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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.”


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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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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.


thanks to a KK reader for the pointer…

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Boyle Knows It Is A Business

from Lightning Strikes,

Boyle, who turns 32 on July 12, said listening to the rumors he will be traded to help clear cap space for a team that is over the $56.7-million limit “has been tough. It’s been really hard.”

He also said that right now, he has no intention of waiving his no-trade clause. Having said that, he also said he understands this situation is not personal.

“I’m looking at every different angle, but mainly, absolutely, business,” he said. “If a trade makes sense, I completely understand, and I have no problem with that. But on the other hand, if it doesn’t make sense, then I do have a problem with that.”


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Caps Sign Keith Aucoin

via the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals have signed free agent center Keith Aucoin to a two-year contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Update 2:18am July 4th (alanah): Aucoin’s salary for 08/09 is reported as $475,000.


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Morning Line

“Obviously, I’m very close to Erik,” Staal said. “I’ve been good friends with him since the moment I came into the league. He was one of those guys who was there my first year and he did anything to help out as a friend and roommate. Along the way we became very close.

“When you develop a friendship with someone, to see them get traded is tough. It was hard for me to hear but it’s part of the game, part of the business and you have to kind of move forward I guess.”

-Eric Staal on Erik Cole at the News & Observer

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Laraque Says No To Nashville

from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators General Manager David Poile said on Wednesday the team made an offer to Georges Laraque, but that the player’s agent, Steve Kotlowitz, told Nashville that Laraque was looking to sign elsewhere….

Some of the tough guys still on the unrestricted free agent market include Atlanta’s Eric Boulton, Tampa Bay’s Andre Roy as well as Aaron Downey and Darren McCarty of Detroit.


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Flames Have Changed

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

GM Darryl Sutter is not buying the theory the Flames, as they appear today, are no different from the 2007-08 squad.

“If they do that, they’re guys that are out on the golf course and write something, but don’t really know much about our team,” Sutter said yesterday.

“But that doesn’t really bother me. I fully understand how ignorant they are.”

read on

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New Rivals

from Gene Collier of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Pittsburgh thinks often of Cleveland as its rival metropolis, and sometimes of Philadelphia, but with this week’s free-agent fiasco, is there a place somewhere generating more frowns ‘round town than Motown?

The research that begot the ad campaign extolling Detroit’s “hot cars, cutting edge music, Vegas-style gaming, diverse culture, and championship sports” reportedly concluded that among 11 regional cities, including Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, Detroit was the only one perceived to offer a travel experience appealing primarily to young adults 21 to 34.

Mr. Hossa is 29.

Yeah, they’re geniuses out there.


added 8:45am, from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

One presumes Hossa’s plan is to go for one year to Detroit, put up ridiculously-high numbers while playing with Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk or Valtteri Filppula, and call himself a Cup champion. Then he takes the big money the following year from the team willing to risk that he won’t retire on their dime.

Never even mind the fact that some insiders felt he was wired into Detroit by some previous, devious agreement anyway, and that the first day’s bidding may have been nothing more than a sham.


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