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Kronwall Had Knee Surgery This Morning

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall had athroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday morning. Doctors discovered a lateral meniscus tear.

Kronwall is expected to be idled for two weeks but should be ready to skate at the start of training camp Sept. 18 in Traverse City.


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Ducks, Ryan Will Talk This Week

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Don Meehan, one of Ryan’s Newport Sports Management agents, told the Register in an e-mail that there are plans to meet with Ducks management as the club’s reigning top goal scorer remains unsigned with training camp less than three weeks away.

Previous discussions have been fruitless until now with the Ducks trying to get their 23-year-old sniper signed to a long-term deal and Ryan hesitant to commit to anything more than three years. Ryan, whose 35 goals ranked 10th in the NHL last season, turned down a five-year, $25-million offer at the end of June.

Perhaps the specter of camp looming around the corner is getting some other notable restricted free agents to come to terms with their teams.


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Pass Or Fail

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The outcome of the New Jersey Devils latest attempt to sign star forward Ilya Kovalchuk has many NHL executives anxiously waiting.

Without knowing the specifics of the contract rival managers are left to consider the speculation that reports Kovalchuk’s latest contract offer to be in the range of 15 years and $100 million.

One NHL general manager doesn’t believe for a second the league will allow this one to pass either, stating Lou Lamoriello, the Devils and Ilya Kovalchuk are simply trying to “disguise circumvention,” adding,  “trying to hide the crime, makes this even worse.”


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Weight Officially Back With The Islanders

via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with team captain Doug Weight.

A veteran of 19 NHL seasons and 1,220 career games, Weight returns for his third year with the Islanders. In 36 games last season, the Detroit, Michigan native scored seventeen points (1 goal and 16 assists).

“Doug has played an important role in helping to develop our young players over the past two seasons and we’re excited to see him continue his historic career on Long Island,” Islanders General Manager Garth Snow said.

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Chelios Press Conference

Ken Holland and Chris Chelios will hold a press conference at noon ET today.  Chelios will officially retire from hockey and Holland will announce the new position the Wings have created for Chelios.

Watch below, the feed should start around noon.

added 12:45pm, Official title for Chelios- Advisor to Hockey Operations.

added 1:00pm, Press conference is complete.

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Report: Sabres offered Kennedy one-way contract

While some Sabres fans are still fuming about the actions of management during the Tim Kennedy arbitration saga, an interesting tidbit came out of Buffalo yesterday from beat reporter Paul Hamilton of WGR Sports Radio 550. 

Hamilton, a long time respected Buffalo media veteran, revealed that he knew from a source with the team that near the end of the arbitration process the Kennedy camp rejected a final offer from the Sabres of $800k on a one-way contract. 

It had been speculated for weeks that Kennedy not being offered a one-way deal was the major obstacle between the two parties during negotiations.

The comment by Hamilton was made during one of his daily appearances on the station and following the announcement that the South Buffalo native had agreed to a one-year, $550k deal with the New York Rangers. 

The Sabres open their home schedule against the Rangers at HSBC Arena on October 9.

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Khabibulin Sentencing Comes Down Today

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

The minimum mandatory sentence is 30 days in jail for extreme drunk driving, but he could be imprisoned for up to six months. The 37-year-old Khabibulin was found guilty last Friday afternoon of two impaired driving charges—one for exceeding a blood-alcohol level of .08, the other for being over .15—and an excessive speeding charge.

If Khabibulin goes to jail, that would muddy the Oilers goaltending situation even more. As it is, hockey conspiracy theorists are having a field day.

There has been rampant talk that the Oilers could use Khabibulin’s sentence against him—as a way of getting out of their four-year, $15-million US contract with the veteran netminder for failing to report to training camp next month. There is talk that former Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Niemi is waiting in the wings to be signed.

But would anybody be saying this if Khabibulin had played 60 games last season and won 35 of them, rather than just 18 games after requiring back surgery? Probably not. Chances are the Oilers will stand behind Khabibulin, regardless.

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Evening Line

“It’s minor, nothing major. He started to skate three weeks ago and felt some discomfort. It’s not the same as last year, it’s in a different location. So it’s a little confusing.’‘

-Ken Holland, GM of the Detroit Red Wings on the knee issue with Niklas Kronwall.  More on this from Ansar Kahn of Mlive.

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Maltby Close To Signing Two-Way Contract With Wings

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland will meet with Maltby later this week, and Maltby’s agent, Anton Thun, said, “I anticipate we’ll have some news by the end of the week.’‘

The club has a standing one-year, two-way contract offer on the table to the longtime Red Wing.

Maltby, 37, has been exploring the free-agent market, but Thun said his client’s preference is to remain in Detroit.

“He’s been with Detroit a long time (since 1996), his family is there,’’ Thun said. “I think we can come to a mutually agreeable contract.’‘

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Keeping The Core

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

As teams get used to the rhythms and realities of operating under a cap, identifying and keeping the core young players together has become essential. Both the Penguins and Blackhawks did that, locking up key twenty-somethings to long-term deals. That continuity is required to remain in the contenders mix for an extended period of time, and both past champions certainly qualify as top candidates, with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Marc-Andre Fleury in the fold in Pittsburgh and Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook still in Chicago.

Add the Washington Capitals into the conversation with Alexander Ovechkin, Mike Green, and Nicklas Backstrom under 25, well paid and part of an elite roster, and you have the best examples of teams that have flourished through the draft after failing on the ice for years. All three are deep as well, with plenty of other players in their prime as complimentary pieces. For these three teams, the expectations are high and, with that, their youthful nuclei have inherent pressure to produce. For the Caps, that means playoff success. For the Penguins, a return to the Cup final, and for the Blackhawks, the challenge is defending their title with a group that is vastly different than the one that succeeded.


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