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Saskin Takes The Stand & Gomez Talk Is False

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Disgraced former NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin is scheduled to testify tomorrow on behalf of the NHL and against the interests of the union he once represented, in an arbitration hearing that has critical implications for the Rangers, The Post has learned.

The issue at hand concerns the status of drafted European players who do not sign before June 2 of the second calendar year following their selections. Article 8.6 of the CBA states that clubs lose their rights to such players if they are not signed on or by that date.

continued and I thought I would also point this out from Brooks in the same story…

Contrary to falsehoods circulating on the Internet, the Rangers have never considered trading Scott Gomez to clear cap space for Sundin. Nor will they.

added 11:38am, from Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo Sports,

Follow the bouncing B.S. ...

A hockey rumor “blogger,” whose hit-to-miss ratio rivals that of a visually impaired Imperial stormtrooper, reported that the New York Rangers are going to trade center Scott Gomez in order to open up cap space to sign free agent Mats Sundin. The Vancouver Canucks were named as the likely destination.

This naturally sent places like the HF Boards into a speculative tizzy, because really why else would they exist?

continued

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Injections Help Gagne Return To The Ice

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chuck Gormley at the Sporting News,

Concussion symptoms kept Gagne out of all but 25 games last season. Those are gone, he says, thanks to an innovative injection therapy called prolotherapy.

Gagne, 28, first heard about the procedure while watching a health segment on a Philadelphia news channel.

“When I first saw Simon back in April, he had neck pain, dizziness and real bad headaches,” Greenberg said. “But he also had a tilt to his pelvis and some back pain. His symptoms were very similar to whiplash.”

Gagne had a series of anesthetic injections in his neck, head, shoulders, pelvis and back. Greenberg said the injections are generally made up of two anesthetics and an inflammatory agent such as dextrose or cod liver extract.

more

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  Tags: simon+gagne

Leafs Continue Rebuilding Project

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via the Toronto Star,

There could be as many as 10 new faces in the Maple Leafs lineup on opening night. Fletcher is pleased with the changes he’s made but is keenly aware that they won’t change one fundamental rule of pro sports.

“Trying to build a team can’t be fast-tracked,” he said Tuesday.

Fletcher is currently enjoying a rare period of quiet and noted that news from around the NHL has fallen almost completely silent of late.

That includes any news from veteran Maple Leafs Mats Sundin (considering retirement) and Bryan McCabe (considering waiving his no-trade clause).

“There’s nothing new as we’re talking today,” said Fletcher.

more on the Leafs…

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Canes Saddened By Death Of Julia Rowe

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Hurricanes players and staff members were saddened today to learn of the death of Julia Rowe, the young girl whose battle with leukemia proved so inspiring to the team during its run to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Rowe, a neighbor of Canes coach Peter Laviolette, was the impetus behind the “relentless” motto that the team adopted during the playoffs.

continued

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“Obviously I’m well aware I wasn’t the most popular pickup in Calgary Flame history but at the same time I think you’ve got to give it a little time and give me a chance,” he offered. “I can’t lie to you it’s not the jersey I thought I was going to wear, but at the same time I played enough games here to know what kind of fan base and what kind of team they are.”

-Todd Bertuzzi from the CP via TSN where you can read more on the Flames…

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All Pominville

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Buffalo Sabres sniper Jason Pominville will be logging on to Sabres.com and give his insight into the Sabres throughout the 2008-09 season….

What is the weirdest thing someone has said on the ice?

“I’ve been pretty lucky with that. There really hasn’t been anything that has caught my attention.

“But probably the funniest thing I’ve heard on the ice was when I was in the American Hockey League and had long hair. Somebody yelled something at me like, ‘get a haircut poodle’ or ‘nice haircut poodle.’

read on

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Morrison Happy With Knee Progress

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the OC Register,

(Brendan) Morrison spoke via cell phone near the Canadian border as he and his family prepared to move from Vancouver to Orange County to start a new phase of his career with a surgically repaired right knee.

The 11-year veteran has begun a skating program and said he should be ready for the start of training camp Sept.20. Actually, Morrison knows he won’t truly be ready until he gets that first taste of contact.

But he is pleased with his recovery from season-ending surgery to repair a torn ACL on April 7.

“I’m in as good a shape as I can be with my knee,” he said. “I’ve got a little ways to go — I’m not going to fool anybody. But my doctor did as good a job as possible to get me ready.”

read on

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Ducks Owner to Be Sentenced Next Month

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From NPR:

Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Samueli has apologized for lying to the Securities and Exchange Commission during its probe of stock options backdating at the chip maker.

Samueli’s two-page written apology, filed Monday with U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney, stands as the first public comment on the case by the billionaire philanthropist and owner of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.

Samueli is scheduled for sentencing on Sept. 8 on a felony count of lying to the regulatory agency.

Prosecutors have recommended that Samueli get five years probation and pay at least $12 million in penalties, but Carney must sign off on the deal.

continued…

*More on Samueli previously on KK.  The Anaheim Ducks owner was also suspended by the NHL back in June.

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Fedor Fedorov Wants an NHL Career

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Dan Rosen at NHL.com,

Fedor Fedorov is nothing like his brother and has not even come close to following Sergei’s career path.

Few are. Few have.

Fedor seems fine with that, too, except for one thing.  If Fedor can have anything Sergei already has, it’s an NHL career. Even though he’s 27, New Jersey Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello is giving him a real chance for one this year.

read on

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  Tags: fedor+fedorov, sergei+fedorov

Too Much Complaining

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

You get the feeling these people will never be happy. They will always find a fault with the game and truthfully, I am a bit worried they will never experience the true passion of the game. Too much criticism is not good for the soul, it doesn’t allow you to see the great parts of our game and enjoy the pure athleticism of the NHL players.

Look how much the NHL has improved over the last three seasons. The game is being played the way it was meant to be played.

read on

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