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Lightning Signs Mark Recchi

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN’s tracker:

Tampa Bay Lightning sign UFA forward Mark Recchi.

More soon.

Update 8:14pm ET: From TSN

The Tampa Bay Lightning continued to pile on veteran support on Monday, signing forward Mark Recchi to an undisclosed contract.

Recchi, 40, split last season between the Atlanta Thrashers and Pittsburgh Penguins. He played in only 19 of the Penguins’ 26 games with just two goals and six assists. He has been a healthy scratch in seven of their last eight games before the team place him on waivers in December.

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Brendan Morrison Joining the Ducks—UPDATED

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

Free agent centre Brendan Morrison is off the free agent list, as the B.C. native is set to join the Anaheim Ducks.

Terms of the impending contract are not known, but it is expected to be a one- or two-year deal.

continued…

Update 11:05am July 8th: Morrison’s signing has been confirmed. 1 year, $2.75 million.

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  Tags: brendan+morrison

Bouwmeester Options

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From George Richards at On Frozen Pond,

Only a few people—Jay Bouwmeester, his agent and perhaps JM the GM—know whether Florida’s No. 4 wants to continue his relationship with the Panthers much longer.

Jay has already decided to take the Panthers to arbitration, which means the thoughts he would sign an offer sheet with another team is over. For now, it’s the Panthers or no one for Jay. But there are a few options.

continued…

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  Tags: arbitration, jacques+martin, jay+bouwmeester

Expect Hossa to Stay in Detroit

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ken Campbell at The Hockey News,

In a hockey world rife with uncertainty, you can take this one to the bank: if Hossa turns out to be a good fit with the Red Wings, he will be in Detroit beyond next season and for many more to come.

There is absolutely no way Holland makes this deal exclusively with the 2008-09 season in mind. When Holland makes a deal of any magnitude, it must serve two purposes –that is make the Red Wings a better team in the short-term and a better team in the long-term. And there is no way Holland would have made the deal if he hadn’t already figured out there’s a good chance he’ll be able to get Hossa in the fold on a multi-year deal after next season.

more

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  Tags: ken+holland, marian+hossa

Blue Jackets Agree to Terms with Peca

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers in the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent center Michael Peca, The Dispatch has learned.

Best guess here is it’s a two-year deal. It could be announced as soon as Tuesday. Apparently, there are some minor details to hammer out before it’s completed.

read on for other Columbus contract odds &ends

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  Tags: michael+peca

Bertuzzi Excited To Play In Calgary

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

For all the reasons Todd Bertuzzi chose to make his NHL next stop in Calgary, the primary factor was not the money, but the opportunity — to play with Flames’ captain Jarome Iginla.

“I gotta to say, Jarome is 100 per cent why I’m a Calgary Flame,” said Bertuzzi. “I had great talks with him. Everything he said about the organization and the city was nothing but positive. Haven’t talked to my family, we decided it was a good opportunity for us and we couldn’t pass it by.”

continued

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  Tags: todd+bertuzzi

Saskatchewan Gets WJC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the StarPhoenix via the Vancouver Sun,

It’s official: Hockey Canada announced Monday that Saskatoon and Regina have landed the 2010 world junior hockey championships.

The Saskatoon/Regina group had been bidding on either the 2010 or 2012 championships.

“You started the bar to grow in this championship and I know we’ll be able to do a better and better job every time we host in this province,” said Hockey Canada’s Bob Nicholson as he made the announcement.

continued

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  Tags: wjc, world+junior+championships

Fight On

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

...Bettman hasn’t done so yet – and even if he did, I doubt he’d do it publicly – but I sure hope he doesn’t listen to those buttoned-up arbiters of appropriateness.

In fact, I’d love nothing more than to see him add more fuel to the fire and give Lowe and Burke (a) full license to draw caricatures of each other in public, (b) two of those giant cotton swab devices they use on American Gladiators, and (c) a dump truck’s worth of salt for each other’s wounds.

read on

added 2:47pm, from TSN,

A few days after Edmonton Oilers’ Kevin Lowe fired back at rival GM Brian Burke, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman tried to pour water on the feud of the two rival team executives.

Following comments by Burke over the past year and comments Lowe made recently to an Edmonton radio station, Bettman ordered the two to cease and desist in a conference call Monday.

continued

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  Tags: brian+burke, kevin+lowe

Calgary Flames Sign Todd Bertuzzi, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via press release:

Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of free agent forward Todd Bertuzzi.

“Todd is a proven scorer with the ability to play both wings,” said Sutter. “He expressed to us that he wanted to play in Canada and that desire along with signing him to a one year deal was important to our philosophy. He wanted to play on a good team and it fit our money. Additionally, our captain, Jarome Iginla, was a strong supporter of Todd and wanted him on our team.”

added 1:30pm (Paul), from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

So naturally, your first thought is, what could they possibly be thinking?

How could the Calgary Flames, with their eyes wide open, possibly sign Todd Bertuzzi to a one-year contract with the NHL team? After all that happened — the Steve Moore incident and the persistent distraction that it had become; the decline in production, the injuries — after all that, how could the Flames assume the risk of putting Bertuzzi in their line-up next season, a year in which they legitimately think they can challenge for a Stanley Cup?

The official explanations will be coming later today, on a conference call with the general manager, Darryl Sutter, but let’s start with a couple of threads that need to be pulled.

continued

1:44pm ET: Bertuzzi’s salary is $1.95 million (per TSN’s tracker).

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  Tags: todd+bertuzzi

Blackhawks Sign Matt Walker

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

via press release:

The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the team has signed free agent defenseman Matt Walker (6-3, 213) to a one-year contract.

Update 12:36pm ET: Release available at Blackhawks website.

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  Tags: matt+walker

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