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Chicago Has A Few Options With Khabibulin

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Khabibulin has informed the Blackhawks he wants to play 60 games this season.

With newly signed Cristobal Huet soon to make his debut, that’s unlikely to happen.

Also unlikely is a team willing to give up more than a draft pick or a prospect for Khabibulin who has one year left at 6.75 million dollars.

Tallon isn’t desperate to move Khabibulin, but he is eager, and will patiently wait to see if an injury pops up around the league that may heighten interest….

If no deal surfaces, Chicago who will soon have cap issues of their own and may have to place the former Stanley Cup champ on waivers.

more

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Love The Wild?

from HockeyJobs.NHL.com,

Summary: Represent the Minnesota Wild as the new team mascot at community relations, corporate, and marketing events and appearances

Responsibilities:

* Maintain appearance schedule working with community relations, corporate and marketing contacts with the Minnesota Wild organization
* Represent Minnesota Wild in mascot costume attending all scheduled appearances, events or programs

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Report: Meszaros Signs Offer Sheet

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,

Hours after Ottawa GM Bryan Murray held a news conference to announce the team was at a contractual impasse with restricted free agent defenseman Andrej Meszaros, The Hockey News has learned from a source close to the negotiations that Meszaros has agreed to a multi-year offer sheet with an average salary in excess of $5 million per season.

The team that has agreed to terms with the 22-year-old has yet to be confirmed.

When contacted by The Hockey News, Murray wouldn’t confirm the report.

continued…

Note: Meszaros report earlier today on KK

*thanks to the reader who dropped us a note about this

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Jussi Jokinen Could Fit In Nashville

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

No one is going to convince Nashville fans that Jussi Jokinen would be an adequate replacement for the loss of Alexander Radulov.

But the truth is that Jokinen could end being Nashville’s most attractive Plan B next week when it will be forced into suspending Radulov for violating his contract by agreeing to play in the souped-up Continental Hockey League in Russia.

continued

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  Tags: jussi+jokinen

Players Headed South

from David Staples at the Cult of Hockey,

Lowe’s sweet tooth is for players who are heading into the non-peak years of their careers.

In recent times, Lowe has ardently pursued such players as Laraque, Michael Nylander, Ryan Malone, Marian Hossa and Sheldon Souray.

These players have two things in common:

1. They were all, once, outstanding contributors in the NHL. 

2. They are all either on the wrong side of 30, or are soon going to be, and thus are heading into the years of their NHL careers where they are much more likely to be broken down and injured, playing far below their peak level of play.

If you look closely at Hossa’s play, he is already falling off, as Jonathan Willis reported at Copper & Blue. At even strength, Ales Hemsky outscored Hossa on a per minutes basis last year. “This is a guy talked about as an elite producer, and he simply isn’t,” Willis said of Hossa.

more as related to the Oilers…

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Babcock Talks Lines

from Craig Custance’s Blog at the Sporting News,

When you’re hunting elephants, lions and leopards, where you’re going to skate Marian Hossa probably isn’t your top priority. I’m guessing staying alive takes precedence. But Detroit coach Mike Babcock is back from a hunting trip to Tanzania and he must have thought about Hossa somewhere along the way because he told me today he has a good idea how the lines will shake out in Detroit.

“I’ll start Hossa with [Pavel] Datsyuk and [Tomas] Holmstrom and [Johan] Franzen, [Henrik] Zetterberg and [Jiri] Hudler will start together,” Babcock said. “Then you go [Dan] Cleary, [Valtteri] Filppula and [Mikael] Samuelsson. That’s as good as any third line in hockey.”

continued with more NHL topics…

added 4:13pm, Ken Holland was on Fan590 a few hours ago.  A 15 minute interview, talking numerous topics.  Listen here.

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Meszaros Negotiations At An Impasse

from TSN,

The Ottawa Senators and restricted free agent defenceman Andrej Meszaros are still far apart in discussion about a new contract.

Senators general manager Bryan Murray spoke to the media at the Bell Sensplex on Thursday and addressed the impasse.

“We’ve tried to make presentations with a variety of offers and terms, but they’ve been rejected at this point and time,” Murray told reporters.  “So there’s nothing more.”

continued

Update 5:49pm ET: Reports that Meszaros has signed an offer sheet.

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Is 2009 the Year of the Shark?

From FoxSports.com,

Since 2005-06, the Sharks have failed to advance beyond the Conference semifinals, falling in six-game series to the Edmonton Oilers, Detroit Red Wings and Dallas Stars.

It was that postseason failure that forced general manager Doug Wilson to fire Ron Wilson as head coach, replacing him with Todd McLellan, who earned his spurs as an assistant coach with the defending Cup champion Red Wings.

McLellan’s first order of business will be to mold these playoff underachievers into the genuine contender they appear to be on paper. He’s had no previous head coaching experience in the NHL so it’ll be interesting to see if he can transfer the Cup-winning lessons he learned in Detroit to San Jose.

Wilson also addressed a long-time need for experienced puck-moving defensemen during the offseason by acquiring Dan Boyle from Tampa Bay and signing former L.A. Kings captain Rob Blake.

continued…

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  Tags: todd+mclellan

Stu Barnes Retires & Joins Coaching Staff

The Dallas Stars announced today that center Stu Barnes has announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after a 16-year career, and has signed a two-year contract to join the Stars’ coaching staff as an assistant coach. In addition, the club announced two-year contract extensions for Associate Coach Rick Wilson and Assistant Coach Mark Lamb, whose contracts were set to expire after the 2008-09 season and will now reach through 2010-11.

“We congratulate Stu on an outstanding playing career and we are very excited that he will now join our coaching staff,” said Co-General Manager Les Jackson. “Stu was a consummate professional on and off the ice throughout his career, and was the type of player who always exhibited the qualities you would associate with a future coach. Stu will be an excellent addition to our staff, which we feel is among the best in the league. Rick (Wilson) has played a major role in building the Stars franchise into the perennial contender that it is today. We believe Mark Lamb is one of the top young assistants in the game and a major asset to our organization.”

“I was truly fortunate to play as long as I did, and I knew this was the time for me to wrap up my playing days,” said Barnes. “A great opportunity to become an assistant coach was presented to me by the Stars, and I look forward to making that transition and learning a new part of the game.”

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What Are They Waiting For

from Five Hole Fanatics,

Here’s my list of 8 curiosities that should have been taken care of weeks ago.

1.) Flames cap issues.

Sutter waived Nilson, Warrener and Eriksson in the first week of July, ostensibly for the purposes of allowing other clubs to take them for free or, failing that, buying one or more of the bad contracts out. Neither happened and Sutter has instead gone about stocking the roster beyond it’s fill point, both in terms of number of players and total cap hit.

read on

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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