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Canes Thinking Of Bringing Jeff O’Neill Back

from Lord Stanley’s Blog,

Monday’s re-signings of three players for Albany (AHL) more or less completed the restocking of the River Rats, but the Canes would still like to add one more center for organizational depth.

One name under consideration? Jeff O’Neill.

Yes, that Jeff O’Neill.

The Canes have talked to O’Neill and Jeff Taffe, Rutherford said, but both are holding out for one-way contracts.

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XM Radio—Free Trial

XM Radio’s free 7-day online trial* now includes NHL Home Ice, which is a very nice upgrade.

imageThe puck drops every day on the world’s fastest sport. Listen to the action on NHL Home Ice - XM 204, the world’s first hockey channel. Delivering a high energy mix of information and entertainment, NHL Home Ice is the on-ice leader for fans across North America with analysis, excitement, up-to-the-second news…

Just go to XM Radio.com or XM Radio.ca (for Canadians) to sign up. Once you’ve registered and activated your account, go to the “Sports” tab on the player, and you’ll see NHL Home Ice (XM 204) available on the list below.

Note:  I’m not certain of the reason, but the trial that appeared for me on the Canada link was a 7 day trial; Paul’s—going through the .com address—was for 3 days.

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  Tags: media, xm+radio

Avs Sign Two

from the Colorado Avalanche,

Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that it has signed forwards Cody McCormick and Brian Willsie each to a one-year contract.

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Hanzal Facing Back Surgery

from the Phoenix Coyotes,

Coyotes center Martin Hanzal is scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday morning to repair a herniated disk in his back.

By having the procedure done now, back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins believes Hanzal, 21, will have enough time to rehabilitate and be ready for the start of training camp in mid-September.

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War Of Words

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

It has widely been reported that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jonas Frogren, whose case will go before an arbitrator, had his contract nullified by the NHL because the league considered him a “defected player,” but the Leafs consider him an unrestricted free agent.

That’s not entirely correct. The NHL agrees Frogren is an unrestricted free agent, but has argued that because Frogren was once a defected player on the Calgary Flames’ reserve list – he no longer holds that status – he is subject to entry-level restrictions on his salary.

The Leafs and the NHLPA argue the collective bargaining agreement makes it clear that no European player 28 years old or older is subject to entry-level stipulations “under any circumstances.”

more NHL bits including Kings cap talk and the Lowe/Burke situation…

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  Tags: jonas+frogren

Oilers Sign Pair

via 630 CHED,

The Oilers have re-signed tough guy Zack Stortini to a 3 year contract. Stortini had 201 penalty minutes in 66 games for the Oilers last season and was among the league leader in fights.

The Oilers have also added some depth to their minor league system today by signing former Detroit Red Wings farmhand Carl Corazzini to a 1 year contract.

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Terry Murray Close To Being Named Kings Coach

from Tim Wharnsby of the Globe and Mail,

Terry Murray is close to becoming a head coach in the NHL for the fourth time.

According to sources, the Los Angeles Kings are finalizing details on a contract with Murray to become their new head coach. Murray, who turns 58 on Sunday, spent the past four seasons as an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers and previously had head coach stints with the Florida Panthers, Flyers and Washington Capitals.

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Looking for Hockey in the Summer

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

Here we are smack-dab in the middle of July and I have a hockey itch that needs to be scratched. I catch some classic games on the NHL Network, I pop in a DVD and watch Slap Shot and I hit the play button on the DVR to watch Mystery Alaska over and over again.

But I need more, much more. I drive by the local ice arena and peek in. The ice is gone, instead a dog & cat show is in progress. I head over to one of the outdoor roller hockey rinks and I catch a group of kids racing their remote control cars on the smooth surface.

I am about to leave the roller hockey rink, dejected, when a caravan of cars pull up.

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  Tags: hockey+fans

Penguins Sign Kris Beech, Bill Thomas, Ryan Stone

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed forward Kris Beech to a one-year contract, it was announced today by Executive Vice President/General Manager Ray Shero. 

Beech posted 11 points (six goals, five assists) in 25 NHL games during the 2007-08 season.

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  Tags: bill+thomas, kris+beech

Dallas Drake Announces Retirement

From the Free Press:

Red Wings forward Dallas Drake will retire after raising the Stanley Cup last month for the first time in his 16-year career.

Drake announced his retirement today.

Last month’s victory over Pittsburgh was Drake’s first championship in 15 seasons in the NHL.

Update 2:35pm ET: From Craig Custance at The Sporting News:

“I couldn’t imagine finishing out on a better note,” said Drake who will pick up the Stanley Cup for his time with it today.

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  Tags: dallas+drake

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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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