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Canadiens Looking For A Big, #1 Center

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“It hasn’t been a secret that we’ve always been in the market for a big, strong, first-line centre and wherever that player may be, that’s where we’ll be looking,” Gainey said Thursday regarding the Canadiens’ plans for the draft.

“I think it’s going to require some patience, maybe a little bit of luck,” Gainey said about the search for a centre. “We feel we have some of the assets needed to put a deal together if we have a partner who really wants to move in that direction.

“We’re staying available and we’ll be available until a deal is done.”

The name most commonly mentioned is that of Tampa Bay Lightning star Vincent Lecavalier, who grew up in suburban Montreal, but there are questions as to whether Tampa Bay is willing to trade him and whether the Canadiens can meet the Lightning’s price.

Gainey said he believes that the best chance of landing a big centre was through a trade, rather than waiting to see who’s available when the free-agent signing period begins July 1.

more

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Looking At The Sale Of The Canadiens

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from Sun Media,

The sale of the Montreal Canadiens to the Molson family continues to raise questions, with many believing the sale process happened too quickly.

Quebec’s Argent news agency has learned that the speed at which Gillett wanted to sell the team didn’t impress NHL brass, notably league commissioner Gary Bettman.

“Bettman wasn’t pleased with the first few steps in the selling (process),” a source said.

Sources close to the sale suggest Bettman put a halt to the whole process at one point in April to attempt to re-organize the situation. On May 4, Bettman is said to have invited prospective buyers of the team to New York to try and find out exactly what Gillett was seeking.

continued

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Boom

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from MinnesotaWild.com,

SAINT PAUL/MINNEAPOLIS, Minn.—The National Hockey League’s (NHL) Minnesota Wild, along with Brand Thunder LLC, has announced the launch of the Firefox Wild BOOM. The customized Minnesota Wild browser, a free upgrade to the secure open-source Firefox browser…

continued

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Thursday Afternoon Talk

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

• A guy nearly as busy as Gainey is Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke, who was burning up the phone lines again Thursday trying to make something happen.

“Working on multiple aspects here,” Burke said via e-mail. “Discussing straight player trades, working on three draft scenarios—move up, pick, move down.”...

In the meantime, as Burke pointed out, he’s also looking at traditional player trades. A source told ESPN.com late Thursday afternoon that the Leafs received an offer for veteran blueliner Tomas Kaberle. Things are getting interesting!

• Nothing much new on the Dany Heatley front, meanwhile.

“Unfortunately, nothing has changed,” Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray said via text message Thursday afternoon. “A couple of conversations only.”

much more

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How About Three Non-Traditional Games?

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from the CP via TSN,

There could be as many as three NHL games played outside of traditional venues next season.

The league’s competition committee discussed several different scenarios during a wide-ranging meeting on Thursday and left open the possibility for games to be played outdoors in Boston and Calgary, with another being held under the roof at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

“We are looking at a couple potential additional special events beyond the NBC Winter Classic game,” said NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. “(It’s something) that we all collectively think will be very good for the game. We think that they won’t dilute the product that we’ve created.”

continue for more topics that were discussed

added 4:56pm, Now Bob McKenzie of TSN comes out with this… T

here will not be a second NHL outdoor game in Calgary on January 1, 2010.

The NHL’s competition committee met today in Montreal and that was one of a number of issues that was dealt with.

While there won’t be a second outdoor game to follow up the currently scheduled New Year’s Day game at Boston’s Fenway Park, there is likely to be a second special event in a Canadian city.

Sources say that event is possibly a game at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium to celebrate the Canadiens’ 100th anniversary.

continued

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Bolts- Only Talk To Lawton

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from TSN,

The ongoing saga surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning took another turn on Thursday afternoon, as all NHL general managers and player agents received a short email message from general manager Brian Lawton establishing his role with the club going forward.

“Please be advised that in order to avoid any confusion over the next couple of weeks, as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning Organization I am the only person authorized to speak on behalf of the team with regard to player transactions,” the email read.

“No other person is authorized to negotiate player transactions. Any questions, feel free to call.”

contnued

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KK- Darn Lightning

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Not the Tampa kind, but this is real lightning headed my way.

So I am shutting down, feel free to leave comments below on any breaking news and I will be baxk asap.

update 4:23pm, Back for now.  These storms have high winds, trees down and lightning all over the place.

If I disappear again, you know why.

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Cap News

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via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHL players union has voted to trigger the 5-percent escalator on the 2009-10 salary cap, The Post has learned.

This means that the 2009-10 cap will remain within a couple of hundred thousand dollars of last season’s figure of $56.7 million.

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Could Kaberle Be Moved?

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs have received what the team considers to be a significant offer for defenceman Tomas Kaberle.

There are few details available, however the offer arrived unexpectedly Thursday afternoon and is believed to be from one of the teams who may have been in the hunt, trying to acquire the negotiating rights to Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester.

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Report- LA Offer For Heatley

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo’s Twitter,

Appears L.A. Kings team to beat for Heatley; Alex Frolov, another & the fifth overall pick I’m hearing.

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