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via the Chicago Blackhawks,
Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have obtained a late round draft choice in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Florida Panthers in exchange for defenseman Magnus Johansson.
Johansson, 34, has played in 18 games for the Blackhawks this season, picking up four assists and four penalty minutes. Johansson was originally acquired by the Blackhawks when he was signed as a free agent on June 4, 2007
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via the Daily Herald,
The Blackhawks and Brent Sopel have agreed on a three-year contract extension that will keep the veteran defenseman from becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer.
Financial terms of the deal were being finalized. Sopel is being paid $1.5 million this season.
From Chris Zelcovich at The Star,
“I was telling him about how even though he has cerebral palsy and is one of the smallest guys on the team, he’s one of our best players,” says Peddle. Then he said that Johnson was his hero.
Peddle’s father, who winters in Tampa, mentioned he lived next door to Johnson’s godfather, Jeff Horne. A few phone calls later, the rendezvous was set up after Horne learned that Hill was taking Desmond to L.A. to visit his aunt and attend Thursday’s game against the Maple Leafs.
Johnson says he jumped at the opportunity to meet Desmond when Horne called him.
“I had trouble believing anyone in Canada liked me,” Johnson says with a laugh, referring to some of the devastating hits he registered against Team Canada while playing for the U.S. at the world junior tournament in 2006. “When I heard he had cerebral palsy but was playing with older boys I thought I had to meet him.”
From Brian Duff at The Hockey News,
At 23-and-a-half, he had the world by the tail. Six months later, his family’s finances secure for generations to come, the world of hockey is spinning him by the tail, in a tale of too much too soon for a player who has yet to complete his third NHL season.
On Jan. 19, Thomas Vanek will turn 24. And try as he might to live up to the pressure of a seven-year pact worth $50 million, nothing on the ice is going his way.
You know, it’s funny. When Vanek signed his long-term deal, a lifelong supporter of the team suggested to me “a contract like this could kill his career.” Sadly, her foreshadowing has been accurate so far.
Both Osgood and Legace made it…
Update: Complete list of names below.
via the Minnesota Wild,
Minnesota Sports & Entertainment (MSE) has announced a major press conference regarding the organization on Thursday, January 10 at 12:30 p.m. CT
The parent company of the Minnesota Wild will announce this afternoon that the team is being sold, a source close to the situation tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS.
added 11:53am, via Michael Russo at the Star Tribune,
While the announcement was unclear Thursday morning, there have been indications for months that majority owner Bob Naegele was considering selling the team.
Recently, there have been reporters that Craig Leipold, the Racine, Wis., native who finalized the sale of the Nashville Predators in November for $193 million, was interested in buying into the Wild.
Update 1:50pm ET: From Russo again,
Bob Naegele’s tenure as owner of the Minnesota Wild ended today when it was announced he sold his interest in the team to former Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold.
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
It’s time to play the IF game.
If, as The Maven asserts, Sean Avery is the most valuable member of the Rangers, how good are the Blueshirts without him?
If, as The Post’s Larry Brooks declares, Avery may be sidelined for substantial time because of his latest (left) hand injury, what can be done to compensate for his absence?
And, if—as it appears apparent throughout the NHL—Avery truly is an inimitable personality, how can he be replaced?
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
But the main difference in the Ducks may be that the core of the team, its blue-line unit, is now even stronger. The trio of Niedermayer, Chris Pronger and Francois Beauchemin that gobbled up all those minutes in 21 post-season matches last spring has an extra partner this season in veteran Mathieu Schneider.
Together, it may be the NHL’s top defence group.
Ottawa has attractive depth, Detroit has Nicklas Lidstrom and the league’s flashiest defensive numbers while Calgary is getting there with Robyn Regehr and Dion Phaneuf.
But the Ducks’ quartet has talent, pedigree and experience, and you could even argue all four are playing as well as they ever have.
That includes the 38-year-old Schneider, added as a free agent from Detroit in July.
from Puck-rakers at the Columbus Dispatch,
The Blue Jackets are a very good group of guys. I wouldn’t say that if it weren’t true. They are, without exception, good guys to deal with, even after brutal losses when nobody would want a microphone stuffed in their face.
On the ice, they’re way too nice, too, and this is unfortunate.
The most recent come-out-of-my-chair moment happened during the St. Louis game on Tuesday, when Nikolai Zherdev was run over by Blues forward David Backes.
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