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Stars Trade For Auld

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

FRISCO, Tex. – Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has acquired goaltender Alex Auld from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for San Jose’s sixth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft (previously acquired).

“Alex is a proven NHL veteran with a track record of success in this league,” said Nieuwendyk. “He has size and ability, and we expect him to be an excellent goaltender for us.”

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Atlanta Re-Signs Slater

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Atlanta—The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed restricted free agent forward Jim Slater, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.  Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Slater, 26, has recorded 70 points (31 goals, 39 assists) in 274 career NHL games over four seasons with the Thrashers.  He also appeared in four Stanley Cup Playoff games with Atlanta during the 2006-07 post-season.

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Tallon Admits Mistake & Says Players Were Signed At Fair Market Value

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from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles at the Chicago Daily-Herald, Blackhawks GM Dale

Tallon admitted Wednesday the team made a mistake getting qualifying contract offers to his restricted free agents on time but claimed the goof did not force them to overpay for Kris Versteeg and Cam Barker.

Versteeg and Barker signed three-year, $9.25 million contract extensions after earning $984,000 and $490,000 last season, respectively.

“I think that we got them at fair market value,” Tallon said. “When you compare the comparables, looking at the point production of Barker and Versteeg and all the other players, those numbers are right in line with what they possibly would have gotten in arbitration. We’re happy to get them long term.”


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Gaborik Says The New Wild Management Never Offered Him A Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press, “

Obviously, there was no decision for me because the Wild decided to go a different route,” Gaborik said. “Obviously, I would consider any offer, but I didn’t get any from the new era. I’m a Ranger now, and I’m very excited about that and looking forward to that new opportunity.”


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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Hudler On Why He Signed With Dynamo Moscow

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Thanks to a KK friend Roman for the translation of Hudler’s press conference…

In Detroit there is wasn’t place for me and I didn’t want to go to another club. So i didn’t ask for a trade. Then came Dynamo with their offer.

I started thinking about it and decided to go to Russia. It was tough but this is not a question of life or death. It is only hockey.

The KHL is good league. I should be one of the key players so it could help me in my career. I don’t think I will close the door to NHL. I am young and there are still 13 years until the end of my career. I want my career to be more colorful.

Hudler did say it is the most lucrative contract of his career and in two years he could return to the NHL.

He also said many people will question the move and he thought about it too before deciding to sign with Dynamo Moscow. 

On a side note, Dynamo contacted him two years ago about joining them and he said he could not leave Detroit without winning the Stanley Cup.

note:  you can follow this story in a previous KK post from this morning.

added 2:38pm, via George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive,

Hudler did tell CTK that he informed Mike Babcock and several teammates of his decision, but he also stated that he still wants his North American agent, Petr Svoboda, to take the Wings to arbitration.

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Koivu A Duck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Dan Wood of Ducks Blog,

The Ducks are set to announce shortly the signing of unrestricted free-agent center Saku Koivu to a one-year, $3.25 million contract.

added 1:57pm, ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has signed center Saku Koivu to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“Saku Koivu’s character and leadership qualities are unquestioned,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “He is a skilled playmaker and we are thrilled to add him to our team.”

added 2:45pm, Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants on Saku,

If somebody doesn’t want to play here, he doesn’t; there’s no use chasing your own tail and throwing money and term if there are other factors at play. He could’ve gotten a better deal in Minny — sources say the deal would have been in the $4 million annual range on a two-year deal, in the $3-million-plus range on a three-year deal.

As I warned you before last weekend, the Wild started to get the impression things were heading south with negotiations with Koivu. To me, this contract with Anaheim shows two things — 1) he wants to play with buddy Teemu Selanne and only signed for one year because Selanne claims this time he will really retire in one year; 2) there were serious concerns amongst the Koivu Bros. about playing together.

more on what the Wild do now…

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The Tough Northeast

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from Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News,

I’m officially dubbing it the NorthBeast Division.

True, we’re only looking at one serious Stanley Cup contender coming out of the section (that being the Boston Bruins), while even a third playoff entry is a dicey proposition. But oh, we’ll have a lot of fun watching the carnage nonetheless.

Think about it: Boston will trot out Milan Lucic, Zdeno Chara, Mark Stuart and Shawn Thornton for every NorthBeast matchup. Toronto will counter with Luke Schenn and new bruisers Colton Orr, Garnet Exelby, Francois Beauchemin and transplanted Hab Mike Komisarek, thus preserving the Lucic-Komisarek storyline.

read on

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Rangers Sign Brian Boyle

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

New York—New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Brian Boyle.

Brian Boyle, a first-round pick in the very deep 2003 NHL Entry Draft, has recorded eight goals in only 36 career NHL games.

Boyle, 24, was acquired by the Rangers on June 27 from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a third round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.  Boyle appeared in 28 games with the Kings last season, registering four goals and one assist for five points, along with 42 penalty minutes.  He established career-highs in games played (28) and penalty minutes (42).

The 6-7, 252-pounder has skated in 36 career NHL games with Los Angeles, recording eight goals and two assists for 10 points, along with 46 penalty minutes.

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Blues Sign Ian Schultz

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues’ President John Davidson announced today the club has signed forward Ian Schultz.

Schultz, 19, played for the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL last season, notching 41 points (15 goals, 26 assists) along with 127 penalty minutes in 58 games played. The 6-2, 200-pound forward was selected in the third round, 87th overall by the Blues in the 2008 Entry Draft.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Back in my playing days scouts used to say I reminded them of Michael Jackson and I was flattered by that, thinking they were referring to our agility, ability to perform and to entertain. Some time later, over a couple of wobbly pops, one of those scouts broke the bad news to me. He said they called me the “Michael Jackson of Goaltending” because we both seemed to have a glove on our left hand for no apparent reason.

-Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge.  More from Daryl…

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