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Kings Need Help On Defense

from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

The Kings quickly found a replacement for Frolov by signing Alexei Ponikarovsky to a one-year contract.

Hopefully these two signings will put to rest those silly Internet-based rumors claiming the Rangers would trade Marian Gaborik to the Kings and then try to sign Kovalchuk.

Kings GM Dean Lombardi, meanwhile, suggested to the Times he wasn’t finished making moves.

Lombardi noted he needs to replace departed defensemen Sean O’Donnell and Randy Jones, but it appears he might look to within his organization first before considering a trade or signing.

The openings give promising young blueliner Thomas Hickey, whom the Kings selected fourth overall in the 2007 entry draft, the opportunity to crack the lineup.

more trade/signing talk…

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Aaron Downey Gets A Wings Tryout

via George Malik of Mlive,

So I headed over to TSN, and yes, at the 5:50 mark of a panel discussion in which Downey and Brad May share the dais with Michael Lansdberg, Downey does indeed confirm that he called Ken Holland and, after a year away from hockey, Downey has received a training camp try-out.

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Agent Says Turco Will Be A Starting Goalie

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Kurt Overhardt chuckled when I asked if he is worried that Marty Turco might not end up with a place to sit in this free agent game of musical chairs.

“You’re the second guy to ask me that exact same question in that exact same manner,” said the agent for Turco. “The answer is no.”

Overhardt is confident that something will get done in the 7-10 days and that Turco, the all-time Stars win leader who was not offered a contract extension, will be on a contending team.

“He will be on a contender, he will be the starter and he will get a chance to show everbody the kind of goalie he has been throughout his career and will continue to be,” Overhardt said.

more

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  Tags: marty+turco

Andrew Ladd Avoids Arbitration

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Newly acquired Andrew Ladd settles with Atlanta. 1 year deal for 2.35M

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  Tags: andrew+ladd

Eager Reaches An Agreement With Atlanta

via TSN,

Forward Ben Eager avoided arbitration on Wednesday, agreeing to a negotiated settlement on a one-year deal with the Atlanta Thrashers at $965,000.

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Not Sure If You Have Noticed

KK member tnotarianni has posted a few blogs in the last couple of days in the KK Members’s Section.

I am not even sure if tnotarianni has applied for a blogger position at KK, but it sure can’t hurt if that is the case.

Might not be a bad idea for ‘applicants’ to do the same thing.

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Blues/Capitals Minor Trade

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

The Caps added some toughness to their lineup this afternoon, acquiring rugged right wing D.J. King from St. Louis in exchange for a prospect Stefan Della Rovere.

The Caps have yet to confirm the deal.

The 26-year-old King signed a two-year extension with the Blues prior to being traded.

continued

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Who Said This?

“Obviously, I want to play a lot of games. For me, you look at last year and we did so much, but there is always more. And I want to do more. I want to win a Stanley Cup. That’s my goal. I want to help this team win as many games as I can. That’s the bottom line.”

The player is...

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Ryder May Be The Odd Man Out In Boston

from Douglas Flynn of NESN,

Michael Ryder, come on down— you’re the next contestant on The Price Is Wrong.
While the Bruins still await the decision from Blake Wheeler’s Tuesday arbitration hearing—which will determine the full extent of their salary cap issues—it is clear that general manager Peter Chiarelli will have to find a way to move out some salary at some point….

So what will become of Ryder? Wheeler’s arbitration decision will open a new window for a buyout, though Chiarelli repeatedly has denied any interest in going that route this summer.

“I know everyone is talking about buying out Ryder,” Chiarelli said back in June. “He had a frustrating year. The year before, what did he score the year before? So I’m not going to buy out him, and nobody else. We need wingers, and we need wingers that can score, and historically, he has done that.”

Chiarelli might reconsider the option now that he’s so tight against the cap, but a buyout would be problematic for several reasons.

more

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  Tags: michael+ryder

Looks Like Ian White Headed To Arbitration

from Vicki Hall of Flames Insider,

An arbitration hearing is scheduled for Friday, and all signs point to the proceedings actually going ahead as planned.

Assistant general manager Jay Feaster and senior vice-president Michael Holditch are already bound for Toronto. General manager Darryl Sutter is expected to join them on Thursday.

White is coming off a solid season in which he made $950,000 US. In 27 appearances with Calgary — after a Jan. 31 trade from Toronto — White collected 12 points, averaged 20:42 of ice time, and went plus-seven.

more

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  Tags: ian+white

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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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