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Zhitnik Sticking in Atlanta

From Mike Knobler at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Veteran defenseman Alexei Zhitnik remains in the Thrashers’ plans after a season in which he played only 65 games though he was paid $3.5 million.

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell rejected speculation the team might buy out the final year of Zhitnik’s contract.

“That’s never been talked about,” Waddell said. “We think he’ll be a big part of our future. We expect him to come back and be part of our team.”

For more of the latest rumors and signings, be sure to visit Spector.

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  Tags: alexei+zhitnik, don+waddell

Cat & Mouse Games with Jagr

From John Dellapina at The Blueshirts Blog,

Jagr told me again today that he hasn’t heard anything from Rangers GM Glen Sather since they spoke on the day the team broke up for the season. While such a cat-and-mouse act is long-standing standard operating procedure for Sather, it makes little sense in this case.

Not only can Jagr sign with Omsk-Avangard at any time, there seems to be little to be gained by making him sit and wonder whether the Rangers want him back. His personal experience (see: Washington 2000-2004) is that things don’t go well when he’s playing for a team that doesn’t fully believe in him. And every day that goes by without the Rangers reaching out to him has to make him wonder even more.

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  Tags: free+agency, glen+sather, jaromir+jagr

Glenn Healy Leaving TV for the NHLPA

From William Houston at the Globe & Mail,

Hockey analyst Glenn Healy is leaving TSN for a high ranking post with the National Hockey League Players’ Association, sources have confirmed.

Healy, who was active with the association as a player, is expected to be involved in a player liaison capacity.

The former NHL goalie has built a successful career in television, first with the CBC from 2001 to 2004 and, for the past four seasons, with TSN.

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Update 2:36pm ET: TSN,

Glenn Healy has been named the new Director of Player Affairs for the National Hockey League Players’ Association.

Healy will fulfill a wide range of responsibilities for the Players’ Association. In his role, he will focus on player relations, coordinating his efforts with the NHLPA’s Ombudsman and Divisional Representatives, along with working closely with the NHL Alumni office.

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  Tags: cbc, glenn+healy, media, nhlpa, tsn

Panthers Must Buy Into The DeBoer Plan

from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,

Nearly every weakness can be sold as strength. Before Peter DeBoer could make his first line change from an NHL bench, the successful junior coach had to persuade a potential employer to overlook his relative inexperience.

Never played at this level. Never coached at this level.

“I tried to spin it that I’m undefeated,” DeBoer said Monday of his winning interview with Panthers General Manager Jacques Martin. “I guess he bought it.”

Soon we’ll learn whether DeBoer’s players buy in, too.

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Malone Rights May Be Headed To Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Dispatch,

After months of planning and strategy, the Blue Jackets’ summer of significant change is nearing the launch pad.

A trade with the Pittsburgh Penguins for the negotiating rights to winger Ryan Malone could be struck today or, more likely, Wednesday, NHL sources told The Dispatch

more on the Blue Jackets…

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  Tags: ryan+malone

Draft May Be Costly

from Alex Hebert of the Ottawa Sun,

A quick search on craigslist.com, kijiji.ca, ebay and other e-commerce sites yielded multiple postings of people selling pairs of tickets for upwards of $125.

Whether fans will actually pay that much remains to be seen but a pair of tickets on ebay already had a bidder willing to drop $51 on them with 11 hours left in the auction.

This revelation puzzled Senators spokesman Phil Legault, who told me that the event was not yet at capacity and there were still many Entry Draft passes being given away for free.

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Another Glossary For KK Readers

Geez, I need to get a glossary.  Does everyone have one but me?

At least Erin has a much shorter version than Abel to Yzerman!

In case you missed it yesterday, Erin Nicks along with Patrick Williams will be filing reports for KK from the 2008 NHL Draft in Ottawa.  Look for more on this in the next few days.

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Wings Talking Contracts

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Holland’s top priority is signing No. 4 defenseman Brad Stuart. He earned $3.5 million this past season and could get more money on the open market. But to remain in Detroit, he undoubtedly would have to take less. Andreas Lilja is another defenseman who must decide whether it is best to take less to stay or get a better deal elsewhere….

Holland has made qualifying offers to five restricted free agents: forwards Valtteri Filppula and Ryan Oulahen, defensemen Kyle Quincey and Jonathan Ericsson, and goaltender Jimmy Howard. Filppula, who turned down an offer of a long-term deal earlier this season, could be a prime candidate to receive an offer sheet from another club after July 1, which the Red Wings more than likely would match.

more on the Wings…

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Flyers Have Little Cap Room

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

A year ago, Paul Holmgren cleared enough space under the NHL salary cap to sign Danny Briere, Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hartnell to contracts worth a combined $115 million.

Because of those contracts and the ones he’ll need to give restricted free agents Jeff Carter, R.J. Umberger, Randy Jones and Riley Cote, Holmgren will find himself trying to shed salary while trying to add draft picks and a puck-moving defenseman at this weekend’s NHL draft.

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Networks Battle

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The Hockey Night in Canada theme song filled the air with more controversy yesterday.

Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, charged that CTV deliberately interfered with the CBC’s negotiations for the famous song, suggesting it was a publicity stunt to embarrass the network.

“CTV management characterized their actions as ‘saving the song,’ ” Moore wrote on a CBC blog. “But they knew the negotiation hadn’t run its course. I firmly believe that if they hadn’t inserted themselves into the negotiation, the result would have been different.”

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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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