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Putting The Hudler Story To Bed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Wings general manager Ken Holland said today that the club will head to salary arbitration with forward Jiri Hudler on July 30 in Toronto. Hudler’s agent, Petr Svoboda, told Holland the 25-year-old left wing intends on playing in Russia next season.

“They have no intention of negotiating a settlement, they want the case heard before an arbitrator,’’ Holland said.

The NHL apparently will not be able to prevent Hudler from playing for Moscow Dynamo.

continued

Hudler has made it clear he wants to play in the KHL, the Wings are not really fighting his decision so we can expect the end result, Hudler in the KHL and the Wings will add another forward by signing someone or making a trade.

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  Tags: jiri+hudler, khl

Hossa Has Been Playing With The Shoulder Injury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Wings general manager Ken Holland said Marian Hossa did not injure his shoulder during the playoffs as indicated in a story in the Chicago Daily Herald. Holland said Hossa had a slightly torn rotator cuff when the Wings signed him on July 2, 2008, but it wasn’t anything significant.

“He was hurt before he got to us,’’ Holland said. “Our doctors looked at him and we had conversations about whether to have surgery. Our doctors recommended he should have something done at some point but it’s something he can play with.’‘

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  Tags: marian+hossa

Columbus Signs Marc Methot

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets and defenseman Marc Methot have avoided arbitration by agreeing on a two-year contract, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Methot, 24, has collected four goals and 17 assists for 21 points to go along with 75 penalty minutes and a cumulative plus/minus rating of +11 in 95 career NHL games. In his first full season with the Blue Jackets in 2008-09, he recorded 4-13-17, 55 penalty minutes and had a +7 plus/minus rating in 66 games. He scored the first goal of his NHL career at Nashville on October 18, while setting career highs in goals, assists, points and games played.

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The Season Is Getting Close…

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

...when the Dallas Stars Ice Girls hold auditions…

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In The Words Of Harry Neale

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from BuffaloSabres.com,

Sabres.com is counting down the top five “Harry-isms” - or one liners from color commentator Harry Neale. Watch the eight nominees below and rank them from 1-5 with 1 being your favorite. All moments are listed in alphabetical order and are not ranked.

Watch all the nominated Harry-isms and my favorite is…

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  Tags: harry+neale

Under Pressure In The East

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Here’s a look at a player from each of the 15 teams in the Eastern Conference who’ll be under pressure to perform as soon as the puck drops:

Ray Emery, Philadelphia—The Flyers have one of the NHL’s best offenses and a defense that now includes Chris Pronger. What they don’t have is a proven No. 1 NHL goaltender—unless Emery proves he can handle the job. Emery led Ottawa to the Stanley Cup Final just two years ago, but little has gone right for him since. He’s returning to the NHL after a season in Russia during which he made the All-Star Game. If he can’t handle the job, the cap-strapped Flyers could see their dreams of a long playoff run go sailing away.

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Zajac Signs Multi-Year Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

The Devils have avoided Friday’s arbitration hearing and re-signed restricted free agent center Travis Zajac to a multi-year contract.

Zajac, 24, is coming off a breakout season in which he posted career-highs with 20 goals, 42 assists, 62 points and a team-best plus-33 defensive rating.

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  Tags: travis+zajac

Will Sexton Be Named Panthers GM?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Here’s an interesting take on the vacant Florida GM slot from a high NHL exec: Since the draft and major free agency picks have been completed, it’s quite possible that assistant GM Randy Sexton simply will inherit Jacques Martin’s chair for the 2009-2010 season.

Look at it this way: Sexton has plenty of experience (Ottawa and Florida) and will save a financially strapped franchise some extra bucks. Plus, between overseer Bill Torrey and Sexton, the Panthers’ braintrust is as good as any around.

more hockey notes from Stan…

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  Tags: randy+sexton

German Players Were Not Told To Miss Olympic Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Reuters,

The NHL players’ association (NHLPA) denied on Wednesday it had forced German ice hockey players to miss a pre-Olympic training camp because of concerns they would not be adequately insured in case of injury….

The NHLPA said it had never made any demands about insurance but had simply advised players that the training camps might not be providing enough to cover their contracts or future earnings should they get injured there.

“While our NHLPA members look forward to the opportunity to represent their countries at the Olympics, it is unreasonable to request that players participate in on-ice summer orientation sessions without sufficient insurance against injuries,” Paul Kelly, NHLPA executive director, said on Wednesday.

more

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One Of A Kind

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic,

Jeremy Roenick has his happy ending. The Coyotes are still working on theirs.

Roenick will leave the game with his dignity, his milestone and his name in lights. And though he hasn’t announced his retirement just yet, it sounds as though the hard-checking star finally is checking out.

“I’m really not on the fence,” Roenick said. “I really know what I’m doing. I’m just not going to announce it yet.”

For 20 seasons, Roenick gave the NHL what it sorely needs: a marketable American with huge personality. He was flashy, on ice and off. He said lots of interesting things. He will leave as one of the better American-born players of all time.

continue for Roenick’s thoughts on the Phoenix situation and J.R. says Chelios wants to play for the Rangers…

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  Tags: jeremy+roenick

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