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Report- Carter Signs With Flyers

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sportsnet,

You can scratch Jeff Carter’s name off the list of potential trade bait this weekend. Sources are telling Sportsnet that Carter has agreed to a three-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers that is believed to pay him no less than $15 million.

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Report: Anderson New Atlanta Coach

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Atlanta Thrashers hired John Anderson as their new head coach on Thursday, promoting him from their American Hockey League affiliate in Chicago.

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Update 1:39am ET:(Alanah) I’ve added “Report” to the post title, as GM Don Waddell is denying the TSN story. From Mike Knobler at the AJC

Sometime over the next few days, we might learn if the difference between TSN’s report the Thrashers have hired John Anderson and Don Waddell’s denial of that TSN report comes down to semantics or something more.

In other words, is this the equivalent of “Nobody’s hired until the general manager says he is,” or is this a situation that could still lead to someone other than Anderson behind the Thrashers’ bench in the 2008-09 season?

*hat tip to Mirtle for that AJC link. Also to George in the comments for this link.

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Not Even A Rumor

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

We seldom report or repeat rumors here on EN. Unless the rumor comes from a legit news outlet or has a quote from one of the individuals involved, we stay away from that stuff. It’s an unofficial rule we have.

If we didn’t, we’d be no better than say a certain fraud who goes by the name of a former Flyer whose Web site we refuse to acknowledge whatsoever….

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported today that Ray Shero offered Evgeni Malkin to the Kings in exchange for a bundle of draft picks and/or players.

We have nothing to combat that or confirm this specific story. We’re simply stating what Garrioch wrote.

But what we will say is Garrioch is a gas bag. He’s about as “inside” as our patio furniture. For the record so are we, but we’re not spewing garbage with little to back it up.

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It is up to you to make this kind of ‘hockey writing’ stop.  You have a voice, use it!

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Rumor Wrap

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP,

Another rumour that made the rounds Thursday was the Tampa Bay Lightning were set to announce a long-term contract extension for star centre Vincent Lecavalier, who is eligible for unrestricted free agency after next season. That news was jumping the gun just a little.

“We’ve had some conversations and I’m confident we will get a deal done because both parties want to,” said Lecavalier’s agent Kent Hughes. “But it’s premature to say it’s already done. We are in the preliminary stages of negotiations.”

much more on all the talk from today…

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Dude’s A Russian

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Perhaps the most compelling and unusual story of the NHL entry draft is unfolding on a Friday afternoon, at a downtown restaurant, as Viktor Tikhonov – the 20-year-old grandson of the legendary Russian hockey coach – is talking about his goals and dreams, in fluent English, without a trace of an accent.

Or if there is an accent, it tends to be from northern California, falling somewhere between Stanford undergrad and radical surfer dude.

This is because the younger Tikhonov – despite his surname and hockey pedigree – is about as American as apple pie.

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  Tags: viktor+tikhonov

Making Sense Of All The Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

One report out of Ottawa had 2008 Hart Trophy candidate Evgeni Malkin on the move from the Eastern Conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins, while Jason Spezza’s name continues to be mentioned as possible trade bait. The latter claim was quickly disputed by the Senators’ chief deal maker.

“You guys make up more stuff than I can ever imagine,” Ottawa general manager Bryan Murray told reporters on Thursday. “I heard a rumour last night that Pittsburgh was moving one of their star players. I talked to their manager today to see if I could be included in the discussions and they kind of laughed at me.”

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That should answer most of the emails I received on the above, false rumors that were spread today!

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Nonis Joining The Ducks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks draft table is expected to have a new face among the group on Friday.

Former Canucks general manager Dave Nonis and Ducks general manager Brian Burke are working on the final details to add Nonis as a senior advisor.

It’s believed Nonis, who worked with Burke in Vancouver, will have the freedom to leave his position in Anaheim abruptly if a more attractive offer from another team comes along.

more coming at TSN…

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  Tags: dave+nonis

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We continue to hear that the Leafs want to trade Bryan McCabe. Bryan has a no-move clause in his contract that was negotiated with and agreed to by the Leafs. Bryan is not inclined to waive the no-move clause,” Pulver told Sportsnet.ca. “He enjoys living and playing in Toronto and the team is a first-class organization. Bryan has logged more minutes than any other Leafs player in the past seven years and given his heart and soul to this franchise. If the Leafs want to move forward without Bryan they should buy out the remaining years on his contract.”

- Ian Pulver, agent for Bryan McCabe, via Sportsnet…

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  Tags: bryan+mccabe

Lecavalier Lifelong to the Lightning?

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

It appears the excitement surrounding the Tampa Bay Lightning’s offseason won’t stop after selecting Steven Stamkos at Friday’s NHL Entry Draft.

TSN’s sister station in Quebec RDS reports that the Lightning and centre Vincent Lecavalier have made very good progress on discussions that would see him sign a ‘lifelong’ contract with the club after July 1.

Lecavalier, 28, is entering the final season of a four-year, $27.5 million contract where he will earn $7.167 million.

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Original RDS report (in French).

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  Tags: vincent+lecavalier

Report: Brian Campbell Heading to UFA

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce Garrioch in Off the Post,

Defenceman Brian Campbell will be going to the unrestricted free agent market. [...]

Campbell has informed the Sharks he won’t be back.

read on… for updates on Shean Donovan and the Sens

Mind you, I’ve not been Garrioch’s biggest fan today.

Update 4:28pm ET: I’ve changed the title of this post to add “Report.”  According to David Pollak at the Mercury News Sharks blog, GM Doug Wilson is meeting with Campbell’s agent this afternoon.

Update 9:05pm ET: Pollak updated his blog post with this comment:

Doug Wilson is totally denying the report on the Ottawa Sun blog site that Brian Campbell has told the Sharks he will not be returning. Wilson said he talked with Campbell today and is having dinner with agent Larry Kelly tonight, and that negotiations are continuing.

“Tremendously false,” Wilson called the report that Campbell had told the Sharks he would not re-sign with them. “The accurate report is that we’ve got a scheduled discussion on this negotiation tonight and tomorrow. Nothing has changed that.”

Quite the day Garrioch is having today…

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  Tags: brian+campbell, shean+donovan

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