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Canucks Happy With Demitra

from the CP,

The Canucks signed the 33-year-old Slovakian to a two-year, US$8-million NHL contract Thursday. Vancouver general manager Mike Gillis said Demitra’s versatility is something the Canucks need.

“We saw a premium forward who could play all three forward positions,” said Gillis, who used to be Demitra’s agent. “He’s coming off a season that wasn’t his most productive but he has been a consistent point guy through his career.

“I felt as we were moving along here we wanted a player who could play multiple positions at forward. He seems like a proper fit. He wanted to play here.”

more on the Canucks and the action around the NHL today…

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Sharks Re-Tool

from the CP via the Sporting News,

“We played five good playoff games out of 13,” Sharks GM Doug Wilson told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “That’s not acceptable. We decided to make some changes.”

Say hello Todd McLellan, Rob Blake, Dan Boyle and Brad Lukowich.

“We’ve added four people and every one of them has won a Stanley Cup,” said Wilson.

The message couldn’t be any more clear than being slapped on the head with a two-by-four. Yes, the Sharks have a talented roster led by the likes of Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Milan Michalek and Jonathan Cheechoo but the group needed a little push to get over the hump.

more

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Report- Radulov Will Play In Russia

from AllHockey.ru (rough translation),

As it became known to web portal AllHockey. Ru from authentic sources, the Russian forward Alexander Radulov having the operating contract with “Nashville”, has agreed on the solid offer from the champion of Russia - “Salavat Yulaev” - and the following season will spend in club from Ufa.

On January, 9th, 2006 Radulov has signed the contract for 3 years with “Nashville”, and before its expiration there is a half a year. The given transition in “Salavat Yulaev” can become serious blow on NHL positions from outside new Russian league.

Take it however you wish…

added 6:10pm, from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NYT,

News organizations across North America are playing today’s IIHF announcement that the NHL and KHL have agreed to honor each other’s player contracts as if it’s some kind of peace accord, but it sure doesn’t seem that way.

All the two leagues agreed to in Zurich today (Thursday) was to continue the de facto arrangement they made several weeks ago — an arrangement given teeth by IIHF president and International Olympic Committee member Rene Fasel when he said last month that any federation that violated an existing contract would be barred from the Olympics.

continued and Jeff is bang-on…

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  Tags: alexander+radulov

Bolts Will Tweak Their Defense

from Lightning Strikes, .

..Lawton, the Lightning’s new vice president of hockey operations, said if the season began today, he would not be happy with the state of Tampa Bay’s blue line.

“No, not yet,” he said. “We have some nice depth and some nice pieces I’m very happy about, but I still don’t think we’re there yet. We still have some work to do.”

more on Tampa Bay…

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Technical Difficulties

KK went offline briefly and we’re not sure why.  But it seems to be back up and working for now.

Sorry about the interruption.

added 4:55pm (Paul), from our hosting company and sorry for the tech terms- you may understand it better than I did…

Staff is still investigating along with the data centers Sr. engineers and CTO on the root cause of the issues, so far the conclusion is that a line card in one of the Cisco switches at the data center providers core that feeds our own network was the initial cause of the problems.

The actual initial cause of that issue we are still looking into as we have never had trouble with that connection/switch connection to the data center before.  Sorry for the slow loadings, or inability to access our systems for approx. 10 to 15 minutes depending on which of our monitoring systems we review and what they test for.

 

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Devils Sign Clemmensen

via TSN Tracker,

New Jersey Devils sign G Scott Clemmensen to a one-year deal.

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Bad Signings

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Although there are a number of recognizable, veteran NHL names still available for purchase this off-season, it’s unlikely any yet-to-be-finalized contracts will surpass the ones already signed, either for total bucks or term. Which means it’s time for Screen Shots’ annual list of the five worst contract signings of the year. (Please note: the incensed e-mailer line forms to the left.)

Dishonorable Mentions: Jose Theodore, Washington, (Two years, $9 million), Jeff Finger, Toronto (Four years, $14 million)

read on for the Top 5…

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Khabibulin Could End Up With Colorado

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,.

I wouldn’t be shocked to see Nikolai Khabibulin become an Av at some point. No, probably not before the season. But come trade deadline time - if Huet is playing well in Chicago and Peter Budaj isn’t here - I think it will be an easy call that the Avs would be among the highest bidders for his services.

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Economic Roadblock

from Al Strachan of Fox Sports,

Three years down the road into economic paradise, the National Hockey League has hit a roadblock.

To some, this comes as no surprise. The Collective Bargaining Agreement that was hammered out after the lockout was clearly headed for trouble. For starters, no matter how many times commissioner Gary Bettman repeated his mantra for the gullible — “We’re doing it for the fans.” — there were three reasons for that lockout, and not one of them involved the well-being of fans.

Bettman wanted (a) to consolidate his power base; (b) to solidify his game plan of expanding the league into regions not familiar with hockey; and (c) to get rid of Bob Goodenow as head of the NHL Players’ Association.

continued

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  Tags: cba, collective+bargaining+agreement, gary+bettman

Strudwick Signs With Oilers

via 630 CHED,

630 CHED Sports has learned that the Edmonton Oilers have made a minor free agent splash by signing hard-nosed, stay-at-home defenseman Jason Strudwick.

Strudwick, who spent the last 3 seasons with the New York Rangers, is an Edmonton native and lives here in the off season. He has accumulated 678 penalty minutes in 488 games and will replace some of the toughness and physical edge the team lost in dealing Matt Greene and Raffi Torres.

Terms of the deal are not yet known. The Oilers are expected to officially announce the signing later today.

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