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Are You Ready?

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No, I am not up yet, but soon will be. 

For those readers who have been around KK for more then a year, you know what to expect today.  For those of you that are new, you may want to check out how we did thing during the first day of the UFA period last season (then scroll forward).  It is kind of fun to read all the talk last year on July 1st too,

KK will be around all day and into the night and will be providing you with the latest signings, trades and yes, even some of the rumors.

We hope you enjoy the day and just in case you are not sure, the UFA signing period starts at noon ET.

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A UFA All Star Team

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I like to make an All Star Team of players who will be unrestricted free agents just before free agency begins in order to get a feel for the strength of the free agent market.  Here is last year’s team.  The most successful player on it this past season was Marian Hossa, who made the second team All Star this year and is a free agent again.  Mark Streit of the New York Islanders is one of the few other success stories.  Most of the players on the list are in decline and signed for contracts that are worth more than they will produce.  This group of players signed for almost two times the salary cap and it is not clear that they would have been a playoff team.  The exercise shows that, despite what the media often says, you cannot build a winner through free agency.

Here is this year’s team:

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Koivu Parents Have A Dream

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

The Wild’s expected to make an offer, but it’s not just a sure-thing Saku Koivu signs a deal to play with Mikko.

I talked to Mikko very early this morning my time. I got him on his boat in Turku. He did voice some concerns that he and Saku have been discussing in recent days. Saku doesn’t want to step on Mikko’s toes because this is his team now, they’ve talked about what it would be like to handle the other being criticized publicly if that were to happen and they talked about the distractions it could create if every city they went to turned into a series of Koivu Bros. stories.

He admitted it’s not a big problem and that they know that stuff would die down, but those are a few of the “cons” on their pros and cons list. On the “pros” side, the fact that it would be special for Saku, 8 1/2 years older, and Mikko to play together and that their parents would absolutely love it. He said it’s a “dream” of theirs.


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Sens/Oilers Talking Deal

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from TSN,

Sources tell TSN a Dany Heatley deal to the Oilers is getting close, but not yet finalized.

The expected deal would see Edmonton sending Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid to the Senators in exchange for Heatley.

Heatley will be required to waive his no-trade clause.


added 10:48pm, Senators have now asked Heatley to waive his NTC.  All the information is at the above link to TSN.

added 11:01pm, via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet that the Ottawa Senators have traded disgruntled all-star Dany Heatley to the Edmonton Oilers for Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid.

added 7/1/09 12:05am, RDS (translated) says Heatley will not waive his NTC.

added 7/1/09 at 12:11am, If you want to follow this story to conclusion, I suggest watch Dan Tencer’s Twitter.  He will provide you with the outcome, meanwhile, I need some sleep.

Bob McKenzie of TSN says deal is dead.

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Is It Safe To Hit The Couch?

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I have been in front of the computer since 6am today.  I usually get up early to write my NHL.com blog on Tuesday’s so I am feeling a little weary-eyed right about now.

Tomorrow is a big day so I am heading to the couch to catch a little Tiger baseball but will check for any news on occasion over the next hour or so.

I just realized I failed to point out the NHL.com blog today, so here it is.

Enjoy the rest of your night and see you tomorrow.

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Ted Nolan Returning To Coaching?

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via the Sault Star,

Legendary Soo Greyhounds head coach Ted Nolan is expected to return to the hockey Wednesday, following the expiry of his contract with the NHL’s New York Islanders.

Nolan, a former Jack Adams Trophy winner as NHL coach of the year, was fired by the New York Islanders prior to the 2008-09 season.

Reached Tuesday, the 51-year-old native of Garden River refused to confirm that he would he signing with a new club, he said earlier this year that he would be free to do so as of Canada Day.

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Evening Line

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“If Hossa comes back at a number we can’t refuse, we’ll go through the process of moving bodies around to get him in.  But based on our space, I’m not optimistic. He can receive offers from other teams that don’t have the star contracts we do, and he can be their star.”

Wings GM Ken Holland.  More on the Wings from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press….

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Report- Bouwmeester Agrees To Terms In Calgary

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via TSN,

Sources tell TSN Jay Bouwmeester has agreed to terms with the Calgary Flames.

Bouwmeester avoids unrestricted free agency, agreeing to a 5 year deal.

added 8:34pm,

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today the signing of defenseman Jay Bouwmeester to a multi-year agreement.

The Flames acquired Bouwmeester on June 27, 2009 from the Florida Panthers in exchange for Jordan Leopold and the 67th pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

“Jay is one of the most complete defenseman in the game, and we are very pleased to have reached an agreement that will make him an important component of the Calgary Flames success,” said Sutter. “We identified Jay as the priority player where we were going to focus our money. We wanted an opportunity a few days in advance of the deadline, and that’s why we made the move we did this past weekend.”

“I am happy to have this deal done as Calgary was a team I was very interested in playing for. I was encouraged by the commitment Calgary showed by acquiring me prior to July 1,” said Bouwmeester. “I am familiar with some of the players and believe we have a strong club that is poised to make the next step in becoming a championship club. I look forward to contributing to that success.”

added 8:42pm, TSN has added this to their story from above,

Bouwmeester avoids unrestricted free agency, agreeing to a 5 year deal worth $6.6 million per year against the salary cap.


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Scott Gomez On The Trade

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from the Montreal Gazette,

“I learned about the possibility of a trade when I was playing softball with some friends last night and then I got a call from Mr. Sather,” Gomez said from his native Alaska, where he was on a fishing trip.

Gomez said he had a limited no-trade clause. “I had a list of teams where I didn’t want to go, but obviouslty Montreal wasn’t on that list.”

“I’m happy to be going to the Mecca of hockey,” he added. “I know there’ll be some pressure, but that’s what it’s all about. I got some taste of the Montreal tradition playing for Larry Robinson.”

more on the Canadiens…

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All Over The Hossa Talk

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George Malik of SnapShots at Mlive points to numerous sources regarding Hossa and other Wings,

As we stand about seventeen hours from the start of the unrestricted free agent period, my best educated guess suggests that Marian Hossa will sign somewhere else between 12 and 2 PM tomorrow, with Mikael Samuelsson and Ty Conklin soon to follow, Tomas Kopecky to last until July 3rd at the latest, and I expect someone to toss a $2.5 million offer sheet at Jiri Hudler before the week’s out.


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