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Kariya Will Not Play This Season Due To Post-Concussion Syndrome

WINNIPEG (August 27, 2010) –Statement from Certified Agent Don Baizley regarding Paul Kariya’s playing future:

“Paul Kariya will not play hockey during the 2010/11 season. After being examined by concussion specialist Dr. Mark Lovell, Paul is not able to play hockey due to post-concussion syndrome.”

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Khabibulin DUI Trial Update

via Sarah McLellan (Arizona Republic) has been tweeting from the trial for about 1 1/2 hours.  Doing a great job with the updates and her latest is…

Judge not buying Khabibulin’s lawyer’s argument of errors in the blood testing argument

update 6:55pm, Khabibulin found guilty on 3 counts- DUI with BAC of .08 or more, excessive speed and extreme DUI with BAC of .15 or more.

All via the tweets of Sarah and sentencing is on a later date not yet determined.

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Marc Staal Wants To Stay In New York

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

As negotiations between the Rangers and restricted free agent Marc Staal drag on into late August, rumors of pending offer sheets for the talented young defenseman have started to surface.

But offer sheets aren’t the focus right now, said Staal’s agent Paul Krepelka of the Orr Hockey Group.

“The report of an offer sheet is absolutely unfounded and our priority and focus is on finalizing a deal with the Rangers,” Krepelka wrote in an e-mail to Sporting News.

t’s been a quiet summer so far for restricted free agents without arbitration rights but slowly deals are getting done. Thrashers forward Bryan Little signed earlier this week to a two-year deal worth $7.15 million and Patric Hornqvist signed a three-year, $9.25 million contract with the Predators following Little’s deal.

Plenty of restricted free agents remain, however, including Anaheim’s Bobby Ryan, Colorado’s Peter Mueller and Atlanta’s Niclas Bergfors.


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Kovalchuk A Devil Again And Again

via Tom Gulitti tweet,

This is a little late because others are saying it’s done too, but I did get second confirmation on league thumbs up.

added 2:33pm, Another tweet from Tom,

There’s a chance that there might not be an official announcement from Devils on signing until Saturday

added 2:47pm, Tom tweets again,

I hate to do this, but i’m told now that it is not done yet with NHL.

added 2:58pm, Another Tom tweet,

I’m told NHL has not completed review and it’s more than a formality, but latest proposal addressed previously rejected concepts.

added 3:07pm, Darren Dreger tweets,

NHL says it has not approved any deal between Kovalchuk and the Devils. The saga continues.

added 3:50pm,
Multiple reports state the Devils have indeed filed a contract with the NHL and the League has five days to approve/reject.  Hopefully they decide quickly.

added 4:18pm, via Darren Dreger tweet,

15 years, around $100 mil is close…according to source. It’s going to be interesting to see if the league approves NJ’s latest attempt.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

The Improving Southeast Division

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider,

Every team in the division has gotten better,” Coach Bruce Boudreau said. “The 24 games we play within the division are not going to be easy for us. For the most part, we’re a very similar team to what we were, so they will know what they’re facing whereas, with some of these teams that have changed more than the others, we’re facing the unknown.”

No team may have altered the landscape more than Tampa Bay as new owner Jeff Vinik brought in Steve Yzerman, who has simultaneously bolstered the franchise’s credibility while overhauling its on- and off-ice personnel in his first few months as general manager.


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Have Kovalchuk, Devils And NHL Reached Common Ground?

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

This contract is supposed to stick. For the umpteenth time since July 1, the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk are believed to be on the verge of a deal Friday, the difference being that this one is expected to receive approval from the NHL.

Kovalchuk reportedly issued a deadline of this weekend for receiving league approval of a Devils deal, or he would have embraced lucrative offers from St. Petersburg of the Russian Kontinental League.

Details of the latest attempt were unavailable, but presumably answered NHL objections to the length of prior contract offers, their drop to near-minimum salary levels, and the ease by which the Devils could get out of the final seasons of the pact.


added 2:10pm, via Tom Gulitti tweet,

It’s looking like Devils got a thumbs up on a contract proposal with Kovalchuk. Waiting for a confirmation.

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Torres May Be A Bargain For Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province at Canada.com,

Raffi Torres didn’t feel great about getting to late August without a contract.

“It sucked,” he said.

Things did get better this week. But with a catch.

Torres signed a one-year, $1-million-US deal with the Vancouver Canucks. Not a lot of comfort or security there. It doesn’t mean this is his last chance. But you can see it from here.

Truth is, Torres has too much talent for this. He can skate, pound and aggravate. He has size, sandpaper and soft hands. He can play anywhere in the lineup. He was a fifth overall pick, scored 27 goals in a season and is in his prime at 28 years old. Talent wise, he should be playing for $3 million right about now. Instead, he’s on his fourth NHL team in three years.


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Recognize The Bloggers

from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Bloggers tell more stories. Bloggers reach every nook and cranny of fan interest. Bloggers are passionate and talented. They care about your franchise.

As long as they abide by published and official guidelines I will always support the blogosphere as well as the mainstream media.

As an aside, if there are 150 million plus bloggers today, ISN’T IT TIME WE RECOGNIZE THEM as MAINSTREAM MEDIA?! Can’t get more mainstream than 150 million people.

Bloggers covering sports teams is like oxygen - get used to it!


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Defamation Suit Settled

from the CP at TSN,

NHL player Shane Doan and longtime Liberal MP Denis Coderre have reached an out-of-court settlement to bring an end to their defamation dispute.

During the 2006 election, Coderre demand Doan be barred from Canada’s team for the Turin Winter Olympics.


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  Tags: shane+doan

Edmonton Related Points

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Nikolai Khabibulin will likely find out Friday if he’s going to jail.

The Edmonton Oilers goaltender will have his driving under the influence and speeding case heard before a judge in Scottsdale Municipal Court in Arizona Friday afternoon….

• Former Oilers winger Fernando Pisani, who had been on the ice for three weeks and said he felt “great health-wise,” was hit with an attack of back spasms while off-ice training a few days ago and couldn’t skate at Perry Pearn’s three-on-three pro camp.

Pisani told an Oilers veteran that he was feeling better after the scare, but this isn’t what the hard-luck Pisani needs with the Chicago Blackhawks camp opening in mid-September….

• Unrestricted free-agent winger Patrick O’Sullivan, the former Oilers, hasn’t had any real interest from other teams with camps opening in three weeks. That’s semi-surprising, considering his age (25) and he would come cheap because he was bought out.


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