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Giguere Signs Extension With Colorado

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has signed goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere to a one-year contract extension through the 2013-14 season.

Giguere appeared in 32 games during his first season with the Avalanche in 2011-12, posting a 15-11-3 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.  He finished ninth in the league in goals-against average, the lowest GAA by a Colorado netminder since 2003-04 (David Aebischer 2.09).  Giguere’s .919 save percentage was also the best by an Avalanche goalie since 2003-04 (Aebischer .924).

“J.S. provided leadership, stability and a veteran presence to our team last season,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “He helped solidify our goaltending position and we are pleased to have J.S. under contract for the next two seasons.”

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Wanted: Hockey As Scheduled

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Don Breenan of Off The Posts at the Ottawa Sun,

Don’t you just want the nonsense to end and for them to reach an agreement?

Do you feel sorry for the owners who have made a habit of handing out ridiculous contracts?

Do you empathize with the players, who won the last standoff and are now being asked to take a step back so the game has a better chance of survival?

And if that’s just the way the owners are painting the picture, I don’t care. They’re the bosses. They take the risks. There’s no canvas or brush unless they pay for them. At the end of the day, if they wanted to shut it all down, they could always hire replacement players. The product might suck, but they could do it.

The NHLPA needs somebody to pay the freight, right?

Even saying that, I’ve said too much. I got sucked into the quagmire. I’ve stated an opinion, when this morning, it’s not what I wanted to do. All I know is that the Olympics are finally and thankfully over and I want to start looking forward to NHL training camps.

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Red Wings mid-day news: on ‘Operation Bobblehead,’ Doan, Bouwmeester, new Griffins and Ferraro

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

This afternoon’s crop of Red Wings news begins with an article from DetroitRedWings.com’s Bill Roose that makes this Vladimir Konstantinov fan smile:

Upset by a late surge late from Kris Draper in Round 1 of Operation Bobblehead: Alumni Edition, former Red Wings’ defenseman Vladimir Konstantinov stormed back to runaway with the Round 2 vote, thus becoming the second bobblehead chosen by fans.

The Wings will distribute 7,500 collectible figurines characterizing Konstantinov to their fans at a select home game during the upcoming 2012-13 season. Konstantinov destroyed his competition, earning 36.5 percent of the vote conducted last week on DetroitRedWings.com.

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U.S. Colleges Quiet On the Spitfires Punishment

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

You’d think they’d be gloating.

You’d think they’d be spouting, “I told you so.”

Instead, they are playing their cards close to the vest.

As the hockey world still tries to wrap its collective psyche around the stunning punishment meted out Friday to the Windsor Spitfires by Ontario Hockey League commissioner Dave Branch for violations of the league’s recruitment and benefits policies, those in the U.S. college hockey fraternity, who for years have suggested that major junior clubs were skirting the rules in order to poach players bound for NCAA schools, are opting to take the high road.

The Spitfires were fined $400,000 and docked five draft picks – three first-round choices and two second-round selections between 2013-2017.

Perhaps in private, U.S. college hockey people are doing cartwheels of delight, but for public consumption, they’ve opted to hit the mute button.

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Critiquing Buffalo’s Team-Sponsored Hockey Radio Show

Blog: The Sabres Observer By @DaveDavisHockey

As we approach the 2-month anniversary of team-sponsored hockey radio in Buffalo, how do the early returns look for this experiment?

Both Joe Pinzone of BuffaloWins.com and I wrote about “Sabres Hockey Hotline” when it was announced in June, and we recently put on our critic hats and reviewed the show during a Sabres-themed podcast.  That portion of the program is the final episode of our 5-part audio series.

Listen or download the audio below…

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Can The Canucks Sign Burrows Before He Hits UFA Status Next July

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Gord McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

He’s 31 and entering the fourth and final year of a contract that gives rise to a whole new definition of “hometown discount,” at $2 million a season.

In the past six seasons Burrows has missed only 11 games, so he’s durable.

He has leadership qualities, understands the game extremely well and, should his goal scoring start to decline, he could still play a major defensive role in the likes of a Guy Carbonneau or Mike Keane.

Burrows, who has averaged just under 30 goals the past three seasons, could garner $4.5-$5 million for four or five years on the open market and that’s probably too rich for the Canucks.

Here’s what some comparable players make: Andrew Ladd, $4.4 million, four more years; Johan Franzen, $3.95 million, seven more years; Erik Cole, $4.5 million, three more years.

Burrows is head-and-shoulders the best winger the Sedins have had. It’ll be interesting to watch this develop over the course of the season (calls to the Canucks and Burrows agent were not returned, this being the dog days of August and most normal people thinking cottage, not Canucks).

more on the Canucks…

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Will Bryzgalov Be Better?

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

“Did he play as good as I expected? I would say no,” Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said of Bryzgalov’s first season in Philadelphia.

As Bryzgalov enters his second year with the team, however, the belief is he’ll be more comfortable and return to being the player who was a Vezina Trophy finalist in 2010.

Bryzgalov was 10th in the League last season with 33 wins, but had a 2.48 goals-against average that was 21st and a .909 save percentage that ranked 33rd. Those numbers went farther in the wrong direction in the playoffs….

“Once you get to know the guys and you feel more comfortable in your house, in your life, all that kind of stuff, definitely you get more confidence as the year goes on,” (Scott) Hartnell said. “Next year he’ll come back from Russia in the summer and his house is all set up—he’ll be ready to play.”

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The Almost $8 Million Dollar Man

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Christopher Botta of SportsBusiness Journal (paid subscription),

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman received almost $8 million in salary and benefits during the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011, according to the league’s most recent tax filing, up from a total compensation of $7.5 million the previous year.

added 9:50am, SBJ opened the link to all so you can continue reading if you desire…

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Red Wings overnight report: more content, less rhetoric (mostly)

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

After the last couple of days’ worth of heavy discussion about a potential lockout and the media’s perception of and/or pandering to fans, I’m going to keep the rhetoric short and try to keep the focus of this morning’s report on the content thereof…After the first tidbit, anyway:

• According to Dagbladet and Allehanda’s Andreas Haggstrom, Peter Forsberg’s Icebreakers defeated Visby Roma 6-1 in their second charity game on Sunday, and over the course of Saturday and Sunday, Forsberg, Henrik Zetterberg, Gabriel Landeskog and a long list of Swedish NHL stars raised 750,000 Swedish Krona, or approximately $111,500, for “sick and disabled children and young people” in the Swedish province of Vasternorrland.

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Oh, swell: NHL can cancel Winter Classic at any time up to January 1st

Blog: The Malik Report By George Malik

Via RedWingsFeed, the New York Times’ Jeff Z. Klein reports that the NHL ensured that, should it lock out its players, it can back out of the Winter Classic between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at any time, with only minimal financial penalties resulting from said cancellation:

The N.H.L. can cancel the Jan. 1 Winter Classic at 115,000-seat Michigan Stadium as late as Jan. 1, the day of the game, because of a work stoppage “arising from the lack of a collective bargaining agreement,” the contract between the league and the University of Michigan shows.

The league would forfeit only $100,000 of its $3 million stadium rental fee, according to the contract. The rest of the fee would be refunded by the university.

The contract provisions give the league some leeway for salvaging its showcase event should a lockout delay the start of the 2012-13 season, enabling the N.H.L. to hold the Winter Classic even if a lockout is settled in late December.

Klein says that the NHL offers no guarantees nor refunds should the Red Wings choose not to hold the Great Lakes Invitational, the Griffins-Marlies AHL game or its slate of three OHL games at Comerica Park, but it’s covered its own ass regarding the Winter Classic:

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