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Friesen Gets Tryout With Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Roger Ross at SanJoseSharks.com,

Sharks fan favorite Jeff Friesen will return to San Jose as a tryout player when Sharks training camp begins Sept. 20 at Sharks Ice at San Jose…

“I’d love to end my career here,” said Friesen, who won a Stanley Cup in 2003 with New Jersey. “But first things first and I have to take advantage of the opportunity.”

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Forsberg Still Trying To Resolve Foot Issues

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News,

“Peter still has this foot issue,” Don Baizley, Forsberg’s agent, said Wednesday. “He has to have that resolved before anything is going to develop on that front. There’s nothing new on that score at the moment.

“Peter has done some skating and he wants to play, but only if the foot is right.”

 

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

My gut feeling is that Mats is going to retire and if he plays at all it might be back in Sweden. I do not have a deadline for this information.

-Joe Bowen… more on the Leafs from Joe’s blog at TorontoMapleLeafs.com….

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  Tags: mats+sundin

NHL Teams Block Sugden

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From HockeyFights.com:

Brandon Sugden‘s dream of getting one more shot at making it into the NHL has suddenly come crashing to a halt.

After scoring an invitation to attend training camp with the New York Islanders, all that was left in Sugden’s way was the approval of all 30 NHL teams. Because Sugden retired from hockey in December 2006 only to suit up in the LNAH months later, the league must grant Sudgen an unofficial reinstatement in the aforementioned form.

Unfortunately for “Sugar”, three different teams gave a thumbs down…

read on for more on why Sugden wanted to try one more time

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  Tags: brandon+sugden

Sharks Sign Vlasic, 4 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the San Jose Sharks:

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has signed defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a four-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Marc-Edouard is one of the top young defenseman in the game and we are excited to have him in to fold for the next several years,” said Wilson. “He has a tremendous future with this franchise and we look forward to watching his continued development.”

 

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Joe Sakic Signs 1 Year Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Colorado Avalanche:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract.

“I am happy to announce the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “Our entire organization is very excited to have Joe back for another season. As the only captain of the Avalanche, his record of achievement speaks for itself. Having him return is great for our franchise and community, but also for the game of hockey.”

“Ultimately it came down to the fact that I still enjoy playing and competing,” said Sakic. “I’m comfortable with my conditioning and my overall health. I’m ready for the start of camp and am looking forward to the upcoming season.”

Update 5:33pm ET:
According to Adrian Dater, Sakic’s one year deal is for $6 million.

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  Tags: joe+sakic

Strangest Top-10 List Ever

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Costello at The Hockey News,

It’s the dog days of hockey off-season and the ideas aren’t so easy. So I let the stomach do the thinking this time.  Here are 10 hockey personalities who are making me hungry:

10. R.J. Umberger. With cheese and bacon please.

9. Per Djoos. Something healthy to wash down the Umberger.

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East vs West = Star Power vs Defense

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated:

But in looking at the two conferences, certain trends have become distinct over the last five years as the league moved to a heavier inter-divisional format. In general, the East boasts more young, dynamic offensive players, while the West is more about size, defense and proven veterans. Of course, there are exceptions to those stereotypes, but take this simple test:

When you think of the Pittsburgh Penguins or the Washington Capitals what is each team’s identity?

read on

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The Best Of The Pacific

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from E.J. Hradek’s Blog at ESPN,

While I continue to wait for this inevitable preseason player movement, I’ve decided to put a little list together. Everybody likes little lists, right? I’ll offer my thoughts on the best players in the history of each franchise. I’ve broken it down to best forward, best defenseman and best goalie. It’s a little summer exercise to get ready for training camp.

I’ll start with the Pacific Division teams:

ANAHEIM DUCKS
Best forward: Teemu Selanne. The Finn’s second stint in Orange County pushes him past former linemate Paul Kariya.

read on and it looks like E.J. is confident Teemu will be back…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Interesting news tidbit from the LPGA, which announced this week it will require its players to have at least a cursory grasp of the English language by 2009 if they wish to play for that organization.

I wouldn’t demand a similar regulation be imposed on NHLers that forces them to change. But it would behoove the league and NHLPA to stress to its European players the importance of getting a firm handle on the primary language in which the game’s business is conducted.

-Adam Proteau of the Hockey News where you can read a little more and a warning- some Sundin talk too.

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