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No Defense

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

Perhaps Barrie knows something we don’t. But we’re betting a top eight defense corps of Paul Ranger, Filip Kuba, Matt Carle, Shane O’Brien, Alexandre Picard, Mike Lundin, Janne Niskala and Matt (and we don’t mean) Smaby will not hold up to the rigors of NHL competition and will be the Lightning’s undoing next season.

And if it’s true the Lightning is shopping No. 1 goalie Mike Smith and plans to go with a tandem of Olaf Kolzig and Karri Ramo next season, the Lightning had better be prepared to lose lots of 6-5 hockey games.

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Tampa Takes Bochenski

From TSN,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed unrestricted free agent Brandon Bochenski to a two-year contract.

“Bradon is a proven player at the AHL level with more than 100 games of experience in the NHL,”  vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said. “Adding him for the next two years continues to address our need to build organizational depth.”

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Leafs Hire Nieuwendyk

from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that Joe Nieuwendyk has been named the hockey club’s special assistant to the general manager.

“Joe is an extremely intelligent individual, who has experienced success throughout his entire hockey career,” said Fletcher.  “We will value his contributions on all hockey decisions and he will be a great asset to our organization.”

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  Tags: joe+nieuwendyk

Habs Sign Halak

from TSN,

The Montreal Canadiens have signed goaltender Jaroslav Halak to a two-year contract worth $1.55 million, that will see him get paid $750,000 in 2008-09 and $800,000 in 2009-10.

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Jason Smith Signs With Ottawa

from the Ottawa Senators,

Ottawa Senators general manager Bryan Murray announced today that the club has signed defenceman Jason Smith to a two-year contract.

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  Tags: jason+smith

Report- Demitra Will Play For Vancouver

from TV JOJ and translated by KK friend Roman,

Pavol Demitra will play for Vancouver next 3 yrs. His contract is 4mil per season.

Vancouver contacted Demitra shortly after he said he would not play in Minnesota next season. There is speculation in overseas media that the Canucks contacted him before July 1 which is prohibited. Now it is up to NHL if there will be some investigation.

added 3:34pm, from TSN,

In an interview with Vancouver radio station CKNW, free agent forward Pavol Demitra confirmed that the Canucks are his preferred destination and expects to sign with the team.

“I think there is a good chance,” Demitra said.

“[Current Canucks GM Mike Gillis] used to be my agent for a long time. We are very good friends. I am very interested in playing for [the Canucks].”

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  Tags: pavol+demitra

Questions & Observations

From Paul Kukla at NHL.com,

* Get ready for the Mats Sundin sightings in certain towns.

* Did Marian Hossa really sign with Detroit or am I still dreaming?

* Rumor has it the third jersey will make an appearance this year.

* Have the L.A. Kings found their coach yet?

read on

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Fedorov May Be Close To Re-signing In Washington

from On Frozen Blog,

Our thanks to Sovetsky Sport’s Dmitry Chesnokov for tracking down and translating the following piece of intriguing news:

At a press conference today in Moscow, Alexander Medvedev, the head of the newly formed Continental Hockey League, or KHL (which repaced the Russian Super League after the 2007-08 season), told Pavel Lysenkov of Sovetsky Sport:

“It is sad that we will not see Sergei Fedorov in the KHL. Most likely, today he will sign a new contract with Washington.”

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added 1:39pm, via Capitals Insider,

Such a report is premature according to Captials officials, though, who said the team is still in negotiations with Fedorov, that an agreement has not yet been reached and an there is no expected announcement.

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  Tags: sergei+fedorov

Artyukhin Back With The Bolts

As expected…

from the Tampa Bay Lightning,

The Tampa Bay Lightning have re-signed right wing Evgeny Artyukhin to a multi-year deal, owners Oren Koules and Led Barrie have announced.

“We are extremely happy to have Arty back in the fold after playing in Russia the previous two seasons,“ vice president of hockey operations Brian Lawton said. “He brings a real unmistakable presence to the ice as soon as he comes over the boards and having his size and speed, along with his willingness to use them physically, will make us a tougher team to play against each night.”

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  Tags: evgeny+artyukhin

Barnett Joins Rangers

from the New York Rangers,

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that Mike Barnett has been added to the hockey club’s personnel as Senior Advisor to the President and General Manager and Director of U.S. Amateur Scouting. In his role, Barnett will work closely with Sather, and Assistant General Managers Jim Schoenfeld and Cameron Hope, on player transactions and player personnel, as well as oversee the team’s amateur scouting operations in the United States.

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  Tags: mike+barnett

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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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