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Nothing To Say Here Gramps:  Overloaded On The Blue Line Too

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Diggers are waking up and the FNG is keeping pace.

Dave Dye, while not technically “new” (he’s been covering MSU and other sports for the News for nearly two decades) has reported for duty as the Wing bubba at the Detroit News.  And if he keeps up this pace, he’ll be getting a call from Khan(!) soon.  Something about expectations of mediocrity.

An article and a blog entry.  In the hypothetical words of Ansar…“Slowwww down big boy. It’s early.”

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Looking for Mike?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

A week or so ago, Mike Chen’s blog exploded. Today he’s “kinda” got it back up and running and since many of his readers have been referred here for updates, we figured we should pass the word.

Incidentally, you’ll remember another suicidal blog incident a couple weeks ago and bad things are supposed to come in 3’s, right? 

Time for everyone to get paranoid.

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For The Good Of The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Canwest News Service via the Ottawa Sun,

Before Meszaros was traded, the Bolts had told Murray they were prepared to give him an offer sheet, worth in excess of $5 million US per season, but Tampa Bay didn’t have the necessary compensation -_first-, second- and third-round choices in the 2009 draft - to make it happen.

But Murray says he’s glad the deal worked out the way it did because it would have served to drive up the salaries of defencemen similar to Meszaros.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Jacques was the ‘D’ coach (at the Olympics) so I got to spend some time with him,” McCabe said. “Jacques went out of his way to bring me here and I’m happy to be wanted. Jacques has done a great job (in Florida). He’s got good young talent. And, obviously, the acquisitions this summer have been great.

“Bringing in Cory Stillman, a guy with two Stanley Cups…guys like that are few and far between. And the acquisitions of (Keith) Ballard and (Nick) Boynton is a big upside. With myself added, and Jay Bouwmeester, who is one of the best defensemen in the league, hands down, I think we have one of the best defensive units out there. Plus you have an All-Star goalie.”

more from Bryan McCabe at FloridaPanthers.com.

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Live Blogging My Call To Direct TV

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last year we live blogged a call to Verizon. It was a huge success.  Huge.  This year, I’m ramping it up. Mainly because the dumpster diving nimrods at Verizon still aren’t offering the Center Ice Package.

Tonite, I’m dialing up Direct TV and it’s only fair that we offer them the same access and opportunity for success.

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Conkblocked:  Howard Headed To GR

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

George Malik brings us this from Helene St. James,

“Jimmy is going to lose any tie. I’ve explained that to Jimmy. Our plan is that he is going to be on our team in ‘09-10 for sure.”

1.  HSJ, like a school teacher, seems to work from September through June.  Welcome back.  She also has a few tidbits from Conklin and how it’s “neat” to be skating with the big boys.

2.  Yeah, I stole “conkblock”.  So what.

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Canadiens Gather For Golf, Talk Improvements

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Now the question is whether general manager Bob Gainey will try to make another move. He has roughly US$6 million in cap space to play with, and doesn’t rule out a deal, although he said he has no interest in any of the remaining unrestricted free agents on the market.

“There are possibilities out there for some players to change teams,” he said. “Some teams are over the cap, others have too many players on their roster.

“So there’s going to be some workings among those teams. We’re there with a team we feel pretty good about, but we’re always looking to improve it.”

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New Coaches Prepare For Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

With the Labor Day holiday passed and the kids off to school, the only ones left waiting are the new NHL coaches who are raring to go. As Tom Petty sang years ago, the waiting (as in the way-ay-ting) is the hardest part. That certainly is the case for Scott Gordon on Long Island, John Anderson in Atlanta and Barry Melrose in Tampa.

Gordon’s case is one in which last season’s assistants Gerard Gallant and John Chabot remain in place and, as such, according to Gordon, “should make the transition easier.”


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McCabe Deal Still Pending—Update: Deal Done

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brian Biggane at Inside the Panthers:

More than six hours after Canadian website TSN predicted the Bryan McCabe-Mike Van Ryn would be completed, there was still no announcement forthcoming from either the Panthers or Toronto.

Call it yet another reminder that such deals usually aren’t as clear-cut as they appear on the surface.

While the key components of the deal were already in place, Toronto General Manager Cliff Fletcher told his beat writers that the two sides had very little communication prior to Tuesday, making it likely that some of the ancillary issues still had to be worked out.


Update 5:30pm ET: From TSN

The long rumoured deal was held up while the Panthers waited for the Leafs to pay a $2 million bonus due to McCabe on Sept. 1.  With the payout, McCabe, 33, will earn $4.15 million in each of the final three seasons of the five-year, $29 million contract he signed with Toronto in 2006.

The Maple Leafs will receive defenceman Mike Van Ryn in exchange for McCabe and a fourth round pick in the 2010 Entry Draft.


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  Tags: bryan+mccabe, mike+van+ryn

Senators Get Ryan Shannon

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from MarketWire,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has acquired right-winger Ryan Shannon from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for defenceman Lawrence Nycholat.


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