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Sundin’s Swedish Representative Denies Rumors

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

A Swedish newspaper nearly started an international incident on Sunday as they reported that Mats Sundin has agreed to play for the Vancouver Canucks, a claim that Sundin’s Swedish representative denies.

Sundin’s Swedish based representative Claes Elefalk claims the story in the Daily News is completely false, claiming that reporter Dusan Umicevic contacted him seeking a quote.  Despite Elefalk telling the reporter that his information was incorrect, Umicevic published the story anyway.

continued and Canucks and Beyond has more on the international incident…

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Man Of Steel

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Star-Ledger,

Krawczyk’s sculpture is a 3-story, brushed stainless steel hockey player that will stand at the corner of Edison Place and Mulberry Street in Newark, on the northeast side of the Prudential Center arena….

The hockey player will be outside the entrance closest to Penn Station, and will glow with all the electricity of any big event night at the arena. It will be visible by train, by air, and by thousands of office workers in the glass-and-steel buildings of Newark’s Gateway area.

more with picture…

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Chicago Lovefest

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

How soon they forget—and for the Blackhawks, that adage is a very good thing.

The club’s first fan convention, which concludes today at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, has been a lovefest.


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Coaching Candidates For The Islanders

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

Former Toronto coach Paul Maurice has the pole position in the interview process to determine the successor to Ted Nolan as coach of the Islanders. According to an NHL source, Maurice is expected to meet with general manager Garth Snow tomorrow.

The list of confirmed Islanders coaching candidates now numbers seven. Besides Maurice, the list includes former Tampa Bay coach John Tortorella and his assistant, Mike Sullivan, both of whom have received permission from the Lightning to interview. Snow still is waiting for approval to interview former Atlanta coach Bob Hartley and current Providence Bruins coach Scott Gordon in Boston’s organization.


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Salary Cap Keys

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

The key to success in the salary-capped NHL is to build through the draft and spend your money wisely, two things Gainey has done extremely well. He has spread his money out evenly, with three players in the $5-million tax bracket (Markov, Roman Hamrlik and Alex Tanguay), two in the $4-million range (Saku Koivu and Kovalev) and one earning $3 million (Andrei Kostitsyn).

By comparison, the New York Rangers have five players earning more than Markov: Wade Redden and Scott Gomez ($8 million each), goaltender Henrik Lundqvist ($7.75 million), Chris Drury ($7.1 million) and Michal Rozsival ($7 million). Those five players will eat up 67 per cent of the Rangers’ cap space.


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Preds Defense Coming Of Age

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

Let the record show that constructing a core around young defensemen can take half a decade.

In 2002, Nashville Predators management (general manager David Poile, assistant GM Ray Shero, and director of player personnel Paul Fenton), with input from amateur scouts, recognized a once-in-a-generation opportunity.

The 2003 draft projected to be one of the deepest ever, prompting Nashville to stockpile 13 picks.

“We made a game plan to try and get a core group of defensemen that could go out and play,” said Fenton, the ex-Boston University Terrier who is now Poile’s assistant. “In essence, we really thought we had five defensemen we were sure could play, then we took wild swings at guys who might pan out. That was our philosophy going in - shore up our defense, hopefully, for the next 10 years.”

continued with othe NHL bits too…

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Questioning Sather’s Moves

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

How could the Rangers have had $15.55M in the cap bank to sign four free-agent defensemen, Redden, Kalinin, Michal Rozsival and Paul Mara, but never get around to making an offer to Brooks Orpik?

If Marc Staal, whose omission from the NHL all-rookie team was a reflection of utmost ignorance, by the way, becomes the stud defenseman over the next two years everyone anticipates, why the need for Redden and Rozsival?

What team spends $4M to sign two third-pair defensemen, anyway?

If 2004 - which was easy, except for the Brian Leetch trade - was a purge, then what exactly is this . . . other than a mystery?

Why are the three dominant personalities of the last two seasons - Jagr, Shanahan, Avery - gone? And don’t try to pretend it’s about money.


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Wild Re-Sign Veilleux, 1 Year

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League (NHL) club has re-signed left wing Stephane Veilleux to a 2008-09 contract.

And from Michael Russo, more details:

The Wild has avoided a Monday arbitration hearing by re-signing left wing Stephane Veilleux to a one-year, $737,500 contract, which includes a $125,000 signing bonus. This is roughly what Veilleux would have received from an arbitrator.


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Legends of Hockey - Mario Lemieux

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“You can’t check Mario Lemieux”.

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NHLPA Considers Legal Action Against IIHF

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Paul Kelly, NHLPA Executive Director…

“Yesterday’s announcement by the IIHF that they have suspended certain Players from international competition has no basis in fact or law, and constitutes a violation of the rights of these Players. The affected Players are being unfairly singled out in a dispute between the NHL and the KHL over whether to respect each others’ contracts. The NHLPA’s strong objection to this unilateral action by the IIHF has been registered, and unless this action is reversed, the NHLPA will consider all legal options available.

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