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Lamoriello On Kovalchuk Negotiations

via Mike Mazzeio of the Star-Ledger,

Asked if he saw a resolution in sight in the near future, Lamoriello responded: “Well, we haven’t signed him yet, so we’ll wait and see.”

Lamoriello, who inked Kovalchuck to the longest and one of the most lucrative contracts in NHL history (17-years, $102 million) on July 19, only to have it voided by Bloch on Aug. 9, remains confident a re-worked pact can be reached.

“I don’t even know why that’s a question,” Lamoriello said. “(Kovalchuck) wants to be a Devil and we want him to be a Devil.”

Nevertheless, Lamoriello understands that Kovalchuck doesn’t have a contract with the Devils at this point, and remains an unrestricted free agent, who can negotiate with any team he chooses.

“Until something’s done, it’s not done,” Lamoriello said. “So we’ll just have to wait and see.”

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk

Nashville Agrees To Terms With Patric Hornqvist

via Dirk Hoag tweet,

The Predators now confirm 3 years, $9.25M for Patric Hornqvist

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Aaron Ward Retires

via James Mirtle tweet,

Defenceman Aaron Ward announces his retirement.

added 11:38am, via NHLPA,

“I’m very proud to have played for as long as I did in the NHL, with and against the best players in the game,” said Ward. “This game has left me with countless memories and relationships, especially from those Stanley Cup winning teams in Carolina and Detroit. Thank you to my family, fans, friends and teammates for all of the great years.”


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Hockey Is Getting Closer

Hockey on my mind, even in the heat of summer.

Read my NHL.com blog for my views.

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Bobby Ryan Wants To Remain With Anaheim

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Bobby Ryan was careful with his words as he spoke, understandably so given that his contract negotiations with the Ducks have the appearance of two stubborn sides trying to see which one will blink first.

But the goal-scoring winger had this clear message that he wanted to convey. He doesn’t want to be traded, he isn’t seeking a trade and his goal is to be at training camp when it opens on Sept. 18 at Anaheim Ice.

“I don’t want a trade,” Ryan told the Register on Monday following a workout. “I’m not asking for a trade. Iwant to be here in Anaheim. This is where I want to be.

“If it comes to a situation where there’s heads butting, then I guess it would be best. But I am not looking for a trade. I have no intentions of being traded. I love it here and want to remain a Duck.”


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Osgood Ready To Play

from Gregg Krupa of the Detroit Free Press,

...as he heads into his 21st season as a pro, 14th in Detroit, Osgood is not only fully invested, he has no intention of doing anything but playing well and finishing his career with the Red Wings.

“You know, I never know from year to year, anymore,” Osgood said of a career he acknowledges is clearly easing into the last few—maybe several—seasons. “Every time I think I know what’s going on, it changes. Every year, it seems to be different now, than it used to be. It’s hard to predict anything. I just come in positive and thinking anything can happen—much more so, now, than when I was younger.”

The knowledge Howard is the top hammer in the net for the perennial Stanley Cup contenders is not lost on Osgood, one of three goaltenders in the long history of the franchise to be the playoff goalie for more than one Cup in Detroit (1998 and 2008). Terry Sawchuk won three (1952, 1954 and 1955) and Johnny Mowers two (1936 and 1937).

In fact, Osgood said he cannot help but cheer for Howard, whom he mentored throughout the 2009-10 season, as they both prepare for 2010-11.

read on

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  Tags: chris+osgood

Regier Talks World Hockey Summit And Sabres

Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier is at the World Hockey Summit and will be involved in a symposium on junior hockey development this afternoon at Toronto’s Air Canada Centre.

Much of the discussion is expected to revolve around the Canadian Hockey League and the impact of the influx of young players from European countries.  The panel will be moderated by Hockey Night in Canada’s Jim Hughson and will include such heavy hitters as Regier, IIHF Vice President Murray Costello and USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson.

“It’s very important for the hockey community to share best practices, ideas, and concerns that everyone has regarding junior development,” Regier said this morning on Toronto’s FAN 590.  “There are a lot of choices out there for kids and I think it’s critical that they choose hockey over all other sports.”

As Sabres fans are well aware, the value of player development for a budget conscious team like Buffalo is a big issue to Regier.  “We don’t get heavily involved in the unrestricted market, and with players becoming unrestricted at the latest at age 27, it puts tremendous pressure on junior development, and we’re very dependent on it.”

Regier also admitted that the Olympics affected franchise goaltender Ryan Miller as the season wore on.  “I think at the end we did see him maybe not as sharp as he was at the top of the season.  When you have someone playing that many games and with very little rest time it’s going to impact him.”

The Sabres open training camp with “Puck Drop 2010” at HSBC Arena on September 18.

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  Tags: darcy+regier, jim+johannson, murray+costello, puck+drop+2010, ryan+miller, world+hockey+summit

Who Is This Player?

Over the years (current NHL player) has dabbled in the wind chimes, the spoons, the maracas, the triangle, and the tambourine. In the fall of 2004 lead man of Mumford & Sons, Marcus Mumford, saw (him) playing the harp at an open mic night at a bar in Jyvaskyla, Finland, where (he) was playing for an FNL team called JYP during the lock out. He was instantly intrigued by the giant man’s delicate melodies and a union was formed over a bottle of Sambuca at the bar afterwards.

As the band has climbed to international fame it’s been difficult to work around (his) ice hockey schedule. During the NHL season they’ll often have someone fill in for (him) on the multitude of instruments he plays, but are planning a tour that coincides with the (his team) travel schedule in 2010-11.

Get the answer.

thanks to a KK member for the pointer.

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Overrated Players

via Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

It’s may have something to do with his perceived personality, but Leafs defenceman Dion Phaneuf certainly isn’t a hit with his peers.

According to a Sports Illustrated Poll scheduled to hit newstands tomorrow (today), Phaneuf is the runaway winner as the NHL’s most overrated player. Of the 272 players asked, 21% listed Phaneuf, who came to the Leafs in a blockbuster deal with Calgary.

Second on the list was Rangers defenceman Scott Gomez (seven percent) floowloed by Canadiens centre Scott Gomez (six per cent) and Rangers pest SEan Avery (five per cent.)

added 7:20am, I have a feeling the above story is old, even though it has a August 23, 2010 date on it.  Sorry.

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

It’s Not All Pretty In The NHL

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I like (Bill) Daly. He has been a good and loyal lieutenant to general Gary Bettman -particularly in difficult situations such as the mess in Phoenix and, most recently, the Ilya Kovalchuk contract circus. It’s Daly’s job to paint pretty pictures -to put Michelangelo strokes to cartoons -and he has been doing it well for a long time.

Today’s bigger, faster and richer players are doing a lot of good things, but Daly lost me with his recent sermon.

Face it: the NHL still has too many franchises in dire straits. The New York Islanders, once-proud winners of four consecutive Stanley Cups, have missed the playoffs 13 times in the last 26 seasons -and counting. Worse, the Isles are in desperate need of a new arena, have pursued it for what seems at least a decade -and still have come up with empty pockets.

Columbus has made the playoffs only once in its nine years of existence. Nashville is struggling. Florida hasn’t been in the postseason for the last nine seasons. Dallas had to be sold. Whether or not the Coyotes remain in Phoenix still is a question mark.


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