct Damaged The Senators?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Ottawa Senators have paid a $4 million (all figures U.S.) bonus to the disgruntled winger, as per the July 1 deadline, but find themselves flummoxed by Heatley’s request to be traded and his reluctance to waive his no-trade clause.

The possibility exists, however, that the Senators could file some kind of grievance against their star player.

“They believe that his conduct has damaged the club,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Star in an email last night. “What, if anything, they decide to do is ultimately up to the Senators.”

If the threat is a pressure tactic to get Heatley to waive his no-trade, it is a flawed one, said NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. “The league is grasping at straws and would be on shaky legal ground if it pursued a grievance against Dany,” Kelly said.

read on

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  Tags: dany+heatley

Worst 20 Adjusted +/-

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

A while back I posted the top 20 adjusted +/- ratings using a counting stat method developed in the Hockey Compendium by Jeff Z. Klein and Karl-Eric Reif.

Here are the worst 20 players last season according to their adjusted +/- ratings.  This group is limited to players who played at least 50 games last season and played only for one team - that is necessary for the method to give good results.

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Do You Consider The Flames As The Favorite?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Say this about the hockey media. They like busy.

Many of the hockey-panel shows and instant analysts in the blogosphere were quick to anoint the Calgary Flames as the early winners in the NHL rearmament race after the Flames signed defenceman Jay Bouwmeester to a five-year, $33-million (all currency U.S.) contract. “I think he’s the best defenceman out there,” Jay Feaster, former general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning, said on TSN. “They got him. I think they’re the best defence in the West right now.”

These would be the same Flames who were anointed Stanley Cup favourites by the same voices at the trade deadline when they picked up “big centre” Olli Jokinen and mobile defenceman Jordan Leopold. Former player Matthew Barnaby was one of the few to point out Jokinen’s liabilities; on TSN he called the Finnish centre a “cancer”. Many other talking heads glossed over Jokinen’s fabled lack of industry, however.


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Saku Koivu Signing In Minnesota Up In The Air

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants at the Star Tribune,

Last night, the Wild thought Saku Koivu would be signed, sealed and delivered by this morning.

Now, it appears as if it’s going nowhere, according to sources.

Agent Don Baizley said no decision is imminent and he’d reserve comment until “the situation is resolved.”

Koivu is expected to take some time and weigh his options, but he’s got a bunch of scenarios and many teams coming at him hard, and like I said, it appears the deal with the Wild is going south.

New Jersey is one team hot after Koivu, as well as the New York Rangers, who now that they traded Scott Gomez, really doesn’t have a center to get the puck to Marian Gaborik. Anaheim likes him, too.


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  Tags: saku+koivu

Still Out There

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Alexei Kovalev is an interesting case….

One would think Los Angeles would be a fit given that the Kings struck out on Gaborik and Havlat. Sure, they signed blueliner Rob Scuderi on Thursday, but here’s a young and talented team screaming for a big-name addition up front. But as of late afternoon Thursday, the Kings had still not touched based with the Kovalev camp and another source told ESPN.com the team was not interested in Kovalev’s services.

One name that won’t go away when it comes to the Kings is Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan Smyth, who has a no-trade clause in his contract.

more names mentioned…

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Yzerman Does The Right Thing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One of the most curious invitees for the Canadian Olympic orientation camp is a player who doesn’t even know if he’s going to put on the blades at all this year: Joe Sakic.

But it is a measure of the respect for Sakic’s pedigree, and the integrity of Canadian Olympic executive director Steve Yzerman and Hockey Canada, that the veteran forward was extended an invitation, even though a decision on whether he will retire or not has not yet been made public.

Yzerman said he recently called Sakic and, without prying about his decision, told him he wanted Sakic at camp.

continued (story is in the left sidebar), the featured story is about the players selected to the Team Canada Orientation Camp.

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  Tags: joe+sakic, steve+yzerman, team+canada

LaRose Signs With Canes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,

Canes forward Chad LaRose has signed a two-year contract that will pay him $1.5 million next year and $1.9 million in the second season, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.


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  Tags: chad+larose

Panthers Sign Leopold, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Florida Panthers made sure they didn’t lose Jay Bouwmeester for nothing.

They signed Jordan Leopold to a one-year contract on Thursday, locking up the player they received from Calgary in exchange for Bouwmeester’s rights.


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KK- Be Safe & We Will Be Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I know many of you are heading out for a long holiday weekend very soon and just wanted to keep you updated with our plans for KK.

We will be monitoring all UFA signings and possible trades throughout tonight, then return to our regular routine on Friday.

We may be a little slower with updates through the holiday weekend, but come next Tuesday, we will be right back at it.

I do plan on taking a vacation sometime late July or early August, I feel it is deserved after four years.

Again, be safe this weekend folks, we want you back on Tuesday.

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