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Oilers Sign Pair

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today, the Edmonton Oilers have agreed to terms with forward Chris Minard and defenceman Matt Nickerson.

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Running Into Ryan

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Blogger meets Ryan Getzlaf at a local restaurant…

from Suzanne Broughton of The Mom Blog at the OC Register,

He and his girlfriend, Paige, were gracious and obviously used to blathering fans armed with cameras, random Ducks facts, and stupid questions.  I think I managed to get out a “Good luck this season. You’re awesome,” but besides that, I barely acknowledged how grateful I am for his character, for being a good role model to my son, for his sacrifice to the game, for demonstrating to all of us what courage and good leadership looks like in an athlete.


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  Tags: ryan+getzlaf


Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding at USA TODAY,

With shock waves now dissipated from the NHL shake-up that always occurs during the free agent signing period, there are situations around the league that surprise me:

    1. The San Jose Sharks have not tweaked their roster. I never believed the team was going to trade Joe Thornton.  But after another playoff collapse, I fully expected the Sharks to make a trade to change their look and placate fans Given their cap situation, a trade was their best option. But GM Doug Wilson hasn’t yet made a move.

continue for four more situations…

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Callahan Comes To Terms With Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Ryan Callahan.

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Boyd Gordon Signs With Capitals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed center/right wing Boyd Gordon to a one-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Gordon, 25, completed his sixth professional season with the Capitals in 2008-09 and registered five goals and nine assists. He was third on the team with a 56.1% faceoff percentage in the regular season and led the team in the playoffs at 63.3%. Gordon was also third on the team in shorthanded ice time, playing an average of 3:39 per game, and his 16 penalty minutes tied Viktor Kozlov for the fewest on the team for anyone who played more than 30 games. He had two game-winning goals and the Caps were 12-0-1 when Gordon recorded a point (5-0-0 when he scored a goal).

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  Tags: boyd+gordon

Panthers Show Interest In Tanguay

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Steve Gorten of the Florida Panthers blog at the Sun-Sentinel,

I finally was able to get a hold of free-agent winger Alex Tanguay’s agent today for a few minutes on the phone.

Tanguay’s agent, Robert Sauve, said the Panthers are one of five or six teams he’s talking with that Tanguay is considering signing with.

“They’re one of the teams we’ve talked to, but that’s about all I can say,” Sauve said. He added that he’s received “a few offers,” but wouldn’t say whether the Panthers have made an offer.

“We’re still looking at everything, trying to find the best situation for him,” Sauve said. “We’re going to take a little more time. We have a feeling we’re close with some teams, but we don’t know how much time it’s going to take to finalize.”

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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Bettman & Daly Will Answer Questions Regarding Phoenix Bids

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Church of Bloomberg,

National Hockey League officials agreed to answer questions about why potential buyers of the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes dropped out in favor of Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf, lawyers in the bankruptcy said.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Deputy Commissioner William L. Daly will be deposed later this month in New York by attorneys who question their roles in the proposed Reinsdorf bid, lawyers for the league and the Coyotes said today in court.


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More Of The Same From Lemaire

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

It would certainly be a whole lot easier to rip the Devils for this one if not for one thing – Lemaire just happens to be an outstanding coach, arguably the best coach in the NHL, in fact. Ask any player for whom Lemaire has played and he will almost certainly tell you that Lemaire has made him a much better, much more complete player. Scott Niedermayer was all offense when he came to the NHL and bucked against Lemaire’s methods as a young player, but finally learned how to play in his own end and is regarded as one of the best defensemen of his generation.

Will the Devils present a boring, plodding product that will be the scourge of the game? You bet they will. But Lemaire has the pedigree, tenure and record of success that suggests he won’t care about that one bit. You see, coaches are judged on wins and losses and how much their teams improve. Almost every coach that has been fired in the history of the game has been because of his team’s record. Not a single one comes to mind who was fired solely for the style of game his team played.

If boring wins, boring generally stays.


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  Tags: jacques+lemaire

Thrashers Sign Stewart & Welch

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

he Atlanta Thrashers have signed unrestricted free agent forward Anthony Stewart and unrestricted free agent defenseman Noah Welch, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Per team policy, terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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Ducks Re-Sign Wisniewski

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Ducks announced today they have signed defenseman James Wisniewski to a one-year contract. Per club policy, no financial terms of the deal were disclosed.

“James Wisniewski was a big part of our team’s turnaround last season,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “Being only 25 years old, we expect him to continue improving and make a large impact on our team going forward.”

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  Tags: james+wisniewski

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