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An Honest Mistake

By George James Malik
—of Snapshots at MLive

It was one of those 5 AM, running-on-no-sleep entries, where you’re actually surprised that nobody’s signed Marian Hossa at 3:30, so you go poking around the far corners of the internet, essentially shaking the tree to see if there are any nuts left.

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  Tags: fedor+fedorov, media, sergei+fedorov

Leafs Trade with Canadiens

From TSN,

Toronto announced Thursday that the club has acquired forward Mikhail Grabovski from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the rights to Greg Pateryn and a second-round draft pick in the 2010 draft.

“Mikhail had tremendous success at the most recent World Hockey Championships,” said Fletcher in a statement. “He has great upside and we will look for him to contribute for us right away at the centre position.”

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  Tags: greg+pateryn, mikhail+grabovski

Blackhawks Wisniewski to Undergo Knee Surgery

via press release from the Chicago Blackhawks:

James Wisniewski to Undergo Knee Surgery

The following statement was issued today by Chicago Blackhawks Head Team Physician Dr. Michael Terry of University of Chicago Medical Center:

“James reinjured his right knee while training for the upcoming season. He has torn his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and will undergo surgery this week. We anticipate full recovery and his return during the 2008-09 season.”

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  Tags: james+wisniewski

Teams With Money To Spend

from James Mirtle,

By my count, half the NHL’s teams aren’t likely to buy significantly into the free agent market at this point — which has to be just a wee bit troubling for those still waiting and available. There are not enough homes, and there will be bargains to be had.

So, who will spend?

Vancouver: The Canucks are a “have” team in terms of cap space, with roughly $17-million to use and an owner willing to spend.

read on

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Thank You!

Finally getting some time to catch a breath, we checked out the KK traffic stats for the last two days:

  • page views for July 1—1,472,578

  • page views for July 2—1,077,107

A huge thanks to our readers for their visits and comments, to the mainstream media and others who regularly send us tips to ensure we don’t miss anything, and to the many blogs and websites for their referrals. 

Some of those sites include: James Mirtle, The Pens Blog, Seth Rorabaugh at Empty Netters, WDFN in Detroit (and numerous other radio stations), Spector’s Hockey, Japers Rink, HF Boards, NHL.com, Lets Go Wings, NHL Live! on the NHL Network (loved that close-up of us on TV yesterday!), Gorilla Crouch... and so on.  (This list isn’t comprehensive—there are many others—but our appreciation is.)

Anyway, back to work.  Sooner or later someone’s gotta sign the rest of these guys, right? smile

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  Tags: free+agency, kk+website

Burke Does It Again

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Gotta love that Brian Burke. Just when you think the war of words between the Anaheim Ducks general manager and his Edmonton Oilers counterpart, Kevin Lowe, is dying down, Burke re-ignites the controversy by blaming the rise in player salaries among the NHL’s youngest players on Lowe. In an interview published by the Los Angeles Times, Burke said: “You go right now from entry-level to what used to be the third contract, thanks to two offer sheets from Kevin Lowe. Most managers don’t’ like starting fights with any other managers. Thanks to the Edmonton Oilers, the second contract has disappeared.”

continued...

As Mike Brophy of the Hockey News said on Fan590 this morning about this topic, he basically stated, “getting a little tired of the Burke talk.”  I agree!

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  Tags: brian+burke

NHL Live’s Season Wrap Up

imageToday is the final episode of NHL Live! on the NHL Network for the 2007-2008 season.  Tune in today between 12 and 2pm ET for the final show before Don LaGreca and E.J. Hradek go on their summer hiatus.

Watch on the NHL Network (television) or online at this link.

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Laich May Sign Offer Sheet

from Capitals Insider,

I was also told that Laich has been fielding offers from other teams who are interested in possibly signing him to an offer sheet. When I asked if Laich was close to signing a sheet, I was told by the source, “You’re barking up the right tree.”

more

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  Tags: brooks+laich

Straka Will Play Overseas Next Year

via Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The Hockey News has learned Martin Straka will play overseas in 2008-09.

Reports surfaced last week that Straka would return to play in his native Czech Republic, but those reports were later denied.

A source close to the situation has now confirmed Straka will indeed leave the NHL.

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  Tags: martin+straka

Canes May Move A Dman

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

So that points to Frank Kaberle and Niclas Wallin, both stalwarts of the 2006 Cup team. Kaberle was once the Canes’ offensive pivot point, but declining numbers and new arrivals have reduced his role and made him expendable.

With Pitkanen, Joe Corvo, Matt Cullen and Babchuk ahead of Kaberle in the power-play point depth chart, it’s tough to pay Kaberle $2.2 million. Whether the Canes will find any takers for a player who has had two injury-ridden seasons of declining performance is another matter.

more

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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