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Official: Dan Boyle has Signed with the Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Update 7:41pm ET: As noted in the comments of this post by NHL Jeff, my wording in this title is inaccurate. He hasn’t been ‘signed’, simply traded. (My apologies—it’s been a long week!)

via press release:

San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired defensemen Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defensemen Matt Carle and Ty Wishart, a first round selection in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and a fourth round selection in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

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  Tags: brad+lukowich, dan+boyle

Craig Rivet Traded from the Sharks to the Sabres

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Phil Coffey at NHL.com:

The Buffalo Sabres acquired veteran defenseman Craig Rivet from the San Jose Sharks on Friday.

The Sharks sent the 33-year-old veteran and a seventh-round selection in the 2010 Entry Draft to the Sabres in exchange for second-round selections in the 2009 and 2010 Drafts.

Rivet will help the Sabres replace Dmitri Kalinin, who signed with the New York Rangers on Thursday.

Update 5:10pm ET: Comment from Sabres GM Darcy Regier, via press release—

“We are very excited to add such a quality veteran player to our roster.  He is a great character player that will provide our club added leadership and experience.”

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  Tags: craig+rivet

Difficult Decision For Jagr

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

An emotionally-drained Jaromir Jagr believes his decision to leave the NHL was the most difficult in his career. Yet the right one.

“It wasn’t an easy decision,” the star winger told The Canadian Press in a phone interview Friday. “It was the toughest decision in my life, hockey-wise. ...

“It was a lot tougher than I thought it was going to be,” he added. “No question about it. I hate making changes.”

continued

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr

Canucks May Take Another RFA Shot

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

If the Canucks strike out in the Sundin sweepstakes, look for Gillis to take another swipe at adding to his roster through a restricted free agent offer sheet.

Best bet? Detroit winger Valterri Filppula. The Red Wings tend not to lose players they want to keep—and Filppula definitely fits that category—but they are running out of cap space. It might take an offer in the $4 million dollar range to force them to pass

more and some UFAs that are still unsigned…

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  Tags: valterri+filppula

Looking at those Free Agent Salaries

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

CBC asks the question, “What’s behind the big NHL free-agent salaries?”

“Shocked.”

That’s the word New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello used when asked for his reaction to the amount of money tossed around on July 1, the first day of the National Hockey League’s free-agency period.

read on

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  Tags: free+agents, salary+cap

Mara Re-signs With Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rangers Report,

Also, just received a text message from Paul Mara who said he has re-signed with the Rangers. More on terms in a bit.

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Leafs Set To Sign Swedish Dman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The Toronto Maple Leafs are moving closer to signing Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren, a mainstay of the Tre Konor national team.

“It hasn’t happened yet, but it will happen,” one insider close to the deal told thestar.com today.

Frogen, a 6-1, 200-pound stay-at-home defenceman negotatiated his release from Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League

continued

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  Tags: jonas+frogren

Report:  Dan Boyle to the San Jose Sharks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks are one of three teams in the running for veteran defenseman, Dan Boyle.

Sources tell TSN the Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Philadelphia Flyers are the three teams Boyle is considering, however he has yet to waive his no-trade clause to clear the way for a trade.

The belief is Boyle will consent to trade at some point today and will select the team of his choice, however until he officially waives his no-trade, there is always a chance the Lightning’s efforts to move him may be scuttled.

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Update 10:20am ET (alanah): Link above has entirely changed the content—

Sources tell TSN that Tampa Bay Lightning defenceman Dan Boyle has waived his no-trade clause and has agreed to a trade to the San Jose Sharks.

The paper work confirming Boyle has consented is being processed right now and once signed by Boyle, it will clear the way for the Sharks and Lightning to complete the deal.

In return for the 31 year old veteran defenseman,  its believed Tampa will receive a package that will include 23 old defenseman Matt Carle, a 1st round pick, a prospect and a 4th round pick.

Sources say defenseman Brad Lukowich is also part of the deal going to San Jose.

Update 10:51am ET: From Lightning Strikes

“Yes,” Boyle’s agent George Bazos said. “That’s the way we’re going. We went through the whole process and picked a [place] he’s very happy to be. If the Lightning can go ahead and [consummate] a trade, then Dan is very happy with that.”

 

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  Tags: brad+lukowich, dan+boyle

Everyone Is Connected

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

If it’s true that anyone on the planet can be linked to another with only six degrees of separation, what is the breakdown of hockey connections?

One degree of separation?

In hockey’s small world, everyone seems to know everyone else. Coaches mentor other coaches, a fraternity that connects with hundreds of players over the course of a career. Scouts, coaches and former players become general managers and tap into links forged over decades.

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Blackhawks Now Have Options

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

“We have a pretty good 1-2 punch now with Campbell and Dunc,” said Savard. “One of them is going to be on the ice every other shift.

“Campbell gives us a lot of options now. I don’t care how many good forwards you have, it takes a good defenseman to get the puck to the forwards. He fits in with us perfectly. He’s got great skill, but he’s also good in his own end.”

As for how Campbell will fit in on the power play, Savard envisions the two-time all-star playing the point on the right side.

“We’ll see where he fits best, but I know he’s going to be out there with (Jonathan) Toews, (Patrick) Kane and (Martin) Havlat,” said Savard.

“We’ll make adjustments, but he gives us a lot more options. He’ll bring it up the ice on the power play, which will have us spending less time going back for pucks.”

more on Chicago…

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