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NHL Players Don’t Attend German Hockey Olympic Camp

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Reuters,

The German Ice Hockey (DEB) federation said all Germans who play for NHL teams had signed up for the training camp but were forced to pull out after the NHL and the league’s players’ association demanded salary guarantees that were far too high.

“I feel it is a pity that our players who are active in North America cannot take part,” said DEB General Secretary Franz Reindl.

“The players had accepted the invitation for the summer camp and were looking forward to it. But these financial guarantees on top of the existing insurances were too high to pay for just a training camp.”

The federation gave no financial details.

Eight German players in the NHL would have taken part in the camp while a further player was recovering from injury, the DEB said.

The camp started on Monday and runs until July 24.

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Reading Your Local Paper

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Do you pay for your local newspaper?  Do you even visit their website?

When it comes to hockey coverage and the MSM, what is the future of their existence?

Check out Puck Daddy who points out a few stories that have hit the web today.

I for one, and I should know, have found the hockey news from the mainstream media has switched from standard stories on the web or local paper to blogs.  The explosion of blogs from the MSM grew in numbers last season and I see the trend continuing in the future.

Filed in: NHL Teams, NHL Media, Hockey Bloggers, | KK Hockey | Permalink

Afternoon Line

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“I’m excited about going into camp with an opportunity to make the team.”  I had a good experience there last year and I think they know what I can do.

“Only they know where I fit into their plans for the future, so I’m just trying to get stronger and bigger and faster… Trying to keep improving.”

-Justin Abdelkader of the Detroit Red Wings.  More on Justin from Troy Ruel of the Muskegon Chronicle at Mlive.

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  Tags: justin+abdelkader

Talking Kovalchuk Contract

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jeff Schultz of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Negotiations are expected to heat up this week between general manager Don Waddell and Ilya Kovalchuk’s agent, Jay Grossman. The two sides aren’t saying much publicly that they haven’t said before. Waddell sent me an email Monday, saying: “It’s our goal to sign Ilya to a long-term deal.” Grossman declined comment. (He’s known as a tough agent, but issuing negotiating rhetoric to the media isn’t his thing.)

Kovalchuk has a year left on his contract at $7.5 million. Theoretically, his new deal could pay him up to $11.2 million per season (20 percent of the NHL salary cap of $56 million). The bigger issue is term: The NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement has no cap on length of contract.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Atlanta Thrashers, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

Best Hits

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The top ten hits from the 2008-2009 season!

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Chicago Signs Danny Bois

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

The Chicago Blackhawks have signed right wing Danny Bois to a one-year contract.

Bois, 26, ranked third on the American Hockey League’s Binghamton Senators with 149 penalty minutes while collecting 12 goals and 24 points in 66 regular-season games. The Thunder Bay, Ontario, native appeared in one National Hockey League contest with the Ottawa Senators in 2006-07, accruing seven penalty minutes.

The Colorado Avalanche’s second choice, 97th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Bois has racked up 968 penalty minutes and 113 points (54G, 59A) in 336 career AHL regular-season games spanning parts of five seasons (2004-09). He registered professional career highs in goals (18), assists (17), points (35) and games played (79) in 2005-06 with Binghamton.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, | Hockey News Wire | Permalink

Legal Issue Could Change The Face Of Sports

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from Lester Munson of ESPN,

Fast forward to a high-definition picture of sports late in 2010. Here is the news of the day, scrawling across the bottom of your TV screen or mobile Web device:

• A young Detroit Red Wings fan who has saved his pennies for months shells out $300 to buy a replica sweater that would have cost him $80 in 2009.

• Lockouts and strikes loom large in all four major team sports as an era of relative peace on the sports labor front ends and owners begin to exercise their new power over player unions.



It could happen.

All of those scenarios, in fact, could become realities if the NFL triumphs in a case now under consideration in the U.S. Supreme Court. Experts agree that the case known as American Needle vs. NFL could easily be the most significant legal turning point in the history of American sports.

read on & thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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Blackhawks Just About Ready For The Season

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Barring a trade for a bruising veteran defenseman—and general manager Stan Bowman could pull one off—things should quiet down for the Blackhawks until training camp starts in September….

The Hawks are stronger up front after acquiring forward Marian Hossa.

They’re more experienced and better defensively after acquiring forwards John Madden and Tomas Kopecky.

Their goalie quandary is resolved with Cristobal Huet as the main man.

Though they lost four players in free agency, the Hawks were able to bring back the young core that did so well last season. The team and its fan base seem to have moved on after the somewhat unexpected change at general manager last week, and Martin Havlat’s verbal swipes at the front office were taken for what they were by his former teammates—the frustration of a spurned player. No big deal.

read on

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Leblanc Looks Forward To Playing At Harvard

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from The Harvard Crimson,

Seconds before the Montreal Canadiens made their first-round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, the television cameras cut to Louis Leblanc. Leblanc, an incoming Harvard freshman and highly-rated NHL prospect, looked around Montreal’s Bell Centre in silent anticipation. The Kirkland, Que. native would soon learn whether his hometown team would be selecting him with the 18th pick overall.

“I was pretty nervous throughout,” Leblanc said. “I didn’t know where I was getting [selected]. It was crazy—I had goose bumps.”...

In terms of preparing for the NHL, Leblanc pretty much had his pick of the litter. He could have played amateur hockey or at any school in the nation, including Boston University and Boston College, the past two NCAA Champions. But Leblanc chose Harvard with the goal of finding a balance between hockey and education.

“I thought it was better for me—for my life—to get a Harvard education,” Leblanc said. “Even if I play 20 years in the NHL, life still goes on after that.”

Leblanc’s ultimate goal is to play in the NHL, but he wants to get as much out of Harvard as he can before transitioning into a life of full-time hockey.


Filed in: NHL Teams, Montreal Canadiens, Non-NHL Hockey, College Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: louis+leblanc

Foote’s Days In Denver Are Numbered

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Whatever Foote is, he’s not naive. His days here are numbered, and the first team that demonstrates a willingness to take on his contract, whether that’s for the entire season or near the trading deadline, likely can get him for any offer than isn’t a complete embarrassment. (And maybe even for one that is.) The chances of Foote returning for 2010-11, even if he doesn’t retire, are minuscule.

That’s how the scorched-earth approach works.

The uncertainty is one reason Foote probably won’t succeed Sakic as the Avalanche captain this season, although he and Milan Hejduk would be the best short-term choices. Instead, the nod probably will go to Paul Stastny, the 23-year-old center who would have to grow into the job.

more on the Avs…

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  Tags: adam+foote

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