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Name Players Still Available

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

There are still about 40 “name” unrestricted free agents out there who are looking for work.

At the top of the list is F Alex Tanguay, though it has been rumoured for a while that he is on his way to the Panthers with a couple of other teams (the Islanders and Predators) rumoured to be in the mix.

Some of the players are close to the end of their careers (or may already be there) like D Sergei Zubov and Fs Brendan Shanahan and Mats Sundin.

But there are plenty of other players still available who still have something to contribute: G Manny Fernandez; D Derek Morris, Dennis Seidenberg, Martin Skoula, Marc-Andre Bergeron and Francis Bouillon; and Fs Robert Lang, Petr Sykora, P.J. Axelsson, Jason Williams, Taylor Pyatt, Maxim Afinogenov, Mike Grier and Miro Satan.

more plus a look at Martin Gerber playing in the KHL…

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Paul Kelly Talks About The Heatley Situation

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from Dave Campbell of 630 CHED,

Speaking exclusively on 630 CHED’s “Inside Sports with Dan Tencer”, NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly broke his silence on the Dany Heatley saga on Wednesday night.

“I think that this been kind of twisted in a negative way, which is unfortunate for Dany. I think he’s just a victim of a bad set of circumstances,” said Kelly about Heatley, who requested a trade earlier in the off-season.

“While it is true that he requested a trade, it was not Dany Heatley or his agent that made that fact public. I think Dany’s been unfairly treated by the media and by the (Senators) organization.”

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Update 3:05pm ET: More on Heatley from Chris Yzerman at the CP

While Cory Clouston introduced the newest member of his staff Thursday, talk turned to what’s becoming an old story for the Ottawa Senators coach: what to do about Dany Heatley.

Clouston, speaking on a conference call after the Senators announced the hiring of former NHLer Brad Lauer as an assistant coach, said he’s yet to speak with his disgruntled star. It’s Heatley’s unhappiness over his diminished role and ice time since Clouston took over as head coach that’s been cited as the reason for the left-winger requesting a trade out of Ottawa this spring.

“I’m more than willing to listen and talk to anybody, but nothing’s changed at all,” said Clouston, who was “surprised” at Heatley’s request.

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Talking All The Islanders Goalies

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Ah, but the question, WHO is the back-up?

Martin BironBetter still, Heaven only knows who’ll be the Numero Uno between the pipes when the Autumn leaves start to fall.

One thing is certain, one Islander goalie surely will fall because Garth Snow has produced yet another center-ring gem.

By signing Martin Biron to a one-year contract, the Isles’ general manager has lined up number one goalies the way Paris Hilton lines up gossip items.

And believe The Maven, there’ll be plenty of gossip over Rick (Remember Me) DiPietro, Dwayne (All The Way From Edmonton) Roloson and the aforementioned Biron between now and you-know-when.

For starters, having a triumverate of goalies ever-so-clearly suggests that the black cloud hovering over DiPietro’s netminding future will not easily dissipate until he proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that he CAN endure a good season of puck-stopping.

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The Power-Skating Expert

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from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

One of the best parts about watching the Flames’ annual prospects camp?

Getting to see one of the smoothest skaters on the planet on display every morning.

Too bad he’ll never ever play for the Flames.

Because in addition to being a little long in the tooth, Barry Karn, power-skating teacher extraordinaire, is making a pretty good living as it is.

And what a stride the man possesses. Ridiculous.

The Minneapolis-based instructor just guided the Tampa Bay Lightning through its rookie camp and now he’s here.

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Fedorov Wants His Money Back

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from M.L. Elrick of the Detroit Free Press,

For nearly 20 years, former Red Wing great Sergei Fedorov has victimized opponents with slick skating and a deadly shot.

Now he says he is the victim, swindled out of $43 million by a Grosse Pointe Shores man entrusted to manage his money.

In a lawsuit expected to be filed today in Wayne County Circuit Court, Fedorov accuses Joseph Zada of embezzling the money during the past 11 years.

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Bouwmeester And His Corsi

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When I listed the players with the worst 20 Corsi Numbers last season, the list included a lot of defencemen who play on bad teams against top competition and usually start their shifts in the defensive zone.  This of course is a contributing factor to their poor Corsi numbers.  Copper N Blue notices this and points it out.  He criticizes me for listing the players with the worst Corsi Numbers, suggesting that it will provide ammunition to the “anti-numbers” crowd.  There are people who do not want to believe that statistics and math can be used to understand hockey and would just like it all to go away.  It is obvious that statistical analysis has made significant in roads to hockey, so it isn’t going away.  It also isn’t clear that hockey can ever be solved on the level of baseball, but that is a goal - even if it is unattainable.  This aspect of the game has little effect upon your viewing of a game, unless you want it to.  There is no reason you have to know anything about statistics to view a game.

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Regulating The Web

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

I’ve always felt the Internet ranked as possibly the best technological advance of this age. I’ve also felt it also ranks as the worst. For every great use of it, there’s at least one that manages to shine a light on the slimiest elements of our society.

The latter was on full display earlier this week when video of ESPN reporter Erin Andrews, captured by a hidden camera as she walked around naked in her hotel room, found its way on to the web….

It lays bare the Internet culture that believes everything is for public consumption, libel is a concept from the past and common decency is something your grandmother worried about. It’s a culture that preaches everything is designed for entertainment, whether it’s video of people suffering serious injuries doing stupid things or invasions of privacy of the most heinous degree…

I’ve never favoured regulating the Internet. Until now.

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I can’t see how the web can be regulated, but I can see you, the reader, visitor or member, making a decision on whether to visit a site or not.  Just like in everyday life, I have found people who surf the web are gullible, uneducated or just don’t have any morals and they will never stop doing what they do.

It is also up to the person in charge of the website to monitor and control the readers who visit.  If you are going to post material like what is mentioned above, what kind of visitors do you think you are going to attract?

In my mind, not the type I want to be associated with.

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Biron To The Islanders

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Islanders won’t be caught short again.

Ensuring stability in nets regardless of the state of Rick DiPetro’s health, the Islanders have signed free agent goaltender Martin Biron to a one-year, $1.4 million steal of a deal, The Post has learned.

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added 5:50pm,

The New York Islanders today announced that they have agreed to terms on a one-year contract with goaltender, Martin Biron.

“Adding Marty gives us three bona-fide number one goalies,” said Garth Snow, General Manager, New York Islanders.  “We learned about the importance of stability in our line-up from last year and he now allows us to have another quality starter.”

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Putting The Hudler Story To Bed

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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.

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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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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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