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KHL Responds To Hudler Situation

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of SlapShot at the NY Times,

Is peace breaking out between the K.H.L. and N.H.L.?

In his first public statement on the international dispute over Detroit forward Jiří Hudler, K.H.L. president Alexander Medvedev sounded a conciliatory note, saying on Thursday that the Russian league would wait for an N.H.L. arbitrator’s decision on Hudler’s status with the Red Wings before registering the contract the player signed with Dinamo Moscow.


added 6:21pm, from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Holland said he spoke to Hudler’s agent today and the two sides plan to continue to talk over the next two weeks.

While Hudler’s actions suggest he no longer wants to play for the Wings, Holland said he would welcome him back into the fold and there would not be any animosity from management nor players toward Hudler.

“Jiri has tremendous respect for his teammates and the organization,” Holland said. “He was made an offer that, at this stage in his financial career, he couldn’t pass up. I don’t think it had anything to do with the hockey aspect. He was made a financial offer he couldn’t pass up.”


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  Tags: jiri+hudler, khl

Duchene Signs Entry Level Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed first-round draft choice Matt Duchene to a three-year, entry-level contract.

“Matt is an integral part of our future,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “He is a very skilled, two-way player with a strong work ethic and great character.  We’re excited to have him under contract and look forward to him participating in training camp this fall.”

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  Tags: matt+duchene

One Thing Baseball Does Better

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The baseball All Star break is ending.  It happened without the current American League MVP, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.  Pedroia was voted by the fans to be the starter at second base.  He skipped the All Star Game because his wife is having complications in her pregnancy.  Though he missed a couple games earlier in the season to be with his wife, he did not miss the game directly prior to the All Star break and he will not miss the game directly after it.  He was not at the All Star Game to mingle with the press.  This would not have been tolerated in the Gary Bettman NHL.  In the NHL when Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk missed the All Star Game to rehab injuries, they were effectively suspended for the game following the break.  Sidney Crosby was also planning to miss the game due to injury, but chose at the last minute to attend in a non-playing role and this was considered to be OK.

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KK- A Little Down Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

It is that time of year, when news is slow and about to get even slower.

Therefore, I plan to be in relaxed mode through the weekend.  I am still around, but posting will be be relaxed, meaning when I feel like posting, I will.

The time has come for me to recharge my batteries a bit and recover from a very long season.

Please understand this it the first time in four years that I am doing this and may even extend the relaxed mode into next week, but I do need to do some things around the house and get outside and enjoy this great weather.  Maybe even chase a little white ball around some green grass!

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RFA Lehtonen Re-Signs With Atlanta

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Atlanta, GA - The Atlanta Thrashers have re-signed restricted free agent goaltender Kari Lehtonen, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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  Tags: kari+lehtonen

Just Acquired Korpikoski Signs With Coyotes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed left wing Lauri Korpikoski to a two-year contract.  As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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Tallon Remains Positive

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

By asking a question of ousted Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon in today’s press conference I felt as if I was participating in more torture of a good man.

  Probably every writer on the call, and presumably Tallon himself, believes he was unfairly relieved of duty on Tuesday when he was re-assigned to an advisor’s role. For the past 24 hours, the buzz around the league has been predominantly pro-Tallon.

  Perhaps Tallon could have been a better communicator, and certainly he should have had his paperwork together on his restricted agents.  But neither of those are offenses that should carry the penalty of dismissal, particularly in light of the fact that Tallon has pieced together the most exciting team that Blackhawks have had in many, many years.


added 6:39pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Tallon characterized his conversation with McDonough as “cordial” and noted: “He wanted to take the team in a different direction and I was fine with it. Though my position has changed, my goal has not – all I want to do is help win the Stanley Cup; and I can continue to do that for the next three years. That brings me up to 2012.

“The discussion was cordial, businesslike and we agreed this was best for the franchise.”


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  Tags: dale+tallon

Capitals Sign Trio

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman Shaone Morrisonn and forwards Eric Fehr, Chris Bourque and Kyle Wilson to one-year contracts and forward Steve Pinizzotto to a two year-contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

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Kaleta Accepts Sabres Qualifying Offer

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (July 15, 2009) –  Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today that forward Patrick Kaleta has accepted his one-year qualifying offer.

Kaleta, (6/8/1986, 5-11,195 lbs) collected nine points (4+5) and 89 penalty minutes in 51 games last season. Kaleta missed 27 games due to a neck injury last season. Along with setting career-highs in all major statistical categories, the forward also averaged a career-high 8:55 on-ice time per game.

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  Tags: patrick+kaleta

Keith Primeau Named Dir. Of Player Development For Las Vegas Wranglers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Silver of the Las Vegas Sun,

The Wranglers announced Wednesday that two-time NHL All-Star Keith Primeau will assist head coach and general manager Ryan Mougenel as the Director of Player Development. Primeau’s duties will include player recruiting, scouting, and other administrative tasks.

“To have Keith as a part of our staff is very exciting for the new direction of our program,” Mougenel said in a press release. “Keith brings a ton of hockey knowledge to our organization and we are very fortunate to have him. His presence and leadership are going to be a huge asset and something I will rely on heavily during the season….


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  Tags: keith+primeau, las+vegas+wranglers

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