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Gomez Was Never A Fit In New York

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

His game was gone, his smile was gone, and he was going. The Rangers had been dangling Gomez for months. They needed to clear cap space. They needed to move forward without Gomez.

“If you perform up to expectations, play hard every day, game in and game out and be productive, there’s a chance you’ll never be traded,” Sather said yesterday afternoon after announcing that Gomez had been traded.

Gomez’ heart was in the right place two summers ago. But his eyes exceeded his commitment. New York was too big for him.

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Who May Be Headed To LA

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

In terms of the Big Three (Hossa, Havlat, Gaborik), I’ll make the following predictions: Hossa will not be a King, and Havlat and/or Gaborik will be with the Kings only if they agree to short-term deals.

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A Dream Come True For Higgins

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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

Christopher Higgins’s mother, Sue, is thrilled beyond words on Long Island, her son soon to be playing much nearer home. His father, Bobby, is another matter. A Canadiens fan “for 50 years,” Higgins says, Bobby Higgins is burying his son’s Canadiens paraphernalia. Or at least putting it behind closed doors in the basement for now….

I reached Higgins at his summer home on Long Island, where the day’s trade to the New York Rangers was still sinking in. He spoke glowingly of his time in Montreal and of the fans in this city, no matter their voice on any particular night.

New York is a dream come true. But leaving Montreal doesn’t happen without many memories being stirred.

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  Tags: chris+higgins

Ducks Re-Sign Erik Christensen

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Erik Christensen to a one-year contract extension. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.

Christensen, 25 (12/17/83), split the 2008-09 season with Anaheim and Atlanta, combining for 7-21=28 points with 20 penalty minutes (PIM) in 64 games. Christensen also appeared in eight Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Ducks, collecting 0-2=2 points.

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Chicago Trying To Move Huet

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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

It was clear late Tuesday night that Hawks GM Dale Tallon hoped to re-sign both Martin Havlat and Nikolai Khabibulin before they became unrestricted free agents at noon on Wednesday.

The serious interest in bringing back Khabibulin was a pretty strong indicator that Tallon was actively trying to trade goalie Cristobal Huet and the three years and more than $16 million he has left on his contract.

Two teams that need goaltenders – Edmonton and Colorado – were believed to be at least listening to what Tallon was offering. Could defenseman Cam Barker be part of a package with Huet? The Oilers are believed to have some interest in Barker.

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  Tags: cristobal+huet

This Doesn’t Look Good

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Boy, oh, boy oh Dany boy, is this a double whammy of Pronger proportions to the well-bruised Edmonton ego.

Edmonton product Jay Bouwmeester signing with Calgary was the first skate to drop. But that was nothing until Calgary product Dany Heatley played coy when it came to to waiving his no trade clause on a done deal.

The price was a little stiff. But it would have allowed the Edmonton Oilers to unload a stiff and add a 50-goal scorer to play with Ales Hemsky.

But now young gun Andrew Cogliano, Ladislav Smid and Dustin Penner know the Oilers had traded them, which is only minor damage.

But now the world knows that a Calgarian would apparently rather take the spit and abuse of coming off as a bigger jerk than he already appeared to be to play in the city a three hour drive to the north.

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  Tags: dany+heatley

Are You Ready?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

No, I am not up yet, but soon will be. 

For those readers who have been around KK for more then a year, you know what to expect today.  For those of you that are new, you may want to check out how we did thing during the first day of the UFA period last season (then scroll forward).  It is kind of fun to read all the talk last year on July 1st too,

KK will be around all day and into the night and will be providing you with the latest signings, trades and yes, even some of the rumors.

We hope you enjoy the day and just in case you are not sure, the UFA signing period starts at noon ET.

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A UFA All Star Team

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to make an All Star Team of players who will be unrestricted free agents just before free agency begins in order to get a feel for the strength of the free agent market.  Here is last year’s team.  The most successful player on it this past season was Marian Hossa, who made the second team All Star this year and is a free agent again.  Mark Streit of the New York Islanders is one of the few other success stories.  Most of the players on the list are in decline and signed for contracts that are worth more than they will produce.  This group of players signed for almost two times the salary cap and it is not clear that they would have been a playoff team.  The exercise shows that, despite what the media often says, you cannot build a winner through free agency.

Here is this year’s team:

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Koivu Parents Have A Dream

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

The Wild’s expected to make an offer, but it’s not just a sure-thing Saku Koivu signs a deal to play with Mikko.

I talked to Mikko very early this morning my time. I got him on his boat in Turku. He did voice some concerns that he and Saku have been discussing in recent days. Saku doesn’t want to step on Mikko’s toes because this is his team now, they’ve talked about what it would be like to handle the other being criticized publicly if that were to happen and they talked about the distractions it could create if every city they went to turned into a series of Koivu Bros. stories.

He admitted it’s not a big problem and that they know that stuff would die down, but those are a few of the “cons” on their pros and cons list. On the “pros” side, the fact that it would be special for Saku, 8 1/2 years older, and Mikko to play together and that their parents would absolutely love it. He said it’s a “dream” of theirs.

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  Tags: saku+koivu

Sens/Oilers Talking Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Sources tell TSN a Dany Heatley deal to the Oilers is getting close, but not yet finalized.

The expected deal would see Edmonton sending Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid to the Senators in exchange for Heatley.

Heatley will be required to waive his no-trade clause.

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added 10:48pm, Senators have now asked Heatley to waive his NTC.  All the information is at the above link to TSN.

added 11:01pm, via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet that the Ottawa Senators have traded disgruntled all-star Dany Heatley to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid.

added 7/1/09 12:05am, RDS (translated) says Heatley will not waive his NTC.

added 7/1/09 at 12:11am, If you want to follow this story to conclusion, I suggest watch Dan Tencer’s Twitter.  He will provide you with the outcome, meanwhile, I need some sleep.

Bob McKenzie of TSN says deal is dead.

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