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Chicago Signs Danny Bois

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed right wing Danny Bois to a one-year contract.

Bois, 26, ranked third on the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators with 149 penalty minutes while collecting 12 goals and 24 points in 66 regular-season games. The Thunder Bay, Ontario, native appeared in one National Hockey League contest with the Ottawa Senators in 2006-07, accruing seven penalty minutes.

The Colorado Avalanche’s second choice, 97th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Bois has racked up 968 penalty minutes and 113 points (54G, 59A) in 336 career AHL regular-season games spanning parts of five seasons (2004-09). He registered professional career highs in goals (18), assists (17), points (35) and games played (79) in 2005-06 with Binghamton.

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Legal Issue Could Change The Face Of Sports

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lester Munson of ESPN,

Fast forward to a high-definition picture of sports late in 2010. Here is the news of the day, scrawling across the bottom of your TV screen or mobile Web device:

• A young Detroit Red Wings fan who has saved his pennies for months shells out $300 to buy a replica sweater that would have cost him $80 in 2009.

• Lockouts and strikes loom large in all four major team sports as an era of relative peace on the sports labor front ends and owners begin to exercise their new power over player unions.

Unlikely?

Discouraging?

It could happen.

All of those scenarios, in fact, could become realities if the NFL triumphs in a case now under consideration in the U.S. Supreme Court. Experts agree that the case known as American Needle vs. NFL could easily be the most significant legal turning point in the history of American sports.

read on & thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Blackhawks Just About Ready For The Season

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Barring a trade for a bruising veteran defenseman—and general manager Stan Bowman could pull one off—things should quiet down for the Blackhawks until training camp starts in September….

The Hawks are stronger up front after acquiring forward Marian Hossa.

They’re more experienced and better defensively after acquiring forwards John Madden and Tomas Kopecky.

Their goalie quandary is resolved with Cristobal Huet as the main man.

Though they lost four players in free agency, the Hawks were able to bring back the young core that did so well last season. The team and its fan base seem to have moved on after the somewhat unexpected change at general manager last week, and Martin Havlat’s verbal swipes at the front office were taken for what they were by his former teammates—the frustration of a spurned player. No big deal.

read on

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Leblanc Looks Forward To Playing At Harvard

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Harvard Crimson,

Seconds before the Montreal Canadiens made their first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the television cameras cut to Louis Leblanc. Leblanc, an incoming Harvard freshman and highly-rated NHL prospect, looked around Montreal’s Bell Centre in silent anticipation. The Kirkland, Que. native would soon learn whether his hometown team would be selecting him with the 18th pick overall.

“I was pretty nervous throughout,” Leblanc said. “I didn’t know where I was getting [selected]. It was crazy—I had goose bumps.”...

In terms of preparing for the NHL, Leblanc pretty much had his pick of the litter. He could have played amateur hockey or at any school in the nation, including Boston University and Boston College, the past two NCAA Champions. But Leblanc chose Harvard with the goal of finding a balance between hockey and education.

“I thought it was better for me—for my life—to get a Harvard education,” Leblanc said. “Even if I play 20 years in the NHL, life still goes on after that.”

Leblanc’s ultimate goal is to play in the NHL, but he wants to get as much out of Harvard as he can before transitioning into a life of full-time hockey.

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Foote’s Days In Denver Are Numbered

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Whatever Foote is, he’s not naive. His days here are numbered, and the first team that demonstrates a willingness to take on his contract, whether that’s for the entire season or near the trading deadline, likely can get him for any offer than isn’t a complete embarrassment. (And maybe even for one that is.) The chances of Foote returning for 2010-11, even if he doesn’t retire, are minuscule.

That’s how the scorched-earth approach works.

The uncertainty is one reason Foote probably won’t succeed Sakic as the Avalanche captain this season, although he and Milan Hejduk would be the best short-term choices. Instead, the nod probably will go to Paul Stastny, the 23-year-old center who would have to grow into the job.

more on the Avs…

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The Numbers Are In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

You know it is a very slow hockey new period when I am posting this…

via Russia Today,

Former NHL superstar Sergey Fedorov and his younger brother Fedor have chosen the numbers under which they’ll play for Metallurg Magnitogorsk in the upcoming KHL season.

Sergey Fedorov will wear the number 18 on the back of his shirt. The choice has some history behind it, as the forward began his hockey career in CSKA Moscow under the same number.

Fedor Fedorov went for number 81, the Metallurg Magnitogorsk official website reports.

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Options For Kessel

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe, So, with about eight weeks to go before the start of training camp, here’s how it’s shaping up for the 21-year-old winger, who potted 36 goals last season. Kessel can:

►Cut a one-year deal, accepting only a slight bump over his 2008-09 wages, and use it as a bridge to arbitration as of next July 1. If he popped in another 36 goals or more in 2009-10, he could ring up the Causeway cash drawer for $5 million per year or more next summer. Remember, the players who scored more than Kessel last year will average $6.5 million in the coming season.

►Take something akin to David Krejci money (three years/$11.25 million), forget about finances for 36 months, and come to the table in the spring of 2012, ideally with a more mature and proven overall game.

►Force his way out of town, either by requesting a trade or refusing to sign, leading Chiarelli to deal away a non-performing asset (probably at the post-Olympic trading deadline).

read on plus numerous hockey topics…

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Get Into The Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• Best way to become a general manager in the National Hockey League: Be born to the right family. Five of the NHL’s 30 GMs are a son or a son-in-law of a former GM.

• Brian Burke has invested more than $22 million in the Maple Leafs defence, which is about $5 million more than the Boston Bruins will pay for their defence this coming season. The Bruins, for the record, allowed 96 fewer goals against than did the Leafs last season.

• Steve Yzerman doesn’t like to talk much about his future ambitions but he had hoped that if the Chicago Blackhawks were going to change general managers, he would be strongly considered.

• There are almost 150 unsigned free agents in the NHL and all but three or four are players who could disappear without anyone ever noticing.

a few more hockey bits…

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No Shakeup Yet In San Jose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Emmons of the Mercury News,

Marleau, who has been a lightning rod for criticism, said he and Wilson have talked about if he should remain the team’s captain.

“We’ve discussed some things and I’m waiting to see how that unfolds,” he said. “But I’ve told Doug that I’m willing to do whatever it takes to get this team to the next level.”

Both Nabokov and Marleau said they have not been asked by Wilson to drop the no-trade clauses in their contracts. But Nabokov said he would if the G.M. requested it.

“If the organization wants me to leave, I will leave,” Nabokov said. “I would never stay with an organization that didn’t want me.”

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Sunday Hockey Notes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

• The story circulating through NHL front offices, and relayed to Slap Shots by four general managers, is that Dale Tallon essentially had been operating as the Blackhawks’ lame-duck GM since late November or early December, when he agreed to trade netminder Nikolai Khabibulin to Washington for center Michael Nylander.

That ill-advised deal was vetoed by club president John McDonough, who then bided his time until he could come up with a reason/excuse to dismiss Tallon….

• There is, however, widespread belief that Dallas owner Tom Hicks’ financial problems—his team canceled prospects camp in order to save money—will force the Stars to cut payroll . . . with the cutting to feature former Tampa Bay Conn Smythe winning first-line center Brad Richards, who has two years at $7.8 million remaining on his deal.

more hockey talk

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