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Morning Line

“Our failures are higher than most teams’ successes.  We don’t really worry about the outside noise. We went to the final four last year and we played very well. We’re going to build on that this upcoming year; last year is over and done with.

“Perception versus reality…how many teams have accomplished what we’ve accomplished the past six or seven years?”

-Doug Wilson, San Jose Shark GM.  More on Wilson and the Sharks from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

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Mind Help For The Flames

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

It’s easy to think the word ‘confidence’ is the most over-used in pro sports.

Many will ask: How does an athlete with all the skills to reach the highest level, succeed there but suddenly stop believing they can do it?

It happens, and the Calgary Flames are turning to sports psychologist Dave Paskevich to help win the head games.

The Flames have hired Paskevich, whose speciality is applied sports psychology, to be their mental development coach.

He won’t be skating or shooting, but the University of Calgary professor may be a huge help in preventing those losing skids and scoring slumps.


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Chicago May Be Losing Their Stanley Cup Goalie

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

It doesn’t look good as far as the Blackhawks keeping goalie Antti Niemi.

Niemi’s arbitration award will be announced today and multiple sources believe the number will end up well past $3 million, perhaps close to $4 million, which the Hawks couldn’t fit under the salary cap the way the roster stands today.

“I think he’s gone,” one of Niemi’s Hawks teammates said Friday before the start of the team’s third annual convention at the Hilton Chicago.

Another NHL source wondered how the arbitrator couldn’t see to award Niemi the $4 million he is believed to have sought when the Hawks are paying their other goalie, Cristobal Huet, the one that didn’t win the Stanley Cup, a salary of $5.6 million.

“I don’t see how this works out in the Hawks’ favor,” the source said.


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  Tags: antti+niemi

Evening Line

“They felt very strongly the number had to have a three at the beginning and we felt very strongly it shouldn’t have a three.  And the number—where we ended up—was within the range, that we did an internal analysis on, we felt the arbitrator could come down with.”

-Calgary Flames Assistant GM Jay Feaster on Ian Whte’s contract of $2,999,995.  More on this from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun at Slam.

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  Tags: ian+white

Ducks Trade Wisniewski To The Islanders

via Katie Strang tweet,

The Islanders have traded a conditional third-round pick in 2011 for Anaheim defenseman James Wisniewski

added 8:13pm, via the New York Islanders,

“We see James as a key addition to our team and we feel our fans will connect with his style of play,” said Islanders General Manager Garth Snow. “He is a solid puck-moving defenseman who can bring an added element of toughness to our blue-line.”

added 9:27pm, via Anaheim Ducks tweet,

(GM) Murray on Wiz trade: “It was a tough situation… But I have other plans, that’s the thing.”

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  Tags: james+wisniewski

Sharks Make Demers Signing Official

SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed defenseman Jason Demers to a two-year contract extension.  Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Jason’s puck-moving capabilities and competitive nature fit well with where our team is trending,” said Wilson.  “He is very capable of executing the up-tempo style of game we want to play and we see him as an important part of our team.”

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Wisniewski Contract In Anaheim

via Nick Kypreos tweet,

Wisniewski in Anaheim hits pay dirt with a settlement of 3.25M on a 1 year deal.

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  Tags: james+wisniewski

Campoli Signs With Ottawa

via Bruce Garrioch tweet,

Chris Campoli has signed a one year, $1.4 million deal to avoid arb.

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Dominic Moore Signs With Tampa

from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent center Dominic Moore to a two-year contract today, Vice President and General Manager Steve Yzerman announced.

“Dominic’s skating ability, strength on face-offs and versatility will be a great edition to our line up,” Yzerman said.  “We’re pleased to welcome him to the organization.”


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  Tags: dominic+moore

Tarik El-Bashir Has A New Challenge

In case you missed the news yesterday…

from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

After five solid years, Tarik El-Bashir’s run as our Capitals writer is coming to an end. When Tarik took over the Capitals beat - back when the jerseys were teal, black and bronze, the NHL was bust and few of us knew what an Ovechkin was - the Capitals were bottom feeders in the D.C. sports hierarchy. No more. And no one covering the team has chronicled its remarkable rise better, more diligently and with more good spirit than Tarik. They still haven’t won the Cup, but Tarik is ready for a new challenge.

read on

Over the years, I have had some interaction with Tarik and always found him to be sincere and fair when it came to the Caps.  Best of luck in the future Tarik.

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  Tags: tarik+el-bashir

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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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