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Around The NHL With The Maven

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Big question for the new Islanders braintrust; does it keep Alexei Yashin as captain? Answer; no. Ted Nolan hinted that to us the other day. -It’ll be fascinating to see how Peter Laviolette handles John Grahame, considering the tumultuous relationship between the goalie and his former Lightning coach, John Tortorella. Conclusion: It’ll be fine since the pair bonded in the AHL and on the U.S. Olympic team. -Brendan (Sir Eloquent) Shanahan will be a godsend for the Manhattan media. The newest Ranger will be likewise for Jaromir Jagr, both on and off the ice. Shanny will take some of the post-game talking burden off Jagr’s vocal chords. What we’re wondering is which of the two Tom Renney will designate as captain...

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NHL 2K7 Features

from Businesswire,

2K Sports announced today new standard-setting features for NHL 2K7. The top-rated hockey video game for four-straight years, NHL 2K7 introduces a completely new skating engine to give users the true on-ice movement of an NHL game. Additionally, Pro Control receives new enhancements to both offensive and defensive controls, giving hockey fans thrilling new ways to attack and defend on the ice. These new features elevate the realism of the sport, delivering the best hockey experience on any system. "Year after year, we've been delivering new and innovative ways to play the exciting game of hockey," stated Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts, a 2K Sports studio. "The new skating engine in NHL 2K7 far surpasses anything we've ever produced and the advancements made in Pro Control add the excitement and control our fans have been craving."

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Kukla’s Korner Forum

Kukla's Korner Forum (KKF) is now open and anticipating some great discussions. You have a few registration options: Look on the left sidebar on the Front Page or Hockey Page under "KK Sections". You can register there or go directly to the KKF to register. Wherever you decide to rcomplete that process, you are now a member of both KK & KKF. So when commenting at either location, your member profile will follow you. Make sure to read the "Welcome" thread at the KKF for more details. Any questions or suggestions, you can either send me a pm (members only) or an email. update 8:40pm Wednesday, You can now upload your own avatars and photos in "Your Control Panel".

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Gomez Contract Talk

from the Star-Ledger,

Salary cap problems may force the Devils to trade center Scott Gomez if the team loses an arbitration hearing set for Friday in Toronto. Negotiations between Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and Carlos Gomez, who has served as his son's agent, have broken off and the two sides appear to be headed for a nasty hearing with arbitrator Richard Bloch.

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Good News For Pittsburgh

from Shelly Anderson of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

According to people familiar with the sale process, the Penguins were ready to sell to the high bidder, a Canadian entity or group that offered $175 million or more, but that bidder backed out over the weekend based on what it learned about the NHL's stance and the state's "Plan B" for arena funding. That leaves four bidders standing. Any buyer will be obligated to join the Penguins' agreement with the Isle of Capri, which will donate $290 million toward a new arena if it is awarded the city's slots license sometime around December.

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Caps A Few Players Away From Contention

from Spector at Fox Sports,

The Washington Capitals surprised some observers last week with their reacquisition of forward Richard Zednik from Montreal and signing enforcer Donald Brashear. The Caps were expected to focus on rebuilding from within but GM George McPhee recently told the Washington Post he believed his club was only a couple of moves away from becoming a playoff team. The Post also reported McPhee would like to add a rugged blueliner and a second line center. There isn't many talented, affordable center left in the UFA market if McPhee were to go that route but defenseman Danny Markov could perhaps fill the role of physical blueliner.
read more player movement talk...

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It Just Keeps On Repeating

from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press via the Mercury News,

The agent for goaltender Ed Belfour remains optimistic a deal can be worked out with the Red Wings, but the team is keeping its options open. Ron Salcer said Monday that he was having trouble reaching general manager Ken Holland and that "a couple of issues" remained to be discussed. The Wings are interested in signing Belfour, 41 and coming off back surgery, to a one-year deal worth around $500,000, plus incentives. The snag is that if Belfour earns the bonuses, they will count against the
continued added 6:04am Tuesday, Detroit Free Press link now available...

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Peca Getting Close To Agreement With Leafs

from the CP via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs were closing in on a deal with centre Michael Peca after meeting with the unrestricted free agent and his camp Monday, a source told The Canadian Press. The Leafs and Peca have been courting each other for well over a week with both camps agreeing Toronto is a good fit for the 11-year NHL centre.
continued added 6:20am Tuesday, from the Globe and Mail,
As for Peca, he will make an excellent fit with the Leafs. While he did not have a great regular campaign with the Oilers last season, with 23 points in 71 games, Peca was a force in their run to the Stanley Cup final, centring what was often their best line with wingers Fernando Pisani and Raffi Torres. There were a couple of other good reasons for Ferguson to sign Peca. The first is leadership. As one of the most respected players in the league, Peca will help a Leafs dressing room that felt the loss of leaders Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk after the lockout. Another plus is that Peca wants to be here. He is from the area and his wife is from Buffalo, where they spend the off-season. That is why he wanted out of Edmonton and why he was apparently willing to take a substantial trim on last season's salary of $3.99-million.

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Good Fit For Lindros In Dallas

from the Dallas Morning News,

Lindros signed a one-year contract with the Stars Monday. Lindros said the base of the contract is $1.55 million and bonuses could add an extra $1 million. Lindros, who has been injury-prone throughout his career, will receive bonuses when his games played hits 50, 60 and 70. He also can receive a bonus if the team finishes in the top six in the Western Conference and also if the team makes the second round of the playoffs. Lindros said he turned down better monetary offers from other teams to play in Dallas and said money wasn’t the issue. ’’I wanted the chance to win and I wanted a good fit,’’ he said.
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Decisions Need To Be Right

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

In the wake of a free-agent spending spree that saw salaries approximate pre-lockout levels, there has been a seismic shift in the landscape. Five years ago, it was entirely possible the top 20 free agents would have been more or less equally divided between five or six clubs. Now, they are scattered across the NHL community, where the haves and the have-nots are indistinguishable and where those roles can be reversed almost overnight.
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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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