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Blues Buy-Out McKee

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Jeremy Rutherford of the Morning Skate at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues today bought out the final year of defenseman Jay McKee’s contract. McKee was due to make $4 million for the 2009-2010 season, completing a four-year, $16 million contract he signed in 2006.
“I was at the gym and missed some calls,” McKee said. “I saw my agent and Larry Pleau called, so I assumed something was up. It’s not something I expected, especially after my most productive season in St. Louis. But I understand they had a decision to make and I was one of them. …
“The bottom line is, I didn’t fit in their depth chart and my salary was probably a hindrance to their payroll,” McKee added. “They have their reasons and I accept that.”

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  Tags: jay+mckee

What Teams Have Spending Money, What Teams Don’t

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from Vincent Cauchy of MontrealCanadiens.com,

The Canadiens are sitting pretty as the most flexible team in the league, counting more available salary cap space than any other franchise.  With $34.9 million at their disposal and just 11 players currently under contract, the Habs’ decision makers have plenty of room to work with when planning out next season’s roster makeup.  The Blackhawks are treading in similarly calm waters with the same number of players inked to contracts and a hefty $24.4 million on hand.  With 13 players currently on board, the Thrashers are also poised to strike with $27 million burning a hole in their pockets.

At the other end of the spectrum, there are some NHL teams bursting at the seams with personnel and their respective cap hits.  The Red Wings, Senators and Flyers all have less than six million dollars in cap space left to lure in free agent this summer.  With so little breathing room available, these three clubs’ lineups are shaping up to look almost identical to their 2008-09 counterparts.

read on

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Once & For All, Gaborik Did Not Buy A Home In Vancouver

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Had chance to catch up with Marian Gaborik’s agent, Ron Salcer, on Monday. He wanted to squash, once and for all, the strange rumor that his star client had bought a house in Vancouver.

“He has not bought a home in Vancouver, that’s outlandish,” Salcer told ESPN.com. “Marian has been in Slovakia. He hasn’t been shopping in Vancouver for a home. That’s just crazy.”

It appears fairly obvious Gaborik will hit the open market Wednesday. Other than one conversation with new Wild GM Chuck Fletcher, Salcer said he hasn’t really talked much with Minnesota lately.

“They have my number, they know how to reach me,” Salcer said.

read on for some Chelios talk…

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Report- Radulov Staying In KHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Peter Adler at The Cult Of Hockey,

Alexander Radulov, despite approaches from Nashville and other NHL clubs, has decided to stay at Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Here’s his quote (verbatim translation) from the Sport-Express: “I’m on a two-year contract, and even though I got some offers from the NHL, Ufa helped me last year, and I wouldn’t want to betray them”.

YES! Of course, he was under a valid contract with Nashville last year, and still left them for Ufa.

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  Tags: alexander+radulov, khl

Toronto/Boston May Still Talk Trade

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via Kevin Allen’s Twitter,

Believing that there will be more talks between Toronto and Boston about Phil Kessel and Tomas Kaberle. Bruins need puck moving D man..

posted 32 minutes ago from web

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What Are You Doing Here?

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Imagine the surprise of J.P. Barry, the agent for the Sedin twins, when he hopped on a plane headed to Stockholm on Sunday evening and saw none other than Vancouver Canucks GM Mike Gillis on the same flight.

Surprise because the agent figured talks were likely dead after a weekend meeting in Montreal that didn’t produce anything. Barry arrived in Stockholm on Monday to prepare his star clients for free agency.

“We met at the draft with [Gillis], there was no counter-proposal and we basically wished each other good luck,” Barry told ESPN.com on Monday from Sweden. “It was like, ‘Call me if you want to.’”...

n Stockholm, Barry and CAA Sports Stockholm-based agent Claes Elefalk were set to meet with the twins later Monday.

“We’ll discuss the state of our negotiations and also our preparation for free agency at the same time,” Barry said.

read on

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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Pronger- Mr. Misunderstood

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Booed mercilessly in nearly every NHL arena except his own, Pronger is perhaps the league’s most misunderstood individual. Certainly, he has crossed the line at times, as eight career suspensions attest, but fans who are convinced that Pronger is nothing but evil are severely misguided.

Pronger himself often fuels the perception that he is a bad guy, perhaps as something of a defense mechanism and undoubtedly to place further fear into the heads of opponents. Brief interactions with Pronger can definitely leave the wrong impression, as evidenced by an incident after one Ducks road game against the Minnesota Wild.

With a collection of reporters nearby, Pronger loudly stated that anyone interested should gather around because he was going to speak only once. Those who knew him thought nothing of it. It was just Pronger being Pronger.

more

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  Tags: chris+pronger

Tavares Makes His Pitch

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1st Overall Pick John Tavares throws out the first pitch at the Yankees/Mets game on Sunday at Citi Field.

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  Tags: john+tavares

Why The Interest In Gaborik?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

The Canucks don’t care where Gaborik lives because he won’t be playing for them. Not unless the winger decides he needs to re-establish himself in the NHL and signs a Teemu-Selanne-just-back-from-knee-surgery contract of $3-million for one year.

Other than that, the Canucks have no interest in him. None.

And that is hard to fathom, especially with the strong possibility the Canucks could lose first-liners Daniel and Henrik Sedin this week.

I mean, what’s not to like about Gaborik?

He has played 103 games fewer than the Sedins in the last three seasons.

He has played close to a full campaign only once in the last five seasons, while the slacker Sedins have missed seven games between them during that time.

more

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Top 50 UFAs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

For a lot of hockey fans, Christmas really comes in July—July 1, to be exact. That’s when the NHL free agency market opens for business.

But while fans are like kids—dreaming of winning Stanley Cups if only their team can sign the “right” players—general managers are the parents who deal with the facts of life … they have to make sure any newcomers fit into the salary structure and mesh with the players they already have.

The doors to hockey’s shopping season swing open on July 1. Here’s a look at 50 of the top potential free agents—15 defensemen, 25 forwards and 10 goaltenders.

At the top of each position, John lists Bouwmeester, Hossa and Khabibulin.  Read on for the complete list…

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