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Report: Brian Campbell Heading to UFA

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Bruce Garrioch in Off the Post,

Defenceman Brian Campbell will be going to the unrestricted free agent market. [...]

Campbell has informed the Sharks he won’t be back.

read on… for updates on Shean Donovan and the Sens

Mind you, I’ve not been Garrioch’s biggest fan today.

Update 4:28pm ET: I’ve changed the title of this post to add “Report.”  According to David Pollak at the Mercury News Sharks blog, GM Doug Wilson is meeting with Campbell’s agent this afternoon.

Update 9:05pm ET: Pollak updated his blog post with this comment:

Doug Wilson is totally denying the report on the Ottawa Sun blog site that Brian Campbell has told the Sharks he will not be returning. Wilson said he talked with Campbell today and is having dinner with agent Larry Kelly tonight, and that negotiations are continuing.

“Tremendously false,” Wilson called the report that Campbell had told the Sharks he would not re-sign with them. “The accurate report is that we’ve got a scheduled discussion on this negotiation tonight and tomorrow. Nothing has changed that.”

Quite the day Garrioch is having today…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Ottawa Senators, San Jose Sharks, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: brian+campbell, shean+donovan

Best and Worst of Hockey Movies

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,

The Top Five Worst Hockey Films Ever Made (in reverse order)

5. Youngblood The acting performances in this 1986 movie are more wooden than ever some 22 years later; and any movie that foreshadowed the dramatic contributions that would be made by Rob Lowe, Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze is a cautionary tale for all casting agents. In fairness, any movie with the line “Go hump your St. Bernard, scum-nuts” in it can’t be all bad.

read on for more bad movie flashbacks, plus Proteau’s take on the best hockey movies.

Incidentally, I’m starting to think I’m the only person on earth who didn’t like the movie Miracle.

Filed in: Hockey Related Stories, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: hockey+movies

Marleau Talk

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Working the Corners,

Rumors continue to circulate that Patrick Marleau (whose no-trade clause kicks in on July 1) could be involved in a package that would bring in the No. 6 overall pick from Columbus, which also holds the No. 19 overall selection. “Exploring everything” could fuel those rumors, but Wilson stuck to his overall no-comment policy.

“Any conversations I have are in confidence,” he reiterated. “We get a lot of calls.”

Wilson did shoot down the idea spelled out elsewhere in the hockey universe that Marleau’s availability is tied to San Jose’s ability to re-sign Brian Campbell, that the GM would be in a position where he had to trade Marleau for budgetary reasons.

more on the Sharks…

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  Tags: patrick+marleau

Hurricanes Acquire Hordichuk From Predators

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The first of many trades expected during the NHL draft has taken place. The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Darcy Hordichuk from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a fifth-round pick in 2009.

However, Hordichuk is due to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st and if he does not sign with the Hurricanes, Carolina will receive a fifth-round draft pick in 2010.

The Hurricanes have also signed blueliner Tim Gleason for 4 years at an average of 2.75 million per year.

continued…

Filed in: NHL Teams, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: darcy+hordichuk, nhl+entry+draft, tim+gleason

Analyzing the Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Adam Kimelman at NHL.com,

The latest attempt to analyze players is psychological examinations. The League provided a five-minute test at the 2008 NHL Scouting Combine, coordinated by Dr. Ralph Tarter of EXACT Sports, with the results made available to all 30 teams. [...]

“What we’re using are three normed and validated, and American Psychological Association-approved, psychological tests that measure normal personalities,” [former NHL player Joe] Day said. “We’re not looking at any pathology. … It’s measuring normal adult behavior. Two of the instruments we use measure traits. Are you a dominant or aggressive person? Are you highly assertive? Another one measures emotional intelligence. So while you could be dominant and aggressive in social situations, with a high level of emotional intelligence you should be able to channel those traits appropriately to the context or situation. So it’s a nice blend.”

read on for a look at how the Blackhawks in particular are expanding their use of psych testing

Filed in: NHL Teams, Chicago Blackhawks, NHL Talk, NHL Prospects, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+entry+draft, psychology

The Offer Sheet Game

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

George McPhee was just on NHL Live and mentioned Mike Green looks like he will be playing the Offer Sheet Game and there isn’t much the Capitals can do about it.  They will just wait it out and see where it goes (earlier this week McPhee said he would match an offer sheet in about ten minutes).

