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The Latest On Bill Guerin

from Craig Custance of The Sporing News,

Unrestricted free-agent forward Bill Guerin confirmed in a text message to Sporting News that he’s skating with the Flyers in Philadelphia, although he said it’s nothing more than that right now.

“I was just in town,” Guerin wrote. “Not hoping for a tryout. Just skating.”

CSNPhilly.com’s Tim Panaccio reported that a tryout offer with the Flyers is a possibility, but Guerin’s agent tells Sporting News he’s optimistic he’ll get a contract done for Guerin rather than a tryout.

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Don’t Believe The Savard Rumor

from Jack Edwards at NESN,

It’s time to take out the rubbish on the Marc Savard trade rumor. Until someone gets an NHL management name attached to a quote saying that the Bruins are making offers that include Savard, this “story” is literally unbelievable. That is, no one should believe it….

...Certainly I am willing to listen to other viewpoints, but let’s not let an anonymous August rumor engage us in rampant speculation when there are a lot of reasons not to believe the rumor’s veracity.

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In Case You Wanted To Know- What Is Cliff Ronning Doing These Days

from Andy Radia of Canucks.com,

The ‘hometown boy’ is now back home; this time as an entrepreneur. Ronning, 44, has teamed up with former Easton executive Holmes Ghassemi, and Innovative Hockey’s Ron Kunisaki to launch Base Hockey Labs – a hockey stick design and manufacturing firm.

The company’s unique business model is based on the following premise: In the game of golf, it’s commonplace for golfers to spend hundreds of dollars to have their clubs custom fitted and sized - so, why not in hockey? Why don’t hockey players do the same for their sticks?

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Talking Price Contract

from TSN,

Talk of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price “going on strike” appear to be a bit pre-mature.

In an interview with RDS, Price’s agent Gerry Johannson says that negotiations between the Canadiens and his client continue to progress, however he admits there is plenty of work to do before a deal can be announced.  Johannson told RDS he hopes the next few days can be productive and his client will have a deal in hand, ready to start training camp.

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All Those RFAs

from Damien Cox of the Spin at the Toronto Star,

Looking back, the telling sign was the deal inked by St. Louis defenceman Erik Johnson, the most coveted draft eligible player on the planet just four years ago.

Coming off his three-year entry level deal, all Johnson could squeeze out of the Blues was a two-year deal worth $2.6 million. To a working stiff, that’s the moon and more. But for an NHL player, it’s just above the NHL average, and to a league in which many teams have tried to lock up their best young players to long-term, lucrative deals at that point in their careers, it marked a sea change.

From there, it’s not that big of a jump to where we are now, with more than a dozen talented restricted free agents sitting on the sidelines without contracts as training camp looms. Years ago, this would have been controversial, with holdouts once the scourge of the league as players knew they had leverage and, particularly under the Bob Goodenow regime, weren’t afraid to use it. They could stay out, knowing that without a cap, the pressure was all on the team, which looked cheap if it couldn’t win without them.

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JJ Presents: Beasts of the Southeast

And so it begins…

Sure, I’ve been popping my head in the door sporadically around here since early August but it’s high time we kicked things off in proper fashion.

9/1/2010 officially marks the dawning of the JJ at KK era and the month of September officially means a new hockey season is right around the corner. Players are skating informally, training camps are just a few short weeks away and, before we know it, the puck will drop on the 2010-11 NHL season (returning balance to The Force and bringing puckheads everywhere back down from the ledge).

With this fresh start for me comes a fresh assignment, as I’ve been tasked not only to continue bringing you Tampa Bay Lightning news and opinion but also to chime in on all things happening throughout the Southeast Division.

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Training The Elite

from John Manasso at NHL.com,

As strength and conditioning coach of the Atlanta Thrashers for nine years, Ray Bear bore a military bearing. He didn’t fit the tired drill sergeant stereotype, but the crew cut and the seriousness in his squint always remained in the background even when his good humor stood out front.

Ten years before he went to work for the Thrashers, he did a combat tour as a medic in the U.S. Army’s First Cavalry Division during the first Gulf War. He served in active duty for three years and then for three more in the National Guard.

Two months ago, Bear put bookends on his military career when he resigned from the Thrashers to accept a new civilian position at Fort Bragg in North Carolina that the Army created to train, as Bear put it, some of the U.S. military’s elite soldiers.

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Khabibulin A Free Man While Appeal Process Plays Out

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Despite being handed a 30-day jail sentence for drunk driving, Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is not on his way to one of Maricopa County’s infamous tent jails, where most inmates wear pink undies and striped uniforms, eat baloney sandwiches for brunch and are denied salt, cigarettes, coffee and movies.

The 37-year-old Russian may well wind up an unhappy prison camper eventually, but immediately after the sentence was handed down in Scottsdale Municipal Court on Tuesday afternoon, Khabibulin’s lawyer Mark DuBiel gave notice that he will appeal, an act that frees the goalie to attend training camp in Edmonton on Sept. 17, which is his intention, and might keep him out of jail through the entire National Hockey League season.

“It could take months,” GM Steve Tambellini said of the appeal process. “This obviously means the process continues. It doesn’t allow me, unfortunately, to comment on behalf of the team as we thought we’d be able to do, but that’s Nik’s right to be able to (appeal). As far as any discussion of further discipline or actions taken (by the) league, ourselves, obviously that all has to wait.”

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Morning Line

A rejection of the 15-year, $100 million contract would mean the Kovalchuk saga would continue.

-Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.  More talk on Kovalchuk from Tom.

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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.

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.

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