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Everyone Is Connected

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

If it’s true that anyone on the planet can be linked to another with only six degrees of separation, what is the breakdown of hockey connections?

One degree of separation?

In hockey’s small world, everyone seems to know everyone else. Coaches mentor other coaches, a fraternity that connects with hundreds of players over the course of a career. Scouts, coaches and former players become general managers and tap into links forged over decades.

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Blackhawks Now Have Options

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

“We have a pretty good 1-2 punch now with Campbell and Dunc,” said Savard. “One of them is going to be on the ice every other shift.

“Campbell gives us a lot of options now. I don’t care how many good forwards you have, it takes a good defenseman to get the puck to the forwards. He fits in with us perfectly. He’s got great skill, but he’s also good in his own end.”

As for how Campbell will fit in on the power play, Savard envisions the two-time all-star playing the point on the right side.

“We’ll see where he fits best, but I know he’s going to be out there with (Jonathan) Toews, (Patrick) Kane and (Martin) Havlat,” said Savard.

“We’ll make adjustments, but he gives us a lot more options. He’ll bring it up the ice on the power play, which will have us spending less time going back for pucks.”

more on Chicago…

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Canucks Doing Nothing

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

There are still plenty of players available and the Canucks still have plenty of money to spend. See, there’s Stephane Yelle. And Jim Dowd. And Kevyn Adams hasn’t signed, has he? Then there’s Mark Rycroft. Oh, and Randy Robitaille. And Sergei Brylin. And so many others….

When Mike Gillis was announced as the new general manager, he said his goal was to make the Canucks a winner right away and he would build the team in that direction. But, two months later, as virtually every other team in the West has improved themselves significantly, he’s lost Naslund; is about to lose Brendan Morrison; he’s added three insignificant fourth-liners; and he waits helplessly as the enigmatic Sundin decides if he’ll play in Vancouver for $20 million.

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Report- Jagr Signs With Russian Team

Numerous reports stating Jagr has signed with Avangard Omsk.  His picture is on the front page of their site.

A quick translation from the website…

On July, 4th general manager ХК “Avant-guard” Anatoly Bardin has concluded the contract on the scheme «2+1» with one of the most productive [forward in the] NHL Jaromir Jagr.

President [of the Continental Hockey League] Alexander Medvedev has highly appreciated [the] contract signing [by] management of Omsk “Avant-guard” with a star of world hockey   In the near future there will be a press release of a management of league.

added 8:25am, via Bloomberg,

Jaromir Jagr, the former winner of the National Hockey League’s Hart Trophy as its most valuable player, has signed a deal to play with Avangard Omsk of the top Russian hockey league.

Club boss Anatoly Bardin signed a two-year contract that will bring Jagr, the five-time winner of the NHL’s scoring title, to the Siberian club after the 36 year-old’s contract ran out with the New York Rangers at the end of last season, a statement on the Russian club’s Web site said.

added 12:43pm, from TSN,

The Russian hockey team Avangard Omsk announced it has signed the former New York Rangers star and Jagr’s agent, Pat Brisson, confirmed the move Friday afternoon.

“Jaromir signed a letter of intent with the Avangard Omsk Hockey team of the Russian CHL on or about 3am EST this morning. I won’t comment on the terms of the agreement at this time.It was a very difficult but personal decision to make in light of the many NHL teams interested in his services. He is grateful to the NHL and especially the Rangers in recent years.”

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A New Look For Columbus

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Remember, this is about winning. Kristian Huselius, the free-agent forward the Jackets signed after the Zherdev trade, is talented and appears to be a better fit for Hitchcock than Zherdev was. Raffi Torres, a winger who came to the Jackets in the Brule deal with the Oilers, definitely is.

With hard-checking free-agent defenseman Mike Commodore, those two big Rangers puck-movers (Tyutin and Christian Backman) and former Flyers winger R.J. Umberger, it’s obvious the Jackets now have the kind of players Hitchcock and Howson want, even if they’re not necessarily the best ones.

This is going to be a much different Blue Jackets team than previous ones. Given the record, it isn’t such a bad thing.

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Enjoy the 4th Of July

It is the start of a long holiday weekend here in the States and we hope everyone celebrating Independence Day has a safe and enjoyable holiday.

We will be here all day covering the latest hockey news, signings and trades that may come about.

And no, we are not getting paid double-time!

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Both Sides Of The Story

from Inside the Kings,

OK, here we go. For those who enjoy soap operas, strap in…

We started with Blake’s statement that the Kings never made him an offer, and with my clarification that Blake’s agent, Pat Brisson, had called Lombardi on Tuesday morning with a one-year, $4-million contract request.

So here’s the time line, according to Lombardi, with quotes from Lombardi added where appropriate.

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Here’s what Pat Brisson, Rob Blake’s agent, had to say tonight about the way things went down between Blake and the Kings. It’s lengthy, but if you’ve been following the saga today, you might find it to be a good read. As I told Pat tonight, all I’m trying to get is get the information out there. People can make up their minds based upon what they believe and read. What an interesting subplot to the week though, huh?

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Need A Tough Guy

from Empty Netters,

After watching Adam Hall, Georges Laraque, Ryan Malone, Gary Roberts and Jarkko Ruutu leave town the last few days, it’s more than fair to wonder if the Penguins have lost an edge in terms of how physical they’ll be next season….

Here’s another quick, hypothetical list of what we would call physical forwards who are unrestricted free agents:

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Jagr With A Message

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The future is uncertain for Jagr, who said that he would like to play five more years. He has an offer from Russia. He may have a multi-year offer coming to him from Edmonton.

“People think that it’s better to have a lot of choices, but sometimes having one choice is best because you can’t make the wrong one,” Jagr said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do now, but I’ll make that choice when it’s time.

“I want to thank Glen and Tom and the Rangers. I want to thank all the people who supported me. Being in New York was special.

“And I also want to say to the people like Mike Milbury who made their living by criticizing me all the time, that they can kiss my [butt].”

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added 7:44am, Last year, also on the 4th of July, we had this from then coach John Tortorella,

Coach John Tortorella wished Eric Perrin well but also said not to let the door hit him on the way out.
“He can kiss my (butt),’’ Tortorella said.

I wonder who will continue the tradition next year?

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Coyotes Sign Brian McGrattan, 1 Year

via press release:

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed right wing Brian McGrattan to a one-year contract.  As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

McGrattan, 26, was acquired from the Ottawa Senators on June 25, 2008 in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

 

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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