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Kessel Expected To Sign With Bruins

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from the Pioneer Press,

Despite recently informing a Gophers hockey coaching staff member that he intended to return for his sophomore season, Phil Kessel now is eager to sign with the Boston Bruins, insiders say. The Bruins made him the No. 5 overall pick in last month's NHL entry draft. If Kessel signs, which it appears he will do, he is expected to play in the NHL rather than the American Hockey League

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LaFontaine Leaves Islanders

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from the CP via TSN,

The fallout continues on Long Island. New York Islanders senior adviser Pat LaFontaine advised Islanders owner Charles Wang on Tuesday night that he is resigning, a source told The Canadian Press.

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“Skate-Goat”- J.R. Plans A Comeback Season

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from CBS Sportsline,

"I couldn't get my skates sharpened the way I like," Roenick said in an interview after recently signing with the Phoenix Coyotes. Oh. "Really," Roenick insisted. OK, J.R., but don't they have people to take care of things like that in the NHL? "You would think," Roenick said. "That's why everybody says, 'Did your dog eat your homework too?' -- it's a stupid response to people who don't understand. "But to an athlete, not being able to rely on your equipment is nerve-wracking. I couldn't skate on the skates I was using. Every time I tried to turn, I ended up on my face. It affected my confidence and decision making because you can't play a game like the NHL at such a high level and question whether you're going to stand up or not. "It was enough to almost make me retire."
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No More Bad Blood

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from the CP via 940 News,

To say there was bad blood between Michael Peca and Darcy Tucker following a controversial hit four years ago is putting it mildly. Tucker knocked Peca out of the 2002 playoffs with a low hit in Toronto's first-round series win over the New York Islanders that caused Peca to have reconstructive knee surgery and miss part of the next season. But apparently time heals all wounds.
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Preds-Canes Trade

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via TSN,

The Nashville Predators have traded veteran forward Scott Walker to the Carolina Hurricanes for forward Josef Vasicek.

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Neil Smith Leaving Islanders

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Well, that was quick! from TSN,

Neil Smith is no longer general manager of the New York Islanders. Sources tell TSN the Islanders are expected to make a formal announcement to that effect shortly.
update 3:41pm, from TSN (same link),
The team announced that they have fired Smith and have hired former Islanders goaltender Garth Snow as the new general manager. "I spoke with Garth at length throughout the spring about the general manager's position and he really impressed me with his passion and his knowledge," said Islanders owner Charles Wang. "When the job opened up, the choice was an easy one. Garth knows the league as well as anyone, has an eye for talent and understands how our staff works as a team. Most importantly, Garth is a man of integrity, someone I trust will work hard, be creative and represent the Islanders with dignity."

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Around The NHL With The Maven

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Big question for the new Islanders braintrust; does it keep Alexei Yashin as captain? Answer; no. Ted Nolan hinted that to us the other day. -It’ll be fascinating to see how Peter Laviolette handles John Grahame, considering the tumultuous relationship between the goalie and his former Lightning coach, John Tortorella. Conclusion: It’ll be fine since the pair bonded in the AHL and on the U.S. Olympic team. -Brendan (Sir Eloquent) Shanahan will be a godsend for the Manhattan media. The newest Ranger will be likewise for Jaromir Jagr, both on and off the ice. Shanny will take some of the post-game talking burden off Jagr’s vocal chords. What we’re wondering is which of the two Tom Renney will designate as captain...
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NHL 2K7 Features

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from Businesswire,

2K Sports announced today new standard-setting features for NHL 2K7. The top-rated hockey video game for four-straight years, NHL 2K7 introduces a completely new skating engine to give users the true on-ice movement of an NHL game. Additionally, Pro Control receives new enhancements to both offensive and defensive controls, giving hockey fans thrilling new ways to attack and defend on the ice. These new features elevate the realism of the sport, delivering the best hockey experience on any system. "Year after year, we've been delivering new and innovative ways to play the exciting game of hockey," stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "The new skating engine in NHL 2K7 far surpasses anything we've ever produced and the advancements made in Pro Control add the excitement and control our fans have been craving."
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Kukla’s Korner Forum

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Kukla's Korner Forum (KKF) is now open and anticipating some great discussions. You have a few registration options: Look on the left sidebar on the Front Page or Hockey Page under "KK Sections". You can register there or go directly to the KKF to register. Wherever you decide to rcomplete that process, you are now a member of both KK & KKF. So when commenting at either location, your member profile will follow you. Make sure to read the "Welcome" thread at the KKF for more details. Any questions or suggestions, you can either send me a pm (members only) or an email. update 8:40pm Wednesday, You can now upload your own avatars and photos in "Your Control Panel".

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Gomez Contract Talk

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from the Star-Ledger,

Salary cap problems may force the Devils to trade center Scott Gomez if the team loses an arbitration hearing set for Friday in Toronto. Negotiations between Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and Carlos Gomez, who has served as his son's agent, have broken off and the two sides appear to be headed for a nasty hearing with arbitrator Richard Bloch.
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