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You Woke Up This Morning…

,,, with what feelings about the first day of the UFA signing period.

I woke up feeling refreshed after a very long day and night.  Now waiting for the Wings to sign someone, anyone and keeping an eye on some the bigger names available, wondering where they may end up.

How about you?

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NHL Does Well In The Ultimate Standings

NEW YORK (July 1, 2009) – Five NHL teams are among the Top 10 professional sports franchises when it comes to paying fans back for their investment of time, money and passion, according to ESPN the Magazine’s Ultimate Standings report. The Carolina Hurricanes are the top ranked NHL franchise and second overall among all professional sports teams, followed by the Detroit Red Wings (#4), Washington Capitals (#6), Pittsburgh Penguins (#8) and St. Louis Blues (#10).  This marks the most NHL teams ever represented among the Top 10 in the report’s seven-year history. The full report is available in the current issue of ESPN the Magazine on newsstands Friday.

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Free Agent Frenzy: Live

TSN’s Free Agent Frenzy will start broadcasting on TV and online at 2pm ET till 6pm.

TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger will be at the ‘News Breakers’ desk to bring viewers the most up-to-date information on NHL signings. Duthie is joined by TSN hockey analysts Pierre McGuire, Darren Pang and former Tampa Bay Lightning General Manager Jay Feaster on the Instant Analysis panel while Gino Reda will deliver an in-depth look at all of the Free Agents in play.

The show will be streamed live here on this blog post, as soon as it starts. Stay tuned.

Update 2:00pm ET: The TSN broadcast is now embedded in a livestream below.
Note: Available to USA IP addresses only. Canadians are advised to watch the TSN tv broadcast.

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What Are You Doing Today?

First off, Happy Canada Day for all the Canadian residents who visit KK.  I do hope you have a wonderful day and can kick back a bit and relax.

So, what are your plans for the day?  Have any of you taken the day off of work to keep track of all the signings that may happen today?  Or are you at work, maybe paying special attention to the web and have your right finger on the refresh button?

Don’t forget…  NEW YORK  – NHL Network in the U.S. will have six hours of live coverage to celebrate the opening of the NHL’s free agency period at Noon ET on July 1. The hockey experts from NHL Live! will get things started with two hours of news, analysis, interviews and viewer phone calls beginning at Noon ET. Next, NHL Network for U.S. viewers is presenting a live airing of TSN’s third annual NHL on TSN: Free Agent Frenzy special from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Hosted by James Duthie, the show features TSN’s team of reporters and correspondents providing news of the day’s transactions.

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If Only It Were That Easy

Headline today at Portage Online... Free Agency Draft Gets Underway Today

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Are You Ready?

No, I am not up yet, but soon will be. 

For those readers who have been around KK for more then a year, you know what to expect today.  For those of you that are new, you may want to check out how we did thing during the first day of the UFA period last season (then scroll forward).  It is kind of fun to read all the talk last year on July 1st too,

KK will be around all day and into the night and will be providing you with the latest signings, trades and yes, even some of the rumors.

We hope you enjoy the day and just in case you are not sure, the UFA signing period starts at noon ET.

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Follow The Frenzy

via NHL.com,

Hockey fans in the United States will be able to keep up with all the moves of free agency like their counterparts in Canada.

American hockey fans can watch the NHL on TSN: Free Agent Frenzy show on the NHL Network and follow all the moves and rumors during one of the League’s most exciting days.

The NHL on TSN: Free Agent Frenzy is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. ET, right after NHL Live (noon-2 p.m. ET).

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Follow Along

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

Saturday was a wonderfully disgusting tour of Gary Bettman’s hockey world for fans of the Vancouver Canucks if they were paying attention, espeically those who might be season-ticket holders.

Follow us while we explain. As everyone knows, the Calgary Flames acquired the negotiating rights to Jay Bouwmeester in a trade with the Florida Panthers whereby they gave up a player they weren’t going to re-sign in Jordan Leopold and a third-round pick. That’s fair enough. But in order to clear the cap space to have even a ghost of a chance to sign Bouwmeester, they first off-loaded the $2.3 million U.S. cap hit of defenceman Jim Vandermeer to, of all teams, the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for a forward named Brandon Prust who was making just $500,000.

That’s right. The Phoenix Coyotes, whose bills are being paid by the NHL, felt free to expand their payroll by taking on an expensive Flames defenceman. That means the Flames now have the best chance to sign a player the Vancouver Canucks might liked to have signed, by off-loading a cap liability in Vandermeer to the Coyotes, a team whose bills are being paid partly by the Aquilini family through revenue sharing and most recently by league dues.

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Entry Draft Notes

MONTREAL (June 27, 2009)—The 2009 NHL Entry Draft concluded this afternoon with a total of 210 players selected from 11 countries. Following is a breakdown of 2009 Entry Draft selections by birthplace:

Canada         102
United States   55
Sweden         24
Finland       10
Russia         7
Slovakia       5
Czech Republic   3
Belarus       1
Denmark       1
Germany       1
United Kingdom   1
Total         210

TRANSACTIONS SUMMARY FOR SATURDAY, JUNE 27

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Now The Fun Starts

With the draft completed, we now look forward to teams trying to sign their own UFAs and all the chatter that comes ahead of July 1st.

It is an exciting time for hockey fans and we here at KK will be providing you with the latest hockey news.

Thanks to Erin, Patrick and SENSHobo for providing live coverage from Montreal and to Alanah for all her work at KK yesterday.

Remember to check back often, you never know when news will break!

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About Kukla's Korner Hockey

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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

Email Paul anytime at pk@kuklaskorner.com

 

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