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Try Again For A Transfer Agreement

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

The NHL hasn’t given up hope of mending the fences with Russia’s Continental Hockey League (KHL) and other foreign hockey federations.

Paul Kelly, the executive director for the NHLPA, told Sporting News on Wednesday that the league will proceed with September’s planned meeting that includes the NHLPA, International Ice Hockey Federation, KHL and all major hockey federations. It will take place during the first week of September in New York in hopes of settling the transfer agreement controversy.

“In Zurich we agreed to get together to have a dialogue about these issues,” Kelly said. “Unfortunately, the ongoing issues with the NHL and KHL have put a damper on the spirit of cooperation.”

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Columbus Signs Leclaire

via Puck-rakers,

Goaltender Pascal Leclaire has signed a three-year contract worth $11.4 million with the Blue Jackets, The Dispatch has learned.

The deal will pay Leclaire $3 million this season, $3.6 million in 2009-10 and $4.8 million in 2010-11.

added 5:22pm, from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

“We’re very happy to have signed Pascal to a new contract that will keep him with the Blue Jackets for the next three seasons,” said Howson. “He is an important part of our team and we think he will continue to improve and play a significant role in helping us reach our goals.”

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  Tags: pascal+leclaire

All Theodore

Mike Vogel at WashingtonCaps.com sits down with Jose Theodore for a one-on-one interview.

Watch below…

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  Tags: jose+theodore

Hockey In Manila

from the Sun Star,

With razor-sharp metal blades on the skating shoes and hockey sticks that can kill with a spank on the face—not to mention all the shoving and bumping—hockey is, as we know, not a game as safe as chess or ping-pong.

Sitting at the sidelines watching for 30 minutes, we were treated to The NHL In Manila. One Caucasian wore a red jersey with the flag of Canada. Another glided on ice like a ballerina. Another maneuvered the slippery ice like the Michael Jordan of hockey, Wayne Gretzky.

We saw sprints. One player dashed to the goal. Teammates passed. Opponents intercepted. Two referees blew whistles.

We saw how the goalie is the team’s pivotal player. Like in football, if the goalie thwarts every attempt, the opponent can never win. This applies even more so for hockey where the goal box is narrow and the goalie is fully-padded and looms large.

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Fantasy- Euro Sleepers

from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

It’s hard enough projecting familiar NHL players for fantasy purposes. But because the League is so international – last season there were players born in 26 countries – each season has its new crop of unknown Europeans ready to make their impact. Problem is, I’ve never seen these guys play. I only know what you know from reading newspapers and web sites.

That’s why it helps to have an informant. And when it comes to Euros, I turn to NHL.com correspondent and feature blogger Risto Pakarinen, a Finn living in Stockholm.

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Speed Over Size

from Mark Moore at the Hockey News,

...In my opinion, the most valuable player in the Ducks’ defeat of Ottawa to capture the Cup was Samuel Pahlsson, a small speedy defensive center from Sweden who most fans probably wouldn’t recognize if he showed up at their front door.

When Ottawa’s top line, featuring Daniel Alfredsson, was matched against him, they found a defender they couldn’t escape. Everywhere they turned, with his speed and agility, Pahlsson was there. Soon the Sens’ stars got frustrated, started gambling and turning the puck over, generating counterattacks and beating themselves.

Now fast forward to this year’s final. With the Ducks long gone, the final featured Detroit and Pittsburgh, two teams surely near the bottom of anyone’s list of muscle and brawn. But the Red Wings sure could fly, and so could the Penguins.

The difference was, Pittsburgh’s speed was on offense while Detroit’s was on defense. In a game in which defense wins championships, the series outcome spoke for itself.

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Note To Caps Fans

Bruce Boudreau will be a guest host tomorrow on The Morning Show from 6a-9a on Fan590 in Toronto. 

You can find the live stream here in case you want to listen in.

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Need A Smoke

from PR.com,

The Mobile Cigar Lounge Co. introduces an innovative cigar solution to the no smoking laws. Retired NHL veterans Stan Neckar and Dave Andreychuk were frustrated with the strict no smoking laws and no where to enjoy cigars in style at social events. So they and a partner decided there has to be a better way and The Mobile Cigar Lounge company was born.

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  Tags: dave+andreychuk, stan+neckar

Van Ryn Feeling Healthy Again

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The Panthers defenseman has endured four surgeries—three on his right wrist alone—as he has tried to regain the strength and power that fueled his slapshot and helped him become one of Florida’s top players at the position.

Van Ryn missed 62 games last season after having his second surgery on his right wrist in less than a year.

‘‘I feel awesome now,’’ said Van Ryn, who spent last week helping coach a youth camp in Coral Springs. ``I look at other guys around the league. It took [Edmonton Oilers defenseman] Sheldon Souray a while to get his right. It can be a difficult surgery. I’m just excited to play, try and contribute and help the Panthers win some games.’‘

read on including how Van Ryn feels about the trade rumors…

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  Tags: mike+van+ryn

Decision Time For Vermette & Senators

from Allen Panzeri of the Ottawa Citizen,

The Ottawa Senators and Antoine Vermette are one day away from having their differences over a new contract resolved for them.

Unless they come to an agreement on their own before tomorrow’s arbitration hearing in Toronto, they’ll present their arguments and then nervously wait for the arbitrator’s decision.

If the Senators don’t like the decison, they can exercise their right to “walk away,” but that would allow Vermette, 26, to become an unrestricted free agent. General manager Bryan Murray would be loath to lose such a young, promising player for nothing.

Vermette’s name has also been mentioned in a number of trade rumours, including swaps with Toronto (for Pavel Kubina), Vancouver (Ryan Kesler or Sami Salo), Chicago, Columbus and Florida.

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  Tags: antoine+vermette

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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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