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Saku Koivu Signing In Minnesota Up In The Air

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants at the Star Tribune,

Last night, the Wild thought Saku Koivu would be signed, sealed and delivered by this morning.

Now, it appears as if it’s going nowhere, according to sources.

Agent Don Baizley said no decision is imminent and he’d reserve comment until “the situation is resolved.”

Koivu is expected to take some time and weigh his options, but he’s got a bunch of scenarios and many teams coming at him hard, and like I said, it appears the deal with the Wild is going south.

New Jersey is one team hot after Koivu, as well as the New York Rangers, who now that they traded Scott Gomez, really doesn’t have a center to get the puck to Marian Gaborik. Anaheim likes him, too.


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  Tags: saku+koivu

Still Out There

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Alexei Kovalev is an interesting case….

One would think Los Angeles would be a fit given that the Kings struck out on Gaborik and Havlat. Sure, they signed blueliner Rob Scuderi on Thursday, but here’s a young and talented team screaming for a big-name addition up front. But as of late afternoon Thursday, the Kings had still not touched based with the Kovalev camp and another source told ESPN.com the team was not interested in Kovalev’s services.

One name that won’t go away when it comes to the Kings is Colorado Avalanche forward Ryan Smyth, who has a no-trade clause in his contract.

more names mentioned…

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Yzerman Does The Right Thing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One of the most curious invitees for the Canadian Olympic orientation camp is a player who doesn’t even know if he’s going to put on the blades at all this year: Joe Sakic.

But it is a measure of the respect for Sakic’s pedigree, and the integrity of Canadian Olympic executive director Steve Yzerman and Hockey Canada, that the veteran forward was extended an invitation, even though a decision on whether he will retire or not has not yet been made public.

Yzerman said he recently called Sakic and, without prying about his decision, told him he wanted Sakic at camp.

continued (story is in the left sidebar), the featured story is about the players selected to the Team Canada Orientation Camp.

Filed in: Non-NHL Hockey, International Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: joe+sakic, steve+yzerman, team+canada

LaRose Signs With Canes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chip Alexander of Canes Now at the News & Observer,

Canes forward Chad LaRose has signed a two-year contract that will pay him $1.5 million next year and $1.9 million in the second season, general manager Jim Rutherford said today.


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  Tags: chad+larose

Panthers Sign Leopold, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN:

The Florida Panthers made sure they didn’t lose Jay Bouwmeester for nothing.

They signed Jordan Leopold to a one-year contract on Thursday, locking up the player they received from Calgary in exchange for Bouwmeester’s rights.


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KK- Be Safe & We Will Be Here

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I know many of you are heading out for a long holiday weekend very soon and just wanted to keep you updated with our plans for KK.

We will be monitoring all UFA signings and possible trades throughout tonight, then return to our regular routine on Friday.

We may be a little slower with updates through the holiday weekend, but come next Tuesday, we will be right back at it.

I do plan on taking a vacation sometime late July or early August, I feel it is deserved after four years.

Again, be safe this weekend folks, we want you back on Tuesday.

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Tracking Salary Cap Space

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

For those of you who are curious to keep track of how the signings are affecting salary cap space on your favorite teams, check out NHLnumbers.com—a handy resource that tracks the salary commitments over the long term. 

Be aware though: when clicking through to the team pages I’ve been having some connection problems at times. Understandably, the site is likely getting a lot of extra traffic yesterday and today.

*For reference, here’s ESPN’s list of players already signed (and their salaries) thus far. And here are the players still waiting for a new home.

Update: via Twitter, John also suggested another option for salary cap crunching we can play with—CapGeek.com.

Filed in: NHL Talk, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Rutherford Still Chasing LaRose

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Harris of WRAL,

“He’s still in the free agent market, and testing it.  And we have not done anything to add a player in his position.”

Jim Rutherford’s conversation with The Insiders on Thursday began with those comments on the status of unrestricted free agent Chad LaRose.  The Hurricanes were vocal about their hopes to sign LaRose before the open signing period began on Wednesday at noon.

“We’re hoping to re-sign Chad,” continued the Canes GM.  “If we can do that, I think everybody will be happy.”


Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: chad+larose

Canadiens Failed At Getting That Franchise Type Player

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

You could make a convincing – though not overwhelming – argument that Montreal upgraded its top-six forward supply by replacing Saku Koivu, Alex Kovalev and Alex Tanguay with Scott Gomez, Mike Cammalleri and Brian Gionta.

What can’t be argued is that the Habs chewed threw the one valuable resource they possessed – cap space – and failed to land the franchise-defining player they’ve lacked for years.

By the time they take care of their RFAs, the Canadiens will be pushing up against the cap, yet still without a big No. 1 center or stud defenseman in their midst.

The unknown element in all of this is what Gainey’s options were.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Scuderi A King

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Rob Rossi, Penguins beat writer, on his Twitter,

Rob Scuderi has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Kings, he confirms via text.

Update 4:27pm ET: From TSN—

The Los Angeles Kings made their first dip into the free agent market on Thursday, signing defenceman Rob Scuderi to a four-year, $13.6 million contract.

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  Tags: rob+scuderi

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