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“Our goal has always been to try and develop our own players to build a core group of players that are going to grow up together.  It takes time to develop players, and it takes time for them to develop into National Hockey League players. But there are some kids that are really starting to come in the right direction now.”

-Glen Sather, President & GM of the New York Rangers.  More from Jim Cerny at Rangers.com.

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Keep An Eye On These GMs

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL.com has identified seven of the League’s GMs that should be exciting to follow for the next several months because they’re still trying to make their marks on their teams and cities:

Rick Dudley, Atlanta

The new man in control of the Thrashers’ roster decisions began the overhaul by pilfering several key pieces off the Chicago Blackhawks’ championship roster. Dudley traded for Dustin Byfuglien, Ben Eager, Andrew Ladd and Brent Sopel in late June. He also signed former Blues goalie Chris Mason earlier this month.

The Thrashers have made the playoffs just once in their 11-year history, and they didn’t win a game in that series against the New York Rangers in 2007 after capturing their only Southeast Division title. Dudley is trying to change the culture in Atlanta, and he’s still got work to do.

read on

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Guess The Player?

So first off, the idea that (The Player) misses the net a lot or gets his shots blocked a lot are both accurate… BUT - the thing is, he takes so many effing shots that he misses and gets blocked way more times than most players. I explored his stats from last season using a combination of the NHL shots on net and missed shot totals, and his blocked shot against totals from Gabe Desjardins’ BehindTheNet.ca.  (The Player) hits the net with roughly 50% of his shot attempts. That includes the shots he tries that are blocked or miss the net.

Who is it and Detroit fans, it is not ‘Sammy”.

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Pavelec Staying In Atlanta

via Allan Walsh tweet,

Goalie Ondrej Pavelec of the Atlanta Thrashers has agreed to terms on a new 2 yr contract with the club. “The Pav” is back!

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Tomorrow Is The Big Day For Zetterberg

from George Malik of Snapshots at Mlive,

Here come the Swedish paparazzi?  According to Aftonbladet’s Anna Lindback, Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg and Swedish TV personality/hostess Emma Andersson will marry on Friday in the southern Swedish resort town of Molle:

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How To Fix The Kovalchuk Contract

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On a practical level, the fix here is relatively simple for the Devils and Kovalchuk, provided both sides were prepared to give a little. They could simply lop off the final two years of the contract, meaning it would expire when Kovalchuk turns 42, the same age Hossa will be when his deal runs out. If they up the salary in the final three years to $1-million, then that too would make it mirror Hossa’s previously approved deal far more closely.

Under this scenario, the Devils’ annual salary-cap charge for Kovalchuk’s contract would rise by almost three-quarters of a million dollars – not an ideal outcome, but one that they might be able to live with.

The alternatives are less appealing. Kovalchuk could dig in his heels, or the Devils might determine they cannot afford to incur a single dollar more than the current $6-million cap charge. An expedited arbitration hearing would then be the preferable next step for Kovalchuk, if such a thing is even possible, given the complexities involved in the CBA-mandated arbitration process.

more

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Flyers Re-Sign Powe

via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers at the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers and restricted free agent forward Darroll Powe agreed to a one-year deal yesterday, the Daily News has learned.

Powe, 25, will earn $725,000 for the upcoming season in a one-way contract – meaning the Flyers plan to have him on their roster throughout the season. It’s a 36-percent raise from the $532,500 he earned last year.

Powe will be a restricted free agent again next season.

thanks to a KK member for the pointer.

 

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Bieksa Or Souray Could Help Ducks

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

No one is saying it on the record but the Ducks still want to add another defenseman of some significance and their prime target as of now would be Vancouver’s Kevin Bieksa.

Let’s get this straight. Bieksa would not be the cure-all to a unit whose current top two performers are Lubomir Visnovsky and James Wisniewski, who’s still unsigned and likely won’t be before his Aug. 3 arbitration hearing given the sizable difference between the defenseman and the club.

But there are advantages to acquiring Bieksa, who’s clearly on the trade market after the Canucks added veterans Keith Ballard and Dan Hamhuis. He’s 29 and relatively affordable with $3.5 million owed this season on an expiring contract. He’s also productive when healthy as he has twice put up 40-point seasons….

If the Ducks are unable to land Bieksa, would they consider taking a flier on oft-injured, big-salaried Sheldon Souray if they can get Edmonton to take streaky, big-salaried Jason Blake?

more

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  Tags: kevin+bieksa, sheldon+souray

Arbitration Dates

from the NHLPA,

Below is a list of all the salary arbitration cases that are pending during the 2010 off-season and the date that they are scheduled to take place. Please note that players have the ability to come to an agreement on a contract with their clubs prior to reaching the scheduled arbitration date.

view the list...

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Nick Foligno Signs With Ottawa

OTTAWA - Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today the club has re-signed forward Nick Foligno to a two-year deal.

Foligno, 22, finished his third National Hockey League season with the Senators with nine goals, a career-high 17 assists and 51 penalty minutes in 61 games. He missed seven games in December after a right knee injury and missed 13 games after breaking his right leg in a game against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 30. In six playoff games against the Pittsburgh Penguins, he recorded one assist and two penalty minutes.

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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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