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Kukla’s Korner will be covering the NHL Entry Draft live again this year, this time with the help of two great hockey writers, Erin Nicks and Patrick Williams. They’ll be providing exclusive interviews from Ottawa, liveblogging the gossip, and posting whatever else they find going on behind the scenes.
More details available here.
P.S. My endless gratitude to Patrick and Erin for undertaking this project with me for KK readers—it should be a lot of fun!
From the CP via TSN,
Russian ice hockey player Maxim Mamin was banned for two years Monday following a positive doping test at the world junior hockey championship.
Mamin was 19 when he tested positive for a metabolite of nandrolone, an anabolic steroid, after a game in Pardubice, the Czech Republic, in January. His test result was almost three times the reporting threshold under World Anti-Doping Agency rules.
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
The Predators and defenseman Ryan Suter have agreed to terms on a four-year, $14 million contract, which will be announced later this afternoon.
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
This coming week, there are no fewer than four pivotal events on the docket, each one of them with the potential for far-reaching impact:
• Monday and Tuesday, the NHL Players’ Association will meet in Colorado Springs and each player who shows up gets a free laptop. The usual procedural things will be on the agenda, but sources say a rather interesting situation is forming between the league and its union.
First of all, the players will address the possibility of terminating the collective bargaining agreement in September 2009. Not a chance this will happen because a CBA in which the players were supposedly taking a kick to the groin is turning out to be another huge win for them.
from Alan Adams of AOL Canada,
This is one of those read the book, seen the movie scenarios that has become all too common in NHL folklore.
The price of doing business is about to go up again, for a third straight year.
The average NHL salary this season was $1.9 million US, a hike of 11 per cent over last season and a whopping 28 per cent higher than it was when the NHL resumed business following the 2004-05 lockout.
from the CP via TSN,
ZURICH, Switzerland - The NHL’s transfer agreement with the International Ice Hockey Federation expired Monday, ushering in a new era for the movement of players between Europe and North America.
For over a decade, the transfer deal set a framework for how NHL teams could bring players across the Atlantic, with deadlines for transfers, limits on how many players could leave each season, rules for players returning to their IIHF clubs, and a transfer fee for each player.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,
And lastly - and this should excite you if you are a Lightning fan - I’ve heard from those in the know that Koules expects to be very active in the free agent market once July 1 hits. This has been speculated and general manager Jay Feaster has hinted at it, but I have been told directly that the team will be at the forefront of the free agent market, at least in terms of who they want to seek (no guarantee they will actually gain the services of those players on their hit list, but at least they are going to be aggressive).
more on the Bolts…
from Empty Netters,
Regardless, perception can be reality and that “reality” was enforced somewhat when Rendell had the above picture of himself released sporting a Red Wings jersey and sucking down some Faygo “pop.” No, Rendell didn’t have Darren Helm in his fantasy pool. He was actually paying up on a bet with Michigan Governor Jennifer Grandholm.
more with pic…
from the CBC,
“To get it on Canada Day is something special,” said Coombs. “It gives everyone a chance to share with Danny … [and] be able to be a part of the history that he made.”
The town was practically painted red and white during the NHL playoffs, with a massive banner hoisted across the legendary coastal boat the Kyle, which is moored in the town’s harbour.
from Dave Gross at the Montreal Gazette,
Twenty-five years with the same organization presents plenty of perspective.
So when Peterborough Petes general manager Jeff Twohey starts lobbing praise and lofty comparisons at one of his charges, he’s a guy you’re apt to pay more attention to than others.
Soon-to-be 18-year-old defenceman Zach Bogosian is an acclaimed prospect - NHL central scouting ranks the 6-2, 210-pounder second overall among North American prospects for this weekend’s entry draft in Ottawa. In Twohey’s mind, Bogosian reminds him of another highly competitive Petes graduate - Anaheim Ducks captain Chris Pronger.
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