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Grier Looks At Free Agency

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Veteran forward Mike Grier is prepared to test free agency after the Buffalo Sabres said they aren't likely to re-sign him. Grier's agent, Jay Fee, said his client is open to returning to Buffalo and the two sides haven't ruled out making a deal later this summer. The NHL's free-agency period begins Saturday. "We'll see,'' Fee said Wednesday. "It's not like at this point it's a 'See you later,' type thing.'' Sabres general manager Darcy Regier, was not immediately available for comment, but has previously said he expected all three of Buffalo's unrestricted free-agent regulars - Grier and defensemen Jay McKee and Teppo Numminen - to test free agency.
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2006 HHOF Inductees

Jim Gregory, Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee, announced today that Terrance 'Dick' Duff and Patrick Roy have been elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player Category. In the Builder Category, former coach Herbert Brooks and NHL Chairman of the Board, Harley Hotchkiss were elected. The vote took place today at the annual meeting of the Selection Committee in Toronto. more

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Boynton Signs For 3 Years With Yotes

from TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes have signed newly acquired defenceman Nick Boynton to a three-year deal. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but TSN has learned that it's worth $2.95 million per season.

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Hosting Issue

Some of you may be experiencing some issues with KK since 2:15pm today. I am having "Latency Issues"; whatever that means. It should be corrected soon. update 6:56pm, from my hosting company,

[Update - 5:10pm central US time] Quote from data center network operations staff where our equipment is housed: “Our peer Telia in San Jose is indeed having issues on the Telia side of the link. This is causing traffic overflow on our other links, and causing traffic to be rerouted to the LA area, resulting in slow load times and disconnects. Our network engineers are working with Telia to fix it, although we do not have an ETA at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
update Thursday 12:55am, Everything seems back to normal...
Seems Telia’s crack fiber network engineers finally figure out what was wrong with their fiber connections in the SF bay area, which caused our Fremont, CA data center location to have to route traffic around the issues causing high traffic and high latency across the board until Telia fixed their issues. Only people using ISPs that peer (share network connections) with Telia were affected, people with ISPs with peering or IP transit from companies that did not use Telia’s network were completely unaffected.

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Meet Todd Bertuzzi

from the Florida Panthers, Q & A with Todd Bertuzzi-

Well Todd you’re getting sent across the continent here, what are you thinking about coming to South Florida and playing for Mike [Keenan] and the Panthers? I will be honest with you, last night was pretty difficult, and it’s been tough. I’ve been playing for Vancouver for a long time and basically growing up there, a lot of friends and awesome teammates so it was tough last night. Reality finally set in and I’m really excited to come there and working with Mike. I’ve had a good relationship with him and I’m looking forward to coming in there and getting a fresh start.
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Browse Like An NHLer

eDistributor.ca, Inc. has been appointed the exclusive manufacturer's representative and branch outsourcing partner of Pure Orange in Canada, the U.S., and Latin America. Pure Orange manufactures a line of sports-themed computer accessories and personal electronics, licensed by the NHL, Hockey Canada, and MLB, the first of which is called the Aqua Mouse, featuring various team logos, and a ball/puck floating in team-coloured liquid as it glides. image

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Shootout & Glow Puck Talk

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

Utter the word shootout to Greg Wyshynski and don't be shocked if he fires back with a series of expletives. He despises the event that much. As a hockey fan, it pained Wyshynski to pummel the game he loves so much. As a journalist and a servant to the truth, he accepted that there was no choice. Author of the book, Glow Pucks & 10-Cent Beer, The 101 Worst Ideas in Sports History, as the title suggests, Wyshynski set out to rank the most unfortunate promotional ideas and biggest rules boondoggles in the history of the games we play.
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Flag Waving

from the Mirror (Kansas),

The last game of the professional hockey season capped an exciting championship series that Carolina led, 3-1, at one point, only to have Edmonton tie the series at three games each before Carolina claimed the pivotal seventh game. While watching those final moments, I noticed a fan in the mostly red-clad Hurricanes crowd vigorously waving an American flag. If he properly were celebrating the Hurricanes first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history, his flag-waving likely would have resembled the entrance to the United Nations.
more...good point!

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Preds Tipping Their Hand

from the Tennessean,

Predators General Manager David Poile didn't rule out the possibility of making an offer later this week to Eaton. But he acknowledged that, barring a trade between now and Saturday, it's looking increasingly unlikely the Predators will re-sign Eaton, defenseman Brendan Witt or center Yanic Perreault. "We'd have to make some pretty strong approaches (to re-sign Eaton, Perreault or Witt) at this point, but that's why we have deadlines," Poile said. "And you never know what kinds of dynamics might change the situation between now and then." Asked if a trade would be one such factor, Poile said, "Exactly."
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Very Early Odds

Ottawa Senators 6-1 Detroit Red Wings 6-1 Carolina Hurricanes 10-1 San Jose Sharks 12-1 Philadelphia Flyers 12-1 Buffalo Sabres 12-1 Calgary Flames 12-1 New Jersey Devils 12-1 Anaheim Mighty Ducks 15-1 Dallas Stars 15-1 Colorado Avalanche 20-1 Vancouver Canucks 20-1 New York Rangers 20-1 Nashville Predators 20-1 more

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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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