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Brad Boyes Ready For The Season

from the CP,

He feels at home in St. Louis now and is ready to assume a leadership role with a young Blues team that has parted ways with veterans Jamal Mayers, Mike Johnson, Ryan Johnson and Bryce Salvador since last season’s trade deadline.

“I’ve always felt comfortable in junior in (a leadership) role and in the minors after a couple years,” said (Brad) Boyes. “I think that I’m getting to that point now where I’ve learned from some great players and I’ve sat and watched a lot.

“We’ve got our leaders, our head guys, but there’s no reason why I can’t help out too.”

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Report: Fetisov Heading into Russian Politics

From the Moscow Times,

Hockey legend Vyacheslav Fetisov could become a Federation Council senator as early as next week, while the federal agency he heads could be dissolved, Vedomosti reported Tuesday, citing senior government officials.

Pro-Kremlin party United Russia on Monday nominated Fetisov, head of the Federal Sports Agency, to represent the Primorye region in the Far East in the upper house of the parliament, an unidentified senior party official told Vedomosti.

Primorye regional legislature would likely appoint Fetisov to the post on Sept. 17, the newspaper cited an unidentified source close to the presidential administration as saying.

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  Tags: vyacheslav+fetisov

Panthers Sign Ballard to 6 Year Extension

From George Richards at On Frozen Pond

The Panthers just called to tell me that defenseman Keith Ballard has signed a six-year contract extension. Ballard, the key part of the Olli Jokinen deal, was set to become a restricted free agent after the coming season.

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Canes Hope To Lock-up Staal

from Chip Alexander of Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Carolina Hurricanes general Jim Rutherford said today that the team hoped to sign star forward Eric Staal to a long-term contract in the next week to 10 days.

Rutherford would not disclose the financial figures being discussed, but it is believed Staal could receive a seven- or eight-year contract that will pay him between $7 million and $10 million a year.

“We’re continuing to talk and have talked more of late,” Rutherford said. “I would expect us to get a deal done soon. We’re getting to the point we’re just trying to fine-tune it.”

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Sirius XM News—Updated

from Twice.com,

Sirius XM said it will begin offering a la carte programming on Oct. 6, allowing consumers to pick and choose which stations they would like to hear.

The a la carte programming will let users choose from 50 stations at a fee of $6.99/month but will require new radios.

Sirius XM will also offer its full slate of new program plans on Oct. 6 including “Best of Both” programs where XM listeners can receive Howard Stern and NFL football and Sirius listeners can receive Oprah, NBA and NHL programming, in each case for an extra $4/month (or $16.99) without requiring new radios.

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I have heard through the grapevine that NHL Live will start again on September 22nd.  Not official, but that is the word as of today.

Also, I am scheduled to appear on the Power Play Show today right around the 5pm ET.  Power Play is hosted by Mike Ross and Mick Kern on NHL Home Ice XM204.

Update 6:13pm ET (alanah): Paul’s interview on NHL Home Ice can be downloaded here or heard on the player below.

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KK- You Know It Is Getting Close

Dummy me.  I just pointed to a Stan Fischler story that was a week old and and one I had pointed to last week.

I deleted it and I am sorry for posting it.  Too many things on my mind right now, we are getting very close to the 3rd Edition of Kukla’s Korner and along with Alanah, we are juggling numerous items right now.

Stay tuned folks, this one will be a major surprise for all KK members and guests.

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Defensive Help For The Kings

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Lombardi and Hextall made it clear at the GM breakfast that the Kings are still actively pursuing a veteran defenseman. From what I’m hearing, those talks could get particularly intense this week, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a deal get done.

The names? Anaheim’s Mathieu Schneider is one the Kings are seriously considering. Other names under consideration would be San Jose’s Kyle McLaren, Florida’s Karlis Skrastins, Nashville’s Greg de Vries, St. Louis’ Jay McKee and Pittsburgh’s Darryl Sydor.

added 6:44pm, This also from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

The Kings are still looking at a trade as their best option to add a defenseman, but should they shift their focus to the free-agent route, the names they’re looking at would include Jassen Cullimore, Bret Hedican, Keith Carney, Marek Malik and Nolan Pratt.

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Nylander Not Going Anywhere

From Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider:

I also asked Nylander about all of the trade rumors (Vancouver, New York, New Jersey, etc.) that surfaced over the summer. He acknowledged that he heard them, but he said he’s not worried. And for good reason:

“I have a no move clause in my contract,” he said. “So it’s really up to me if I want to move. I want to stay here and I’m looking forward to the season. There’s lots of rumors about lots of players all the time.”

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*emphasis added

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  Tags: hockey+rumors, michael+nylander, no+trade+clause

Ready for the Unknown

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com:

I have had enough of preview, reviews, I want to express my views and the only way to do that is to see how the players look - on the ice. Will new players mesh with new line mates, will new coaches gain the attention of his players, will the players respond to new coaching techniques?

You can read all about it, but until the players hit the ice, all we have is one big question mark. Sure, I can tell you the Detroit Red Wings, San Jose Sharks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Montreal Canadiens will be good, but I want to know about the unknown.

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Video Game Wars

From Dan Rosen at NHL.com:

image[Rick] Nash and I went head-to-head on NHL 2K9, which was sold for the first time anywhere at the NHL Store Monday. He, of course, took the Blue Jackets. Since I didn’t believe him when he told me he only played the game once, I took the Red Wings.

I figured with Marian Hossa, Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Brian Rafalski and Nicklas Lidstrom on the ice, I could handle Nash and his squad. 

I was wrong.

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As everyone knows by now, NHL 2K9 and NHL 09 have both just been released this week. Will you buy one?

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  Tags: nhl+09, nhl+2k9

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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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