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Las Vegas A Fit For Bettman

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Father Raymond J. De Souza of Full Comment at the National Post,

Las Vegas now has the NHL awards. A few years back there was talk of putting an expansion team there. Vegas is not where stars go when they are on the top of their game; they go to Vegas when other places lose interest. Vegas has made its money by offering to visitors the fake, the discounted, the vulgar and the tawdry — for which there is an insatiable appetite in America. It’s where you go when the real thing is too far or too expensive. It’s America’s great refuge for the also-rans and the has-beens. It’s a most suitable home for Gary Bettman’s NHL dreams.


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NHL Entry Draft:  KK in Montreal

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Kukla’s Korner will again be covering the NHL Entry Draft live this year, and we’re lucky to be featuring the interviews and observations of three excellent writers.

imageFirst up, SensHobo will be blogging from Montreal, posting his work on his own blog feed, SENSHobo.  Additionally, we’re also being graced with talents of two of our favorite hockey writers, Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams, who will be posting here on KK Hockey over the next few days.  (Last year I interviewed both Erin and Patrick prior to the 2008 Draft, so you can find out more about them at those links.)

For Twitterers:

As always, the KK Hockey Twitter @kuklaskorner will update you with headlines from this site 24/7, including all NHL Draft posts. Also, Erin has her own Twitter account @emnicks that she’ll be updating frequently from Montreal with extra odds-and-ends behind the scenes.

Our thanks to all these guys for contributing their hard work to the site. (Let’s just hope they don’t indulge too much in the magic of poutine...!)

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  Tags: nhl+entry+draft+2009

Flames May Go Younger Route

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

A native of Richmond Hill, Ont., Cammalleri is expected to seriously consider signing with the hometown Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flames could, in the coming days, trade Cammalleri to another team interested in the exclusive rights to negotiate a new contract before July 1.

Other pending Flames free agents, of the unrestricted variety, include Todd Bertuzzi, Adam Pardy, Jordan Leopold, Adrian Aucoin, Andre Roy, Anders Eriksson and Rhett Warrener. Centre Dustin Boyd is a restricted free agent.

“It may be time for our top players who are under contract to make lesser players better,” Sutter said.

more on the Flames…

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Too Much Money Going To USA Hockey

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Joe Pelletier’s Greatest Hockey Legends,

This past season the NHL committed to up to $8 million US of financial support directly to USA Hockey, who then administers it as they see fit. That’s up from $400,000 in 2005 and $1.2 million in 2008. The goal is to get more American players in the long term, in order to better stock and market American players in those non-traditional hockey markets.

Perhaps even the NHL is inspired by Barack Obama’s stimulus plans.

But the NHL is missing the boat is outside of the USA. You know, in the countries that actually produce most of the players in the league - Canada and the European countries, especially in Russia and the Czech Republic, where hockey at the grassroots level is potentially about to face dark days.


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Montreal Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

With eight days remaining before he can become an unrestricted free agent, Canadiens captain Saku Koivu is in limbo.

Koivu’s agent, Don Baizley, said yesterday that he and Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey have talked, but the club has not extended an offer.

“Saku would like to stay in Montreal, but we’re waiting to see what the team has in mind,” Baizley said.

Gainey said this week that he has talked with several of the 10 unrestricted free agents on the roster, but that any serious talks were on hold until after this weekend’s draft….

The latest speculation has the Canadiens targeting Patrick Marleau or even Danny Brière, who has been mistaken for a big man.


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Stars Talking To Their UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Nieuwendyk said he plans to talk to the agents for Sergei Zubov (Jay Grossman) and Jere Lehtinen (Don Baizley) and get their feelings on what it will take to sign each of the unrestricted free agents. I called both agents this week and neither returned calls, so maybe they will return them after they talk to Nieuwendyk.

My take is that each will be given a fairly low offer and each will turn it down. Each will then have the ability to shop themselves in free agency after July 1. I’ve talked to Lehtinen and I know he wants to continue to play, and he wants to continue to play in Dallas. I have not talked to Zubov, but indications from the Stars is he wants to play and he wants to play in Dallas.

more on the Stars…

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Signing Those Deals

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Kevin Sylvester of BuffaloSabres.com talks with Eric Duhatschek in regards to long-term, short-term and taking a little less signings we may or not be seeing in the near future.

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Bouwmeester Not Talking

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Before the start of the free-agent period, a player can tell his team - in Bouwmeester’s case, Florida - he is willing to talk with a team that is interested in acquiring his rights.

Bouwmeester has not given the Flyers permission to talk with him and see if he would sign for X amount of dollars before they made a deal for him.

He apparently hasn’t given any team permission, an NHL source said.

“My gut sense is that they can’t get him to agree to talk to anybody now,” said a Flyers official who asked to remain anonymous. “That’s the wrinkle.”

more on the Flyers/Bouwmeester talk…

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  Tags: jay+bouwmeester

Reports Indicate Fedorov Signs With KHL Team

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

According to three reports out of Russia this morning, Sergei Fedorov’s NHL career is officially over. The 39-year-old has ended more than a month of speculation about his future and reportedly signed a two-year deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL….

The deal is reportedly for two years at $3.8 million per season.

Magnitogorsk has also announced the signing on their website.

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  Tags: khl, sergei+fedorov

Burke Trying To Make Some Noise

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Burke is pitching hard with whatever he has left, which isn’t exactly a pharaoh’s tomb filled with fabulous jewels and antiquities.

To get the second pick, if he can do this at all, he might need to move in two steps. Getting to fourth overall (Atlanta) or fifth (Los Angeles) could allow Burke to sell Lawton on a deal that would still allow the Bolts to get one of the top five players in the draft.

Understand, however, none of this may happen, no matter how hard the flamboyant Burke tries, and be assured he is enjoying himself immensely while creating the perception that the Leafs are a relevant player again at this draft.

When it’s all over, he may just have to be satisfied with hard rock Canadian junior defenceman Jared Cowan at No. 7, unless chief scout Dave Morrison hands him a piece of paper with the name of a Swedish prospect like Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson or Oliver Ekman-Larsson.

A hyphenated player, after all, would add a little dash.


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