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Chara Facing Three More Months Rehab

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Steve Conroy at the Boston Herald,

Coming off left shoulder surgery six weeks ago to repair a torn labrum, Chara finally shed his sling a week ago and started his rehabilitation.

He’s doing daily range-of-motion exercises, and it’s estimated that he faces three more months of rehab, which would take him into September and the start of training camp. He couldn’t guarantee that he’d be ready from the get-go, but it shouldn’t be too long after that if he isn’t.

“We’ll have to see how the rehab goes, but it should be right for the start of training camp,” Chara said. “But we’ll see”

read on for more news on the Norris Trophy candidate

In other Bruins news, team owner Jeremy Jacobs and his wife gave a substantial charitable gift to the University of Buffalo this week: $10 million.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Boston Bruins, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: jeremy+jacobs, zdeno+chara

Streit to Rangers?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Mike Boone at Habs Inside/Out,

Streit’s 34 points on the power play tied Streit with Nicklas Lidstrom for second among NHL defenceman, behind Sergei Gonchar’s 46. Streit’s salary was $600,000. Lidstrom’s was $7.6 million. Gonchar made $5.5 million.

Citing the $1.875 million Francis Bouillon will make this season and $1.75 for Mathieu Dandenault,  [Journal du Montréal beat man Marc de Foy] says $2.5 million would not be unreasonable for Mark Streit.

Streit’s agent,  Pat Brisson, says there are no negotiations underway with the Canadiens.

Another factor: Streit prefers playing defence. There are rumours in New York that the Rangers will pursue Streit and promise him a spot on D.

more

Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: mark+streit

New Generation of Stars

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

I buy into the argument that the Hart should go to the player adjudged most valuable [to] his team. If you want a flat-out best player in a single season award, call it the Wayne Gretzky and we’ll move on, but whatever criteria you use to determine this thing the guard has clearly been changed. The new generation of NHL stars has arrived and, for now at least, Ovechkin and Crosby or Crosby and Ovechkin are likely to lead the way.

That doesn’t augur well for stellar stay-at-home defencemen or 2.00 and lower Goals Against Average goalies, but so be it.

read on

Update 11:28am ET:  More thoughts on the Hart from Jeff Z. Klein at Slap Shot in the New York Times.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: alex+ovechkin, hart+trophy, sidney+crosby

One Week Later:  Readers Have Questions

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The emails keep pouring in.  Thousands of Wing fans wanting my opinion, seeking my views.  It’s almost too much for me to handle. If not for the crack A2Y staff and interns from Saginaw Valley State University, I’d be in over my head.

Oh yes.  It’s time for reader/Chief Q and A. 

It’s time to go…back to the sack.

Continue Reading »

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Boots’ Legal Problems Linked to Predators Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Brad Shrade at The Tennessean,

Predators investor William J. “Boots” Del Biaggio III’s trail of financial and legal troubles drew closer to Nashville Wednesday, as the FBI subpoenaed documents from Metro concerning the California businessman and his role in the purchase of Nashville’s pro hockey team last year.

It also has become more clear in recent days that as much as $27 million in debt Del Biaggio incurred on his way to bankruptcy may have direct ties to the Predators deal.

An arena management company, AEG Facilities Inc., is the latest to accuse the high-flying 40-year-old San Jose venture capitalist of fraud, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. The company is a division of entertainment giant AEG, which manages sports arenas and owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and says it loaned Del Biaggio $7 million to help him buy a share in the Nashville Predators.

continued…

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  Tags: william+j+del+biaggio

Kukla Will Return, I Promise!

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Since I’m getting so much mail about this—understandably—I thought it would be best to provide another update here on KK.

Paul is definitely going to be okay and will be back to KK in top-form soon. His recovery has been slow and with some unexpected setbacks, but he’s definitely improving. Meanwhile, because the problem is seriously affecting his eyesight, he can’t respond to emails so please have patience if you’re waiting to hear back.  If you have anything urgent that you’d like me to pass onto him, just .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

P.S.  KK’s server hijacked my email yesterday for several hours, and when it finally landed in my inbox I got seriously backlogged. So please accept my apologies for the delayed responses. 

Thanks to everyone for all the support.

Filed in: KK Website Business, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

Osgood on Jim Rome

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Yesterday, Chris Osgood spoke to Jim Rome on ESPN.

Video below:

Continue Reading »

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chris+osgood, espn, jim+rome

Rangers Wooing Wheeler

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Larry Brooks in the NY Post,

The Rangers New York Rangers spent yesterday romancing a free agent right wing, and his name isn’t Jaromir Jagr.

Rather, even as No. 68 told The Post that he hasn’t spoken to general manager Glen Sather since the May 6, post-elimination breakup day, the Blueshirts were attempting to entice 21-year-old Blake Wheeler into signing an Entry Level deal with the club.

continued…

Wheeler was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in 2004 and recently turned down their offer of an entry-level contract at the maximum allowable salary.

Filed in: NHL Teams, d, New York Rangers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: blake+wheeler

Dallas Drake, etc

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Ted Kulfan at the Detroit News,

Holland said he expects veteran forward Dallas Drake to decide about retirement in the next two weeks.

plus more notes on the Wings future

*hat-tip to Spector who summarizes all the latest rumors & news on Brian Rolston, Darcy Tucker, Jose Theodore, Brendan Morrison, Derek Roy and others today.

 

Filed in: NHL Teams, Detroit Red Wings, NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: dallas+drake, rumors

Big Heart

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Iain MacIntyre at the Vancouver Sun via Faceoff.com,

Immediately after his packed, televised press conference at General Motors Place, Linden handed over to the Canucks’ charity the $25,000 he received last month from the National Hockey League as part of a humanitarian award.

It won’t be Linden’s last act of community service even if he never skates another shift in the NHL.

“No, I don’t think that will stop,” Linden’s wife, Cristina, said.

“During my time at Nike ... I got to spend time with Michael Jordan, Lance Armstrong and Tiger Woods,” Canuck president Chris Zimmerman said. “They are extraordinary people. But I have never met another athlete with a bigger heart than Trevor Linden.”

read on…

*Video of Linden’s retirement speech was posted here yesterday

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  Tags: charity, trevor+linden

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