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Ruff Comfortable With His Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Folks in Sabreland have been worriedly and angrily wringing their hands the last couple of weeks. They’ve watched teams throughout the NHL make changes to their rosters and can’t figure out why the Buffalo Sabres are sticking with what they have.

Lindy Ruff, however, isn’t worried.

“I like what we have here as a team, and these guys can continue to grow,” the coach said Friday….

“I’m OK going in,” said Ruff, whose team finished two points out of a playoff spot. “We were pretty close to being where we wanted to be, and a couple disappointing things happened, and we ended up not getting there. The fact that we were able to put on a strong finish [7-2-1 in the final 10 games] was something that I really felt was important for our team.”

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Ducks Clse To Signing Wisniewski

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via Mark Whicker of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

The Ducks are a few days away from wrapping up their off-season player acquisition activities, and they are expected to take a big step by re-signing James Wisniewski, who is a restricted free agent.

Although it hasn’t been announced, the indications are that the Ducks are close to giving the talented defenseman a 1-year deal with a salary in the neighborhood of $2.5 million, which would hold off an arbitration hearing.

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Multidimensional Role For Paul Kelly

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

No one is suggesting that Kelly leads Bettman and the owners in a rousing version of “Kumbaya” when the two sides get together. There are issues of contention: The limits to which players are willing to submit to enhance the league’s drug-testing policy is one. But there is also an appreciation that the two sides can have different opinions without necessarily being on separate planes, which was how the two sides existed for much of the past two decades.

“I think Paul takes a far more constructive approach to labor relations than Bob Goodenow ever did,” Daly told ESPN.com via e-mail this week. “He works hard to find common ground as opposed to points of conflict. And he clearly understands that success for the players is integrally tied to the league’s success.”

These are interesting, if not complicated, times for the players as they try to make their way in this new global economic order under a CBA that has them more closely tied to the league than at any previous point in NHL history.


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  Tags: paul+kelly

NHL And KHL Fight Over Players

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Ever since there stopped being a valid player transfer agreement between the NHL and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation, both sides have been fighting over players.  The first major battle was over Alexander Semin who played in Russia during the lockout year and the year after it despite a valid NHL contract.  That was sorted out and he came to the NHL.  Though he has become an NHL star since then, he was not one at the point of the fight over his rights.  The Russians attempted to fight the transfer of several players to the NHL including Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin, but the NHL was able to get any player they wanted and Russia was only successful in getting some NHL rejects (such as prospects Roman Voloshenko and Igor Grigorenko).  The NHL had been able to get their way in any important case until Alexander Radulov left Nashville for the KHL.

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Lite Night On KK

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I am headed out for the evening and will try to update if I hear of anything major regarding our game.

Otherwise enjoy the weekend and Go Tigers!

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Moen To The Habs

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MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens General Manager Bob Gainey announced today the signing of forward Travis Moen to a three-year contract (2009-10 to 2011-12). As per Club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Travis Moen is a character player. He is versatile, and he plays hard. His size and style will contribute to adding physicality to our team”, said Bob Gainey.

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Capitals Sign Brendan Morrison

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ARLINGTON, VA. – The Washington Capitals have signed unrestricted free agent center Brendan Morrison to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Ducks Sign Steve McCarthy

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed defenseman Steve McCarthy to a one-year contract. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed.
McCarthy, 28 (2/3/81), has appeared in 302 career NHL games, recording 17-38=55 points with 168 PIM. He played last season in the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), going scoreless with 16 PIM in 18 games with Ufa Salavat Yulayev. A native of Trail, British Columbia, McCarthy last appeared in the NHL with Atlanta in 2007-08, collecting 1-6=7 points with 48 PIM in 55 games. In 2006-07, he matched a personal best in points (4-12=16) while setting a career high in assists with the Thrashers.

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Tanguay Looking For A Good Fit

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“We’re talking to several teams,” Tanguay’s veteran agent, former NHL goalie Bob Sauve, told ESPN.com in French on Friday. “Lots of teams have expressed interest. We’ve had a few offers, but not yet something that we want to firm up.

“We’re going to take our time,” added Sauve. “We’re going to wait, not only in terms of money, but also in terms of fit.”

Sauve also confirmed the Canadiens were out of the picture. GM Bob Gainey filled up his high-end forward spots with Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri.

“We never heard back from the Canadiens,” Sauve said. “Bob told us if we were going to talk again, it would probably be after July 1. Since then, we haven’t heard from them, so we moved on.”

more plus other NHL topics…

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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Setting The Record Straight

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,

As for the Internet report that Niittymaki had signed with a team in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (reports that never came with attribution or an official announcement, by the way), Niittymaki said they were wrong.

“I don’t know who put out those rumors,” he said. “I never signed. There was a lot of interest from Russian team, and that was pretty much it. I never signed anything, and I don’t know how it came out that way. My first thing was always to look for a job in the NHL.”

“He did not sign anything,” Lawton said. “That question was asked to him and every member of their legal team.”

more on Nittymaki…

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