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Islanders Surprise Witt With Contract Offer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from On the Islanders Beat at Newsday,

(Brendan) Witt wondered, too, which is why the decision by general manager Garth Snow and owner Charles Wang to give him a two-year extension worth $6 million that will keep him on Long Island through the 2010-11 season is so meaningful. “I was surprised when they told me,” Witt said last night from his summer home in Florida. “I was like, ‘Wow.’ Most teams, the way they operate is they don’t make that decision until Christmas when they realize which direction the team is going, and they ask what you can get for them.

“Snowy has always complimented me on the way I play, the ‘warrior-type mentality.’ I appreciate that, and I appreciate Charles agreeing to do it, too. That shows a lot of loyalty, which you do not find in major league sports too often….

read on

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Pittsburgh Won’t Forget Laraque

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

Laraque was unlike anything we’ve seen here in Pittsburgh. He was a black hockey player of Haitian heritage who had corn rows, spoke two languages and dominated just about any fight he was a part of. He was so dominant of a fighter, many opposing goons just simply weren’t all that eager to drop the gloves with “BGL.” And when Laraque did get a chance to go at it, more often than not his fights were fairly boring due to Laraque’s immense strength.

Our first chance to see Laraque ply his craft came in a game against the Rangers March 10, 2007. Colton Orr was the brave soul who decided he wanted to test Laraque:

more with many fight videos…

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  Tags: georges+laraque

Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Instead of being disappointed he couldn’t be the agent behind a monumental deal,(Ritch) Winter left the Hossa negotiations with a different reaction.

“Admiration,” Winter said. “I just think Marian is a quality guy and a quality player. He’s a great player but might be a better man. The overwhelming response was positive; then there was a few scattered negative comments. That, I couldn’t understand.”

more on Hossa from Craig Custance of the Sporting News…

added 9:17pm, from Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,

Nearly two weeks into free agency, if anything, the Wings have separated themselves further from the pack in the NHL. Even at the minor-league level, Nill admits times have never been this good for Detroit.

“Yeah, depth-wise (best we’ve ever been),” Nill said. “We have a lot of kids turning pro, the Emmertons, Mursaks, Pyett, Abdelkader, so we’re adding some good young kids. “Darren Helm showed he can play. “Up here (Detroit) we’re positioned well for next year, but we still have to go do it. It’s not going to be easy.”


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  Tags: marian+hossa

KHL Wants Columbus To Pay Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,

According to an article in Tuesday’s Sovietskiy Sport, KHL president and Gazprom export CEO Alexander Medvedev wants the Columbus Blue Jackets to compensate CSKA Moscow for the Jacks’ signing of 18-year-old first-round draft choice Nikita Filatov. When asked how much the compensation should come to, he answered, “At least half a million dollars.”

read on

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  Tags: khl, nikita+filatov

Moreau Ready For The Season

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tencer’s Blog at the Edmonton Oilers,

Moreau knows that fans will be skeptical. With the injury trouble that he and Souray have experienced the last 2 years, it’s human nature to wonder if they’ll be available for 82 games next season. “I’ll be more than 100% come training camp,” Moreau says emphatically. “It’s a pretty simple injury, unfortunately it happened twice. I just broke my leg; there’s no ligament damage. As far as me playing my game and playing tough and physical, there won’t be any ill effects.”

Moreau also knows that it isn’t all about toughness. If the team succeeds in playing a puck possession game, that will take care of a large part of the battle


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  Tags: ethan+moreau

Leafs Still Waiting on Frogren Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Earlier today were reports on AM 640 in Toronto, citing a Swedish newspaper which stated Jonas Frogren had been signed by the Maple Leafs.  But during the noon hour, Frogren himself gave an interview to FAN 590 and made no mention there was any contract in place yet.  (Which is why we didn’t post the news on KK before now.)

Now this from TSN:

The Toronto Maple Leafs had hoped to announce the signing of Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren on Wednesday but the contract was rejected by the NHL’s head office.

“We are working with the NHL Players’ Association to resolve the matter,” said Don Meehan of Newport Sports, Frogren’s agent. “We remain hopeful it will get resolved.”

The league determined Frogren, 28, must be signed to an entry-level contract as a first-year NHL player despite his pro experience in Europe. The Leafs had signed Frogren to a standard contract.

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  Tags: don+meehan, jonas+frogren, media

Thrashers Hoping To Get Nikulin Signed

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Knobler at Thrashers Blog,

The Thrashers remain hopeful of signing defenseman Ilya Nikulin, their second-round pick from 2000. The latest: His agent has to prove to the NHL that Nikulin’s 2008-09 contract with the Russian team Ak Bars of Kazan has an escape clause that allows him to play in the NHL. That contract, of course, is in Russian.

“The agent has to prove that his contract has an out. The agent is spending a lot of money, $1,000 to get it translated,” Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said Wednesday. “It’s got to go to the NHL office, and they have to be able to read it to approve it. That’s the process that’s going on right now.


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  Tags: ilya+nikulin

Cost Certainty Out The Window

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

On July 22, three years will have elapsed since the NHL and the National Hockey League Players’ Association ratified a collective agreement to end the exhausting 310-day lockout that cancelled the 2004-05 season.

During the shutdown, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman’s favourite buzzwords were “cost certainty.” While Bettman would never publicly condone the money that several clubs tossed at players this past week, the NHL office can’t be happy about the more than $725-million (all currency U.S.) that clubs spent in the past nine days to re-up some of their own players and lure new talent.


Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, gary+bettman

Old Time Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Hope you enjoy the Quebec Nordiques vs.the Montreal Canadiens in Game 7 of the Division Finals in 1985.

Dick Irwin with the play-by-play and Mickey Redmond wtih the color on CBC.

note: Still an issue, only IPs from the States can view the video.

Continue Reading »

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Canadiens Sign Josh Gorges, 3 Year Deal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the Montreal Canadiens:

Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Wednesday the signing of defenseman Josh Gorges to a three-year contract (2008-09 to 2010-11). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

“Josh established himself as a key member of our defensive squad last season. His reliability and solid play made him one of our most improved players. He is a young defenseman with a very good work ethic,’’ said Bob Gainey.

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  Tags: bob+gainey, josh+gorges

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