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Skrastins to Dallas, 2 Years

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

According to the TSN tracker, Karlis Skrastins has been given a 2 year contract by the Dallas Stars, worth a total of $2.75 million.

Update 2:05pm ET: Also reported by RDS (French).

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Adrian Aucoin Officially Signed By Phoenix

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed defenseman Adrian Aucoin to a one-year contract.  As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are excited to add Adrian Aucoin to our team,” said Maloney. “He is a defenseman who played over 22 minutes per game in Calgary last season. He is an intelligent puck-moving defenseman who will help improve our power play and bring leadership to our locker room.”

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  Tags: adrian+aucoin

Back To Square One

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Unless the Edmonton Oilers are willing to increase what they’re going to pay for the disgruntled Senators winger, Heatley won’t be going to the Oilers anytime soon.

“It’s different now,” said Murray. “I don’t know whether we will continue or not. During the day, I will talk to Steve Tambellini again. Very definitely it’s not the same deal it was yesterday.”

read on

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  Tags: dany+heatley

Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

When Darryl Sutter was asked if the team was still in the market for a tough guy, he responded, “I’m the enforcer.”

More on the Flames from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald.

Also, in case you missed it earlier today, the Flames signed Garth Murray this morning.

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Canadiens Make A Serious Statement

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Manny Almela of MontrealCanadiens.com,

“Gomez needs to play with shooters and that’s where Cammalleri comes in. I think he’s a better fit that way than a player like Alex Tanguay would have been,” explained Gainey. “We told Mike that we had a good place for him and he’s a 27-year-old that is looking for a challenge.”

“Spacek is a top four defenseman who can help us in a number of areas, including the power play. He’s another player that several teams were looking at,” offered Gainey. “A veteran like Hal Gill brings us that physical presence and toughness we lost in Mike Komisarek.”

The busiest team in the NHL on the biggest shopping day of the year, the Canadiens made a serious statement. Gainey pulled no punches about the message that was sent.

“All of these players were being looked at by other teams, but we beat them to the punch,” said Gainey. “The important thing is, they chose Montreal.”


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Flames Sign Pair

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

Calgary, AB – Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of centre Garth Murray and forward Riley Armstrong.

Murray, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, has over 100 games of NHL experience split between Phoenix, Florida, Montreal and the New York Rangers. Murray was originally drafted by the Rangers in the 3rd round (79th overall) in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

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  Tags: garth+murray, riley+armstrong

Antropov A Thrasher

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Nik Antropov experiment in New York is over, as the veteran forward has signed a four-year, $16 million deal with the Atlanta Thrashers.


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Mark Recchi Re-Signs With Boston

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via TSN,

The Boston Bruins have re-signed forward Mark Recchi to a one-year, $1 million contract.

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Chris Thorburn Re-Signs With Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed forward Chris Thorburn to a multiple-year contract, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Thorburn, 26, appeared in 82 games for the Thrashers last season, recording 15 points (seven goals, eight assists), setting new career highs for games played and goals.


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  Tags: chris+thorburn

Other Teams Get Better While Sabres Don’t Do Much

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Minority owner Larry Quinn says he wants to compete for a Stanley Cup, but champions aren’t built by accident. The best teams refuse to make excuses, identify their shortcomings and aggressively address problems. The Sabres have done none of the above in recent years, and there’s little reason to believe it’s going to change any time soon.

Buffalo stocking up on bruisers in the draft was a good sign, but it was two years after it became clear they weren’t tough enough to win it all with the talent they had. Now, they don’t have the talent or the toughness to compete.

That’s why they’re, well, here. They blame injuries when it’s really a lack of depth and character. They point toward big contracts when they could have kept players for less. They preach patience when it’s really status quo. Meanwhile, teams across the league make honest attempts to get significantly better.


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