He mentioned there is some interest in Sergei Fedorov but it has to be the right fit.  Talks with Huet continue but nothing new to report.

George mentioned there are about two or three teams that are trying to make some moves, but it doesn’t seem that active right now.

He was asked if he was concerned about the cap rising and he said yes.  He didn’t expect this when the new CBA came about.

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Don’t Move Marleau

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Edward Fraser of the Hockey News,

One of the names most bandied about – as it seems to be year after year – is Sharks center Patrick Marleau.

While his rumored deal to Columbus makes perfect sense for the Blue Jackets –filling their No. 1 center role, allowing Derick Brassard to slide onto the second line – it would be a mistake for the Sharks to part with their captain, unless they received a deal that (pardon the pun) blows them out of the water.

read on

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  Tags: patrick+marleau

Canadian Teams on Draft Day

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

Globe & Mail writers Matthew Sekeres, Eric Duhatschek, Allan Maki and Tim Wharnsby have put to together an assessment of the draft situation for all six Canadian teams.  They take a look at each team’s available picks, specific needs, salary cap space and the progress of their top picks from last year.

Article: What will the Canadian contingent do?

Filed in: NHL Teams, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, NHL Talk, NHL Entry Draft, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: nhl+entry+draft

Take Your Time Scott

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

While it’s possible Scott Niedermayer will make a decision on his playing future either today or tomorrow, the Anaheim Ducks aren’t pressuring him to do so.

Ducks general manager Brian Burke called Niedermayer on Wednesday to tell him Friday wasn’t a deadline established by the Ducks, adding the real deadline for the team is July 1.

continued

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  Tags: scott+niedermayer

NHL vs MSG and the New York Rangers

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Neil Best at Newsday.com:

The Sports Business Journal reported this morning that the NHL is taking legal action against the Rangers that could result in an attempt to take ownership of the franchise away from MSG.

No, really. Or so it says here:

“The NHL has proposed disciplinary proceedings against MSG that could result in the suspension or termination of their ownership of the NHL Rangers, according to a draft letter written by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that was filed in New York district court late yesterday. The letter, part of the league’s ongoing legal fight against MSG, alleges that MSG – by suing the NHL – has violated the league constitution.”

more

Update 12:29pm ET: The complete text of the SBJ story has been reprinted at the Sporting News today.

Update 2:22pm ET: Press release from the NHL (below)

Update 2:39pm ET: Eric Duhatschek in the Globe & Mail’s hockey blog:

The war between the Rangers and the NHL started over who controls the rights to new media and the potentially lucrative revenue streams that it produces now and down the road. Three times, the Rangers’ lawsuits have gone to court; three times the NHL won its case. Instead of understanding the old maxim that three strikes and you’re out, the Rangers have challenged the NHL on an anti-trust basis – essentially arguing that everything the league does is unlawful.

In effect, Wednesday’s filing by the NHL is a counter-attack – what a source with knowledge of the situation described as “trying to put the Rangers at risk” after failing to abide by previous court rulings. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, passing through the lobby of a downtown hotel, declined comment. However, sources said the league was asking the court for permission to fine, suspend or in a worst-case scenario, forfeit the franchise, if it MSG persists in its action.

Update 3:45pm ET: NYR respond to the lawsuit. (noted below)

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Filed in: NHL Teams, New York Rangers, NHL Talk, NHL Business of Hockey, | KK Hockey | Permalink
 

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