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Many of you know KK is undergoing some minor tweaks and upgrades very soon. The format will of course remain the same but some software enhancements needed to be made and a few tweaks here and there too. A forum will soon be available and should enhance your visits to KK. I am in the process of doing some tweaking and since the hockey news has slowed down to a crawl, I just wanted to let you know posts may be slowing down during this period. I also plan on taking a vacation near the end of July and hope you understand I need a break for a week or two. I will keep you updated throughout this process and remember outages of KK may occur from time to time while these changes take place.

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Biron Accepts QO

from the CP via TSN,

Goaltender Martin Biron has accepted his $2.1-million US, one-year qualifying offer from the Buffalo Sabres, even though he has asked the club to trade him. But the Sabres now have leverage when it comes to negotiations with starter Ryan Miller, who is a restricted free agent.

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MacLean Signs With Yotes

from the Daily News,

If Donald MacLean wants a full-time job in the National Hockey League, he'll have to impress greatness to get it. The 29-year-old Bedford resident has signed a two-year, two-way contract with the Phoenix Coyotes, who are coached by The Great One, Wayne Gretzky. MacLean and his agent, Anton Thun, were in conversation with several teams, including Detroit. The Red Wings, however, bowed out early. "They didn't really show too much interest at all. They're a larger market team looking for the bigger fish," MacLean said. "I think (it was teams) that we're looking for potentially a cheap guy who could score. There were a few teams out there.
more Instead of pointing to "scheduling" stories today, I thought I would pick out a few of the lesser known signings...Which also means hockey writers are planning their vacation right about now...

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Finally Something Positive

from the Globe and Mail,

About 50 players in Whistler, B.C., listened to new NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin and representatives of a dissident group hash out the details of the final days of negotiations for the collective labour agreement, the departure of former NHLPA head Bob Goodenow and the subsequent hiring of Saskin. The small dissident group, which included veteran defenceman Chris Chelios and former NHLPA director of player relations Steve Larmer, has openly questioned the manner in which Goodenow left and Saskin was hired. But even outspoken Chelios was pleased with the answers in the information session. "I'm never satisfied," he said. "But this is positive. It's a step in the right direction. Only time will tell what's going to happen.

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Hussey A Good Fit For The Wings

from the Times Leader,

Matt Hussey is headed to Motown. A fixture in the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins’ lineup the past four seasons, Hussey signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings late last week. The Dallas Stars and Toronto Maple Leafs also expressed interest in signing Hussey, who led the Baby Pens in scoring with 51 points last year. “The way Detroit plays – (its) creativity and speed – I’ll fit in pretty well,” Hussey said. “They were pretty interested in me. They felt with the speed of the new NHL, and with my size and speed and the way I play, that I could be a good fit on their third or fourth line.”

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Game No Longer Stagnant

from the Deomcrat & Chronicle,

So fun was the game that Scotty Bowman, the winningest coach in the history of the NHL, may not have retired after the 2001-02 season if today's game existed then. "I like the game, the games are exciting," he said on Wednesday night after addressing about 400 amateur coaches who came to town for this week's USA Hockey national coaches symposium. "It's not a stagnant game anymore." Using forwards on defense will become commonplace, he figures. "Do you want a skillful guy who can make a pass on the stick or a big guy who can't make a pass," Bowman said. "Even a guy like (Carolina coach Peter) Laviolette tried it late in the game when his team was behind."
read on

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Hockey Fans Never Want To Go Through This Again

One year ago today the wait was finally over. image

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Oilers Sign Hejda

from the Edmonton Oliers,

Just two days after obtaining him in a trade with the Buffalo Sabres, the Edmonton Oilers have signed defenceman Jan Hejda to a one-year contract. Hejda, a 6’3”, 209-pound native of Prague, Czech Republic, was obtained from the Sabres on July 10th in exchange for the Oilers’ 7th round pick in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.
Some additional Oilers news- Assistant GM Scott Howson was on 630/CHED radio tonight in Edmonton and mentioned at this time Harvey, Murray, Peca, Dvorak and Tarnstrom are not in the Oiler plans for next season.

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Bertuzzi Happy To Be In Florida

from the Miami Herald via the Merury News,

You meet Todd Bertuzzi for the first time and you start with the pleasantries, of course. Small talk. Hockey stuff. Did the trade surprise you, and what do you think of the Panthers, and et cetera and so forth. But everything is leading somewhere else, somewhere darker, and you know it, and he knows it. South Florida's newest NHL star, the goal-scorer counted on to end the club's long playoff drought, moves a pinch of Kodiak tobacco from a tin to under his upper lip after a while and looks you in the eye as he opens the door slightly, just enough. ``It was uncomfortable and very distracting,'' he says, meaning this past season with the Vancouver Canucks. ``It was tough to stay focused. Maybe the fresh start is what was needed. No strings attached.''

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Shanny Arrives

from the AP via the CBC,

Brendan Shanahan thought the tough part was over once he decided to leave the Detroit Red Wings and move to Manhattan. After one day of house-hunting Wednesday, he's not so sure. "With three kids under four and a dog, it's a challenge," said Shanahan, who agreed with the New York Rangers last weekend on a one-year deal worth $4 million US. Shanahan looked calm and very relaxed on a hot summer day in New York. He took a break from strolling the streets to visit his new workplace, Madison Square Garden.
continued...and there is no truth to the rumor that the Rangers have hired Ronan Tynan to sing an Irish tune everytime Brendan scores! image

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